Apr 17

Olson’s Self-Defense Moves featured on WJHL Evening News

Tri-Cities news station, WJHL Channel 11, featured self-defense moves taught at  Olson’s Martial Arts Academy in a story about National Sexual Abuse Month.  Watch the following videos for several different self-defense moves along with important facts about sexual abuse:


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Apr 08

Olson’s Students/Staff Members Earn 4th Degree Black Belts!

April 8, 2014:  Hayden Hale, Linda Zerby-Brobeck, and Josh Vasilko receive their 4th Degree Black Belts

April 8, 2014: Hayden Hale, Linda Zerby-Brobeck, and Josh Vasilko receive their 4th Degree Black Belts

We are proud to announce that three of our staff members successfully tested for their 4th Degree Black Belts.

On April 6, Hayden Hale, Linda Zerby-Brobeck, and Joshua Vasilko demonstrated intense sparring, precise forms, and powerful board breaks–each breaking on their first try.  After taking time to review their performance, the judges, Masters Amanda and Glenn Olson, presented the students with their belts on April 8.

Hayden and Joshua began training with Olson’s when they were 5 years old.  Linda began her training 8 years ago. That makes a combined total of 34 years of training!


Apr 08

New Black Sashes Awarded in Tai Chi

April 6, 2014:  New Tai Chi Black Sash Students Carter McClendon, Patricia Williams, Kellie McClendon, and Jordan Click

April 6, 2014: New Tai Chi Black Sash Students Carter McClendon, Patricia Williams, Kellie McClendon, and Jordan Click

Four students successfully tested for their Tai Chi Black Sash on Sunday, April 6.  We are proud of Carter McClendon, Patricia Williams, Kellie McClendon, and Jordan Click for the hard work and dedication they have shown.

We also had one student, Darrell Turner, successfully test for his Tiger Black Sash.  Way to go!

04-06-13:  New Tiger Black Sash Darrell Turner

04-06-13: New Tiger Black Sash Darrell Turner

Apr 02

Martial Arts for St. Jude – Saturday May 3


On May 3, we will hold our 7th Annual Martial Arts for St. Jude Event!IMG_5786

Olson’s is in the top 3 martial arts schools in the country when it comes to raising money for St. Jude.  That’s an honor we want to keep–so our goal this year is to raise $15,000!  With your help, we can do it.

It will be an action-packed day!  Our goal is to break 1,000 boards in 2 hours. There will also be demos, games, and food.

Click here for info and donation


Mar 27

April Graduations for TKD Color Belts and Kubs and Candidate Midterms

color belt graduatio button 2In April, we will hold our next KUB and Taekwondo Color Belt Graduations and Candidate Midterms.

Kubs will graduate on Friday,  April 11, at 3:00 & 4:30 at the Annex.  All regular classes will be held on this day.  All Kubs with 3 black stripes should register to graduate.KUBs

Taekwondo Color Belt Graduations and Candidate Midterms will be held on Monday, April 14, and Thursday, April 17.  Graduations times for both dates are 4:00, 5:30 & 6:45.  We will not hold classes on either of these dates.

Registration is now available at the front desk and online.

register online



These are the requirements for Color Belt Graduations and Taekwondo Midterms:

Attendance Stripe (14 Classes)
3 Black Stripes
Attendance Stripe (14 Classes)
 Vision, Effort & Discipline Stripes
Attendance Stripe (14 Classes)
Perseverance & Confidence Stripes
Passed Written Test

Mar 17

Parent’s Night Out — This Saturday!

Drop your kids off for a night of fun this Saturday, March 22, from 6:00 to 10:00.  There will be fun and games including Dodge Ball, Ninja Stars, and more.  Kids will also get to enjoy pizza and a movie.  The best part:  You get to go out an have your own fun or just relax at home!

But hurry:  Space is limited!  Register at the front desk or register online by clicking the link below.

Check out our  Events Page for everything happening at Olson’s.

Parents Night Out March 2014

register online

Mar 11

Awesome Black Belt Tests in March

March came in like a lion as we welcomed five new 1st Degree Black Belts and had five additional students successfully test for 2nd, 3rd, and Sr. 3rd degree.

We are proud of the hard work and dedication shown by these students.

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Feb 27

Olson’s Honored To Receive A “Pay It Forward” Gift

Katie Olson, our office manager, was pleasantly surprised when student Dakota Moody handed her an envelope with $300.  This is part of a “Pay It Forward” campaign put on by our local news station, WJHL.  Dakota, an Advanced Green Belt, has been a student for about 7 months.  Check out the video below to see how it all played out.

And, to keep the Pay It Forward theme going, we are donating the money to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Thank you Dakota & Channel 11.

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Feb 24

Time To Register for March Black Belt Tests & Midterms

black belt midterms and rank testing

On Saturday, March 8, we will hold Black Belt Rank Tests and Midterms. This is for any Candidate that is TESTING for 1st Degree Black Belt and any current Black Belt that is either testing for 2nd – Sr. 3rd Degree or midterming.  Students can choose between two ceremonies: one at 1:00 and one at 2:30.  Tests and midterms will be held at both ceremonies.

Since March 8 kicks off Spring Break for several school systems, students who plan to be out of town on that date have the option of testing early on March 1st at 1:30.  We only have room for a few more students in this ceremony, so please reserve this early make-up date for those students who cannot test at the regular ceremony.

We are excited to once again add new black belts to our school as well as watch our current black belts show us their skills.

You may register at the front desk or online.  Registration fees are due by Wednesday, March 5.

register online

Feb 03

Adult Leadership Camp Scheduled for April 4 – 6

AMAI CampsWe are proud to host the next AMAI Adult Leadership Camp the weekend of April 4 – 6.  This year, camp will take place on Friday and Saturday at The Holiday Inn/Johnson City.  On Sunday, we move back to Olson’s Martial Arts Academy for Collar Certification and High Rank Tests/Midterms.  Its going to be a great weekend.  Click here for complete information.

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