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Monday, December 21, 2009

A H.E.A.R.T.pounding WOW!

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From our community service work to our Martial Arts training the H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts class has put their Sweat and Spirit into everything they have accomplished as a team. This has all culminated in a showcase video and performance that resulted in a H.E.A.R.T.pounding Citizen Schools WOW!

With all the excitement and energy of performing in front of a packed auditorium the Citizen Schools and H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts students had the crowd cheering. Spirits were soaring and boards were flying as the students made easy work of the board breaks. Everyone did a great job with the Katas as well, I am very proud of all of you. GREAT JOB!!!! I'm looking forward to the next round of training and remember you can make a difference, just put your H.E.A.R.T. into it!!!!

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A special thank you to all the Parents, Teachers, Friends and Family. A big OSU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! to the students, Mr. Max and the Mr. Aaron!!!

H.E.A.R.T. — Martial Arts — We're Fighting To Make A Difference.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

AMAZING Board Break - Denise - Great Job!

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Citizen Schools and H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts student Denise was a little nervous about braking a board. With a little extra coaching and the other students cheering her on she finally proved to herself what I already knew, that she could do it!

Way to show your Spirit and not give up, great job Denise!!!!

Now you get to do it in front of your family and friends during the WOW! performance. Believe in yourself, make them proud, I already am.

OSU!

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JAC - An Animal Shelter With H.E.A.R.T.

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The Citizen Schools and H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts students, after spending the last several weeks collecting food and supplies for the Jersey Animal Coalition (JAC), took off on a field trip to the shelter. The JAC staff was so gracious with their time, all of us would like to say thank you again for letting us come to the shelter and spend time with the animals. I hope what the H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts Team was able to bring to your shelter will cheer up the lives of these beautiful animals during this Holiday Season. The spirit of these animals is nothing short of amazing, the love they give so unconditionally give is something that we can all learn from. So simple, so pure, so cuddly and cute!

One special note, for all those who may not know about the JAC, they are a "no put down shelter", meaning that once an animal is in their shelter they are provided love and care for life! If the animal, for whatever reason, is not able to be placed with a family the shelter adopts it as one of their own. A very special place and a wonderful cause. I hope all that read this will take the time to help the shelter as we did. The JAC URL is www.jaconline.org

Thank You!

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A H.E.A.R.T.felt Thank You To The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

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The Citizen Schools and H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts students, would like to say thank you to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) team Marshell and Renee. Thank you for your time, thank you for teaching our students about the NJSO and last, but certainly not least, thank your for supplying our students with tickets to the Youth Orchestra Performance.

Thank You!

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AWESOME! Brianna!

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Citizen Schools and H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts student Brianna breaks her board like an old pro!

Way to go Brianna!!!!

You are doing an amazing job, keep up the good work! I'm sure you are going to do an even better job in the WOW! performance.

OSU!

H.E.A.R.T. — Martial Arts — We're Fighting To Make A Difference.

An Orchestra With H.E.A.R.T.

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The Citizen Schools and H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts students, before setting off on their volunteer work for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO ), learned about what opportunities exist in the performing arts world for employment as well as enjoyment. In addition, the students got a little taste of what it is like to perform together as an orchestra. All of this was made possible by the NJSO team Marshell and Renee.

Thank You!

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Way To Go Emazhane and Shahad!

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Citizen Schools and H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts students Emazhane and Shahad breaks their boards with ease!

Way to go team!!!!

You both have been doing a great job, keep it up!

Special note: We are very happy that Emazhane has not move to Atlanta and will be part of the WOW! performance.

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The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Receives A H.E.A.R.T.warming Experience

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Citizen Schools and H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts students lend the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) a helping hand with their year end mailing to all NJSO supporters. Before setting off on our volunteer work for the NJSO the students learned about the services that the NJSO provides to the the community. In addition, the H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts class learned about what opportunities exists in the performing arts world for employment as well as enjoyment.

The students worked quickly to finish the task at hand, saving the NJSO team hours of work. Way to go team!!! Keep up the great work and know that I am very proud what you have accomplished.

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Triple Board Break Threat - Great Job Junel!

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Citizen Schools and H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts student Junel breaks three boards at once!

Way to go Junel!!!!

You are going to do an amazing job during the WOW! performance! Keep up the good work!

OSU!

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Way To Go Desiree!

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Citizen Schools and H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts student Desiree makes easy work of her board break!

Way to go Desiree!!!!

Get ready to do it again during the WOW! performance, I know you will do an incredible job!

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Incredible Job Danna!

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Citizen Schools and H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts student Danna does an incredible job with her board break!

Way to go Danna!!!!

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Boys And Girls Club Have H.E.A.R.T.

