February Westminster Martial Arts Newsletter - 2010

Greetings! So January is already behind us, and now we are sitting in on a short month of February. We started off the year with some very exciting announcements, such as having our 1st Annual Board Breaking Seminar last weekend.  We will have some footage and pictures up shortly, but in the mean time feel free to checkout our FaceBook Fan Page, since we had a student post some videos and pictures by going to: http://www.FaceBook.com/TheDojoOfKarate. If you have some pictures from the seminar or any other school events, please feel free to share them on The Dojo of Karate Fan Page and be a FAN of The Dojo! Than, when we thought it couldn't get any better, The Dojo of Karate was featured on Fox 31 Good Day Colorado and Channel 2: Day Break On The Deuce with Feature Reporter Dan Daru. To watch some footage of students breaking boards please click here. The kids loved Dan Daru.  He was a pleasure to work with at 5:45am, and he wants to do another Feature Report in March when we host our Adult Self-Defense Seminar.  More to come on that later! With that said, I want to thank all of our parents for your support and bringing your kids SOOOO early!  So far we're starting off the year very well, and can't wait to see what February has to bring.

1St Annual Inter-School Karate Tournament

What is this you ask?!?!  Well, it's a Karate Tournament that ALL students of The Dojo of Karate should compete in.  Students will be competing in Kata (forms) and Kumite (sparring).  All students most compete in both categories because we want to focus in developing well rounded martial artists.

Date and Time of Karate Tournament

Saturday, February 27th from 10am to 1pm Students do not need to be here the entire time, but continue reading and find out WHY they should stay the entire time!

Cost To Compete In Karate Tournament

Regular Members - $15/student Black Belt Club Members - $12/student Spectators - FREE

Karate Tournament Divisions

To make the competition as even as possible for everyone, this is how we will break down the divisions. Lil' Ninjas Beginners, All Ages - Students will perform Attacker & Defender of their Kiso Katas Intermediate, All Ages - Students will perform the 1st half of Pinan Nidan All Ranks will do Bunny Ears Competitions Kids Karate - Forms Beginners - All ages, White and Gold belts.  Perform Kiso Katas, Attacker & Defender. Intermediate / Advanced - 6.5 to 9 years old.  Perform entire Kata of Pinan Nidan or Pinan Godan. Intermediate / Advanced - 10 to 13 years old.  Perform entire Kata of Pinan Nidan or Pinan Godan. Kids Karate - Sparring Beginners will do 'Bunny Ears' Competitions Intermediate / Advanced - 6.5 to 9 years old. Intermediate / Advanced - 10 to 13 years old. Adult Karate All Ranks, Men & Women will compete together in Forms All Ranks, Men & Women will compete together in Sparring Volunteers for Referee, Score Keeping & Time Keeping In order to make this as smooth as possible, we need parents to help volunteer.  If you have previous martial arts or sporting experience, we would appreciate your assistance. We will need about 12 judges, so we can interchange them periodically Each division will need a total of 3 Judges for both Forms & Sparring. We will also need volunteers to keep score for competitors performing their Katas, than both Score Keeper & Time Keeper for sparring divisions. There will also need to be additional volunteers to substitute judges for divisions that one's child may be competing in, again to keep the competition leveled. On Friday, February 26th at 7:00 pm we will have Judges, Time Keeper, and Score Keeper training.  Mr. Lozano will go over how to perform each duty correctly.  Black Belt Club class will be canceled that day. Forms Competition Competitors will have to memorize an introduction of themselves, as well as follow a floor routine of basic bows and procedures.  At the end of their performance, competitors will receive a score (like in gymnastics or figure skating).  The scores will be totaled, with the person having the highest accumulated scores receiving 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place. Sparring Competition Our sparring will be a bit different than normal sparring matches one will face at Open Karate Tournaments. The Dojo of Karate decided to do a "Spar-A-Thon".  Students will spar the remainder of the day, after the forms competition take place. The Spar-A-Thon will go as followed: All students will be divided into age groups, however, ranks Orange through Green will all compete against each other. During each match students will score as many points as possible.  They will also have a Score Card that tracks all of their points.  After each match, a Score Keeper will tally the points they scored and keep a running total throughout the day.  Competitors that reach certain milestones with points scored during all of their matches will be eligible to receive medals for Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Points Needed To Achieve a Medal. Gold Medal - 60 total points Silver Medal - 40 total points Bronze Medal 20 total points This format of competition will teach all students about setting goals and achieving them.  It will also help develop their confidence and determination because they will be allowed to spar as many matches as necessary in order to reach their goals. Bunny Ears Competitions All Students that can not spar will participate in Bunny Ears Competitions - which is very similar to sparring.  Students will tuck the end of their belts into the part around their waist. From there competitors will need to pull each others "bunny ears" during a 1 minute match.  For each "bunny ear" a competitor pulls, they will be awarded one point.  All competitors will have a Score Card that will keep track of points scored throughout the day. Below are the following points students will need to score in order to achieve a medal: Gold Medal: 30 total points Silver Medal: 20 total points Bronze Medal: 10 total points Rules To Karate Tournament Sportsmanship will be the most important Black Belt Principle for BOTH parents and students to practice.  We are trying to teach kids goal setting skills, as well as helping them achieve their personal goals, so we want to make sure all students have fun and get recognized for their hard work. Placings For Tournaments There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for all competitors in the forms divisions, as well as finalists placings.  All students will go home with a medal of some sort for competing, but elite competitors should be recognized for their excellence.

Adult Self Defense Seminar

Mark your calendars!  The Dojo of Karate will host an Adult Self-Defense Seminar on March 20th from 10:30am to 12:00pm.  This will be a FREE event for all parents, friends, and members of the community. We will be looking at partnering with a non-profit organization to help raise money, so if you would like to make a small donation, that would be greatly appreciated. This will be for both Women and Men interested in learning basic self-defense.  Please tell your friends, as we would like to make sure we have a diverse group of participants. And, if you would like to continue your training, The Dojo of Karate also offers our Self-Defense Black Belt Program.  This is an elite program designed to give you fast results for those learning how to defend themselves with moves and techniques that are easy to perform, with reality based training.

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