Kick-a-thon and other notes…

Posted on July 17, 2013

After the Relay for Life Kick-a-thon Wednesday July 17, we’ll have our regularly scheduled classes, in case you were wondering. Learn more about the Kick-a-thon here.

Also, this Saturday morning July 20, we will be hosting another Black Belt test at 10:00 am. We will still have Leadership and Hyper Training at 9:00 am.

Looking ahead to Labor Day Weekend, we will not have class on Saturday, Aug. 31 or on Labor Day, Sept. 2…

Relay for Life Kick-a-thon Fundraiser

Posted on July 15, 2013


We are again participating in the Relay for Life American Cancer Society event this year. To support this awesome event we are hosting a high speed kick-a-thon.

I am looking for 100 students, families, or friends to join in the event to try to make a huge impact. If everyone contribute just a little time and talent, together we can make a really big difference.

The Kick-a-thon will be Wednesday, July 17, at the MPK studio at 5:30 pm.

Other important dates:

Monday, July 22 — date all sponsor donations should be collected.

Wednesday, July 24 — turn in all donations to MPK.

Click below for complete information and pass it on!

Kick-a-thon Details

Testing Week of June 17

Posted on June 17, 2013

Just a reminder that we are testing this week (June 17-21) on MONDAY night and WEDNESDAY night. Here are notes regarding this week:

  • No class on Monday for any group.
  • Normal Sparring, Leadership, and Adult workout on Tuesday.
  • Testing on Wednesday begins at 5:30, so Little kickers have class at 5:00.
  • Normal Classes on Thursday.
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    Notes for Summer 2013

    Posted on June 7, 2013

    As school wraps up and you’re finalizing your summer plans, here are a few items to keep in mind:

  • IN SUPPORT OF GAVIN — SATURDAY JUNE 8 is the Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk at Warner Park in Madison. As many of you may already know, one of our karate kids has been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Gavin Wiegel is an awesome kid and his family and our community will show our support this weekend. Please click here if you are already aware of Gavin’s story and would like to join the their Take Steps group, or if you would simply like to help with a donation. TO LEARN MORE AND TO READ AN OPEN LETTER FROM GAVIN’S FAMILY, CLICK HERE.
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  • DRIVE-THRU BRAT BUST FOR HANNAH — SUNDAY JUNE 9 there will be a Brat Bust to support Hannah Dreischmeier, a Deforest High School student who was just diagnosed with cancer. A Drive-thru Brat Bust to benefit Hannah and her family will be held from 10am-2pm, Sunday, June 9, at the DeForest Area Fire/EMS Station, 305 E. Holum St. The event will be hosted in the department’s Apparatus Bay. Just place your order and let the volunteers serve you! All proceeds will benefit Hannah and her family. Please stop in and support Hannah and her family.
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  • STARTING JUNE 11 — Morning classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, running through JULY 25. Classes run from 9:00-9:30am for Little Kickers and 9:00-9:45am for everyone else.
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  • TEST WEEK (June 17 and June 19) — MONDAY JUNE 17 testing for Little Kickers ALL BELTS at 5:00pm. Intermediate Students will follow, White through Purple belt. No regular classes on the June 17. WEDNESDAY JUNE 19 Advanced testing, 5:45pm for Blue, Red, and Brown stripe. No regular classes on the June 19 for the Jr. and Adults. NOTE: Tuesday June 18 and Thursday June 20 we will hold regular classes.
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  • PRINTING ON UNIFORMS — Turn in your tops for MPK logo printing this week. If you need a new uniform we have them in stock as well. Top printing is $7.00 each.
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  • 4TH OF JULY PARADE — This will be our 19th year in the parade! Please sign up at the counter so we know who will be participating. NEW TIME … 10:30 am! The parade will begin at the Deforest High School parking lot and will end at West Holum and Main St.
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  • BLACK BELT TESTING — SATURDAY JULY 20 will feature Black Belt testing, which begins at 1:00pm.
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  • One last reminder: students can wear MPK t-shirts to class beginning MONDAY JUNE 10! We have shirts in stock, but they are going fast. Stop at the counter and pick up a couple for summer.
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    Friday Half-Day Schedule (5/24)

    Posted on May 24, 2013

    Friday, May 24, is a half day of school, and here’s how we plan to schedule the afternoon at MPK.

