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2015 Easter Picnic Pictures!

We would like to thank everybody who joined us for our Annual Easter Picnic!  It was a huge success!

 

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Easter Picnic 2015

 

Just a few more days until Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s Easter Picnic!  Everyone is invited — so come out and enjoy the picnic with your family and friends!

When:  Saturday, April 4, 2015

Time: The fun starts at 11:30 am, beginning with a martial arts performance by our awesome Demo Team, followed by an egg hunt, then a BBQ and potluck style lunch, bounce houses, and games for the entire family.

Note: Sign up sheets for the potluck lunch is located at the studio entrance (bulletin board).

Where: Vince Dimaggio Park, located near Locke-Paddon park in Marina – click here or on map and link to “View on Google Maps” to get directions

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Students who want to take part in the coloring contest should pick up a coloring sheet at the office or by entrance, or click on the coloring page link below to print your own.

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There is also a raffle drawing during the picnic to raise funds for Team MTA.

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Happy President’s Day!

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Team MTA Sticker Fundraiser!

Support Team MTA with a new Car Window Sticker!  Check out the FB post for more info:

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Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy Christmas Party

Our Christmas Party is tomorrow night!

There will be Christmas gifts for our students, fun games, as well as an array of delicious food choices to enjoy during our pot luck dinner.

We look forward to seeing our Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy family on Saturday night to celebrate the holidays!

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December Schedule Notes – and mark your calendar for our annual Christmas party!

Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s December 2014 schedule has posted on the Schedules page.

Our 2014 Christmas Celebration Party and Potluck Dinner is Saturday, December 20th from 6 to 8PM — please mark your calendar, and visit our website and/or Facebook page for more details as the date comes closer.

From our photo archive: Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy's 2013 Christmas Party

From our photo archive: Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s students celebrating at the 2013 Christmas Party

Schedule notes for the month of December:

  • Monday, December 8th is Game Day
  • Ceremony for recent Black Belt Graduates is Saturday, December 13th, starting at 12:00 noon
  • Stripe Test (normally held on Thursdays) is set for Tuesday, December 23rd this month due to holidays
  • Month of December Promotion Test is Saturday, December 27th, from 11:30AM to 2:00PM.
  • Monday, December 29th is Gymnastics Day
  • Please note, studio is closed on  Christmas Eve – December 24th, Christmas Day – December 25th, and New Year’s Eve, December 31st
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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Click on the Smithsonian turkey image learn the history of the Thanksgiving Holiday in North America

We wish our Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy family a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

The studio is closed for the Thanksgiving Break from Thursday, November 27th, Friday, November 28th and Saturday, November 29th.   

We look forward to seeing our students back on Monday, December 1, 2014.

Note: Our month of December schedule is up and posted on our Schedules page / tab).

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Farewell Potluck Party for Master Kim Tuesday, November 25th

Master Kim coaching at Bay Area Open 2014 1webOur farewell party for Master Kim is Tuesday, November 25th.

We will have a potluck style dinner from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  Sign up sheets for the potluck meal is posted at the studio.

We invite our taekwondo family to take the opportunity to thank Master Kim for his time and contributions to Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy, and to wish him a safe journey back to Korea.

Please see Master Lee or Mr. Cabalza at the office if you have any questions about the potluck dinner party.

Note:  Although the Demo Team and SWAT/STORM classes are cancelled next Tuesday due to the party, there is an 8:30 PM adult class scheduled at the conclusion of the potluck dinner.

The photo slide show below features Master Kim with Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy students during classes, black belt test and boot camp, cross training with Team ATC in Morgan Hill and at the Bay Area Open Taekwondo Championships held in August, 2014.

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 Thank you Master Kim!

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Team MTA’s Thanksgiving Turkey Raffle

Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s Team MTA is holding a Thanksgiving turkey raffle to raise funds for the team — just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday!

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Raffle tickets are only $2 each for a chance to win a 20 pound turkey.

Tickets can be purchased from Team MTA members, or from the office.

