November/December Martial Arts Newsletter - 2010

Colorado's cold Fall snaps started a bit later then we typically expect, which could mean one of two things... 1) we got lucky and enjoyed a few extra weeks of shorts, t-shirts, and sandals weather, or 2) we are going to get pounded with some snowstorms this year! Personally, I wouldn't mind the latter because that means more days will be spent snowboarding on the weekends. With that said, The Dojo of Karate has never really established a snow closure policy, and with good reason.  Many of our students live less then 3 miles from our facility, and by the time night falls, the snow has melted or been plowed from earlier that day.  All we say is do not use the "school reports" from news stations as your guide to see if we will be closed. There could be some days that The Dojo of Karate closes early or all evening due to severe snowstorms, and this is mainly to keep all of our students and their family members safe. If there happens to be a school closure, please call The Dojo of Karate and the voicemail will give you an update, or simply check your email inbox, as Mr. Lozano will more then likely send out a student wide email.

New Holiday Class Schedule

After many thoughts about how to handle Holiday closures for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years for The Dojo of Karate, we've decided to come up with a Holiday Class Schedule that will go into effect immediately starting this Thanksgiving, and followed by Christmas and New Years. This has been designed to prevent low class attendance during Holidays where families take time off to travel and/or slow down their lives a bit.  And, this allows Mr. Lozano to be more productive with his classes. In addition, students will still be able to attend two classes during that week. Keep in mind that if you miss classes, we simply request you make up your classes by attending a few extra classes the week before and/or the week after your vacation.  That way you will be able to stay on track for your testing. Thanksgiving Week Open on Monday & Tuesday, November 22nd and 23rd.  Closed on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, November 24th, 25th, and 26th. Monday and Tuesday Classes will be offered at the same time slots. 4:30 PM - Lil' Ninjas (all belt ranks) 5:30 PM - Kids Beginner / Intermediate (White through Green) 6:30 PM - Kids Advanced / Teens & Adults 8:00 PM Fitness Boot Camps Christmas Week Open on Monday & Tuesday, December 20th and 21st.  Closed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, December 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. Monday and Tuesday Classes will be offered at the same time slots. 4:30 PM - Lil' Ninjas (all belt ranks) 5:30 PM - Kids Beginner / Intermediate 6:30 PM - Kids Advanced / Teens & Adults 8:00 PM Fitness Boot Camps News Years Eve Week Open on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, December 27th, 28th, and 29th.  Closed Thursday and Friday, December 30th and 31st. All classes will be offered at the normal schedule, unless noted otherwise.

Holiday Potluck, 2010

We finally found a location for the Holiday Potluck next month! Due to our student and membership growth in all programs, we will be hosting our 2nd Annual Holiday Potluck off-site on Sunday, December 5th from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM. It will be held at the Cross Road Church, South Campus - located at the corner of 104th Avenue and Huron Street in Northglenn, CO. We ask all families to bring a dish to share with everyone else, ranging from drinks, entrees, appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and more. Mr. Lozano will provide plates, napkins, plastic utensils, and cups. There will be a signup sheet,  so you can reserve your spot.  Let us know how many family members will attend, and to let everyone know what you plan on bringing.

Broomfield FISH Food Drive

We need your help! As every year, we ask that you donate some canned foods or non-perishable items to the Broomfield FISH by dropping them off at The Dojo of Karate. This way, families get to enjoy an opportunity of a true Thanksgiving dinner. Last year we raised over 475 pounds of food for the Broomfield FISH, and we had less students.  This year we have over 100 students in our school, and don't have nearly as much food as last year. Our goal is to donate over 500 pounds of food... and we have some work to do. We simply ask that you bring a grocery bag full of food so we can load up the truck and demonstrate our generosity as a community.

Belt Tests For November and December

The belt test for November will be held on Friday, November 19th at 5:00 PM.  As for next month it will be held on Friday, December 17th at 5:00 PM. Again, since these next two months are cut short by the Holidays, please make up your classes accordingly, and attend stripe testing week, so children can stay on track to their testing.

The Dojo of Karate Joining Wado Guseiai USA

If you have not read the latest article about The Dojo of Karate expanding their status to become one of the best traditional Japanese Wado Karate schools in Colorado, please check out the latest Press Release about our school joining Guseikai.

8 Week Women Self-Defense Course

On Saturday, November 6th, The Dojo of Karate hosted a free women self-defense seminar, with 30 females in attendance. Here are some of their responses from that 2 hour seminar. This was a great way for women to get introduced to practical and effective self-defense that actually works. Starting Tuesday, January 4th we will be launching an intensive 8 Week Women Self-Defense Course.  This course will be taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:10 PM to 7:55 PM. All participants will learn essential skills, such as proper striking techniques, effective blocking techniques, and easy to perform and remember escapes from vulnerable positions. If you are interested in participating in this program, we are offering a Special Introductory Price of 2 for 1, where you will be able to split the cost of the 8 week program with a friend. To learn more, please checkout the link below or talk to Mr. Lozano. Please, keep in mind, this 8 Week Women Self-Defense Course will be offered every 8 weeks, and therefore you can not start during the middle of the course. In addition, we are capping the program to only 20 participants.  With that said, many women at the seminar expressed a lot of interest in enrolling for the 8 Week Women Self-Defense Course.

Things To Come In 2011

There are some great things to come in 2011, that The Dojo of Karate is extremely excited about.  We will let our members know as soon as they role out. Some of them are policies and procedures, while others are physical changes to the school, as well school events. But to give everyone a taste, we will be hosting another Board Breaking Seminar and Inner School Karate Tournament early next year. Until Next Time!

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