Self-Defense Class – How to Teach

Attention Kim’s Academy Black Belts!

Sr. Master Diana Hilburn is organizing a class to promote the teaching of self-defense.

When:  Saturday, March 30th, 2019 from 1:00 – 4:00pm
Location:  Kim’s Academy Main School, located at 1617 S. Longfellow in Wichita, KS
Instructors: Grand Master Kim and a guest instructor

This event is open to all Kim’s Academy Black Belt students.  Whether you’ve never taught self-defense classes before or you currently teach them on a regular basis, this class should offer new and refresher information that will benefit all in attendance.  More detail will be provided once it becomes available.

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.

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