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Last updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Many of our students have co-ordination issues or need to develop the usage of their hips in their karate. To address this, we have added the good old hula hoop to our curriculum. Kids and adults both will develop their hula hoop skills to support and advance their karate skills. Students are being challenged to develop their hula hoop skills with a goal of 2 minutes continuous hooping.
Note: So far, only 3 out of 100 students can actually do the hula hoop so it’s going to be a major challenge.
CLOSURE: May long weekend
The karate school is closed Monday, May 21, due to the stat holiday.
We re-open for morning classes on Tuesday, May 22.
The karate school will be closed on the following dates for Easter:
- Friday – March 30
- Monday – April 2
Otherwise, classes will be on our regular schedule.
Monthly reviews explained
The last week of every month, our students aged 17 and under must demonstrate what they learned (or didn’t learn, in some cases) over the past month of classes.
Typically the last class of the month is dedicated to the students getting up in front of their classmates and demonstrating the kata (formal exercise) they have practiced over the last 8 to 12 classes.
Students who have memorized completely the kata receive a belt stripe indicating their success meeting that benchmark.
Students that have met all benchmarks for their rank are added to the next belt testing list.
The objective of the monthly reviews is to give students achievable goals within a reasonable amount of time. Each goal gets them closer to the overall goal of increasing their rank. And, it provides them with the understanding of accountability in having to actually show what they’ve learned.
Of course, some students clue in to the process faster than others but that’s OK because there is also feedback from the instructor at each monthly review. Students may not achieve their stripe but the instructor is there to remind them how much they have improved since last month and to give feedback towards achieving their goal.
All this is to develop understanding of a simple philosophy: that which is given must be earned.