2nd Annual – The Dojo of Karate Championships

February 1st, 2011

Inner School Karate Tournament Rules

Please remember we are enforcing The Dojo of Karate Etiquette’s to all participants and spectators. If you have any questions, please refer to your copy handed out last week during classes.

The goal of this tournament is to teach our kids the importance of Sportsmanship, Determination, Integrity, Respect, and the Competitive Spirit of Sport Karate.

With that said, we want to lead by example so Karate students behave the way a true martial artist should behave – with integrity.

Competition Times

The tournament will take place on Saturday, February 5th at The Dojo of Karate.

Please arrive about 15 minutes before your start times.

Competitors that are in the Lil’ Ninjas – Beginners and Advanced programs and competitors in the Children Beginners program (White and Gold belts) will participate from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.

Competitors that are in the Children Intermediate program and Children Advanced program (Orange to Brown belts) will participate from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

All competitors will compete in their Forms and Weapons division first, followed by the Sparring or Bunny Ears divisions.

Volunteers

To make this tournament operate smoothly, we will need approximately 12-16 volunteers to help judge competitors, keep score, and run times in the Forms, Weapons, and Sparring divisions.

Even if you do not know what to look for in a competitor’s performance or how to keep score, we will teach you.  It’s very simple to follow and understand.

Volunteer training will take place on Friday, February 4th at 6:00 PM.  So, if you put yourself down to volunteer, please be here no later then 6:00 PM.

We will teach you how to judge a Forms or Weapons performance and how to call points in sparring matches.

Note: If you attend your child’s Karate classes on a regular basis, then you will understand on how to be a judge.

Forms & Weapons Competition

Competitors will perform a Kata that has been taught to them in class, in front of a panel of 3 judges. Each judge will then give a score based on the competitors’ performance. The score will be added up, and the competitors with the three highest accumulated score will receive one of the following places: 1st place, 2nd place, or 3rd place. All other competitors that do not receive a placing will get a Finalist Medal.

Sparring Competition

We are operating our sparring competition like a “Spar-A-Thon”, meaning students will spar for approximately 2 hours, accumulating points throughout every match. They will have a chance to fight between 8 and 12 matches throughout the day… maybe even more.

Matches run for 1 continuous minute, while competitors score as many points as possible during each match. Points will be tallied on their index card where they will accumulate points throughout the Spar-A-Thon.

At the end of the tournament, competitors will turn in their index card to be rewarded a medal for achieving certain milestones.

To earn a medal competitors must reach the following point totals.

Gold Medal – 35 points
Silver Medal – 25 points
Bronze Medal – 15 points
Finalist Medal – 14 points or less

NOTE: The person that scores the most points in the tournament will win the Grand Champion Trophy.

This sparring competition format teaches each competitor the importance of setting goals and working towards achieving them. It will also help develop their confidence and determination.

Bunny Ears Competition

Students that are in the Lil’ Ninjas Beginners program or Children Beginners program will compete in a Bunny Ears competition.

The format is nearly the same as sparring. For each time a competitor pulls another competitors bunny ear (belt loop) they achieve a point.

Matches go on for 1 continuous minute, while points are tallied up during their entire competition. At the end of the tournament, competitors will turn in their index card and receive a medal for the amount of points scored in their competition.

Below are the following points a competitor must score to achieve a medal:

Gold Medal – 30 points
Silver Medal – 20 points
Bronze Medal – 10 points
Finalist Medal – 9 points or less

We are looking forward to all students competing in the 2nd Annual – The Dojo of Karate Championships.

Best of luck to all competitors.

Do You Know The Difference Between Fighting and Self Defense?

January 27th, 2011

Martial Arts And The Fundamentals Of Self-Defense

Studies show that a struggling economy yields a higher incident rate of violent crime and general lawlessness. That means you may be more likely to find yourself in a potentially dangerous or violent circumstance.  A lot of martial arts students believe their training will give them an edge during such confrontations. In truth, it does. But not in the way many students believe.

The Mental Game Of Self-Defense

Suppose an attacker is coming toward you. Your instinct is to protect yourself. If you have studied karate or similar styles, you might be tempted to respond physically. Doing so can result in injury or worse, in the event that you overreact and cause excessive harm to your attacker. This is the reason it is critical that you are mentally prepared to respond appropriately to a confrontation.

Mindset plays a key role in safety during a potentially dangerous situation. Too often your emotions can get in the way.  This can cause the manner in which you process your circumstances to represent the largest potential threat to your safety.

