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As a teenager and young adult, I use to compete professionally on a national circuit, traveling to various Karate tournaments throughout the United States.
On occasion, I’ve had a student or parent ask why I don’t compete anymore.
My answer, usually — I’ve lost the interest to compete at that level.
Here’s the main issue. When you compete at a high level, where the competition is VERY difficult, and you NEED to be training regularly, something has to give. When I was young, I had no commitments to anyone. No steady girlfriend, no job that DEPENDED on me, etc. Yea, I taught Karate for a friend, but again, it was part-time. My money made went to my tournament competitions. Now, I’ve got a Karate and fitness school to operate, students to teach, an employee to mentor & monitor, responsibilities to my community, and a beautiful wife that I’m in love with.
When I competed, I trained at all hours of the day because I didn’t like to loose. I wanted to achieve success. And success was winning my fighting divisions. So, I got a bit crazy… When you were sleeping, I was training. When you celebrated a Holiday, I was running outside. I trained before AND after Karate classes. I knew, every time I stepped into the ring I was more prepared then the person across from me. Granted, there were times I lost, but at the end of the day, I gave it my all.
See, when I competed, it was an obsession. I wanted to win and succee more then anything else. When I removed myself away from competition, I tried to comeback a few times, but things weren’t the same. I just couldn’t get back into the swing of things. My calling had shifted.
Now, fast forward to today…
I enjoy supporting my students when they compete in tournaments. Coaching them. Helping them. Inspiring them. All of that. Being a leader for my students, and shaping their lives is a big motivator for me.
So, where am I going with all of this???
Well, I never said that I’m not competitive… I just don’t have the same desires for Karate competitions when I was younger.
Reebok Spartan Race Military Sprint
On Saturday May 4th 2013, a bunch of our fitness clients at Summit Fit Dojo all signed up for an Obstacle Course Race called the Reebok Spartan Race. I ran this race last year with my wife and a bunch of our fitness clients, and so we did it again this year. It has now become an annual event for Summit Fit Dojo members. This is a great way to dig down, deep inside of you, and see what you’re made of. Not the same as a Karate tournament, but the mental toughness training that I get from it is an adrenaline rush.
The Spartan Military Sprint, hosted in Ft. Carson, CO and created by the amazing soldiers stationed at that base, created this course, with the Spartan Race team putting their twist of obstacles too.
This was a 4.5 mile “mud run” that had nearly 30 obstacles, which included unorthodox obstacles, such as the famous spear throw, army crawling through mud – under barbwire, climbing over 8 foot walls, flipping tires, and carrying a ruck sack weighing about 150 lbs up and down a mountain.
Yes, I paid for this event, and really enjoyed it — minus the burpees.
See, Spartan Race has a rule if you don’t accomplish an obstacle, you have to do 30 burpees. No joke. 30 burpees, then you move on. So, if you’re not physically strong or mentally strong, this race can be draining.
Last year, as a rookie to obstacle course racing, I completed the course in 2 hours and 38 minutes. I did it with my wife, and many other Summit Fit Dojo members. We ran as a team and finished as a team. Sorta. Some people were ahead of us, and some behind, but we tried to finish strong — together.
This year though… I had a personal goal. I wanted to finish the race in under 2 hours.
When I got through the Gladiator Pit (Spartans trying to hit you with large gladiator sticks), I finished my race in 1 hour and 44 minutes.
Not bad for being sick too!
Anyways, where I’m trying to take this is that, though I no longer enjoy the high level of competition from Karate tournaments, I still enjoy personal competition that pushes me physically and mentally. I’m a competitor and truly enjoy the achievements of success.
If you, or anyone else is interested in trying one of these fun and exciting Obstacle Course Races, I’d recommend getting in touch with Summit Fit Dojo’s Fitness Program Director – Lynn Voorhees. We have been able to create an amazing fitness program that will help you achieve any of your fitness goals — including races.
We will be going as a team to Copper Mountain in August to run the Warrior Dash, so get your shoes on and start running!
Broomfield Children’s Martial Arts School
The Dojo of Karate is Colorado’s Premier Martial Arts School.
We teach kids how to gain more self-confidence, learn self-discipline, stay focused in school, improve their grades, exercise, all while having fun in Karate.
To learn more about our Kids Karate Classes, please call 303.920.4500 and ask about our Introductory Karate Special, which is only $19.95 to get started.
Feel free to check out one of our classes and see everything your child will learn.
Summer time is right around the corner, and the next thing that families are looking for are Summer activities for their kids.
However, finding a Kids Summer Camp can be challenging…
The Dojo of Karate is known for hosting one of the most exciting Kids Karate Summer Camp to residents in Westminster, Broomfield, and Thornton, Colorado.
Not just that, they’ll have a blast because of how the program is designed.
And our Summer Camp will take place from June 1st to August 31st.
Even though The Dojo of Karate focuses on teaching martial arts, their Kids Karate Summer Camp is more of a sports camp.
Well, Karate is a sport, and Sensei Lozano, Owner and Head Instructor, is a former professional sport Karate
athlete, so he understands what it takes to develop agility, coordination, balance, reaction, and many other sports skills.
At The Dojo of Karate, your child will not just gain the benefits of a sports based summer camp, but also:
- Learn self-confidence and self-control.
- Learn important child safety skills in a way that increases self-assurance.
- Gain increased fitness through martial arts training and activities.
- Develop respect for themselves and others.
- Improve their agility, strength, and flexibility for other sports.
- Develop leadership skills that will help them through their academics.
- And much, much, more!
When was the last time you’ve heard of kids learn and gain so many OTHER benefits from a sports summer camp?
