You did it!
Many Journey Martial Arts students in Austin had the opportunity to test their skills on Oct 18 and to demonstrate what they have learned for many weeks. What a fantastic event!
Congratulations Team Journey!
Rank testing is usually a stressful but important step in the path towards black belt. While we celebrate our promotion and acknowledge the achievements in attaining new skills, we also recognize that there is still a long way to go in the Martial Arts journey.
Sometimes students who test don't always pass, those who are promoted enjoy the symbolism that this moment is the end of one era and the beginning of another, a journey to black belt. Those who are not promoted are encouraged to pick themselves up and try again. Perseverance is a true trait of a champion.
Whether you have tested or not, we encourage everyone to attend the award ceremony. There will be many exciting announcements that you don’t want to miss. Our new cycle tenet is “Respect”.
You want us to do what??
We now have students at different ranks and ages. Classes will be conducted so everyone can work at their level. When the students are at different ranks and skill levels, not every student will do and learn the same things. The key to success is focusing on skills that are at your rank level while learning, and “Respecting” the knowledge and experience of other students. Simply put, learning by observing.
This cycle some students will be challenged with more complex spinning kicks and jump kicks, and sparring. All students will learn some foundations about board breaking and get to apply their learning on actual re-breakable boards.
Important upcoming dates
Award Ceremony at Westover Hills Church in the Family Room: (no classes at the school)
Oct 20 at 6:00 PM (All ages)
8332 Mesa Dr, Austin, TX 78759
Students in Full Uniform
New Cycle Starts: (“Respect”)
Halloween Party: (Ask for details)
Oct 25 at 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Halloween Night: (No evening classes)
Parent’s Night out: (No classes at 6:30 or 7:30 PM. Open to non-members.)
Nov 21: 6:30-10:00 PM
Sparring? What is that?
Taekwondo is known for its flashy kicking and punching techniques. These techniques have artistic, sports, and martial applications. Sport and freestyle sparring is a big part of the martial arts training. Students develop the basic skills of control, safety, and improved fitness before they spar. Sparring is part of rank testing at Orange belt and beyond.
Is My Child going to Get Hit?
This is one of the most common questions from a parent.
Sparring is fun and safe but students must develop the right skills before being eligible to spar. We take every measure and precaution to create a safe environment for training.
Journey Martial Arts sparring rules are based on no contact sparring through green belt and light contact thereafter.
The students will start one-step and controlled non-contact sparring at Orange belt. They must develop the safety skills before they can do sport sparring. All students will be wearing approved protective sparring gears for spar training.
Can I get any sparring gear I want?
One of the critical measures of safety in sparring is wearing the proper protection gears. We only allow Journey Martial Arts certified sparring gears. Contact us for details.
Pictures and videos at rank testing
If you had a chance to take pictures and videos at test time, please visit.
And share them with us. No Facebook account? No problem!
You can upload your file through the Journey website:
Don’t like that either? Then just email them to us and we will post them for you.
Notes from Mr. K.
Many of you have heard me say that Martial Arts training does not start and end in a training class. Martial Arts training is a life style.
So what does that really mean? Simple! Train to build sustainable skills for life
- Set a goal. Don’t just go day by day, and don’t just hope that something great will magically happen. A great martial artist must set a goal and fight for that goal. “A goal without a plan is just a wish”!
- Get involved and take charge of your journey: Those who show leadership in their everyday training will see impact in their daily life to face challenges of life, recover from life disappointments, and strive for something better.
What is your goal?