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Martial Arts Fitness & Conditioning Tip – Suicide Kicks

World Champion fighter and Head Karate Instructor Javier Lozano at The Dojo of Karate shows you another drill that will help develop your conditioning, endurance, strength, and flexibility with your kicks by showing you Suicide Kicks.

Remember in gym class when you were trying out for the basketball team and you had to run up to each line, and come back to the start position, than run to a line that was further away….?

Yea, it’s basically the same thing!

Basically, you need to setup cones that are spaced apart about 4-5 feet from each other, all the way down your training floor.

Than, have your child / students kick with one leg to the 1st cone, than back down to the beginning cone with the opposite leg. They continue to go to each cone, kicking with both legs.

Do this 3-4 times, as well as doing the Zig Zag Kicks drill, and your kicks will to look better then everyone else.


Martial Arts Fitness & Conditioning Tip – Zig Zag Kicks

The Dojo of Karate has a variety of drills and training regimens that will help develop your fitness, conditioning, strength, and flexibility.

Below, Head Karate Instructor and World Champion fighter, Javier Lozano Jr takes you through a drill he uses for students to not only develop better kicking skills, but also coordination.

These kicks are called ‘Zig Zag Kicks’. You basically setup as many cones as you desire, usually the distance of the entire training floor, and stagger them about 3-4 feet apart, going down the floor.

If you remember Drivers Ed, going around the cones, than you’ll remember what we’re talking about.

Than you have your child / students go around each cone until they reach the end. Once all students have reached the end of the cones, have them perform the same drill, but with the opposite leg. This way they will develop both legs.

Feel free to perform this drill as many time as you like, but usually 2-3 trips will wear a kid out.

2nd Annual – The Dojo of Karate Championships

Inner School Karate Tournament Rules

Please remember we are enforcing The Dojo of Karate Etiquette’s to all participants and spectators. If you have any questions, please refer to your copy handed out last week during classes.

The goal of this tournament is to teach our kids the importance of Sportsmanship, Determination, Integrity, Respect, and the Competitive Spirit of Sport Karate.

With that said, we want to lead by example so Karate students behave the way a true martial artist should behave – with integrity.

Competition Times

The tournament will take place on Saturday, February 5th at The Dojo of Karate.

Please arrive about 15 minutes before your start times.

Competitors that are in the Lil’ Ninjas – Beginners and Advanced programs and competitors in the Children Beginners program (White and Gold belts) will participate from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.

Competitors that are in the Children Intermediate program and Children Advanced program (Orange to Brown belts) will participate from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

All competitors will compete in their Forms and Weapons division first, followed by the Sparring or Bunny Ears divisions.


To make this tournament operate smoothly, we will need approximately 12-16 volunteers to help judge competitors, keep score, and run times in the Forms, Weapons, and Sparring divisions.

Even if you do not know what to look for in a competitor’s performance or how to keep score, we will teach you.  It’s very simple to follow and understand.

Volunteer training will take place on Friday, February 4th at 6:00 PM.  So, if you put yourself down to volunteer, please be here no later then 6:00 PM.

We will teach you how to judge a Forms or Weapons performance and how to call points in sparring matches.

Note: If you attend your child’s Karate classes on a regular basis, then you will understand on how to be a judge.

Forms & Weapons Competition

Competitors will perform a Kata that has been taught to them in class, in front of a panel of 3 judges. Each judge will then give a score based on the competitors’ performance. The score will be added up, and the competitors with the three highest accumulated score will receive one of the following places: 1st place, 2nd place, or 3rd place. All other competitors that do not receive a placing will get a Finalist Medal.

Sparring Competition

We are operating our sparring competition like a “Spar-A-Thon”, meaning students will spar for approximately 2 hours, accumulating points throughout every match. They will have a chance to fight between 8 and 12 matches throughout the day… maybe even more.

Matches run for 1 continuous minute, while competitors score as many points as possible during each match. Points will be tallied on their index card where they will accumulate points throughout the Spar-A-Thon.

At the end of the tournament, competitors will turn in their index card to be rewarded a medal for achieving certain milestones.

To earn a medal competitors must reach the following point totals.

Gold Medal – 35 points
Silver Medal – 25 points
Bronze Medal – 15 points
Finalist Medal – 14 points or less

NOTE: The person that scores the most points in the tournament will win the Grand Champion Trophy.

This sparring competition format teaches each competitor the importance of setting goals and working towards achieving them. It will also help develop their confidence and determination.

Bunny Ears Competition

Students that are in the Lil’ Ninjas Beginners program or Children Beginners program will compete in a Bunny Ears competition.

The format is nearly the same as sparring. For each time a competitor pulls another competitors bunny ear (belt loop) they achieve a point.

Matches go on for 1 continuous minute, while points are tallied up during their entire competition. At the end of the tournament, competitors will turn in their index card and receive a medal for the amount of points scored in their competition.

Below are the following points a competitor must score to achieve a medal:

Gold Medal – 30 points
Silver Medal – 20 points
Bronze Medal – 10 points
Finalist Medal – 9 points or less

We are looking forward to all students competing in the 2nd Annual – The Dojo of Karate Championships.

