USA Taekwondo Nationals 2014 competitors receive awards from Master Lee and more Team MTA news

Master Lee’s praise for Team MTA (Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy) members who competed in the 2014 USA Taekwondo National Championships earlier this month also came in the form of special trophies.

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Pictured above from left & standing are: Instructor Mr. Jeremy Yates, Master Jae Seong Lee, Angel Cruz-Lopez (bronze winner at Nationals), Sherman Myers, Jonathan Carreno, Josiah Russell (also received Most Improved Fighter certificate), Jose Carreno (also received Most Improved Fighter certificate), Tesha Nowak, Jaiden Russell, Master Kim. At front from left are Gabriel Brown, Kendall Myers, Matthew Bartlett, Jun-Yong Brown and Ethan Nowak.

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Mr. Hugh Rutherford — who won a silver medal at Nationals — is pictured with Master Lee receiving his trophy.

At the Team MTA class Wednesday, July 16, Master Lee awarded the 13 Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy 2014 Nationals competitors with “Best Fighter” trophies.

Certificates of acknowledgement for the team’s most improved fighters — Josiah Russell and Jose Carreno — were also awarded!

Congratulations once again to Team MTA’s USA Taekwondo Nationals competitors.

Seven year old Team MTA member Gabriel Brown held his trophy with pride and declared “MTA rocks!”

 

New Team MTA members Jeylah and Kellan

Jayla Russell joins Team MTA

Master Lee introduces Jeylah to Team MTA members

At the Friday, July 11th Team MTA class, Master Lee also introduced 2 new members to the Team: Jeylah and Kellan…

Jeylah, 8 years old, is a poom belt and the 3rd Russell sibling to join Team MTA and train for Taekwondo competitions.

Jeylah now joins her big brothers Jaiden and Josiah in Team MTA classes focused on strength training and sparring techniques.

Six year old Kellan recently passed his promotion test to red belt.  Kellan’s family is in the military and his goal is to get his black belt before moving to their next post.

Kellan loves taekwondo and started taking taekwondo classes when he was just 3 years old.  He is now the youngest Team MTA member (prior to Kellan joining the team, Gabriel Brown and Matthew Bartlett, both 7 years old, were the youngest).

August Taekwondo Competition

The next competition event for Team MTA is the Bay Area Open on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Foothill College in Los Altos, California.

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Click on the banner above for more information, or see Master Lee if you have any questions or interest in competing in this martial arts tournament.

If you plan to attend the tournament, please note tickets will be available at the door on the day of the tournament.  Adult entry fee is $10, children $7 and children under 5 are free.  Local tournaments usually accept cash only at the entrance, so be sure to plan accordingly.  Click here for directions to the Bay Area Open.

Mr. Terry Tran competing at the 2013 Bay Area Open

Mr. Terry Tran competing at the 2013 Bay Area Open.  Photo by Mr. Ricky Cabalza www.out2focus.com

 

Related Posts:

Photos of Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s students competing at the 2013 Bay Area Open Taekwondo Championships

Team MTA — powered mostly by siblings — heads to 2014 USA Taekwondo Nationals

And see all the Team MTA related posts in our website’s category, Team MTA

 

 

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Session II of Summer Camp starts today — and Gymnastics focus of next Monday (July 21st) class

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Gymnastics-Class – practicing handstands

Today, July 14th, 2014 is the first day of Summer Camp – Session II, which runs from 9AM to 2PM until Friday, July 18th.

Classes for next Monday, July 21, 2014 will focus on gymnastics (corrected — we noted earlier that Gymnastics class was today).

During gymnastics classes, students practice cartwheels, hand stands and work on exercises that improve balance and increase strength, complementing movements that students learn as they progress in their taekwondo training.

Gymnastics day usually occurs on a Monday, towards the end of each month.  Check the monthly calendar (on our website schedules page or front of the dojang) to be sure.

Game Day at Monterey Bay Taekwondo

Master Lee and Master Kim with students during group tug-o-war, June 2014 Game Day.

Along with Game Day, Gymnastics is another favorite class among Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy students.

