First off I would like to welcome everyone to the new website. Catching up to the 21st century is hard sometimes when it goes so fast! When I first started instructing what was to become North Arkansas Martial Arts (NAMA) 10 years ago I had no idea I would be here today. I am a 5th degree black belt with my own studio and big dreams to expand NAMA into other nearby areas. I do not claim to know where the future will take me but I hope to someday soon have 2 locations open, with a 3rd on the way. Enough about me and my dreams/goals. Let's focus on the awesome NAMA students!
Some new announcements are in order:
On October 25th at 11:00am we will be at the Marion County Library doing a class/seminar. Feel free to join in the fun. All participates will receive 2 free weeks of classes.
A huge congratulations to our NAMA black belt students who are in for the CTF National Jacket Competition this year! Tyler Duncan, Dominic Giles, Felicia Harper, & Adam Willis. Win or loose you all put out some tough effort in training this year and I could not be any prouder.
We also just started the CTF black belt program. This program is designed to help students achieve a more rounded well being through extra curricular activities. Some of these include learning how to write down new life goals, community service, first aid skills, and others, that after completion each student is awarded a patch and certificate. Meanwhile, a black belt is also embroidered with their name and displayed in the school so that they can always have a visual goal where they are headed. If you are a newer student and want more information please let us know and we'll be happy to help answer your questions.
The next tournament is nationals on November 15th in Memphis, TN. We are excited about our last competition of the year! Good luck to all the competitors from everywhere!
Following our Nationals tournament I must say is one of my favorite gatherings - the Awards Banquet held every year. Ms. Olivia Rosado is our host this year. It will be held on December 6th. This is where everyone is not sweaty for a change and where the jackets and awards are given out. A fancy extended family party if you will. Fun times!
We are also training for a bigger cause this year. Myself and a few of my students are training for an international tournament in Canada in May 2015. We are going with other CTF team members representing the USA. We are working very hard physically to get up to par for the competition that will be there. This tournament is also a bit pricey. We are in the process of setting up fundraisers right now. We will be selling food, drinks, and snacks during turkey trot which is October 10th and 11th. We are also trying to set up a pie auction right before elections in November. If you have any ideas or contributions to our cause please let us know!
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Jessica Thelen & Adam Willis.