Is Knowing Self-Defense Important?

March 5th, 2010

If you are like most people, you are not quite familiar with basic self-defense skills.

Most of us live our lives without the slightest concern of learning how to protect you and your family because we live in a safe neighborhood, or your spouse can protect you.

In A Perfect World, We Don’t Need To Know Self-Defense

But, we don’t live in a perfect world…

This is why we believe it is important that everyone has an understanding and basic training in self-defense.

It’s not uncommon to experience a mugging at your local grocery store, an assault in your neighborhood, or  feel threatened by an unusual person while going to the gym.  These are all common locations that one may need to defend themselves.

All it takes is being off your guard.  Not being aware of your surrounding.  And being too scared and freezing to be a victim.

Many of us will say “well, that won’t ever happen to me.”

Are you willing to bet those words on Vegas odds?  I think not because you don’t know.

Here’s the point.  There is no guarantee you and your family will always be safe.  However, learning Self-Defense will give you a fighting chance to not only protect yourself, but also the necessary confidence that comes with it.

The Dojo of Karate is the only Martial Arts school in Colorado that is teaching the new Self-Defense Black Belt Program.  Meaning, this is an elite program that is designed for the common, working man, or stay-at-home mom.

It is reality-based self-defense that will teach you proper striking techniques, pressure points, and confidence to do whatever it takes to fight back.  It’s easy to learn, and almost anyone can learn our curriculum in 3-4 months.

Are you interested in actually learning how to protect yourself?

The longer you wait, the more likely you can become another statistic.

One last note… The Dojo of Karate is conveniently located in Westminster. We service residents in the Broomfield, Westminster, Thornton, and Denver area.

Call 303.920.4500 to learn more about the Self-Defense Black Belt Program or email us at: [email protected]

Until Next Time,


Broomfield Karate School Hosts 1st Inner School Tournament

February 24th, 2010

Westminster, CO – February 24th, 2010 — Local business owner and Martial Arts expert, Javier Lozano, Jr. will be hosting their 1st Inner School Karate Tournament for students & members of The Dojo of Karate.

This is a great opportunity for kids and adults training at The Dojo of Karate to apply their new learned skills in a safe and fun setting — by competing against fellow classmates.

During a Karate Tournament, competitors will typically compete in various divisions or events, such as the Olympics, where athletes enter different events to win medals.  Most Karate Tournaments have divisions that include Empty Hand Forms, Weapons, and Free-Style Sparring.

Each division essentially has different requirements, making it challenging for competitors to become “complete” Martial Artists.
In the Empty Hand Forms division, competitors will perform a floor routine, in a sequence, which includes kicks, punches, and blocks, while showcasing their strength with low stances, displaying their focus and balance with difficult kicking combinations, and exhibiting power and precision with strikes capable of injuring an opponent.

The Weapons division has the same type of format as Empty Hand Forms, however, it requires competitors to use a traditional Okinawan weapon, such as a Bo Staff (long stick to carry water) a Kama (a modified sickle designed to cut wheat), or Nunchaku (two sticks with rope holding them together to break down wheat).

Free-Style Sparring is where competitors actually apply theirs skills of body movement, punching combinations, kicking precision, and timing in a setting against an opponent.  This teaches the competitor how to react in a real self-defense situation.  Free-Style Sparring is always performed with proper safety equipment in order to protect competitors from injury, as well as controlled contact when executing techniques.

The Dojo of Karate will have two events for competitors to compete in -  Empty Hand Forms and Free-Style Sparring.  Students will be required to compete in both divisions, as this will assist in creating well-rounded Martial Artists.
The purpose of this Martial Arts Tournament is to help students hone their Karate skills in a competitive format.  Students will learn several characteristics of how a Black Belt should carry themselves, since that is what all of our students are training to become.

For instance, students will learn about Sportsmanship and how to win humbly, yet lose gracefully.  In addition, they will develop their confidence because it takes courage to compete against others, when they are in the spotlight.  Students will also find their indomitable spirit – a characteristic that Michael Phelps is widely recognized for.
Why are these Black Belt Principles important?  Because The Dojo of Karate teaches Life Skills in all of their Karate classes. This will prepares a child to become better people in society with integrity and perseverance.  Something that our generation of kids are missing out in.

To add a spin on this Inner School Karate Tournament, Sensei Lozano decided to setup the Free-Style Sparring a little different from most typical tournaments, known as the bracketing system, which is widely accepted in all major sports.

