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A MARTIAL ART BEGINNING AT AGE 40 CONTINUED...

Mr. & Mrs. Lavala signed up not only for the standard Taekwondo training but also for the C.I.T. (Certified Instructor Training) Classes offered by the Dojang.  Beginning an advanced program at the young age of 40 would turn out to be no small undertaking.  Whereas many in the martial arts realm have been training since they were but children the Lavalas entered their training much later.  However, to say that Mr and Mrs Lavala were not already in pretty good shape would not be accurate.  Mrs Lavala had taught aerobics for 15+ years, both had been avid hikers and as they entered their 14th year of marriage they started on the road to fitness using programs such as Body For Life and later P90X.


Mr and Mrs Lavala both thought that many things could have been improved upon at the dojang they attended in Las Vegas but as members they could only make suggestions.  Most reading this will understand that making certain suggestions, especially when it means changing the core values of an organization, are not welcome nor would they be heeded.  So the Lavalas pressed on and obtained their First Degree Black Belt with the group.  Shortly after that accomplishment they moved to Bonners Ferry, Idaho where they bought property.  They had lived in Las Vegas for over 30 years and both were well versed in working with the public and so after one year they decided to float a “test” project in their garage.  They would open Boundary Martial Arts - a Taekwondo Dojang.  Several in their small circle of new acquaintances posed the question over that first year about there being a martial arts studio available in Boundary County.  From those early questions coupled with their desire to further both their own training and that of others, they offered classes to a local Boundary County family.  This father and his three boys joined October 2008 and would form the core of the newly formed dojang.  


The dojang would start out in the larger portion of the Lavala’s 3 car garage.  It was painted in vibrant colors (red & blue) and outfitted with semi-professional floor mats.  The lighting was changed to give more illumination to the studio and the first classes were scheduled.  This space proved adequate for the few students that were training there and then more became interested.  The test project became a full-time job and the space in the garage was quickly becoming too small.  All the graduations had to be held elsewhere because of the lack of space.  Special thanks is given to Cornerstone Christian Church and Bridgeway Assembly of God Church for allowing many testing/ graduation ceremonies at their facilities. Growing to around 18 students in the first year or so the Lavalas decided to look for a larger place to hold their training sessions.  The search was short-lived as Bonners Ferry and the surrounding area really didn’t offer anything that was adequate to the desire the Lavalas had for a professional dojang.   This search began in the early Spring and then in May of 2009 they made the decision to build their own building on their property.  For the next 5 months Mr Lavala devoted every waking moment to the project and taught classes when not swinging a hammer.  It took until opening day October 28, 2009 to complete the beautiful facility.  The day of the opening the finishing touches were being finished and the dojang was opened with the October Testing/ Graduation Ceremonies.  


Quite a lot of martial art disciplines require you to have 3 aspects training: Physical, Spiritual & Mental.  At BMA we only require two of the three believing that the spiritual side of training belongs to the integrated family unit alone.  There is such diversity when it comes to spiritual belief and training that this is not the responsibility of the martial art school but rather the parents and the individual who is being trained.  Mr and Mrs Lavala do believe in having a solid spiritual grounding as it helps to solidify the life skills they teach the students.


There are ten life skills that dominate the BMA training arena and each of the life skills have a specialized meaning relating to martial art training…

CONFIDENCE - YES, I CAN!

PATIENCE - CHEERFUL ENDURANCE

FOCUS - SEE IT ALREADY DONE

RESPECT - TREAT OTHERS LIKE YOU WANT TO BE TREATED

DISCIPLINE - DO WHAT IS RIGHT

EXCELLENCE - ALWAYS GIVING MY BEST EFFORT

COMPASSION - COMPELLED TO AID ANOTHER

SELF CONTROL -  I THINK BEFORE I ACT

TEAMWORK - TOGETHER, EVERYONE ALWAYS MATTERS

COURAGE - LIVING LIFE WITHOUT FEAR


Of course there are countless “Life Skills” that we all need to exist peacefully with others but we believe that these 10 provide a good framework for getting along well with everyone - as long as it is possible.  BMA always trains students with the mentality that it is better to avoid conflict rather than gravitate towards it.  There will always be those who love to fight and cause trouble and then there will be those who love to walk confidently knowing that if trouble comes, they are well prepared for it.  In the opinion of BMA and the ASWF it is better to have the latter mentality.


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