Yes that’s right, summer is already half way over and we are gearing up for the next school year. Please remember that all our current students have spaces reserved until August 11th, after which we will open up all remaining spots to our wait list and the public. We did fill up Tues, Wed, and Thur last year, so make sure to get your registrations in right away to secure your child’s place! Learn more at www.tlkafterschool.com
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Join Us for Buddy Week / Open House
And Experience A Fun Action-Packed
FREE Class As Our Personal Guest!
Invite some friends and workout with your BUDDIES! This is a chance for your friends and family to see what training is all about in a fun seminar type class style. Make sure you come with your friend so you can show them the ropes and partner up for the drills, training, energy, and fun. This event is open to the public too, just make sure to attend the class for your age group!
Buddy Week is May 22 -26
Tigers – BEG Class Age 4-6 | Tue 5/23 & Thur 5/25 – 4:30 to 5:10pm
Tigers – ADV Class Ages 4-6 | Mon 5/22 & Wed 5/24 – 4:30 to 5:10pm
Juniors – BEG Class Age 7 -12 | Tue 5/23 & Thur 5/25 – 5:15 to 6:10pm
Juniors – ADV Class Age 7 – 10 | Mon 5/22 & Wed 5/24 – 5:15 to 6:10pm
Teens & Adults – All Ages 13 & up | Tue 5/23 & Thur 5/25 – 7:15 to 8:10pm
Acrobop Gymnastics & Tumbling | All Kids Friday 5/26 – 5:15 to 6:00pm
TLK Afterschool Kids -> Must Come With Buddy to one of the above listed times for your rank. NOT Afterschool sessions
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While this seems like a physical tactic, it can only start with emotional calm followed by mental clarity to actually engage the best solution. If you don’t have the emotional calm, you will flail around blindly. However, once calm, you can analyze the situation and drive forward toward the solution with precise and effective movements originating from your core. This is one of the powerful aspects of the martial arts! It seems so physical with moves flying around, yet the real battles of resistance actually start within. Once this lesson realized, the sincere student must go into the sources of resistance, find understanding, and then practice in a dedicated manner to overcome. From a punch, a throw, a submission, or your personality – evolve your techniques and character from the inside core outward in order to manifest efficient results and growth.
Plan Early Everyone! Yes, we know, still a little cold here in MN, but the dates & topics are set for our amazing Summer Camps! We will be doing 5 sessions this year, and of course a great variety of activities and martial art training for K-6th Graders! Learn more at out summer camp website = http://tlksummercamp.com/
We use an analogy of a roller coaster to help visualize the line that needs to be taken from the beginning of the exchange to flow through all the steps ending in a smooth result. One must keep the angles just right along the way though, but when you arrive – detailed understanding can be seen in the smile of effective results.
A good sword cut has some interesting attributes. 1st when the body, mind, and technique are properly ALIGNED, the result is so effective that the cut slices the target with hardly any residual energy dispersed anywhere other than through the cut, resulting in the top section of mat remaining in what appears to be suspended animation (instead of flying away). 2nd is when the blade cut is true, there is hardly any resistance felt – actually to the point of where nothing is felt at all! Just a slice through the wind.
I have always had a deep appreciation for the sword as quality technique is absolutely apparent every single cut, and it is not one’s muscle or smarts that will get you results. Truly – mind, body, emotions must be congruent toward a single purpose. Practice hard everyone – 정신일도하사불성!
One of the classic & essential HRD techniques – from Green Sash! Since I first learned this one, now 21 years ago, I was always impressed with its simplicity and effectiveness. Opponent grabs your lapel getting ready for an attack which incidentally brings you close to easily swing an arm around to smack & grab their carotid artery, which with an immediate pull pins their head close to you allowing for a throat grab followed by smashing takedown and choke pin! HRD at its finest!
In martial arts today, there is so much focus on sport & athleticism. Of course fitness is healthy and sport great to challenge competitive skill evolution especially for beginners, however, the roots of martial arts have always been direct combat. Psychological combat that precedes an imminent encounter and then the physical encounter itself, which we must remember does not have any rules. Once set in motion, you only have one true goal which is self-preservation and/or the protection of one’s kin. If you can de-escalate the situation psychologically you are always better off – however – when the line of aggression has been crossed (because yes, there are evil people out there), be prepared to act decisively and defend your own!!! (***of course with the minimal amount of force necessary to control the situation***)
However, a positive culture can also inspire and uplift. On the martial art journey, the group culture of warmups, drills, and pattern synchronization consistently helps beginners adapt to a heightened sense of focus and gain skill advancement through technical immersion. These kinds of drills also help wake a person up from their isolated daily grind, by naturally setting those concerns of the day aside while one feeds off the energy of the group in the moment of the particular task.
Balance in all things once again is apparent, and while group culture can often be corruptible through focus on habitual reactions of the echo chambers, the natural competition of the individual striving for their own excellence in terms of performance is undeniable. This is why I have always had respect for the martial art culture. One must always prove virtue through performance, technical understanding, and respectable attitude, yet must also work harmoniously with peers. Even while they try their best to defeat you, one’s ability to respond with quality actions will add positive energy to the tribe.