Belt Test

October 31st, 2008
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So today we had our first belt test.  It was actually really exciting too!  There were 13 total that tested for the Gold Belt, and everyone did AWESOME!

Before the test, I prepped them a bit so that they would feel comfortable.  I wanted them to succeed, obviously, so I just told them it’s like any other class we take during the week… but with grades.

I also let them know that this is the first step to becoming a Black Belt, and that I would love to see EVERY single one of them test for their Black Belt at The Dojo of Karate.  Since they were basically my first students who enrolled, I really want to see these guys stick around for the long haul - 3 years.  I think they can all do it, but it’s going to take a lot of dedication. Read more…

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Cardio Karate and Fitness Kickboxing

October 24th, 2008

After some research, and remembering the type of workouts I did when training for National Karate tournaments, I decided to change the format of my Karate Pump class.

This new structure will not only be more exciting to teach, but participants are gonna get a great workout in under one hour.  This class is geared to those looking for an alternative to their regular exercise routine and interested in learning some great self-defense techniques.

So here’s the offer.  I am hosting a trial class/focus group on Saturday, October 25th at 11am.  I know it’s VERY short notice, but I had to get the marketing for my Val-U-Ads out in under 24 hours, and I’m hoping to get a few people to show up.

My goal is to make sure I have the perfect recipe for this new Cardio Karate and Fitness Kickboxing class.  To learn more about Karate Pump, click here.

I look forward to seeing you Saturday at 11am!!

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After School Karate Program

October 21st, 2008
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So a few weeks ago, I decided to send an email to all of the elementary schools, or actually some of them, in my area.  Adam and I found all of the P.E. teachers contact name and email addresses in Adams 12 School District.  You gotta love The Google.  I then put together an email that went over the structure of an After School Karate Program and how it can benefit the P.E. Department.

This is a pretty popular way for Martial Arts Schools to get new students because it’s a win-win situation for both parties… if the school does it right.  Basically the P.E. Dept. is the only department with the loosest budget for school supplies.  I’ve heard some teachers only get about $200-300 for the ENTIRE year!  Read more…

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Buddy Day

October 21st, 2008

So 1 1/2 weeks ago, on Thursday October 9th, I hosted our first Buddy Day.  Now for those of you that don’t remember reading in my newsletter, A Cup of DoJoe, it’s basically a day that every student is allowed to bring one or two of their friends to Karate class!

It was a huge hit!  I had about 25 people.  Not everyone brought a friend, but some people brought two guests.  It was somewhat choatic, but at the same time kinda organized.

I had a couple of my friends, Adam and Mike, help assist me during the class.  They basically would walk around and correct kids to make sure they were doing their techniques with the right hand, or help out during games. Read more…

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A Cup Of DoJoe - October Newsletter, Vol. 1

October 2nd, 2008

Delivering A Full Cup of News With Kicks & Punches

First, I want to say thanks to all of you for joining The Dojo of Karate and training at this amazing school. Your enthusiasm & positive thoughts have been greatly appreciated . We plan to continue to grow this studio so that our community has the opportunity to learn a great martial art, but more importantly - learn life skills such as goal setting and self-confidence.
We are going to attempt to publish this newsletter for the student body about every 2-3 months, so that everyone is aware of any updates within our school, the progress we are making to grow, and for you to share this entertaining newsletter with your neighbors, friends, and family. Read more…

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