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Blue Wave Blog - Essential Oils, Buti Yoga, Touch - a - Truck, Food Drive, Tournament, Training Nights, Halloween Parade, Support Our Local 5k's, Bring your own bottle or cup. Main School Training Nights

Essential Oils

I have been asked by several clients and adult students recently about essential oil usage.  I love essential oils, and have been using them daily for a number of things for almost 5 years now.

I started using them when I first started becoming ill with Chiari symptoms.  Because of the unique impact Chiari has on the brain I would have wild and weird reactions to medications.  I was looking for alternative solutions for relief from my symptoms that didn't come with crazy side effects.  During this time I also made dramatic and strict changes to my diet as well.

At first I mostly diffused essential oils to help with mood and energy levels.

When I had my surgery the loss of spinal fluid led to terrible nausea.  It was dangerous for me to throw up in the first couple weeks following surgery.  In the recovery room I woke up with a cottonball of peppermint essential oil in my oxygen mask.  This really helped, a lot.  I had never experienced nausea so terrible, and I found the peppermint caused relief.  It was a neat experience to find that medical professionals were using essential oils in their care!

They sent me home with a small bottle of oil to help me on our trip.

I used the peppermint oil in a bath, one of my symptoms recovering was hot flashes and a few drops of peppermint in my bath helped cool my skin.

Since I had a lot of time to sit around and read while recovering my first several weeks after surgery I began to research even more about the uses and benefits of various oils.

A few thing I have learned is:

  • various oils impact different individuals differently
  • some oils are toxic to pets (luckily I didn't find this out the hard way, but through research)
  • My kids may call me a witch, I prefer shaman, because of my love and use of essential oils, however they all carry some and use them everday!
  • I really enjoy making different everyday house hold items from my oils!  It has become and fun and soothing weekend activity for me!
My Favorite Things

  • I created an essentil oil blend skin toner mixed with witch hazel that I use to clean my face with every morning and evening.  After about 6 different variations I found one I love, and had balanced my skin!  Let me know if you are interested in the recipe.
  • doTERRA's Immortalle is their youthful skin blend.  I absolutely love the way it smells, it feels great on my skin, and when I look in the mirror I see just a little less of those lovely lines that come with your 40's!
  • Frakincense has a huge list of benefits, and is one of my favorite scents.  I especially love it blended with lavender.
  • doTerra's Deep Blue blend is the oil blend we use the most of.  We have an active family who tend to have sore muscles often!  We all use this blend before and after our workouts!
Looking for some fun essential oil ideas you can visit this website for some great ideas!

- Miss Tammy

Congratulations Chandra - Certified Buti Yoga Instructor

We are super excited to share that Chandra is now certified to lead Buti Yoga classes!  I talked with her briefly this morning, and she has fallen even further in love with it!  I can feel her energy and excitement about begining to lead classes, and the transformation our students' will get to enjoy during these workouts!  Chandra's pilot class will be announced very soon!


Oct. 6, 2018 10 am – 4 pm

Overall Event Details:

Edwardsville Township is pleased to present their 4th Annual Touch-A-Truck event on Saturday, October 6th, from 10 am-4 pm, at Edwardsville Township Community Park, located at 6368 Center Grove Rd. in Edwardsville, Illinois. This is a FREE community event that gives area families and children the opportunity to explore and learn about the various vehicles they see every day and some that are rarely accessible. Last year the event hosted more than 30 vehicles of various purposes (fire trucks, farm equipment, utility, transit bus) and welcomed more than 6,000 guests! We are looking to continue to increase our turnout! This year we are planning a children’s area featuring a balloon artist, face painting, and a variety of other activities. Food trucks will also be added during the event.

Class in Township Park Information

Tae Kwon Do and Karate Kubs class will be postponed on Saturday, October 6th due to this event.  Instead of holding class at the studio like normal we will be holding class/demo during the Touch -A- Truck event at 10:30am.  This class will last approx 90 minutes. 

I will provide more details soon, but I understand that parking for this event is at the highschools and shuttles will be taking people from the highschools to the park.  Please be sure to plan accordinly so you can arrive at 10:15 to recieve instructions for our class and demo which begins at 10:30am.

  • Kubs
    • ALL of our Karate Kubs are invited to attend this class.
    • If your Kub has a uniform I ask that they please wear it for this event
    • If your Kub does not have a uniform and wants to attend this event I will provide them with a free Blue Wave T-shirt if they do not already have one.
    • Kubs will work with our helpers and higher rank students like we normally do.  We will have their training mats with us as well.  They will be dismissed after the first 20 or thirty minutes of class.
  • All Ranks All Ages Students
    • Please arrive in uniform with belt and bring a change of clothes and full water bottle with you
    • Plan to arrive at the Blue Wave tent at 10:15am
    • You may decide if you want to train barefoot or with shoes on, we will be training in the grass.
    • When you sign up to participate in the demo be sure to note if there is any break or demo you are interested in sharing.  I will do my best to accomadate everyone, and will work with you on appopriate demo ideas if needed.

Volunteers Needed For This Event 

Miss Tammy needs volunteers to help with this event!  You can volunteer in one hour increments.  I would like to have two volunteers available at all times.  Volunteers will help teach children visiting our booth how to punch, kick, and block pads!

