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Animal Shelter 2015

Posted by Cmartialarts on March 24, 2015 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (1)

We are so excited about this years animal shelter Community Serivice Project!! Every year we take a couple months and dedicate them for a local community service project. One of our favorites is the Animal Shelter Visit! Since February students have been collecting blankets, toys, treats, food, and so much more for the orphaned animals and the PG animal shelter.


On May 9th at noon we will all go together as a group to the shelter and drop off our donations!! The shelter is kind enough to also give the kids a fun and important lecture about the big responsibilities that go into pet ownership and about how many dogs and animals are available all over for adoption. After the lecture we take a tour of the shelter, and the kids get to see the animals they have helped. We have even had families adopt a pet in the past!! Check out some of the pictures from last year!! If you know anyone who wants to join us or donate have them call 410-562-1431!!

Snow days? Perfect time to practice!

Posted by Cmartialarts on February 23, 2015 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Its been a cold and snowey couple weeks here in the DC area, lots of school delays and closures too. What does that mean? Restless kids full of energy and bouncing off the walls! Hopefully everyone gets a chance to have some epic snowball fights, and enjoy the snow... but then what? I suggest .....PRACTICE!! Whether Maryland Shidokan schools are closed or open, its always a good time to practice your karate. Not only will you improve your skills, but by doing Kata for example, you can clear your mind, improve your focus, and get rid of that restless energy all while getting a good workout in. Unsure what to practice? Try this tonight :

1) warm up with 50 jumping jacks

2) a couple light stretches until you feel limber

3) Practice kihon kata 4 for 15 mins. alternating with 2 different focuses in rotation. The first time through, no power, just motion. Are you rotating on the balls of your feet? Are you ending in the proper stance, are you using natural movments coming from your center? Each time you perform it this way try to improve an aspect you notice you are not doing. The second time through maintain the good form but practice exploding into the move in a controlled relaxed manner, achieving maximum " focus" on each move. Each time you practice this way, attempt to improve. Thats a big key, often times we tend to rush through the movements without a direct intention on doing it better than the last time, and that is what makes the difference between someone who has learned for how ever many years, and someone who has done the same year however many times. Alternate between these two methods of practicng Kihon Kata 4 for 15 mins and you have truley done something for yourself and your karate journey.


Until I see you all in class tomorrow, stay safe and have fun in the snow! If you or someone you know  is interested in taking class, call 410-562-1431 to schedule your trial!

Here is a throwback photo of Sensei Erika in 2003





Valentines Day Board Breaking

Posted by Cmartialarts on February 17, 2015 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Sensei Erika spent Valentines day helping with a kids night out board breaking event! We had a blast, and over 20 kids who have never broken boards before who all broke thier first board.... and then a few more just for fun :) hammer fists, palm strikes, you name it, the kids had a blast! Check out this VIDEO of 3 year old Jack breaking a board with a Palm strike. For info on our next breaking event call 410-562-1431!!  


Sensei Johns Visit

Posted by Cmartialarts on February 11, 2015 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The Maryland Shidokan students were in for a great treat the last 2 weeks! Sensei John came in for a surprise visit from Korea! He has been teaching all of the classes, giving the students both an intense workout as well as introducing some new techinques and also sharing insights and wisdome about training and how Karate imapacts all aspects of your life.

In the Little Kids class Sensei harped on focus and listening skills, he asked the students how a karateka should behave in school and how they thought they could take what they learned in karate ( focus, dicipline) and apply it to a in class school day setting. Ethan, 5, said that he thinks its important for a karate kid to be respectful and listen to your teacher. What a great answer!!

In the Older kid class Sensei John really has been hammering the basics: Blocks, Kicks, Punches, etc. Making sure each student has a good foundation for the rest of their karate training. I was tired just watching these classes!!

The Teen and Adult classes have been mixed. Some classes Sensei has taught new advanced techniques, while others have been very traditional and focused on developing power and focus in the kata. They have done partner work, throws, knife defense, you name it.  Its been a great pleasure having him share his knowlege with us. Here are some of the pictures from the last couple weeks, and if you or someone you know  is interested in Karate have them call 410-562-1431 to schedule a free class!


 


Halloween 2014

Posted by Cmartialarts on November 11, 2014 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

We had a blast at Cornerstone Martial Arts annual Halloween Party last week! Every year we have the kids come in costume, this year we had mine craft warriors, ninjas, pandas, jokers, princesses and everything in between. Between the games, food and skits the kids ( and adults) all left with a smile.... here are some pictures from the night!


Tomorrows Field day!

Posted by Cmartialarts on May 12, 2014 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Come join us tomorrow at 6:30 while we get outside in this beautiful weather and play games!! Pictures to be posted tomorrow!

2013 CMA Halloween Party!

Posted by Cmartialarts on October 30, 2013 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Last night we held our annual Halloween Party!! Every year we have all the kids come dressed in costume for a night of fun and games. Its one of our favorite nights of the year.  Who showed up? Karate princesses, superheros, monsters, minions and more! 

Imagine balloon games, candy and a whole lot of laughter!! to finish of the party we split the kids off into 4 groups- each group had to come up with a karate- based skit....the catch?? They had to remain in character of thier costume! The final products were hilarious to say the least. Check out the https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.627328473976892.1073741829.249697131740030&type=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">photos !



Maryland Shidokan annual 6 Flags Adventure!!

Posted by Cmartialarts on August 3, 2013 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

This past Wednesday Maryland Shidokan went on our annual 6 Flags trip! Over 20 students and parents enjoyed a day of adrenaline filled fun. I personally love the water park, and to their delight some of the students got to see me scream like a little girl on the Tornado water ride☺ Micah, Isaiah, Darren, Chase and some others were brave enough to go down the new “ Bonzi “ water ride: Picture a 6 story high “water slide” ( I put slide in quotations because it looks much more like a water DROP). Apparently they had to go in this little capsule at the top, standing on a circular floor that would just open up, sending them plummeting down a water tube for 6 terrifying seconds. There is a picture below!

We had parents, grandparents and friends who all enjoyed our trip. Younger siblings swam in the famous wave pool, while some of the teenagers and a few courageous parents rode the monster roller-coasters-: Batwing, Apocalypse and Superman just to name a few. What a great way to celebrate the summer! Looking forward to jumping back into classes this week !


Purple Heart Donations

Posted by Cmartialarts on July 28, 2013 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

As many of you already know, Maryland Shidokan Karate is heavily involved in community service. For the summer we partnered with Puple Heart. Purple Heart is an orginazation that has helped military veterans and their families for over 50 years!  Over the last few months at Cornerstone and Trinity Martial Arts we have been accepting clothing donations, and we were SO very happy with how many families donated! This past Wednesday, Purple Heart came and picked everything up. Thanks to everyone who donated!!


T-shirts available!

Posted by Cmartialarts on July 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello! We have been having a great summer at Maryland Shidokan

Some updates:

1) We have raised a ton of clothing for purple heart, and they will be picking up our donations on the 24th of July. SO excited

2) Our annual 6 Flags trip has been scheduled for Wednesday July 31st. Details in the dojo, hope everyone can make it!

3) We now have an online Gear store! We have tons of T-shirts to choose from, and in the hot summer months, the CMA/TMA T's can be worn in class instead of your gi top. Check them out and order HERE



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