Kids, Martial Arts, And The Valuable Lessons They Learn – Part 2

June 24th, 2010

Welcome to the 2nd part of Kids, Martial Arts, And The Valuable Lessons They Learn.  If you missed the last section of this article, please click here to catch up.

Patience With Self And Others

One of the most important lessons that children learn from martial arts classes is patience. It is not uncommon to observe students who have learned hapkido, Taekwondo, and other styles to take a methodical approach to problem-solving. Part of the reason is due to increased self-confidence. Kids who have studied certain disciplines are more likely to be confident in their abilities. As a result, they’re more likely to be patient in their interactions with others.

Another reason for their patient, methodical approach is the calmness they learn during instruction. Far from chasing immediate gratification, they learn to appreciate the value of waiting.

Perseverance Toward A Goal

Dojo instructors often emphasize to their students a continual pursuit of perfection in their technique. This is one of the reasons accomplished black belts seek perpetual instruction. Likewise, kids’ martial arts classes focus on advancing toward a goal. Sadly, children are seldom given the opportunity to enjoy personal accomplishments. In a dojo, young people are encouraged to perfect their moves and concentration in order to advance to a higher level of proficiency.

There are several advantages kids enjoy by participating in martial arts classes. Each of these advantages offers lifelong value and will likely be drawn upon over and over throughout the years. For parents, providing their children with the opportunity to learn karate, judo, or any other style is a gift that may outlast every other.

If you would like your child to train at a safe and exciting martial arts school that is family oriented, than contact The Dojo of Karate & Fitness at 303.920.4500 or email at [email protected]

They are located in the Safeway Shopping Center on 128th Ave and Zuni St. in Westminster / Broomfield.

Kids, Martial Arts, And The Valuable Lessons They Learn – Part 1

June 22nd, 2010

Children can gain unique value from learning the martial arts.

Parents often enroll their kids into classes in order to teach them how to defend themselves. While self-defense is certainly one advantage to pursuing any given fighting style, it is the least among several benefits. Kids are at a stage in which they absorb everything around them. They’re deeply impressionable. They adopt others’ influences into their own perspective of the world and those with whom they interact. Kids martial arts classes play an important role in that development.

In this article, we’ll describe the powerful lessons that young people learn as they pursue the martial arts. If you’re a parent and are considering enrolling your son or daughter, you may be surprised by the valuable lifelong lessons to which you’re giving them access.

Discipline And Focus

Teachers across the country complain that the attention spans of their students have plummeted over the last several years. Whether this is due to the fast-paced environment in which these kids live or other reasons, they lack the focus of the previous generation. Instruction in karate, judo, aikido, and similar systems can help young people regain the discipline they need. The repetition of moves encourages a deep focus as children struggle to master those moves with precision.

The discipline and focus they gain from the instruction has value far beyond the classroom. Eventually, they’ll use these traits when performing their jobs and interacting with their families.

Physical Fitness And Coordination

Obesity continues to spread and people are living more sedentary lives than ever. Making matters worse, many public and private schools have eliminated physical education due to budget cuts. Parents are observing their children, dismayed that they would prefer to sit inside and watch television rather than go outside. This trend has led to a weight problem among young people. The lack of exercise has taken a toll on their physical fitness.

When parents enroll a child into martial arts classes, that child is able to take advantage of a rich source of physical activity. It improves their cardiovascular health as well as their coordination. What’s more, dojos offer year-round instruction. While Little League and other team sports are seasonal, martial arts classes provide a source of physical fitness throughout the entire year.

If you would like your child to train at a safe and exciting martial arts school that is family oriented, than contact The Dojo of Karate & Fitness at 303.920.4500 or email at [email protected]

They are located in the Safeway Shopping Center on 128th Ave and Zuni St. in Westminster / Broomfield.

May Martial Arts Newsletter – 2010

May 4th, 2010

Greetings from Hutto, TX!

I’m writing this months newsletter from my hotel room in Hutto, TX — a small town outside of Austin.  As we speak, I just finished an intense course of Self-Defense Grappling and achieved an Associate Instructor Certification.  In a few months I will be testing for my Level 1 certification.

Jim Mahan is the coach and creator of the Self-Defense Grappling program.  He is the owner and head trainer at Absolute Self-Defense & Fitness in Kileen, TX.  Along with his NUMEROUS credentials, he is currently the strength and conditioning coach for the 1st Annual Warrior Games, held in Colorado Springs next week.

Why is this training so important for The Dojo of Karate…?

To make a long winded answer short, I want to give all of our students the necessary tools to be successful in life and in their martial arts training.  The more I am able to share the knowledge I gain, the more our students will become complete martial artists.

Super Kids Expo

So last month a group of our Black Belt Club members participated in a Martial Arts Demonstration that took place outside of the YMCA in Lafayette.  These kids trained hard over a span of 6 weeks, and WOWED the crowd!

Parents from other schools were extremely impressed in their confidence, form, and stage presence during the demonstration, and as the Master Instructor, couldn’t be more proud of them.

If you didn’t get to see it, below is a link to the video.  Some parts were edited out, but overall, they did great.

http://blog.thedojoofkarate.com/westminster-colorado-karate/broomfield-martial-arts-demonstation-at-the-super-kids-expo

School Closures

We will be closed the following days.