Instead, he is establishing a Spar-A-Thon format.  Basically, students can spar in as many matches as they desire.  This allows students to take full advantage of the tournament, and not experience a “one-and-done” match if they lose their first outing.

In order for a competitor to achieve a Gold Medal, they will need to score a total accumulation of 60 points throughout all their matches.  For a Silver Medal, competitors need to score 40 points.  And for a Bronze Medal students need to score 20 points.

This Spar-A-Thon format teaches kids about goal setting skills and determination.  Not only that, but the students leave the tournament like they achieved something, and most importantly — with a smile on their face.

The Inner School Martial Arts Tournament will be hosted on Saturday, February 27th, 2010 from 10am to 1pm MST at The Dojo of Karate, which is located on 12910 Zuni St. #200, Westminster, CO 80234 in the Safeway Shopping Center.

To learn more about their martial arts and fitness programs, please call 303.920.4500 and a representative will be more than happy to assist you.

Martial Arts Holiday Party – 2009

December 22nd, 2009

Westminster — December 22nd, 2009 – The Dojo of Karate had their 1st Annual Holiday Party on Friday, December 18th, 2009 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

It was a Potluck style event where students and members brought a dish to share with everyone else.  There were  a wide variety of food, from pasta dishes, to dips, sushi, enchiladas, and all sorts of desserts. And, the food never seemed to run out… which is a great problem to have.

It was entertaining to see how much the kids were enjoying the wide selection because some kids had plates of Doritos and a huge slice of cake, while others were eating ‘real’ meals.

The Dojo of Karate Holiday Party was a great time for students to hangout, parents to mingle, and Sensei Lozano to get out of his Karate uniform and where normal clothes.

There were approximately 85 guests in attendance, which is quite a bit, considering that The Dojo of Karate offers just over 1800 square feet.

In order to fit all of the guests, Head Instructor and Owner, Javier Lozano, Jr. had to pull up their state of the art training floor mats with the help of a couple of students. Each mat had to be numbered in sequence, in order to place them back down correctly.

At the conclusion of dinner, all of the students and guests sat down to watch a video created by Mr. Lozano — “The Dojo of Karate Year in Review – 2009“.

This was a 5 minute clip of pictures and videos from how the school began with demolition and construction, to teaching small classes, and eventually growing to it’s current size of 90 active students in 18 months.  The video clip played the hit single, “Clocks” by ColdPlay — a magnificent coupling of music and memories.

Below is the video that is currently being viewed on YouTube.

At the conclusion of the video, Sensei Lozano had a special presentation — awards.

“When I was a child training at David Deaton Karate Studios, I remember every year we had a Christmas Banquet at the Opryland Hotel. There were 3 schools, and after dinner the Master Instructor and founder, David Deaton, would do an award ceremony to recognize students within their own school, says Lozano. At the conclusion, there was also a Martial Arts demonstration. This was a great way to close out the evening and begin the new year.”

So, Mr. Lozano created various award categories for students and surprised them with a plaque. Some of the categories consisted of ‘Best All Round‘, ‘Best Focus‘, ‘Most Dedicated‘, and ‘Best Mile High Kicks‘.

For each winner, Sensei Lozano had a little story to share about the student. This was a way of honoring and spotlighting their efforts at The Dojo of Karate and in their training.

After the award ceremony, there was a short speech from Mr. Lozano telling families and members of The Dojo of Karate, that our school will continue to grow in 2010 and that our community of Martial Artists will continue to make an impact around the community. From raising food for the Broomfield Fish Organization to helping out with fund raisers, The Dojo plans on getting students and parents together to help others.

“As Martial Artists and members of the Broomfield / Westminster community, it is our duty to help others in any way, shape, or form, said Lozano. This will teach our students Life Skills that are sometimes not taught in other sports.”

The Dojo of Karate would like to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas!

How To Break A Pinata

December 18th, 2009

So, Master Instructor Javier Lozano, Jr. shows you how to break a Pinata when you don’t happen to have a bat or stick…

Don’t try this at home.

Kid Performing Karate

December 18th, 2009

Ok, so I was surfing and came across this video. All I have to say is he’s HYSTERICAL!!! I’m sure I’ve taught a kid like this before…

And when he checks his muscle to see if its “grown”… priceless.