Posts Tagged ‘Westminster Co’
As many of you may know, The Dojo of Karate plans to move to it’s new home in Westminster, CO within the next 30 to 60 days — with the hope to move no later then June 1st.
And, if you haven’t heard, The Dojo of Karate is moving to a LARGER space, which will nearly be doubling our square footage to approximately 3,500 square feet.
Our new home will be in Park Centre on 120th Avenue and Tejon Street. It’s right across the street of the Ranch Country Club, behind Vectra Bank, where the new Snarf’s Sandwich shop is located.
There are many reason why The Dojo of Karate has chosen a new home, but the most important thing to keep into consideration is that nothing is changing. We have simply out grown our current location and there are far greater opportunities for The Dojo of Karate to grow and share the knowledge of martial arts, self-defense, fitness, and nutrition to our community.
This has been a long process, as I began to see what was available in the market almost 14 months ago, with negotiations at our new home beginning around July 2012 and finalized in December 2012. These things take time to workout, but in the long run it’s worth the effort.
I believe our new location is VERY family friendly, with great businesses that compliment The Dojo of Karate. As I
mentioned, there is a Snarf’s Sandwich shop, a Kumon Tutoring, a hair salon, a Mediterranean Restaurant, a sports bar called Club Level, a travel agency, an investment / retirement planning place, a Cort Furniture, and a couple of other businesses. Not to mention the other businesses, child care centers, and schools around that area.
Today, when Lynn and I went to our new location to put up the Coming Soon banners, they were working on doing the plumbing. Keep in mind, we will be the first business in this new unit, so the landlord needs to put in bathrooms, walls, carpet, offices, and everything in between.
So before you come asking “when is the new spot opening?” come checkout our blog postings and get the updates yourself.
I’ll try to post a weekly or bi-weekly update of our progress, including pictures, and you’ll obviously know when we open our new doors.
And, if you haven’t “liked” us on Facebook, please do so!
Westminster, CO (April 2, 2013) — The Dojo of Karate will offer a six hour women’s self-defense class on Saturday, April 20, 2013 starting at 9:00 a.m. Cost for the self-defense class is $75 and is open to women who are at least 18 years old.
“I took this class because I’m a runner and I often find myself running by myself on one of the many trails in Broomfield and Boulder,” said Deanne Kasic, Broomfield resident and avid runner. “This class has given me a plan on how to react in the event that I was attacked while out on a run. This class has also taught me that my response to an attack needs to be second nature and that self-defense is something that one must practice on a regular basis.”
“The Dojo of Karate wants to help give back to the community by offering residents of Broomfield, Westminster, Thornton, and other surrounding areas the opportunity to learn effective, simple, and reality based skills,” said Chief Instructor Javier Lozano, Jr. “Participants in this class can expect to learn: how an attacker thinks when selecting their victims, how to execute proper self-defense techniques that are proven to injure or slow-down an attacker when performed properly, how to escape from various grabs and chokes, and how to defend themselves from different assault positions.”
“People always ask me, ‘don’t you need to know some sort of secret move to disable your attacker’?” said Lozano. “The answer is no. In the event of an attack the victim probably won’t remember all of those technical moves that work great for lifelong practitioners. During the heat of the moment, when the adrenaline is rushing, people usually freeze because of anxiety and are not going to remember all of those technical moves.”
Chief Instructor Javier Lozano, who is the owner and head instructor of The Dojo of Karate, will be teaching this women’s self-defense course. Lozano is a Certified Level II Self-Defense Instructor with one of the leading self-defense organizations in the country, and a Certified Child Safety Instructor, one of the few instructors officially certified in the State of Colorado. Lozano also holds the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt and has over 22 years of Martial Arts experience, including more than 19 years of teaching knowledge. Lozano is also a former professional athlete, winning a NASKA World Championship Title and CKA Colorado State Champion Title, both in fighting.
People interested in obtaining further information regarding the women’s self-defense course can at www.adultselfdefense.com or contact Chief Instructor Javier Lozano, Jr. at (303) 920-4500.
October 26th, 2010 – Westminster, CO — Recently, The Dojo of Karate & Fitness, a Westminster, CO based traditional Japanese Karate school was informed they will become a member of the US based Wado Guseikai USA.
Wado Guseikai USA is widely considered as one of the best US based Wado organizations that is directly affiliated with the JKF-Wado Kai (Japanese Karate-do Federation Wado Kai), the governing body for Wado Kai Karate.
Chief Instructor, Sensei Bob Nash is a 7th Dan Black Belt through the JKF-Wado Kai and operates the Wado Guseikai USA branch out of Seattle, Washington. He is respectfully recognized throughout the United States, Europe and Australia as one of the top Wado Kai practitioners and teachers.
Sensei Nash currently trains under Dr. Hideho Takagi Sensei, 8th Dan Black Belt JKF-Wado Kai, who opened the first Guseikai dojo in Tokyo, Japan.
What Does This Mean?
The Dojo of Karate is the only Wado Kai Karate school associated with Wado Guseikai USA in the Denver Metro Area. The only other school in Colorado apart of this organization is in Conifer, CO called Conifer Japanese Karate-Do with Sensei David Sasaki.
By joining Wado Guseikai USA, The Dojo of Karate will be apart of an international organization that is widely recognized as a top tier dojo throughout the United States.
The best way to look at this is… Wado Guseikai is to Ivy League Graduate School, while your local martial arts school is to Junior College in your state. The standards are much higher, and the quality of instruction is much better.
