Determination Martial Arts

Determination Martial Arts Determination Martial Arts offers Martial Arts and Fitness programs to the Hamilton community. Full programming for Special Needs students available.
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Determination Martial Arts strives to be a community space for personal growth and development in the Hamilton area. We believe all students can learn and thrive in the right environment, and offer a schedule specifically for students with more intense learning needs, who do better in a small group, individually paced environment. We accept all major credit cards, e-transfer, and debit.

Operating as usual

As we approach the end of school and schedule changes, we’ve updated our zoom schedule to reflect that until we’re in pe...
06/08/2021

As we approach the end of school and schedule changes, we’ve updated our zoom schedule to reflect that until we’re in person again!

Please log in using the google doc so you can note any changes to the upcoming schedule or notes for class. It’s the same link we’ve been using since March 2020 - if you’ve misplaced it (or added the schedule to your calendar and stopped checking it!) please reach out to get it again.

We remain excited for a return to in person by July 26th and will send out information once guidelines have been released!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

-Miss Emily

As we approach the end of school and schedule changes, we’ve updated our zoom schedule to reflect that until we’re in person again!

Please log in using the google doc so you can note any changes to the upcoming schedule or notes for class. It’s the same link we’ve been using since March 2020 - if you’ve misplaced it (or added the schedule to your calendar and stopped checking it!) please reach out to get it again.

We remain excited for a return to in person by July 26th and will send out information once guidelines have been released!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

-Miss Emily

Hey team! Zoom has decided that after 4 classes today, it doesn’t want to let me be the host for kickboxing at noon 😳We’...
06/05/2021

Hey team!

Zoom has decided that after 4 classes today, it doesn’t want to let me be the host for kickboxing at noon 😳

We’re working on a restart so hold tight - 25 jumping jacks, skis, sit-ups, squats and push ups in the meantime!

Hey team!

Zoom has decided that after 4 classes today, it doesn’t want to let me be the host for kickboxing at noon 😳

We’re working on a restart so hold tight - 25 jumping jacks, skis, sit-ups, squats and push ups in the meantime!

Missing the days of getting knocked over while watching friends punch each other. It’s been a long time since we’ve stra...
06/02/2021

Missing the days of getting knocked over while watching friends punch each other.

It’s been a long time since we’ve strapped on sparring gear, and longer since we’ve been able to attend a tournament, but the skills, values, and connections are all still a part of us.

We can’t wait to get back to sparring!

Missing the days of getting knocked over while watching friends punch each other.

It’s been a long time since we’ve strapped on sparring gear, and longer since we’ve been able to attend a tournament, but the skills, values, and connections are all still a part of us.

We can’t wait to get back to sparring!

As we hold space for Indigenous community members to express their grief, anger, and healing, we look for the actionable...
06/01/2021

As we hold space for Indigenous community members to express their grief, anger, and healing, we look for the actionable ways we can support their requests and honour the intentions of reconciliation

It is so important to teach children about the lasting impact of Residential schools, the atrocities committed and to understand that this wasn’t “long ago”. Too often we centre trauma as “in the past”, denying the very real pain of those living amongst us and making it easier to disengage.

It is also equally important to teach about the joy, the arts, the richness of Indigenous culture respectfully and with appreciation.

We are thankful for Indigenous community members who set up the memorial at Battlefield park, and encouraged community to take part and share space.

We are thankful for people in positions of power who are putting forward motions to ensure the words of the school reflect the actions and we look forward to seeing more action.

We are always on the look out for youth based resources - if you have one that’s been successful in your space, let us know!

Every day we don’t get to fill this space with other people, is another day I can spruce it up even more! Next 2 weeks o...
05/25/2021

Every day we don’t get to fill this space with other people, is another day I can spruce it up even more!

Next 2 weeks of zoom 1:1s go up at 1pm tomorrow (Wednesday)

See you online!

Every day we don’t get to fill this space with other people, is another day I can spruce it up even more!

Next 2 weeks of zoom 1:1s go up at 1pm tomorrow (Wednesday)

See you online!

