November 2014 Hapkido Belt Exam Schedule

We will be having Hapkido belt exams this Friday November 21st and a Tiny Tigers Exam followed by Graduation Saturday November 22nd.  Parents of students testing should have recieved an email with more exam details yesterday.  This is the upcoming schedule for Friday and Saturday.

Friday November 21st

  • 5pm – Jr Green, Orange, and White belt Exam
  • 6pm – Jr. Blue and Blue/Black Stripe belt Exam

*NO Regular Hapkido or Tiny Tigers Classes
**CrossFit Classes ON

Saturday November 22nd

  • 9:30-10:15am – Tiny Tigers Exam
  • 10:30-11am – Graduation

*NO Regular Hapkido or Tiny Tigers Classes
**CrossFit Classes ON

Please visit http://evomaa.net/hapkido/exams to view the student testing list or to view frequently asked questions.  If you have any more questions or concerns please email exams@evomaa.net.  Please wish these students the best as they have all been working extremely hard preparing for this exam.

 

October 30th, Wear your Costume to Class Day.

We do this every year the day before Halloween students can wear and show off their awesome Halloween costumes to class.  So this Thursday October 30th if your child would like to participate, please have them bring and wear their halloween costume.  They can wear their mask and bring their accessories for our group photo but will have to take it off during the actual class.

All Tiny Tiger and Junior classes will be cancelled Friday October 31st due to Halloween.  All adult classes will still be on.  Have a safe and Happy Halloween everyone.

New Season, New Team – Top Auditions August 17th

It’s that time of the year, Top Team auditions.  We are assembling a new group of Top Team students for the 2014-2015 season.

Do you like performing in front of a crowd? Does that type of intensity get your adrenaline pumping? Evolution Martial Arts Academy is holding auditions to join Evo Top Team, our demonstration team. Evo Top Team will perform demonstrations at future belt graduations and other special events. A special class on Fridays will allow these team members to work together and prepare for the next performance and improve on special skills.

The ONLY requirement needed to audition is the rank of at least Hapkido Jr. Green Belt. All students who fulfill this requirement are more than welcome to try out but NOT every student will make it. Only 8 spots are available on this roster as of right now. Five of the most important factors we are looking for are

  • Focus
  • Following directions
  • Technical ability
  • Intensity
  • Being able to handle pressure

How Auditions Work:

  • Auditions will be held on Sunday August 17th, starting at 8:00am.
  • Students must make an appointment ahead of time (Sign Ups will be on the front counter). Students can only audition one time. (Previous Top Team members MUST audition again)
  • Students waiting must wait in lobby area until their turn.
  • Each student will demonstrate in 10 minutes a list of techniques in front of judges. (Students have done all these techniques before, list of techniques will not be known to student until they step on the mat)
  • Once students are done they are free to leave.
  • Judges will review all notes and students who made the team will be notified a couple days later.

Parents keep in mind there is a possibly only one sibling could make it while the other(s) do not. Students who make the team may be cut from the team at any time. Auditions will be held again in the future as we increase the number of spots on the team or have to fill available spots.

Good luck, bring your skills.

Small Summer Schedule Change Starting June 16th (Hapkido Jr. Green Belt and up)

Starting June 16th, Monday and Wednesdays we will be offering a 9am Hapkido Jr. class for Green Belt ranking and higher.  Because of this the Monday and Wednesday 4pm Green Belt and up class will be CANCELLED.

This special class time will run from June 16th until August 6th while most children are on summer vacation.

  • To recap the two Green belt and up classes on Monday and Wednesdays will be at 9am and 6pm starting Jun 16th ending Aug 6th.

No other classes will be changed or affected.

Please email info@evomaa.net with any questions.

Quarterly Student Report Cards

The 4pm class and I were discussing their report cards from school.  I thought to myself why don’t we have that.  We are an academy, we teach students, thus students should be graded just like at school.  We have belt exams but that only scores a child based on performance over one day and that happens only every few months.  Some parents drop their child off, others workout at the same time.  This will allow you to find out how your child is doing over the course of 3 months.  

So problem solved, we will be handing out quarterly progress report cards to every student.  The first progress report card will be handed out toward the end of this week and early next week covering January – March 2014.  
Just like school, items will be scored on a scale from 1 to 4.  Since most children can relate, 1 is a rating of poor while 4 is excellent.  Children understand that too many 1’s on a school report card can cause them to be held back from their next grade.  Same rules apply at Evolution, too many 1’s on our progress report card will cause them to be held back from their next projected belt exam.  
Parents these progress reports will be passed out to your child.  Instead of emailing them straight to you we want to make sure they see what their scores are and what they need improvement in.  These report cards must be signed by a parent and returned to us.
These report cards will only go out to Juniors.  No report cards for Tiny Tigers or adults.  
If you have any questions please email info@evomaa.net

Introducing Our First EVO Clinic. March 16th

We are holding our first EVO Clinic on Sunday March 16thfrom 11:30-12:30pm.  If you or your child needs a bit more help in Hapkido working toward their tips, or getting ready for an upcoming exam this clinic is perfect for them.  The cost of this one-hour clinic is $20, a minimum of 3 kids must to sign up for the clinic to take place.  Think of it as a group private lesson, you pick what YOU need to work and improve on.  Instructors will go around helping you and giving feedback on what you could improve on.  There will always be a good ratio of instructors so you are guaranteed quality attention.
There is no stretching, or games, the hour is strictly working on curriculum and your skills.  This clinic does not guarantee you a tip or a successful passing of your exam.  This clinic is an additional supplement to regular class attendance and practice at home.      

