February – News and Updates

Presidents Day Holiday

We will be closed on President’s Day.  The only class offered will be a 6pm CrossFit class.  Have a great weekend.

Facebook 500

We have hit 500 Facebook Page likes. That may not seem like a big deal but to us it means a lot. These likes are from 500 real people who have a relationship with us and are part of the EVO community. We never paid for people from other countries to “Like” our page just to boost our rating. Thank you to the first 500 for keeping it real and continuing to follow us. We promise to continue posting relevant news, updates, achievements, photos, and stories. This is just the beginning of Evolution.

We highly encourage those who are on Facebook but haven’t liked our page yet to “Like” it.  This will allow you to keep up with any important news and updates.

December 2014 Holiday Class Schedule

Usually this time of year everyone is heading out of town, taking vacations, or spending time with family and friends.  Below will be the Evolution December 2014 Holiday Class Schedule.

Wed, Dec 24th – Christmas Eve – 10am CrossFit Class ON.  Evening Classes CANCELLED.
Thur, Dec 25th – Christmas Day – CLOSED
Fri, Dec 26th – Normal Classes
Sat, Dec 27th – Normal Classes
Sun, Dec 28th – Mini Cubs ON
Mon & Tue, Dec 29th – 30th – Special Schedule (Below)

  • Morning Classes CANCELLED
  • 4:00 – Tiny Tigers (White-Green Belts)
  • 4:30 – Tiny Tigers (Blue Belt & Up)
  • 5:00 – CrossFit
  • 5:00 – Hapkido Juniors (White – Yellow Belts)
  • 6:00 – CrossFit
  • 6:00 – Hapkido Juniors (Green Belt & Up)
  • 7:00 – Hapkido Adults (Monday 29th Only)

Wed, Dec 31st – New Years Eve – 10am CrossFit Class ON.   Evening Classes CANCELLED.

Thur, Jan 1st – New Years Day – CLOSED

Happy Holidays to everyone.

2014 Thanksgiving Schedule

We would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.  We have so much to be thankful for but most importantly the wonderful students and clients we see on a regular basis.  All of you are the reason we love what we do.  We will be spending times with our families this long holiday weekend we hope you all do so as well.  Below is the Thanksgiving schedule at Evolution.

Thursday Nov 27th – Thanksgiving Day Holiday  – Closed
Friday Nov 28th – 10am CrossFit ONLY – All other classes Cancelled.
Saturday Nov 29th – Closed
Sunday Nov 30th – Closed


EVO Community, We Would Like Your Help for a Family in Need.

Our friend Jennifer Levinson of “Jen’s List” has met a family that is need of help.  Below is their story and if anyone of you can offer some help that would be fantastic.  Below are some details from Jennifer 

I write this because I have been made aware of a situation at a local high school, about a 17 year old, that breaks my heart and I am reaching out to see if anyone has the resources to help.
I have been in contact with school administers and recieved this info this morning. Please take a minute to read it, count your blessings and if you know someone that can assist, email me at jen@jenslist.com.
He and his mother are living in a car and have been doing so for ten months.
He sleeps about 5-6 hours per night at most. He and his mother generally have been getting by with cold meals that they have purchased with food stamps. He has pericarditis, which he says is an inflammation of the sack around his heart. The condition causes chest pains and limits his ability to participate in any kind of physical activity. We believe this condition also accounts for times when he seems slow to respond or seems without the energy to complete his work or participate in class. He says that there is medication for it, but he is not on it right now. However he has not been to the doctor in quite some time and it is reasonable to assume that he may not be able to afford treatment. Furthermore, it”s also safe to assume that his options are fairly limited when it comes to a healthy diet, given his current situation.

It should be noted that he appears at school each day in the same clothes. He does not seem to have any real winter clothing for the nights. He tells us his day consists of going to school, then going to the library to do some work and get on the computer. He then goes to sleep and starts the day over again.
He and his mother would accept help. His words were “I”ve been living like this for ten months.”
After the meeting, the boy immediately asked, “Is there a way to get into a bed or a place by Christmas?”. The boy is doing well in school, great behavior, hard working and never asks for a thing.
At this point, connections with shelters and/or a place to stay, and perhaps a cardiologist pediatric or otherwise who would be willing to perform some pro bono work would be wonderful.

