Evolution and DogTown CrossFit coming together for Crush Cancer Fundraiser Event!

Start your fundraising!! Evolution Martial Arts Academy is going to be joining in on the 2nd Annual Crush Cancer event that is being coordinated by DogTown CrossFit in Culver City. Instead of participating in Fight Gone Bad, we will be supporting this fundraising event, in which all the proceeds go to Stand Up 2 Cancer to help fund cancer research, and maybe even one day, find a cure! We have all encountered someone who has had cancer, and either won or lost their fight. This event is for them, and every other person who might one day be fighting for their life against this horrible disease! Let’s help make a difference!

What is Crush Cancer and how did it get started?

Crush Cancer was created by DogTown Crossfit in 2011, as a substitute for the annual “Fight Gone Bad” fundraising event that most CrossFit gyms hold. The reason being that last year, FGB decided not to donate any portion of the proceeds to cancer research. Not that FGB doesn’t do a great in fundraising for wounded vets, families of fallen soldiers and first responders, and other noble charities of that nature. But, cancer affects hundreds of thousands of people per year, and that kind of statistic is sobering. One of the owners of Dogtown CrossFit, Adam Noble, is a cancer survivor. He fought the disease, and lived to tell about it. As a result, the fight against cancer is quite personal to him. Last year, in its inaugural event, which Coach Brandon participated in (as then a member of the DogTown family), $60,000 was raised for Stand Up To Cancer, and it was an amazing workout and event. This year, Evolution asked DogTown CrossFit to join in on this worthy cause, and have a fun time doing this event with them.

How do I get involved?

Evolution has created their own fundraiser page on Crowdrise (www.crowdrise.com/evolutionmaa). Go to this page, and on the right hand side you will see a button that reads “Join the Team”. Click on that button and set up your own page under our team page. Once your page is ready to go, all you have to do is post the link on your FB, Twitter, or whatever other social media account you have. Tell your friends to donate on your page. There is no minimum (and of course no maximum). Even if it is just $1, that still is $1 more towards finding a cure!! Every week, you want to repost this link, and keep reminding your friends about it. Think about if every FB friend you have donated $1?? That’s pretty good right? So, don’t be afraid to ask. Remind them that this donation is tax-deductible as Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) is a 501c3 organization.

Ok, so I have raised money, now what?

On October 27th, in Downtown Culver City, we will participate in an awesome, outdoor, public WOD!! You can invite your friends, family, neighbors, whoever you want!! It is an awesome day of camaraderie and sportsmanship. You will be doing the following workout for total amount of reps.

3 Rounds- 1 min. Each Station

– Power Cleans
– Kettlebell Swings
– Burpees
– Shoulder to Overhead
– Double Unders

Here’s some additional information on the upcoming Crush Cancer fundraiser:

1) All active CrossFit students have to create their personal page under our Evolution fundraiser page by Friday, September 21st! (this gives you a little over a month to fundraise)

Some evil WOD will be assigned to those who don’t make the deadline >:) …and you will still have to create a
page… hehe…

Ask Coach Brandon if you need help in setting up your page. It is pretty straight forward though…

2) You have to actively fundraise! Even if that means donating some money yourself. This is for the fight against cancer, so every dollar counts! Even if it is only $1!!

3) You are NOT required to participate on the day of the Crush Cancer event, but you ARE required to do the workout. There will be “make up” days for the Crush Cancer WOD (before and after the actual event).

Paleo speakers coming to EVO, 6pm tonight, July 30th!

ATTENTION CROSSFIT EVO!! No regular class at 6:00PM!!

Today we will be having a special guest coming to speak with everyone about Paleo and give you alot more information about the diet and how it works at 6:00PM!!

Coach Sean Coonce is a good friend of mine from Dogtown CrossFit, and their resident nutritional consultant and Paleo expert! He has a vast amount of knowledge about Paleo and general nutrition, which is why I asked him to come talk to you all. He has even offered to individually consult any EVO member who wants to discuss nutrition and set executable goals.

