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March Kickin Newsletter – 2017

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You Get What You Put In!

erik 2What’s luck got to do with it? The harder you work, the luckier you get! That’s because hard work is eventually followed by great reward. This month, our instructors noticed one particular student who was going the extra mile. Read More

February Kickin’ Newsletter – 2017

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Why Do Families LOVE Karate?

At TM Martial Arts, training in karate is more than simply learning a few punches and kicks. It’s more than flashy spins or self-defense techniques. Our students receive all that plus SO MUCH MORE when they come to class at TM Martial Arts! Read More

Let’s Talk About Teamwork!

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Let’s Talk About Teamwork

As we ring in the New Year, it’s a great time to set fresh goals! Especially when it comes to raising up young kids. What are some of the life skills you would like your Little Ninja to learn this year? Many parents would include Teamwork at the top of their list. Read More

January Kickin’ Newsletter – 2017

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The Power of Written Goals!

What a great year we have had at TM Martial Arts! The TM Martial Arts family has grown leaps and bounds. Many of our students have set their goal all the way to 2nd degree black belt, and by joining Leadership Club, they will enjoy all the advanced skill training and academic leadership experience needed to reach those goals. What are YOU hoping to accomplish this year? How many times have you set a New Year’s resolution, just to watch your resolve fizzle after a few weeks? What’s the key to crossing the finish line? What about kids? How do you instill a strong sense of commitment within your children, so that they grow up accomplishing all that they set out to do? Read More

How Karate Kids Change Our World: Part 1

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In February 2015, Ms. Karis had the opportunity to join other martial artists in a tour of the Naval Diving & Salvage Training Center in Florida, which is the largest diving facility in the world! What made this tour extra special? It was led by Commanding Officer, Hung Cao! Did you know that Commander Cao studied martial arts as a child? He says martial arts gave him the discipline and perseverance he needed to accomplish great things. His unique story illustrates how karate kids change our world!

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The Power Of Written Goals!

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Why Commitment On Paper Matters

How many times have you set a New Year’s resolution, just to watch your resolve fizzle after a few weeks? What’s the key to crossing the finish line? What about kids? How do you instill a strong sense of commitment within your children, so that they grow up accomplishing all that they set out to do? Read More

The Martial Arts and Mindfulness

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The martial arts and mindfulness go hand in hand.

Both have their roots in the eastern part of the world, and both help us better understand the connections between body and mind.

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December Kickin’ Newsletter – 2016

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Give The Gift Of Karate!

If there’s one thing we know for absolute sure it’s that the opportunity to train in martial arts is the gift that keeps on giving. Why? Because the programs at TM Martial Arts are specially designed to grow img_7145a person as a whole! Students of every age are certainly challenged PHYSICALLY, and they find themselves developing more speed, power, flexibility and coordination. But they are also challenged MENTALLY, as they improve focus, attention, memory and awareness skills. On top of all that, a significant piece of our program develops important LIFE SKILLS, such as self-discipline, good habits at home and school, and leadership among peers. The direct result is a well-rounded person who is confident, goal-oriented, and immune to negative peer pressure. Read More

November Kickin’ Newsletter – 2016

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It’s More Than Punching and Kicking!

Martial Arts training involves more than punching and kicking. It’s a whole-person experience, developing life skills and good habits within each student. One of the important life skills it teaches is goal-setting and follow through. Last month, we were honored to welcome Grandmaster Jeff Smith, 7 time World Karate Champion, to inspire us to reach for world-class goals! Read More

Combat Hapkido: The Science of Self-Defense

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Combat Hapkido is a self-defense system based on scientific principles and modern concepts, founded by John Pellegrini in 1990.

Combat Hapkido is also known as the “Science of Self-Defense.” This relatively new style incorporates more self-defense scenarios, addressing some common criticism with traditional Hapkido. It teaches its practitioners how to find advantageous ground while defending themselves, recapturing control of the encounter from the attacker.

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October Kickin’ Newsletter – 2016

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Leadership In Action!

Becoming a great leader takes time, practice and a plethora of skills. However, you don’t have to take classes in leadership to develop the traits and abilities most often associated with positions of authority. Martial arts can also teach such skills. And they can be put into practice anywhere you go! Read More

September Kickin’ Newsletter – 2016

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Set Your Goal To Blackbelt!

