September Martial Arts Newsletter - 2011

Greetings! I greatly apologize for not getting the July & August newsletter out, but with the craziness from our boot camps selling over 300 GroupOns and managing the school with nearly 35 classes per week that I'm teaching, and preparing for a wedding, time is just short at the moment. So, here's the update for the month of August and what to expect over the next few months.

Belt Test

This month we will need to move the belt test up to October 7th at 5:00PM instead of September 30th, due to a wedding I will be attending in Boston for my little sister. So, stripe test week will be on the week of October 3rd. October's belt test will be on October 28th at 5:00PM too. Please keep in mind that all students in grade school, middle school, or high school that are belt testing will need to turn in a permission slip to test that is signed by one's parents and school teacher(s).  We did not do it over the summer because... it was summer.

School Closures

Below is a list of school closures from September to December. Thursday, September 29th - Sister's wedding in Boston Thursday, November 3rd - My wedding rehearsal dinner Friday, November 4th - My wedding (this is tentative, unless we get assistance from students to teach) Wednesday - Friday, November 23rd - 25th - Thanksgiving Monday, November 28th - Returning from my Honeymoon (this is tentative) Friday, December 23rd - Christmas (last minute shoppers probably need this) Monday, December 26th - Christmas (last minute shoppers enjoying their toys) Friday, December 30th - Pre New Years Eve Monday, January 2nd - Post New Years Day Please mark your calendars so you can be prepared for these days. Since we will be closed these dates, students can make up classes before and/or after these days at their regularly scheduled class, or at a lower level class. In addition, John Demaray, one of my senior adult students will be teaching classes for me on Friday, September 23rd and Friday, September 30th.

Update On My Wedding

As many of you know, I am planning on getting married on Friday, November 4th, 2011.  If you didn't... then surprise! Between now and then, there may be some updates to the class schedule as we get closer to our wedding, but nothing drastic. As for my honeymoon, it will take place on the week of Thanksgiving, so students won't miss too much class time during that time frame. I will try to assign a colleague to help teach Karate classes on November 21st and November 22nd, so students are still on schedule with their training. And, for those of you that are wondering who this person I'm marrying... well, we have a website, and you can learn more about the upcoming wedding.

Black Belt Club

I've been having many students asking me about Black Belt Club and what's involved with it.  If this is something that interests you, please talk with myself, as I would like to go over the requirements of our Black Belt Club program. These past few months, students have been learning the nunchuck, and they actually performed their nunchuck form to some of their favorite songs. It was a total blast to watch! This go 'round in Black Belt Club, we will be teaching students a new 'creative kata' that can be choreographed with music.  I will be teaching the importance of stage presence, confidence, when and how to yell, better punching, striking, and kicking skills,  as well as many other tips and pointers. Again, if you are interested in being apart of Black Belt Club, please talk with me, so I can go over all of the necessary requirements about BBC. We are looking to add more students to our Black Belt Club, please remember -- we are a black belt school!!!

Women Self-Defense Seminar

The Dojo of Karate will be hosting another women self-defense seminar, however this one will be a bit different. We plan on experimenting with this new format to see if we can get more people involved in a self-defense, short course, rather then an 8-12 week program. The Women Self-Defense Seminar will be on Saturday, October 8th from 9am to 4pm, with a 1 hour break at 12pm. This is a 6 hour self-defense class that will teach you the following:
  • Proper awareness of your surrounding.
  • How to minimize your risk of becoming a victim.
  • Execute accurate strikes and blocks to defend against an attacker.
  • Escape from grabs, chokes, and holds with ease.
  • Defend yourself during potential assaults.
  • Much more!
Space is limited to only the first 20 females interested in learning this proven, yet effective self-defense skill. The cost is only $75 per participant, and we already have between 6 and 8 people interested in partaking in this eventful day. What will you need? Make sure you bring water to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day.  A notebook to write down some notes as you train.  Some food or snacks - we will be taking short breaks throughout the day with a 1 hour lunch at noon. There will be a signup sheet at the front desk, however, to reserve your spot, you must pre-pay the $75 either by PayPal, or with Mr. Lozano. If you have any further questions, please ask Mr. Lozano before and / or after classes. We look forward to seeing you guys there! Until next time, Mr. Lozano
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