Upcoming Judge/Referee Training Sessions

Attention all Kim’s Academy Black Belts!

Master Caroline Park, Head Referee, will present the Friendship Tournament rules and conduct training for judges and center referees.  This provides the best opportunity to brush up on your referee skills.  There are several training sessions offered, and all of them will be held at the Main School (location information for the Main School is here).

  • Monday, September 17th, 2018 from 8:40p to 9:20p.
  • Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 at 8:40p.
  • Sunday, October 21st, 2018 at 1pm.
Master Nicole VanNatta
Tournament Director

Wichita Wagonmasters Chili Cookoff – 09/22/18

Kim’s Academy will once again be participating in the Wichita Wagonmasters Chili Cookoff, scheduled for September 22, 2018.  Last year Kim’s placed 3rd out of 90 teams that competed in the Spirit and Booth decorations category.  This year we would like to be First Place!  We are working on a Demo schedule and should have more details soon as well as location of the booth – please check back for updates.

At least 10 to 12 volunteers are needed to help with set up and cooking prep, which will begin at 8am.  If you sign up in advance you will receive a Kim’s Academy T-Shirt generously donated by KABBA.  Breakfast will also be offered to those who help (donuts, bagels, orange marmalade, eggs, and sausage).  If you are a coffee drinker please bring your own.

If you have any questions or can volunteer please text me at 316-641-3010.

Thanks,
Scott McKinney

Friendship Tournament – November 3rd, 2018

The Fall tournament will be held on November 3 at the Downtown YMCA (402 N. Market) in Wichita.  We will be recruiting help for the tournament, such as management of rings, set up, tear down, registration, photography, runners, and other tasks.  If you are able to support the tournament, please contact KABBA at kabba.board@gmail.com.   Medals will be provided for both forms and sparring.

You can download the tournament flier here.  Also, if you plan on participating you can download the registration form here, fill it out, and bring it with you on the day of the event.  This document provides a reference to the steps and commands used when competitors enter and leave the ring for their match.

Please note that seating in limited at the Downtown YMCA gymnasium, so we ask spectators to bring a folding chair. Parking is available to the south of the YMCA near the Salvation Army building at 3rd and Broadway.

 

Master Nicole VanNatta
Tournament Director

Kim’s Academy Students Compete at Nationals in Salt Lake City, UT

An impressive group of Kim’s Academy students travelled to Utah this month to test their skills at the 2018 USA Taekwondo National Championships. Thank you to everyone who has encouraged and supported these students and their families! Special thanks to coaches and parents for all of the time, hard work, and resources that go into getting to Nationals. Congratulations, students! You make us proud! 

Isabella Burdick placed 3rd in breaking! She made it to finals in forms, and also competed in sparring.

Addison Parrott competed in breaking, forms, and sparring.

Daniel Kaysch made it to finals in forms! He competed in sparring and lost to the competitor who went on to take gold in his division.

Jeffrey Moore defended his title! He is the three-time heavyweight national champion in sparring.

Courtney Weir placed 3rd in breaking, and made it to the finals in forms.

Alex Stadler competed in forms.

Jacquelyn Locke and Thomas Towne volunteered their time and efforts as Level One coaches. Thank you so much for all your hard work!

Dovie Burdick, Keith Kasych, and Rich Weir (not pictured) supported our competitors as board holders.

Instructor Training Event – July 28th, 2018

KABBA has planned our next instructor training event. We will offer a full day of training classes aimed at helping instructors improve their Tae Kwon Do teaching skills and to create consistency within Kim’s Academy.  The date for this event is Saturday, July 28. The class will run all day 9am to 4pm with a one hour lunch break.

Various topics will be presented throughout the day from several instructors, ranging in rank from Jr. Master to GrandMaster.

The training event is geared towards instructors and assistants. We also encourage any black belt who helps instruct in class or would like to be an instructor in the future to attend.

When: Saturday, July 28, at 09:00am – 04:00pm, with a one hour lunch break.
Where: Kim’s Academy Main School, 1617 South Longfellow

The event is open to all Kim’s Academy black belts.  The cost is $5 (exact change only), but KABBA members get in free.  If you would to join KABBA, visit the KABBA page.

