House of Champions Academy of Martial Arts
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Hello HOC Family!

We hope you all had a fantastic Summer! It sure went by quickly and now, school is back in full swing! Please be talking to your friends about our Back-to-School special! Here are a few important notes & dates to mark in your calendar and some words we hope you are inspired by.

**Please note we will be closed Labor Day weekend, August 29th – September 1st. Enjoy a safe holiday!

*A big HOC congrats to Derion DC Chapman who defending his U of MMA Title Belt this Summer and will be making his Pro debut in the next couple of months! He is One to Watch!

* Our HOC Hurricanes hit the Las Vegas strip this Summer and the team scored many awards and championship trophies! Awesome job team!

*Yet MORE Congrats, going out to our HOC WARRIORS who cleaned up in HOC BJJ Championships this Summer! Stay tuned for info on the next BJJ tournament which will be early November….start training NOW.

*Shihan Mark fights at the World Eskrima Championships in Cebu City, Philippines along with Gold Medal winners Len Lee & Guru Anthony Kleeman. Congrats to our HOC WARRIORS taking it around the world!

**HOC in Hollywood! First, thanks for all your support watching and commenting, sharing and using your social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook)…with GUN HILL! Myself and Diallo Frazier trained the lead actor and coordinated all the fights in NYC. Now available on Netflix, as well as “Ammo 52 Blocks”. We are hoping it gets picked up for a series.
Next, check out the trailer for a new film I’m in, “Relentless” at I am acting and also coordinated all the fights in the movie. Look for it in theatres in 2015!
Lastly, check out the Black Widow music video on You Tube, with Iggy Azala & Rita Ora. Featuring Michael Madsen. Sensei Mark Parra & Geo Corvera Stunt & Fight Coordinators!

*New class times for Fridays starts September 7th. Please check the schedule online or stop by front desk.

*NEW HOC Swag now available! Adult and kid rash guards, new T-shirts. MMA shorts coming soon.

**Back to school programs are available**. The best way to compliment your instructor and this academy is to refer your friends and family members. Have them try a week for FREE!

**Kapap Seminar was amazing! Students who chose not to attend-you missed out big time! Special thanks to Sensei Moshe & Shihan Jacov for their hard work!

*Heads up! Please stay tuned for dates on our annual HOC BBQ. As well, we are planning a Dodger Night coming up…fun for the whole family!

*Hugo the Young Gun Aranda will battle it out at U of MMA on August 24th at Club Nokia. Tickets on sale here at HOC.

***Any student who has a report Card with straight A’s will receive a FREE 1/2 hr private lesson with Shihan Mark. Let’s get and stay focus for an awesome school year!

** Women’s Street Smarts Survival Skills class New Time. Thursday’s 6:15pm-7:15pm. This is a FREE class! Parents, tell your teen daughter to invite her friends from school! Pick up flyers at our front desk, ask your school to post them in their Teacher’s Lounge. Pass them around! The skills learned may someday save their life! Please spread the word, tell your friends. Help the women & young women in your life be prepared!

*Be sure to “like” House of Champions, Van Nuys” on Facebook for special offers, inspirational posts, tips and articles.

** Remember, the best way to show appreciation to your Instructor is to refer a friend! Stop by the front desk and ask about our Referral Rewards Program! When you refer a friend and they sign up for a one-year Program, YOU get a $50 gift card towards HOC merchandise.

Words of Inspiration:

“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about” – Dale Carnegie

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference” -Winston Churchill

“Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz

Parents and/or Guardians,

This month our weekly lessons in class are focusing on Attitude!

How can I help? Parents-being aware of your child’s attitude can tell you a lot! If you child has always been happy and fun-loving but suddenly starts showing a very different attitude, something is wrong. It is up to you to find out what that might be. Make a habit of spending a few uninterrupted minutes talking with your child after school everyday. Get them used to talking about what is going on.

Teaching your child to have a positive attitude will also help them develop good self-esteem and confidence. Attitude is all about the way we think about something. Just tweaking our attitude a little bit or changing the way we look at something can make all the difference in the world as to how we feel.

Recognize your child’s attitude and, if it needs a change, work with your child to affect that change. The way we think is powerful and life changing!

Shihan Mark Founder/Chief Instructor