2014 Fall Class Schedule

Dear Students,

Our Fall semester begins Tuesday, September 2nd, and the class schedule is finally ready.

A copy is attached here for your fridge, and the calendar on our website has been updated.

Class Schedule 2014-Semester 5

Most of what you need to know is included in the attached schedule.

We have a great selection of topics this fall in classes as well as a few extras.

A few highlights…

Summer uniforms…will extend through the end of September, but remember to wear dress uniforms for special events.  Master MacKay’s seminar is a good example of a dress uniform event.  KwanJang-Nim and Sabum Paltrineri have authorized summer uniforms in their Fall seminar series.

T-Shirts…end of the season sale on summer uniform tops begins now through September.  Regular price is $15 – 50% off until 9/30/14.  Order online.  Pick up at MRBBA.

If you have any questions, please email our office at Dover@mrbba.com or speak with Sabum Paltrineri when you come to class.

The Journey

The journey to Black Belt and beyond is not an easy one. There are many roadblocks, distractions, and set backs along the way. But for those students who keep there eyes on the prize, and persevere through the ups and downs, the reward is well worth the trip.

Greatness can only be achieved through sacrifice. If it were easy to earn a black belt, then everyone would have one, and it would meaningless. There are very few guarantees in life. This much I will guarantee you…come to class every week, train hard, and you will earn your black belt. It may take longer or shorter than others, but with continued effort, focus, trust in our staff, and belief in yourself, you will earn it.

I can also guarantee that if you give up on yourself, lose sight of your long-term goals, quit when the going gets rough, then you will earn nothing in life. This is one of life’s toughest lessons – perseverance is the key to success and survival. Those who understand this lesson are the winners and heroes we celebrate. Those who quit under pressure are the forgotten losers. Harsh words. Undeniable truth.

For those who have achieved their black belts, we solute you and welcome you to an elite club. For those working hard to earn this honor, we are here to help you and support you on your journey. For those who may have lost your way, we invite you get back on the road to black belt and will help you in any way we can. It is never too late to get started or to get back on track.

33 years in training this July
Still a student on the journey

For Sale

Matt Randall’s Black Belt Academy has recently upgraded our flooring and restructured our classroom.  That means we have stuff for sale that we no longer need.

Check out our Craigslist ads for details:

Commercial Refrigerator – http://nh.craigslist.org/app/4576501443.html

Commercial Freezer – http://nh.craigslist.org/app/4576504489.html

Aerobic Steps and Risers – http://nh.craigslist.org/for/4576497628.html

Variable Training System – http://nh.craigslist.org/for/4576494404.html

Puzzle Mats – http://nh.craigslist.org/for/4576511433.html

It is better/faster to call for an appointment on these items than to reply in social networks.


This Week at MRBBA

We hope you all had a safe and happy 4th of July Holiday.
Our new mats are installed.
Come for some great workouts this Summer.
Summer Schedule – All Classes Start at 5:30 – Tue and Thurs

This is Week One at MRBBA – Yellow Stripe Week.
Please Bring in your Goal Sheets to earn your Yellow Stripe
(Please download form from Student Pages at http://www.ilovemrbba.com)

Friday – July 11 – 6 PM – Black Belt Review (Sparring)
(Candidates please register on line) We need sparring partners. Blue belts and higher. Earn your green stripe credits.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mothers-DayThe History Behind Mother’s Day.

Early “Mother’s Day” in the US was mostly recognized by woman’s peace groups. An early activity was the meeting of groups of mothers whose sons had served or died on opposite sides of the American Civil War. There were local celebrations in the 1870s and the 1880s, but nothing to speak of on a state or national basis.

In 1868 Ann Jarvis created a committee to establish a “Mother’s Friendship Day” whose purpose was “to reunite families that had been divided during the Civil War”, and she wanted to expand it into an annual memorial for mothers, but she died in 1905 before the celebration became popular,  later her daughter Anna Jarvis would continue her efforts.

Julia Howe, who had written The Battle Hymn of the Republic, organized a “Mother’s Day” antiwar observance in New York city on June 2nd, 1872. The observance continued in Boston for about 10 years under Howe’s personal sponsorship before losing momentum.  It is rumored that she had hoped to convert July 4, America’s Independence Day into Mother’s Day, to dedicate that day to peace.

Several years later, a Mother’s Day observance was held in Albion, Michigan on May 13, 1877 over a dispute related to the Temperance movement. Later in the early 1880’s the Methodist Episcopal Church in Albion set aside the second Sunday in May to recognize the special contributions of mothers.

In 1904 Frank E Hering of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, made the first recorded public plea for “a national day to honor mothers”. It was not until 1914 that President Woodrow Wilson signed the orders that made Mother’s Day a national holiday in the United States, due largely to the continued efforts of Anna Jarvis (daughter of Ann Jarvis). She asked that white carnations be the official mother’s day symbol.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Cinco de Mayo!

cinco-de-mayoCinco de Mayo trivia for you…

Cinco de Mayo is a perfect time to celebrate Mexican culture and history! A common misconception is that this is Mexican Independence Day. The holiday, in fact, commemorates a battle between Mexican and French forces that took place in Puebla in 1862. The Mexicans triumphed over the much larger and better trained French army. This unlikely victory is a source of pride for Mexicans and is remembered every year on May 5th.

With so many people residing in the US who are of Mexican descent, Cinco de Mayo has become an international celebration of Mexican culture, food, music, and heritage.