Schedule Changes for September 2015

RE: Schedule changes for September (IMPORTANT! Please read!)

Dear Members,

Recently I asked for feedback regarding schedule changes. I received some through comments and private messages and also in person conversations. We track attendance numbers at the dojo each month to see how classes are doing. Also as student ranks change every quarter after testing, small schedule changes happen periodically due to changing numbers at different ranks.

There will be NO CHANGES to both Tiny Tigers classes – Wed 5:30 – 6:00pm and Thursday 6:00 – 6:30pm as usual. Also no changes to the Junior Shotokan class on Thursday from 5:00 – 6:00pm, the Family Shotokan class on Friday from 5:30 – 6:30pm or any of the Saturday morning classes.

Based on our current Shotokan students we are implementing the following small changes based on student numbers and member feedback:
1. Wednesday evening Shotokan family class will stay the same from 6:00 – 7:00pm and IN ADDITION TO this an extra half hour from 7:00 – 7:30pm will be offered as Open Training for any members who would like to stay longer and practice some more on what they learned in class or for those who would like to work on something different.
2. Wednesday evening brown and black belt class will be cancelled. There have only been 2 – 4 students per week showing up to this class. Keep reading as you will be taken care of on Thursday and Friday.
3. Thursday evening Purple to Black belt class 6:30 – 7:30pm and IN ADDITION TO this an extra half hour from 7:30 – 8:00pm will be offered with a focus on Black Belt content for extra training. However, purple and brown belts will be welcome to stay also for Open Training and work separately on their content with access to the instructor for questions. If no Black Belts show up, you will be the primary focus.
4. Friday evening Brown and Black belt class 6:30 – 7:30pm and IN ADDITION TO this an extra half hour from 7:30 – 8:00pm will be offered with a focus on Black Belt content for extra training. This will be exclusively Black Belts ONLY! Brown belts are welcome to stay and use the floor space for their own training if they wish to.

The additional Open Training and Black Belt Focus content half hours are being added based on member feedback and on an instructor group discussion on how to improve the overall ability and content knowledge of our advanced students. This is a trial and will be implemented through the end of this year. There will be NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE for these extra half hour training sessions and you will be required to attend the hour of training beforehand. So essentially you are getting 90 minute training sessions.
Our expectation is that you take this opportunity seriously and that you show up to class regularly and up your level of commitment and overall content knowledge. I also recommend that members take advantage of the open sessions, as we instructors always notice those who make extra effort. Please contact any one of our instructors directly with questions. Printed schedules will be available in the dojo and these changes will be effective NEXT WEEK beginning on September 9th!!

Thank you.
Paul Walker, Chief Instructor

Current Schedule

Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year to all members!

The dojo will open again this Wednesday for the New Year, so I hope everyone is ready to start the New Year off strong and train hard.
I often talk about goals and the beginning of the year is the perfect time to do so. It is important that you all set one or two goals for your karate for the coming year. Your goal could be to decide which rank you plan to achieve by the end of the year. It could be the number of tournaments you plan to participate in. It could be a fitness goal or a weight loss goal. It could be the number of new kata you would like to learn. Maybe it is an improvement in your kumite skill. Or it could simply be a stronger front punch or higher front kick.
Whatever it is you should have a goal or two in mind (or preferably written down). If you don’t set a goal then you can be sure that your progress will be limited or at the very least slower than you had hoped.
Also remember that the many things that you learn in karate, such as discipline, increased focus and concentration, strong spirit and respect for others should also be found in your life outside the dojo. This is the sign that the true meaning of this wonderful art of karate is showing itself in everything around you.
Finally, don’t forget the two important concepts of patience and perseverance. They are crucial to your success. We often use the word “Osu” in class as a greeting or to say “yes I understand what I am being asked to do”. The two characters that are used to write “Osu” in Japanese mean patience and perseverance! Coincidence? I think not.
I wish each and every one of you a successful 2015 in every way and I hope that you are all ready to set goals and to train hard.
Osu!

Testing – June 2014

Here is the testing schedule for this month:

Saturday June 7, 2014

10:00 – 11:00am Shotokan Testing Preparation Class (All Shotokan ranks)

11:00 – 12:00pm Tournament Training

12:00 – 1:00pm Sword class

 

Wednesday June 11, 2014

5:30 – 6:00pm Tiny Tigers testing (All ranks)

6:00—7:00pm Shotokan open class (All ranks)

7:00—8:00pm Shotokan testing (Purple, Brown and Black belts)

 

Thursday June 12, 2014

5:00 – 6:00pm Junior Shotokan testing (White, Yellow, Orange & Green belts)

6:00—6:30pm Tiny Tigers testing (All ranks)

6:30—7:30pm Shotokan open class (All ranks)

 

Friday June 13, 2014

5:30—6:30pm Shotokan testing (White, Yellow, Orange & Green belts)

6:30—7:30pm Shotokan open class (Purple, Brown & Black belts)

 

Saturday June 14, 2014

10:00—11:00am Shotokan open class (All ranks)

11:00 – 12:00pm Tournament training

12:00 – 1:00pm Sword class

 

 

Testing fees are $25 for Tiny Tigers students and $30 for Shotokan students, and are payable on or before the day of the test.  If you cannot make your scheduled testing time, then please let me know in advance.

Happy New Year to all members!

Classes have resumed once again for the start of the year.  Welcome back to all members and I hope that your holiday season was a good one.

