Leadership Food Drive for Local Pantry

Tri State Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts Leadership students recently hosted a food drive in efforts to learn more about the importance of being leaders in their community.

With the support of family, friends, and the rest of the Tri State Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts community – they were able to donate 892 pounds of food to Emergency Relief Association (ERA) food pantry, locally located in Levittown, Pennsylvania.

This is Tri State’s second year hosting a food drive to benefit the pantry. After seeking them out during the holiday season last year we learned the pantry sees a dramatic drop in donations following the holiday season, specifically January and February. Tri State and it’s leadership program has made it a mission to help aide the pantry around this time yearly.

Thank you to everyone who donated.

Last week, the Leadership class personally dropped off their food donation and had the opportunity to learn more about the importance of their efforts. ERA food pantry, who has been serving the Lower Bucks County Community since 1969, serves approximately 50 families in need weekly.

Tri State’s Leadership program is a group of students who have set the goal for Black Belt and Beyond, and who have made the commitment to become leaders in the community and learn to possess qualities to do so.

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We are so proud of our leadership students and their efforts to make a difference.

“A BLACK BELT IS A WHITE BELT THAT NEVER QUITS!”

Sifu Jeff Jones

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TriStateMixedMartialArts.com and Tri State Kickboxing Mixed Martial Arts has been a top martial arts school in the Lower Bucks County area for over 15 years.

Founded by Sifu Jeffrey Jones, Tri State Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

Tri State Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts Adult programs offer training as a complete adult fitness and conditioning program, both mentally and physically. Designed for those who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape) or learn self-defense in a supportive environment. Unlike a traditional gym setting, Tri State Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts offers the opportunity for learning a true art, designed to keep you mentally focused in the moment on your self discovery; while providing an outlet for daily stresses.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours of the day, 7 days a week at info@tristatemixedmartialarts.com or call directly at 215-273-9202 . You can also visit our website at tristatemixedmartialarts.com

About Sifu Jeffrey Jones: Jeffrey has earned full instructorship under Guro Dan Inosanto in Jeet Kune Do, Jun Fan Gung Fu, and Filipino Martial Arts. He is also a full instructor for the Thai Boxing Association of the United States of America, under Ajarn Chai Sirisute. His instructor, Guro Dan Inosanto is one of three people appointed to teach at one of the Jun Fan Institutes under Bruce Lee. Jeffrey has over 30 years of training and experience in Mixed Martial Arts.

 

New Year… New Goals!

As we enter into the new year, I think I can speak for everyone when I say we are all hoping for some change in 2021.

Along with New Years Eve celebrations (even though they may be a little quieter and smaller this year), writing the wrong year down when dating a document, and the kids returning to school after holiday break- comes the expected New Years Resolutions. Resolutions vary from person to person and are usually attempts to better one’s self. Statistically speaking year after year top resolutions include exercising more and eating healthier. We see the gyms and fitness centers jammed packed for a few weeks and watch them dwindle down to average attendance as we enter February.

But what if we took it a step further.

A resolution though a great start is merely an intention. A resolution is a decision; to do, or to not do something. Instead of a resolution, I urge you to make some goals. Go for it. Goals are not just a decision to do/ not do something. Goals involve intention setting, planning, prepping, and taking real live action. Smaller steps, smaller goals to help you achieve the main goal.

Goals are statements of commitment and direction.

That’s why at Tri State Kickboxing and Mixed Martial are we stress the words GOALS as our word of the month in our Children’s program for January.

The main goal across the board – black belt. Each child, when they choose Tri State Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts sets that goal of Black Belt. Each belt in between white and black are smaller goals, inching towards that bigger one. We are consistent with our training, focused in class, earning our stripes- putting in the work towards that goal. And along that journey towards that black belt goal, children are inheriting positive habits and character development skills that will aid them in being the best person they can be in life.

So turn back in your planner, bring up that note in your phone again. Change the script. Remove the Resolutions. Let’s set some New Years Goals- and let’s get to work.

