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October Kickin’ Newsletter – 2023

Overcoming Fear

Let’s look at self-discipline and how it can help overcome fear. Many of us have good intentions, but we may become a little overwhelmed by the magnitude of a goal, or lose faith that we have what it takes to succeed. We can become bogged down in feelings of fear and failure when the results don’t go our way.

With a little self-awareness, we can break this cycle. Self-discipline is a practice, and many of the elements can be taught in martial arts. Training in martial arts is a great way to build self-discipline and other important skills. Small wins every day can add up to large sums. Learning martial arts can help you enhance your self-discipline and bring you closer to your goals.

Below are some strategies you can implement in your daily life to increase self-discipline in your life.

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.

Understand How You’ll Measure Progress

It’s difficult to know when you 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 dojo, 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.

Take Your First Step Toward A Life Of Self-Discipline Today

Learning a martial art at any age can help you strengthen your self-discipline muscle. It’s an excellent way to learn focus, improve your health, and develop new skills that can help you in work, school, or your personal life. If you’re looking to take a class with TM Martial Arts, enroll today!


Special Mention

Look Who Joined TM Martial Arts Academy!

Luca Cebotari, Bentley Debelak, Timya Woods, Danaeyah Woods, Israel Betanzos, Kavan Seat, Cayla Intrakamhang, Daryn Brown, Alejandro Lopez, Vantina Lopez, Niyeem Garrett, Isaac Quadi, Nora Wright, Marshall Lyne, Lori Carmine, Nova Klein, Adam Smith, Dalida Jusu, Jalen Johnson, Nathaniel, Pinera, and Gabriel Rios

Look Who Committed to Black Belt Training!

Ximena Perez, Brayden Mangialardi, Citlali Alvarado, and Alexander Lebron


4th Annual TM Martial Arts Tournament

WHEN: Saturday, October 7, 2023
WHERE: TM Martial Arts, 3480 Caton Farm Rd, Joliet IL 60431
WHO: TM Martial Arts Students of every belt level
WHAT: Categories include Taegeuk Forms, Board Breaking and Weapons Demonstration
HOW: Registration packets must be submitted along with payment to hold your spot in the tournament
PRICE: Deadline to receive earlybird rate of $40 for first category is September 15. Deadline to register at regular price of $50 per category is October 1st. Every participant receives a special edition Tournament T-Shirt
QUESTIONS? Please don’t hesitate to ask! We want to make sure this is a fun and positive learning experience for every one of our students! (815) 527-3947


October Belt Promotion Ceremonies

It’s time to celebrate our students’ hard work! Parents, friends and family…please join us Saturday, October 28 for Belt Promotion Ceremonies at TM Martial Arts Academy! (Don’t forget your cameras!)
Saturday October 28th Color Belt Promotion (No regular classes)
9:15am-9:45am COMBAT HAPKIDO, All belt levels
10:00am-10:45am All LITTLE NINJAS & BASIC LEVEL students promoting to Jr. Yellow, Yellow, and Jr. Orange
11:00am-11:45am BASIC LEVEL students promoting to Orange, Jr. Green, Green, and Hi Green. LEVEL 1 students promoting to Orange, Hi Orange, and Green
12:00pm-12:45pm LEVEL 1 students promoting to Hi Green, Purple, Hi Purple, Jr. Blue, and students promoting to SCHOOL BLACK BELTS 1st Gup
1:00pm-1:45pm ALL LEVEL 2 and students promoting to SCHOOL BLACK BELT 2nd Gup
2:00pm-2:45pm ALL LEVEL 3, students promoting to SCHOOL BLACK BELT 3rd Gups, and ALL BLACK BELTS


Spirit Week

SPIRIT WEEK is here! Show your spirit by coming to class dressed for each theme! We have special themed music and fun activities planned for each day. So don’t miss the fun! (BONUS! Bring a friend to class, and they will receive a special gift! Guest waivers are available at the front desk)
MONDAY – Wear your favorite superhero t-shirt along with your karate pants and belt
TUESDAY – Wear your Halloween costume to class!
WEDNESDAY – Wear a beach shirt, along with your karate pants and belt
THURSDAY – Wear your belt color, head to toe!
FRIDAY – Wear your favorite sports team t-shirt, along with your karate pants and belt


2023 Combat Hapkido Training Conference

WHAT: TRU Women’s Self-Defense Seminar, Presented by Sr. Master Trina Pellegrini
WHEN: Friday, November 10, 2023
TIME: 6:30pm-8:30pm
PRICING: $25 – Regular Pricing
$15 if you also register for the “Double Impact” Seminar
* TRU stands for “Trained – Ready – Unafraid.”
What are some of the things you’ll learn? Situational Awareness! Simple, easy, but effective self defense techniques! Defense against weapons! And more… (For ages 13 and up)
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WHAT: Combat Hapkido “Double Impact” Seminar; Presented by Grandmaster John Pellegrini & Grandmaster Mark Gridley
WHEN: Saturday, November 11, 2023
TIME: 10:00am-4:00pm
PRICING: $119 – Earlybird Pricing (Through September 15)
$139 – Pre-registration Pricing (September 16-November 4)
$150 – Regular Pricing (November 5th and thereafter)
INSTRUCTOR DISCOUNT: Instructors bringing 6 or more students attend for FREE! (All registrations with payments must be sent together and received by November 4th to take advantage of this special offer)
DRESS CODE: Full martial arts uniform required. If uniform is not available, may wear martial arts/tactical training pants with Combat Hapkido t-shirt or polo shirt.
PLEASE NOTE: Full Pro Shop will be available onsite
NEARBY HOTELS: Hampton Inn – 3555 Mall Loop Dr. Joliet IL (815) 439-9500 Motel 6 – 3551 Mall Loop Dr. Joliet IL (815) 439-1332 Fairfield Inn & Suites – 3239 Norman Ave. Joliet IL (815) 436-6577
* In this seminar, you will learn simple, effective self-defense skills, pressure point tactics, and more! Taught by founder of the art, Grandmaster John Pellegrini along with Grandmaster Mark Gridley.


Mark Your Calendar

TM Martial Arts Academy: 3480 Caton Farm Rd, Joliet 60431
**Categories include Forms, Board Breaking and Weapons Demonstration
**Registration packets are available at the front desk and must be submitted along with payment to hold your spot in the tournament

HEY STUDENTS AND FAMILIES!!! You’re invited to join us Saturday, October 7th @6:05pm to watch Grandmaster Harrison play in the 2nd Annual Hometown Celebrity Allstar Game presented by St. Mary Immaculate Parish School!!! Please sign up at the front desk to reserve tickets to watch Master Harrison at bat, representing TM Martial Arts Academy. But HURRY! These complimentary tickets are limited.

Monthly meeting to sharpen your Leadership Skills! 1:30pm-2:30pm

October 16-21, 23-26 – TESTING WEEK
(By appointment only, please schedule a testing time with you instructor)

(Times based on class level; TBA)

(Adjusted Class Schedule!)

8:00am Combat Hapkido class

9:00am Ninjas/Basic Class

10:00am Level 1

11:15 Black Belt testing begins


Monthly meeting to sharpen your Leadership Skills! 1:30pm-2:30pm