July Martial Arts Newsletter – 2010

July 14th, 2010


I know July has already started and it seems like it’s almost on its way out, however, after being on vacation all last week, I didn’t have a chance to send out the July newsletter sooner.

So, with that said, here is all of our July updates and upcoming events.

1st Annual Summer Potluck

As many of you know we held our 1st Annual Holiday Party in December last year.  We had over 80 people gather at our school with a giant potluck, award ceremony, and video presentation.  Families had fun, kids ate a ton, and we all socialized with others.

We are now going to host our next school gathering for the Summer to get students, families, and friends together again to enjoy Colorado’s beautiful Summer, and just have some fun!

On July 31st from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, we will have our 1st Annual Summer Potluck at the Big Dry Creek Park.  This is located on 128th Avenue, just south of The Dojo of Karate (within walking distance).

The Dojo of Karate will provide hot dogs with condiments for all guests to enjoy.

All we ask is that every family bring a dish to share with the rest of our guests.  We may expect around 100 people to attend.

Feel free to invite friends and family members interested in attending our 1st Annual Summer Potluck, even if they are not members of our school.

Families can also bring water guns, and we can all have a big water gun fight!

There is also a softball/baseball field at the Big Dry Creek Park.  If anyone is interested in getting together and playing some softball during our Summer Party, please feel free to bring some bats and softballs.  Everyone else should bring their own gloves.

There is a signup sheet at the front counter.  All families please signup to bring a dish to share and the amount of guests that plan on attending.  We want to make sure everyone gets a enough food.

Possible Class Expansion

It is very exciting to watch our school grow, especially in the Beginners Karate Program, since so many kids are getting the benefits of learning Martial Arts.

Since this program is growing during the Summer months, and Back-To-School is around the corner, we will potentially add an additional time slot for the Beginners Karate Program for Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM.

This will than allow for The Dojo of Karate to offer Martial Arts classes 5 days a week for new students.

However, please keep in that Beginning Students are only allowed to attend between 2 or 3 classes per week.

What is Black Belt Club?

Well, it’s our program for students interested in taking their Karate training to the next level.

However, this isn’t just some ordinary Karate Program… There are all sorts of benefits and requirements in being apart of the Black Belt Club.

Students will have the opportunity to receive the following:

  • Unlimited karate training.
  • Special Black Belt Club classes every Friday.
  • Weapons training, such as the Bo Staff, Kamas, or Nunchucks.
  • Custom embroidered, brushed cotton, middleweight uniform with students name on the front and The Dojo of Karate log0 on the back.
  • Eligibility for Demo Team.
  • Eligibility to compete in Karate Tournaments.
  • Eligibility to be on Leadership Team.
  • Discounts on seminars and events.
  • And much more!

How do you become a member of Black Belt Club?

We are now updating the process of our Black Belt Club membership.

The first step is that students must write a letter, in their own words, on “why they want to become a member of Black Belt Club”.

Next, we sit down as a family to discuss Black Belt Club membership, what it entails, requirements, etc.

After we have our discussion, the family will need to go home and have a discussion whether this is going to be something that everyone wants to be apart of.  This is a family decision, not a single person decision.

Why do we do all of this?

Black Belt is a very difficult goal for students to achieve.  It requires a lot of training and dedication, and you need to be mentally, emotionally, and physically prepared.  For most students it can take between 3-4 years to achieve this goal, pending they do not miss belt tests, pass all of their exams and display proper attitude at home and obtain ‘B’ average grades in school.

In addition, we require students to be a minimum of 10 years old to achieve a ‘Junior Black Belt’.


Kids may “know the moves” but they will not know HOW to perform the moves as designed… until their bodies develop.  Usually that won’t happen until they are teenagers or adults.

If your child is interested in becoming a member of Black Belt Club, please talk to Mr. Lozano, so he can guide your child in the right direction.

Wado Karate Seminar

As many of you may have heard, we are hosting a Wado Karate Seminar on Saturday, August 7th and 8th.  A colleague of mine, Sensei Bob Nash is coming out from Seattle, Washington to teach this seminar.

Sensei Nash is one of only 2 people living outside of Japan that has earned a 7th degree black belt in JKF Wado-Kai.  He has been training in Wado-Kai for nearly 50 years, and brings a wealth of knowledge about our classical Japanese martial art.

He travels around the world, from Europe to Australia, and cross the United States hosting Wado-Kai Seminars at various dojos and facilities because of his technical expertise and understanding in the art of Wado Karate.

