November Martial Arts Newsletter - 2011

Greetings Everyone! Well, as many of you know, Susan and I just got married on Friday, November 4th @ the Grant-Humphreys Mansion -- and it was a spectacular evening. The ceremony went smooth and everyone at the reception had a really good time. I'll post some pictures and videos of the wedding as soon as we get more photos from friends, families, and guests.

Holiday Potluck & Award Banquet

It's back again!  Our 3rd Annual Holiday Potluck & Award Banquet!!! What Is It? This is the time of year that The Dojo of Karate & Fitness hosts a potluck where members, families and friends can get together and hangout.  Get to know each other.  Or simply catch up. When Is It? The 3rd Annual Potluck will be on Sunday, December 11th from 2:00PM to 4:00PM. Where Is It? It will be hosted at the CrossRoads Church in Northglenn, on the corner of 104th and Huron.  Click this link for directions. What To Bring? We would like for each family to please bring a dish (i.e. Appetizer, Dinner, and/or Dessert) to share with everyone.  Last year we had about 120 guests attend, and we may have more this year.  So please plan / cook accordingly. What's The Award Banquet? Well, this is my opportunity as an instructor to award students in my school for their hard work, effort, dedication, and perseverance in training at The Dojo of Karate & Fitness.  We have some of the highest standards for martial arts training, and I believe that students should be praised in front of their peers for their efforts. Please make sure to signup your family and let us know how many guests you plan on bringing with you.  The signup sheet will be at the front desk. We look forward to seeing you guys there!

School Closures

Below are the days that The Dojo of Karate & Fitness plans on being closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Thursday, November 24th Friday, November 25th Saturday, November 26th - Boot Camp Monday, November 28th - Karate Only, due to Honeymoon traveling Friday, December 23rd Saturday, December 24th - Boot Camp Monday, December 26th Friday, December 30th Saturday, December 31st - Boot Camp Monday, January 2nd Please mark your calendar accordingly.

Black Belt Exam & Seminar

The day that many of our students have been waiting for... or at least one of the reasons they joined Karate.  To achieve a Black Belt! I've spoken with Sensei Bob Nash and a few other Black Belt Examiners, and we plan on hosting a Black Belt Exam on the weekend of March 16th, 17th, & 18th 2012. We have a few Black Belt candidates that are almost ready and prepared to take the exam next year, and I am going to do everything I can to help them pass their Black Belt Test. With that said, on that weekend, we will also have a Wado Kai Karate Seminar, over the entire weekend. Students will have an opportunity to train with Sensei Nash, who is considered as one of the best Wado Kai teachers and practitioners in the world.  I am personally honored to be his student and learn from one of the best in our style of Karate. We will have more information regarding the seminar, as far as who can attend, how long the sessions will be, and how much the cost of the seminar is. The goal is to host two seminars per year by bringing out Sensei Nash for a long weekend of training.  He is in high demand as a guest instructor all over the world, and to have him come to our dojo is just amazing.

Karate Class Updates

The Dojo of Karate & Fitness has been quite consistent in keeping the same class schedule for nearly 2 years, and this has helped with parents creating a schedule and allowed The Dojo to grow at a steady rate. We will be making a class update to Fridays, starting in 2012. This is actually a good update because its for students that are preparing to test for Black Belt.  Instead of hosting 2-3 hour training sessions on a Saturday morning (that will interfere with my snowboarding), I will host regular training sessions on Friday evenings. However, we will be removing the 5:30PM  7-12 year old Intermediate / Advanced class from the schedule and moving the Black Belt Club class to 5:30PM instead. The reason behind this are two fold.  1) About 95% of the students that attend the 5:30PM Int / Adv class are the same students that attend Black Belt Club.  So it doesn't make sense to have essentially two of the same classes.  2) Earlier classes would be difficult for most families to attend, and later classes would be difficult for most families, as many of them start their weekend relatively early. Therefore, we will be adding an Elite Club Class at 6:15PM on Fridays.  This class are for students that are apart of our Elite Club and / or training for Black Belt.  This will be ALL advanced training.  So, only a select few students who have been hand picked will be apart of this program.  No exceptions.  Students will either go through mini belt exam sessions to prepare them for the Dan Exam, or start training on advanced katas and techniques.  Essentially, it's the stuff that I learn when I attend seminars with Sensei Nash. More to come later... Well, that's it for now. Happy Thanksgiving!

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