Just as a pilot controls an airplane, you control the achievement of your goals. You must take the responsibility to perform the necessary steps to be successful. You must try to do your best in martial arts class, to kick strong and punch quickly. You must study and do your homework to achieve good grades in school. YOU are the pilot, and you are in charge of becoming the best Black Belt-minded person you’re able to be.

The skills you learn as a martial arts student on your way to black belt will serve you well in EVERY area of your life. Read More

What Martial Arts are Best for Self-Defense?

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What martial arts are best for self-defense?

The answer will be different for each person’s unique risks and dangers.  However, when you learn the martial arts, your self-defense abilities improve naturally. If it comes to defending yourself in an adverse situation, avoidance, awareness and prevention are the best approaches to start with. In some situations, avoidance and prevention aren’t necessarily possible.

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Let’s Talk About Coordination!

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Let’s Talk About Coordination

In our Little Ninjas class, you’ll often hear young students repeat the phrase, “Coordination! It’s making our body do…what our mind tells it to!” Why is Coordination such a focal point in our curriculum? Because young children are still forming a mind/body connection at this stage in their development.

Coordination refers to whether children can get their arms and legs to work together in a coordinated, effective way. In addition, many tasks which require coordinated movement also require the child to have good motor planning to time their movements accurately. Fun drills and games are woven into our Little Ninjas curriculum to promote coordination. By participating in Coordination Day on a regular basis, Little Ninja students strengthen these skills and prepare for future TaeKwonDo training, as well as tasks they will encounter within school and home life!

Coordination: the act of having your body parts work together harmoniously.

As Little Ninjas, your children will learn their left from their right. They will become better physical participants in class as well as other daily activities. The better the coordination they have, the less injuries they will experience. All sorts of talents sprout from this skill! And coordination is the basis for a physically proficient martial artist!

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August Kickin’ Newsletter – 2016

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Start School Strong!

The incredible thing about martial arts training is that it impacts more than a person’s physical ability. It also improves mental skills, such as focus, memory, and self-confidence! Whether you are a young student heading back to school or an adult out in the work force…training in martial arts will have a positive impact in nearly every area of your life! But don’t take our word for it! Here are some of the things our current members are saying…

“At TM Martial Arts my girls have learned more than just self-defense. They’ve learned discipline, respect, and most importantly they have gained self confidence.” ~Yesenia Barajas

“My boys and I have been training at TM Martial Arts for 3 years. It’s very structured. It’s teaching them discipline. They love it, I love it. It’s sometimes harder for me because I’m older. But I’m sticking with it until I get my black belt and higher. TM Martial Arts rules!” ~Shannon Wolf Read More

What’s The Big Deal About Being A Black Belt? Part 4

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What’s The Big Deal?

Important life skills, such as Leadership, Commitment, and Confidence need to be cultivated. Here at TM Martial Arts, they are part of our everyday curriculum. By the time a student has reached Black Belt ranking, they have mastered more than physical proficiency. They have also mastered important life skills like these.

Throughout the month of July, we have shared video testimonials from some of our Black Belt students and instructors. We hope their stories have inspired all of our students to set their goal to Black Belt and beyond!

So, what’s the big deal about being a Black Belt? Let’s hear it from one of our Black Belt students, Kyle Clay… Read More

What’s The Big Deal About Being A Black Belt? Part 3

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What’s The Big Deal?

Important life skills, such as Leadership, Commitment, and Confidence need to be cultivated. Here at TM Martial Arts, they are part of our everyday curriculum. By the time a student has reached Black Belt ranking, they have mastered more than physical proficiency. They have also mastered important life skills like these.

Throughout the month of July, we are sharing video testimonials from some of our Black Belt students and instructors. We hope their stories will inspire all of our students to set their goal to Black Belt and beyond!

So, what’s the big deal about being a Black Belt? Let’s hear it from our Black Belt Instructor, Mr. Jeremy… Read More

What’s The Big Deal About Being A Black Belt? Part 2

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What’s The Big Deal?

Here at TM Martial Arts, we talk a lot about Black Belt Excellence. But have you ever wondered why we put so much emphasis on Black Belt?

Throughout the month of July, we are sharing video testimonials from some of our Black Belt students and instructors. We hope their stories will inspire all of our students to set their goal to Black Belt and beyond!

So, what’s the big deal about being a Black Belt? Let’s hear it from our Black Belt Instructor, Mr. Alicton… Read More

What’s The Big Deal About Being A Black Belt? Part 1

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What’s The Big Deal?