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

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Team MTA and the 2014 USAT National Champtionships — largest taekwondo event in the world

The 2014 USA Taekwondo National Championships held at the San Jose, California Convention Center July 1 to 7th is recognized as the largest taekwondo martial arts event in the world.

San Jose Convention Center 2014 Nationals webMore than 5,000 athletes and 700 coaches from throughout the United States took part in the week-long competition, with thousands of family and friends cheering and supporting their athletes.

Many of Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s Team MTA opponents came from neighboring states Arizona and Texas but also as far away as New York, Michigan, Maine, Hawaii and Alaska.

From the Taekwondo Team USA website:

“We are very pleased with the number of participants at the 2014 National Championships,” USA Taekwondo CEO Bruce Harris said.

“The continued large number of participants at our national events is encouraging, and it gives us a great opportunity to not only showcase the sport of taekwondo but also provide an opportunity to get new athletes in the Olympic pipeline so that we can field a team of our very best athletes to represent our country, and USA Taekwondo, in the Olympic Games.

Olympic Team Pin“My sincere and heartfelt thanks go out to all parents, coaches, instructors, athletes and family supporters for helping to make the 2014 USA Taekwondo National Championships a success.”

Congratulations to the Team MTA athletes who took part in this year’s USA Taekwondo Nationals!

Team MTA — most of whom are participating at the National level for the first time — did an awesome job, fought hard and never gave up.

For athletes to compete at the National level — after qualifying at state-level competitions — is an honor, and Master Lee, Mrs. Sophia Lee and all the parents and supporters are proud of all the effort and training hours that Team MTA put forth to compete at this year’s National Championships.

You can read about the daily 2014 Nationals competition results on the MTA Facebook page (especially the exciting last day).  Excerpt:

We are so proud of all of our fighters. It was not about a medal or winning, but each and every fighter went out, left everything on the mat, and gave their all and more.   GO TEAM MTA!

We look forward to seeing Team MTA athletes at the next taekwondo competition events, and they will continue to train diligently for the 2015 California state competitions and the Nationals!

For more Team MTA related posts and articles, click here.

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No Classes Friday, July 4th and Saturday, July 5th at Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy

July 4th fireworksA reminder that there are no classes Friday, July 4th for the Independence Day Federal Holiday, as well as Saturday, July 5th, 2014 (a big day for competition at the USA Taekwondo National Championships (see previous post).

Have a safe and enjoyable July 4th holiday weekend!

And GO TEAM MTA!!! 

Team MTA competitors this weekend are Jun-Jun Brown, Jonathan and Jose Carreno, Tesha Nowak, Josiah and Jaiden Russell, Sherman Myers and Angel Cruz.

 

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Team MTA — powered mostly by siblings — heads to 2014 Taekwondo National Championships this week

At the 2008 Bejing Olympics,  siblings and USA National Team Members Steven, Mark and Diana Lopez represented the United States in Taekwondo.  It marked the first time since 1904 that three siblings have been on the same Olympic team.  The Lopez siblings have all earned medals in past Olympics and Taekwondo World Championship competitions.

2014 NC logo 300x375Making it to the USA Taekwondo National Team and competing in the Olympics is a lofty goal for athletes, but perhaps training with siblings add support during the ups and downs of competitions and strengthens the perseverance needed for the journey.

At Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy, we have our own sibling National Team (and Olympic) hopefuls, too!

Of the 13 members of  Team MTA headed to the USA Taekwondo National Championships this week, 10 are siblings.

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From left Jaiden, Josiah Russell and Jose, Jonathan Carreno at the June 2014 Promotion Test. Jaiden and Josiah were there to support their younger siblings, and Jose and Jonathan cheered on their cousins testing for their next color belt promotion. All in the family! Photo by Lola Jane

Pictured above from left are Jaiden and Josiah Russell and Jose and Jonathan Carreno.  The Russell and the Carreno brothers have all medalled in past state level taekwondo competitions (California and Nevada), as well as many Bay Area Taekwondo competitions.

