There will be no Black Belt classes October 31st and November 7th. Classes will resume on November 14th.
On Wednesday September 27th we will once again be hosting the Minneapolis Police Academy in training exercises. We will be starting as usual with boxing and kickboxing skills in the ring at 12:00 noon. Afterward we will be on the mat focusing on use of force Hapkido techniques until 4:00 pm. All Black Belts and Red Belts are welcome to attend and participate.
On Tuesday June 13th we will be hosting the Minneapolis Police Academy from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. All Black Belts and Red Belts are welcome to attend. We will be starting with Boxing training in the morning and moving on to use of force training in the afternoon. As always, we appreciate our relationship with and value our law enforcement community.
As mentioned in a previous post, Saturday December 10th we will be conducting an advanced promotion test. The test will begin at 12:00 Noon and should be done by 3:00 pm. After, we will be having a celebration downstairs at David Fongs restaurant located on 94th St. and Lyndale Ave. and Hotel accommodations with discounts available at the Holiday Inn airport south. The following individuals are scheduled to test:
Red Belt to 1st Dan Black Belt
1. Alex Caffari
2. John Yang
1st Dan Black to 2nd Dan Black Belt
1. Lisa Davis
2. Ben Chung
3. Scott Legus
4. Mariah Tomanaha Legus
3rd Dan Black to 4th Dan Black Belt
1. Seth Halvorson
3. Luan To
4. Mark Bettes
5th Dan Black to 6th Dan Black Belt
1. CB Bunkholt
On Monday November 28th we will be hosting the Minneapolis Police Academy from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Training will consist of boxing skills, Hapkido techniques and use of force instruction. All Red and Black Belts are welcome and your help is appreciated.
On Saturday December 10th at 12:00 Noon, Bloomington Karate Center will be conducting an advanced promotion test. Promotion considerations from 1st Dan Black Belt through 6th Dan Black Belt will be part of this test. This test is open to the public but limited viewing space will be available.
I have some very sad news to share. Mr. Chris Samples passed away on August 31st after a several month battle with brain cancer. Mr. Samples will be missed by us all but especially the students in our kids class that he started on Saturday mornings.
I have known Mr. Samples most of my life as we grew up in roughly in the same area. I trained and managed Mr. Samples in kickboxing after he had attained his Black Belt from my friend, Mr. Bill Miller at the Professional Karate Studios. He won several Kickboxing titles and held the USA Welterweight Title for many years. He went on to fight for the World title before retiring. Mr. Samples was always around for sparring classes and trained for many years with Mr. Brian Byrne early Saturday mornings in our gym. Recently, he started a kids fighting class which met every Saturday morning. His goal was to take our kids to the local Karate Tournaments which he did and on many occasions won.
I have lost a true friend. I will miss him dearly.
On Friday April 1st we will be once again hosting the Minneapolis Police Academy. The training will begin at 12:00 Noon and will go to 4:00 PM. Training will consist of boxing skills and use of force training using Hapkido. All Black Belts and Red Belts are welcome to join as usual.
On Saturday February 27th we will be having our Annual Holiday Party starting at 4:00 pm. As usual, it is a Pot Luck food and beverage event. All students and their families are invited. Earlier Mr. Samples and Mr. Peyton will be conducting a youth inter-school Tournament beginning at 2:00 pm. Trophies will be awarded to the 1st-3rd place winners. Hope to see you all there!