The last day to buy tickets is Monday November 24th — and the winning ticket will be announced on Tuesday, November 25th.

Note:  Winner will be informed by phone or email and need not be present for the raffle winner announcement.

So…help with Team MTA fundraising, and for just $2, take part in a chance to win a 20 pound turkey for the holidays!

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Team MTA students & family support and cheer for team members competing at the 2014 Bay Area Open

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No classes for Veterans Day holiday – Tuesday, November 11th

There are no classes scheduled today, Tuesday, November 11th, in observance of Veterans Day.

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Veterans Day is a federal holiday honoring military veterans and occurs on November 11th every year.

Interested in learning more about Veteran’s Day, including the historical significance of the date, November 11th?  Click here to visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs website and find out why Veterans Day is observed on the 11th of November, no matter what day of the week it falls in (many federal holidays are observed on Mondays even if the actual day falls on a different day of the week).

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November 2014 Schedule Notes

The Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy November 2014 schedule has posted on the Schedules page.

Schedule notes for this month:

  • Monday, November 3rd is Game Day
  • Tuesday, November 11th – studio is closed for the Veteran’s Day Holiday
  • Stripe Test is Thursday, November 20th
  • Month of November Promotion Test is Saturday, November 22nd, from 11:30AM to 2:00PM.
  • Monday, November 24th is Gymnastics Day
  • Please note, Thanksgiving Break is from Thursday, November 27th, Friday, November 28th and Saturday, November 29th.  No classes scheduled during Thanksgiving Break.

Fall 2014 ImageEnjoy the crisp and clear fall weather!

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Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s 1st Poomsae Competion is this evening!

Tonight — starting at 5:00 PM — is Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s first ever Poomsae Competition!

Photo of students at the start of Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s 1st Poomsae Competition (via MTA Facebook)

It is also a great opportunity to support Team MTA’s fundraising efforts,,, so be sure to bring some cash to spend on snacks and yummy treats prepared by Team MTA family members and expert cupcake bakers (see Facebook page).

Click here or scroll down for the fundraising menu for the evening.

Good luck to competitors participating in this evening’s exciting event!

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Stripe Test today, and Promotion Test Saturday, October 25th

Stripe-test-Photo-Archive-Monterey-Bay-Taekwondo-2Today, Thursday, October 23, 2014, is Stripe Test day at Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy.

All students attending classes today will perform belt level forms and required sparring techniques to earn stripes for their belts, in preparation for the next promotion test.

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

Promotion Test Photo from our archive

Promotion test photo from our archives

And a reminder…

Promotion test for the month of October is Saturday, October 25th from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM. 

Students who are eligible to test for their next level belt will receive notification from Master Lee or 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.

Good luck to students testing for their belt stripe today, and next level belt this weekend!

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Black Belt Test Saturday, October 18th from 12PM to 6PM

Monterey-Bay-Taekwondo-Academy-BeltsIt takes a lot of training to become a martial arts black belt, and today, October 18th, students of Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy who have worked through all their lower belt level curriculum will take their most challenging test yet —- a test to earn their black belt!

The testing starts at 12:00PM and concludes around 6:00 PM.

And yes — between test questions, 8 lower belt poomses, plus the standing, ground, chair self-defense and sparring techniques to demonstrate, as well as board or concrete block breaking, and other required fitness tests from Master Lee — it really takes that long to test for and to earn a black belt.

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Students prepare to break concrete blocks at the June, 2014 Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy Black Belt Test

Master Lee invites the Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy family to support students and classmates as they test for black belts or for their next degree / dan level black belt.

This is a great opportunity to see what it takes to get a black belt!

Please note that the regular, month of October Promotion Test is next Saturday,  October 25th from 11:30AM  to 2:00PM (and Stripe Test this month is Thursday, October 23rd).

graphic break blueDid you know…there are nine black belt ranks in taekwondo, referred to as “dan” or  “degree”?  To learn more, see an earlier post, here…

All the best to students testing for their black belts today!