Set Goals, Take Action,

 

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TriStateMixedMartialArts.com and Tri State Kickboxing Mixed Martial Arts has been a top martial arts school in the Lower Bucks County area for over 15 years.

Founded by Sifu Jeffrey Jones, Tri State Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

Tri State Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts Adult programs offer training as a complete adult fitness and conditioning program, both mentally and physically. Designed for those who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape) or learn self-defense in a supportive environment. Unlike a traditional gym setting, Tri State Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts offers the opportunity for learning a true art, designed to keep you mentally focused in the moment on your self discovery; while providing an outlet for daily stresses.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours of the day, 7 days a week at info@tristatemixedmartialarts.comor call directly at 215-273-9202 . You can also visit our website at tristatemixedmartialarts.com

About Sifu Jeffrey Jones: Jeffrey has earned full instructorship under Guro Dan Inosanto in Jeet Kune Do, Jun Fan Gung Fu, and Filipino Martial Arts. He is also a full instructor for the Thai Boxing Association of the United States of America, under Ajarn Chai Sirisute. His instructor, Guro Dan Inosanto is one of three people appointed to teach at one of the Jun Fan Institutes under Bruce Lee. Jeffrey has over 30 years of training and experience in Mixed Martial Arts.

 

Fighting the New Norm

Back to school this year looks a little different for most of us. We aren’t out buying school supplies because we don’t really know what’s needed. With most area public schools converting to the Online Learning, many parents struggle with the idea. No matter what side of the spectrum you stand, children are missing out on some major benefits that they receive with in person learning/schooling.

In a time where we wait for the world to return to “normal,” whatever that is for you: missing out on summer movies, attending your favorite professional sports teams’ game, children back at school, or just not wearing a mask anymore; it is very easy to get frustrated and negative.

It’s so important to stay positive and keep your life positive.

Developing Positive Habits and Staying Disciplined with your Habits: being consistent with exercise, waking up at the same time, stay in routine, reading. Whatever it may be; stick with it. Last week we had bad storms come through the area and we were unable to have class both virtually and in person one day due to power outages. I had a student who did a recorded class at home to stay on track. No excuses could get in her way. (A great benefit on our virtual recordings.)

Don’t Stop Learning: In some way, shape or form. If you are not learning, your mind is not growing. It is so important to continuously be learning something new (martial arts are phenomenal for mental growth).

Keeping up with Goals: Five years ago, when we set our long-term goals, we did not see coronavirus causing a major obstacle in the road. That’s ok. That doesn’t mean you can’t reach that goal. Your goals may be altered, the timeline may have changed, but goals are so important. Where do you see yourself? How can you make yourself better? Set goals for yourself to keep improving to be the best version of yourself.

Consistently Exercise: Gym facilities have limitations; youth sports being shut down or running on limited schedules it’s easy to fall behind on exercise.  Social media was flooded with jokes about the Quarantine 15 (see a longer article on WebMD weight gain during the shutdown HERE). Exercise is not only healthy for your body; but your mental health as well. No matter what it is you do- keep moving!

Socialization: One major benefit our children get out on in person instruction in school is socialization (outside the four walls of your home). Socialization is so important to the mental growth of children (and adults). Wherever your comforts lie continuously strive to get that socialization. Virtual play dates, martial arts class, meeting friends at the park.

This is why martial arts is so great. It takes all these aspects and puts them all into one thing you can do for yourself or your child. The list of benefits of martial arts for both children and adults go on and on.  So whether you’re an adult who’s seeking something new or a parent looking for a way to get your child the social, mental and physical exercise they need; we work around the clock to make sure our programs benefit our students. Our goal since Day 1 of Quarantine was to come out of this better, and every day we certainly strive to aid our students in doing just that.

A BLACK BELT IS A WHITE BELT THAT NEVER QUITS

 

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TriStateMixedMartialArts.com and Tri State Kickboxing Mixed Martial Arts has been a top martial arts school in the Lower Bucks County area for over 15 years.