If you are interested or have any questions please contact Mr. Jason or email info@evomaa.net

Parent and Me Classes Are Here to Stay

We have concluded all 4 weeks of the parent and me trial classes at Evolution Martial Arts Academy.  These trial classes were for us to adjust our teaching style to accommodate the youngest children we have ever taught.  After receiving lots of positive feedback from parents we have decided to officially add this type of class permanently.
We have learned parents want to keep their children active.  We will do our best to keep them moving and developing better motor skills while keeping everything fun.  We will also still incorporate a little martial arts into this program.  Class format will remain relatively the same because kids at this age like similar structure and familiarity.  Each week kids will work on a new martial arts technique the “skill” of the week.  The skill will cycle over again approximately every few weeks.  This class is a much slower paced class than our other martial arts classes.   
Here is everything you will need to know if you would like to join this program. 
  • All new students who have never tried these classes will receive 2 free trial classes to decide if they would like to join. 
  • Ages for this program are 2.5 to 4.  If your child is 4 or close to turning 4 we suggest they take our normal Tiny Tiger program where it is just student and instructor.  This program will be too easy and not challenging for them. 
  • Class will be held only on Sundays 10:30-11:15am (days and times may change in the future) starting January 5th 2014
  • The Pricing will be $99 for a 10 Class Pack.  After every class the card will be punched, when you run out you can purchase a new pack.  Classes on packs never expire and can only be used for Parent and Me classes. 
  • Students will be required to purchase and wear a uniform for $40 this includes patches and name embroidery.
  • Family discounts are available if you have older children interested in martial arts or if parent’s are interested something for themselves.  Please email info@evomaa.net for pricing.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE 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)

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

Mini Cubs is a New Mommy/Daddy and Me Program We Are Trying in the Month of December.

We received a phone call last week from a mom asking us if there are classes for her 2 1/2 year old daughter.  We told her unfortunately that is a bit too young for our current Tiny Tiger Program.  She then asked if we ever thought about a mommy/daddy and me class.  Our reply was yes it was an idea but we never had enough interest to start something like that.

She said myself and a group of other moms are interested in this type of program.  We created a Facebook group yesterday just to explain how the program would work to the few moms interested and before we knew we had 28 members join the group.   
So here we are, Evolution Martial Arts Academy proudly presents Mini Cubs, we will start a 4 week free trial session.  Being led by an instructor Moms and Dads step on the mat with their child and work one on one with them.  
Just like our Tiny Tiger program we work on a variety of life skills including
  • Listening / Following directions
  • Focusing 
  • Hand eye coordination
  • Mobility drills 
  • Balance
  • Increased attention

Remember this program is to introduce kids to martial arts while having fun in a safe family atmosphere.  Even shy children will love idea because they can work with mom and dad on the mat and not be intimidated by a new instructor.  It’s also a great way to meet other children and socialize.  

Here is what you need to know regarding the program.
  • Once a week class every Sunday.
  • Free classes starting Sunday December 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th.
  • Time: 10-10:45am
  • Ages 2-4 – (An exception can be made)
  • No Uniforms needed during trial period. (Uniform will be required if continuing after trial)
  • Mini Cubs have same Tiny Tigers Curriculum.  
  • Bring a water bottle (can fill up at our water machine)
  • Before first class please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out a little paper work.
What happens after December 29th?
  • If enough parents feel there is value in this program and like it the Mini Cubs program will continue right into the new year.
  • Pricing – A 10 Class Power Pack must be purchased for $99.  The 10 Class Power Pack gets punched every time you and your child attends a class.  A power pack never expires so if you can’t make classes you just save the remaining classes for next time.  
  • A comparable martial arts school has a similar program which has an ongoing $115 per month membership.   
  • New parents will always receive 2 free classes to try out the program.
  • Family discounts will be offered for parents who want to take adult classes or older children who want to take martial arts.   
If you know anyone who maybe interested in a mommy/daddy and me martial arts class please share this link.  Keep in mind this is going to be a fun low key martial arts program that will just bring families closer together while building the EVO community.  
As always please email info@evomaa.net or leave a comment below with any questions.  Thanks.

Students Projected to Test at the End of October.

Click on the link below to view a list of students currently projected to test at the end of October.  Parents please save the date, the time of the actual exam may change.  Please visit this page every couple of weeks to see if a name has been added or removed.

Same format as the last test in August.  Exams will be on Friday for Juniors, Saturday will be an exam for Tiny Tigers followed by Graduation at 10:30am.

Parents please bring juniors the following day for Graduation if you do not hear from us.  No News is Good News.  Parents if your child did not meet the requirements to pass their exam we will contact you by 9:30pm that night, via phone call and email.

34 Days and 12 Hours to practice, practice, practice

http://www.evomaa.net/exams.html