Understanding The Danger Of Emotions

Anger and fear do more to escalate a confrontation than any other response. Emotions are the antithesis of logic.  It’s worth noting that few crimes of aggression (i.e. robbery, vandalism, etc.) are done with the goal of fighting. When someone robs you, they seldom want to fight. Martial arts students, prompted by fear or pride, will often react physically to an aggressive crime, which escalates the threat. It prompts a violent response from the robber or would-be attacker.

The Difference Between Fighting And Self-Defense

People fight for many reasons, though most of them can be categorized according to two primary triggers: to attain something or protect something. This can extend to private property, self-esteem, pride, or a sense of honor. These things have nothing to do with protecting yourself from physical harm.

Self-defense represents any action you take in order to protect your person. Many martial arts schools unwittingly encourage their students to use the style they are learning to “protect themselves” from criminals. There is a fine line between defending yourself from physical harm and fighting.

A Constructive Response To A Threat Of Violence

Shed your fear and anger. A threat of violence does not actually represent violence. Reacting to the threat because you are fearful or angry can lead to injury.  Don’t challenge the attacker unless it is likely that you are going to be harmed. If they are demanding your wallet, give it to them. If they want your car, provide the keys. Regardless of how accomplished you are in martial arts,  it is a rare situation that justifies using your martial arts as self-defense.
Lastly, provide your attacker with an exit strategy. If they feel cornered with no way out, they will react violently.

There is a time and place for using martial arts as a tool for self-defense. However, the key to remaining safe in potentially violent circumstances is to recognize that such occasions are rare.

Promoting Your Child’s Physical Health and Self Esteem

January 25th, 2011

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Experts debate about the appropriate age for children to get involved with martial arts classes. Some argue that a minimum age of 16 should be observed; others contend that 5 years of age is not only sufficient, but beneficial. In truth, the younger they are, the more easily kids can adapt themselves to the training.

As a parent, you’ll find that their interest often begins at an early age. Their exposure to television shows which showcase feats of martial arts prowess will spark their imagination. However, left on its own, that interest may subside and disappear.  At The Dojo of Karate, we can explore and build upon your child’s interest while maintaining their enthusiasm.

Encourage Fitness And Exercise

In order for a young person to be open to learning karate they must first have an active lifestyle. If they spend hours in front of the television each day, their sedentary lifestyle will siphon their motivation to get involved.  Often, children need their parents to spur them to action. Remember, young people emulate their parents. If you encourage them to be active by example, you’ll find it much easier to get them involved in martial arts classes.

Visit The Dojo of Karate

Once your child has become excited about enrolling in martial arts classes, let them observe one of our classes, or bring them in for a free introductory visit.  Watching others practice various styles is important to building their interest, but getting them actively involved builds commitment. It gives children a chance to determine whether they truly want to learn martial arts. It also gives them the opportunity to interact with the instructor. The first session is integral to their embracing the classes.

Getting your kids involved in martial arts classes supports their physical health and self-esteem. A long-term commitment to the classes can provide several residual benefits. The instruction will have a positive influence on the way your kids interact with their peers, treat authority, and strive for personal excellence.

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.

Are You Interested in Enrolling Your Child in Karate?

January 18th, 2011

The Dojo of Karate offers an Array of Benefits for Children

Owner and Chief Instructor Javier Lozano Jr. plays an important role in helping young people develop focus, confidence, and self-discipline. Kids learn to concentrate on the tasks they pursue; they discover the value of setting goals and setting their minds to accomplishing them; and they learn to have respect for their peers and adults.

The decision to enroll your kids into martial arts classes should be made methodically. As a parent, you should investigate the various styles (i.e. karate, judo, etc.) to identify the one that best matches your child’s personality. Part of this process includes reviewing your goals and those of your son or daughter.

Choosing A Style That Fits Your Child’s Personality

Every child has a unique temperament and personality. Some are rambunctious while others are naturally calm and easygoing. Some are aggressive while others are even-tempered.  There are dozens of Martial Arts styles and each offers distinctive features that dovetail with certain personality traits.  Children who are enrolled into martial arts classes that fit their personalities are more likely to enjoy the experience.

What Is Your (And Your Child’s) Objective?

Parents enroll their children into martial arts classes for a variety of reasons. Ideally, the motivation springs from a desire to give their kids an opportunity to develop lifelong skills.   If your child has difficulty controlling their emotions, the structured setting of classes offered at The Dojo of Karate can teach this skill. If your child suffers from ADHD, then martial arts offers an ideal environment to help them hone their focus and improve their attention span. If your kids have trouble persevering toward a defined goal, karate can encourage self-discipline.

