Miss Sarah in Haiti

In June I accompanied 7 students from the school where I teach to the small village of Jacmel-Peredo in southeastern Haiti. For five days, we help manufacture and carry -- all by hand -- 20 lb. clay and concrete blocks to aid in the construction of a new wing for a medical clinic. While we…
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Father’s Day 2016

Hopefully, you remember that Father's Day is Sunday, June 19. With luck, the weather will be great. Something we've always found odd about Father's Day is that afterward, the fanfare for Dad's kind of quiets down. At St. Matthews Martial Arts, we know how important Dad's are in the lives of our students (Don't worry…
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Mother’s Day 2016

Hopefully, you remember that Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8. With luck, the weather will be great, it's also safe to predict long wait times at every restaurant in town. Something we've always found odd about Mother's Day is that afterwards, the fanfare for Mom's kind of quiets down. At St. Matthews Martial Arts, we…
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April Presentation Tournament 2016

The April Presentation Tournament was AWESOME! We are so proud of all the students that presented. One of our awesome dojo parents shared some of their photos with us, and we are very excited to share them with you. If you follow this link to our dojo facebook page, you'll see all the awesome photos from the day. If you have photos you would like to share with us, please share them to our Facebook page.

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Have an awesome Monday everyone!














Ninjacation on Ninjacation

Ninjacation (a simultaneous abbreviation) Ninja Education (Ninjacation) The act of being educated in Ninja related topics. For example: shuriken throwing, stabbing (basics), stabbing (advanced), running silently, walking safely across traffic, and nonchalantly escaping a castle that may or may not be on fire and exploding. Ninja Communication (Ninjacation) The method by which Ninja communicate with…
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Featured Black Belt Club Application

Today we bring you a featured Black Belt Club Application from one of our students, Kathryn. Many people think that karate is just kicking and punching. So when someone says "I'm a black belt," they probably think that, that's cool and all, but that it's just saying "I trained for a long time so I…
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Year of the Monkey

Today begins the year of the monkey and ends the year of the ram (or sheep or goat depending on your translation). Over the weekend we had an awesome time at our Year of the Monkey Celebration, sharing the story of the Jade Emperor and the race. For those of you that missed it, we…
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The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In front position we say that one of our hands represents war and that the other represents peace. We say that the peace hand covers the war hand because we are people of peace. Our martial art is not about making war or perpetuating violence. Our art is about keeping peace. It's about keeping an argument from escalating so it doesn't become a fight. It's about keeping a misunderstanding from escalating so it doesn't become an argument. It's not that martial arts is the solution to all problems in the world (martial arts by itself can't cure hunger or disease). But martial arts does help people find better versions of themselves. It also helps a community come together. The word "dojo" means "Place of the way" and that meant it was a place where people are taught the "way" or art. One of the most important lessons an instructor learns is that an instructor is actually a tour guide. An instructor's job isn't actually to teach the right answer, it's to help people find the answer that's right for them. So a dojo isn't a place where people are taught a way, it is a place where people find their way.

Our Friends are Awesome

Over the weekend St. Matthews Martial Arts is very proud of the great time we had at Master Joan Richert's seminar in Madison, Wisconsin. Our friends over at the Villari's Martial Arts Cooperative hosted a seminar where Master Joan demonstrated concepts from the Great Grandmaster Fredrick J. Villari's famous Four Ways of Fighting. Check out…
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