CLOSURE: Christmas Holidays


The following is a day-by-day breakdown of the karate school’s holiday schedule:

  • SATURDAY (December 22) – Classes as normal
  • MONDAY (December 24) – No classes
  • TUESDAY (December 25) – No classes
  • WEDNESDAY (December 26) – No classes
  • THURSDAY (December 27) – No classes
  • FRIDAY (December 28) – No classes
  • SATURDAY (December 29) – Classes as normal
  • MONDAY (December 31) – No classes
  • TUESDAY (January 1) – No classes
  • WEDNESDAY (January 2) – Normal schedule resumes / New start times

Please plan your karate training accordingly.

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.

Food for thought …


The graphic to the left does a pretty good job of explaining why kids should be working towards their black belt.

What it doesn’t say is that earning a black belt is a considerable commitment.