The Academy’s In-School Tournament

We’re having our very first in-school tournament at The Academy of Martial Arts on October 1st at 2:00 p.m.! We’re hosting a number of free tournament prep classes on Friday evenings in September. See our calendar of events for those dates.

Forms
Contestants should preform the form appropriate for their rank. Forms will be judged on accuracy of technique and overall presentation.

  1. White Belts
  2. Yellow-Green Belts
  3. Blue-Red Belts
  4. Black Belts

Board Breaking
Board breaks will be judged on the difficulty of the technique and number of boards broken. Three attempts will be allowed, and in the case of multiple breaks, the full set should be repeated. Contestants should provide their own board holders.

  1. White Belts
  2. Yellow-Green Belts
  3. Blue-Red Belts
  4. Black Belts

Weapons
Contestants in the Weapons division must be current students in the Academy of Martial Arts Weapons class. Contestants may compete singly or as pairs. Either Bo or Jo staff may be used in the long staff competition. In short stick, contestants may use one or two Escrima, or one Escrima in combination with another weapon or shield. Contestants will be judged on the difficulty of the techniques and the overall presentation.

  1. Long Staff
  2. Short Stick

Divisions may be split or combined depending on the number of participants to result in no more than 4 and no less than 2 contestants in each division. In the case of 4 contestants in a division, 2 bronze medals will be awarded.

Two Great Options for Women (TRU)

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We’ve just decided on our TRU offerings for the fall and want you to join us! This unique self-defense system was designed by Master Trina Pellegrini and is taught to women BY women. Come let our Academy teachers show you how to be more aware of your surroundings and want to do if you feel threatened! We’ve got two great options available for you!

TRU Women’s Empowerment and Personal Protection Two-Hour Seminar
Sunday, September 24 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Registration:  $40 until September 15, $50 after September 15
Sign-up online or call (515) 314-0298.

If you’re not sure about this program, this is the place to start! Come learn about situational awareness, living in yellow and basic self-defense techniques. You’ll also see a preview of the more extensive training available in our six-week course.

Bonus:  If you attend this seminar and decide to sign-up for our six-week course, we’ll apply $40 of your registration fee toward your TRU enrollment!

TRU Women’s Empowerment and Personal Protection Six-Week Course
Sundays from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
October 8 – November 12 (plus a make-up class on November 19)

Registration:  $79 (discounts available to people who have attended the TRU seminar)
Sign-up online or call (515) 314-0298.

This is the full women’s personal protection curriculum designed by Master Trina Pellegrini. Our certified female instructors will help you learn how to be aware of your surroundings and give you tools to deal with situations where you may feel threatened. The six-week course covers everything from how to escape from someone who has grabbed you, tools to deal with common situations and how to defend yourself on the ground.  Since we’re together every week, you get the opportunity to practice your skills!

Once you’ve participated in the TRU course, you will join our alumni group and be invited to join current students at the end of their session, allowing you to make connections and continue to review skills you’ve learned. Past participants may also repeat the course for half-price.

These are our last TRU classes for 2017. Don’t miss this opportunity!

 

 

Six-Week Women’s Personal Protection Classes

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In March, four women from The Academy spent the weekend with Master Trina Pellegrini, who trained them on how to teach her TRU system for women’s personal protection and empowerment. Now that we have these certified teachers, they want to share the program with other women!

The six-week course will start on Sunday, April 30th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at The Academy of Martial Arts. A seventh week will be available as a make-up class to those who miss a week. The cost is $79 per  person and is open to women 12 years and older. The curriculum is easy to learn and appropriate for women regardless of size, fitness level or strength. Sign-up now for this program or contact us to learn more!

Throughout the course, you’ll learn key components on how to stay safe and what to do if you are in a dangerous situation. All women should have some idea of how to avoid being a target and what to do to avoid being a victim!

We’re just starting this program in Ankeny and are excited to see so many women already interested in learning more!

Women’s Self-Defense Seminar :: April 22, 2017

TRU-Seminar_WP-event-photoMaster Trina Pellegrini is back to teach and demonstrate the easy-to-learn techniques that make up her TRU© system designed for women’s personal protection and empowerment. Her instruction will help prepare women to face modern everyday
dangers and attacks.

Let Trina Pellegrini empower you and the women in your life to fight back when confronted with violence or abuse and NOT become a victim.

This program is open to women only (ages 12 and up).
All fitness levels are welcome and no martial arts skills required.

FEES
$45  (Early Bird by March 31)
$55  (After March 31)

To register, contact Kevin Deaver at (515) 314-0298 or ankenymartialarts@gmail.com.

Download our poster and registration form to share with people!

Combat Hapkido Seminar with Grandmaster Pellegrini :: April 22, 2017

ICHFSeminar_WP-ImageGrandmaster John Pellegrini is returning for his annual Combat Hapkido Seminar and you won’t want to miss it! This seminar is open to everyone over the age of 10. No experience is necessary and all martial artist are welcome regardless of rank or style!

– Lunch included
– Ages 10 and up
– No experience necessary
– All martial artists welcome – regardless of rank or style
– Absolutely no spectators allowed
– Pro-Shop on site
– Photography is welcome, but videotaping is not permitted
– ICHF Members wear martial arts training/tactical pants with hapkido t-shirt or polo.
– Non-members wear comfortable, loose clothing (no shorts).
– Martial arts uniforms are optional and always welcome.

FEES
$105 (early bird special through March 31)
$115 (after March 31)
(special pricing available for women who are also attending the TRU Seminar)

To register, call (515) 314-0298 or email ankenymartialarts@gmail.com.

