January Kickin’ Newsletter – 2023

Never Give Up!

In a competitive world, teaching our children the value of not quitting is required for their ultimate success as self-reliant, capable, caring, and responsible citizens. As the experts always say, it’s best to start early. Young children have the most curious and inquisitive minds which allow them to learn faster. So the sooner you teach your children not to be quitters, the better they’ll remember it and apply it to their lives.

The value of effort

One of the biggest errors made by parents is that they focus on a child’s natural ability to do things rather than the effort he or she puts in. This sends out a wrong message to our children that it is their inherent ability that matters, not what they do. Teaching your children the benefits of putting in effort allows them to learn the values of hard work. No matter how little or great the effort, praising and positively reinforcing your children for their work teaches them to face problems head on.

Failures are a part of our lives and they teach us where we went wrong and what not to do. One of the key steps in teaching your children not to give up is to also teach them how to accept failures, defeat, and loss. If you child has not performed well in school or has misbehaved, ask them to analyze what they’ve done and where they went wrong. Giving into your child’s tantrums and allowing them to quit only sends them the message that they are incapable of succeeding.

Karate is not for quitters!

One of the best ways to teach your child the values of not quitting is to teach them the art of karate. Contrary to popular belief, karate is not just a form of self-defense. It is a brilliant art form that teaches its learners discipline and focus. When you enroll your children in karate classes, you give them the opportunity to learn the true value of hard work, dedication, and perseverance.

Karate takes years to master and requires dedication. Karate also provides a platform for your children to interact and partner with other children, teaching them the importance of sportsmanship and healthy competition. More important than fun or sport, your children will learn the priceless skill of not giving up!

Special Mention

Look Who Joined TM Martial Arts Academy!

Danny Evjen, Vida Sanchez, Michael Camis IV, and Skyler Dusch

Look Who Committed to Black Belt Training!

Liam Vergara, Kendra Joseph, Shawn Ruther, Liam McDonald, Thomas Tellor, Tae Kim, Christian Rodriguez, and Eli Rodriguez


How To Train Like A Black Belt!

Throughout the months of November and December, we challenged ALL our students to dream BIG and set fresh martial arts goals. Our students completed several assignments meant to help them visualize their journey to Black Belt. We are so proud of you all for taking action steps to set tremendous goals!
Now it’s GO TIME! We have brand new challenges in store for the month of January to help students start working toward those amazing Black Belt goals, so get hyped!

We know that in order to become a Black Belt, we must train like a Black Belt! That means developing strong habits. Throughout the month of January, we will be focusing on the strong habits that make Black Belts successful!


STUDENT CHALLENGE #1—ALL students: Each week we will post a new VIDEO on our website, highlighting a specific Black Belt habit! Watch each video and answer the question in the caption. Turn it in to your instructor for a 5-stripe reward! https://tmmartialarts.com/how-to-train-like-a-black-belt/

STUDENT CHALLENGE #2—ALL students: Write a paragraph (minimum 5 sentences) about how martial arts training has helped you develop good habits. Turn it in to your instructor for a 5-stripe reward! (Deadline January 31st)

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” — Jim Rohn



Breaking Barriers, Board Breaking Seminar

Hey students! Don’t miss our Breaking Through Barriers – Board Breaking Seminar!
We welcome special guest Grandmaster Jeff Smith from Sterling VA. He will teach us the skills World Champions use to break through barriers of all kinds!
* 10:00am-11:15am – Basic Level White belt through Hi Yellow belt
* 11:30am-12:45pm – Basic Level Jr. Orange & up/Level 1
* 1:15pm-2:30pm – Level 2, Level 3, School Black Belt, Black Belt, Combat Hapkido
***Registration includes 3 boards
$10 Basic Level
$6 Black Belt Club
FREE Leadership Club
Registration forms are available at the front desk.


Valentine’s Day Ninja Night Out

Hey Parents! We think you deserve a night out to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Drop your kids off at our Valentine’s Ninja Night Out, where they will enjoy pizza, games, crafts, a movie, and more! They will have a blast while you enjoy 3 hours to yourselves! Space is limited, so please pre-register by February 8th to reserve your child’s spot
$20 – Basic Members, Siblings, and Guests (Ages 4-12)
$10 – Black Belt Club Members
FREE – Leadership Club Members



Mark Your Calendar!

December 31-Jan 2 – CLOSED, Happy New Year!

January 3 – Classes resume

January 21 – Leadership Instructor Training Meeting @1:30pm-2:30pm

January 23-28 – Progress Check Week!

February 2 – Ribbon Cutting at TM Martial Arts Academy! All students are invited to join the group photo at 4:00pm


February 4 – Board Breaking Seminar, featuring special guest GM Jeff Smith

February 11 – Leadership Instructor Training Meeting @1:30-2:30pm

February 11 – Valentine’s Day Ninja Night Out @5:30pm-8:30pm

February 13-24 – Belt Testing

February 25 – Belt Promotion Ceremonies (Times based on belt level)


NEW! Recommended Reading Corner

This month, we recommend reading “The Coddling of the American Mind” by Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt.

We want to challenge students and parents to read at least one book per month to stay mentally strong.