Jaiden, 11 years old (competing in the 10-11 YOUTH division) and Josiah, 12 years old (competing in the 12-14 CADET Division) both placed first winning gold medals at the 2011 California State Taekwondo Championships.  Jaiden also won the gold medal at the 2014 Nevada State Taekwondo Championships.

Jose, 13 years old (competing in the 12-14 CADET division) and 9-year-old Jonathan (competing in the 10-11 YOUTH division) both placed first winning the gold medal at the 2013 Northern California State Championships. The Carreno brothers recently tested for and earned their black belts.

The rest of the siblings representing Team MTA are:

Tesha and Ethan Nowak

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Tesha, Sharon and Ethan at June 2013 Stripe Test. Photo by Lola Jane

Tesha Nowak at left and Ethan Nowak at right pictured last June with their little sister, Sharon, after their Stripe Test.

Tesha, 10 years old (competing in the 10-11 YOUTH Division) and Ethan,  9 years old (competing in the 8-9 NINJA Division) have since tested for and earned their black belts, and both have medalled in Bay Area Taekwondo competitions.

Read about Tesha’s Gold Medal win at the Santa Cruz Open Taekwondo Championships held in March, 2014.

Jun-Yong (“Jun-Jun”) and Gabriel Brown

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Photo of Jun and Gabriel by Mr. Ricky Cabalza, www.out2focus.com

Nine-year old Jun-Jun (competing in the 10-11 YOUTH Division) recently tested for and earned his black belt.  He won a bronze medal at the 2013 Northern California State Taekwondo Championships.

Seven year old Gabriel (competing in the 6-7 DRAGON Division) won the bronze medal for his age and division at the 2014 California State Taekwondo Championships.

Both Jun-Jun and Gabriel have competed in San Francisco and Monterey Bay Area Taekwondo competitions.

Kendall and Sherman Myers

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Sherman and Kendall Myers after competing at the April 2014 California State Taekwondo Championships. Photo by Vernon Myers

Nine year old Kendall (competing in the 8-9 NINJA Division) and twelve-year-old Sherman (competing in the 12-14 CADET Division) recently tested for and earned their black belts.

Both Sherman and Kendall competed at the 2014 California State Taekwondo Championships and earned  the silver and bronze medals, respectively for their age and division.  Both have medalled in Bay Area taekwondo competitions.

Hugh Rutherford, Angel Cruz Lopez and Matthew Bartlett round out our team of 13.

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Mr. Hugh Rutherford (center) at the cross-training event with America Taekwondo Center.

Photo above: Hugh Rutherford speaks to Coach Jackson from America Taekwondo Center at a recent cross training event (Mr. Terry Tran assists with scoring system).

Mr. Rutherford, 23 years old and (competing in the 18-25 SENIOR Division) received a gold medal from the 2014 California State Taekwondo Championships.

Angel Cruz Lopez

Angel Cruz practing his forms at Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy

Angel Cruz practicing forms at Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy dojang. Photo by Lola Jane

Angel Cruz Lopez, 13 years old (competing in the 12-14 CADET Division), won the bronze medal at the 2014 California State Taekwondo Championships.

At the May, 2014 Tiger Claw championships in San Jose, he showed his toughness and skill while fighting a considerably taller (and bigger) opponent, earning respect and cheers from the crowd gathered to watch the match.  Angel also placed 2nd in the event’s Poomsae Competition – the form and more artful aspect of  taekwondo.

Matthew Bartlett

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Matthew Bartlett with Coach Yates at the 2014 California State Taekwondo Championships. Photo by Mrs. Sophia Lee

Seven year old Matthew Bartlett competed at the 2014 California State Championships in April, winning a bronze medal for his age and division.  He has also competed in and medalled in Bay Area competitions.  At Nationals, he competes in the 6-7 year old DRAGON Division.

Matthew’s brother, Kenny is also a member of Team MTA and perhaps by next year, we will have more than 10 sibling teams competing at State level and national level championships!