Every Saturday we offer two, recreational face striking classes…minus the face striking! I love seeing more people tryin...
05/22/2021

Every Saturday we offer two, recreational face striking classes…minus the face striking!

I love seeing more people trying to do the double each week. Stronger and faster each time you show up!

Happy Saturday everyone! See you online Monday ❤️

Every Saturday we offer two, recreational face striking classes…minus the face striking!

I love seeing more people trying to do the double each week. Stronger and faster each time you show up!

Happy Saturday everyone! See you online Monday ❤️

Team! First update of many in the next few weeks, we’re sure! We’re going to stay the course on zoom, as we are, until J...
05/21/2021

Team!

First update of many in the next few weeks, we’re sure!

We’re going to stay the course on zoom, as we are, until June 14th.

This is now noted on the google doc and will continue to be updated as always.

By the end of May, we are optimistic there will be clarification on the stage 1 reopening guidelines, and the city will have decided if they’re issuing park passes again, and we can give you the next update by June 1st.

Currently, in person classes are not set to be allowed to resume until mid to late August (stage 3 of the re-opening), so we’ll hold off on that exciting announcement for a little while now, since these are all tentative government plans, but we’ll be here, and we’ll be ready.

Wherever you are, whatever you’re up to, we’re so glad you’re a part of our story!

Team!

First update of many in the next few weeks, we’re sure!

We’re going to stay the course on zoom, as we are, until June 14th.

This is now noted on the google doc and will continue to be updated as always.

By the end of May, we are optimistic there will be clarification on the stage 1 reopening guidelines, and the city will have decided if they’re issuing park passes again, and we can give you the next update by June 1st.

Currently, in person classes are not set to be allowed to resume until mid to late August (stage 3 of the re-opening), so we’ll hold off on that exciting announcement for a little while now, since these are all tentative government plans, but we’ll be here, and we’ll be ready.

Wherever you are, whatever you’re up to, we’re so glad you’re a part of our story!

We are excited to see that camps will be allowed to open in step one (after June 15), however guidelines are still to co...
05/20/2021

We are excited to see that camps will be allowed to open in step one (after June 15), however guidelines are still to come.

At this point, we will continue to plan for camps at the level of restrictions that were in place last summer, and update camp families and wait list once 2021 guidelines are released!

Interested in reading the full (current) government reopening plans?

Find them here:

https://news.ontario.ca/en/backgrounder/1000159/roadmap-to-reopen

We are excited to see that camps will be allowed to open in step one (after June 15), however guidelines are still to come.

At this point, we will continue to plan for camps at the level of restrictions that were in place last summer, and update camp families and wait list once 2021 guidelines are released!

Interested in reading the full (current) government reopening plans?

Find them here:

https://news.ontario.ca/en/backgrounder/1000159/roadmap-to-reopen

Every year we add a few new titles to our bookshelves that help us continue conversations about  building community, sel...
05/17/2021

Every year we add a few new titles to our bookshelves that help us continue conversations about building community, self confidence, de-escalation and equitable spaces.

We love using literacy to open conversations and strengthen people’s abilities to ask questions and hold conversations.

Self defense and safe communities start with prevention strategies, and communication is such a crucial one to have in your tool kit!

Here’s a few that are joining us in 2021 - what books are favourites in your house?

Every year we add a few new titles to our bookshelves that help us continue conversations about building community, self confidence, de-escalation and equitable spaces.

We love using literacy to open conversations and strengthen people’s abilities to ask questions and hold conversations.

Self defense and safe communities start with prevention strategies, and communication is such a crucial one to have in your tool kit!

Here’s a few that are joining us in 2021 - what books are favourites in your house?

Sorting and organizing all the equipment is such a joyful process; look at all these colours! Do you see your favourite ...
05/15/2021

Sorting and organizing all the equipment is such a joyful process; look at all these colours!

Do you see your favourite learning tool there?

Sorting and organizing all the equipment is such a joyful process; look at all these colours!