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Citizen Schools and H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts students lend the Newark First Avenue Boys and Girls Club a hand. We were all very happy to help Miss Curry and her team with putting together an amazing amount of food for two families that have found themselves in need of a little help to get them through a tough set of circumstances.

I am very proud of how quickly the students stepped up to help the Boys and Girls Club. The students constantly amazes me with their generosity and spirit. Keep up the amazing work!

OSU!

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America's Funniest Videos - Luis Having Fun

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As ordered here is the post of Luis demonstrating?!... well uh... his flexibility.... yeah that's it.

Enjoy!

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Great Job Jeremiah!

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Citizen Schools and H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts student Jeremiah does a great job with his board break!

Way to go Jeremiah!!!!


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Double Trouble - Paul And Steven - Board Breaks

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Citizen Schools and H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts students Paul and Steven go head to head with a board break face off!

Way to go team!!!!

Get ready to do it again during the WOW! performance.

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Great Job Catherine!

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Citizen Schools and H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts student Catherine makes fast work of breaking the board!

AWESOME job!!!!

Get ready for the WOW! performance.

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Way To Go Ohany!

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Citizen Schools and H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts student Ohany does a great job breaking the thickest board on his first try!

Incredible job Ohany!!!!

I hope you can be at the WOW! performance, we miss having you in class.

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Fast And Furious Francisco!

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Citizen Schools and H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts student Francisco breaks one of the thickest boards on his first try!

Way to go Francisco!!!!

Get ready to do it again during the WOW! performance, I know you will do an amazing job!

OSU!

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The Amazing Edwin!

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Citizen Schools and H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts student Edwin does an amazing job breaking two boards!

Way to go Edwin!!!! Keep up the good work!!!

Get ready for the WOW! performance.

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Great Job Yanissa!

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Citizen Schools and H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts student Yanissa attempts to break two boards. Yanissa did a great job with her first attempt, I only wish that I had the video of her accomplishing this feat with ease in the next board breaking class.

Way to go Yanissa!!!!

I know you will do a great job during the WOW! performance.

OSU!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Great Job Steven!

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Citizen Schools and H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts student Steven was ready to take on the challenge of the toughest re-breakable board in the class. In Steven's own words he's "on fire!" I hope your family smiles at this as much as I do, you did a great job!

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H.E.A.R.T.s Soar! - Great Job Melissa!

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Although the week is not out I had to post this video as soon as possible. Citizen Schools and H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts student Melissa set a goal last class, to break the black re-breakable board which is the equivalent of a 1" piece of wood. With a little help, encouragement and support from the class she met her goal even faster than she expected! You can see the surprise and excitement on her face! Way to go! Great job!

H.E.A.R.T. — Martial Arts — We're Fighting To Make A Difference.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Amazing Fighting Spirit Melissa!

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Citizen Schools and the H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts student Melissa puts all of her heart into everything that she does! I am very proud of her, as well as all of the students. Today though, Melissa has earned my respect on yet another level she showed her true Spirit and what an AMAZING FIGHTING SPIRIT IT IS!


One of our Eighth Graders, Justin, a student much bigger and stronger than Melissa had to try breaking the same board twice before he was able to do it. Melissa has acted as a true champion not because she took on one of the toughest challenges and failed but because of what she said to me after she tried her best. Melissa said she now has a goal to reach for... I feel sorry for that board when Melissa squares off with it again!


By not giving up, trying twice and only reluctantly moving to breaking a thinner board upon my instruction, Melissa has learned one of the toughest and most valuable lessons that she could. Never quit! Never give up! Set your goals and work hard to achieve them! This applies to everything in your life not just the Martial Arts. We can all learn a lot and be inspired by Melissa's actions.


A truly great job and incredible Spirit!


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Great Job Justin!

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Citizen Schools and the H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts student Justin breaks through one of the the thickest re-breakable boards on his second try! Incredible!!!!!


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Great Job Yanissa!

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Citizen Schools and the H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts student Yanissa lets out a loud Kia (Shout/Energy) and slices through the board like a hot knife though butter! AWESOME!!!!


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Great Job Brianna!

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Citizen Schools and the H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts student Brianna does a great job with her board breaking!


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Tettsui - Hammer Fist

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Citizen Schools and the H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts students learned how to make a proper Hammer Fist called "Tettsui" in Japanese. It is crucial that the fist's out edge (palm area) be tight as possible on impact with the board. This helps to protect the hand from injury. The students also learned that they must use their whole body when executing a board break and not just rely on the arm and fist. They must rotate the shoulders and hips at the same time. In addition, they must drop the knee, on the striking arm's side, down along with the Tettsui.


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