Notes:

  1. MTA Alum Melissa Marzan will also compete this week, as well as student Pearl Chavez, competing this year for Tigers Taekwondo (her Taekwondo home prior to her family’s move to the Monterey Bay Area).
  2. At USA Nationals and State level competitions, competitors fight at division age levels they will be by December 31st (a bit of a disadvantage for those born in the latter part of the year, as is the case with Mr. Terry Tran when he competed in the 18 to 32-year-old division when he was still 17 years old).

The 2014 USA Taekwondo National Championships starts today and concludes on July 7, 2014.  The event venue is the San Jose Convention Center.

If you would like to attend the event, please visit the USAT website and click on the calendar section / USAT National Championships (or see Mr. Cabalza or Master Kim at the office and to learn the days that Team MTA members are competing).

Master Lee as well as Mrs. Sophia Lee will be at the convention center for most of the week (and weekend) to coach and support Team MTA competitors!

GO TEAM MTA!!!

And to learn more about the (Olympic and World Taekwondo Champions) Lopez siblings and their amazing taekwondo family, click on this article from The Huffington Post (First Family of U.S. Taekwondo at 2012 Olympics).

Related posts:

StateChamps_Logo_Web2014 California State Taekwondo Championships — the biggest state-level taekwondo competition in the U.S.  Athletes competing in the USA National championships must have competed in state level championships. Read about Team MTA’s California state-level experience, here and visit MTA Facebook, here.

More Team MTA related post

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Deep bows at the end of the June (and every) Promotion Test

Bowing is a sign of respect and is also a traditional greeting in East Asian countries, and Korea in particular.

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End of June 2014 Promotion Test – one of the largest group to test for their next belt level

Bowing is an important part of traditional martial arts.  Students bow upon entering and leaving the dojang.

At sparring competitions, you will see students bow to each other before and after each match, as well as to their opponent coach and referees.

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Black belt Mr. Augustine Kim leads the June 2014 promotion test participants in a deep bow to parents and guest, June 28th, 2014.

There are different types and levels of bows.  At the end of each Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy promotion test, students perform a  “deep bow” of respect to parents.

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Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy students perform a “deep bow” after the June 2014 Promotion Test

More about bowing (kyong-ye) from our resources page – Language  of Taekwondo

KYONG-YE – TO BOW – Bowing is a traditional way of showing respect. It doesn’t imply subservience to anyone. We bow to show respect to our school, flag, art, instructors and ourselves. It is imperative that we bow with sincerity. Be sure to bow slowly (take about four seconds), bending at the waist and looking down. By not looking at the person you bow to, you show respect and trust.

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June 2014 Promotion Test today!

The June 2014 Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy promotion test is scheduled from 11:30AM to 2:00PM today.

Good luck and all the best to students testing for their next color belt today!

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Summer Camp Session I wraps up today – Session II starts on July 14, 2014

Session I of the Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s martial arts summer camp wraps up today.

TKDo Summer Camp 2014 webDuring summer camp, students needing to sharpen their forms / poomsees for upcoming promotion tests did just that, along with games to increase physical endurance, improve attention spans and enhance eye-hand coordination and motor skills, including some time to practice with nunchuks techniques!

Fun games (not taekwondo related), movies, as well as companionship of friends were also part of the memorable Session I week of summer camp at Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy.

Session II summer camp is scheduled from July 14 to July 18, 2014.

Link to download and print the application form and flyer (PDF File) here, (Summer Camp 2014 Flyer) or visit the office to sign up for the next summer camp session.

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Stripe Test today and Promotion Test Saturday, June 28th

Today is Stripe Test day at Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy.

All students attending classes today will perform their belt level forms and required sparring techniques to earn stripes for their belts, and to prepare for promotion towards their next color belts.

New students looking for information on stripe and promotion tests can access earlier blog posts on these topics for more details, as follows:

Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy BeltsAnd a reminder…

Promotion test for the month of June is this Saturday, June 28th from  11:30AM to 2:00 PM.  Students who are eligible to test for their next level belt will receive notification from the office (via e-mail or in person).

If you need more practice time at home, you can check out the poomse videos on Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s Resource Page, or click here.

