Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Tournament Info

Dojo Family:

This would be a fun family event!  My friend Jerry runs a great tournament and hosts a fun weekend.  It is approx. 8 hours from here, but would be good competition.

7th Annual Lewis School Tournament

February 21, 2015
Halls High School Gym
4321 Emory Road, Knoxville, TN 37938

Competition begins 10:00 AM
Black Belt Meeting 9:30 AM

All events will have 1st-4th place awards.
Fee: $40 (up to three events)
Spectators: $5
Portion of the Proceeds Help the Halls High Art Department!

Directions: Take I-75 North to the Emory Road exit #112. Stay on Emory Road through 4 red lights, and you will come to Maynardville Hwy. Beaver Dam Baptist Church is on your right, and Halls Middle and Halls High School are on the same campus on the left. The middle school is first, and the gym is located between the middle school and high school.

Directions from Nashville: Take I-40, next take I-640, and then take the I-75 exit and follow the directions above.

Directions from the Tri Cities: Take I-81 South to I-40 West, next take I-640 and then take the I-75 exit and follow the directions above.

Any questions please contact Jerry M. Lewis @ 865-386-3297

Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 News and Information

Dojo Family:

To each of you, a fresh beginning and Happy New Year.  It is an interesting time; while new adventures await us, old traditions and responsibilities stay with us.  The old stuff is our guide, sign posts that light the way when we need direction.  We know to do right, but are conflicted with personal agendas.  I can try this, or do that, it won't hurt me if I make the wrong choice as long as it does not hurt others.  How about the infamous, "as long as I can do my job, function, and am not involving others, it is my choice".  Your decisions, actions, and behaviors have an impact, someone is always looking whether we know it or not.

So this year, let us help you to improve.  Have you always wanted to be more disciplined, focused, and have people who support you?  The most important aspect of learning in this Dojo is, to do your best.  With that, if you are a New Year's resolution person and want to exercise, learn something new, and improve: come join us!

A few "house cleaning" announcements:

1. We begin our new service fee for credit card users.

2. In February we start a new class and re-position an existing class.  On Thursdays I pick up a 4:00 pm- 4:50 pm class and a 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm class.  Mr. Bill continues his 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm class for beginner adults.  Mr. Bill's class is designed for novice adults, and allows young people to learn important aspects of Dojo teaching.  To help Mr. Bill a student must be a Yon Kyu and over 14 years of age, or have permission from Sensei.

3. As a reminder, our kids calendar follows that of the Waterford School   District.  With the exception of summer, if schools are out we are out.  The adult calendar is different.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

December Holiday News

To the Dojo Family:

Greetings!  Merry Christmas and Happy New year!  I wish each one of you the absolute best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.  May each of you be blessed with special memories of family, friends, and activities.  I appreciate all of Dojo family, the ones who support us through thick and thin, and the ones who give so much to spreading the news of our little family.  A special thank you goes out to each of the Brown and Black Belt instructors who faithfully give their time and energy to making the Dojo better.  You are the Best!

I want to acknowledge recent promotions (Full rank promotions):
Kids classes: Nate, Justin, JD, Braeden, Storm, Belle, Alexie.

Sensei Filby - Roku Dan
Sensei Bowman - Roku Dan
Ms. Kali - Sho Dan

Okay, the time has come to start passing along the "up-charge" for using credit cards.  I held off passing it along for this last year.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Time with Sensei

Dojo Family:

I had an opportunity to spend time with Sensei Mithcum this past week.  I enjoyed myself, needed the time to get checked, and just spend time with my Sensei.  I love just listening to him.  Sensei Mitchum is doing fine, making some difficult adjustments, but working through them as you might expect.  He is a Marine, he will adapt and improve.  His health has improved and things in his new home are becoming more routine.

We went over some kata and basics and had a chance to talk through some of the issues we see in Isshin Ryu.  Sensei has a take that is simple, "folks watch to much crap and don't stick to what Master Shimabuku did".  I see students who for unknown reasons, compare their Sensei whether its technique or something they said to others.  Sensei Harrill used to say "to many Chiefs, I say you do".  For me, it is not a competition, I have to many things to work on.  The affirmation of others is not as important as the outcome.

Learn to listen and practice without prejudice.

Monday, October 27, 2014

December "New Class"

Dojo Family:

We are announcing the start of a new class for beginner Adults and current students ages 12-15 above Go Kyu (green belt).  Mr. Bill Mattocks has graciously consented to being the team lead in this class.

New adults will gain access to a great teacher and begin their journey from the perspective of a "Fresh" black belt.  Advanced Kids will get a chance to teach and lead in a monitored class and further their own karate skills.  This is not a formal class for advanced kids, it is an opportunity for those that might want to help teach.

Class times:  Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

Sensei Holloway

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

UIKA Pictures !

Dojo Family:

Here are a few pictures of the UIKA Symposium.  I'll add more as we get them in from the many photographers.

 Sensei Holloway receiving his Ku Dan promotion.
 Sensei John Bartusevics, Sensei John Ingram, and Sensei Dan Holloway with Ku Dan certificates!  A hearty CONGRATULATIONS came from Sensei Mitchum!
 Our UIKA kids participants, an outstanding group to work with!
Our participating directors for 2014, (L-R) Cindy Ingram, Dan Holloway, John Bartusevics, and John Ingram.  We missed Sensei Mitchum, but know that we will see him at the next gathering.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Brent Seegraves Instructional Primers are available!!

Mr. Brent Seegraves the Grand Master of video production has an instructional video ready, and I have to say it is first class.  If you need to better understand your basic exercises and vocabulary this is the video for you!

This is a first class instructional tool that is amazing.  We have them at the Dojo and proceeds will help us keep the "fires" burning.  We are selling them for $10...yes $10.  Beginners, and parents of kids wrestling (that is "raslin" for some of us), with the Japanese pronunciations, this is for you!