Founded by Sifu Jeffrey Jones, Tri State Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

Tri State Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts Adult programs offer training as a complete adult fitness and conditioning program, both mentally and physically. Designed for those who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape) or learn self-defense in a supportive environment. Unlike a traditional gym setting, Tri State Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts offers the opportunity for learning a true art, designed to keep you mentally focused in the moment on your self discovery; while providing an outlet for daily stresses.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours of the day, 7 days a week at info@tristatemixedmartialarts.comor call directly at 215-273-9202 . You can also visit our website at tristatemixedmartialarts.com

About Sifu Jeffrey Jones: Jeffrey has earned full instructorship under Guro Dan Inosanto in Jeet Kune Do, Jun Fan Gung Fu, and Filipino Martial Arts. He is also a full instructor for the Thai Boxing Association of the United States of America, under Ajarn Chai Sirisute. His instructor, Guro Dan Inosanto is one of three people appointed to teach at one of the Jun Fan Institutes under Bruce Lee. Jeffrey has over 30 years of training and experience in Mixed Martial Arts.

 

Kids Virtual Martial Arts Class

Supporting Our Children During COVID-19

Unlike adults, children seem to be less vulnerable to the immediate effects of coronavirus, with fewer cases in children leaving them off the “high-risk” list. Though not effected directly [health wise] the corona virus can have a long lasting impact on our children today.

“The worldwide closure of schools has no historical precedent. 188 countries have imposed country-wide closures, affecting more than 1.5 billion children and youth.” [ARTICLE HERE]

Some without internet access or technology, leaving the already challenging “distance learning” to be next to impossible.

Children can experience stress due to parent struggles, loss of jobs, fear of virus spread, the list goes on.

It is so important to support our children during the coronavirus crisis.

The Child Mind Institute includes tips like

  • Keeping routines in place
  • Being creative about new activities – and exercise
  • Staying in touch virtually

Our continued goal at Tri State Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts to help our students “come out of quarantine better.” I continuously voice this to both our children and adults almost every class. We want to have better eating habits, better sleeping habits, exercise more as opposed to less. Less electronics and games, more positive healthy habits.

Consistency with martial arts training is an important aspect of maintaining those healthy habits. Martial Arts has many positive mental benefits to offer these children (and adults), when they need it most.

They can-

  • maintain a social interaction with their instructors and fellow classmates
  • rely on martial arts as an energy release
  • improve focus and concentration
  • use martial arts as an outlet for stressors and anxiety
  • expand their confidence
  • stay on track on their road to black belt and beyond

Though I know virtual classes do not compare to in house training, it has been a phenomenal way to keep up with our training and seeing all our students during this historic difficult time. As always, I thank each and every one of our students, families, and staff for their continued support.

“A BLACK BELT IS A WHITE BELT THAT NEVER QUITS”

 

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TriStateMixedMartialArts.com and Tri State Kickboxing Mixed Martial Arts has been a top martial arts school in the Lower Bucks County area for over 15 years.

Founded by Sifu Jeffrey Jones, Tri State Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

Tri State Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts Adult programs offer training as a complete adult fitness and conditioning program, both mentally and physically. Designed for those who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape) or learn self-defense in a supportive environment. Unlike a traditional gym setting, Tri State Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts offers the opportunity for learning a true art, designed to keep you mentally focused in the moment on your self discovery; while providing an outlet for daily stresses.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours of the day, 7 days a week at info@tristatemixedmartialarts.com or call directly at 215-273-9202 . You can also visit our website at tristatemixedmartialarts.com

About Sifu Jeffrey Jones: Jeffrey has earned full instructorship under Guro Dan Inosanto in Jeet Kune Do, Jun Fan Gung Fu, and Filipino Martial Arts. He is also a full instructor for the Thai Boxing Association of the United States of America, under Ajarn Chai Sirisute. His instructor, Guro Dan Inosanto is one of three people appointed to teach at one of the Jun Fan Institutes under Bruce Lee. Jeffrey has over 30 years of training and experience in Mixed Martial Arts.