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.

August / September Martial Arts Newsletter – 2010

August 24th, 2010

Greetings!

It seems like Summer has cruised right by us.  It’s amazing how quickly this Summer has gone by, as we approach the new academic school year.

With that said, it should be very exciting.  Students are entering new grades or going to different schools, which is a big leap for many kids.

In addition, now that many families are finally settling down from their Summer vacations, we will be able to finalize the 2nd half of our activities, as we did during the beginning of the year.

But, before we go into that, let’s just give you guys an update on everything.

Wado Karate Seminar

As many of you know, Sensei Bob Nash came to our dojo on August 7th and 8th to teach the essence of Wado Karate.  In addition, he brought along one of his top students, Sensei Peter Stoddart from Vancouver, Canada.  He is widely recognized as one of the best Wado Karate children instructors.

All of the kids that participated had a blast, which was great to see.  They learned how important it is to have solid basics, as well as be very explosive in their training.

As for Sensei Nash, he was able to make every student fine tune their techniques, stances, and overall approach to training.

I, too trained with Sensei Nash on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday — and it was a very fun experience.  He helped me fine tune many of my basics, as well as take my personal training to the next level.

We just want to say thanks to Sensei Nash, Sensei Peter, and Sensei David for helping our students grow and improve their quest to becoming a Black Belt.

1st Annual Summer Potluck

Our potluck on July 31st was a HUGE success!  We had a ton of families drop by and bring their friends and relatives.  We BBQ-ed some hot dogs, while everyone brought a dish to share with the rest.

It was also nice for me to finally have some 1-to-1 conversations with parents and get to know each other more, since those opportunities don’t always present themselves.

If you missed out on this Potluck, don’t worry, we plan on having another one during the Holidays in December.  This time, though, it may be at a different location, since last year we all barely fit in the dojo.

Class Schedule Update

We are making a slight update to our class schedule for our Lil’ Ninjas and Kids Beginners.  All other classes will remain the same.

The Lil’ Ninjas -  Beginners group classes will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM, while the Lil’ Ninjas – Advanced group will be going from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM.

As for the Beginners Karate classes, these will now be available 4 days per week, Monday through Thursday from 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM.  And, we are removing the Beginners Karate classes on Fridays due to a lack of attendance from most families.

Students in the Beginners Karate Program will still be required to attend between 2 and 3 classes per week, and make up any missed classes.  If that can’t be done, then students may need to wait an additional month before testing for their next belt rank.

Referral Contest

We are having a referral contest starting August 23rd and going through September 17th, 2010.  This contest will consist of who can invite the most students to the dojo and tryout Karate classes.

Please keep in mind if you refer someone, it is highly recommended that you attend the Beginners Karate Program with them, so they feel comfortable.  This way, you can help them gain some new skills, and they get to learn cool techniques.

There will be prizes handed out every week, over the course of 4 weeks.  The prize will be a Karate gear bag, where students can store their training equipment, uniform, and belt.

In addition, if your friend or family member decides to enroll in one of our programs, the referring student will also receive a free $25 gift card to the store of their choice.  This is our way of saying thank you for the referral!

Broomfield Days

The Dojo of Karate, once again, plans on going to Broomfield’s largest community event, Broomfield Days — hosted on September 18th from 9am to 5pm.

Our booth is in a better location this year, so hopefully many of you will come by and say hi.

We also plan on having a spin wheel where participants can win free prizes, ranging from official dojo t-shirts to free VIP lessons, and birthday parties.  Tell all of your friends about this, so they have a chance to win some cool prizes.

We are looking for adults that would like to assist during Broomfield Days. This will give you a chance to learn more about our various programs, and help others learn about The Dojo of Karate.

We will have a signup sheet at the front desk, where you can assist for 1 to 2 hour blocks.

The busiest times will be from 11am to 3pm, so we may need two extra bodies to help assist with the influx.

The only requirement we ask is that you wear a Dojo of Karate t-shirt (if you don’t have one, we’ll give you one!), show up about 10 minutes early, and stick around until your block is over.

We will also need assistance in helping breakdown the booth, which should be very quick (I hope).

All assistants will get a helpful guide on what to expect and what to discuss.  But, don’t worry, you are not selling our program, simply informing people about what we teach and who we are.  VERY big difference.  The consumer makes the buying decision and we like it that way.

