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

Broomfield Martial Arts School Hosts Free Adult Self-Defense Seminar

March 25th, 2010

Westminster, CO – March 24th, 2010 – Local Self-Defense and Fitness instructor, Javier Lozano, Jr. recently hosted a Free Adult Self-Defense seminar on Saturday, March 20th, 2010 to residents of Broomfield and Westminster.

Participants who attended the self-defense clinic ranged from parents who’s child currently train in The Dojo of Karate’s Children Martial Arts Program, to friends who are members of their Fitness KickBoxing Program and Self-Defense Black Belt Program offered at their main headquarters.

Martial Arts expert and Certified Self-Defense Instructor, Javier Lozano, Jr. is the owner and Master Instructor of The Dojo of Karate — a local Martial Arts and Fitness school serving the community of Broomfield, Westminster, and Thornton, CO.  Javier has been training in Karate for 20 years, currently holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt, and is a former World Champion fighter.

His expertise, knowledge, and ability to teach and relate the subject of self-defense to adults places him in a unique category, and allows his students to gain more knowledge and skills.

The two hour Self-Defense Workshop taught participants the importance of awareness, confidence, and proper striking and escape defenses.

Says Lozano, “the one part of self-defense that many people neglect and don’t really consider is awareness and confidence.  Victims are typically the one’s that are not completely aware of their surroundings, busy talking on their cell phones, or distracted by something else.”

Master Lozano also mentions that one’s confidence can really change a situation. “When someone is walking down the street with their chin up, shoulders back, and walking with a purpose, they usually stand out.  Those people are less likely to become the prey of an attacker because attackers are always looking for the easy target.”

After teaching the class about the importance of awareness and confidence, the class finally went into the ‘meat and potatoes’ of their training — striking, blocking, and escapes.

What made Mr. Lozano’s class extremely different from other self-defense seminars is that he didn’t teach students how to properly punch, rather, use other techniques that are more likely to prevent injury and create more damage to an opponent.

For instance, he emphasized how palm heel strikes can be more effective for women when defending themselves, as opposed to punches.  The reason is a palm heel strike to a male’s face is a better technique than a fist because most women have smaller hands and can break a bone quite easily.

Some of the other strikes students learned over the weekend included elbow strikes, hammer fist strikes, stomp kicks, roundhouse kicks, and side kicks.

Each of these techniques were performed on free standing heavy bags, allowing participants the opportunity to know how it feels to make contact with an object that can mimic a human opponent.

Once the students learned how to execute some major striking techniques, Mr. Lozano taught them two basic blocking moves that are practical during self-defense.  Students were than paired off with partners to practice the blocking techniques while their partner threw punches at them in a controlled format.

“The only way to learn how to defend yourself is to train in a reality-based setting where you have an attacker throwing a designated technique and the defender reacting to the attack with a certain block” says Lozano.  “This will develop your timing and confidence, while not getting injured.”

“But once you have developed the basic skills, our Self-Defense classes will add progression to your training, making each class more challenging and unique.”

Once the students developed their striking skills, the workshop shifted to Escape Defense, where participants learned how to escape from 4 common attacks: Wrist Grab, Bear Hug, Choke, and Mount (on the ground, while opponent is on top).

The escapes taught were easy to perform, simple to memorize, and flowed properly with the striking techniques students learned earlier during the session.

At the end of the two hour Self-Defense seminar, Master Instructor Javier Lozano discussed how attackers work in groups, and how confidence can play a major role by sharing a few stories that related to the seminar.

All of the participants felt the seminar was invaluable, and that they walked out with a wealth of information, yet not overwhelmed with what they learned.  More importantly, students left with the confidence to fight back if necessary.

“I tell all of my students, when they join our self-defense program, if they are ever confronted and need to protect themselves, I want them to walk out safe by using every means possible to fight off an attacker.  My student’s safety is more important to me than anything else.  And, if I can teach them how to properly protect themselves, even better.”

If you would like to learn more about The Dojo of Karate and their Adult Self-Defense program, please contact them at: 303.920.4500 and ask to speak with Javier Lozano, Jr.  He will be more than happy to assist you with your questions and concerns.

The Dojo of Karate Class Schedule Update – March 2010

March 17th, 2010

New Class Schedule Update

This will be effective March 22nd, 2010.

