2016 Semester 4 – July/August

Welcome to the Summer semester!

summerIN THE NEWS…

  • We have 2 students preparing to test for First  Degree Black Belts in December.
  • Looking to add just 3 new students in our group class. Do you have a friend or family member who would like to join you in class?

NEW THIS SEMESTER!

Our new semester begins Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 and ends Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 with testing and graduation.

Vacation Week will be August 25 through Labor Day with classes resuming September 7th.

  • Life Skills Topics – TKD Theory of Power
  • Reading Material – LIM lesson11
  • Kicks – Crescent Kick and Reverse Crescent Kick
  • Hand Techniques – Knife Hand Strikes
  • Self-Defense – Bear Hugs
  • Black Belt Self-Defense – Knives (Bladed Weapons)

BLACK BELT GRADUATION!

Save the date – Wednesday, December 14th at 5:30pm.

Black Belt graduation is always a good show and an event you want to bring friends to see.

For those students who are red belt and up, it would be a very good idea for you to watch the testing on Friday, December 9th at 5pm.

Black Belt Graduation June 2016

June 8, 2016 – Congratulations to Mr. Gabriel Wilber (front left) for earning his Second Degree Black Belt. Congratulations to Ms. Gabriella Whisnant (front right) and Mr. Meyer Randall (front center) for earning their First Degree Black Belts. All did an excellent job on their tests and we are so proud of their achievements.

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Shameless proud Daddy moment…

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Remembering Jake Carter

We are all very saddened by the news of losing another Black Belt from our academy. Jake Carter was a terrific student with an adventurous spirit. He was known for his crazy acrobatic stunts and great sense of humor. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace.

For more information, check the obituary in Fosters.

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Mr. Carter is in the back row, third from the left.

Outstanding in our field

The spring rains seem to have subsided and the weather is getting warmer. Time for some outdoor training.

This evening, Monday the 16th, will be our first outdoor class of the season and I’m so excited. The obstacle course got an upgrade this weekend with the addition of a chin-up station and kid’s rope climb. The adult rope climb will be a few more weeks in the making.

Can’t wait for everyone to give the whole course a try.

Class is 530pm. Dress warm and wear your running shoes.

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First Degree Black Belt Test-Gabriella Whisnant

This June 2016, Gabriella Whisnant will be testing for her First Degree Black Belt. As part of the testing requirements, she must submit a letter of thanks and a short video. She is among a small group testing this summer. Those who pass will demonstrate a sample of their skills at the graduation on Wednesday, June 8th at 530pm. Everyone is invited to help us celebrate.

Thank You

The people I would like to thank for helping me on my journey to my black belt is my parents, my grandparents, Mr.Wilber, Mrs.Esposito, Mr.Dobson, Mr.Walaga, Mr.P and Master Randall. To start off I would like to thank my parents for being my biggest fans and supporters, by going to all of my tournaments, helping me get to every class, and giving me strategies to help me improve. I would also like to thank them for giving me the privilege to be a part of MRBBA. I would also like to thank my grandparents for being there for me when I needed somebody to help get me to class, and for support. I am also thankful for them because they went to all of my tournaments and graduations. They gave me the opportunity to be apart of the MRBBA as well. I would especially like to thank Mr.Wilber and Mrs.Esposito for mentoring me the first time, and guiding me down the right path to get my black belt. They took the time to help me and give me advice about how to become a better martial artist. They also helped me be more confident in my training, and in all of my reviews. I would like to give a huge thank you to Mr.Dobson, for for being my mentor this time around, and teaching me a lot of what I know, things like having snap, power, concentration, and a lot of basics that have helped me. He also helped me a lot outside of class with my forms, and giving me guidance on how to perfect things, but still have room for improvement. Also Mr.Walaga helped me learn a lot of the same things, like basic hand movements, kicks, and blocks. He gave me advice about power and being focused can always help in sparring. Other things like during sparring be fast and have power but also control. Also, he taught me a lot about leadership. Having leadership doesn’t mean to boss people around, but take control and and lead by example. Mr.P was also a big part of my training because he taught me a lot about breath control. When you are kicking, defending, or even during sparring, you always want to keep a stable breath by letting out a yell. He also taught me that you want to have balance. When you kick or punch, you don’t just stand up straight, you want to have a good guarding stance, and when you kick or punch, you shift your weight. Mr.P also gave me and everybody else a chance to be a leader. Master Randall has helped me in a lot of ways. He taught me during sparring if you don’t keep your guard up then you will get hit. He taught me that you have to keep a safe distance between you and your partner so neither one of us gets hurt. He also taught us during sparring, or any activities to remember it’s a game it’s not real. Master Randall also taught me that if somebody is actually trying to hurt you, that you have to first identify what kind of situation you are in, then do what you can to get out of it. All of these pointers, tips, and basic moves have helped me get to where I am now. I would like to thank everybody for helping me get here and giving me a chance to get from white belt to my black belt. 