Download our poster and registration form to share with your friends!

Special Offer

New students! Contact us for one of our specials listed below and train at

The Academy of Martial Arts main location!

This offer is for new students only.

To take advantage of it, call Mr. Deaver at (515) 314-0298, email ankenymartialarts@gmail.com or use our Contact Us form.

TRIAL OFFER #1

 1 Week Unlimited classes for $19

Includes free Uniform

($60 Value)

  • Free private or group Lesson
  • No Commitments!
  • Unlimited Classes
  • Includes Buddy Guest Pass

 

TRIAL OFFER #2

6 Weeks Unlimited classes for $79

Includes free Uniform & T-shirt

($150 Value)

  • Free private or group Lesson
  • No Commitments!
  • Unlimited Classes
  • Includes Buddy Guest Pass

 

FREE OFFER

Print, Cut out and bring this coupon to facility with you!

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Top Five Reasons to Train at AMA

The following “Top Five Reasons” should bring everything into focus for you.

1. The Academy of Martial Arts Classes Help You Lose Weight
You can expect major changes in your body with our classes. You’ll burn tons of calories, build muscle, and in general, get your metabolism kicked into high gear. Our workouts are a great way to help you shed those unwanted pounds. Additionally, you’ll reshape your body. Your arms, legs and waistline are going to become more toned. . .stick with it long enough and you may even develop those six pack abs everyone longs for!

2. The Academy of Martial Arts Improves Your Health
Our lessons will dramatically improve your cardiovascular health. Your resting heart rate will come down and your ability to maintain an increased heart rate will increase. You’ll breathe better, sleep better, and even feel an increase in energy and effectiveness all day long. You may even discover you’re more resistant to colds and flu. Plus, even when you do become sick, your recovery time will be better than ever.

3. The Academy of Martial Arts Instills Positive Attitude
Our programs are designed to be positive and inspirational. We’ll keep you motivated and thinking about progress and goals. Our staff and students are all success-oriented and focused on looking for the good in all situations. You can expect to go home from class with renewed vigor and enthusiasm.

4. The Academy of Martial Arts Develops Self-Confidence
It’s true; adults who take martial arts lessons from The Academy of Martial Arts develop better self-confidence. You’ll be encouraged to take chances, to push yourself further than you ever thought possible. The success you experience through our program teaches you that you can be successful at anything, if you truly believe you can. Improved confidence leads to better performance at work, a better circle of friends, better performance in sports and in extracurricular activities in general. Your improved self-confidence will help you deal with all of life’s challenges with a more positive outlook.

5. The Academy of Martial Arts Teaches Self-Defense
The Academy of Martial Arts teaches two forms of self-defense. One is physical! You will improve your strength, flexibility and overall health. Additionally, you will learn to strike with tremendous power and effectiveness. Hopefully, you will never need to fight . . . but should the occasion arise, shouldn’t everyone know how to protect themselves? The second form of self-defense lessons taught is internal. Out students learn to spot danger and avoid dangerous people, places and activities. Our martial arts lessons can help you avoid the need for a physical confrontation. This second form of self-defense is perhaps the more valuable of the two.

I’m glad you made the decision to train with us. The journey to Black Belt does indeed start with a single step.

Your Servant in the Arts,
Kevin Deaver

December Newsletter

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!

Thanks!

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 IN MARTIAL ARTS

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.

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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

 

 

COURTESY
INTEGRITY
PERSEVERENCE
SELF-CONTROL
INDOMITABLE SPIRIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November Newsletter

News, Information & Calendar

Congratulations to everyone who earned a new rank in October! We’re proud of all of our students and think you did a great job of demonstrating the tenets in your tests. Well done!

The transition to “The Academy 2.0” has gone as smoothly as we had hoped! Thank you for being patient with us as we finish up some final details and get everything functioning properly.  The new space feels more like a dojo than any space we’ve been in before. You will notice that we’re incorporating more traditional martial arts manners in the new location. Please let us know if you have any questions about this.

We have something new to offer our families at our current location – BIRTHDAY PARTIES! You now have the ability to rent our facility for birthday parties. There is a standard package available. Check the calendar on our web site for availability and direct any questions to Mr. or Mrs. Deaver.

NOTE: Branches (YMCA/Parks & Rec) are closed all week this week, but for those of you who train at our main location, The Academy will have classes on Monday and Tuesday evening

21-26     Parks & Rec/YMCA – no classes for Thanksgiving Holiday

23-26     The Academy – no classes for Thanksgiving Holiday

25           Black Friday Party (4:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

25           Inventory Sale (12:00 – 2:00 p.m.)

8            Stripes Due for Testing

15          Test Day (Hapkido)

17          Test Day (Tae Kwon Do)

20          All-School Promotion Ceremony (no classes, details to follow)

23-31     Closed for the Holidays

2            Classes Resume

TBD      Hapkido Seminar

HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM CLASS
  1. Arrive a few minutes early to prepare.
  2. Always use the restroom before class. Try not to leave class unless it’s an emergency.
  3. Bring any gear with you and have it ready.
  4. Be respectful of others in class, especially when doing partner work
  5. Have a good attitude and be ready to listen to your instructor

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“Pil Sung” literally translates as “certain victory”. In a martial arts sense, its meaning does not necessarily refer to confrontation or violence, rather it is a philosophy of rising to challenges, however difficult they may appear, in the name of personal development.

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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.

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Special Offers!

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 uniform and t-shirt (new students only)

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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COURTESY

INTEGRITY

PERSEVERANCE

SELF-CONTROL

INDOMITABLE SPIRIT