Regular class will be at 5:00PM and possibly another regular class running concurrently with the Intro class at 7:00PM! He has a lot of good information, and I know you all have a lot of questions, so I feel a full hour is required.

Grand Opening “Mini” Games Details along with Prizes Announced

The 2012 CrossFit games are same weekend as our Grand Opening.  For our Grand Opening Event we have decided to hold our own “Mini” CrossFit Games.  People will have a chance to participate and earn tickets which they can use to enter drawings for different prizes.  The “Mini” Games will begin at around 12pm July 14th.  Anyone can participate, children and adults.  BRING AND INVITE anyone you think is interested.  For less than 5 mins of work you can potentially win 2 months free training!    
How it works.  
There will be 4 stations. (Push Ups, Sit Ups, Box Jumps, and Squats).  Each participant will have exactly 60 seconds to do as many repetitions as possible at each station.  There will be a judge at each station that will count each rep.  At the end of the 60 seconds the judge will award the participant tickets based on rep count.  The more reps counted the more tickets a participant will earn.  A maximum of 5 tickets can be earned, 1 ticket will be award to anyone who participates.  Judges determine Reps, there will be no arguments or disputes with judges.  What they say goes.  
Participants are not required to do every station.  Participants can only do each station once.  Once a participant is done collecting all the tickets they must turn the tickets into our raffle bowl.  Tickets for prizes will be picked out of the bowl.  
Workouts and Reps done in 60 secs for tickets

Squats (Rear end must touch Med Ball)
5 tickets – 50+ 
4 tickets – 40 
3 tickets – 30 
2 tickets – 20 
1 ticket –  <19 
Push Up – (Release bottom) (Men must do from toes, ladies and children can do from knees)
5 tickets – 40+
4 tickets – 31-39
3 tickets – 21-30
2 tickets – 15-20
1 ticket – <15
Sit-Ups –  (Hands must touch ground by feet)
5 tickets – 50+ 
4 tickets – 40 
3 tickets – 30 
2 tickets – 20 
1 ticket –  <19 
Box Jumps – (Must stand all the way up on the box)(Men 20″, Women and Children 12″)

5 tickets – 40+
4 tickets – 31-39

3 tickets – 21-30
2 tickets – 15-20
1 ticket – <15
Grand Prize – 2 Month Membership Single Program (1 Winner)
1 Month Membership Single Program (1 Winner)
1 10 Class Power Pack (2 Winners)
1 T-shirt (Grand Opening if still available or Regular Shirt) (5 Winners)
*Prizes may vary based on number of participants. 

EVO closed Friday June 15th. Celebrating Sensei Benny “The Jet” Birthday.

We wanted to let all of our students know that Evolution will be closed on Friday June 15th.  Mr. Jason and Mr. Brandon will be attending Sensei Benny “The Jet” Birthday Reception at Team Karate Centers.  Sensei Benny is a living legend and one of our teachers, we would not miss his 60th Birthday for the world.  Team Karate Centers is hosting a 3 day Benny “The Jet” Kickboxing and Certification and Training Camp.  Evolution will be back to regular business hours Saturday June 16th.  For more information read the Press Release below or visit: http://www.bennythejet.com/seminar.asp
Press Release