Throughout the month of July, we are sharing video testimonials from some of our Black Belt students and instructors. We hope their stories will inspire all of our students to set their goal to Black Belt and beyond!

It is said that a Black Belt is really a White Belt who never gave up! We know this to be true. We also find that Black Belt students are immune to negative peer pressure, become leaders in their schools, display overwhelming confidence in the workplace, and pretty much make an impact in every area of their lives.

So, what’s the big deal about being a Black Belt? Let’s hear it from our Black Belt Instructor, Ms. Gabby… Read More

The Benefits of Committing to Long Term Martial Arts Training

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Self-discipline is often disguised as short-term pain, which often leads to long-term gains. The mistake many of us make is the need and want for short-term gains (immediate gratification), which often leads to long-term pain.” – Charles F. Glassman, Brain Drain The Breakthrough that Will Change Your Life

Martial arts training improves your quality of life, no matter your age or skill level. The lessons learned while practicing the martial arts can easily be transferred to activities outside the dojo. Read More

Let’s Talk About Discipline!

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Let’s Talk About Discipline!

We hope you are enjoying the warm, sunny days of summer and special time as a family. While our daily schedules seem a little more relaxed in the summer months, it’s important to stay consistent with discipline. What are some of the life skills you are working to instill in your children? Many parents would include Discipline at the top of their list. Discipline is an extremely important life skill that affects every area of a person’s life. From the classroom to the family room, from the playground to the office setting…Discipline is a skill that will serve your Little Ninja very well throughout the rest of his or her life! A skill this valuable must be carefully cultivated, because it won’t just develop on its own. Discipline means making right choices, even when we don’t feel like it. It’s showing respect to ourselves and to others. It’s practicing good habits and controlling our words and actions. Read More

July Kickin’ Newsletter – 2016

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What’s The Big Deal About Being A Black Belt?

Here at TM Martial Arts, you’ll hear us talk a lot about setting goals for Black Belt and beyond. We encourage our students to live with Black Belt Excellence, to display Black Belt Attitude, and to continually strive to earn their Black Belt. Why? Because we know how incredibly fulfilling the journey to Black Belt can be! The life lessons learned and the physical/mental challenges that are overcome along the way develop character, strength, confidence, and integrity within each student who dedicates himself to the process. Throughout the month of July, we will share video testimonials from some of our Black Belt students and instructors. We hope their stories will inspire all of our students to set their goal to Black Belt and beyond! It is said that a Black Belt is really a White Belt that never gave up! We know this to be true. We also find that Black Belt students are immune to negative peer pressure, become leaders in their schools, display overwhelming confidence in the workplace, and pretty much make an impact in every area of their lives. So, what’s the big deal about being a Black Belt? Read More

Let’s Talk About Control!

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Let’s Talk About Control!

The Key To Success! We all desire to raise up kids who demonstrate success, confidence, and the ability to make good decisions. Control is a very important skill that every young child should be introduced to. At TM Martial Arts, the emphasis in Little Ninjas class is on physical and mental control, as this will greatly prepare them for future martial arts training.

Control Martial Arts training teaches ninjas to control their physical movements. Many times, young children do not know the difference between playing rough and playing soft. In our studio, children start practicing physical movements that are slow and soft. The training they receive today will greatly help them throughout life. Read More

How the Martial Arts Can Build A Better Relationship With Your Children

How the Martial Arts Can Build A Better Relationship With Your Children

How the Martial Arts Can Build A Better Relationship With Your Children

One of the most rewarding aspects of parenting is bonding with your child, and exposing them to various activities to stimulate their interests.

Soccer, baseball or piano can often serve as the parental favorites, and many times for good reason. But as your child grows and interests spark, don’t discount the martial arts as a means for connecting with your child. I personally enjoyed watching classic martial arts movies with my younger son who later talked me into buying him a samurai sword and dressing as a father-son ninja team for Halloween. He is now fourteen and doesn’t think Dads are cool at all, so I cherish those memories, and hope he will as well.

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June Kickin’ Newsletter – 2016

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3 Reasons Summer Is The Perfect Time For Karate!

Beautiful weather inspires people to get out and get active! Just think about those sunny days! It seems everyone is lacing up their running shoes, hitting the parks, or heading off for a swim. Summer is also the perfect time for training in karate! Here are three great reasons students should train in martial arts during the summer: Read More

Let’s Talk About Teamwork!

