House of Champions Academy of Martial Arts
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Hello HOC Family!

We hope you are enjoying your beautiful Spring so far! Here are a few important notes & dates to mark in your calendar and some words we hope you are inspired by.

** A BIG HOC congrats to all those who tested & advanced in Level 1 Kickboxing!! We are proud of your dedication and look forward to watching you grow stronger!

*NEW HOC BJJ classes with Gi –Tuesdays 7:15pm for Teens & Adults. Saturdays-Kids 11:45am. Adults 12:30. Uniforms are on sale at the front desk.

*HOC will be closed May 23rd through May 26th, for Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy your family time!

*Attention all Red & Brown Belts….if you were notified that you qualify, be ready for Brown Belt testing on May 31st 12:00 -3:00pm. Promotions will be the same day.

** MOMS GET TWO WEEKS FREE IN THE MONTH OF MAY!** Calling all Moms! We want to help you achieve & experience lasting success in your health and fitness goals! Come by HOC to pick up complementary passes and gift them to all the moms in your life! Helping a friend or a loved one get started on an improved health path is a gift that will last a lifetime!

*CONGRATS to Sensei Mark as HOC celebrates its 20-year anniversary!! Stay tuned for a reunion party at the beach TBD on the date.

June and Summer Heads-up!
*Summer is around the corner! Do you want to see a positive change in your kids over Summer break? HOC is proud to offer some incredible 3 month programs for Kids. Please inquire at the front desk for details. Take a few flyers and share with neighbors and friends too!

*DC will defend his lightweight belt at U of MMA on June 1st! Come on out and show your support! Also on the card is Dean Bo and Cruz Martinez. Tickets are available at HOC.

** DADS GET TWO WEEKS FREE IN THE MONTH OF JUNE!** Dads! Have you been on the side lines watching your kids have fun in their boxing, karate, BJJ or MMA classes? It’s your turn now! You need and deserve the time too. If you have always wanted to try what you watch on TV, you can do it in June, for free! If you are already a HOC member, don’t forget the other Dads in your life. We will have passes to pick up and hand out as of June 1st. !

*Attn: Parents of HOC Students! Summer dress code starts June 8th. HOC T-shirt or gi top for all karate classes. All kids Kickboxing classes require HOC T-shirt, shorts or gi pants, sashes & all boys need a groin cup for sparring.

*Get Ready to Roll: HOC’s next BJJ Tournament will be in July. Date TDB. Stay tuned! Open to both Kids & Adults! See front desk for more info.

*Hollywood watch: Catch HOC’s own Sensei Mark Parra in the film “Gun Hill” which airs on BET network, July 9th! Sensei Mark was the fight coordinator with Diallo Frazier and he is featured in a fight scene as well. The movie stars Larenz Tate who frequents HOC. Set your DVR or watch it live. Congrats Sensei Mark!
*HOC Dodger Day! TBD on the date but just so you know, we want to repeat the fun from last year’s HOC outing!

*New kids BJJ class is available Monday & Wednesday at 7:15pm, Friday at 5:45 and Saturdays at 11:45am. This class is fantastic for kid’s physical AND mental strengthening!

** Women’s Street Smarts Survival Skills class. Thursday’s 7:30pm-8:15pm 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