Contact: Fariborz Azhakh
Cell phone: 818-355-1107
Email: azhakh@gmail.com
Woodland Hills, California – In a world where fame is fleeting and most people fight for their 15
minutes of fame, martial arts movie star and kickboxing legend Benny “The Jet” Urquidez is reaching
one more milestone: his 60th birthday.
To celebrate a life dedicated to martial arts and personal excellence, Urquidez will host and teach
a Kickboxing Certification and Training Camp on Thursday, June 14, through Saturday, June 16.
Attendees to the training camp, (to be held at Team Karate Centers in Woodland Hills, CA) will have
the opportunity to hear Urquidez teach words of wisdom garnered in a professional career without peer.
Most pro fighters hope for a hint of the limelight, perhaps a chance at a title shot. Urquidez’s pro
fighting career spanned more than two decades, with 63 world titles. He is the only fighter in history to
have retained six World Championships in five weight divisions for 24 consecutive years. He was
named Black Belt Magazine’s Fighter of the Year and inducted into their Hall of Fame. He became an
international movie star in his own right, appearing with Jackie Chan, John Cusack, and Jean-Claude
Van Damme; and simultaneously trained with and choreographed fights for Hollywood A-listers like
Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, and Mark Wahlberg. Urquidez even founded and created Ukidokan Karate,
recognized by the Okinawan Masters of Japan as an official modern martial art.
But above and beyond all his other accomplishments, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez is and always
has been, first and foremost, a teacher. To that end, he invites all comers to share his birthday
celebration and participate in the Kickboxing Certification and Training Camp.
Attendees will spend Thursday, Friday, and Saturday training with “The Jet” and learning his
methods and skills. And more important, they will have the priceless opportunity of hearing his
philosophy and the life lessons that have kept him going strong in careers where most people last
months, not decades. There will also be a special reception at Team Karate Centers on Friday night to
celebrate Urquidez’s 60th birthday, and all attendees to the seminar are welcome to share in the
festivities (as a special treat, the birthday reception is open to any and all who have trained with “The
Jet”). Those who complete the weekend course to Urquidez’s will also have the opportunity to test for
Level 1 Ukidokan certification at the end of the course.
Tickets for the once-in-a-lifetime event start at $249 and are available at http://bennythejet.com/
seminar.asp. Past and present students of Urquidez who wish to attend the 60th celebration may
RSVP to BennyTheJet52@gmail.com.
For more information, please go to http://bennythejet.com/seminar.asp or call or email Fariborz Azhakh.


First Responders Appreciation Day June 10th.

Evolution Martial Arts Academy is hosting a first responders appreciation day on Sunday June 10th as a thank you for their hard work in our community.  They are the ones protecting us, keeping us safe, and helping us out with any type of emergency.  First responders are usually taken for granted and we wanted to make sure they are recognized for everything they do.  This event is only open to them and their families.  We will be offering free CrossFit classes for the adults and martial arts for their children if they decide to come.  Its a great way for everyone to meet, hangout, and have a good time.

Class times will be:
  • 9am
  • 10am
  • 11am
There will also be a free BBQ lunch and snacks.  We will be raffling off prizes throughout the event.  If any first responders are reading this please join us and wear your departments shirt.  If you don’t want to actively participate in the workouts please just stop by anyways.  It would be nice to just meet you and your family.  Please bring your business card, we will use them to draw names for prizes.  If you know any first responders out there, LAPD, LAFD, EMT, etc who maybe interested let them know and email or share this link, use the buttons provided below.

If you are thinking of attending please join the event on facebook.

Lets support Lily our youngest CrossFitter as she is singing for a great cause.

Please come join Mr. Jason and Mr. Brandon as they go and support Lily Fair singing live at Cafe Cordiale in Sherman Oaks.  Lily has a 45 minute set from 9:30-10:15pm on Wednesday June 13th.  This is her last performance for a little while.  The event is FREE but all they ask for is a donation which all goes to the Claire’s Place Foundation.  The Claire’s Place Foundation is a non-profit organization designed to help children and families affected by Cystic Fibrosis.  The foundation is named after Claire Wineland who has been Lily’s best friend since they were kids.

Lets go out and show some support for our very own Lily and contribute to this great cause.  Let us know if you are interested in joining us.  An estimated head count will be needed so that a table or two can be reserved early before everything is taken.  Lets all wear our Evolution or CrossFit shirts and represent our academy.  It will be a fun night.

Cafe Cordiale
14015 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Wednesday – June 13th
9:30-10:15 p.m.

If interested in going let us know ASAP. Thanks

Below is a link to the actual event page on Facebook.


