We have had several interesting things going on this fall here at NAMA. One of our students competed at the CTF SparWars tournament. Kelley Zeigler, currently is first seed for the National Championships this November. In addition to a competitor NAMA had two judges present at the tournament helping to judge divisions and run the CTF's new digital scoreboards. This last weekend Kelley Zeigler and Instructor Adam Willis attended the CTF's Fall Black Belt Camp in Limestone, Arkansas. These camps are a time for Black Belts and Instructors to receive intensive and focused training and information from the National Director of the CTF, Grand Master Robert Hardin. Not only do attendees have the privilege of learning from GMH but they have the privilege of learning from other high ranks, such as Master Alison Hardin, and each of the other attendees at camp. It is a great time to focus in on Taekwondo and enjoy some down time with one another.
We just had a testing last Monday and a great tournament this past weekend! With our 7 competitors we managed to take home four 1st place trophy's, four 2nd, and one 3rd. Congratulations to all the NAMA students!
Friday we are having a potluck/belt awards at the Yellville City Park if it is not raining. If it is we will have it at NAMA. Starting at 5:00 we will converge and kick things off when everyone gets there. This will be a relaxed event.
Well this has been a very busy year so far! To start, the Choong-Sil Taekwondo tournament in March was awesome. There were over 400 competitors from all over. NAMA students did absolutely amazing. Everyone placed at least once if not twice. Congratulations!
The next tournament will be April 30th in Hernando, MS. We are looking forward to this one as well! Train hard!
In other news, Ms. Jessica has plans to join the Air Force. Her ship date is May 9th if everything goes according to plan. Adam & Mitch Willis will be the instructors at the school while she is away so that it will stay open for business in the meantime. She also plans to keep in touch with everyone at NAMA through email, phone, or facebook. Oh, and of course stopping in when she can!
Ms. Jessica also got married in March to Matthew. They are both looking forward to the many opportunities that are coming up with the Air Force. They may get to indulge in some other martial arts training, some new cultures, and learn more ideas so they can instruct and help even more students as they go along their way together.
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Jessica Lasecki announces some “kickin” results from the tournament held in Mt. Juliet, TN at the Christian high school on July 25, 2015. A total of 9 participants from NAMA went and a total of 8 first places, 4 second places, and 3 third places came home! What a tally! John Wade a 4th grade yellow belt placed 1st in patterns and 2nd in one-steps in his men’s division. Ashley Raffee a 3rd grade red belt placed 1st and 1st in the 16 & 17 year old girls division. Antonio DeLeon a 1st grade red belt placed 1st in sparring in the 9 and 10 year old boys division. This was his first tournament ever – congrats! Felicia Lasecki a 1st degree black belt placed 1st in patterns in the 12 & 13 year old girls division. Adam Willis a 2nd degree recommended black belt placed 1st in patterns and 3rd in sparring in the 18 to 35 men’s division. Dominic Giles a 2nd degree recommended placed 1st in patterns in the 11 and 12 year old boys division. Loanne Lasecki a 2nd degree black belt placed 3rd and 3rd in the 16 & 17 year old girls division. Tyler Duncan a 2nd degree decided black belt placed 1st in patterns and 2nd in sparring in the 16 & 17 year old boys division. Jessica Lasecki a 5th degree black belt placed 2nd and 2nd in the women’s 18 to 35 black belt division. Lasecki said, “Everyone did such a wonderful job at this tournament and all of NAMA’s black belts are on a good track for the National Jacket competition in November. Spar Wars on September 19, will be a double point’s tournament. Until then I will be pushing our NAMA black belts hard in their training! We also found out that the next International tournament the CTF will be participating in is in Birmingham London on July 16& 17, 2016. This is very exciting news and we are looking at our training now and will start our fundraising soon.” Lasecki is offering a FREE WEEK of classes for any new student who wants to try it out. A reminder that we have 2 new classes available now, the adult and the yoga classes. A special thank you to North Arkansas Martial Arts sponsors that help make these trips possible for our students : Larsons, John Deer Harrison, Steve and Joy Copeland, Western Sizzlin Harrison, Walter and Anna McNew, Clay Maxey Ford Motor Company, Razorback Ribs, Southern Rock Tobacco Shoppe, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Waggner, Home Depot, Imagine That, McDonalds Harrison, Natures Way, Sandy Baker, & Kelly Smith. If you are interested in sponsoring a child or in taking classes please call 870.736.0571. Look us up on Facebook or checkout our website at: www.namatkd.com.
Jessica Thelen & Adam Willis.