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Let’s Talk About Teamwork!

The weather is warming up! And families are beginning to plan their calendar for warm weather activities. We are so glad you have chosen TM Martial Arts as part of you child’s weekly activity. As you know, the benefits of martial arts are countless!

Teamwork day is a favorite among our Little Ninjas! Read More

Life Lessons Learned From Martial Arts

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Life Lessons Learned From Martial Arts

The martial arts offer more than self-defense and physical fitness– they can teach us about life, and ourselves. Whether you are a veteran or brand new to the practice, there are important life lessons that can be applied to life outside the dojo.

Learning these lessons won’t just make you a better competitor, they will provide experience and set you up for success in other endeavors as well.

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May Kickin’ Newsletter – 2016

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It Just Keeps Getting Better!

The TM Martial Arts family is growing by leaps and bounds! And that means we’ll continue to offer more class options, exciting enhanced curriculum, and so much more! Stop by the reception desk to pick up your copy of the new summer class schedule. And buckle your seat belts, because we are in for an exciting summer here at TM Martial Arts! Read on for more details…

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How Can I Become A Leader?

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Learning Leadership Skills Through Martial Arts…

Becoming a great leader takes time, practice and a plethora of skills. However, you don’t have to take classes in leadership to develop the traits and abilities most often associated with positions of authority. Martial arts can also teach such skills. Here are three traits all leaders should have that martial arts may help you learn: Read More

What If My Child Wants To Quit?!

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What If My Child Wants To Quit?!

Here’s the scenario: You come across an article about all the incredible benefits kids can gain by training in martial arts. Things like discipline, focus, respect, coordination, and leadership skills. You know these are all things that you hope to instill in your own child! Then you overhear another mom make mention of a local martial arts studio where her daughter trains. So, you check out the website, contact the studio for more information, and before you know it your child has been scheduled for a free introductory lesson.  Read More

Open House Means FREE Family Fun!!!

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Free Fun For the Family!!!

For one exciting day, we will open the doors of our Joliet facility to the community to offer FREE Family Fun!!! On this day, we invite YOU to come check out our quality programs!

Open House
3480 W. Caton Farm Rd, Joliet
Saturday, April 30
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Let’s Talk About Focus!

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Let’s talk about focus!

“Look at my nose!” Whether your child is enrolled in kindergarten, pre-school, or is not yet old enough to hop on a bus, it is never too early to teach life skills such has FOCUS.

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April Kickin’ Newsletter – 2016

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As the weather warms up, TM Martial Arts becomes very active out in the community! In March, we participated in the Chamber of Commerce Business Expos for both Joliet and Plainfield. The TM Martial Arts Demonstration Team kicked off their 2016 season with several community performances. We offered self-defense workshops, welcomed a Girl Scout troop to come learn about safety, and launched our spring session of COBRA Fit Kickboxing!

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The Importance of Self-Discipline

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The Importance of Self-Discipline

Self-discipline is a necessary skill in life for achieving your goals, or reaching any level of success, no matter how big or small.

Self-discipline involves the ability to control impulses, emotions, desires and behavior. It involves the ability to forgo instant gratification, in favor of long-term satisfaction.

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7 Ways Martial Arts Will Transform Your Child

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7 Ways Martial Arts Will Transform Your Child

When your child learns martial arts, they are learning important life skills. The benefits of a strong martial arts program can last with your child long into adulthood.Age appropriate martial arts classes become an opportunity to learn life skills, character development, and fitness. They become an excellent way to develop discipline for your child, teaching them lessons that can last into adulthood.
Here are 7 ways martial arts can transform your child:

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March Kickin’ Newsletter – 2016

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Producing the Community’s Finest!

We would like to give special recognition to three of our very own beloved instructors! Congratulations to Mr. Jeremy Sikes, Mr. Andrew Kohrt, and Ms. Gabby Vergara for qualifying for…

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Let’s Talk About Coordination!

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Let’s Talk About Coordination

In our Little Ninjas class, you’ll often hear young students repeat the phrase, “Coordination! It’s making our body do…what our mind tells it to!” Why is Coordination such a focal point in our curriculum? Because young children are still forming a mind/body connection at this stage in their development.

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February Kickin’ Newsletter – 2016

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Why Do We LOVE Karate?