Which is why The Dojo of Karate believes their Kids Karate Summer Camp is by far one of the best Summer activities you can enroll your child in.
Who Teaches The Kids Karate Summer Camp Classes?
Sensei Javier Lozano is the Owner and Head Instructor of The Dojo of Karate. He has been training in the martial arts for over 22 years, teaching for over 19 years, and is a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Wado Karate.
Sensei Lozano is also a former NASKA World Champion Sport Karate Fighter and former CKA Colorado State champion fighter.
In addition, Sensei Lozano holds these credentials:
- Certified Personal Trainer
- Certified Child Safety Instructor
- Certified Women Self-Defense Instructor
- Certified Fitness Boot Camp Instructor
- Certified in First Aid and CPR
So, as a parent, you know that you are getting the BEST instruction for you child, as Sensei Lozano teaches ALL of his Kids Karate Summer Camp Classes.
How Old Does Your Child Need To Be?
Below is a list of our Kids Karate Summer Camp Programs.
- Lil’ Ninjas Karate Program – 4.5 to 6 years old.
- Junior Kids Karate Program – 7 to 12 years old.
- Teens Karate Program – 13 years and up.
Classes are offered at various times in the evening, so we recommend you checkout our Kids Karate Class Times to make sure you know when our classes take place.
What’s The Cost Of The Summer Camp?
Our Kids Karate Summer Camp is actually a great value, and as we mentioned it’s by far the best special of the year.
1 Private Session – (
$65 value) This allows your child to get oriented with the martial arts before joining the group class.
1 Free Karate uniform – (
$35 value) The Dojo of Karate trains in traditional white gi’s (uniforms)
6 Weeks of Karate Training – (
$300 value) Your child(ren) will be able to select 2 classes per week, from various times slots, in the evenings, depending on your schedule.
- Summer Camp Welcome Packet – ($20 value) This will help you and your family get use to our Karate program.
That’s over a $420 value… for only $169!!!
How To Reserve Your Spot?
The Dojo of Karate has limited floor space, therefore, they only have a limited amount of slots available for NEW Kids Karate Summer Camp clients.
Once we get to 30 NEW Kids Karate Summer Camp students, we will close registration to all residents.
And, since the Summer Camp will go from June 1st to August 31st, you will need to reserve your spot ASAP to guarantee a slot for your child(ren).
Simply fill out the form on the bottom or top right of this page, and we’ll send you an automatic email with a PayPal link, where you can reserve your spot immediately.
From there, we’ll schedule your 6 weeks of continuous Karate training.
We look forward to seeing your family enjoy our Summer Camp!
Kids Karate Classes
So The Dojo of Karate has one of the best Kids Martial Arts Programs in Broomfield and Westminster, Colorado. Hands down.
You’re probably thinking I’m making one BOLD statement…. maybe…
Is it because I’m the Head Karate Instructor??
It’s because I do 3 important things to get the best out of my Karate students. These three key tools that I use while teaching Karate sets The Dojo of Karate apart from all other Martial Arts schools in Colorado.
The other reason I know The Dojo of Karate offers one of the best Children Karate Programs is that our kids walk away sweating and smiling and our parents enjoy the Life Skills our kids learn in class.
So, here are the 3 things The Dojo of Karate does to make our Martial Arts school offer the best kids program in the Westminster / Broomfield / Thornton area.
1) Lead By Example - Why is this so important? So many kids have false role models that they begin to display poor actions, demonstrate bad attitudes, and act VERY inappropriate. In order for students to perform at their best, as a Martial Arts instructor, I need to lead by example AND ask my students to do the same for others. We are all responsible for our own actions. But, by acting like a leader our actions can be good ones. All of my current Karate students are required to help a new students in class by being their partner for the day. This teaches our new students the ropes about our school and my current students to be LEADERS in our school. I than lead by example by demonstrating what I need to see as an instructor. For instance, if I want kids to be nice to their parents, I am always polite to the parents in our school by always saying “yes sir”, “yes ma’am”, “no sir”, “no ma’am”. Why? Because I want the kids to hear it too. If Mr. Lozano does it, it must be cool!
2) Build Confidence – If you ever want the best out of someone, build their confidence. And, if you ever want the WORST of someone, break their confidence. Confidence plays a huge role in performing well in life. As a Martial Arts instructor that is looking for the best of my students, I need to be building their confidence. The more confidence my students demonstrate the better they do AND the more they want to shine in Karate class, at home, and at school. The Dojo of Karate builds your childs character by developing their confidence.
3) Mat Chats – OK, you’re probably thinking this is weird. But, it’s not… Did you know as a parent, if you spend about 10-15 minutes weekly with them talking about various topics from respect, to goals, to humility that you can influence them even more? It’s true. As parents you have more influence in your child’s life than you can imagine. At The Dojo of Karate we understand that. This is why we have daily Mat Chats in EVERY class to discuss different topics for the week. This reinforces what you’ve been talking about with your kids at home. This week has been about Timing. How is timing important in Karate, at home, and in the classroom…?
There you have it. These are the 3 main reasons The Dojo of Karate is the best Martial Arts school in Colorado. It’s not because I’ve been training in Karate for over 22 years, teaching kids for nearly 19 years, and hold numerous awards. Nope. We like to focus on the Life Skills, but we happen to relate to them through Karate… that simple.
Don’t believe us about being the best Karate studio in the Westminster and Broomfield area. Take me up on my word and try out our program. I’m sure your kid will be leaving with a smile too
Javier Lozano, Jr.
Owner / Head Instructor
NASKA World Champion
Certified Personal Trainer
Child Safety Instructor
3rd Degree Black Belt