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Master Lee and Master Kim observe sparring at the June 2014 Black Belt Test

Photo above and gallery below from the June 2014 Black Belt Test…

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Team MTA Fundraiser at Poomse Competition October 30th (and don’t forget, sign-up deadline is TODAY!)

Team MTA will host a fundraiser during the Thursday, October 30th Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy Poomse Competition (see earlier post for details).

A snack table staffed by Team MTA and their dedicated family member volunteers :) will be set up at the front of the studio.  Team MTA parents are finalizing the menu, and so far here is what will be served:

Fundraising MenuIf we are lucky enough, fabulous homemade cookies and other mouth-watering sweets (from MTA parents) will also be for sale during the event.

So be sure to come to the event hungry, and get great food while you watch our talented students compete and show off their poomse skills, and help Team MTA with fundraising for upcoming tournaments.

The US Taekwondo Open is scheduled during February, 2015 in Las Vegas, and the 2015 Junior Olympics – USA Taekwondo Nationals will be in Texas during the first week of July.

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From our photo archive, Team MTA member Matthew Bartlett after a cross training session with America Taekwondo Center’s team, April, 2014.

And don’t forget…the deadline to sign up for the 1st Poomse Competition is TODAY.

All set for the competition?  If not, call the office if you would like to sign up and cannot make it to class today.

Interested in seeing what Team MTA is about?  Check out all the blog posts on our category, Our Team MTA, here.

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Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s First Ever Poomse Competition – October 30th, 2014

Poomses  or “forms” — the series of blocks, punches, kicks and stances, and offense and defensive movements practiced by students from white belts and beyond — are integral to taekwondo martial arts training.

Students practice their poomse with Master Lee October 2013

From our photo archive, students practice their poomse with Master Lee, October, 2013. Photo by Lola Jane

Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academny students practice their poomsaes 2 to 3 times a week during class.

Students also practice at home using the video tutorials from the MTA website’s Resource page, especially for upcoming promotion test.

Note: Video Tutorials for Poomse 1 through 8 are available on the Resource page.

And now, students can show off their poomse skills and all the work put towards their poomse training at Monterey Bay Taekwondo’s first ever Poomse Competition!

Poomse Competition

The competition is scheduled at 5:00 PM on Thursday, October 30th.

All students — all age and all belt levels — are encouraged to join the competition!

Have you signed up yet?

The deadline to sign up is October 14th, and fast approaching…

Sign-up forms for this first ever competition is at the studio — or see Mr. Cabalza, Master Lee or Master Kim if you have any questions.

It will be an exciting night, with trophies awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

So, keep on practicing your poomses and get ready for a great evening of competitive fun with your fellow students on October 30th!

Who knows…the competition may inspire students to compete at Bay Area Taekwondo poomse competitions, or at the 2015 California State and at the USA Taekwondo National Championships next year!

Photos below of national teams practicing their forms are from the 2014 USA Taekwondo Nationals held at the San Jose Convention Center.

Team MTA will be fundraising during the Poomse Competition, and planning a delicious menu for the event.   Our next post will have more details, so be sure to check back soon!

Related post: About Forms – Poomses

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October 2014 Game Day

Game Day for the month of  October, 2014 is today, Monday, October 6, 2014.

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Scroll down to our September, 2014 Game Day post to see photos from Game Day classes, or click on the category “Photos from Classes” on the sidebar.

Game Days are usually held during the first Monday of each month, and is a favorite class for Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy students.

Check out the Schedules Page to be sure, and remember to bring a friend because Game Day is also Guest Day, and students can invite their best friends, classmates or a sibling to class!

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Promotion Test Saturday, September 27th

Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy BeltsThe September, 2014 promotion test is today, Saturday, September 27th, 2014, from 11:30AM to 2:00 PM.

Good luck to all students testing for their next level belt!