This is not to undermine other martial art schools in the area, it simply means that obtaining a Black Belt at The Dojo of Karate will be much more challenging, yet once you achieve it, you know you are considered one of the best.
Benefits of Being a Member at The Dojo Of Karate
Students that become a member of The Dojo of Karate are essentially a member of Wado Guseikai USA. With that said, Sensei Bob Nash will make periodic visits to host a Wado Kai Karate Seminar in Colorado in order to help improve students and elaborate a wealth of information and knowledge about Wado Karate.
In addition, students will have an opportunity to train in Tokyo, Japan with Takagi Sensei, at his dojo. As mentioned before, Takagi Sensei is widely recognized as the best Wado Karate-ka in the world.
Lastly, any student that qualifies to test for their Shodan, 1st Degree Black Belt, if they pass, they will be recognized in Japan through the JKF-Wado Kai. Their certificate will be signed by the current president of the JKF-Wado Kai and carry an official stamp that is recorded on the certificate and in a “book of Black Belts” to certify one’s Dan rank.
The Dojo of Karate Chief Instructor
Chief Instructor, Javier Lozano, Jr. owns and operates The Dojo of Karate & Fitness. He is currently a 3rd Degree Black Belt through the U.S. Eastern Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Federation. However, the JKF-Wado Kai does not recognize his current rank, therefore, he needed to train and retest for Shodan, 1st Degree Black Belt.
This is a humbling act for anyone, especially since Javier has 20 years of martial arts experience, as well as numerous accomplishments, including being a professional athlete in Sport Karate to winning a NASKA World Championship in fighting, to name a few.
Javier took the Shodan exam in Nashville, Tennessee on October 24th, 2010 and passed.
“This was probably one of the most difficult examinations I have ever taken in my martial arts career, due to the high demands that are required in becoming a Black Belt through Wado Guseikai USA. I still have skills to improve, but this is simply a stepping stone to becoming better in Wado Kai Karate and allowing my students to grow and improve their skills too. I plan on testing for my Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) in May, 2011 back in Nashville, Tennessee.”
The pass rate for Dan examinations in Wado Guseikai USA is 50% — meaning only half of all participants past the test. This time around, though, there was a 100% pass rate for the 1st time. That was an amazing accomplishment by a group of 8 testers.
Are You Interested In Training In Wado Kai Karate?
Call The Dojo of Karate immediately and setup an appointment with Mr. Lozano so he can teach you some basic martial arts techniques. You don’t necessarily need to have the immediate goal of becoming a Black Belt right now. All you need is the willingness to learn traditional Wado Karate. Everything else comes with time. There is no obligation to tryout his program, and it gives an introduction to Karate.
Call 303.920.4500 today or contact him at: [email protected]
Westminster, CO — June 3rd, 2010 — Martial Arts students at The Dojo of Karate & Fitness show how they can help kick and punch breast cancer by wearing Pink Karate Belts in class during the week of June 7th to June 11th.
This is a new fund raising program created by owner and Master Instructor, Javier Lozano, Jr.
He decided that their Karate school needed to demonstrate their support to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, taking place in the Rocky Mountains from June 25th to June 27th, 2010.
“As a business owner, I feel it is my responsibility to get our school together as a community and stand up for something that is important. Breast Cancer is something that affects friends, families, and loved ones”, says Lozano. “In my opinion, business owners have a moral obligation to their clients to give back to the community. We are in contact with so many people who live different lives, and we have an opportunity to influence our community because of the small degrees of separation among various people.”
Martial Arts students at The Dojo of Karate and Fitness will be purchasing Pink Karate Belts for $15 per belt, with $10 of the proceeds going towards the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
During the week of June 7th to June 11th, Sensei Lozano has designated it as Breast Cancer Awareness Week, where students will be exchanging their current Karate Belts for Pink Karate Belts. And, students will give up their earned ranks of continuous martial arts training to become a unified rank of Pink.
All students will be learning how health and fitness can help prevent their chances of disease, such as breast cancer. And, by maintaining an active lifestyle that incorporates healthy eating habits, this will allow students and their families to live a more prosperous life.
More importantly, though, it gets the Martial Arts studio together, like a community.
“People want to be apart of something that is bigger than them. They want to be able to give back in a way that actually affects their community. We all want to be proud of something and fight for it. By getting our school together with this new fund raising event, our members feel more empowered than before, and that’s exactly what Martial Arts is really about. It’s not about the kicks and punches, but about how you can help someone else achieve their goals”, says Sensei Lozano.
In addition to the sense of community The Dojo of Karate has created, Sensei Lozano is also creating the future leaders of America through martial arts training.
In every class, students are challenged to become leaders by working hard and leading by example. If someone is having a hard time learning a new technique or move, it’s their responsibility to teach the students who are struggling.
If they have a new child trying out Karate classes, it’s a current students job to teach them the ropes and shadow them during their 1st couple of sessions.
That way students begin to take pride and ownership in their training, at every level.
Those are character traits The Dojo of Karate is always looking to develop in every child because eventually they will have an opportunity to lead a group to follow a common goal. Or start learning how leadership can translate over to great causes in society, such as raising money for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
Lastly, The Dojo of Karate & Fitness will be hosting a Breast Cancer Boot Camp on Saturday, June 12th from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. This is how parents and members of the community can get together and help raise money too.