Fall Online Training Options
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We hope the new school year is off to a solid start as students and teachers begin a challenging process for effective learning in the age of COVID.
As strange and difficult as our world continues to be, our optimism to meet these challenges remains intact. We are confident that our children will not only learn but make needed connections with each other while staying healthy and safe.
Our optimism is based upon what we've learned from martial arts over the past 40+ years: our ability to adapt and persevere is only exceeded by our creativity. This combination allows us to not only meet any challenge but create solutions for even greater success.
We've found that achievement results from making a solid plan with clear goals, committing wholeheartedly to that plan, sticking with that plan for the long-term, and, yet, still retaining the flexibility to alter the plan as circumstances and life demand.
MSMAP is sticking with the plan for offering various online activities until the danger from this pandemic has passed. We hope to see you online.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, MSMAP continues offering various online activities to keep you and your family moving and learning while staying safe in the comfort of your own home.
HOW TO CONNECT
To join these sessions, contact us directly via phone, email, or text. After contact, we will share the links with you. Because we have children involved, we are not releasing these links through public channels such as Facebook and our website (this newsletter is shared via Facebook). We ask that you communicate with us directly so that our children's privacy from the wider internet is maintained.
WHY ONLINE ONLY?
MSMAP goes beyond local, state, and federal guidelines. MSMAP adheres to the premise that truly getting this pandemic under control -- and getting back to some kind of true normal -- will happen because of two things. Although these two things are not easy, they are straightforward and completely within our power (and neither thing is a vaccine). It's very simple; it's all about:
and Human Behavior
THE POWER OF DISCIPLINE
The discipline developed through martial arts training is a powerful tool for happiness and success. It is the bridge between simply having a plan and actually accomplishing the plan. Discipline is what is needed for maintaining good personal hygiene, wearing masks (properly), and social distancing. These basics are well within our power and critical to keeping our numbers in Siskiyou County low and keeping each other healthy.
These online activities are our way of helping to turn this public health crisis around. We look forward to seeing you on Zoom.
Taekwondo Thursdays is adding Taekwondo Tuesdays!
WHAT: These sessions keep participants moving with various exercises for warm-ups, flexibility, strength, precision, and improving mental and emotional well-being through disciplined movement.
Our family-oriented activity sticks to its summer schedule:
Tuesday @ 7pm
Saturday @ 10am
WHAT IS IT?
Always wanted to help teach your kids essential defense skills? This is your chance. This activity is a wide-ranging training session for parents to join their children learning various self-defense techniques and strategies.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Parents, children, siblings. This is a fantastic way to enjoy quality family time, MSMAP-style, and learn some helpful self-defense skills at the same time.
IT SOUNDS LIKE FUN.
It is! Try it for a different way of spending time with your kids or siblings.
Yongmudo programs around the country are offering several workouts each week with plenty of opportunities for distance training. We are invited to attend training sessions with:
• Philly Yongmudo
• Apex in North Carolina
• U.C. San Diego
• U.C. Berkeley
Philly Yongmudo shares the following:
The workouts are NOT cumulative; we don’t expect anyone joining us to have any background knowledge and questions are encouraged.
Monday and Wednesday classes will focus on drills with brief instruction (though still time for questions); Saturday classes will include technical instruction.
Those participating should have: light weights (1lb-3lb), medium weights (3lb-15lb), a "pillow buddy" (stuffing pillows/towels inside your dobok/gi jacket, or a grappling dummy), and some kind of padded floor surface for light falls and rolls (we would suggest puzzle mats as a cheap solution). If you don't have some or any of this, that's fine, too, just do the best you can!
If you would like private online lessons, contact us. If you'd like some mid-day P.E. training, give us a shout. If you'd like more self-defense lessons, let us know. Online training gives us — and you — the flexibility to do different activities at different times.
We've received a few questions about what's going on with MSMAP. Here are the most frequently asked questions. If you have questions that we haven't answered with this newsletter, contact us.
Q: IS MSMAP CLOSED?
A: MSMAP is not closed. We've simply moved out of the studio and moved online continuing training in a guaranteed safe, COVID-free, and socially responsible environment.
Q: ARE ONLINE TRAINING SESSIONS WORTH IT?
A: Good question. For us, it's worth offering a safe, healthy environment without risk of infection.
Also, each of our instructors are ranked 4th degree black belt or above. Collectively, they have over 100 years of martial arts training and teaching experience — all available for your benefit. So, for the people that are already taking advantage of these sessions, it's very worthwhile, and, in some cases, it's life changing. Try it for yourself and tell us what you think.
Q: I DON'T LIKE ALL THIS ONLINE STUFF. WHY BOTHER?
A: We can't argue with personal preference; being online definitely isn't our preferred option. Given a choice, we'd rather be training in-person also. But, online social distance workouts are the safe, responsible option to keep everyone healthy during this pandemic. Movement and exercise is important to our physical, mental, and emotional well-being even when online.
We always remind ourselves that proper social distancing is a key action that we all need to take to get this pandemic under control. It is vitally important for our continued, collective health. Getting together (especially indoors), breathing near or on each other, and sweating on each other easily spreads the virus. Our community is no different from any other community: we do not have a special immunity that people elsewhere lack.
This being said, online training is an interesting way to interact and continue our respective progress. We're intrigued with the possibilities for what online training offers.
Q: WHERE ARE THE ZOOM LINKS?
A: Email or text us. People need to sign-up in advance to participate. We do not post our Zoom links online (website, Facebook, etc.) because we want to protect the privacy of any children participating in these sessions.
Q: HOW DO I ASK MORE QUESTIONS?
A: Call, email, or send a text to us. We're here for you.