Best of luck to all competitors.

Broomfield Karate School Hosts 1st Inner School Tournament

Westminster, CO – February 24th, 2010 — Local business owner and Martial Arts expert, Javier Lozano, Jr. will be hosting their 1st Inner School Karate Tournament for students & members of The Dojo of Karate.

This is a great opportunity for kids and adults training at The Dojo of Karate to apply their new learned skills in a safe and fun setting — by competing against fellow classmates.

During a Karate Tournament, competitors will typically compete in various divisions or events, such as the Olympics, where athletes enter different events to win medals.  Most Karate Tournaments have divisions that include Empty Hand Forms, Weapons, and Free-Style Sparring.

Each division essentially has different requirements, making it challenging for competitors to become “complete” Martial Artists.
In the Empty Hand Forms division, competitors will perform a floor routine, in a sequence, which includes kicks, punches, and blocks, while showcasing their strength with low stances, displaying their focus and balance with difficult kicking combinations, and exhibiting power and precision with strikes capable of injuring an opponent.

The Weapons division has the same type of format as Empty Hand Forms, however, it requires competitors to use a traditional Okinawan weapon, such as a Bo Staff (long stick to carry water) a Kama (a modified sickle designed to cut wheat), or Nunchaku (two sticks with rope holding them together to break down wheat).

Free-Style Sparring is where competitors actually apply theirs skills of body movement, punching combinations, kicking precision, and timing in a setting against an opponent.  This teaches the competitor how to react in a real self-defense situation.  Free-Style Sparring is always performed with proper safety equipment in order to protect competitors from injury, as well as controlled contact when executing techniques.

The Dojo of Karate will have two events for competitors to compete in -  Empty Hand Forms and Free-Style Sparring.  Students will be required to compete in both divisions, as this will assist in creating well-rounded Martial Artists.
The purpose of this Martial Arts Tournament is to help students hone their Karate skills in a competitive format.  Students will learn several characteristics of how a Black Belt should carry themselves, since that is what all of our students are training to become.

For instance, students will learn about Sportsmanship and how to win humbly, yet lose gracefully.  In addition, they will develop their confidence because it takes courage to compete against others, when they are in the spotlight.  Students will also find their indomitable spirit – a characteristic that Michael Phelps is widely recognized for.
Why are these Black Belt Principles important?  Because The Dojo of Karate teaches Life Skills in all of their Karate classes. This will prepares a child to become better people in society with integrity and perseverance.  Something that our generation of kids are missing out in.

To add a spin on this Inner School Karate Tournament, Sensei Lozano decided to setup the Free-Style Sparring a little different from most typical tournaments, known as the bracketing system, which is widely accepted in all major sports.

Instead, he is establishing a Spar-A-Thon format.  Basically, students can spar in as many matches as they desire.  This allows students to take full advantage of the tournament, and not experience a “one-and-done” match if they lose their first outing.

In order for a competitor to achieve a Gold Medal, they will need to score a total accumulation of 60 points throughout all their matches.  For a Silver Medal, competitors need to score 40 points.  And for a Bronze Medal students need to score 20 points.

This Spar-A-Thon format teaches kids about goal setting skills and determination.  Not only that, but the students leave the tournament like they achieved something, and most importantly — with a smile on their face.

The Inner School Martial Arts Tournament will be hosted on Saturday, February 27th, 2010 from 10am to 1pm MST at The Dojo of Karate, which is located on 12910 Zuni St. #200, Westminster, CO 80234 in the Safeway Shopping Center.

To learn more about their martial arts and fitness programs, please call 303.920.4500 and a representative will be more than happy to assist you.

February Westminster Martial Arts Newsletter – 2010


So January is already behind us, and now we are sitting in on a short month of February.

We started off the year with some very exciting announcements, such as having our 1st Annual Board Breaking Seminar last weekend.  We will have some footage and pictures up shortly, but in the mean time feel free to checkout our FaceBook Fan Page, since we had a student post some videos and pictures by going to: http://www.FaceBook.com/TheDojoOfKarate.

If you have some pictures from the seminar or any other school events, please feel free to share them on The Dojo of Karate Fan Page and be a FAN of The Dojo!

Than, when we thought it couldn’t get any better, The Dojo of Karate was featured on Fox 31 Good Day Colorado and Channel 2: Day Break On The Deuce with Feature Reporter Dan Daru.

To watch some footage of students breaking boards please click here.

The kids loved Dan Daru.  He was a pleasure to work with at 5:45am, and he wants to do another Feature Report in March when we host our Adult Self-Defense Seminar.  More to come on that later!

With that said, I want to thank all of our parents for your support and bringing your kids SOOOO early!  So far we’re starting off the year very well, and can’t wait to see what February has to bring.

1St Annual Inter-School Karate Tournament

What is this you ask?!?!  Well, it’s a Karate Tournament that ALL students of The Dojo of Karate should compete in.  Students will be competing in Kata (forms) and Kumite (sparring).  All students most compete in both categories because we want to focus in developing well rounded martial artists.