1st, I have to tell you that when I first posted about the mom and son that were living in their car, I NEVER in my wildest dreams imagined the outpour of support that has been rec’d.
As of now, I have rec’d hundreds of responses and still trying to get back to everyone.
I had the opportunity today to meet the mom. She is an educated 56 year old, with a bachelors degree and retired from law enforcement in Hawaii.  She and her son moved here for a job that unfortunately, did not pan out. She has been working part time, thru a temp. agency, but would love to get something stable.
Both mom and son are clean, NO drugs or alcohol. He is a straight A student that goes directly to the library after school and stays there until closing before going to the car they sleep in.
A Pediatric Cardiologist in Encino has offered to take care of the boy and his medical needs surrounding his Pericarditis.
The high school got the boy a prepaid cell phone, so that he can reach his mom, if needed.
At this time, they could really use gift cards to get themselves some warm clothing and hot meals.
Some suggestions were Wal-Mart, Old Navy, Ralphs or Vons. Someone has offered to help mom with her resume and I will gladly post it once completed to see if anyone can help her with a permanent job.
Mom was very gracious and appreciated the community support.
If you are interested in helping, gift cards can be mailed to(and remember, NO amount is too little):
Calabasas High School
Attn: Ryan Emery 
22855 West Mulholland Hwy.
Calabasas, CA 91302
His email is remery@lvusd.org
Ryan will make sure that all donations reach the family.
Lastly, we are working with the Anza hotel, in hopes that they will deeply discount their nightly rate, to at least give them a place to stay over winter break and have a warm bed to sleep in for the holidays. Details are in the works now to make this happen. If you would like to assist with housing, a visa/mc gift card can be sent. Please include a note to Ryan that the funds are specially to be used for housing and he will make sure that they are.
The past 2 days have been extraordinarily humbling to me and just another learning lesson for my children. While most of us think something like this will never happen to them, trust me when I tell you that this mom and son never thought it would.
Thank you for your generosity and willingness to help others in need.
If you can help donate anything please mail to the address above or drop off at EVO and we will take care of it.  Lets try to help by this weekend before Christmas!  Thank you everyone. 

2nd Annual Holiday Pot Luck Dec-22 12-2pm

We would love for you to join us for our 2nd Annual Holiday Pot Luck (who could forget last years chocolate covered bacon).  The pot luck will be at Evolution Martial Arts Academy on Sunday December 22nd from 12pm to 2pm.  This is always a fun way to talk and hang out with the coaches and other students and members off the mat and away from the weights.

If you would like to participate please bring enough food to serve 3-4 people.  There is a sign up sheet on the front counter.  As a reminder please bring serving utensils if your dish or food item needs it.

Lets have some fun as we close out the year.  We hope to see some of you there.

We Won the 2013 Chatsworth Best Martial Arts School.

With 2013 coming to an end we won the 2013 Chatsworth Best Martial Arts School Award from the Chatsworth Award Program.  Not too shabby for being open for 1-1/2 years.  Thank you to our students, parents, crossfitters, and everyone who comes in and supports us day in and day out.  Without all of you we wouldn’t have the EVO community.  We look forward to a bigger 2014.  

Here is press release (source link at the bottom of the page):

Press Release


Evolution Martial Arts Academy Receives 2013 Best of Chatsworth Award

Chatsworth Award Program Honors the Achievement

CHATSWORTH December 3, 2013 — Evolution Martial Arts Academy has been selected for the 2013 Best of Chatsworth Award in the Karate School category by the Chatsworth Award Program.

Each year, the Chatsworth Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Chatsworth area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Chatsworth Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Chatsworth Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Chatsworth Award Program

The Chatsworth Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Chatsworth area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Chatsworth Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Chatsworth Award Program (http://chatsworth.awardredemption.org/PressReleaseub.aspx?cc=dcqm-pbb7-tk33)

Chatsworth Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@awardredemption.org
URL: http://www.awardredemption.org

View Student Testing List from Smartphone, Available Now.

Some of the parents who don’t have any kids testing weren’t sure if their child was testing or not.  As a reminder please visit our website and click on the count down timer at the top of the page regularly to view the list of students testing.

