Galesburg Academy of Martial Arts News and Events!
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Hello everyone!

February has been a challenging month both personally and professionally.  I can not say thank you enough to all of our students, parents, families and friends for your support.  I deeply appreciate everyone of you.  Your calls, messages and cards were full of encouragement and I sure needed it.  I miss my dad. He helped me start the Galesburg Academy of Martial Arts and I'm now trying to figure out how to navigate life and this business without him.  I appreciate your patience. 

We do have some happy news!

1.  The youth black belt presentation ceremony will be held on Saturday March 28th from 2-4pm at the Kensington Ballroom, 311 East Simmons Street, Galesburg IL.  All recent Kukkiwon poom applicants are invited to attend so that they may formally receive their Kukkiwon poom (jr black belt) certificate, ID card and belt personally from Master Aaron.  Drinks will be provided.  This is our way to show appreciate to all the parents and students who recently successfully tested for their Kukkiwon Taekwondo black belt.  Please take pictures and video at the ceremony!  This will be a memorable event!  We hope that all GAMA families and students will attend.  If you have any questions about this event please call or message 309-299-5845.

2.  The 2nd annual GAMA Open Championship Tournament is FAST approaching!  We need everyone to support this event!  Due to overwhelming response last year we were forced to move to a much larger, more appropriate location!  This year on Saturday April 25th we will hold the tournament at John M. Lewis Gym at Carl Sandburg College!  We will need volunteers and of course encourage all students to participate in this event!

The 2015 tournament will establish the Kyleb Clevenger Memorial Scholarship, in honor of Master Kevin and Kathy Clevenger's son.  Master Clevenger has been Master Aaron's primary instructor and mentor since 1988.

We will also contribute a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in memory of Justin Lindstrom, the son of Galva Shaolin Kung Fu instructor and owner Jason Lindstrom, who passed away in 2014.

In closing, there will be some changes in 2015.  I need to make some personal changes.  I need to make some professional changes.  Our black belt requirements will change.  Our expectations for our students, instructors, black belt candidates and for our black belts will rise. We do not train to quit.  We train to learn how not to quit.

Very sincerely,

Master Aaron Wayne-Duke
Adult Combat Hapkido Ground Survival class has begun. Join us every Saturday at 11am.  Learn escapes, transitions and defense for ground attack, rape and abduction attempts!  This is SERIOUS self defense stuff folks and compliments our youth and adult hapkido program! Any student 12 years and up may join us!
Saturday May 2, 2015 the ICHF Headquarters in Joliet, Illinois will host another Double Impacct seminar with Grandmaster John Pellegrini and Master Mark Gridley. 

You do not want to miss an opportunity to train with one of Master Aaron's primary instructors and the founder of the Combat Hapkido system!  Registration is open to anyone 10 years an up!

Please see Master Aaron for registration info! 
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