Archive for December, 2014

Happy Holidays from USMA!

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

We wish everyone a wonderful Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year 2015! We are currently closed starting today Tuesday, December 23rd until Monday, January 5th. We will reopen for regular class schedule then at 5:30pm.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

We Thank You for Attending our Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

We thank all our USMA Families and Guests for attending our Annual Holiday Party filled with International Food and a special visit from Santa!

We thank Mrs. Chung for making such delicious food. Thank you to Mr. Franck, Mr. John, Mrs. Thuy, and Master Maria for helping to set up and maintain arrangements.

We thank Master Maria and Miss Patricia for keeping the children occupied until Santa made his grand appearance.

Santa was very happy with our kids, and he made a speech on how he hoped they continued to do their best as they have been doing year round. The families had an opportunity to have pictures with Santa and everyone had a great time!

This is our last event for the year, we thank you for your year round support! We will be closed tomorrow for the Winter Break until January 5, 2015 at 5:30pm! See you then! Enjoy your holidays!

Holiday Party/International Food Festival Today at 6pm!

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

We are having our Holiday Party and International Food Festival today at 6pm! We ask that parents bring their food in by 5:30pm so we can have everything set up. Parents with inquiry on Santa, please visit our office so we can help you out!

We will be having a special visit from the North Pole, sometime during the party and hope you enjoy the night!

As a reminder, we will be closed from Tuesday, December 23rd and reopen Monday January 5th!

See you there! 🙂

Recap of the Belt Presentation and Black Belt Tea Ceremony

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

We would like to congratulate everyone who received their belts today, and also to our Black Belts who have joined our Black Belt Ranks, or who those who are moving closer to becoming Masters. During our Belt Presentation the students received not only their belt but also a special Memorabilia pen of our 30th Years of our U.S. Martial Arts Academy being open. We have been around a long time and wanted to give a symbol from our family to theirs.

Our Master Maria did a double nunchuk demonstration in honor of all the students who tested and wishes their continued success.

Congratulations to Mr. John Joyce on his concrete power break today! He has come a long way, and has been with our Grandmaster these past 30 years.

Congratulations to our 4th Dan Black Belts: Mr. John Joyce, Alexis Durrance, and Mason Shutt. Each of our Masters receives a Sword from the Grandmaster to them, signifying their upholding of protecting their family, country, and honor.

Congratulations to Mr. Franck Chantayan, Mr. John Kirby, and Garen Kalender on receiving a special award signed up the President of the Kukkiwon Federation. The award reads “in recognition of your outstanding contribution to the development and dissemination of Taekwondo.” These three gentlemen have spent the most amount of time in class helping out our students along with Master Maria Zavalakos. They are always at events, competitions, and testings to assist and hold for our students. Overall, they have shown incredible dedication this year. We hope they continue to support us in 2015 as they did this year.

We had a group picture taken, first with our Black Belts, then afterwards our families! Afterall, they are our student’s greatest supporters!

Mrs. Chung had decked out food after testings, so she was not about to miss this event!

We had a great day honoring those around us and we like to remind everyone of our last event! This Monday is our Holiday Party and International Food Festival at 6pm! We hope to see you there, parents please visit Mrs. Chung with details on Santa! Enjoy your weekend!



Belt Presentation and Black Belt Tea Ceremony Today!

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Hello Everyone! We will be having our Belt presentation today at 4pm! Please come dressed in uniform to receive your belt. We will be giving certificates out on January 5, 2015 (Monday) because of the closeness of dates.

We will be preparing for our Black Belt Tea Ceremony after the Belt Presentation. The rehearsal starts at 5:30pm. This annual tradition is a sacred exchange of loyalty and bond between the Black Belts, their families, their Grandmaster, and the school. It is a promise to themselves to be honorable in their beliefs and not to use what they have learned against another with ill intention. The will retain the honor of themselves and their school and enter into this rite of passage. It is also a showing of gratitude to all those who have support them thus far. The exchanging of tea signifies the trust and loyalty given; the shedding of the past uniform into a newer one the remembrance of what was and maturing from it.We welcome our Black Belts to take part in this event.

We would also like to remind everyone that we will be having our International Food Festival and Holiday Party on Monday, December 22, 2014 at 6pm. Come join us and share in the joy of food, fun, and a visit from the North Pole!

Congratulations to Those Who Tested Today!

Friday, December 19th, 2014

We would like to congratulate everyone who tested today, it was our last testing of 2014! Especially those who did a power break: Alexis Durrance with double knife hand, Matthew Grabasch, Garen Kalender, and John Lacy! Everyone did an excellent job and we look forward to more yelling and a continuation of striving for success in the next year!

We would like to thank Mr. Franck Chantayan, Mr. John Kirby, Brennen Dunn-Heimer, Drake Shutt, and Mrs. Thuy Shutt for helping out. We would like to thank our judges Master Robert and Maria Zavalakos for their continuing support!

We will be presenting our Belts tomorrow at 4pm. As a reminder, we will be distributing our certification in class in 2015 since the dates are so close together. Our Black Belt Tea Ceremony rehearsal is at 5:30pm and we will be starting once our students and their families arrive. Monday will be our Holiday Party and International Food Festival starting at 6pm. Tuesday to January 5th we will be closed for the winter break! So we hope you all enjoy!

Adult Testing is Today at 6:30pm!

Friday, December 19th, 2014

We are having testing today at 6:30pm, and encourage all our students to come in at 6pm so they can review their requirements. Please come in uniform since this is a formal event. Best of luck to everyone!

Congratulations to Those Who Tested!

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

We would like to congratulate all those who took part in part one of our last testing this year; especially to our Deputy Belts John and Emily who did their power break. We hope everyone passed and will find out this Saturday during the Color Belt Presentation at 4pm.

We would like to thank all our volunteers who came in: Mr. Franck Chantayan, Mr. John Kirby, Mrs. Thuy Shutt, Drake Shutt, Tim Nguyen, and Sebastian Kirby. They did a wonderful job motivating our students with their support. We would like to thank our Masters Robert and Maria Zavalakos for always supporting our special events and judging for today.

We look forward to tomorrow’s testing and wish everyone the best of luck!

Our upcoming events for Saturday are:

4:00pm-5:00pm: Color belt presentation

5:30pm: Black Belt Tea Ceremony Rehearsal (Must attend, otherwise a student cannot take part in the event)

***All Masters and Instructors must attend

6:00pm-7:00pm: Black Belt Tea Ceremony



6pm-8pm: We have our International Food Festival and Holiday Party

***USMA Parents please see Mrs. Chung during Saturday for details on Santa

***Our sign up sheet is up, if you have not signed up for food please do so.

See you soon!

Testing is Today!

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Testing is today starting at 5pm! We recommend everyone come around 4:30pm so they have time to prepare themselves. Please come in uniform since this is a formal event. If you are volunteering to help please come by 4:30pm as well! We wish everyone the best of luck!


Monday, December 15th, 2014

We would like to congratulate those who passed our Pre-testing Sessions. We will be having testing this week on Thursday and Friday and wish them the best of luck!

The holiday party is a week away and we have many families signing up for the potluck portion. If you would like to bring a dish, please sign up so we can reserve the proper amount of tables that we will need!

For the same notion, Santa will be making an appearance, so if you would like to make any arrangements for your children, please visit Mrs. Chung in her office for further instructions!

The Black Belt Tea Ceremony and Belt Presentation will be coming up this Saturday, so we would like to remind everyone to come during their proper hours: 4pm for color belts, 5pm for black belts. All Masters and Instructors are to attend!

See you in class!