February Kickin' Newsletter - 2018 - TM Martial Arts

February Kickin’ Newsletter – 2018


Here’s Why Parents LOVE Karate!

At TM Martial Arts, students love learning new skills, making friends, and earning fun rewards along the way. But why do parents love karate? Because their students are gaining lifelong skills like DISCIPLINE, RESPECT, CONFIDENCE, LEADERSHIP, TEAMWORK, DETERMINATION, INTEGRITY, HONESTY, ACCOUNTABILITY, RESPONSIBILITY, and so much more!

board-break-3Instilling character development in young students is a tall order. How do we accomplish such an important mission? We partner with parents to set high expectations for students, both on and off the mat. Our instructors take a personal interest in each of our students’ progress and reward respect and good habits at home. But don’t just take our word for it. Check out for yourself why parents LOVE karate at TM Martial Arts!

“Can’t say enough good things about this academy. From the friendly staff, to the amazing teachers, my son absolutely loves being a part of it all!! He has learned so much, and gained so much confidence in just a short time. I couldn’t be happier with our choice of joining here over other facilities! We looked at 3 other places and nothing compared to TM!” Christina Rauen

img_7145“Amazing Amazing staff! The instructors are some of the finest you can ever meet… So much positive energy from the instructors flows throughout the lessons.” Scott Davis

“My daughter really loves her Combat Hapkido class. All the instructors are really helpful and nice. We would recommend this to anybody, we are very impressed with what she has learned so far in self defense.” Edward Olejniczak

“Your program is so much more than just an extracurricular activity. All the instructors have taught [my son] to be brave & have given him the self confidence to know he can stand up for himself. You challenge him to try things & at the same time make him feel like he can do it. Master Harrison, you have especially taught him to use his voice.” Laura Meston

We are so thankful for students and families at TM Martial Arts. And, as we celebrate our 15th anniversary, we look forward to many more years of serving the community.

Have you joined the TM Martial Arts family yet? If not, give us a call! Let us show you all the things there is to LOVE about martial arts training! (815) 254-6141



Look Who Joined TM Martial Arts!

Alexander Jovanovski, Chloe Gray, Dallas Bingham, Nathan Bingham, Dominique Baldivia, Madison Lynd, Jacob Casey, Payton Shahan, Chris Shahan, Samuel Murphy, Damian Reyes, Jakob Cepon, Aliana Gonzalez, Kenny Courtright, and Julian Castellanos

Look Who Committed to Black Belt Training!

Michael Michaud, Delilah Martin, Dallas Bingham, Nathan Bingham, Kelly Slucki, and Jackson Funk

Look Who’s On Our 2018 Demonstration Team!

Mr. Andrew Kohrt (Coach), Mr. Kyle Clay (Coach), Aidan Watkins, Anthony Ramirez, Isabella Hamilton, Kyle Rauen, Liam Condron, Ryan Forneris, Sam White, Aiden Lesoing, Ella Ambos, Schott Misch, Yurem Zarco, Lucy Lessner, Spencer Wiechec, Ezequiel Torres III, JaMarkes Wiley, and Robert Bailey


Leadership Instructor Training!

Did you know that the highest level of leadership training at TM Martial Arts is our Leadership Instructor Training Program? Once a student is nominated for this program, they begin to shadow instructors in beginner classes. The skills they develop include time management, coaching other students, public speaking, some administrative tasks like taking attendance and setting appointments at community events, plus so much more!

Throughout the month of January, our Leadership Instructor Trainees participated in a four part workshop series on public speaking. These sessions were led by special guest Chad Scott, frequent campus motivational speaker, large business owner in the sports industry, and student at TM Martial Arts.

workshopInstructor Trainees had a blast learning valuable techniques for instructing in a clear, concise manner. We are excited to offer workshops like these are part of the advanced training offered at TM Martial Arts, because we know these skills will serve our students well throughout the rest of their lives!

You’ve Got Mail!

email clipartParents! Please check your email this week for important student info regarding belt testing requirements and important deadlines! Belt testing is coming up this month, and we want every students to be prepared and eligible! (If you are NOT receiving our emails, please give us a call to update your contact info).

Leadership Book Review!

3dbookcoverHey Leadership Club students! We hope you have enjoyed reading Way of the Warrior Kid, by Jocko Willink. This required reading assignment is part of your leadership training, but we know reading it was a lot of fun too! Don’t forget to grab your book test, complete it, and return it with your Testing Forms by Wednesday, February 14th.

Happy 15th Birthday!

15yearsIt’s our 15th birthday. And YOU are invited to celebrate with us on Saturday, February 3rd! Bring friends and family members to join you in class. Everyone will be entered into a raffle to win a FREE special edition hoodie. And then you are invited to share cake, tell us your favorite memories and take pictures at 12pm noon. We sure hope to see you there!

Valentine’s Ninja Night Out!

vector-ninja-clipartCalling all ninjas! Come join us on February 10th from 5pm-9pm for a special Ninja Night Out! We will play team games, do a Valentine craft, eat pizza, watch a movie and more! Pick up a flyer at the reception desk for more info. But hurry! Space is limited. And don’t forget to invite a friend!

Sparring Skills Workshop!

Jeff Smith trophyOn Saturday, March 10th, we welcome back special guest, 7-time World Champion Kickboxer, Jeff Smith. He will travel all the way from Sterling, VA to bring us a Sparring Skills Workshop! All Leadership Club and Black Belt Club students are invited to attend:

11:00AM – Leadership Club and Black Belt Club students, all belt levels (non-contact sparring)

12:15PM – Only students currently in our sparring classes (contact sparring)


WORD OF THE MONTH: “Leadership”



February 3 – Happy 15th Birthday TM Martial Arts! All families and friends are welcome to join students on the mat today!

February 10 – Valentine’s Day Ninja Night Out @5pm-9pm

February 14 – “Intent to Promote” forms, payment, “Good Habits” sheets due; TKD Students and CHKD Students…make sure to schedule a testing appointment!

February 17 – School black belt testing @11:00am (by appointment only)

February 19-23 – Color belt testing for TKD and CHKD (by appointment only)

February 24 – Promotion Ceremony (No regular classes)

8:00am – CHKD (All levels)

9:30am – All Little Ninjas/Super Ninjas & Basic level (promoting to Jr. Yellow/Yellow/Hi Yellow belt)

11:00am – Basic level and Level 1 (promoting to Jr. Orange belt and above)

12:30pm – Level 2 & Level 3 (All)

March 3 & 4 – Picture Day! (By appointment only)

March 10 – Grandmaster Smith’s Special Sparring Class!