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.

Karate Birthday Party

February 8th, 2010

This weekend one of our Martial Arts students had a Karate Birthday Party hosted at The Dojo of Karate.

His name was Caleb and he’s been training at our school for about 8 months.  He truly enjoys Martial Arts, and has the goal of becoming a Black Belt one day.

So what takes place during a Karate Birthday Party hosted by The Dojo of Karate…?

Well, first of all, you don’t need to be a member of The Dojo of Karate to have a Birthday party hosted at our location.  All you need is a Birthday Boy / Girl, up to 20 friends, and some cake.

After that, all children that were invited will show up to the party.

We take them through a very fun warm-up to get them ready for their Karate lesson.

Once they are warmed up, they will learn some basic Martial Arts skills such as kicks, punches, and blocks — while also learning how to focus, demonstrate confidence, and show respect.

At the end of the short 25 minute Karate class, we do some very fun Karate games, that are unique to The Dojo of Karate – such as jump shields, dodge pads, obstacle course, and some other fun games.  But, you’ve gotta see it to truly understand!

By then, the kids will be tired, and ready for pizza!  Which takes us straight to opening presents, and than eating cake.

That’s 1 1/2 hours of packed fun for both the kids and adults watching.

The Dojo of Karate will provide the following for your child’s next Birthday Party in Westminster or Broomfield:

  1. Birthday Invitations for up to 20 friends.
  2. Pizza and drinks for up to 20 friends.
  3. Approximately 1 hour of Karate lessons and games from a certified Black Belt Instructor.
  4. 1 1/2 hours of floor space rental.
  5. And… we clean up the mess!!!

All this for only $249.

Where else can your child have fun, learn some self-defense, and gain confidence from a Birthday Party?

No where.

If you’re interested in hosting a Birthday Party at The Dojo of Karate, please contact us at: 303.920.4500 or email for more information at: [email protected]

January Martial Arts Newsletter – 2010

January 6th, 2010

Dear Students & Parents,

First and foremost, HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!

The Dojo of Karate would like to first thank you for all of your support and encouragement during 2009.  It has been a wonderful journey so far, and we look forward to see what 2010 has to bring us!

Many of you have been asking how close The Dojo of Karate got to reaching our goal of 100 students, and well, we fell a bit short, but nothing to hang our heads down.

We finished the year with 88 students, which compared to the corporate giants across the U.S., that’s pretty good.

Class Schedule

We are currently looking at the class schedule for 2010 and getting feedback from many parents about times that could possibly work.  We have taken your input into consideration and will be looking at expanding our class schedule within the next 2 months.  A common request has been earlier classes for the stay-at-home parent.  So, we will address this as soon as possible.

Our Children Intermediate class has grown tremendously, and therefore we made some modifications.  For the meantime, we are allowing students in the Intermediate ranks to attend classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4pm or 6pm.

Please make sure if you plan on attending a certain class time, that you commit to that slot, so we can prepare for possible overflow.

Belt Tests

Many of you have noticed that our belt tests are currently being held once per month on a Friday during class – instead of creating an actual belt test.  We are going to continue this format until further notice.  It seemed to work fine during the Holidays, however, as our school grows, we may need to revert back to our old format — canceling classes on Friday and having a separate belt test.

Parent Appreciation Month

We really appreciate all that our parents do at The Dojo of Karate.  You bring your child(ren) to and from classes, feed them, prepare them for school, look over their homework, and all of the other unnoticed things many of us miss.

To show our appreciation, we are introducing a new program called Parent Appreciation Month.

If you have a child enrolled in one of our Martial Arts programs, than a parent can tryout 1 month of traditional Karate, Adult Self-Defense, Fitness Kickboxing, or Fitness Boot Camp for FREE.

Many of you have been hinting at the fact of giving one of our programs a shot… now this way you’ve got nothing to lose!

If you are interested in taking advantage of Parent Appreciation Month, please contact Mr. Lozano and setup an appointment with him, to discuss the program.

2009 Holiday Party & Banquet

Our 1st Annual Holiday Party was a great success.  We had about 85 people attend, and it was a sure blast.  If you happened to miss it, hopefully you can attend the next one.  But, we’ll probably have to host the party at a different venue because it was a tight fit in the school.

We also had a slide show, called The Dojo of Karate Year in Review – 2009.  If you haven’t seen it yet, go to YouTube and watch it there!  It basically takes you through the beginning, when The Dojo of Karate was preparing to open, to where it is now.