If you visit our website on your smart phone we now have a page up for you to view the list.  Click “Next Belt Exam” button to view the list from your phone.

Here is the link, http://www.evomaa.net/exams.html. Hope this helps all you parents out there.  

Our 1 Year Anniversary Announcements

Just in case some of you folks couldn’t make it last Sunday these were the announcements you missed and an announcement we forgot to mention.

1.  Anyone who signed up for our Pre-Grand Opening Special from last year knew that after their first year the introductory rate would go up.  As a thank you to all those loyal members and students who stuck with us since the beginning we have decided not to raise your rate.  Your Pre-Grand Opening rate will be grandfathered to you as long as you continue to be a member.  Thanks for all the support since the beginning.

2.  All memberships are now inclusive, no extra charge for other programs.  You can do whatever program we offer.  Why go somewhere and just do CrossFit when you can do Martial Arts and CrossFit for the same price?

Adults getting fit and learning some self defense?  Kids working hard doing martial arts and getting fit all at the same time? CrossFit Kids is on our Road Map.  Yup, this all sounds pretty good and valuable to us.

3.  We forgot to mention we have 1 Year Anniversary patches for martial art student uniforms.  It will look similar to the image below colors may vary.  Students who signed up before April 14th 2013 will receive a patch that we will sew onto their uniforms.  Only these students will receive the patch, new students will have to wait for the 5 Year Anniversary patch.

We Will Begin Using Attendance ID Cards Soon.

Our student count is beginning to increase which is great news.  We will be implementing attendance ID cards to help us keep track of who has been coming to class.  We are still slowly creating cards, if you don’t see your card don’t panic its because we need to take a picture of you.  Below are the steps of how to use these cards.

  1. When you and/or your child comes to take class please pick up your ID card on the wall between the men and women dressing rooms.  Adult cards are on the card holder on top, Jr and Tiny Tiger cards are in holders below.
  2. Cards are placed in holders by LAST name.
  3. Coaches and Instructors will collect the cards before every class.
  4. Cards will be placed back into holders ready for pickup for next visit. 
Important Notes.
  • Please DO NOT take cards home.
  • All students must present a card to take class.  
  • Monthly, 10 Power Pack, Special Deal, and Trial Members will all have cards.
  • If your card is not in the holders please check with someone at the front desk.

New Way to Pay For Your Memberships. Starting November 1st.

We have been getting a few questions about our new billing system  Hopefully this article will help everyone.  We decided to change how we handle our billing service because we wanted to make it easier for our students and members.  Our goal is to cut out all the extra steps and just focus on classes and training.  Our Square App Credit Card reader just did not offer enough of what we needed.  We were disappointed in the lack of features it didn’t have.  

Using our new billing service our members should have received an email with their November 1st invoice attached as a PDF.  Here are some of the main questions we have received 

  1. There is a link to pay online in the email, is it safe?  Yes Intuit’s site is very safe.  Intuit develops Quickbooks and Quicken software and offers merchant services to many small to large businesses so they take our information and your information very seriously.  To read more about their security please visit: http://security.intuit.com/index.php
  2. Is this service free?  Yes this service is 100% free, no extra charges or hidden fees.  Just type in your bank account information or credit card information and that’s it, done.  For more information please visit: https://ipn.intuit.com/s/LearnMore
  3. Why is this better than just paying at Evolution in person?  It is less time consuming than coming in early before class or staying after your workout all sweaty to pay.  Most of you don’t even bring your wallets or checkbooks anyways.

    You can create a one time login and password and allow intuit to save all your information.  Your credit card info or bank account info should be saved.  When you receive future invoices sign in and just click pay.   For more information please visit: https://ipn.intuit.com/s/LearnMore

  4. Can I still pay at Evolution? I don’t like the internet.   Yes we will be more than happy to take care of your payment in person.  We will still accept most major credit cards, checks, or good ole fashion cash.  
We are looking into simplifying this process even more by having your credit cards or bank accounts charged automatically.  I know many of you are interested in this, we will keep you posted.
If anyone has any questions regarding their invoice or needs additional help please dont hesitate to email billing@evomaa.net.