To help accommodate the growth of The Dojo of Karate and future plans of growing even more, we will be shifting our 6:00-6:45pm Tuesday / Thursday Intermediate Kids Classes to Mondays and Wednesdays at the same time — 6:00-6:45pm.  This allows for Intermediate Students to have 5  possible options throughout the week.

From there the Children’s Beginners Classes offered on Mondays and Wednesdays will now be moving to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-6:45pm.

The Friday classes for Beginners will continue to be offered at 5:30pm.

As soon as we have a growth spurt of our Beginners Program, we will offer another time slot for Mondays and Wednesdays.

Again, this class change will be effective March 22nd, 2010.

Closed This Friday

The Dojo of Karate will be closed Friday, March 19th.

Adult Self-Defense Seminar

Remember that we will be hosting our Free Adult Self-Defense Seminar on Saturday, March 20th from 10:30am to 12:00pm.  If you have not signed up yet, please do so by going to the link below.

https://thedojoofkarate.com/free-adult-self-defense-seminar.php

Fitness Boot Camps

Lastly, there is a chance that we may be hosting a 30 minute Fitness Boot Camp on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00pm to 8:30pm.  If there is enough interest, we would be more than happy to implement this session as a compliment to your daily exercising.

March Martial Arts Newsletter – 2010

March 6th, 2010

Greetings!

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:

http://www.AdultSelfDefense.com

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:

http://www.coloradokarateassociation.org/

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.

http://yellowscene.com

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

Free Adult Self-Defense Seminar In Westminster & Broomfield

February 23rd, 2010

Westminster, CO – February 23rd, 2010 — Martial Arts expert and local business owner, Javier Lozano, Jr. owns a Karate and Fitness school in Westminster called The Dojo of Karate.  He will be hosting a free Adult Self Defense seminar on Saturday, March 20th from 10:30am to 12:00pm for residents of Westminster, Broomfield, and Thornton, Colorado.

This is an opportunity for both men and women to gain some knowledge about self-defense skills, such as striking, kicking, and blocking, as well as basic awareness skills and what an attacker looks for.

Javier Lozano has been training in the Martial Arts for 20 years now and currently holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Karate.  He is also a former World Champion Sport Karate competitor and is certified as a Self-Defense Instructor under Michael D. Massie’s  Martial Arts School Alliance International.

He brings a wealth of knowledge and information from his background, training, and cross-training with other arts and styles.

Why is he hosting a free Adult Self-Defense Seminar?

Lozano says “during a down economy, many of us are short on confidence.  By teaching adults basic self-defense skills, they will gain more confidence in themselves, as well as improve their awareness.”

What will he be teaching during this free Self-Defense Seminar?

Master Lozano can’t go into detail about the seminar, but adults can expect to learn how an attacker thinks when selecting victims, to executing proper self-defense techniques that is proven to injure or slow-down an attacker when performed properly.  However, the most important thing to remember is that these self-defense moves are easy to perform, and almost anyone can do it.

In addition, the training will be reality based, so participants will have an opportunity to try new, learned kicks and strikes on heavy bags, shields, and partners – while using controlled contact.

“We don’t want people walking out of our Self-Defense Seminar injured and deflated, rather empowered and confident” say Lozano.  “That’s why our reality based training is so popular amongst our adult students because you actually learn how to react to an attacker.”

Who can attend this Self-Defense Seminar?

Master Lozano decided to open this seminar to the public for both men and women over the age of 18.  Initially, it was going to be a Women’s Self-Defense course, however, “many of our dad’s were sort of disappointed they couldn’t attend” says Lozano.  “After getting good feedback from our parents, we decided to make this an Adult Self-Defense Seminar.  However, when participants work with partners they will be matched up with someone of the same gender.”

How do you sign up for the Self-Defense Seminar?

The Dojo of Karate has been getting several inquires from parents who’s child trains at the school, as well as their friends.  With that said, they will cap attendance to approximately 26 participants.  However, if demand increases, Sensei Lozano will open another time slot.

Mr. Lozano suggest you reserve your spot for the free Adult Self-Defense Seminar online by going to: www.AdultSelfDefense.com This way you will be guaranteed a spot.

Or, you can simply call The Dojo of Karate to learn more about the seminar and make your reservation over the phone by calling 303.920.4500.