Greetings from Hutto, TX!
I'm writing this months newsletter from my hotel room in Hutto, TX -- a small town outside of Austin. As we speak, I just finished an intense course of Self-Defense Grappling and achieved an Associate Instructor Certification. In a few months I will be testing for my Level 1 certification.
Jim Mahan is the coach and creator of the Self-Defense Grappling program. He is the owner and head trainer at Absolute Self-Defense & Fitness in Kileen, TX. Along with his NUMEROUS credentials, he is currently the strength and conditioning coach for the 1st Annual Warrior Games, held in Colorado Springs next week.
Why is this training so important for The Dojo of Karate...?
To make a long winded answer short, I want to give all of our students the necessary tools to be successful in life and in their martial arts training. The more I am able to share the knowledge I gain, the more our students will become complete martial artists.
Super Kids Expo
So last month a group of our Black Belt Club members participated in a Martial Arts Demonstration that took place outside of the YMCA in Lafayette. These kids trained hard over a span of 6 weeks, and WOWED the crowd!
Parents from other schools were extremely impressed in their confidence, form, and stage presence during the demonstration, and as the Master Instructor, couldn't be more proud of them.
If you didn't get to see it, below is a link to the video. Some parts were edited out, but overall, they did great.
We will be closed the following days.
Friday, May 14th
Monday, May 31st
Friday, June 4th
Monday - Friday, July 5th-9th
Please mark your calendars ahead of time.
Also, we had planned on getting a team of students and parents together to run the Bolder Boulder, however, I will need to be leaving town to Seattle for personal matters. If there is another big event that is a 5k or 10k race, maybe The Dojo of Karate can get some students together to race it.
Buddy Day / Movie Night
We plan on hosting our popular Buddy Day and than combining it with a Movie Night for students.
Basically, students will be able to bring their friends to The Dojo of Karate for a free Karate lesson, and than stick around to watch The Karate Kid.
This will give our students a chance to share their martial arts training with a friend and enjoy a classic martial arts movie.
Buddy Day / Movie Night will be hosted on Friday, May 21st from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
We will not be providing food, so we highly suggest parents have their kids bring a snack, or feed them before the event.
Any friend that a student brings will be able to get a prize from our prize box, and if their friend enrolls in our Martial Arts classes, the student will also receive a free $25 gift card to any where they want to go.
Martial Arts Kids Summer Camp
The Dojo of Karate plans on hosting a Summer Camp
this year for both students and non-students. We are mainly promoting the Summer Camps to non-students, however, if your child is interested in participating in our Summer Camps too, please talk to Mr. Lozano.
The Martial Arts Kids Summer Camps will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8am to 12pm, starting on June 7th and ending on June 30th.
This is a great way to get people oriented into our Martial Arts program, and help teach kids life skills, agility and coordination training, and get fitness, all while having fun.
We are limiting the total amount of Summer Campers to 30 participants, with about 10 to 12 spaces reserved for students in The Dojo of Karate.
Their will be an additional fee for this service, however, it will be at a discounted rate compared to outside students.
The Dojo of Karate is having another T-shirt designed for the Summer of 2010, as mentioned in the previous newsletter. Remember, all students will be required to purchase a new t-shirt this year.
The design is completely different. Once we get a sample in, we will do pre-orders.
Summer Vacations For Students
As you know, Summer vacations are creeping up, and many families will take some time off. Please keep in mind, that all members of The Dojo of Karate are still responsible to make up for their missed classes by attending extra days before they leave for vacation, and after they leave for vacation.
As we've mentioned in the past, The Dojo of Karate operates on a 48 week cycle. There are 52 weeks in a year. This gives you approximately 4 weeks of "wiggle room" to miss classes, go on vacation, or The Dojo closes for vacation.
As any gym membership, all membership tuition payments will still be due on your regular scheduled date.
Finally, we will have a Summer Vacation List for families to inform Mr. Lozano when you and/or your child will be on vacation.
New Split Club Members
We finally have our first members of Split Club!!! Vira B. and Andrew Y. are the first members inducted into the Split Club by performing full splits in class. They will be receiving a certificate and their picture will be posted on our bulletin board.
When you see either Vira B. or Andrew Y., please congratulate them for their hard work and effort.
Here's a picture of them performing the full splits.
Martial Arts Summer Schedule
In order to keep classes at a moderate size and accommodate necessary changes to our studio, The Dojo of Karate will be providing an updated Martial Arts schedule within the next few days, which will go into effect around the 1st week of June.
In addition, Summer is around the corner and we plan on having an influx of new students enrolling in our Summer Camp Programs. Last year, we had over 30 students enroll in our Summer Programs over the course of 2 1/2 months.
Fitness Boot Camps Going 5 Days Per Week!!!
That's right! We plan on offering our fitness boot camps 5 days per week starting in June, around when the new schedule change comes out.
We realized that the evening classes are extremely popular among our athletes, and that having a nice size group allows for everyone to help motivate and push each other.
The Fitness Boot Camps are looking to be offered at 7:00pm Monday-Friday... but it's not in stone quite yet.
More than likely, we will be ending the early morning camps.
And, we plan on making boot camps continuous, meaning they will be offered year-around.
We want our athletes to make lifestyle changes in their fitness and diet. By providing classes year-round and at a regularly scheduled time slot, participants will be able to maximize their results and achieve their goals.
More information to come shortly.
Do You Guys Like Pizza?
The Dojo of Karate has partnered with Double D's Sourdough Pizza
in Westminster, CO on 120th Ave. and Sheridan Blvd. They offer some incredible, authentic pizza, and Italian cuisines for the entire family.
If you are interested in trying their pizza, simply drop by and mention that you heard of them through The Dojo of Karate, and if you would like to receive updates on specials they may be offering, signup for their newsletter by clicking the logo below.