Susan Martinez

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News Releases
NEW eBook by Susan Martinez, “Outsmarting the Bad Guys” teaches women how to wise up and outwit predators 6-6-10

New book Outsmarting the Bad Guys teaches women and girls how to avoid and survive attacks by bad guys by wising up 4-16-11

Published News

Minnesota Sun Newspaper 5-1-11

Sophie Keeley (6), who trains at My Gym Eden Prairie, just earned a blue belt in karate. This is her fifth belt. Her martial arts teacher is Mr. Jake Erling, who is also her uncle. Sophie's grandmother, Susan Martinez, is also a black belt.

Today's Writing Community "O Muses Where Art Thou?" 11-19-2010

What's Up: Canada's Family Magazine "Bully-Proofing Your Kids" 11-17-10

Minnesota Sun Newspaper "How To Bully Proof Your Kids" November 11, 2010

Edina Magazine - "Lessons from a Black Belt" October 2010 issue

Minnesota Sun Newspaper "Seven personal safety tips you MUST teach your kids" 9-23-10

NewsOK by The Oklahoman "7 Personal Safety Tips You MUST Teach Your Kids" 9-21-10

Treasure Valley Teen
September 2010 online issue

Lake Minnetonka Magazine August 2010 issue

Belt Belt Magazine August 2010 issue

MN Sun Current
, Edina, MN 8-9-2010

FOX 9 Morning Show 7-28-10

Susan was a guest on Fox 9 Morning Buzz show and demonstrated self-defense techniques. 

Girls Life Magazine
Twins Magazine Fall 2010 online issue
New Living Magazine August or September 2010 issue
Shakopee Valley News, Shakopee, MN
Kiki Magazine
Fire Chief Magazine

MN Sun Current Newspaper Eden Prairie 6-30-10

Black belt Tedra Bonner awarded Sophie Keeley (6) an orange belt in karate on Sat. June 26. Tedra is the co-owner and martial arts instructor at My Gym Fitness Center in Eden Prairie. Sophie has taken karate lessons since she was 4 and this is her 4th belt. Her uncle Jake Erling is the head martial arts instructor at My Gym.

August 2010 issue of Black Belt Magazine!   
"Everything I Know I Learned in Karate Class."  

Edina Sun Newspaper - 6-24-10
Edina grandmother writes book on personal safety

Cable Twelve TV 
Karate shows New Hope man his full potential
Video and Article on Brock Merkwan and Jake Erling)

  Or check it out on YouTube!

Mr. Jake Erling teaches Brock Merkwan karate.

Sophie Keeley (age 5 1/2) hams it up with her grandmother Susan Martinez after winning First Place in her first karate tournament! March 6, 2010

Sun Newspaper New Hope  3-18-10
Karate offers New Hope man a new outlook (Jake Erling and Brock Merkwan)

Sun Newspaper Edina 3-11-10
Edina Grandmother is Promoted to 2nd Degree Black Belt
(Susan Martinez and Noelle Erling promoted to 2nd degree black belt)

Sun Newspaper New Hope 3-2-10
New Hope Man with Cerebral Palsy Taking Karate and Taking on a Whole New World!
(Jake Erling and Brock Merkwan) 

Sun Newspaper Wayzata 2-23-10
Wayzata Kindergartener Earns Purple Belt in Karate!
(Sophie promoted to Purple Belt by Uncle Jake Erling)

Star Tribune Metro Section 2-20-10
Karate Kid and a Family to Boot

Back row:  Amber Keeley and Natalia Erling
Front row:  Noelle Erling, Jake Erling, Sophie Keeley, Susan Martinez 

Older News

January 13, 2008 Jake is featured on Jason Davis' On the Road segment: Amazing Minnesotans.  Watch 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS: On the Road, Sunday at 10:35 PM. Jason Davis sets out to find ordinary Minnesotans who do extraordinary things...and see how a martial arts master keeps a life-threatening disease at bay!

February 22, 2007 MN Sun Plymouth, Plymouth man raises money, awareness through Climb for a Cure by Sally Thompson

February 7, 2007  Star Tribune, Still Kicking by Pam Schmid

July 6, 2006 Eden Prairie News, Erling was the karate kid: Now he’s the master, fighting cystic fibrosis with a vengeance by Daniel Huss

June, 28, 2006 Eden Prairie Sun-Current, EP karate teacher channels health challenges into martial arts mentorship by Lyn Jerde

May, 2006 Issue - Minnesota Monthly2006 CF Climb for a Cure.

May, 2005 Issue - Minnesota Monthly, 2005 CF Climb for a Cure.

Feb, 2005 – Star Tribune, 2005 CF Climb for a Cure.