The Journey Doesn’t Stop with Black Belt!
Why does martial arts training grow in your heart? How can people train in this sport year after year and decades after decades? This is a non-ending journey of improvements and accomplishments. We strive and work towards that black belt, but then what? “In martial arts, every time you graduate, move to another level, you don't forget everything you've done. You build on it.” A black belt is another phase in this journey. It is not always easy. You face difficult times, frustrations, disappointment but it shows your character how you face these challenges. Do you give up or persevere to move forward? That is what character building is about. This is the true value of martial arts!
Whether we think about it or not, competition is in all facets of today’s society. We compete to get into better schools, we compete to get better jobs, and so on.
For centuries, martial artists across the world have created competition opportunities and tournaments. Martial arts tournaments bring many values to the participant:
-Accelerate your learning and progress
-Courage to overcome your fears. Step out of comfort zone
-Set a goal, work towards a goal, learn, and move forward
-Build friendship and comradery
Aren’t these valuable life skills for all of us?
Participate in tournaments and have fun. And you may win some medals and trophies too!
Important upcoming dates
Mackensie Emory Seminars
April 29th 6:30 PM Tricking
April 30th 10:30-12 Special Form
May 14th, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Summer Camps, register now
June 6-10, 8 AM-5 PM
Aug 8-15, 9AM-4PM (Rank camp)
July 4th Demo team
Contact us now if interested
Practical Self-defense introduction
May 21st – Time TBD (8-9 AM?)
Cycle Rank Test
Hard to believe we are already talking about summer!! Yes it is time to plan an active and healthy camp for the kids. Journey has two camps this summer. One open to all students
Another for members only. Check website:
Mr. K (Farzad Khosrowpour) is proud to offer Jiu Jitsu/grappling foundation now during our sports clinic, Saturday at 10:30 am. This is a great way to learn new self-defense moves and have fun with learning completely new techniques. A minimum of 10 students required to start the classes.
If you are interested, please let us know.
New Cycle and our Tenet
This cycle’s tenet is Indomitable Spirit which means a positive attitude that is impossible to defeat.
This cycle’s form is Strength. Videos can be found on the secure website.
Many parents ask about where to buy re-breakable boards, clapper targets, gloves, and other equipment. The answer is Journey Martial Arts! We can order any equipment you need. Just ask!
Member referral special
Bring a buddy or friend to try a class with you. If they register, both of you get an appreciation discount. Ask for details.
Notes from Mr. K
Sparring, is it dangerous?
Some students and parents are not sure what happens when they get an orange belt and they start sparring. We are not surprised. There are so many styles of sparring and so many different philosophies for sparring that causes confusion. Many students watch online material and videos. Unfortunately, in most cases, that is more harmful than helpful if they don’t know what to look for.
At Journey, we follow sparring rules that help students to excel in sparring over a period of time. No hard contact is allowed or promoted. Some students/parents have asked the value of light contact.
Our style of sparring promotes CONTROL as the primary means of developing skills. Sport sparring is designed for athletic competition and development of skills which are rank and age related. Light contact does not mean slow or ineffective. It means practicing in a safe way without causing serious injury. Sparring is fun, safe, and a great work out.