A Cup Of DoJoe - October Newsletter, Vol. 1

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.

Class Schedule
With the amount of students that The Dojo of Karate has been enrolling these past 6 weeks, and the demand for more convenient classes – we are going to make our first class schedule update. As more people join our school, and student’s progress within our program, classes will continue to change to allow more options for everyone to attend.
Attached is a copy of the new class schedule that will take affect October 6th 2008. There are only three classes that have been affected:

Children Beginners – Monday’s and Wednesday’s will change from 5:30 PM to its new time of 6:00 PM.
Children Beginners – Tuesday’s and Thursday’s will change from 4:45PM to 5:30 PM.
Teens & Adults – Tuesday’s and Thursday’s will change from 7:00PM to 6:45 PM.
This change allows The Dojo to add two more new programs and create more convenient classes that can fit your busy schedule.

Legacy High School Sponsorship
The Dojo of Karate has the benefit of partnering with Legacy High School in helping them purchase a new, state-of-the-art scoreboard for their gymnasium. If you, or your child is attending Legacy High you will notice our logo on the main scoreboard wall #1 during all sporting events, tournaments, and competitions. The Dojo will make a couple of appearances during certain events to promote the martial arts school. Also, Mr. Lozano will be attending some of the home games the Lightning’s may have throughout the season, so keep an eye out for him, so he doesn’t sit alone.

New Programs
You’re probably wondering, “what new programs…?!” As mentioned before, lessons were adjusted to meet certain demands. We have been receiving several Karate lesson inquiries for kids under the age of 6, and typically the youngest we accepted was 5 years old… until now!

Lil’ Ninjas
The Dojo of Karate has decided to add a Lil’ Ninjas Program for children between the ages of 4-6 years old. These lessons are an abbreviated version of our Kyu Belt Club Membership. This program will only be available for up to 12 total students, in order for Mr. Lozano to focus on quality. The goal is to eventually graduate the child to our regular membership by developing their concentration, focus, coordination, and basic martial art skills. Classes will be 30 minutes long, as apposed to our usual 45 minute lessons and only offered on Monday’s and Wednesday’s at 5:00 PM. Lil’ Ninjas’ students must attend these designated class times, as it ensures they learn their unique curriculum. They will continue to test at the same pace as our student body, but receive a different belt color. Feel free to let anyone know about this new program, but as I mentioned, the capacity is limited.

Karate Pump
After many requests and some research, The Dojo of Karate will now be offering a group aerobic martial arts fitness class called Karate Pump.

Karate Pump is a combination of basic Karate techniques, such as kicks, punches, blocks, and body shifting, while incorporating the moderate to fast pace of aerobic exercise. Classes will be upbeat and motivating – allowing you to release stress, tone your body, and have fun.

We have also included the benefits of interval training, where everyone breaks out into unique stations and perform certain exercises for a given amount of time. Stations can include weight and resistance training, plyometrics, isometrics, bag work, and other strength and endurance building exercises.

The cardio aspect of class will last approximately 40-45 minutes with 5-10 minutes focused on cool down and deep stretching.

Karate Pump will begin on October 21st and will be taught on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 7:45 PM, and Saturday mornings at 9 AM.

We will be offering one FREE Karate Pump class to all students, parents, and friends interested in trying it out. These classes will then use the ‘punch-card’ system, with plans to shift to monthly memberships.

The current promotional rate will be as followed:
Single class drop in - $10
Punch card with 12 classes - $89
Punch card with 24 classes - $159

Don’t worry, we also have discounts for students and family members enrolled in one of our martial arts programs!

Trick-Or-Treat Bags
Is your classroom having a Halloween Party? Do you want to bring some candy to share with them? The Dojo is putting together bags of goodies for you to take to school and share with your classmates. Don’t worry, we’ll get the good stuff. Also, each treat bag will have a V.I.P. card, compliments from you, for 1 free week of Karate lessons.

Karate Tournaments
Ever wanted to put your skills to the test? Competing in Karate tournaments is a great way to enjoy the sport. You will also learn about sportsmanship, humility, and respect. Mr. Lozano competed for quite a few years as a teenager and into his early to mid twenties, however stopped because of other priorities.

Lately, we have received a few requests/questions about martial art tournaments. Although we do not require students to compete, we do encourage it because of all the benefits. Due to minimal training in the martial arts, at this time students will not be allowed to compete in tournaments. However, early next year, all students will be eligible – with Mr. Lozano’s permission. If a few students begin to show an interest and would like to participate in Karate tournaments, than The Dojo of Karate will close its doors on those given Saturday’s to support each other. With that said, we will be making a ‘field trip’ on Saturday, October 11th to the Douglas County Fairgrounds for the CKA Season Finale – therefore we will be CLOSED that day. The Colorado Karate Association (CKA) is a local Karate tournament circuit that hosts approximately 5-6 events per year.

A map to the location is attached to this newsletter. Please keep in mind that there will be a spectator fee of about $5-10 for each person. Let Mr. Lozano know if you are interested in attending, so we can all car pool / caravan from The Dojo.

Buddy Day
Bring a friend to Karate class! This is your chance to bring one or two of your friends to The Dojo for them to try out Karate lessons. How AWESOME is that?!?! This will be hosted on October 9th from its new time, 5:30 to 6:30 PM. The Children Beginners class will be cancelled, but everyone that attends and/or brings a friend will get credit. We will be teaching some basic martial arts, and you get to help them out too. From there we will play some games. And, to end the night we will order some pizza for everyone to grub on before they go home. Your buddy will also get a V.I.P. card for 1 free week of Karate lessons. All of your friends will need to have their parents sign a permission slip in order to participate in Buddy Day. Please talk to Mr. Lozano and let him know who you plan on inviting.

Rumor Central
Rumor has it that there may be a costume contest and party on Halloween at The Dojo of Karate… More to come soon…

Also, there’s a good chance that we will be hosting and event called Parents Night Out in either November or December. Parents, this is your chance to drop off your child(ren) at The Dojo for 3 hours. We will practice Karate, play games, eat pizza, watch a movie – and top it off with a bowl of sugar… The sugar part is a joke. Anyways, this will allow you (parents) to have some time to yourselves, while we kids have a blast! More to come when it gets closer.

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