Jul 14

Master Amanda Olson Earns 8th Degree Black Belt

June06-14-2014 Master Olson Gets Her Belt 14, 2014, was a proud day for both Olson’s Martial Arts Academy and The AMAI as Master Amanda Olson earns her 8th Degree Black Belt.  She and her brother, Master Kevin Mathis, tested together at the Fort Walton Beach National Tournament.

Master Olson trained hard in the months leading up to her test.  Son Keith Olson held Master Training Sessions on Tuesday nights.  Students from Olson’s Martial Arts Academy joined in to train with her and encourage her on the journey to this lifetime achievement and were treated to pre-test demonstrations of her form and board breaks.

During Master Olson’s test, she performed the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Degree forms followed by the Sr. Wisdom form.  She kept it in the family as she sparred Keith Olson and then her nephew, Kameron Mathis.  She finished with a series of board breaks, with the boards being held by family members as well as students she has enjoyed working with for years.

It was a proud moment for Master Olson’s entire family as her father, Master Chick Mathis, tied on both her and Master Kevin Mathis’ new belts, while husband, Master Glenn Olson, and daughter, Katie Olson, watched the ceremony in awe of her achievement.

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Jul 14

24 Students Successfully Test for Rank in June

June was an awesome month as we tied on 24 Black Belts! All these students trained hard to earn their belts. We are proud of all of them. Check out all our newest Black Belts in our Black Belt Gallery.

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Jul 10

2014 Tai Chi Retreat Registration Now Open

The Lodge at Sugar HollowOlson’s Martial Arts Tai Chi Retreat is returning to the mountains!

August 29-31

We are once again heading to the Appalachian Mountains of Northeast Tennessee for our annual Tai Chi Camp.

This year we will return to Sugar Hollow.  Our home for the weekend will be The Lodge:  a rustic yet beautifully renovated barn with 10 bedrooms, a large dining room, spacious decks, and mountain views.  This retreat provides a great chance to learn a lot but still have plenty of time to visit with our Tai Chi fiends.

Camp begins at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and will end at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.  All Tai Chi students may attend.  No experience necessary. New friends will have a great time.  This is for anyone ages 10 and up.

Click here for complete details and to register.

We just can’t wait to chill in the mountains!

May 29

June Taekwondo Graduations, Tests, and Midterms

In June, we will hold Graduations, Midterms, and Tests for all Taekwondo students.

Kubs will graduate on Friday,  June 20, at 3:00 & 4:00 at the Annex.  All regular classes will be held on this day.  All Kubs with 3 black stripes should register to graduate.

Black Belt Midterms and Tests for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Degree will take place on Saturday, June 21 at 1:00 & 2:30.

Taekwondo Color Belt Graduations and Candidate Midterms will be held on Monday, June 23, and Friday, June 27.  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

GRADUATION, TEST & MIDTERM REQUIREMENTS

COLOR BELTS    
3 Black Stripes & 14 Classes/Attendance Stripe
Yellow & Blue Belt Students:  Same as Above + Form Stripes
 
CANDIDATES 1ST MIDTERM:
Attendance Stripe (14 Classes)
 Vision, Effort & Discipline Stripes
 
 CANDIDATES 2nd MIDTERM:
Attendance Stripe (14 Classes)
Perseverance & Confidence Stripes
Passed Written Test
 
 
BLACK BELT MIDTERMS
18 Classes

 

BLACK BELT TESTS
1st Degree Test:  Power stripe, Fitness Stripe & Instructor Approval
2nd – Sr. 3rd Test:  Required # of classes & Instructor Approval

 

 
 
 

May 02

Martial Arts for St. Jude Event featured WJHL News

Mr. Keith Olson and Miss Katie Olson provided information on our Martial Arts for St. Jude event today on WJHL news at noon.  Click on the picture below to watch the video:

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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

IT’S OUR FAVORITE EVENT OF THE YEAR!

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

 

GRADUATION & MIDTERM REQUIREMENTS

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

 
 
COLOR BELTS:     
Attendance Stripe (14 Classes)
3 Black Stripes
 
CANDIDATES 1ST MIDTERM:
Attendance Stripe (14 Classes)
 Vision, Effort & Discipline Stripes
 
 CANDIDATES 2nd MIDTERM:
Attendance Stripe (14 Classes)
Perseverance & Confidence Stripes
Passed Written Test
 
 

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