There is one change to our weekly lesson schedule and that is on Wednesday evening.  The new Wednesday evening schedule is as follows:

5:30 – 6:00pm Tiny Tigers

6:00 – 7:00pm Shotokan (white to purple belts)

7:00 – 8:15pm Shotokan (brown and black belts)

All other classes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will remain the same.

Please click on the current lesson schedule link to see a full copy of our current lesson schedule.

Thank you.

End of Year Holiday Schedule

Wednesday November 27 – Friday November 29: Closed for Thanksgiving

Saturday November 30: Open for training

Wednesday December 4 – Saturday December 7: Final week of training BEFORE testing

Friday December 6: Sensei Paul Seminar in Las Vegas (starting at 6pm)

Saturday December 7: Las Vegas Friendship Tournament (starting at 10am)

Wednesday December 11 & Thursday December 12: Testing for Tiny Tigers and Shotokan students (please see detailed schedule on previous post)

Friday December 13 & Saturday December 14: Classes as usual

Wednesday December 18 – Saturday December 21: Classes as usual (Belt and certificate presentations in class)

Saturday December 21: Last day of training for 2013, Final Brown to Black belt testing

Wednesday December 25 – Saturday December 28: Dojo closed for Christmas holiday

Wednesday January 1 & Thursday January 2: Dojo closed for New Year

Friday January 3 & Saturday January 4: Dojo opens for 2014 – First days of training for the New Year

Saturday January 18: Tentative date for Annual Awards Presentation for Most Improved Students of 2013

Testing Schedule for December 2013

Saturday December 7, 2013

10:00 – 11:00am Shotokan Testing Preparation Class (All Shotokan ranks)

No tournament training or sword class today due to Las Vegas Friendship Tournament

 

Wednesday December 11, 2013

5:30 – 6:00pm Tiny Tigers testing (All ranks)

6:00—7:00pm Shotokan testing (White, Yellow, Orange & Green belts)

7:00—8:00pm Shotokan testing (First and Second Brown belts)

 

Thursday December 12, 2013

5:00 – 6:00pm Junior Shotokan testing (White, Yellow & Orange belts)

6:00—6:30pm Tiny Tigers testing (All ranks)

6:30—7:30pm Shotokan testing (Orange, Green, Blue & Purple belts)

 

Friday December 13, 2013

5:30—6:30pm Shotokan open class (White to Purple belts)

6:30—7:30pm Shotokan open class (Brown & Black belts)

 

Saturday December 14, 2013

10:00—11:00am Shotokan open class (All ranks)

11:00 – 12:00pm Tournament training

12:00 – 1:00pm Sword class

 

Saturday December 21, 2013

10:00—11:00am Shotokan open class (All ranks)

11:00 – 12:00pm Tournament training

12:00 – 1:00pm Shotokan testing (Final Brown to Black)

Testing fees are $25 for Tiny Tigers students and $30 for Shotokan students, and are payable on or before the day of the test.  If you cannot make your scheduled testing time, then please let me know in advance.

 

New Lesson Schedule – May 2013

Due to changes in the rank levels of our members there are some changes to the current lesson schedule.  These changes will take effect in May starting the week of May 6th.  Here is the new schedule:

Tuesday 7:30 – 8:45pm Shotokan (brown & black belts)

Wednesday 5:30 – 6:00pm Tiny Tigers (all ranks)

Wednesday 6:00 – 7:00pm Shotokan (all ranks and ages)

Thursday 5:00 – 6:00pm Junior Shotokan (white to blue belts)

Thursday 6:00 – 6:30pm Tiny Tigers (all ranks)

Thursday 6:30 – 7:45pm Shotokan (purple to black belts)

Friday 5:30 – 6:30pm Shotokan (white to purple belts)

Friday 6:30 – 7:45pm Shotokan (brown & black belts)

Saturday 10:00 – 11:00am Shotokan (all ranks and ages)

Saturday 11:00am – 12:00pm Team Training (tournament competitors only)

For a printable schedule please go to www.seishinshotokan.com/index_files/currentschedule.pdf

 

Testing Schedule – March 2013

Saturday March 9, 2013

9:30 – 10:00am Tiny Tigers testing preparation class for all ranks

10:00 – 11:00am Shotokan testing preparation class for White to Blue belts

11:00 – 12:00pm Shotokan testing preparation class for Purple and Brown belts

12:00 – 1:00pm Tournament Training

Tuesday March 12, 2013

6:30—7:30pm Shotokan open class (White to Purple belts)

7:30—8:45pm Shotokan open class (Brown & Black belts)

Wednesday March 13, 2013

5:30 – 6:00pm Tiny Tigers testing (Purple & Brown stripes)

6:00—7:00pm Junior Shotokan testing (Green & Blue belts)

7:00—8:00pm Shotokan testing (Brown belts)

Thursday March 14, 2013

5:00 – 6:00pm Junior Shotokan testing (White, Yellow & Orange belts)

6:00—6:30pm Tiny Tigers testing (White, Yellow, Orange & Green stripes)

6:30—7:30pm Shotokan open class (All ranks)

7:30 – 8:30pm Shotokan testing (Purple belts)

Friday March 15, 2013

5:30—6:30pm Shotokan testing (White, Yellow, Orange & Green belts)

6:30—7:45pm Shotokan open class (Green belt and above)

Saturday March 16, 2013

9:30—10am Tiny Tigers open class (All ranks)

10:00—11:00am Shotokan open class (Green belt and above)

11:00 – 12:00pm Tournament training

 

Testing fees are $25 for Tiny Tigers students and $30 for Shotokan students, and are payable on or before the day of the test.  If you cannot make your scheduled testing time, then please let me know in advance.