2011 SuperShow Wrap Up.

Las Vegas – the city hosting the 10 year anniversary of the MAIA SuperShow.  For those of you who don’t know the SuperShow is an annual event hosted by MAIA (Martial Arts Industry Association) where school owners from all over the world come to learn and network with other owners.  For others this is a chance to catch up with friends and colleagues.  This multi day event usually has seminar lectures covering various topics mainly how to improve your own school.  There are physical training seminars as well that give you the opportunity to get a taste of a different style of martial arts.  Lastly there are vendors who set up booths that usually have a products or services that can further improve your school. 

Opening Night / Keynote:

We flew in Thursday morning, grabbed some lunch then headed over to the exhibitors hall.  In the halls we ran into Cliff Lenderman one of Master Fariborz’s good friends who owns Lenderman Academy of the Arts in Tacoma Washington.  We visit Dave Kovar who has a booth this year, promoting his Instructor Toolbox material.  Lastly as we are exiting the exhibit halls we run into the Father of American Taekwondo Master Jhoon Rhee.  Master Fariborz, Dave Kovar and others always talk about Master Jhoon Rhee.  It was nice to finally meet the living legend.

This years theme for the SuperShow was “Legacy”.  Fittingly the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award went to  Bruce Lee.  Bruce changed Martial Arts forever, many started training marital arts because of him.  His daughter Shannon Lee proudly accepted the award and then gave a very touching tribute speech.  She is keeping his spirit and philosophies alive through the Bruce Lee Foundation.

The main keynote speaker this year was Aron Ralston.  His extraordinary story of survival and determination showed how an ordinary man pushed to the limits can seize the day.  His story was so incredible the movie 127 Hours starring James Franco was filmed in 2010.  Ralston an experienced climber and avid outdoorsman descended a remote Utah canyon alone when an 800-pound boulder broke loose, crushing his right hand and pinning him against the canyon wall. After nearly five days – without water and with no hope of escape – Ralston made a life or death decision. He chose life by severing his arm below the elbow, rappelling a 65-foot cliff out of the canyon, and trekking seven miles to find his would-be rescuers.  The story he told in person was so real and inspiring. 

Seminars Day 1 & 2:

Lots of very good seminar topics this year.  We had the opportunity to finally meet Steve LaVallee in person and sit in on his seminar, it was great.  The seminars offered many great tips on how to improve your school and how to possibly run a multi school operation.  The speaker we were looking forward to the most was Brandon Beliso, we loved his seminar last year and this year was no different.  His seminar discussed how to create community in your martial arts school.  A lot of his ideas were just so simple and made so much sense to us.  We are hoping to use some of their tips to improve our future school. 

In conclusion the 2011 SuperShow was great.  It was a chance for us to meet a lot of legendary martial artist.  The show was well organized and the sessions were very beneficial.  We look forward to attending next years SuperShow and many more in the years to come.  We want to leave our own “Legacy” in the martial arts world one day. 

Mr. Jason attends Tom Callos Seminar at TKC

Sunday July 17th 2011, Tom Callos held a seminar at Team Karate Centers.  The seminar covered topics such as ingenious marketing, intelligent curriculum design, and the “new role” of the master teacher.  It was a lot of very good helpful information packed into one single day.

Here is a quick bio of Tom Callos.  Tom took his first martial arts lesson in 1969, he is currently a 6th Degree Black Belt under his senior instructor Ernie Reyes Sr.  For 15 years he owned and operated 2 of the largest martial arts schools in the US (at the time), teaching and managing more then 800 students in two locations.  In 1994 he began working exclusively with martial arts associations, school owners, and martial arts teachers,  helping them improve the quality of their materials and curriculum.   He is now involved with programs like the “acts of kindness” program (www.thinkkindness.org), The Ultimate Black Belt Test, and much more.