The fact we are able to have Sensei Nash come to our school and teach a seminar is an opportunity of a lifetime for many practitioners because he’s as close to the source as it comes from.

We plan on splitting the group from kids and adults, to make the floor more manageable.

Kids will have about a 2 hour seminar, while teens and adults will have the entire weekend to train, approximately 8 to 10 hours.  The schedule will look something like this.  However, we still need to finalize the time slots.

Saturday: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM — Kids

Saturday: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM — Teens & Adults

Sunday: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM — Teens & Adults

Students must be a minimum of an Orange Belt in order to participate.

We also plan on having a friend of mine, Sensei David Sasaki, bring some of his students from Conifer to attend the seminar too.

The cost of the seminar has yet to be determined, but we will have it shortly.

Please make sure you pre-register for the seminar so we know how many people we need to accommodate.

March Martial Arts Newsletter – 2010

March 6th, 2010


We’ve had a wonderful couple of months so far at The Dojo Of Karate, which is great!

Last weekend, we had an extremely successful inner school tournament with over 50 competitors, and it looked like everyone had a blast.

We plan on hosting another inner school tournament in the Fall around September / October this year, and make it a traditional bi-annual event.  However, we will probably have to rent out a local gymnasium for a few hours, in order to accommodate all of the competitors and their guests.

So, here’s what’s going on next over the next few months…

Adult Self-Defense Seminar

As many of you know, we are hosting a FREE adult self-defense workshop on Saturday, March 20th, from 10:30am to 12:00pm.  This is reserved for the first 30 attendees, so I highly suggest you guys register now to save your spot.

To signup for the self-defense workshop click on the link below:


Feel free to pass on this link to your friends, co-workers, or family members, as we want to make sure we have an opportunity to teach several guests some reality-based, easy to learn self-defense techniques.  Our goal is to host 2-3 of these events per year in order to give back to our community.

Open Karate Tournament

The first open Karate Tournament for the year will be Saturday, March 13th in Parker, CO.  Please keep in mind that you must be a member of Black Belt Club in order to compete in this tournament, however, you can go as a spectator to support our school and your fellow classmates.

We have flyers at the front desk that you can grab, fill-out and mail back.

The Dojo of Karate is a member of the Colorado Karate Association, so if you would like to chase points and have an opportunity to win a Colorado State Title in your division, you can become a member for a small nominal fee.  You also save on your registrations during each event.

To learn more about the Colorado Karate Association simply go to the link below:


There you can find a schedule of upcoming tournaments, divisions your and/or your child will be competing in, and information about becoming a member.

Super Kids Expo

Local magazine publisher, Yellow Scene will be hosting their 2nd Annual Super Kids Expo on Saturday, April 17th from 10am to 4pm at the YMCA on 95th and Arapahoe in Lafayette.

This expo is a great way for families to learn about local camps and activities you can signup your child for during the Summer.  The Dojo of Karate decided to purchase a booth for the event to promote our Summer Camp Special, which was a huge success last year.

We were also asked to do a Karate Demonstration for the event!

So, all of our Black Belt Club Members will have an opportunity to train for this event and put on a great show… indoors!

Over the next 5 weeks, Black Belt Club classes will basically be Demo Team Practice.  Since many of our students understand what to expect when putting on a demonstration, routines should be learned fairly quickly.

Please keep in mind that students must be apart of our Black Belt Club in order to participate for the Demo Team.

If your child will not be able to perform during the Super Kids Expo, they will train in Black Belt Club classes, as this allows them to learn certain routines.

To learn more about Yellow Scene, go to their website.


Karate Uniforms

As many of you know, the basic Karate uniforms students wear get fairly dirty quickly, or kids grow out of them.  And, they are practically impossible to get white.  If your child falls in that category, please understand we want our students to look presentable during classes and outside of The Dojo, therefore we are asking all parents and students to invest $30 to purchase a new uniform — if they are about to fall apart, getting to small, or no longer white.

The Dojo of Karate carries all sizes, so feel free to talk to Mr. Lozano about purchasing a size.

If Mr. Lozano feels a student’s uniform has become “wore out” he will let the student and parent know about his too.

Thank you for your understanding.

The Breast Cancer Boot Camp

Last year, The Dojo of Karate partnered with a parent to help raise money for the Avon Walk For Breast Cancer in June.