Instructions on how to get links for Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s martial arts tutorial videos covering specific belt level sparring and self-defense techniques are also on the Resource section of the website.

Good luck to students testing for their stripe and next belt level!

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2014 Black Belt Boot Camp

Congratulations to students who tested for their black belts on Friday, and all Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academeny black belts participating in the Black Belt Boot Camp last Friday and Saturday.

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Master Lee speaks to black belt boot camp participants at Henry Cowell Redwood State Park on Friday, June 20th

It was a rigorous weekend for the black belts.

To get an idea of exactly how rigorous, just ask any of the participants how many push ups, sit ups and squats they executed during the two days — and how many miles they ran!

More photos to post on our blog and Facebook pages soon….

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Summer Camp Session I starts next week!

summer camp imageMonterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s martial arts summer camp starts next week!

See our April, 2014 Summer Camp blog post for more information.

Link to download and print the application form and flyer (PDF File) here, (Summer Camp 2014 Flyer) or visit the office to pick up an application form.

See you at summer camp!

 

Click on the photo below to see the blog post and images from last year’s Summer Camp, Session II.

Summer Cmap 2013 photo link

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No classes this Friday and Saturday (Black Belt Test & Boot Camp)

A reminder that there are no classes on Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21st due to the black belt test and boot camp.

The first part of the black belt test is at the dojang from 8:00 AM  to 11:00 AM on Friday, June 20th.  Students will then leave for black belt boot camp, and testing continues at the campsite in the afternoon.  Black belt students will stay overnight, and there is a potluck lunch on Saturday, June 21st at the campsite.

All the best to students testing for their black belts!

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Also this weekend…Road to 2014 USA Taekwondo National Championships 

On Sunday, June 22nd, Team MTA will train at the studio in preparation for the 2014 USA Taekwondo National Championships (Junior Olympics).

You can stop by between 5PM to 8PM if you would like to see Team MTA’s strength training regimen and as they work on their sparring skills.  Go Team MTA!

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Road to 2014 USA Taekwondo National Championships: Team MTA to cross-train with ATC today

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Cross Training at ATC facility in Morgan Hill, California

The 2014 USA Taekwondo National Championships is just a few weeks away!

Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s Team MTA members are gearing their training to prepare for Nationals (scheduled July 1 to 7, 2014 in San Jose).

Team MTA’s competition preparation include cross-training with other dojangs so that team members have to opportunity to spar with diverse opponents.

Today — Saturday, June 14th — Team MTA will cross-train with America Taekwondo (ATC) Center in Morgan Hill.

If you will be in the area or interested in seeing Team MTA members train and spar with another dojang, please do join us!

Training starts at ATC’s studio around noon and will go for 3 to 4 hours.   Visit the America Taekwondo (ATC) Center website, here for directions.

Related post:

StateChamps_Logo_Web2014 California State Taekwondo Championships — the biggest state-level taekwondo competition in the U.S.  Athletes competing in the USA National championships must have competed in state level championships.  Read about Team MTA’s state-level experience, here and visit MTA Facebook, here.

More Team MTA related post

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How to tie your di “dhee” (taekwondo belt)

We have added an instructional video on how to tie your di “dhee” (taekowndo belt) to our website.

Instructors and senior students are ready to help with tying belts and showing new students how to tie their belts during class.

You can bookmark this blog post for future reference or visit Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s Resources page to view the video anytime you want to practice on your own.

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Today is Game Day & Speed Training Day!

Today — Monday, June 9th, 2014 — is Game Day (and bring a guest day) at Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy!

Please see our March, 2014 Game Day post (and photos) or click here, for more information about Game Days.

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Farewell and Welcome — potluck dinner party tonight

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Photo from potluck farewell Party for Tyler Vasquez and family last June, 2013.

Tonight — Tuesday, June 3rd — is the potluck dinner party to bid farewell to Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy students Daniel and Daphne (see earlier post).

We will also welcome new instructor Master Kim, who arrived from Korea yesterday.

Master Kim, 26 years old, began his Taekwondo training at 3 years old.  His father is a 9th degree black belt, and is Master Lee’s Grandmaster.

