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July Kickin’ Newsletter – 2022

5 Strategies To Help You Build Self-Discipline

Write Your Goal Down

Writing a goal down forces you to visualize it. Seeing it on paper can make it feel real in your mind, and you start to think about the ways to make it a reality. It becomes easier to break down, and to see the steps necessary to achieve the goal. Once it’s down on paper, you can start thinking about it in more detail.

A kid martial artists holding a trophyUnderstand How You’ll Measure Progress

It’s difficult to succeed if you don’t know what you’re measuring. If your goal is to learn a martial art, the belt system is a great measure of that success. It’s helpful to know what you have to do to advance through the belt system and break a little off at a time.

It’s always helpful to know what success looks like, inside the studio and out. Do you really just want a black belt, or do you want to know all the moves? Once you know what you’re looking for, and how you want to measure it, you’ll have a better understanding of your goal.

Visualize The End

When you imagine something in detail, your brain reacts as if you’ve actually experienced it. The mind doesn’t distinguish between real and imagined memories. This is a feature we can use to our advantage, as we work to overcome any fear or anxiety we may have regarding our goal.

You Can Start Small

Even when you’re inspired, you don’t have to start by trying to achieve everything at once. For instance, if you want to lose 50 pounds, maybe it begins with not eating after 7 p.m. or eliminating fast food. It can be easier to implement one small change, or go after one small goal instead of tackling something huge all at once.

Don’t Be Afraid To Start Over

Those who have strong self-discipline have tried and failed. They’ve made the wrong decisions. The difference is that they kept going, and they eventually discover what it takes to make better decisions and advance on their path. Resilience is a key component when it comes to building stronger self-discipline.


Special Mention

Congratulations to our Students!

We want to say a special CONGRATULATIONS to our students who promoted at our Belt Promotion and Black Belt Extravaganza on Saturday, June 25. It was a fantastic event! And we were so inspired by the black belts who promoted to their next dan! Also, CONGRATULATIONS to this month’s MVP Student, Kenneth Greer!


Look Who Joined TM Martial Arts Academy!

Fernando Ramirez, Ezekiel Ludemann, Avery Beushausen, Anaid Reyes, Beniam Zewdie, Natalia Solis, Israel Melendez, Alejandro Orozco, Amanda Nelson, Lucas Garcia, Shayan Malik, Camden Martin, Ellianna Hermosillo, Jaime Madrigal, Ivan Valencia Jr, Paxtyn Loots, Nicolas Lopez-Aguilera, Alvany Reyes, London Viray, Dakoda Gleason, and Justin Abdelsayed


Look Who Committed to Black Belt Training!

Grayson Selesky, Kameron Murray, Logan Clark, David Merchantz, Alijah Rashad, Ezra Verdin, Isabela Vrinceanu, Alex Vrinceanu, Julian Maass, Isaiah Torres, Nicholas Ionas, Emily Banaru, Caddis Karikari, Jakob DeWitt, James Wallace, Lilly Villagrana, Dade Hayes, Philip Scholp, Evan Tisdale, Salome Forero, MaKinley Clark, Bethany Jackson, Angelina Mazonas, Richard Mazonas, Louis Whittier, Marissa Westmoreland, Jennifer Bruzzo, Maddux Knepper, Beckett Knepper, Ricky Buhle Valerie Buhle, Paisley Schraeder, Ben Zupancic, and Charlotte Zupancic

Happy Independence Day!

TM Martial Arts Academy will be CLOSED on Monday, July 4th to allow our staff and students to join their families in observance of Independence Day! See you Tuesday, July 5th!


TM Martial Arts Summer Skills Camp!

Registration is open for 2022 TM Martial Arts Summer Skills Camp! Advance a belt level in two weeks through over 20 hours of Intensive Martial Arts Training. Monday through Friday, 9am-3pm (early drop-off and late pick-up available upon request).

Hurry! Registration is still open!

*Attend 1 week to supplement your current training OR attend 2 weeks to advance an entire belt level:

WEEK ONE: July 18-July 22

WEEK TWO: July 25-July 29

*Weekly Pool Day

*Bonus Game Truck Day!


TM Martial Arts Annual Picnic!

YOU are invited to the TM Martial Arts Annual Picnic!

When: Sunday July 31 @12pm-3pm

Where: Boy Scout Park: 23729 West Ottawa Street, Plainfield, IL 60544 (across the street from the pool)

What to bring: Please sign up at the front desk to let us know how many people will be attending and if you will bring a side dishdessert, or drinks to share (hotdogs and hamburgers will be catered).

* Every year we invite students and instructors to bring water balloons to contribute to our HUGE water balloon fight! All are welcome to join!


Mark Your Calendar

July 2 – TM Martial Arts Academy closes at 12pm NOON
July 4 – CLOSED for Independence Day!
July 9 – Leadership Instructor Training 1:45pm-2:45pm
July 18-22 – Week ONE Summer Skills Camp
July 25-29 – Week TWO Summer Skills Camp
July 30 – Leadership Instructor Training 1:45pm-2:45pm
July 31 – TM Martial Arts Picnic 12:00pm-3:00pm
Word of the Month – “COURAGE”
Leadership Black Belt Skill of the Month – BO STAFF

NEW! Recommended Reading Corner

This month, join our staff as we read the book, “The Go Getter” by Peter B Kyne

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