This year, we’re going to jump ahead and host a Fitness Boot Camp to help raise money and find a cure for Breast Cancer.

We plan on hosting The 1st Annual Breast Cancer Boot Camp in May (date to be announced).  However, we  would like this to be a community and school event.

If you are interested in participating in a Fitness Boot Camp that is for a GREAT cause, I highly suggest you keep your ears peeled because this is going to be a stellar event… and a killer workout!

An example of getting the school involved is having ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Week’ where students can purchase PINK belts to wear during their training sessions to show their support.

Within the next few weeks, we will have more information about this.

Bolder Boulder 10K

Do you plan on running the Bolder Boulder this year?  Do you want someone to run with you during the Bolder Boulder?

Well, we would like to put together a group of adults, parents, and kids interested in participating in this annual event hosted in Boulder.

Mr. Lozano ran the Bolder Boulder a few years ago and had a blast!  Even if you’ve never ran a 10K, you’ll have some fun because several families get together to run this event.

The Bolder Boulder is hosted on Memorial Day Weekend, so if you’re in town, you should make an attempt to run it!

We’ll have more information about this too.

Well, that is pretty much it for now.

Until next time!

Sensei Lozano

Martial Arts Bo Staff Training

December 17th, 2009

Many students at The Dojo of Karate have made the commitment of joining our Black Belt Club – an elite program for students looking to earn their Black Belt. These students help encourage each other, and are put on a path that will assist them in meeting their goals.

The nice thing about training at The Dojo of Karate and being apart of our Black Belt Club, is that our students are learning goal setting skills, perseverance, and determination — while training in Karate.

They are also allowed to start using one of our weapons, the Bo Staff. The Bo Staff is a traditional Okinawan weapon used to carry buckets of water in one’s village.

Now, students at The Dojo are learning how to use them as a way of self-defense, and working together with others.

October 2009 Newsletter

October 9th, 2009

Email Newsletter – We Want To Be GREEN!!!
If you have an email address, please send your email to The Dojo of Karate so we can communicate any type of updates to our school, closures, and our monthly Newsletter – A Cup of DoJoe.  This will also ensure that we become a more GREEN company by not wasting paper.  We all gotta do our part!

You can email us at: [email protected]  We will put you on our newsletter campaign, so make sure you approve the campaign.  With the technology we have accessible to us, as a business we  need to take advantage of this.

Self-Defense Black Belt Program
Starting Tuesday, October 6th from 7pm-8pm our new adult self-defense program will begin.  If you are a current adult student and interested in participating in this class, please setup a time to talk with Mr. Lozano to discuss the pricing structure.  All other parents or adult students are allowed to take two FREE trial classes.  To learn more go to: www.WestminsterSelfDefense.com.

Fighting Fit2 Boot Camp Fitness Program
Also, starting next week, is our new boot camp program.  Classes will be conducted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9am.  All adults students and parents will be able to take one FREE trial class.  To learn more go to: www.WestminsterBootCamp.com.

We have also received some sparks for an evening boot camp or early morning boot camp, around 5:30am.  If we get a big interest for these times too, we would be more than happy to accommodate our clients.  In order to justify these times, we would need a minimum of 6 students for those times, so spread the word!  Please inform us by emailing Mr. Lozano at: [email protected]

Parents Night Out / Halloween Party
It’s back!  The Dojo of Karate is hosting another Parents Night Out, but we’re combining it with a Halloween Party!

On Saturday, October 24th from 7pm to 10pm parents can drop off their kids at The Dojo, while you guys go and have a night to yourself.  You deserve it!  So take advantage of this great opportunity.  However, if you “forget” about your kids… you may end up fining them at Safeway.

We will play Karate & Halloween games, eat some pizza, and watch a movie.  And, Students, if you have 1 friend that may be interested in joining, please let Mr. Lozano know, so their parents can fill out a permission slip.

The cost to Parents Night Out is as followed:
Non BBC Members – $25 for first person, $15 each additional student.
BBC Members – $20 for first person, and $10 each additional student.
Non Dojo Students – $30 per person.

Quest For 100
By mid October, we should be around 90 students.  In order for us to hit our goal of 100 students by the end of October, we need you to continue to refer friends to our school and share the amazing values students are getting from our Karate school.

NOTE: In order for us to hit our goal, we may have a contest to help us out, so keep your eyes and ears peeled!