Master Kim graduated from a Korean college focused on martial arts and taekwondo instruction and served in the Korean military.

Master Lee and his assistant instructors look forward to having Master Kim as part of the MTA team.  The students of  Monterey Bay Taekwondo will benefit from Master Kim’s extensive martial arts knowledge and he will help students achieve their martial arts goals.

The potluck party is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 PM this evening (no Demo Team or SWAT / STORM classes tonight).  Please note there are 3 classes today as follows:

  • 3 to 5-year-old class from 3:30 to 4:20
  • Purple Belt to Black Belt class from 4:30 to 5:20
  • White Belt to Orange Belt class from 5:30 to 6:20

Potluck dinner set up will begin right after White Belt to Orange Belt class.  See you tonight!

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Taekwondo originated in Korea over 2,000 years ago and many taekwondo grandmasters are natives of South Korea.  

Taekwondo is considered the most popular martial arts based on the number of practitioners world-wide (estimated at over 70 million in 190 countries by the South Korean government), and has been an Olympic event since the year 2000.

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You’re Invited! Two special events coming up Saturday, May 31st and Tuesday, June 3rd

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A familiar sight to Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy students

Black Belt Graduation Ceremony May 31st

A graduation ceremony for Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s (MTA) newest Black Belts follows the May 2014 promotion test.

The black belt graduation ceremony is scheduled from 2:30 to 3:00 PM this Saturday, May 31st.

All students and families are invited to support and congratulate MTA’s new black belts.  After years of training, these students have finally achieved their martial arts black belt goals.

Videos of the students during the black belt testing process will be presented — so the ceremony is a great opportunity to see what it takes to earn a Kukkiwon - World Taekwondo Headquarters black belt.

Congratulations to junior students who are now moving on to “senior” status as Black Belts!

Special Potluck Dinner Tuesday, June 3rd – Farewell to Daniel and Daphne

A special evening is planned for Tuesday, June 3rd.

We will have a potluck dinner party from 6:30PM to 8:30PM to say farewell to two of our long-time students:

Daniel Perez – 10 years old and MTA black belt, will be leaving  California as his family is moving to Texas.  Daniel has trained here since March, 2010 and is a member of the Demo Team.

Daphne Garcia-Lopez – 10 years old and MTA poom belt will be moving to San Francisco.  She has trained here since December, 2011 and testing for her black belt next month!

Welcome to Master Kim from Korea

Though it is a sad farewell to two of our students, we also have the happy occasion to welcome a new instructor from Korea, Master Kim, during the same evening.

Master Kim, a 5th degree black belt is arriving this weekend and will assist Master Lee in teaching MTA classes.  More details about Master Kim to follow, so check back soon!

Please do plan to attend next Tuesday’s special evening event.  The sign up sheet for the pot luck dinner is posted at the bulletin board near the entrance.

We look forward to seeing everyone!

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Stripe test Thursday, May 29th and Promotion Test Saturday, May 31st

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Six year old Kellan works on his poomsaes in preparation for promotion test to red belt

Students who have practiced their belt level curriculum and ready to show off what they have learned can do so during Stripe Test day, scheduled this Thursday, May 29, 2014.

On Thursday, all classes for all belt levels are dedicated to conducting the stripe test.

If you need more practice time at home, you can review the poomse videos on Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s Resource Page, or click here.

Additionally, YouTube links for Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s instructional videos covering specific belt level sparring and self-defense techniques can be emailed to students.

Please call the office at 831-384-8300 or see Mr. Ricky Cabalza at the office to receive instructional video links via email (or send an email request to the office at montereybaytkd@yahoo.com).

The instructional videos include:

  • 3-step sparring techniques
  • 1-step sparring techniques
  • Ground self defense
  • Chair self-defense
  • Hand self-defense

Please note, the instructional videos are to supplement the training that students receive at Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy and cannot replace actual classes.

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This month’s promotion test is Saturday, May 31st from 11:30 to 2:00 PM.

The Black Belt Graduation Ceremony is also scheduled on Saturday, May 31st from 2:30 to 3:00PM.   All students welcome to attend the Black Belt Graduation.  Come out and support Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s newest black belts!  