At TM Martial Arts, we recognize that training in karate is more than simply learning a few punches and kicks. It’s more than flashy spins or smart self-defense techniques. Indeed, these skills are woven into our ongoing curriculum…but our students receive SO MUCH MORE from training at TM Martial Arts!

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You’re Never Too Old To Be A Jedi

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3 Things Jedi and Martial Artists Have in Common

The latest addition to the Star Wars series, “The Force Awakens,” has found incredible success at the box office this winter! For decades, kids have dreamt of being a Jedi, wielding a light saber and overcoming the opposition. But, did you know that there are similarities between training as a Jedi and training as a martial artist? Check out these fun facts:

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January Kickin’ Newsletter – 2016

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Kickin_Newsletter_BannerWrapping Up A Great Year

It’s been a great year at TM Martial Arts! December marked the end of our first full year in our new facility on W. Caton Farm Road. In the past 12 months we have added many new families to our student body, participated in lots of community events, and hosted some exciting workshops and seminars right on our mats. We have truly enjoyed watching our students learn and grow over the past year.

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October Kickin’ Newsletter – 2015

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October Kickin’ Newsletter – 2015

Now it’s easy to stay up-to-date on the fun activities, events, and exciting accomplishments at TM Martial Arts! Read all about it in the following Kickin’ Newsletter…

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Something To Celebrate

We have jumped into Fall with both feet! And there’s a lot to celebrate.

On September 29th, the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce helped us celebrate our new facility with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Many new students, who joined our basic program this summer, have continued to learn, grow, and promote to their first belts.

Our Black Belt Club members have set their goal to black belt and beyond, and they have enjoyed advanced training at the end of some of their classes. Read More

September Kickin’ Newsletter – 2015

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September Kickin’ Newsletter – 2015

Now it’s easy to stay up-to-date on the fun activities, events, and exciting accomplishments at TM Martial Arts! Read all about it in the following Kickin’ Newsletter…

Kickin_Newsletter_Banner4th Annual Theresa Lang Memorial 5k

TheresaThank You: We want to say a special THANK YOU to all of our volunteers, runners, participants, and sponsors for another successful Theresa Lang Memorial 5k event on August 8, 2015!

Why We Run: Theresa Lang first joined TM Martial Arts in 2006. She participated in Self-Defense courses, Fitness Kickboxing, and eventually enrolled in our Martial Arts program where she studied Combat Hapkido and TaeKwonDo. But Theresa became most passionate about or JLFS Kickboxing program, where she attained her first degree black belt in November, 2011. Theresa was a well-respected student and friend at TM Martial Arts who positively touched every life she met. She was also an extremely skilled massage therapist who founded the growing TMMA Ultimate Spa. TM Martial Arts lost a dear friend with her passing in December of 2011. She is remembered most for her fighting spirit and her winning smile. TM Martial Arts honored her memory by offering all net proceeds of this year’s race to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Read More

Better Grades? Yes Please!

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How Martial Arts Can Improve Academic Performance

A new school year is rolling in, and that means notebooks, pencils, and brand new backpacks! How can you help your child get better grades this year in school? One way is to enroll him/her in martial arts!

According to the Journal of Pediatrics, exercise such as martial arts positively impacts children and adolescents’ academic performance. The University of Madrid conducted a three-year study, which included 2,038 individuals aged 6 to 18. They concluded that as physical fitness improves the individuals’ health, it also positively affects the brain. This study further indicated that exercise can enhance a student’s ability to perform well in school. That means better grades!

Physical exercise improves academic performance

Researchers found that motor ability, cardio-respiratory capacity and muscular strength all play a role in benefiting students’ academic performance. In fact, motor ability is strongly associated with academic development. TIME magazine indicated intellectual programs, coupled with physical exercise, can play a major role in impacting students’ success in school. 

Martial arts can help students achieve better grades

Given this study, it’s crucial for young individuals to engage in physical fitness! Martial arts includes both aerobic exercise and motor tasks, which is an ideal exercise for children and adolescents. As children participate in martial arts classes, they have a better chance of reaching their academic potential.

Now is the perfect time to enroll! CLICK HERE for more information about classes at TM Martial Arts!