We have been following Tom’s Blog and videos for a while now.  It was nice to officially meet him in person.  We can’t write about everything that was discussed at this seminar but we will mention some of the things that really made an impression.  Because Tom does not operate a physical school anymore he has what he calls a digital online school.  This online school school never closes and can be accessed from anywhere.  This gives him the flexibility to continue to train and teach from anywhere he chooses.  We like idea of the cloud and having everything available at all times to our students.  He believes in recording everything and uploading it online to share with others.  Videos get people excited, we have always thought it was a great idea because videos last forever.  If you visit Tom’s site, he posts multiple videos and blogs daily for his students.  We would like to follow in his footsteps and be able to communicate to our students effectively by the same means.

Tom said a line Sunday that had a lot meaning, he feels at his age now knowing what he knows, he doesn’t think he was qualified to teach back in his 30’s.  He believes that great teaching is not how to throw a good cross punch but how to lead others to be better individuals in society.  The best martial arts instructors prepare their students for life in the world, not just life in the studio.  Someone testing for a black belt should change and influence the people around them, their community, and maybe the world.  That is Tom’s vision for the Ultimate Black Belt exam.  We have been very fortunate to have him tell us these concepts and much more.  Listening to the views from people who have already trailed the path we are on will help us.  There is no reason to reinvent the wheel.  We must gather all the knowledge from the veterans in this business and pick and choose what would give us the best success in helping our students grow to become an “Ultimate Black Belt”.  Evolution Martial Arts Academy will maintain a good relationship with Tom Callos, he is a great asset to the martial arts community and our future.

For more information visit Tom Callos page at www.tomcallos.com

Mr. Jason attends Dave Kovar’s Instructor Seminar held at TKC.

March 6th, 2011 Dave Kovar made a stop in Southern California to hold one his Martial Arts Instructor Boot-camp seminar.  More than fifty school owners and instructors attended this seminar held at Team Karate Centers in Woodland Hills.  This seminar was for senior and beginner instructors helping them become even better and more effective martial arts instructors.

Here’s a little information about Dave Kovar.  Shihan Kovar is the head instructor of Kovars Family Martial Arts Centers Inc. He has been teaching karate since he was 15 years old and currently holds Black Belts in 6 different styles of Martial Arts. In 1982 he was rated “California Competitor of the Year,” and in 1988 he won the United States Martial Arts Championships Men’s Heavyweight Division in Reno, Nevada. He has operated his own Martial Arts School in the Sacramento area since 1978, making Kovars Family Martial Arts Centers one of the oldest and most respected Martial Arts schools in Sacramento. With over 1,900 students, Kovars is ranked as one of the top schools in the nation.
Over the years Dave has developed a unique method of teaching that has earned him the distinction of being the Instructor of the Year in 1992 from the United States Martial Arts Centers (an association of over 1,300 schools in the United States and Canada). Dave’s teaching techniques give the instructor the unique ability to help students improve their existing skills while increasing their confidence, discipline and respect. In fact, so many other Martial Arts instructors have inquired about these techniques that the Kovar brothers have developed a series of “How to Teach Martial Arts…” videos. These videos have had phenomenal sales both nationally and internationally.*

With this wealth of knowledge and experience it was great he was able to come and share with other school owners who are following the same path he is leading.  This 7 hour seminar covered topics such as

  • Ways to retain current students
  • Using focus anchors to control the most uncontrolable classes
  • Disguising repetition
  • PCP – Praise Correct Praise
  • Optimizing classes for Zero Downtime
  • Preframing
  • How to better social with parents

So much information covered that it is difficult to list them all.  This was a great seminar because as instructors we do most of these techniques anyways but just really breaking them down and working on the techniques that are a bit lacking is all part of the evolution of an instructor.  He truly made it very simple giving plenty of realistic examples that we run into on a weekly basis. 

The best part about teaching martial arts is watching students progress and succeed.  We at Evolution Martial Arts Academy want to empower our students to be successful in whatever they do in their life. Teaching is definitely not a walk in the park, but this seminar will really help us help our students achieve their goals.

If you are school owner or instructor we highly suggest this seminar. 

*Courtesy of www.martialinfo.com