In 2011, McKenna Jolly took second and a third during the World Games narrowly missing the coveted first place. This year the 2012 World Games will be held in Buffalo, New York and McKenna will be there hunting the first place finish that she has been working for.
The road to the World Games has taken McKenna to tournaments in and out of the country where she has been highlighted for her numerous victories and as the CanAm Sport Karate Competitor of the Year. McKenna says that working out is not work at all because she knows what her goals are. When asked what the biggest challenge of being an international martial arts competitor and she will quickly tell you it is the financial cost. She earns the necessary funds from teaching private lessons, seminars and like any 16 year old girl, she baby sits. Furthermore she has been give some one time donation towards her tournament travel by some of the generous people that support her efforts. McKenna is also an A student carried a full college course load. She also actively teaches at Karate Quest where she trains.
This Christmas we will be doing a peanut butter and jelly drive as well as that of gifts for those in need during the holiday season. We have all been blessed at one time or another and this is our opportunity to share some of those blessing with others as we give.
When you come in and see the Christmas Tree please consider bringing an item that can be placed under it to assist those of our community that are in need. Be mindful of children of all ages. For example, teenage girls might be thrilled to get some makeup or other such items.
As we do this I am certain that our own spirits will abound as we participate in bringing “Holiday Cheer” to others.
Our after school transportation karate service is now in session.
Being a school that has a lot of great families we make a strong effort to make our schedule work for our members. However, one request that has come up quite a bit lately is that of picking up our younger students after school lets out and bringing them here to Karate Quest where they can gain those valuable skills and attributes that are every bit as important as their academic training. The students have fun, get fit and learn valuable self-defense skills that could save their life someday. This allows mom and dad to finish up their work day without having to make the mad rush to pick their child up after school.
It is here and we are building our enrollments in this special “After School” program. Of course mom and dad can rest easy while their children are enjoying the best of leadership development through the martial arts while developing their attributes of Focus, Discipline, Confidence, Respect and Teamwork along with many others.
Our highly qualified staff has Eagle Scout Candidates, Black Belts, Top Academics and numerous competitive wins among them. With just over two years of service at our present location, we see our students excelling in these areas as well. You can tell a quality program by the great students.
What makes us different? In part it is our individual testing. Students are not automatically awarded a new rank just for showing up. The testing process is not just a test it is a high powered private lesson that helps the student to take it to the next level. Every student is helped along the path to personal mastery while learning valid real world self-defense as well as a lot of things that are just Fun! When they achieve a new rank they feel great about it because they truly earned it.
Stop by or call today so that you can ensure your child’s spot in this exciting opportunity.
School is back in session and schedules are starting to get back to normal. That said, many kids can benefit in their academic endeavors from the attributes of Concentration, Focus, Discipline, Confidence, Teamwork and Family Values that we teach at Karate Quest.
We had great weather and combined with some great classes this summer. We launched a series of summer camps that were enjoyed by all that attended. What made these camps great is that they were not simply a drop off babysitting with a few art projects thrown in. The participants practiced and learned Karate, got in the best shape that they have been in for some time, and had a lot of fun.
It was not just pure sweat. They enjoyed the occasional movie, trips to area parks and swimming at the Arnie Hanna Aquatic Center. Oh did I mention that all of the Summer Camps had pizza every Friday?
Make plans for next summer to be a part of the most exciting and best summer camps ever. They are skill based camps featuring the Martial Arts which is an added value over and above other Whatcom County Camps.
This was a great event with a lot of public excitement. What a great community we live in. Birch Bay Square is the newly remodeled outlet mall just off I-5 at Birch Bay Lynden Road.
The performers had fun too! Thank you to all the school members that came to see the show as well. Let us know what you thought in the comments below.
HAVE A GREAT MEMORIAL DAY!!!!!
Eli did a great job at this event. The result of focus and dedication that is achievable for those that will invest in themselves.