 

August Kickin’ Newsletter – 2015

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August Kickin’ Newsletter – 2015

Now it’s easy to stay up-to-date on the fun activities, events, and exciting accomplishments at TM Martial Arts! Read all about it in the following Kickin’ Newsletter…

Kickin_Newsletter_BannerMartial Arts Will Develop Your Focus

Focus is a skill just like any other, such as writing your name or solving arithmetic problems. Focus is a set of behaviors that you can improve with the right coaching and motivation. As a martial arts student, you’re able to participate in a process that will develop your focus.

The biggest misunderstanding about focus is that it’s a “natural” skill, much like athletic or musical skills. The mistaken thinking is that if you weren’t born with it, you will never be a focused person. Martial arts students around the work have proven that to be a false assumption. The ability to focus in your academic and martial arts classrooms, on your homework, chores and martial arts practice can be developed. In other words, you can progress from poor focus to excellent focus skills. Read More

July Kickin’ Newsletter – 2015

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July Kickin’ Newsletter

Now it’s easy to stay up-to-date on the fun activities, events, and exciting accomplishments at TM Martial Arts! Read all about it in the following Kickin’ Newsletter…

 

Kickin_Newsletter_BannerWhy Martial Artists Don’t Find Themselves in Trouble

All martial arts have two important features: self-defense and character-building. Anyone can fight if he or she is angry enough. But to use their body effectively as a weapon takes training and time.

Correct martial arts training prepares the mind and body to respond to unexpected situations. A good martial artist tends to be as much an expert at avoiding confrontations as dealing with them. Most martial artists are not looking for a fight, nor do they adopt habits that make them easy targets. It’s a bit like the “predator” effect. In nature, most predatory animals do not hunt other predators. It is not safe or easy. Human criminals and violence-prone individuals realize that other predators are not easy pickings, so they seek easier targets (most of the time). Read More

June Kickin’ Newsletter – 2015

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June Kickin’ Newsletter

Now it’s easy to stay up-to-date on the fun activities, events, and exciting accomplishments at TM Martial Arts! Read all about it in the following Kickin’ Newsletter…

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT!

Kierra Ruiz is a student in our Combat Hapkido program. She has worked her way up to earning her Orange belt. Outside the studio, Kierra is just as impressive! This past month, she graduated from Plainfield Central High School with a 5.0 GPA! Kierra has many accomplishments under her belt. She participated in Cross Country, Track, Marching Band, and Wind Ensemble, which is her school’s most elite band. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Wildcat Athletic Leadership Club, and she was named winner of this year’s Student Council Scholarship! Kierra plans to attend the University of St. Francis in the fall to study nursing.

We caught up with Kierra this week to talk about her amazing accomplishments. She told us how martial arts training has helped her succeed in life. “It took me out of my comfort zone and taught me people skills, confidence, how to try something new, and how to show respect.” Kierra plans to continue training at TM Martial Arts, even while she attends college. Her advice to other students: “Don’t give up, even when it’s hard! Work hard and listen to your instructors. They know best.” Congratulations on your amazing accomplishments, Kierra!

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TM MARTIAL ARTS IS GROWING!

Look Who Joined the TM Martial Arts Family!

Anthony Silva, Aidan Minger, Isaiah Gutierrez, Kristy Vargo, Brieanna Gul, Mason Vollmer, Broklyn Bettega, Blake Ford, Kayla Adams, Emily Eichholzer, Debbie Rodriquez, Ben Kiaunis, Amy Serrano, Hannah Picco, Joanie Policandriotes

Look Who Joined the TM Martial Arts Demo Team!

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Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Theresa Lang Memorial 5k

Join us Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 8:00am for this certified and time chipped event! Enjoy some of the same trails that Theresa loved!

NEW THIS YEAR! – Register in groups of four to save more! Groups of 4 may register for $100 ($5 savings per person!)

ATTENTION RUN CLUB PRESIDENTS! Get your runners to register for this CARA certified event and your club could win $100! When registering at TLM 5k Online Registration, be sure to list your run club name. The club with the most registered runners by July 10, 2015 will win $100!

Questions? Call us at 1-815-254-6141 to speak with a Theresa Lang Memorial 5k committee member!

Life Skills at a Young Age

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Learning Life Skills at a Young Age

It’s never too early to teach young kids life skills, such as discipline, focus, and self-control. In fact, the earlier you instill these important values in kids, the more likely they will avoid poor habits.

