News, Information & Calendar

Test Day is next week! Hapkido students will test on Thursday, December 15th and Tae Kwon Do students will test on Saturday, December 17th. All tests will be at The Academy this session. Test information and forms (student information sheet, test application & parent permission slip) are available on our web site in the student area. Don’t forget that you need a teacher and a black belt to sign your permission slip, as well as a parent. Make-Up Tests will be January 7th, 2017.

For the first time, we’re going to have a Promotion Night on December 20th. All students who tested will receive their promotions at one time for all of our programs. The evening will be a great time to invite friends and family to see students get recognized for their hard work. Our Demonstration Team will also perform that evening. Details on Promotion Night will come later. If you’re not able to attend that evening, you’ll receive your new belt in class.

Hapkido Seminar (ages 12 and up) is Saturday January 20th from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Martial Blades Concepts Seminar (ages 16 and up) is Sunday January 21st from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eric Mayes will be teaching and you won’t want to miss it! See Mr. Deaver for pricing and early bird discounts.

Our Holiday Hours are coming up. Please know we will be closed from December 23rd through January 2nd, with classes starting Jan 3rd. January 2nd is the official recognized New Years Day on the calendar, which coincides with the school calendar.

We have a new communication tool called Remember Me. This program utilizes text messaging to send out important announcements, closings or emergency messages. If you haven’t already joined Remember Me, please do so on our web site.

In case of inclement weather, remember that we follow the Ankeny Community School District’s lead and close when they are closed. We’ll do our best to notify people through as many channels as possible, but please know this is our guideline.

We appreciate your referral! Let your friends and family know to mention you when they sign up to train at The Academy! You’ll receive a $10 gift certificate to our ProShop or to use on test fees.

Coming soon! We’re currently working on a complete web site overhaul and can’t wait to show it off to you! Finally, thank you to Jan Herke, who recently donated an additional BOB (Body Opponent Bag) that she had at her home. Thank you!


Kevin Deaver

15          Test Day (Hapkido)
17          Test Day (Tae Kwon Do)
20          All-School Promotion Ceremony (no classes, details to follow)
21-22    Buddy Day – bring a friend to class!
23-31     Closed for the Holidays
  3          Classes Resume
  7          Make-Up Test Day
16          Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (federal holiday)
20          Hapkido Seminar (age 12 and up)
21          Martial Blades Concept Seminar (age 16 and up)
20        Closed for President’s Day (federal holiday)



Bowing is part of martial arts etiquette and has no religious significance. Instead, it is a sign of respect. You should bow when entering and exiting the dojo and as directed toward the flags and instructor during class.


“Charyut” (sounds like cherry-UT) means “attention”. Often times in class, you’ll hear your instructor say charyut before beginning a form. When you hear this, you should come to attention and be ready to begin your form.

typewriter What’s your family’s story? We would love to put together some testimonials from our students and their families. It will be easy…promise! Just let us know if you’d be interested in helping with a written or recorded testimony on how you or your student has benefited from The Academy of Martial Arts! Email Master Deaver for more information.




Special Offers!

Referral Gift
If your friend/family mentions your name when they sign up to train at The Academy, you will receive a $10 gift certificate to use at the ProShop or on test fees as our thank you!

Special Veterans Discount (now through December 31st)
50% off for veterans and their families (new students only)

Trial Special (now through December 31st)
$19.99 for a one-week trial includes a t-shirt!

On-going Discounts
25% off for military, police and fire
25% off for senior citizens
25% off each additional family member














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