Congratulations new black belts!

New students looking for information on stripe and promotion tests can access earlier blog posts on these topics as follows:

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Photo Day today — and 2 classes scheduled for Saturday, May 24th

Today — Friday, May 23rd — is photo day at Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy, scheduled from 2:00 to 7:00 PM.

If you do not yet have a photo time slot, please call Mr. Ricky Cabalza at the office, Telephone: 831-384-8300.

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Please note, although there are no classes scheduled for today, there are 2 classes scheduled on Saturday, May 24th as follows:

  • 9AM to 10AM – Purple Belt to Black Belt Class
  • 10AM to 11AM – White Belt to Orange Belt Class

And a reminder…there are no classes on Monday in observance of the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

For more on the history of Memorial Day in the USA, click here (US Department of Veterans Affairs website).

We hope you enjoy the extended holiday weekend!

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No classes tomorrow – Photo Day at Monterey Bay Taekwondo

A reminder that there are no classes tomorrow, Friday, May 23rd — as it is picture day at Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy.

If you have not already done so, please sign up for your photo shoot time slot at the office today (see Mr. Ricky Cabalza) or call the office at 831-384-8300.

Also, there are no classes on Monday for the Memorial Day holiday.  Regular class schedule resumes on Tuesday, May 27th.

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Tiger Claw Competition Today

We wish Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy students and Team MTA members taking part in the Tiger Claw Taekwondo Championship today (at the San Jose Convention Center) all the best with their competition events!

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Click here or on the Tiger Claw Elite banner above for more information about this tournament event.  Competition includes sparring, weapons, and poomsaes.

Go Team MTA!

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Why students break boards and objects during promotion tests

During Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s promotion tests,  students prove the skills they have developed through many months — or for senior students, years — of training by performing their belt level poomses, as well as self-defense and sparring techniques in front of Master Jae Seong Lee and a judging panel.  The judging panel may include assistant instructors and / or senior black belts of Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy.

The power students develop through hours of practicing kicking (cha-gi) techniques is also demonstrated through breaking wood boards.  Board breaking is usually performed towards the end of the promotion test.

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Photo courtesy of Melissa Edwards — during September 2013 Promotion Test

The board breaks as well as the type of kick and technique required during promotion tests get more difficult as students progress to the next belt level.

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Photo courtesy of Melissa Edwards — during September 2013 Promotion Test

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Photo courtesy of Melissa Edwards — during September 2013 Promotion Test

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Photo courtesy of Melissa Edwards — during September 2013 Promotion Test

Master Lee typically includes 2 days a week  during each month’s schedule to focus on basic kicks, demo kicks and speed kicks.

Among the tools used for kick practice are free-standing kick bags and paddles.  For the month of May, 2014, the classes focused on kicking and sparring techniques are Wednesdays and Fridays  — as well as TODAY.

Older students testing for their black belts also break concrete blocks!

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14-year-old Vinayagan Odegard during the Marina Labor Day Parade, September 2013.  Photo by Lola Jane

Photo above of Mr. Vinayagan Odegard demonstrating object breaking at the Marina Labor Day Parade last year, in front of the parade crowd and judges.  Click on the photo or here to see Mr. Odegard’s concrete block break (photos and post from Labor Day parade).

See also, martial arts and taekwondo training related posts and photos:

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May 2014 schedule notes at Monterey Bay Taekwondo

The Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy May 2014 schedule has posted on the Schedules page / tab.

In addition to regularly scheduled monthly items such as our Stripe / Promotion Tests, Game Day (bring a friend to class day – scheduled on Monday, May 5th) there are special activities this month.

  • 9th Annual Tigers Taekwondo Championship, Wasco, California is on May 3rd, 2014. Tigers Taekwondo came to the studio during February, 2014 to cross-train with students and Team MTA members.  They are hosting this competition at their site.  Visit their website contact page here or call 661-758-5890 for more information on the competition.
  • 2014_bannerTiger Claw Elite’s Taekwondo Championships is on Saturday, May 17th, 2014 at the McEnery Convention Center’s South Hall in San Jose, California.