Do you see your favourite learning tool there?

Shame stops us from accepting help, connecting with others, or allowing ourselves to move forward. Take today to remembe...
05/13/2021

Shame stops us from accepting help, connecting with others, or allowing ourselves to move forward.

Take today to remember you are human, this is hard, and we have a lifetime to rebuild together.

Shame doesn’t help us build communities, and community will see us through this.

Big hugs,
Miss Emily

Ps. Come punch and kick with us on zoom, Saturday 9am and 12pm! It’s cathartic!

Shame stops us from accepting help, connecting with others, or allowing ourselves to move forward.

Take today to remember you are human, this is hard, and we have a lifetime to rebuild together.

Shame doesn’t help us build communities, and community will see us through this.

Big hugs,
Miss Emily

Ps. Come punch and kick with us on zoom, Saturday 9am and 12pm! It’s cathartic!

Sometimes it can be hard to envision how a technique works over zoom - so Bob and his pool noodle arms to the rescue! Ea...
05/10/2021

Sometimes it can be hard to envision how a technique works over zoom - so Bob and his pool noodle arms to the rescue!

Each week we’ve been working on self-advocacy skills; one way we do this is by ensuring that participants know that if they don’t fully understand something, they have the ability to speak up, and keep speaking up, until it’s clear to them.

We’re so glad to see each and every one of you each week!

The next block of 1:1 spots will be posted Wednesday at 1pm.

Sometimes it can be hard to envision how a technique works over zoom - so Bob and his pool noodle arms to the rescue!

Each week we’ve been working on self-advocacy skills; one way we do this is by ensuring that participants know that if they don’t fully understand something, they have the ability to speak up, and keep speaking up, until it’s clear to them.

We’re so glad to see each and every one of you each week!

The next block of 1:1 spots will be posted Wednesday at 1pm.

Particularly this year as we grapple with the restrictions of the lockdowns and the impact on how we make decisions abou...
05/09/2021

Particularly this year as we grapple with the restrictions of the lockdowns and the impact on how we make decisions about celebrating days like today, we’re sending out lots of love and patience to everyone.

We do the best we can do, with what we have, until we have the tools and resources to do better.

A very happy Mother’s Day two everyone that resonates with!

Particularly this year as we grapple with the restrictions of the lockdowns and the impact on how we make decisions about celebrating days like today, we’re sending out lots of love and patience to everyone.

We do the best we can do, with what we have, until we have the tools and resources to do better.

A very happy Mother’s Day two everyone that resonates with!

Here's where you'll find us today on zoom! We're excited to see you there!Not sure on the link to join us? e-mail hamilt...
04/26/2021

Here's where you'll find us today on zoom!

We're excited to see you there!

Not sure on the link to join us? e-mail [email protected] (it's all still up on the same google doc we've been using since March 2020! We may not be able to keep everything consistent, but we'll do what we can!)

Here's where you'll find us today on zoom!

We're excited to see you there!

Not sure on the link to join us? e-mail [email protected] (it's all still up on the same google doc we've been using since March 2020! We may not be able to keep everything consistent, but we'll do what we can!)

While you might not be in the space with us, we’re always working on ways to improve your balance , coordination, streng...
04/24/2021

While you might not be in the space with us, we’re always working on ways to improve your balance , coordination, strength and self confidence!

The first of a few new pieces of equipment is here and I’m excited to try it out.

Start thinking ...what would YOU like to see in the space when we get back to it? Let us know in the comments, by e mail ([email protected]) , or send us a letter (and get to practice those literacy skills off of the screen)

While you might not be in the space with us, we’re always working on ways to improve your balance , coordination, strength and self confidence!

The first of a few new pieces of equipment is here and I’m excited to try it out.

Start thinking ...what would YOU like to see in the space when we get back to it? Let us know in the comments, by e mail ([email protected]) , or send us a letter (and get to practice those literacy skills off of the screen)

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, we want to remind everyone that community members are feeling extra vulnerable and i...
04/23/2021

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, we want to remind everyone that community members are feeling extra vulnerable and isolated at the moment.