Date and Time of Karate Tournament

Saturday, February 27th from 10am to 1pm

Students do not need to be here the entire time, but continue reading and find out WHY they should stay the entire time!

Cost To Compete In Karate Tournament

Regular Members – $15/student

Black Belt Club Members – $12/student

Spectators – FREE

Karate Tournament Divisions

To make the competition as even as possible for everyone, this is how we will break down the divisions.

Lil’ Ninjas

Beginners, All Ages – Students will perform Attacker & Defender of their Kiso Katas

Intermediate, All Ages – Students will perform the 1st half of Pinan Nidan

All Ranks will do Bunny Ears Competitions

Kids Karate – Forms

Beginners – All ages, White and Gold belts.  Perform Kiso Katas, Attacker & Defender.

Intermediate / Advanced – 6.5 to 9 years old.  Perform entire Kata of Pinan Nidan or Pinan Godan.

Intermediate / Advanced – 10 to 13 years old.  Perform entire Kata of Pinan Nidan or Pinan Godan.

Kids Karate – Sparring

Beginners will do ‘Bunny Ears’ Competitions

Intermediate / Advanced – 6.5 to 9 years old.

Intermediate / Advanced – 10 to 13 years old.

Adult Karate

All Ranks, Men & Women will compete together in Forms

All Ranks, Men & Women will compete together in Sparring

Volunteers for Referee, Score Keeping & Time Keeping

In order to make this as smooth as possible, we need parents to help volunteer.  If you have previous martial arts or sporting experience, we would appreciate your assistance.

We will need about 12 judges, so we can interchange them periodically

Each division will need a total of 3 Judges for both Forms & Sparring. We will also need volunteers to keep score for competitors performing their Katas, than both Score Keeper & Time Keeper for sparring divisions.

There will also need to be additional volunteers to substitute judges for divisions that one’s child may be competing in, again to keep the competition leveled.

On Friday, February 26th at 7:00 pm we will have Judges, Time Keeper, and Score Keeper training.  Mr. Lozano will go over how to perform each duty correctly.  Black Belt Club class will be canceled that day.

Forms Competition

Competitors will have to memorize an introduction of themselves, as well as follow a floor routine of basic bows and procedures.  At the end of their performance, competitors will receive a score (like in gymnastics or figure skating).  The scores will be totaled, with the person having the highest accumulated scores receiving 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place.

Sparring Competition

Our sparring will be a bit different than normal sparring matches one will face at Open Karate Tournaments.

The Dojo of Karate decided to do a “Spar-A-Thon”.  Students will spar the remainder of the day, after the forms competition take place.

The Spar-A-Thon will go as followed:

All students will be divided into age groups, however, ranks Orange through Green will all compete against each other.

During each match students will score as many points as possible.  They will also have a Score Card that tracks all of their points.  After each match, a Score Keeper will tally the points they scored and keep a running total throughout the day.  Competitors that reach certain milestones with points scored during all of their matches will be eligible to receive medals for Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

Points Needed To Achieve a Medal.

Gold Medal – 60 total points

Silver Medal – 40 total points

Bronze Medal 20 total points

This format of competition will teach all students about setting goals and achieving them.  It will also help develop their confidence and determination because they will be allowed to spar as many matches as necessary in order to reach their goals.

Bunny Ears Competitions

All Students that can not spar will participate in Bunny Ears Competitions – which is very similar to sparring.  Students will tuck the end of their belts into the part around their waist.

From there competitors will need to pull each others “bunny ears” during a 1 minute match.  For each “bunny ear” a competitor pulls, they will be awarded one point.  All competitors will have a Score Card that will keep track of points scored throughout the day.

Below are the following points students will need to score in order to achieve a medal:

Gold Medal: 30 total points

Silver Medal: 20 total points

Bronze Medal: 10 total points

Rules To Karate Tournament

Sportsmanship will be the most important Black Belt Principle for BOTH parents and students to practice.  We are trying to teach kids goal setting skills, as well as helping them achieve their personal goals, so we want to make sure all students have fun and get recognized for their hard work.

Placings For Tournaments

There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for all competitors in the forms divisions, as well as finalists placings.  All students will go home with a medal of some sort for competing, but elite competitors should be recognized for their excellence.

Adult Self Defense Seminar

Mark your calendars!  The Dojo of Karate will host an Adult Self-Defense Seminar on March 20th from 10:30am to 12:00pm.  This will be a FREE event for all parents, friends, and members of the community.

We will be looking at partnering with a non-profit organization to help raise money, so if you would like to make a small donation, that would be greatly appreciated.

This will be for both Women and Men interested in learning basic self-defense.  Please tell your friends, as we would like to make sure we have a diverse group of participants.

And, if you would like to continue your training, The Dojo of Karate also offers our Self-Defense Black Belt Program.  This is an elite program designed to give you fast results for those learning how to defend themselves with moves and techniques that are easy to perform, with reality based training.

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