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.
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. CROSSROAD KARATE GAMES 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)
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.
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.
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!