The concept of tomorrow, a real event or not, is terrifying and re-traumatizing for many people.

Here are some ways you can support when someone discloses trauma to you (and please know it’s in no way a comprehensive list, and that each person and situation is unique) and provide on-going connection once you’re aware.

1. Thank them for sharing with you and that you understand it can’t have been easy to share.

2. Ensure they know it’s not their fault. They did not deserve or ask for this, no matter the context.

3. Check in on if they’re looking for resources, to report, or simply for someone to listen and be there. Your idea of how they *should* handle it, is irrelevant here. If you can’t assist with what they’re looking for, be honest snd clear.

4. Understand that there’s no timeline to “feel better” or “safe” again. Avoid judging how long they’ve been grappling with this, or healing from it

5. Once you know, ask them if they’re ok with you checking in directly about how they’re doing, periodically. If they agree, honour your commitment, and if you can’t, communicate that.

6. For your OWN learning and understanding, check out inclusive resources (like Hamilton’s very own SACHA - sacha.ca ) so you can better understand your own bias, areas of ignorance, and ability to support.

It is not your responsibility to “fix them”. Be there, be an active listener, build positive connections and safer space. Let them know how valuable they are to you and the greater community.

We will never handle each situation perfectly, and there’s always room for reflection and growth even when it’s gone well, but we can do our best and commit to accessing learning to do better.

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, we want to remind everyone that community members are feeling extra vulnerable and isolated at the moment.

The concept of tomorrow, a real event or not, is terrifying and re-traumatizing for many people.

Here are some ways you can support when someone discloses trauma to you (and please know it’s in no way a comprehensive list, and that each person and situation is unique) and provide on-going connection once you’re aware.

1. Thank them for sharing with you and that you understand it can’t have been easy to share.

2. Ensure they know it’s not their fault. They did not deserve or ask for this, no matter the context.

3. Check in on if they’re looking for resources, to report, or simply for someone to listen and be there. Your idea of how they *should* handle it, is irrelevant here. If you can’t assist with what they’re looking for, be honest snd clear.

4. Understand that there’s no timeline to “feel better” or “safe” again. Avoid judging how long they’ve been grappling with this, or healing from it

5. Once you know, ask them if they’re ok with you checking in directly about how they’re doing, periodically. If they agree, honour your commitment, and if you can’t, communicate that.

6. For your OWN learning and understanding, check out inclusive resources (like Hamilton’s very own SACHA - sacha.ca ) so you can better understand your own bias, areas of ignorance, and ability to support.

It is not your responsibility to “fix them”. Be there, be an active listener, build positive connections and safer space. Let them know how valuable they are to you and the greater community.

We will never handle each situation perfectly, and there’s always room for reflection and growth even when it’s gone well, but we can do our best and commit to accessing learning to do better.

Content: rape/assault/violence We’ve been approached a couple of times this week for “what our plan is”, and seen chatte...
04/22/2021

Content: rape/assault/violence

We’ve been approached a couple of times this week for “what our plan is”, and seen chatter in local groups, about the rumour of what Saturday April 24th is.

Now, we don’t want to add fuel to this rumour, but we do want to address it and the bigger picture.

Somewhere, in the depths of the internet, someone decided to announce that Saturday April 24 is “International Rape Day”

It got picked up on, not in support of the day, but in giant, violent fantasies, of how people are going to “protect” “their” women on this day.

Fear culture and reactive communities creates this.

Individuals who experience sexual violence, aren’t safer when people talk about “loading their guns” to protect them. They aren’t safer when people say “let them try and see what I do”. They aren’t in more danger on one particular day, just because the internet said so. That’s not how assault, or protection, works.

We get safer when we are encouraged to use proper words, and not speak in vague terms, about our experiences.

We get safer when we shut down rape jokes (including those about men, particularly in prison).

We get safer when we teach how to hear the word no, not just say it.