Inner School Karate Tournament

By popular demand, we will be hosting two Inner School Karate Tournaments per year.  This way it will give every student an opportunity to participate in a Karate tournament, instead of attending an Open Karate tournament, where various styles are accepted.

So, mark your calendar, the next Inner School Karate tournament will be hosted on Saturday, October 2nd.

We may need to rent out a facility this year because in February we had over 50 competitors, and nearly 150 people in our dojo.  It was a great turnout, but we were VERY cramped.  So, if you know of a place where we can rent out a facility, please let us know.

Once we get closer to the date, we will have more information about the location, times, and rules.

Keep in mind, EVERY martial arts student at The Dojo of Karate will have an opportunity to participate in this event.  So, if you are a white belt, you can participate.

And, EVERY student that participates will walk out with a medal.  We will have 1st through 3rd places, but also include finalists.

Tournaments are a great way to build confidence, learn some new skills, and apply your training in sport environment.  We highly encourage kids to compete in our Inner School Karate Tournament.

Summer Fistival Karate Championship

Speaking of Karate tournaments, this past weekend, we had 7 students participate at the Summer Fistival Karate Championship.  All of them showed their courage and heart by stepping into a ring and putting their skills on the line against other competitors.

Below are the following competitors and how they placed.

Andrew S. – Finalist in Forms, 4th Place in Sparring

Andrew Y. – Finalist in Forms, 4th Place in Sparring

Kim S. – 3rd Place in Forms, 3rd Place in Sparring

Adam B. – Finalist in Forms, Finalist in Sparring

Sam V. – Finalist in Forms, Finalist in Sparring

Madeline P. – 2nd Place in Forms, 4th Place in Sparring

Luana L. – Finalist in Forms, Finalist in Weapons, 4th Place in Sparring

Make sure when you see these guys, you congratulate them for their spectacular performance.

Oh, and one final note.  Madeline P. is currently ranked as the number 1 form competitor in her division by CKA (Colorado Karate Association).  If she places either 1st or 2nd in the next two tournaments she potentially has an opportunity to win a Colorado State title in Traditional Forms for 11 year old Intermediate Forms.

That’s a great accomplishment for an individual that just started training in Karate 2 years ago!

Let’s cheer her on over these next two tournaments!

Boot Camp and Adult Self Defense Promotions

Sometime in September we will be running an adult only promotion for our Fitness Boot Camps and Adult Self-Defense.

We will have more details on this shortly, but to give you an idea, the promo essentially is a 2 for 1 deal.  Two participants for the price of one.

Fitness Boot Camp Contest

We are running a contest for our current Fitness Boot Camp participants.

It’s a 6 week contest that requires all boot camp athletes to follow and document their eating habits by following our nutrition guide, attending 3 workouts at our facility and training an additional 2-3 days on their own.

The person that loses the most Body Fat Percentage wins.

All participants will need to put in a $10 buy-in and follow the rules mentioned above.  The Dojo of Karate and Fitness will than match whatever is in the pot, so if we have $100 in, than it doubles to $200.

The winner will take their winnings and hopefully go on a shopping spree!

Supporting Local Businesses

The Dojo of Karate and Fitness tries to create various partnerships with local businesses in the community, as a way to help each other grow.

For those of you that enjoy pizza, Double D’s Sourdough Pizza has a special event going on every Wednesday night, called Family Day in their Westminster location.  They are off 120th Ave and Sheridan Blvd.

This is your chance, as a family, to learn how to make pizza at Double D’s.  If you haven’t had a chance to try them out, you should…  It’s amazing!

Also, from our understanding, the candle shop next to our school, Cinter’s Aromatherapy is extending their hours due to parents dropping by and asking when they close.  They are going to try and match our business hours.

If you mention that you are a student at The Dojo of Karate, they will give you a 10% on candles and inscents.

2 Year Anniversary

As some of you may know, The Dojo of Karate and Fitness is celebrating our 2 year anniversary operating as a full time martial arts and fitness school.

This is a huge accomplishment for any business owner to successfully operate a commercial business that caters to both kids and adults.

Typically, the success rates of a business declines rapidly within the 1st two years of operations, and our school is far from becoming a statistic.

I simply want to thank everyone that is or has been a member of our martial arts and fitness school.  Without your support and business, this would have been a much more difficult journey.

And, we hope to continue to grow and allow other people experience the joys of Karate and how it can help shape the lives of so many.

Regards,

Sensei Lozano