Friday, March 27, 2015

Another Class Adjustment


The Wednesday kid's class is switching to Tuesdays 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Ms. Susan needed to make a calendar adjustment to better serve the folks in the class and the work she does outside the class.  This change is effective immediately.

Additionally, "checkouts" change to full classes.  We have approximately 40% of the kids using the checkout system and the extra time in a full class will help them absorb more than the shorter checkouts. The added classes are an option, but seeing, hearing, and participating in a class will help them perform better.

Check out classes saw their better days and were an option.  We used them when we only had two classes for kids.  We have added three more classes since the inception, a lot of choices available.


Monday, March 23, 2015

New Class Adjustment

Dojo Family:

To better align resources beginning in April we will move away from the old "one formal and one checkout class" format.  The kids are better served by participating in two formal classes each week.  This allows us to make use of our resources and serve as an option for the kids.  Many parents did not participate in the optional check outs and those that do will now get a formal class for the kids.  The kids will still get a checkout, and gain the benefits of another formal class.  Again, it is an option as many folks are calendar constrained.

Eventually (fair warning), I plan to increase rates for all participants to the "new student" rates.  Many adult students voluntarily moved to the new rate last year.  Likewise, my fellow dojo owners raised rates 10% per year for the past five years.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

UIKA Seminar - Enbukai and Shiai in JULY!

UIKA Family:

The UIKA is hosting its annual seminar in conjunction with Tokushin Kobudo, July 10, 11, and 12th of 2015.  Plan to attend this action packed weekend.

The following link contains initial information:

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

It's on like donkey kong !

Dojo Family:

Just a quick reminder: This week starts the "kids class change".  On Thursdays we offer a 4:00 pm class and a 5:00 pm class.  The former members of the 4:30 class will roll into one of the other two classes.

Mr. Bills "new orientation" class is on Thursday at 6:00 pm.  This is a class for new adults who need to get used to things before jumping into an advanced class.  Additionally, young people with Blue belts, ages 12 + can learn to teach and get repetition on their exercises and Kata.  Be mindful this class is purposed for new adults, it is not an organized class for kids.  Those young people that want to help must have parental permission and contact either Mr. Bill or Sensei.


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.

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.