Category Archives: Martial Arts

2017 Semester 3 May/June

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Our class is almost at capacity. We have just 3 open spaces if anyone is interested in starting this semester. Friends and family are always given priority. Contact us now to get on the list.

Starts – Monday, May 8, 2017

Graduation – Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Vacation Week – 7/2 through 7/8

Curriculum:

  • Life Skills Topics – A Future Black Belt Leaders is…

    Reading Material – LIM2 lesson4

    Kicks – Side Kick and Hook Kick

    Hand Techniques – Palm Strikes

    Self-Defense – Grappling, we will be learning variations on the armbar you see in the photo above.

    Black Belt Self-Defense – Gun Disarms

A nice surprise

This was a nice surprise to receive today.

“Matthew

On behalf of the American Economic Institute, I wanted to let you know that Matt Randall’s has been recognized for the 2017 Leadership Award.

Our panel of industry executives and consultants oversees an annual survey commissioned by the AEI on various categories and determines which companies meet and exceed the industry benchmarks that have been set forth.”

Black Belt Test – June 2017

Matt Randall’s Black Belt Academy is very pleased to announce we have two young candidates ready to test for 1st Dan (First Degree Black Belt) in June.

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Mr. P and Mr. T will be testing on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 5pm. The test is open to the public, but really the graduation ceremony is the event you want to attend. The test will last 3-4 hours and is a complete review of the material they have learned over past few years.

The Black Belt Graduation Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 530pm – assuming that they pass the test, of course. We feel confident that they will perform well. Our team of mentors is working with them outside of class to ensure they have their material memorized and understood. The rest is up to them to show it off on the test.

All certified black belts, past and present, are welcome and encouraged to be part of our examining board for the test and to attend the graduation.

Keep your hands up!

At first I saw this video and thought, “Gee, that’s pretty cool”. Then, I remembered why I chose to study ITF and not WTF TaeKwonDo…because these idiots never keep their guard up. They deserved to get knocked out and would probably be killed on the street. Ladies and gentlemen, please don’t idolize sloppy technique.

Having said that, this video is fun to watch and a great reminder of why you should keep your guard up at all times.

2017 Semester 2 – Mar/Apr

Looking forward to Spring arriving soon and some new skills for the classroom.

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2017 Semester 2

Our class is almost at capacity. We have just 2 open spaces if anyone is interested in starting this semester. Friends and family are always given priority. Contact us now to get on the list.

Starts – Monday, March 6, 2017

Graduation – Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Vacation Week – 5/1 through 5/5

Curriculum:

  • Life Skills Topics – 4 Focus Points

    Reading Material – lim2-lesson3

    Kicks – Turning Kick and Back Kick

    Hand Techniques – Elbow Strikes

    Self-Defense – Chokes

    Black Belt Self-Defense – Club (Impact Weapon)

Politics in the Classroom

I am deeply troubled and saddened by the posts I see from some of my fellow martial artists and public school teachers promoting their political views in a mean and hateful way all over social media. This is in direct conflict to what we, as educators, profess to teach on the classroom floor.

As martial arts instructors, you teach respect and courtesy on the mat, then turn it around and promote hate on Facebook?

As public school educators, you teach inclusion and anti-bullying in the classroom, then tell the world how much you hate the administration or a particular party?

This is a clear lack of integrity in the textbook sense of the word.

INTEGRITY: the quality of being whole or undivided, honesty, purity – a person has integrity when their thoughts, words, and deeds are completely whole in every situation.

ANTONYMS: incompleteness, dishonesty, deceit – a person lacks integrity when their words and actions are divergent or they act differently when in different situations.

To teach love and respect in the classroom, then preach hate and disguise it as social justice and activism in social media shows two faces. Don’t think that your students and their parents won’t see right through it.

I love and respect all humanity, both sides of the aisle. I do have strong opinions about topics such as the economy, environment, war, relationships with other nations, taxes, social justice, and more. What I promise I will never do is allow my opinions to influence my teaching or bring politics into my classroom. That does a disservice to students, detracts from the value of real learning, and degrades your ability to be effective as a teacher.

To be crystal clear here, I did not vote for Mr. Obama, Mrs. Clinton, or Mr. Trump, so I am not disguising this post as way to show sympathy for the administration. You simply will not find me posting hateful rhetoric ,or ‘liking and sharing’ any of it either.

From a business standpoint, allowing your political ideology to be present in the martial arts classroom drives student away who don’t believe the same as you. While public school teachers may not care as much, since you have a captive audience, you should always be aware that your primary focus is to teach and remain professional at all times, not to impress your own political agenda on the next generation.

So, what’s the solution? If you have strong political views and feel the need to cover the internet with them, be very careful who is in your friends list and how your privacy settings are managed. Make sure people cannot share your posts with those you wouldn’t want reading them. Stick to your lesson plans and keep your opinions out, unless you are teaching a political science class or conducting a debate.

If you feel the need to make a public statement, I fully support that. Do it where it does the most good. Write your congressperson. Donate to a cause. Join a political action group. Get out on the street and make your voice heard at a meaningful, legal, and non-violent protest.

Of course, if it is your desire to share your views with the entire world and sway as many people as possible to your cause, then I would suggest you are naive in that pursuit. Very little can be done in a meaningful way from the cheap seat behind the laptop.

As always, you are welcome to disagree with me or unfriend me. You have that freedom.

If you found value in this little rant, please share.

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2017 Semester 1 – Jan/Feb

Looking forward to a New Year and some new skills for the classroom.

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2017 Semester 1

Our class is almost at capacity. We have just 2 open spaces if anyone is interested in starting this semester. Friends and family are always given priority. Contact us now to get on the list.

Starts – Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Graduation – Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Vacation Week – 2/26 through 3/4

Curriculum:

  • Life Skills – Black Belt Success System
  • Reading – lim2-lesson2
  • Kicks – Front Kick and Axe Kick
  • Hand Technique – 6 Point Blocking
  • Self-Defense – Full Nelson
  • Black Belts – Knife Defense

Black Belt Test Date Moved

MRBBA is very excited to announce that our December Black Belt test has been moved to Friday the 16th at 5pm to accommodate adding two new candidates from Sabum-Nim TKD in Portsmouth.

All certified black belts, of all ages, currently training or inactive, are welcome and encouraged to join us for the exam and be part of our judging panel. Your experience, opinions, and critique are much appreciated. Refreshments for the judges will be provided.

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