What Is Black Belt Club?
So, we’ve had some students ask and request to be apart of Black Belt Club.  However, Black Belt Club is an exclusive group of Elite Martial Artists in our school, and The Dojo of Karate only invites students that have been working and training hard in Karate classes, exemplifying a good attitude at all times, doing well at home by respecting mom and dad, and maintaining good grades in their academics.

In addition, students need to express an interest in becoming a Black Belt.  Simply showing up to class does not guarantee you will achieve that goal.  By working on the 3 areas mentioned above, students will eventually be asked to join this Elite group

Lastly, students must be at least a Gold Belt in our school, and keeping good attendance.  Sometimes, it may take longer to get an invitation, but keep working hard and your opportunity will come!

And, you may be wondering what are the benefits to being in Black Belt Club…  Well, for starters, you get to come to our weekly BBC class held on Fridays.  These are classes designed to give students

additional training and knowledge in all areas, from weapons training to leadership skills.  You’ll also have the opportunity to be apart of our Competition Team and be allowed to compete in Karate Tournaments.  Oh, and have you seen those REALLY nice custom embroidered uniforms with our logos on the back?  Yep, you’ll get one of those too, with your name on it.

So, if you have questions about Black Belt Club, setup a time to talk with Mr. Lozano.  Or, if you haven’t been invited yet, keep training hard because Mr. Lozano is always looking for those diamonds in the ruff.

Photo Release
Starting next week, parents will need to sign a photo release form in order for The Dojo of Karate to use pictures and videos of our students training in class on our website.  This is strictly for advertising purposes, and allows us to share how awesome our school is.  Plus, people want to buy into REAL people… not stock photos.  There will be a Photo Release form at the front desk, please sign and return to Mr. Lozano so he can put it in your record..

Rotating Curriculum
We would like to inform you that our new Rotating Curriculum will be launching the first week of October.  With that said, there are some changes in how we teach classes, reward students for knowledge of material, and expectations.

What To Expect
Students will learn new material every 12 Weeks, and will than enter a new ‘cycle’ after the 12 Weeks.  Each Cycle will consist of new techniques, Katas, and weaponry training (for Black Belt Club members only).

Our school curriculum will be focusing on 4 Major areas at all levels of our teaching.  This will ensure we develop well rounded Martial Artists at The Dojo.

Traditional Karate – We teach a traditional Japanese art called Wado Karate, and we will always teach traditional Karate.  The Life Skills your kids learn will continue to develop and evolve as they grown through our system.
Modern Self-Defense – We are now going to develop basic to intermediate self-defense techniques for all students in our regular Karate program, from White Belt to Black Belt.  This will allow you and your child to learn more applicable self-defense moves for today’s time.
Free Style Sparring – This essentially involves the combination of kicks and punches in a free-style, controlled sparring setting.  White & Gold Belts will not begin to spar until the Intermediate level, however, we are going to develop these skills so they can easily transition over to sparring.
Physical Fitness – The Dojo of Karate is being proactive and helping families meet fitness standards that many of our elementary, middle, and high schools no longer meet or teach.  Students will be have a monthly PFT (Physical Fitness Test) that has students perform a set amount of Push-Ups, Sit-Ups, and Running.  More to come in the near future

Our Beginners Program will probably be the most affected with this new Rotating Curriculum, since we are making some significant changes.  Our White & Gold Belt students will no longer learn Katas (forms) in class.  This will be reserved for our Intermediate and Advanced students in the Orange through Low Green classes and High Green to Black Belt.  The main reason for this is to develop the necessary skills required for students to advance seamlessly into our other classes.  What this also does is ensure they learn quicker when Katas are taught to them.  By developing their foundation, they will be more successful.

Beginners will learn many of the traditional Karate techniques that was previously reserved for Orange and Blue Belts.  In addition, they will do more Free-Style, controlled sparring combinations with partners and on free-standing bags to improve their skills.  This allows them to spar more comfortably at Orange belt.

All of our Intermediate to Advanced students, though, will begin to learn a new Kata, and new material every 12 Weeks.  Our Intermediate classes will also continue to spar and develop those skill sets, as well as encounter more challenging training to prepare them for Black Belt.

Mandatory Equipment
As all new activities, equipment is necessary in order to train in our school and progress.  Without this equipment students will not receive the best out of their training, and may fall behind.