You can download a flyer for the event here, and the schedule of events planned is here.  Please email kabba.board@gmail.com if you have any questions.

TKD Demo – Derby BBQ Festival

The city of Derby and the Derby Recreation Commission have asked us to perform a demo for the Derby BBQ festival Saturday, June 9, 2018!  The DRC is excited to partner with our school, and this is a great chance to grow our Derby and South Wichita presence.

When: Saturday, June 9, at 10:00am – 11:00am. Please arrive by 9:45am.
Where: High Park (1600 E. James St) in Derby, KS
The DRC will have a booth at the festival. The demo will be near the booth. **Look for the Derby Rec Booth.**
Cost: The festival is free to enter.  Tickets may be purchased to eat or vote for BBQ competitors

The demo will cover:

  • Basic classroom techniques and forms
  • Moderate level classroom techniques and forms
  • Advanced/Competition level techniques and forms
  • Sparring
  • Self Defense
  • Board Breaking

All students are welcome to attend the demo, however, it will be easier to group students together if we have a count of who can be there. Please email kabba.board@gmail.com and let us know if you can attend.  You can download a flyer here.

Join KABBA Now

BLACK BELTS!

Kim’s Academy Black Belt Association (KABBA) relies on membership dues to support our mission, and we need your help to continue to promote Tae Kwon Do and Kim’s Academy. By paying annual dues, you can provide a foundation for the continued education of Kim’s Academy students.

KABBA was formed to support Kim’s Academy of Tae Kwon Do by educating members and Kim’s Academy students in the skills of Tae Kwon Do and to promote Tae Kwon Do. Kim’s Academy students benefit from the support of KABBA as we provide financial and logistical support for belt tests, picnics, Christmas banquet, tournaments, and special events throughout the year.

All Kim’s Academy Black Belts are eligible to become members of KABBA. KABBA members are invited to attend special black belt-only training events throughout the year. As a member, you will also be able to take an active role in directing the future of Kim’s Academy by voting on KABBA initiatives and officer elections.

More information about KABBA can be found at http://kimsacademy.com/kabba/.

KABBA dues for 2018 are $20 per person, payable to KABBA. To pay your dues, please fill out this form and you can drop it with your check in the KABBA can at the main school or mail to:

KABBA c/o KABBA Vice President
1617 S. Longfellow
Wichita, KS 67207

You can also use the PayPal link below to pay your dues online

If you would like more information about the Kim’s Academy Black Belt Association, please email KABBA.Board@gmail.com or talk to one of our officers listed on the KABBA page.

Website Redesign!

After several months of work, we are proud to introduce a redesign of the Kim’s Academy website!  Improvements include:

  • Completely replacing the old website (which was static HTML-based) with a solution that uses WordPress as the underlying foundation.  For those non-technical, this is Good Thing and should allow us to make future updates with less effort in the future.
  • Utilizing a Responsive template.  This means the website will automatically adjust the content you see to fit the laptop, tablet, or smartphone device you are viewing it on.
  • Improvements to each Kim’s Academy location page
    • A Google Map view.
    • Clearer presentation of schedules.
  • An experimental “Schedule Finder” feature.  With this feature you can look at a summary view of schedules from all Kim’s Academy locations and filter on specific class types, days, times, or locations.  For example, let’s say you’re interested in attending a Kim’s Academy class but only have Tuesday’s and Thursday’s opened.  With the Schedule Finder you can filter on these two days and see what class locations and times fit your request!
  • News and Announcements posted to the website will provide Google Map views and event information you can add to your calendars with one simple click.
  • A Search feature (look for the magnifying glass icon to the right of the main menu bar), allowing you to quickly find content on the website.
  • An easier way for us to add social links to popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and SnapChat.  Kim’s Academy Instructors – if you have any social links you’d like to add to your location please let us know!

There are still a few minor “fit and finish” items to complete, but overall we think you’ll enjoy the experience!  If you have any feedback or comments, feel free to send them to webmaster@kimsacademy.com.

Kamsahamnida,

Senior Master Robert Stankey, 6th Dan