Self-Defense Workshop in Lyons, Kansas

Kim’s Academy is pleased to offer a self-defense workshop at the Great Plains Women Expo being held in Lyons, Kansas on April 26th and 27th.  The workshop will be led by several Kim’s Academy Black Belt instructors and three sessions will be offered.

Location: The Celebration Center & Bar K Bar Arena, located at 1145 E. 56 Hwy in Lyons, Kansas

Session #1: Friday, April 26th from 5pm to 7pm.
Session #2: Saturday, April 27th from 10am to Noon.
Session #3: Saturday, April 27th from 1pm to 3pm.

In these sessions participants will receive information on how to address strong and violent acts of aggression and attack toward women.  The Instructors will present a full range of Personal Body Weapons (beyond just hands and feet) that can be used when faced with an attacker.  Strike points and pressure points will be explored and participants will the opportunity to practice strikes.  Instructors will present several common attack situations and demonstrate a simple set of responses designed to enable the victim to escape or counter the attack.  The overall objective of the workshops is to stimulate thinking about personal safety and initiate planning for establishing or improving personal safety practices, both in and outside of the home.

Please note:  The Instructors for this event have already been selected for the workshop so volunteers are not needed to teach.  Kim’s Academy students of any belt rank are invited as participants in the workshop.

A PDF version of this information can be downloaded here, and a flyer for the Great Plains Women Expo can be downloaded here.  For questions please contact Senior Master Diana Hilburn at 316-734-8439.

 

Board Breaking and Holding Workshop

One of the requirements for passing a belt test is to perform a break of one or more boards using a foot or hand technique.  A successful break relies on understanding the proper breaking techniques.  Equally important is understanding the proper techniques for holding the boards.  Kim’s Academy is offering a workshop to demonstrate these techniques.

When:  Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 from 12:30 – 2:00pm
Location:  Kim’s Academy Main School, located at 1617 S. Longfellow in Wichita, KS
Cost: One non-perishable Food Bank donation (i.e. canned good or boxed dinner item)
Instructor:  Sr. Master Steve Hilburn

This event is open to all Kim’s Academy students.  Instructors are encouraged to attend for the benefit of your students who may be attending and also to gain insight into helping students with board breaking in the future.  You can download a flier for the event here.

KABBA Gift Wrapping Fundraiser

Kim’s Academy black belts will be wrapping gifts as a fundraiser for equipment.

Bring your unwrapped holiday gifts to us and we’ll wrap them for a small donation. We provide the wrapping paper, bow, and name tag. Prices vary depending on gift size.

Address: Towne East Mall (7700 E Kellogg Drive North, Wichita, KS 67207)
Location: Upper Level, Northwest Corridor in front of Specs Eyewear
Date/Time: Friday, December 21st from 4pm to 7pm

Drop off your gifts during this time and pick it up at the end. You can download a flyer for the event here.

Christmas Banquet 2018

Attention all Kim’s Academy Students!

It is that time of year again! The annual Kim’s Academy Christmas Banquet will be held on Saturday, December 15 at 6pm at Glenn Park Christian Church. The address is:

2757 South Glenn Avenue
Wichita, Kansas 67217

Black belts will provide turkey & ham. Everyone else is asked to bring a salad, side dish, or dessert. This is a great time to get together with our extended Kim’s Academy family. All Kim’s Academy students are welcome to attend and bring your family and friends. The flyer for the event can be downloaded here.

Grand Master Kim’s 70th Birthday Celebration

Grand Master Kim's 70th Birthday Celebration

January 12, 2019 @ 6:00pm to midnight

Details

Reception and Cash Bar Opens @ 6:00pm
Dinner Served Promptly @ 7:00pm
Dress Code is semi-formal

Venue

Wichita Marriott
9100 East Corporate Hills Drive
Wichita, KS 67207

Please join us in celebrating Grand Master Kim’s birthday on January 12, 2019 at the East Wichita Marriott.  The celebration includes dinner, entertainment, and dancing.

Reservations, required to attend the event, are now closed.

Any questions?  Please email kimsacademyevents@gmail.com.

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.

Click the following links below to download several different files:

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.