For our White & Gold Belts, all students MUST have 1 set of Hand Pads and 1 set of Feet Pads.  With the new techniques they will be learning, this equipment is mandatory.  If they do not currently have both pieces of equipment, please see Mr. Lozano to either purchase equipment or get measured for the gear.  Also, this equipment will need to be brought into class every time you attend.

As for our Orange Belts and above, you will all need sparring gear in order to participate in classes because of the Free-Style Sparring done at this level.  Please bring your gear every time you attend.  In  addition, all Black Belt Club members will need to purchase a Bo Staff for Black Belt Club classes    because a new Bo Staff Kata will be taught soon.

Curriculum and Testing
The curriculum is being finalized as we speak.  Students will get copies of their necessary curriculum when they enter a new Cycle.  This will help them obtain the necessary knowledge for their next belt test.

Testing, for now, will be conducted once per month during the Friday classes.  Even if a student is not scheduled to test at the end of a month, they are welcomed to attend Friday classes for extra training and makeup.  As always, parents are welcomed to attend the tests for support and encouragement.

All students in the Beginners & Intermediate classes will be scheduled to test every 3 months, while our Advanced students will test every 4 months.  Please understand there is a class minimum in order to test for each rank – 24 lessons per rank for Beginners and Intermediate and 32 classes for Advanced.

School Cycle
Just like our common educational system, they have cycles or semesters.  The Dojo of Karate will take the same approach.  Our lessons are based on a 48 week cycle.  If students attend a minimum of 2 classes per week, they will receive a total of 96 lessons in one year.  The remanding 4 weeks are for school closures such as Bank Holidays, Christmas / New Years or if Mr. Lozano is in his death-bed.  Students that take advantage of Friday classes will be ahead of the game in their training, as well as if they go on vacation, or get sick.  Please plan accordingly, and school closures will be posted ahead of time.

Beginners Cycle Training – White & Gold Belts
Cycle 1 – January, February, March & July, August, September.
Cycle 2 – April, May, June, & October, November, December.

Intermediate Cycle Training – Orange, Blue, Purple, & Low Green Belt
Cycle 1 – January, February, March
Cycle 2 – April, May, June
Cycle 3 – July, August, September
Cycle 4 – October, November, December

Advanced Cycle Training – High Green, Low Brown, High Brown, & Conditional Black Belt
Cycle 1 – January, February, March, April
Cycle 2 – May, June, July, August
Cycle 3 – September, October, November, December

Belt Stripes
For the Traditional Karate portion, students will continue to receive 3 or 4 stripes of the next belt rank color.  These stripes will be on the Right Side of their belt.  When students are ready to test they will than receive a Red Stripe at the top.

The remaining stripes will be on the Left Side and are as followed:
Brown Stripe – Physical Fitness
Green Stripe – Courtesy / Respect
Purple Stripe – Self-Defense
Blue Stripe – Student Creeds
Black Stripe – Fighting Combos / Sparring
Orange Stripe – Report Cards (when they come out every trimester)

Students need to have ALL stripes in order to test.

Snow And Karate

April 22nd, 2009

Last week, on Friday, it was snowing in the Denver/FrontRange area of Colorado… It was your typical Spring storm… sorta slushy with a snow/rain mix.

Anyways, I had planned to stay open that day because the snow hit hard in different areas, and most students are less than 2 miles away… if that.

Well, we had our normal mixed kids & adults class at 5:45pm, and than at 6:45pm we had our Black Belt Club class for all of my BBC members.  The snow was coming down the entire evening during class… Students were calling asking if classes were cancelled, and I was telling them “no, class will be at the normal time.”

After class, as usual, some of the parents stuck around to chat with other parents, and myself.  And the kids… well, there was plenty of snow on the ground for them to figure out what to do with it.  However, there was ONE instigator who is in my Adult Class…    She decided to start a snowball fight in our little shopping center.  It was great!

I gotta say, though, watching those kids running in the snow, dodging snowballs, laughing, yelling, and all the things that kids do… made me smile.  No joke.  Its those instances like that that I realize how LUCKY I am to be apart of these kids lives & be their role models.  Watching them play, grow, smile, frown, and everything that a child experiences — is simply AWESOME.

Though this hasn’t happened as much lately, but I get stressed out with the school, for obvious reasons.  But when I sit back and savor those moments of joy, there is nothing like it.  It is true that the present is a gift, which is why it’s called the present.

So for everyone out there… enjoy today for what it is.  Tomorrow has its own worries.

Love what you do and smile because people can tell how passionate you are about anything.