TM Martial Arts Little Ninjas (3 1/2-6yrs) is a specialized kids martial arts class developed for young children. The Little Ninjas curriculum focuses on age-appropriate martial arts, life skills, character development, and fitness. While progressing in belt ranking, Little Ninjas develop control of what they say, how they feel, and what they do physically. Kids love to play, and kids martial arts training at TM Martial Arts is the ultimate play that builds discipline and character skills, which will serve the little tykes well into the future.

Contact us to schedule your child’s FREE introductory class! Our goal is to partner with parents to raise confident, respectful kids. We are confident this will be the best decision you’ll make in your child’s character development!

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These Two Students Caught In The Act

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What the bus driver did next…

Last fall, two students boarded their school bus as usual and moments later were dropped off near their homes. Upon exiting the bus, they gave each other a high five and said, “See you later at TM Martial Arts!” They had no idea that the bus driver had overheard their exchange.

That evening, the bus driver, named Dena, felt compelled to call TM Martial Arts and fill us in on the boys’ typical behavior. She explained that both of these students have shown exceptional behavior on her bus throughout the year. They showed great respect and would greet her everyday with, “Hello ma’am.” She said she had not been surprised when she overheard them mention TM Martial Arts. She wanted to let us know what a solid program we have!

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TaeKwonDo students practice their form

After martial arts class that evening, the two boys were called to the front of class and praised for their outstanding behavior. They truly have set a great example for the rest of our martial arts students. But respect and discipline are expected out of all TM Martial Arts students.

Studies show that training in martial arts improves behavior in kids. The curriculum at TM Martial Arts is designed to instill respect and discipline while also honing character skills. All of these skills serve students well as they grow and advance in life.

We, at TM Martial Arts, applaud all of our students for their outstanding behavior. We wholeheartedly believe that martial arts improves behavior in students of every age!

How Does Karate Help Kids With ADHD?

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“In addition to giving kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, all of the physical benefits of exercise, including improved cardiovascular health and better strength and flexibility, karate might also lessen ADHD symptoms, such as impulsiveness and hyperactivity. It can also provide positive role models for children with ADHD and provide opportunities for peer interaction…”

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What are your family’s needs?

TM Martial Arts wants to partner with your family to instill discipline, focus, and character development that are at the core of martial arts. We have something for everyone!

You are invited to check out our outstanding programs:

Open House Saturday, April 25
9:00am-3:00pm

3480 Caton Farm Road, Joliet

3480 Caton Farm Road, Joliet

There is a class for EVERYONE! And now you can try it for FREE!

Instructors will offer FREE 20-minute classes throughout the day! Already a member? Invite your friends to join you! The TM Martial Arts Open House is the perfect opportunity for your friends to try a class with you. And Open House special program pricing will make it easier than ever to join the TM Martial Arts family!

*MARK your calendars      *INVITE some friends      *PLAN to attend!

TM Martial Arts OPEN HOUSE
April 25, 2015 @ 9:00am-3:00pm

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Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center

Ms. Karis and Commander Cao

Ms. Karis visits the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City, FL

In February, Ms. Karis had the opportunity to join other martial artists in a tour of the Naval Diving & Salvage Training Center in Florida, which is the largest diving facility in the world! What made this tour extra special? It was led by Commanding Officer, Hung Cao!

Did you know that Commander Cao studied martial arts as a child? He says martial arts gave him the discipline and perseverance he needed to accomplish great things! Commander Cao has an amazing life story which you can get a glimpse of in his bio on the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center website.

3000 Yard Swim

3000 Yard Swim

During the tour of the Naval Diving & Salvage Training Center, Ms. Karis couldn’t help but notice the extreme respect and attention that all of the students displayed when Commander Cao entered the room. Why did they show him extra respect? It’s because he holds a high rank in the military. He is their superior. As their Commanding Officer, he is in charge of their education and training, their safety, and their promotion to higher ranks. Everyday, he makes decisions that potentially save their lives. A rank like that deserves utmost respect!

Hall of Honor

Hall of Honor

 

Why do students bow to their instructors in class?  

We bow to show respect!

Your instructors hold a higher rank than you. They have trained for many years and overcome obstacles to achieve their rank. As your superiors, they are in charge of your education and training, your safety, and your promotion to higher ranks. A position like that also deserves utmost respect!

As you know, your instructors also bow to YOU! That is their way of showing respect to you too. One of the things that make martial arts great is the level of respect among students and instructors. Without these traditions, martial arts becomes just a sport. But with these traditions, martial arts becomes a way of life!

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Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center