RE: Schedule changes for September (IMPORTANT! Please read!)
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!!
Paul Walker, Chief Instructor