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Karate Demonstration Performence At Denver Nuggets Game

Learn real self-defense skills and get personal training from a former professional athlete and world champion

Sensei Lozano Demonstrates A High Flying Jump Kick.

The Dojo of Karate’s All Star Karate Demonstration Team has been honored with the amazing opportunity to perform for the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, December 14th versus the former World Champions, San Antonio Spurs.

The performance will be prior to the game starting, which is at 6:00 PM (mountain time).  Though I believe we are pretty incredible, I feel that the Nuggets Cheerleaders have an upper hand on us for the Half Time Show…

For the past 6 to 7 weeks, students in our Black Belt Club members have been training and working hard to perfect their skills for an opportunity of a lifetime.  And, though all of these students are not Black Belts, yet, they are practicing and training to become a future Black Belt.

We have 4 more weeks of preparation, and these kids are focused and ready to show off what they have in them, including their confidence, perseverance, and spirit.

We want you there to see this awesome performance and great game.

Want To Join Us?

Here’s the great thing… You don’t need to be a student of The Dojo of Karate.  If you are a former student, friend, family member, teacher… or anyone else, WE WANT YOU THERE!  These kids deserve your support.  Plus, you’ll get to watch an awesome match up against the San Antonio Spurs.

So, if you would like to join in on the fun, feel free to follow the link below and purchase your tickets.

The Dojo of Karate students, parents, friends, and family members plan on sitting in the Upper Level Center.  However, if you choose to sit somewhere else, you are welcome to.

The ticket prices and sections are as followed:Denver Nuggets & The Dojo of Karate

Lower Level Corner: $65 (normally $98, plus fees)
Upper Level Center: $20 (normally $40, plus fees)
Upper Level Corner: $15 (normally $30, plus fees)

Again, our group will be sitting in the Upper Level Center.  If you would like to join us, we would love to have you sit in our section.  Otherwise, feel free to purchase a different section.

The Perks Of Performing For The Nuggets

There also come some COOL and AWESOME perks for the The Dojo of Karate’s All Star Karate Demonstration Team performing at the December 14th Nuggets VS Spurs game.

  • First and foremost, we get to be on the hardwood, where the Nuggets play professional basketball!
  • Present the American Flag during the National Anthem!
  • High Five the Denver Nuggets as they enter the court for warm-ups!
  • Sit-Court Side BEFORE pre-game warms so we can experience how it feels like to have the best seat in the house!
  • And, much more!

We look forward to having you join us on Sunday, December 14th at The Pepsi Center VS the Spurs for the All Star Karate Demonstration by The Dojo of Karate.

Upcoming School Closures & Make Up Sessions


The Dojo of Karate Will Be Closed Nov 4th -7th, 2014

Over the past couple weeks, I have been informing students, parents, and families that we will be closed from November 4th to November 7th — due to a wedding that I will be attending.  Keep in mind that we WILL BE OPEN on Monday, November 3rd though.

With that said, we have created make up sessions for students to attend after I return.

However, students can also make up their classes before or after my trip — thus keeping them on track with their training.

The following days are when we will have make up sessions:

  • Thursday, November 13th @ 7:00 PM — 7 to 12 years old, ALL Ranks
  • Friday, November 14th @ 4:00 PM — 4.5 to 12 years old, White belts to Orange belts
  • Friday, November 14th @ 4:45 PM — 4.5 to 12 years old, Blue belts and up
  • Saturday, November 15th @ 9:00 AM — All ages, All ranks

Please make sure that your child attends the designated class times for them to attend, as this will help managing the curriculum.

If your child is in Black Belt Club their make up sessions will be on the following dates & times.

  • Saturday, November 1st @ 9:00 AM
  • Saturday, November 15th @ 10:00 AM

Please make sure you mark your calendars so that you do not show up on the wrong day or when we are closed.

Stripe Test & Belt Test Week: October 20th to 24th

The Dojo of Karate Belt TestThis month, The Dojo of Karate will be moving Stripe Week and Belt Test 1 week early, due to Halloween falling on a Friday this year.

And, as most of you know, kids will choose candy over Karate most days of the week.

Trust me, I’m not offended.

With that said, October’s Stripe Week will take place from the 20th to 23rd, while the Belt Test will be on Friday, October 24th at 5:00 PM.

Parents, please keep in mind that in order for your child to belt test, they will need to have 3 FULL stripes on their belt.  When they are invited to take the belt test, they will be given a permission slip that will need to be signed by their teachers and parents — then turned in on the day of the test.

As always, Stripe Week is simply when students will be reviewed on the material we’ve been working on for that entire month — so in our case, October.  If they do well, they will receive a full stripe.  If there are areas they need to improve in they will potentially receive a half stripe.  And, if they have some major struggles or work to be done, they may not receive a stripe.

Good luck to all the potential testers!

Spartan Race & Class Cancellations

Javier Lozano Jr - Spartan Race Military Sprint

Sensei Javier Lozano Jr “flexing” during a chilly morning for the Spartan Race Military Sprint.

Even though I no longer compete in Karate tournaments, I still set goals for myself that keeps me competitive with myself.

Why I no longer compete in Karate tournaments is another story, but staying competitive in something that keeps you motivated, in shape, and on your toes is important.

Every year, I usually sit down and go over some things that I would like to accomplish the following year.  And, these aren’t business goals, rather personal goals or bucket list goals.

Last year, laying in bed before going to sleep I told my wife that I wanted to go for a Spartan Trifecta.  She thought I was crazy, but she was very supportive of it.

For those of you that may not know, Spartan Race puts on obstacle course races throughout the world, trying to help individuals test their limits and boundaries and find out who they really are at the finish line.

