Wado Kai Seminar With Robbie Smith

June 10th, 2010

The Dojo of Karate has been fortunate enough to have a great Wado Karate practitioner, Sensei Robbie Smith, teach a seminar on Tuesday, June 15th from 7:30PM to 9:00PM at our facility.

This is a great opportunity for students to learn new skills & fundamentals, as well as improve their current techniques.

Sensei Smith is considered by his peers as one of the best Wado Kai Karate-kas that is not based in Japan, where our founding style was created.

He operates a dojo in New Zealand called New Zealand Wado Kai.  He is a 6th Dan Black Belt with more than 30 years of experience.

To train with Sensei Smith will be an opportunity of a lifetime for many students pursuing to become a Black Belt at The Dojo of Karate.

Seminar Cost

This seminar is by invitation only.  No exceptions.  Only students that are a minimum  rank of Purple belt will be invited to attend.

Since this is extremely last minute, The Dojo of Karate will be covering most of the cost for this seminar.

There may be a small fee to participate, such as $10, but that has not been determined.

To train under an accomplished martial artist such as Sensei Smith would cost significantly more in other situations.  But, Sensei Lozano would like for most students to experience this opportunity.

**All students must wear a full Karate uniform, gi tops and bottoms, as well as their current ranking belt.

We look forward to seeing you guys on Tuesday, June 15th at 7:30PM

Sensei Lozano

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???

Thornton Martial Arts School | Harvest Fest Demonstration, Part 2

April 22nd, 2010

Below is the 2nd video of the Martial Arts Demonstration at the Thornton Harvest Fest on September 12th, 2009.

Below you will see a fight scene against Bruce Lee (played by Vira B.) and Kareem Abdul Jabar (played by Javier Lozano Jr). They are coping a scene from Bruce Lee’s final movie, Game of Death.

Thornton Martial Arts School | Harvest Fest Demonstration, Part 1

April 20th, 2010

The Dojo of Karate was contacted by The City of Thornton in August 2009 about performing at their annual Thornton Harvest Fest on September 12, 2009 to celebrate Multi-Cultural Month and teaching kids about Japan.

The Dojo of Karate is a traditional Japanese Martial Arts school, so it made complete sense for our students to put on a demonstration at the Thornton Harvest Fest.

Nearly 36 students got together over the next 6 weeks to practice and train on Saturday mornings.

Our theme for the Martial Arts Demonstration was “The History of Japanese Karate”.

We took the audience through the beginnings of Karate, and how it was introduced to the people of Okinawa through the Chinese Tang Dynasty.

Than we go through how Martial Arts became main stream in the 60s and 70s due to overseas training, movies, and Martial Arts Super Star sensation, Bruce Lee.

Finally, we take the audience to how Martial Arts has become a household sport or activity, and that many schools, including The Dojo of Karate, teaches students about life skills, confidence, and self-defense.

Below is the 1st part of a 3 part series.

Enjoy, because our kids worked hard and had a blast performing.

Can Martial Arts Teach Your Child Respect?

February 24th, 2010

It’s not uncommon for parents to enroll their kids into our Beginners Karate Program to teach their child the importance of respect because they may not have respect for themselves… or adults, such as teachers or their own mom and dad’s.

From the very first class, students at The Dojo of Karate are taught what respect is, and why it’s important.

This is what we mean…

When your child comes into our school the first thing that happens is we introduce ourselves with a nice, firm handshake.  After that, though, it all changes.

Our instructor will go over the Martial Arts training they will be receiving, and to not be abusive with this art by hurting others, rather using it as a form of self-protection.  That is showing respect to the art of Karate.

Next, before a student is allowed to come onto our training floor, which is also known as a dojo, students need to do 2 bows.  The first one is to show respect to the dojo floor where you will be training in Karate.  The next, is to show respect to the Black Belt instructor that is on the floor.  This is very similar to the military.

Than, when they get ready to participate in class, we have a bowing ritual that the entire class, including the instructor, performs before and after classes.  We bow to the American Flag and Japanese flag, as we want to show respect to both countries for the privilege of having freedom and learning traditional Karate.  Next, we bow to the Black Belt Instructor, as this is a form of saying “thank you” for teaching us.  Lastly, we bow to the entire class to show respect to our fellow students.

Why all these bows?  Well, in Japan, the most important characteristic they look for in a person is someone that demonstrates respect.

If you think about it, Karate was developed to protect one’s family or village.  If a soldier or army attacked your village, it was considered dis-respectful.  Thus, the locals developed an art of self-defense.

In addition, bowing to others is like doing a military solute in the armed forces.  It is a form of respect for ranked officers, to their country, and each other.

Your child will not only learn why it is important to be respectful to others, but understand how it can benefit them in life.

To enroll your child in our Beginners Karate Program call 303.920.4500 or email us at: [email protected]