    When students arrive some Little Kickers will be testing for their next belt. Once their testing is done, we’ll take a walk to Fireman’s Park to play and get some fresh air. We will be back at MPK sometime before 4:30.

    If you or someone else will be pickup up your child before the regular pick up times, please call either Mr. Armstrong (608-225-5853) or Ms. Melinda (608-843-6887) to make arrangements for pick up. Thank you!

    In Support of Gavin

    Posted on May 23, 2013

    Hi Karate Families, I want to pass this along to all of you and ask that you take a moment and read through the letter below.

    Gavin Wiegel is a great little guy and has recently been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Gavin has been a student at MPK and if there is any thing we can do to support him we will do it.

    Gavin’s family mentions an event June 8 at Warner Park, the “Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk”. You can sign up to participate in the walk or support the cause with a donation by using the green buttons at: Gavin’s Gutsy Group.

    Thank you.

    — Mr. Armstrong

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    Subject: Crohn’s Walk for Gavin

    Today, Kevin, myself and the kids are sending this note to ask for your help. Recently, our 7 year old son Gavin has been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. To say we were shocked by this is an understatement. We had no idea children could even develop this disease and we had no idea how difficult this disease can be without a lot of options. Currently, there is no known cause for Crohn’s and no cure for Crohn’s. It is very difficult to know you can’t fix this for your child. So we have decided to do the next best thing and that is work to not only raise awareness but also to raise funds for more research and ultimately a cure. Our goal is for Gavin to see a cure in his lifetime … hopefully sooner than later.

    One of the ways we have found we can work on this goal for Gavin is to participate in the Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk which will be held on June 8th at Warner Park in Madison. This walk is held in cities across the nation and is the nation’s largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. As part of the walk, we will be working on fundraising for our team which we have decided to call “Gavin’s Gutsy Group.” We are asking for your help to reach our fundraising goal. In addition, if you are interested, we are inviting everyone to participate in the walk with us. We would love to see you there and remember no amount is too small to donate. Every little bit helps.

    Crohn’s disease effects over 1.4 million Americans and for whatever reason is on the rise in the U.S. In the past, there has not been a lot of research funding available because the disease was not as prominent. By creating awareness and raising funds, we will help to further research and hopefully find the key to this disease. That is why the fundraising is so important. So please consider helping us and remember your donation is tax deductible. You can sign up for the walk and/or donate at the following link:
    https://online.ccfa.org/goto/GavinsGutsyGroup13. The website is a little confusing, so our recommendation would be if you would like to donate, click on the green button on the right that says “Support Gavin’s Gutsy Group”. If you would like to sign up to walk with us and be part of the team, click the “Join Team” button also on the right — but ignore the fundraising/donation part. That is the easiest way to do it. Please let us know if any questions on this and we will help!!!

    If you don’t want to sign up or donate on line, just let us know and we can get you signed up for the walk and you can mail donations directly to us.

    In addition, many companies offer a matching gift program. Please check with your company to see if they will match your donation. We found out that Kevin’s work will match 3 to 1 for his donations so it can really increase the amount of a donation so it is worth checking in to. Your company would have a form that needs to be filled out, so please do so and just mail to us and we will take care of getting it to the right place.

    At this point, Gavin doesn’t quite know what to make of all of this. He doesn’t really like the attention from it and in his own words “he does not want anyone to feel sorry for him.” He just cares if he feels good enough to play ball. We worried about his privacy if we were to make everyone aware of this however we have decided we need to be open and create awareness in order to give him the best chance of a cure. So please keep him in your prayers as we navigate this disease and please pray for a cure so he can play football for the Packers when he grows up (this is the only thing he is interested in doing when he grows up!!!).

    Lastly, if you know of anyone else who may be affected by this disease or may be interested in participating or donating, please pass this info along to them. I know there are a lot of other “Redbirds” out there who might be willing to help. We are not Facebookers, but we may have to start in order to pass the word.

    Thank you so much for considering this and we will keep you posted on our progress.

    MacKenzie gave me a quote the other night that she found that she thought would help how we were feeling. It simply said “out of difficulties come miracles.” So, we will keep praying and working for a cure for our miracle!!!

    Take care and God bless.

    — Kevin, Kathy, Morgan, MacKenzie and Gavin Wiegel