We than ended up giving out awards to various students for their amazing efforts in class.  For 2010, we would like to get the entire school involved in helping create different categories, so we can recognize outstanding students in our school.  As December nears again, we’ll announce it.

Board Breaking Seminar

Have you ever wanted to learn how to break a board with a sweet punch or powerful kick?  How about we teach you how to properly break boards, and have fun doing it.

We will host our first Board Breaking Seminar on Saturday, January 30th 2010 from 11am to 1pm.

This is your opportunity to learn how to properly break boards with a hammer fist strike, reverse punch, elbow strike, front kick or side kick.

We will have various board sizes for kids and adults of different ages.  Each student will have approximately 3-5 boards a piece with their initial entrance fee, and you can purchase more at an additional cost.

The cost of the Board Breaking Seminar has not been determined yet, but once we find out, we’ll let you know.

Inter-School Tournament

This has been something that The Dojo of Karate has been wanting to plan for a few months, but due to conflicting times, it has been put off… until now!

The Dojo of Karate will be hosting our 1st Annual Inter School Tournament on Saturday, February 27th 2010, from 10am to 1pm.

Each student will have an opportunity to learn what it is like to compete in a real Karate tournament, without the pressure that comes with competing at Open Karate Tournaments.

Students will be entered in various divisions by age and rank, in order to level out the competition equally.  Every student that enters the tournament must compete in both Forms and Sparring, as this will teach everyone how to balance their Martial Arts training at The Dojo.

There will be awards for 1st place through 3rd place competitors, and finalists awards for everyone else that competes.  So, no one goes hope empty handed!

We will also need adult volunteers to help judge in divisions and keep time and keep score during each event.  Volunteers will receive special training on how to properly perform each of these duties.

The cost for the tournament is yet to be determined, but we would like for families to mark your calendar, as this is a school function, and we would like for everyone to participate in it, since it is part of your Martial Arts training.

New School Closure Policy

The Dojo of Karate will now be observing U.S. Bank Holidays throughout the year, unless otherwise announced during classes.

In addition we will be closing The Dojo for 1 week during Independence Day and 1 week during Christmas.  This will allow for Mr. Lozano to spend time with his family.

Below is a list of Holidays we will be observing:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day (1 Week)
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day (2 Days)
  • Christmas Day ( 1 Week)
  • New Year’s Eve

We will also be periodically closed on a Fridays due to training seminars.  These days will be announced ahead of time.

Group Private Lessons

Recently we have had parents ask about Group Private Lessons.  Mr. Lozano is available for these types of lessons and they can be scheduled ahead of time.  We offer group discounts to students of 2-4 participants.

Lessons can be for 30 minutes or 60 minutes, and can cover anything that the students may want to review or learn.

Please contact Mr. Lozano to get pricing options and available times.

Corporate Seminars

The Dojo of Karate is looking for companies that are interested in taking advantage of corporate seminars that will cover Self-Defense and/or our Fitness Programs.

These seminars for for adults looking to learn basic self-defense skills, to give participants the confidence necessary to protect one’s self.

If the company is interested in a Lunch Workout, than we can conduct Fitness Boot Camp Sessions twice a week.

These seminars will be hosted at the companies location, however, it depends if there is enough space for all participants.

If your company would like to discuss more about these seminars, please have an associate contact The Dojo of Karate or pass on the main contact person’s information to Mr. Lozano, so we can get in touch with them.

Until Next Time…

First Set Of Inspections Go Well

July 23rd, 2008

The first go round of inspections went pretty well today.  A couple of things that need to be taken care of, but otherwise I was happy to see things went well.

I ended up sticking around after the inspection and helping Dave, my contractor law sheet rock, since it’s 5/8th inch thick and heavy as hell to hang.  Definitely helped cut back on my expenses…

Anyways, the place is coming along now.  Dave is going to work at the school on Wednesday and Thursday.  My sprinklers are going to be moved/added on Thursday, and I’m hoping to have carpet installed on Monday of next week.  Than, I need to schedule my electrician to finish the rest of the electrical.  Otherwise, things seem to be moving right along.  There’s a chance I can be open by the first week of August!!!    That would just be great, if things did ended up working out that way.

There’s a reason for everything, we just sometimes don’t know exactly why quite yet.  I’m looking forward to getting students in the school, and pushing to enroll 30 students in 30 days.  Anything is possible if you persevere.