We finally got the print copy!
We finally got the print copy!
Now, I admit that my martial arts training started because of my personal interests, but that has changed and grown over the years. Not that my interest nor curiosity have changed but my role has evolved.
I had started teaching a class during college because there were no Karate North schools near to train at and I didn’t want to stop (read: get behind on possible promotions). That lead to helping with classes at the University of Minnesota – Duluth (UMD), which was the first Karate North location, as a 2nd gup brown belt.
This was the start of my desire to teach. It took a while, and I still haven’t figured out all of the way I want to do business, but I started teaching. It has now been 32 years since the UMD class. Here is where things changed again. The stretch from my own training and what I can provide for my students was not a difficult connection.
This is also where my “run a business” and my “teach those who want to learn” issues come into conflict. Why is so important? Well, there’s enough really bad martial arts schools out there. Most, in my opinion, because there’s too much interest in making money. Anyway…
There are two main ways that I can benefit my students. The first being that I continue my training for as long as possible. It has been 37 years since I started training and, as many people keep saying, I am still amazed at how little I know. It gets overstated, only because it is true, but every time I get to train with my teachers and seminar instructors, I learn something new. This is where I’ve been fortunate to have very incredible teachers.
The second benefit is in helping students gain knowledge faster, and easier, than I got it. Since I’ve had all kinds of stumbles along the way trying to figure out the curriculum that I’ve been learning, I should be able to help students get past a majority of them. Besides, they’ll have their own stumbles and issues to deal with. They’ve had a different life than I did.
There is another benefit that I can give my students. That is the opportunity to train with many others in similar arts and different arts, even some really cool seminar instructors. I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t provide everything to my students. That means I need to make sure they can understand how to find what they need to meet their goals.
From seminars with people like Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, the Head Master of the World Haidong Gumdo Federation, Jeong Woo Kim, and reality based self defense instructor, Randy King to weekend training camps with a 10th Dan Song Moo Kwan Grand Master, these are part of where students learn the depths of the material. Tournaments, weekend trainings, and international events all play a large part in how students grow to find what is important in their training. No, it is not the “bright” or “shiny” things that come from these events. It is the challenge of participating. It is the joy of finding peers (friends). It is the opportunity to see deeper or differently into the material that they’ve been taught.
All this because it isn’t about me. The students are the most important thing to every school. They should be treated that way.
Just a quick reminder that the Aikido class starts at 8:00pm tomorrow (9/10/2018) at the Twin Cities location! Come join us for the START of the new program. You can join directly through White Tiger Martial Arts or sign up as part of Fridley or Spring Lake Park Community Education programs.
Here is the schedule for the WTMA Twin Cities school that starts on September 10th, 2018! Don’t forget the community education offerings as well!
Looking to fill up my seminar calendar further! This is a fun, no experience necessary seminar for those interested in learning the sword. There are dates open through the end of the year and into early 2019.
Let me know if you’re interested in attending! School owners are encouraged to host and see what the program might do to help your school. There are two versions available!
Version 1 – a three hour that presents the white belt curriculum
Version 2 – a full weekend that details the white belt curriculum and more.
Send me a note via the form below!
1) NEW PROGRAM
WTMA is adding Aikido to its’ training program offerings! Starting September 10th, the Aikido class will be held at the Twin Cities location from 8:00 pm – 8:50 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. This program is open to anyone age 14 and up. It will be based on the Seidokan Aikido curriculum. It will be good to have the Suzume Aikido Dojo open again!
2) TUITION INCREASE
Beginning September 1, 2018, the tuition for White Tiger Martial Arts programs will rise from $80/month to $95/month. The cost for training in an additional program or having additional family members training will NOT change. Adding other programs or family members will stay at $30/month per program or family member. This will have a maximum tuition of $245/month.
There are no contracts, only a 30 day advance notice to end tuition charges. The first month in any program is still free. Online payments through PayPal are preferred and can be set up through the tuition page. The new tuition will be online as of September 1, 2018. Current students who have not set up the automatic subscription can do so until August 31, 2018 or by contacting me for the link.
Current students will continue at their current tuition. Your loyalty and dedication is greatly appreciated and being rewarded.
3. EQUIPMENT PRICING
For the first time in 10 years, we are updating the prices for doboks (uniforms) and other training equipment. The price list will be found in the student area (at the bottom of the page) for the martial art that the equipment goes with.
Taekwondo items can be ordered via email at any time. If the items are not in stock, once the minimum requirement is reached, they will be ordered.
Uniforms are restricted to…
Colored belts are white only.
Black belts can wear uniforms with black in any manner.
Heavyweight uniforms are available.
Sparring gear will be black unless a special order is made.
Haidong Gumdo items will be available to order when there is a Midwest Haidong Gumdo order being placed. There are only student doboks and mokgums kept in stock. Anything else will need to be ordered.
Equipment bags can be ordered at any time from the online store.
Fall class registration is closed! Check this page in December for the Winter offerings!
This page provides links to the Community Education programs that we work with. We believe that being involved in our communities benefits all and builds stronger connections. Use the links to select the district that fits your location.
The current information listed is for the Fall 2018 schedule that starts September 10 in Fridley and September 17 in Spring Lake Park.
Due to other events in the Community Center, Est Central dojang classes are cancelled on Thursday August 23, 2018. All students are welcome to join the Twin Cities dojang classes that night!
With all the other Back To School sales happening, here’s your chance to pick up new training journal covers and notebooks to record your martial arts training! Check the store, then contact us for the discounted options for multiple sets and shipping.