Click here or on the Tiger Claw Elite banner at left for more information about this tournament event.  Competition includes sparring, weapons, and poomsaes.

  • Note there is a special schedule on Friday, May 23 — there are NO CLASSES,  and it is Photo Day for Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy!  Please sign up for your photo shoot time slot at the office (or see Mr. Ricky Cabalza).
  • Gymnastics Day is Monday, May 19th
  • No classes for Monday, May 26th for the Memorial Day Holiday
  • Stripe Test is Thursday, May 29th
  • Month of May Promotion Test is Saturday, May 31st from 11:30AM to 2:00PM.
  •  Black Belt Graduation Ceremony is also scheduled on Saturday, May 31st from 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM.
  • Lastly, Team MTA will have a cross training event during May.  More details on time/place to follow.

summer camp imageA reminder…Taekwondo Martial Arts Summer Camp is coming up soon.  Please see previous post for more information.

Happy Spring and enjoy the great (and currently very warm) Central Coast weather!

And check back soon for more schedule details, or subscribe to Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s blog to get instant email notifications when new articles are posted to the website blog pages! (NOTE: Subscription sign-up located on upper right hand side of the website home page)

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Summer Camp 2014 at Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy

summer camp imageRegistration for Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s Summer Camp 2014 is now open!

We combine some of our most popular taekwondo and martial arts programs for a one-week adventure that will thrill your children and give them new and meaningful experiences.

Your child can learn new skills as well as enjoy planned games, activities & crafts.

Join our family this summer and KICK IT UP AT CAMP!

CAMP DETAILS

  • For ages 4 to 15
  • Cost: $175 per session
  • Camp Session: Monday to Friday, from 9AM – 2PM
  • 1st Session – June 23 to June 27, 2014
  • 2nd Session – July 14 to July 18, 2014

Link to download and print application form and flyer (PDF File) here, (Summer Camp 2014 Flyer) or pick up flyer at the office.

Do You Need Experience in Martial Arts?  No.

What Will We Be Doing at Camp?

We are excited to offer a variety of fun filled activities. Your child will be busy from start to finish with Taekwondo instruction, games, movies, and daily special activities. Games will be played to build eye-hand coordination and motor skills, and to increase physical endurance and attention span.  The memories of their camp experience will last a lifetime.

What to Bring?

Loose fitting clothes that you can work out and stretch in. i.e. sweatpants, loose shorts, etc. Please provide a sack lunch for your child with his/her name on it. Water will be available for purchase at $1 or you may pack your own.

Bring a good attitude, and willingness to do and learn new things!

Note:  During summer camp — and along with games to increase physical endurance, improve attention spans,  enhance eye-hand coordination and motor skills — Master Lee and camp instructors can also work with students who need to sharpen their forms & poomsees  and practice required belt-level sparring techniques for upcoming promotion tests.

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Photo by Melissa Edwards – 2013 Water Gun Fun during Summer Camp

It is also a Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy tradition to include a water gun fight at the end of each summer camp session — with weather permitting, of course.

Summer camp attendees look forward to this fun outdoor activity — a memorable way to close out each summer camp session at Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy.

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Photo of white belt student, Maya, by Melissa Edwards at 2013 Water Gun Fun during Summer Camp

Please see Master Lee or Mr. Ricky Cabalza at the office to sign up, or if you have any questions.

See you at camp!

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Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy April 2014 Stripe Test today

Today — Thursday, April 24th —  is Stripe Test day at Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy.

All students attending classes today will perform their belt level forms and required sparring techniques to earn stripes for their belts, and to prepare for promotion towards their next color belts.

For new students, please refer to our February, 2014 stripe test blog post, here, and click on the links at the bottom of the post for more information.  Photos from the February, 2014 stripe test are posted, here.

And a reminder: Promotion test for the month of April 2014 is this Saturday, April  26th, from  11:30AM to 1:30 PM.  Students who are eligible to test for their next level belt will receive notification from the office (via e-mail or in person).

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