Second Degree Black Belt Test-Gabriel Wilber

This June 2016, Gabriel Wilber will be testing for his Second Degree Black Belt. As part of the testing requirements, he must submit a letter of thanks and a short video. He is among a small group testing this summer. Those who pass will demonstrate a sample of their skills at the graduation on Wednesday, June 8th at 530pm. Everyone is invited to help us celebrate.

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Testing for First Degree Black Belt-Meyer Randall

This June 2016, Meyer Randall will be testing for his First Degree Black Belt. As part of the testing requirements, he must submit a letter of thanks and a short video. He is among a small group testing this summer. Those who pass will demonstrate a sample of their skills at the graduation on Wednesday, June 8th at 530pm. Everyone is invited to help us celebrate.

Meyer Randall

First Dan Candidate

Thank You Letter

Test Date June 2016

May 1, 2016

I would like to thank David Schultz for always being there for me. David was my partner for sparring, grappling, and self-defense.

I would like to thank Peter Schultz because he’s been there ever since I’ve started. He was always gentle to me because I really don’t like to get hurt.

I want to thank Mrs. Schultz because when I put my hands down she reminded me to bring them up. She would be there every single time I put my hands down and would keep reminding me over and over and over again. Now it is really useful so when I’m sparring I’m not always getting hit in the head.

I want to thank Mr. Schultz for helping me with sparring. Whenever I had someone big he would always have confidence in me and tell me to never give up. Thanks Schultz’s, you really help me.

I want to thank Kyle Berube for making sure I always have fun in class. He’s a really, really nice guy and I don’t know how much I could thank him for being there for me.

I want to thank Luke Dobson because he helped me with my stances and if I got it wrong he helped me fix it. It really helps me in sparring and self-defense.

I want to thank Mr. Lane for being my mentor because he took time off from work just to help me and a couple of my other classmates in TaeKwonDo to train hard.  Mr. Lane has increased my push-ups. He made me do more push-ups than my body can hold, but it’s been really good because we have to do 1000 push-ups for the Black Belt test. Thank you so much, Mr. Lane.

I want to thank Master Randall because he’s been my teacher for five years and helped me out with my training. I’ve learned a lot more than I knew when I was a white belt in TaeKwonDo because if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to protect myself. Thanks dad!!!!!!!!!!

And, thank you to Gabriel Wilber because he helped me with my stances. He helps me with my side kicks. He helps me with sparring and self-defense. He helps me with just about everything and I learned I’m not the fastest learner but with Mr. Wilber’s help I can learn pretty fast.

I want to thank Mrs. Esposito. She has been there for me. She invited me to her basement to train with her. She helps me do my conditioning and a couple of my other classmates in TaeKwonDo. She’s been really awesome to me and Gabe.

Last, but not least, I want to thank Gabby Whisnant because she’s really fun to play with in anything goes sparring. She’s a really, really hard person to spar. She gives me a good challenge.

Thank you everybody who has helped throughout my training.