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

 

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North Carolina man receives his black belt just a few days shy of turning 80 years old

Just in case you thought taekwondo is only for young people — or think you are too old to take taekwondo, karate or another form of martial arts — check out this news footage and report about Clifton White of North Carolina, who received his black belt in May 2014, just a few days before he turned 80.

Note:   Clip is from a Fox news affiliate in North Carolina and there may be a short ad before the start of the video.

Report Excerpt:

HIGH POINT, N.C. — At 79, Clifton White Jr. of High Point is breaking boards and barriers in his Tae Kwon Do class.

For the past five years, he has been studying Tae Kwon Do at Tiger Kim’s Tae Kwon Do studio in High Point.

Seeing a 74-year-old man take on martial arts was a surprise to many at the time.

“A lot of people say, even moms, 30 and 40 years old, they say ‘well I’m too old to start,’ so yes, we were very shocked,” Instructor Master Mark Wright said.

White has accomplished a number of goals later in life. He received his master’s degree in philosophy at 70. He’s currently working on his doctorate and, just a few weeks ago, he earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

“In terms of me feeling good, I feel better than I did when I was 18,” White said.

White says Tae Kwon Do not only helps him with his physical and mental strength, it helps build his character as well.  Continue reading…

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Today is Game Day — and bring a friend to class day!

Today (Monday, September 8, 2014) is Game Day at Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy!

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Students listen to instructions from Master Lee as they prepare for a 3-legged race (Photo from May 2014 classes)

Game Day classes are designed to improve strength and coordination, to learn about and to build teamwork, and to work on quickness and agility during relay races.

Game Days are usually held during the first Monday of each month, and is a favorite class for Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy students.

Check out the Schedules Page to be sure, and remember to bring a friend because Game Day is also Guest Day, and students can invite their best friends, classmates or a sibling to class.

Note: Photos from this blog post are from the May, 2014 Game Day classes

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More photos from the 2014 Marina Labor Day Parade

We have some more photo submissions from the Marina Labor Day Parade!  From Mr. Mike No, Kylee’s dad…

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And from Mrs. Kim Hicks, Riley’s mom…

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We also posted more pictures from Kim to the Monterey County Fairgrounds photo post (scroll down to view) and we will have photos from Mr. Ricky Cabalza to publish from our special events in August, so be sure to check back soon.

Thank you to Riley’s mom and Kylee’s dad for the photos.

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2014 Monterey County Fair Photos

From Kai’s dad, Casey and Riley’s mom, Kim, here are photos of some of Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy’s young students at the Monterey County Fairground’s Community Stage, on Sunday, August 31st.

Photos from Casey…

photo 1 (2)Confident taekwondo students — and no stage fright here!

And photos submitted by Riley’s mom, Kim…

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Great job Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy students!  What an awesome Demo Team!

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Call for Marina Labor Day Parade & Monterey County Fair 2014 photos

Marina Labor Day Parade 2014 2Did you capture photos of Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy students (or students with their friends and family members) at the Marina Labor Day Parade or from the Monterey County Fair this weekend and want to share the photos on the website and blog?

Whether best buddies walking the parade together — like best friends Riley and Kylee featured on the photos at right and below — or that great photo capturing our students and family members doing something fun, you can share the photos on the website blog by emailing photos to LolaKoJane@gmail.com.

If possible, please send photos in low resolution / web ready format…and if not, no worries, we will reduce the photo size for you.

And thank you to Sharon’s mom, whose photos from Saturday’s parade are featured on this post.

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Taekwondo BFFs!

To see photos from the 2013 Labor Day Parade, click here and to see the 2013 Festival photos (after the parade), click here

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No classes Monday, September 1, 2014 (Labor Day holiday)

Monterey Bay Taekwondo Academy is closed on Monday September 1, 2014 for the Labor Day holiday.

We hope you have a safe and fun Labor Day holiday and look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday, September 2nd for our regularly scheduled classes.

Interested in learning more about the history of Labor Day in the United States?  Click on the photo below to link to the U.S. Department of Labor’s website.

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The History of Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity….read more

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