We get safer when we become comfortable talking about the emotional, physical, and psychological aspects of consent.

We get safer when we let all humans express sadness, frustration, guilt and anger, passion and desire in spaces that support them and teach them how to direct it safely instead of bottling it up.

We get safer when we stop shaming these emotions when they arrive in reactive situations, and instead, create space to process them, understand their origins and redirect them. (Note - it is community responsibility, not the *victim* or *survivor* of these reactions)

And we get safer when we understand restorative justice instead of carceral punishment.

So yes, let’s talk about rape, let’s talk about sexual assault, but let’s move the conversation from reactivity to prevention and education, so that we see sustained safety and support rather than when “trending”.

Content: rape/assault/violence

We’ve been approached a couple of times this week for “what our plan is”, and seen chatter in local groups, about the rumour of what Saturday April 24th is.

Now, we don’t want to add fuel to this rumour, but we do want to address it and the bigger picture.

Somewhere, in the depths of the internet, someone decided to announce that Saturday April 24 is “International Rape Day”

It got picked up on, not in support of the day, but in giant, violent fantasies, of how people are going to “protect” “their” women on this day.

Fear culture and reactive communities creates this.

Individuals who experience sexual violence, aren’t safer when people talk about “loading their guns” to protect them. They aren’t safer when people say “let them try and see what I do”. They aren’t in more danger on one particular day, just because the internet said so. That’s not how assault, or protection, works.

We get safer when we are encouraged to use proper words, and not speak in vague terms, about our experiences.

We get safer when we shut down rape jokes (including those about men, particularly in prison).

We get safer when we teach how to hear the word no, not just say it.

We get safer when we become comfortable talking about the emotional, physical, and psychological aspects of consent.

We get safer when we let all humans express sadness, frustration, guilt and anger, passion and desire in spaces that support them and teach them how to direct it safely instead of bottling it up.

We get safer when we stop shaming these emotions when they arrive in reactive situations, and instead, create space to process them, understand their origins and redirect them. (Note - it is community responsibility, not the *victim* or *survivor* of these reactions)

And we get safer when we understand restorative justice instead of carceral punishment.

So yes, let’s talk about rape, let’s talk about sexual assault, but let’s move the conversation from reactivity to prevention and education, so that we see sustained safety and support rather than when “trending”.

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1360 Main Street East
Hamilton, ON
L8K 1B7

Opening Hours

Monday 15:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 20:30
Wednesday 13:00 - 21:00
Thursday 15:00 - 20:00
Saturday 08:00 - 13:00

Telephone

905 630 7041

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So excited! You are 5 years old!! Happy Birthday DMA!!!
Thank you Miss Emily for a great class! I enjoy your enthusiasm and encouragement!
We haven't been doing the Determination online workouts. Instead we have been trying to get outside for lots of hikes, BUT . . . We just finished cleaning up the basement and creating a new TKD and Kickboxing area and we are already to start! Bring on the social distancing!
Doing today's forms challenge. DMA at home.
Looking for boxing for an 11 year old. Is this available at your facility?
Congratulations DMA on your 4th birthday!!!
DMA is a fantastic place for kids (and adults) to learn learn and grow as people. The instructors are top notch and the environment is always understanding, supportive and fun!
Hi. I would just like to say Goodbye to the DMA community. I have reached a point where it is time to grow in another direction. I want to thank each of you. I grew because of you. Your caring, your help and your smiles made a difference. Take care. Keep growing. 💖🌱
Thor and Paul agreed to ring in Paul’s 40th birthday with a fitness challenge. January 1st, 2020 is the muscleup deadline. He’ll deny that we agreed to it but I could see it in his eyes. #paulandthormuscleup2019
Please keep eyes 👀 open for this lil one. Lost near Delta High School. (Not my dog) Thanks! https://www.facebook.com/657507118/posts/10157867568722119?sfns=mo
Emily, is there still a homeschool drop-in program on Tuesday afternoons?
Hey everyone, go to this page and vote once a day for Emily and company at Determination Martial Arts!