November Kickin’ Newsletter – 2022

How Karate Develops Courtesy in Kids

The practice of karate is far more than fighting, shouting, and jumping around! Classes at TM Martial Arts Academy gradually make kids self-disciplined and self-confident. Consistent training in a quality karate program teaches the habit of respect and courtesy for their teachers, classmates, and elders. During class, children are taught to address their seniors respectfully. They are taught a positive attitude towards life which increases their sense of responsibility. Karate training makes children confident as it teaches self-control and self-esteem which increases their sense of self-worth – and affects how others view them as individuals.

Karate and discipline

The rigorous training involved in martial arts instills values of honesty and hard work among children, adolescents, and teens. As children interact in close quarters, they steadily learn from classmates how to improve their moves along with their speech and behavior. They learn the necessity of rules and the importance of making loyal, honorable choices in every sphere of life, which helps with their self-discipline too.

In free sparring class, students develop the power to concentrate, anticipate, and even influence their opponents’ moves to avoid being “hit” or “scored upon” – then respond with a swift, well-rehearsed counter-attack. TM Martial Arts Academy helps students of all ages develop the power to think quickly to achieve victory, shut out distractions, and concentrate on the work at hand for longer periods of time.

Karate and courtesy

By learning to show courtesy and respect for their teachers and classmates, children learn to appreciate abilities of each other and hone their personal skills. This develops a sense of cooperative learning and kind consideration for each other. The simple acts of bowing to teachers and training partners, raising a hand to speak, holding a particular stance until instructed to move, and so on develops an awareness that spawns courteous and respectful behavior, which oftentimes is returned. Respect, gratitude, and humility are moral concepts and values central to the philosophies of certain traditional martial art forms.

Karate and personality

Children and adults learning karate are advised to follow a healthy, balanced diet to help them meet personal physical goals for health and well-being. The training programs are a mix of fun and learning, with a seemingly endless supply of knowledge and proficiency to acquire, which keeps the interest and motivation for progress thriving. With a little practice, most students become accomplished both physically and mentally in diverse ways and “personal victories.” Karate enhances balance and control over posture, body language, and body movements. It has the capability of improving the self-image, the outlook, and the personality of an individual which often leads to new paths of opportunity and growth.

Children who learn karate from a young age become leaders over a period of time as their self-confidence and proficiency grow. In time they show readiness to take on responsibility and they’re off to the races! A firm foundation in respect and courtesy is a magnificent starting point and touchstone for all people everywhere.

Special Mention

Look Who Joined TM Martial Arts Academy!

Kendra Joseph, Ayden Smith, Andrew Rivera, Kashtian Wade, Miracle Stechkober, Shawn Ruther, Abel Elmore, Francisco Jr. Estrada, and Paul Jr. Kovacs!


Look Who Committed to Black Belt Training!

Michael Benaitis, Alvany Reyes, Luka Del Moral, Jacob McDonald, Brenden Harris, Hailey Carroll, Sarah Cortes, Callen Galle, Lola Schottenloher, and Jaime Segura!


Get Ready For Black Belt Goal-Setting Season!

We are excited to announce Black Belt Goal-Setting Season, November 14-December 17! This is the time of year when we encourage ALL our students to dream BIG and set fresh martial arts goals. We have interactive activities and fun challenges in store for everyone, so stay tuned!!


20th Anniversary Limited Edition Hoodie!

We proudly announce our TM Martial Arts Academy Special Edition 20th Anniversary hoodie! Call (815) 254-6141 or stop by the front desk to snag yours! (Order deadline is Saturday, November 12th)

Holiday Ninja Night Out!

Hey Parents! Do you find yourself needing to do last-minute holiday shopping? We’ve got you covered! Drop your kids off at our Holiday Ninja Night Out, where they will enjoy pizza, games, crafts, a movie, and more! They will have a blast while you enjoy 4 hours to yourselves! Register by November 30 to reserve your child’s spot. (815) 254-6141

$20 Basic Members & Non-members (ages 4-12)
$10 Siblings & additional friends (ages 4-12)
$10 Black Belt Club Members
FREE for Leadership Club Members

Mark Your Calendar!

November 5 – Black Belt Testing, begins at noon. NO CLASSES AFTER 12PM

November 12 – Deadline for Limited Edition hoodie orders!

November 14 – Black Belt Goal-Setting Season Begins! STUDENTS – Check your mailbox for some surprise inspirational messages!

November 14-25 –BLACK FRIDAY SALE! Ask us why NOW is the best time to save money on your martial arts program!

November 19 – Leadership Instructor Training Meeting 1:45pm-2:45pm

November 24-26 – NO CLASSES! Happy Thanksgiving!

December 3 – Holiday Ninja Night Out @5pm-8pm

December 10 – Leadership Instructor Training Meeting 1:45pm-2:45pm