A lot has been happening at HMA recently, and there’s even more to come! We’ve had two very successful Ninja Night events. Our competition team went to Penn State University’s first Nittany Lion Invitational and performed very well. We have another belt testing around the corner, and not long after that our second year of Summer Camp!
There’s a lot of information in this post, so to make sure you don’t miss anything, some quick highlights:
On the last Friday of March and of April, we hosted Ninja Night–over three hours of supervised fun and games. Parents got an evening off and students had the chance to get to know their teammates better while having a ton of fun. Students learned fun techniques like the flying sidekick, played indoor games such as a unique version of dodge ball, watched movies, ate pizza, and more.
Ninja Night won’t take place every month. There will be no Ninja Night in May, for example, because of belt testing. It’s also new to us, so we will be experimenting to determine whether it’s better to hold it every month when there is no belt testing or on a quarterly basis. We’ll keep you updated on dates and other information in our monthly newsletter and in classes.
PSU Invitational Tournament
HMA’s competition team traveled to Penn State University for their invitational tournament on March 29th. Nathan Brown and Jessica Wilson placed first in their divisions, and Raymond Trang and Rony Cao placed second in their divisions. As a school, we placed second overall.
We were very excited to participate in the PSU Taekwondo team’s first tournament. We have a great relationship with PSU and have hosted them twice for training camps. The opportunity to travel to their school and compete with them was a fantastic experience, and we look forward to turning it into an annual tradition.
Belt testing starts on Saturday, May 17th and continues Wednesday-Friday of the following week. The belt promotion ceremony will take place on Friday, May 30th. Competition team members start testing an hour early on Saturday the 17th (at 10am) to accommodate the run, so don’t forget running shoes if you’re testing as part of the comp team.
We’re starting to take sign-ups for summer camp. Here’s a link to our summer camp information packet. We have a special deal going if you sign up during the month of May, so hurry and take advantage of it! To sign up, just contact Master Sam with the dates you plan for your student to attend.