Friday, May 14th

Monday, May 31st

Friday, June 4th

Monday – Friday, July 5th-9th

Please mark your calendars ahead of time.

Also, we had planned on getting a team of students and parents together to run the Bolder Boulder, however, I will need to be leaving town to Seattle for personal matters.  If there is another big event that is a 5k or 10k race, maybe The Dojo of Karate can get some students together to race it.

Buddy Day / Movie Night

We plan on hosting our popular Buddy Day and than combining it with a Movie Night for students.

Basically, students will be able to bring their friends to The Dojo of Karate for a free Karate lesson, and than stick around to watch The Karate Kid.

This will give our students a chance to share their martial arts training with a friend and enjoy a classic martial arts movie.

Buddy Day / Movie Night will be hosted on Friday, May 21st from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

We will not be providing food, so we highly suggest parents have their kids bring a snack, or feed them before the event.

Any friend that a student brings will be able to get a prize from our prize box, and if their friend enrolls in our Martial Arts classes, the student will also receive a free $25 gift card to any where they want to go.

Martial Arts Kids Summer Camp

The Dojo of Karate plans on hosting a Summer Camp this year for both students and non-students.  We are mainly promoting the Summer Camps to non-students, however, if your child is interested in participating in our Summer Camps too, please talk to Mr. Lozano.

The Martial Arts Kids Summer Camps will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8am to 12pm, starting on June 7th and ending on June 30th.

This is a great way to get people oriented into our Martial Arts program, and help teach kids life skills, agility and coordination training, and get fitness, all while having fun.

We are limiting the total amount of Summer Campers to 30 participants, with about 10 to 12 spaces reserved for students in The Dojo of Karate.

Their will be an additional fee for this service, however, it will be at a discounted rate compared to outside students.

Summer T-Shirts

The Dojo of Karate is having another T-shirt designed for the Summer of 2010, as mentioned in the previous newsletter.  Remember, all students will be required to purchase a new t-shirt this year.

The design is completely different.  Once we get a sample in, we will do pre-orders.

Summer Vacations For Students

As you know, Summer vacations are creeping up, and many families will take some time off.  Please keep in mind, that all members of The Dojo of Karate are still responsible to make up for their missed classes by attending extra days before they leave for vacation, and after they leave for vacation.

As we’ve mentioned in the past, The Dojo of Karate operates on a 48 week cycle.  There are 52 weeks in a year.  This gives you approximately 4 weeks of “wiggle room” to miss classes, go on vacation, or The Dojo closes for vacation.

As any gym membership, all membership tuition payments will still be due on your regular scheduled date.

Finally, we will have a Summer Vacation List for families to inform Mr. Lozano when you and/or your child will be on vacation.

New Split Club Members

We finally have our first members of Split Club!!!  Vira B. and Andrew Y. are the first members inducted into the Split Club by performing full splits in class.  They will be receiving a certificate and their picture will be posted on our bulletin board.

When you see either Vira B. or Andrew Y., please congratulate them for their hard work and effort.

Here’s a picture of them performing the full splits.

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Martial Arts Summer Schedule

In order to keep classes at a moderate size and accommodate necessary changes to our studio, The Dojo of Karate will be providing an updated Martial Arts schedule within the next few days, which will go into effect around the 1st week of June.

In addition, Summer is around the corner and we plan on having an influx of new students enrolling in our Summer Camp Programs.  Last year, we had over 30 students enroll in our Summer Programs over the course of 2 1/2 months.

Fitness Boot Camps Going 5 Days Per Week!!!

That’s right!  We plan on offering our fitness boot camps 5 days per week starting in June, around when the new schedule change comes out.

We realized that the evening classes are extremely popular among our athletes, and that having a nice size group allows for everyone to help motivate and push each other.

The Fitness Boot Camps are looking to be offered at 7:00pm Monday-Friday… but it’s not in stone quite yet.

More than likely, we will be ending the early morning camps.

And, we plan on making boot camps continuous, meaning they will be offered year-around.

We want our athletes to make lifestyle changes in their fitness and diet.  By providing classes year-round and at a regularly scheduled time slot, participants will be able to maximize their results and achieve their goals.

More information to come shortly.

Do You Guys Like Pizza?

The Dojo of Karate has partnered with Double D’s Sourdough Pizza in Westminster, CO on 120th Ave. and Sheridan Blvd.  They offer some incredible, authentic pizza, and Italian cuisines for the entire family.

If you are interested in trying their pizza, simply drop by and mention that you heard of them through The Dojo of Karate, and if you would like to receive updates on specials they may be offering, signup for their newsletter by clicking the logo below.

Thornton Martial Arts School | Harvest Fest Demonstration, Part 3

April 24th, 2010

Here is the last video of our 3 part series of the Thornton Harvest Fest Martial Arts Demonstration – The History of Japanese Karate.

Students at The Dojo of Karate show you how Karate has been modernized and can be very fun and exciting.

It can also teach your child life skills, build their confidence, teach them respect, and much, much, more.

This is also the kids favorite part of the demonstration because they get to do cross kicks. Basically, they can showcase their martial arts skills by doing flying kicks.

What kid doesn’t want to do flying kicks???

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,

Javier