I will also need volunteers to help me set up at 9am, and tear down at 4pm.

We will also have a couple games set up, and I will need a volunteer to help explain and watch how games are going.

During our demo from 10:45am to 12:30pm I would like a couple parent volunteers to manage these activies and pass out information about our school for those who may be interested in learning more.  I will have brochures and price schedules available to share.

There will be a sign-up sheet at the studio, but you may also email me if you are avilable to help.

Food Collection 

This event also helps our community by collecting food and preparing Thanksgiving baskets that will be distributed to local families in need!  Let us show out thanks in all that we have by donating food items for this cause.  Below is a flyer with the requested items! Food donations can be left on the gym shelf by the mirrors.

Tournament - A MONTH AWAY - Nov. 3rd

The tournament is just a little over a month away! Be sure to get patches on your uniform soon!  

It is time to start thinking about and planning for your tournament competition form!

We have two training nigths scheduled in October to help students prepare for the tournament. Those dates are October 5th from 5pm until 7:30pm, and October 12th from 5pm until 7:30pm.

We should have tournament registration forms available soon.

All students green and above are required to participate in the tournament.  All students white and above are strongly encouraged to participate.  Each and every student rank white and above must have a personal conversation with Miss Tammy if they are unable to attend the tournament.

Halloween Parade

Blue Wave will be closed the evening of the annual Edwardsville halloween parade.  We will be marching in the parade.  Fitness, Kubs and marital arts students are invited to walk in the parade with us!  Please sign-up to march with us at the studio, or send us an email or message!

Support Our Local 5k's

EWC 5k

Saturday, November 17th

WHERE: Jon Davis Wrestling Center

TIME: 5k - 9 am, 1 mile - 10 am

Race day packet pickup and registration will be at the Jon Davis Wrestling Center.

The race will start behind Edwardsville HS in the circle drive

Packet Pickup & Late Registration*:
Friday, November 16th - 5-7 pm
Saturday, November 17th - 7:45 am-8:30 am

Going Green!

You may have noticed that Blue Wave recently updated all of our light fixures this summer to energy effecient bulbs and fixtures! This will help us save money, and energy!  We are continuing in our persuit of both of these initiatives by reducing our waste as well.  We will no longer be providing cups for the water cooler!  We are selling Blue Wave water bottles for $4 a piece. Students and parents of students are encouraged to bring their own bottles or cups for water as well.  Thank you for helping us to make a little less of a negative impact on our environment and save some money in the process!

Please do your best to bring a bottle or cup to class with you!  Placing one in you or your child's bag makes it easy!

If students forget cups we do have bottles for sale, but also have cups we can lend out.  Please be sure to ask Donna or Miss Tammy for these cups if you our your child needs one.

Main School Training Nights

Training nights at the main school start next week!  Miss Tammy will take students out to the main school to train the first Wednesday of the month.  Please let Tammy know the Monday prior if you or your student would like to ride with Miss Tammy.  Students need to be at the studio in uniform by 5pm.

You may also meet Tammy at the main school as well!

Important Dates & Events

October 3rd 2018 Edwardsville Night at the Main School Class at 6:15pm in Wentzville

October 5th 2018 5pm to 7:30pm Tae Kwon Do Training Seminar

October 6th 8:30am until 4pm Touch -a- Truck

October 12th 5pm 2018 to 7:30pm Tae Kwon Do Training Seminar

October 20th JSC Family Olympics

October 31st 6:30pm Closed for evening classes. Both fitness, karate kubs and martial arts students we invite you to march in the 2018 Halloween parade with us.

November 2nd 2018 Black Belt Exam

November 3rd 2018 Tournament

November 7th 2018 Edwardsville Night at the Main School Class at 6:15pm in Wentzville

November 22nd Closed Closed for the thanksgiving holiday.

December 5th 2018 Edwardsville Night at the Main SchoolClass at 6:15pm in Wentzville

December 24th Closed for evening classes. Karate Kubs please feel free to make up your classes in December or January.

December 25th Closed for the Christmas Holiday.

December 31st Closed for Evening classes. Karate Kubs please feel free to make up your classes in December or January.

January 1st 2019 Closed for morning classes. See you in our evening classes starting at 4:30pm

January 2nd 2019 Edwardsville Night at the Main School Class at 6:15pm in Wentzville

February 6th 2019 Edwardsville Night at the Main School Class at 6:15pm in Wentzville

March 6th 2019 Edwardsville Night at the Main School Class at 6:15pm in Wentzville

April 3rd 2019 Edwardsville Night at the Main School Class at 6:15pm in Wentzville

April 5th 2019 5pm to 7:30pm Tae Kwon Do Training Night

April 26th 2019 5pm to 7:30pm Tae Kwon Do Training Night

May 1st 2019 Edwardsville night at the Main School Class at 6:15pm in Wentzville

May 3rd 2019 Black Belt Exam

May 4th 2019 Tournament

June 5th 2019 Edwardsville Night at the main school Class at 6:15pm in Wentzville

July 3rd 2019 Edwardsville Night at the main school Class at 6:15pm in Wentzville

July 26th through the 28th 2019 Summer Camp
1409 Troy Road Edwardsville, IL 62025