Since 2012 clients and fitness coaches at Summit Fit Dojo (our Group Personal Training program) have been attending and running in Spartan Races in Ft. Carson, Colorado.  This is a great way for our clients to set goals, achieve them, and have fun as a group.

Spartan Race has 3 types of distances they put on throughout, North America and other major continents around the globe.

There is a Spartan Sprint which is 3+ miles with about 15 obstacles, a Spartan Super which is 8+ miles and 20 obstacles, and a Spartan Beast which is 12+ miles and 25 obstacles.

To make things even more challenging, if you are not able to go through an obstacle, there is a 30 burpee penalty one has to do.  So, it’s in your best interest to go through as many obstacles as you can… at all cost.

In order to achieve the coveted Spartan Trifecta Medal, one needs to do all 3 races in one calendar year.

I already did my Spartan Sprint in May at the Ft. Carson Army Base, and I now have my Spartan Super and Spartan Beast, which will be back-to-back weekends this month.

I will be going to Killington, VT to do my Spartan Beast on Thursday, September 18th and coming back on Sunday.  Then flying out to Chicago, IL to do my Spartan Super on Friday, September 26th and coming back on Sunday.

We will have classes cancelled on the following days.

Thursday, September 18th
Friday, September 26th (plus all of my senior Black Belts will be at the Wado Kai Karate Seminar that weekend, therefore they can not help.)

Please make sure you have your students make up their classes accordingly so they can stay on track with their training.

Students that are in my Black Belt Club will have regular classes on Friday, September 19th, however they will be taught and led by some of my senior students.

JKF Wado Kai Masters Karate Seminar

Toru Arakawa Sensei

Arakawa Sensei – 9th Dan

Colorado is VERY fortunate to announce the arrival of some well recognized Wado Kai Black Belt Instructors.

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday — September 26th, 27th, & 28th the JKF Wado Kai will have 9th Dan Black Belt – Arakawa Sensei, 8th Dan Black Belt – Yanagida Sensei, and 7th Dan Black Belt – Shimura Sensei to do a Masters’ Wado Kai Karate Seminar.

What does this mean…?

Yanagida Sensei

Yanagida Sensei – 8th Dan

Well, first of all having the caliber of martial arts instruction all in one state… let alone in one room is an opportunity of a lifetime for some karate practitioners.  In addition, these high ranking sensei’s do not make frequent trips to North America, so any chance that a Wado Kai Karateka has to train with one, two or all three of them (in one weekend), should be taken advantage of.

Arakawa Sensei currently holds the rank of 9th degree black belt in the Japanese Karate Federation.  He is also a chairman of the Wado Kai Technical Committee — meaning he, and other Technical Committee members, evaluate the level of technical execution in the style of Wado Kai Karate.  His understanding on how to execute Wado techniques and movements, and ability to teach it, is sometimes considered as second to none.


Shimura Sensei – 7th Dan

Yanagida Sensei is a 8th degree black belt in the JKF Wado Kai and was the former Head Coach of the Japanese National Team in Kumite (sparring).  Japan has been well recognized to have some of the best fighters in the world, and some of the best World Champions fighters come from the style of Wado Kai Karate.  So, if you’re looking to improve your sparring skills, you don’t want to miss his session.

Shimura Sensei is a 7th degree black in the JKF Wado Kai, is the student of Arakawa Sensei, and currently holds the position as Secretary of the JKF Wado Kai.  Shimura Sensei has some amazing athletic abilities that most 20 and 30 year olds wish they possessed.

The seminar’s training schedule is as followed:

Wado Karate Seminar A

Friday, September 26th
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Shudokan Dojo
Longmont, CO

Material to be covered:

Kihon (basics)
Kihon Kumite 1-5 (basic sparring)
Kata’s: Pinan Godan, Wanshu, & Seishan

Wado Karate Seminar B

Saturday, September 27th
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Creighton Middle School
Lakewood, CO

Material to be covered:

Kihon (basics)
Kihon Kumite 1-5 (basic sparring)
Kata’s: Pinan Godan & Seishan

Wado Karate Seminar C

Saturday, September 27th
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Creighton Middle School
Lakewood, CO

Material to be covered:

Kata’s: Jion & Niseishi
Kumite: Sparring Techniques

Wado Karate Seminar D

Wado Qualified Students (it may only be Black Belts or Brown and Black Belts.  I will need to get clarification)

Sunday, September 28th
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Creighton Middle School
Lakewood, CO

Material to be covered:

Kihon Kumite 1-5 (basic sparring)
Kihon Kumite 6-10 (basic sparring)
Katas: Chinto & Seishan

You can also download a flyer for a schedule of events that weekend by clicking here.

There will also be a Black Belt Exam on on Sunday afternoon from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Creighton Middle School.  So, if you would like to stick around and see what a Dan Exam looks like, with JKF Wado Kai committee members leading the show, you should stick around.

To learn more about the seminar you can also visit the Karate Denver website:

Wado Kai Karate Seminar Cost

The cost to attend this event is as followed:

1 Seminar – $60
2 Seminars – $100
3 Seminars – $130
4 Seminars – $150 (best deal)

How To Register

To register for this Wado Kai Karate Seminar, you’ll need to download this application and mail it to:

Denwakan Martial Arts Center
7909 W. 16th Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80241

And, if you have questions, feel free to call or email them at: 303-237-9236 or [email protected]

Final Note…

Sensei Lozano will unfortunately not be attending this Wado Kai Masters Karate Seminar because he has a prior commitment to enter an Obstacle Course Race in Chicago, which he has been training all year for.  However, Sensei Lozano has appointed at least 1 black belt as the “go to person” during the seminar, which will be Ms. Luana Lee.  She is one of our senior black belts in our dojo.

If you have questions about the seminar, feel free to ask anytime.

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