Lessons Meet Monday, August 21
Just a reminder that our first day of lessons for the Autumn Term will be Monday, August 21. Our lessons will meet on our normal schedule. The Knox County Schools will be closed for the Solar Eclipse.
See you in class!
Autumn Term Preparation Meetings: Sunday, August 20
We will be having our Autumn Term Preparation Meetings on Sunday, August 20. We’ll preview selected curriculum elements and upcoming events for the Autumn Term 2017. Parents are welcome to attend. You do not have to wear your uniform. Participation will count for 2 Class Credits.
Sessions will meet as follows
1:00pm: Fundamentals students, all ages.
2:00pm: Honors students, all ages
3:00pm: Black Belt students, all ages
4:00pm: Tigers students, ages 4 & 5
Please follow this link to download your information flyer: Autumn_Term_2017_Preparation_Meetings
Buddy Day & Movie Night: Friday, August 18
We will be having a Buddy Day and Movie Night on Friday, August 18. This will be part of our special Fun Week schedule this week.
Buddy Day — Share your martial arts training with a friend. Training games and basic instruction. Please bring a buddy to class with you.
4:00-4:45pm — ages 6-8
5:00-5:30pm — ages 4 & 5
5:30-6:15pm — ages 9-12
Movie Night — our movie will be Raiders of the Lost Ark, and is rated PG. You are welcome to invite family and friends to come with you for the movie.
Please follow this link to download your information flyer: Movie Night Flyer August 2017
Summer Term Fun Week Schedule: August 14-20
With the end of the Summer Term, Fun Week will be this week — Monday through Sunday, August 14-20. Regular lessons will not meet during this week. We will have Introductory Lessons, Make Up Lessons, and Family Conferences by appointment during this week.
We will also be doing Buddy Day lessons and a Movie Night on Friday, August 18. We will have Autumn Term Preparation Meetings on Sunday, August 20.
The first day of lessons for our Autumn Term will be Monday, August 21.
For complete information about Fun Week, please follow this link to download your information flyer: Fun_Week_August_2017
New Students & Families Orientation Meeting: Monday, August 14
We will be having a special Orientation Meeting for new students and their families on Monday, August 14, at 6:00pm.
Open to all new students and families — and especially recommended for Parents. We will go over the details of the Fundamentals and Tigers Programs, including earning achievement stripes and belt rank advancement. You’ll also be able to ask any questions that you may have. We’ll also discuss the basics of what the Honors Program is, how it works, and how students qualify for membership.
Please follow this link to download your information flyer: MAIA Orientation Flyer August 2017
I encourage all our new students, parents and families to come if at all possible. Attendance will count for 2 Class Credits for the Autumn Term.
Graduation Summer Term 2017
Our Graduation Ceremony for the Summer Term is coming up this Saturday & Sunday, August 12 & 13.
The Graduation Ceremony is for all students who have earned advancement to their next rank during the Promotion Exams this week. Please wear your uniform for this, and Honors Students should bring their sparring gear and padded weapons.
At Graduation, you will perform a brief demonstration of some of the skills you learned to earn your new rank, and then you will be formally presented with your new belt and rank certificate. Please invite your family and friends to come see you at Graduation — there will be plenty of seating, and plenty of parking space as well.
Graduation on Saturday will begin at 10:00am for our Pre-Teen students (ages 9-12), and 12:00 noon for our Tigers students (ages 4 & 5) and for our Juniors students (ages 6-8).
Graduation on Saturday will take place in the Gym at First Lutheran School, 1207 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917.
Graduation on Sunday will begin at 2:00pm for our Teen & Adult students (ages 13+). The Sunday Graduation will take place at Broadway Family Karate.
Please follow this link to download your information flyer: August_2017_Graduation_Flyer
Promotion Exams Summer Term 2017
Just a reminder that Promotion Exams for the Summer Term are taking place this week, August 7-11 (Monday through Friday). Promotion Exams are the tests where our students demonstrate the martial arts skills they have learned during this term, and will earn their advancement to their next belt rank.
Our Promotion Exams will take place during normal lesson times throughout this week. Fundamentals and Honors students should attend one “A” day lesson and one “B” day lesson to complete your Promotion Exam. Tigers students should attend one lesson to complete your Exam. Friday will be our day to make up one of these days, if you have had to miss once during the week. There will be no lessons on Sunday, August 13.
We will have our school Graduation this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, August 12 & 13. We will post further information about Graduation later on this week.
Please follow this link to download your information flyer: August_2017_Exam_Flyer
Black Belt Community Service Projects — Saturday & Sunday, August 12 & 13.
We have a couple of Black Belt Community Service Projects ongoing through our Graduation weekend, August 12 & 13. These projects are being organized by Ms. Celeste Hoaglund and Mr. Logan Halavonich, as part of their work in earning promotion to 1st Dan.
Ms. Hoaglund is collecting donations for patients and families at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Please follow this link to download the list of items that Children’s Hospital is requesting: Childrens Hospital Donation Guidelines
Mr. Halavonich is collecting children’s books for the Empty Stocking Fund. Please follow this link to download the information on donations: Book_Drive_Empty_Stocking
We have bins for these donations set out at our school. Ms. Hoaglund and Mr. Halavonich will also be taking donations at our Graduation Ceremonies on August 12 & 13, where they will be concluding their collection drives.
If you would, please take a little time to download the information on donations, look it over, and see if there is something you might be able to contribute to these causes.
Promotion Exam Preparation Camp Sunday, August 6
We will have a special Promotion Exam Preparation Camp for all students this Sunday, August 6.
This camp is to prepare for the Summer Term Promotion Exams coming up in our lessons the week of August 7-11. This camp will give you a little extra preparation for the Promotion Exams, so that you will be able to do your very best. We will review the exam material together during these sessions. Participation counts for 2 Class Credits.
Please follow this link to download your information flyer, including session times: Preparation Camp Summer 2017 Flyer
Please register at the school if you plan to participate in the Exam Preparation Camp.
Board Breaking & Puppies Workshops: Friday, August 4
We have a special Board Breaking & Puppies Black Belt Community Service Project coming up on Friday, August 4. This has been organized by Mr. Tyler Shubzda, as on of the parts of his promotion exam for 1st Dan.
We will host a set of two Board Breaking Workshops in support of the Young-Williams Animal Shelter. These workshops are open to Honors Students. As a special, “One Time Only” exception, Fundamentals students will also be allowed to participate. With our Fundamentals students, we will carefully go over board breaking basics, and then the student will have the option of trying their first board break. No one will be required to attempt a break if they don’t feel ready for this.
Our schedule for Friday afternoon will be as follows:
3:30pm — Special Guest Dog Presentation by Young-Williams
4:00pm — Junior Honors and Fundamentals students (ages 6-8)
4:45pm — Pre-Teen, Teen & Adult Honors and Fundamentals students (ages 9 & older)
If you wish to participate, we would ask that your please provide a donation in support of the Young-Williams Animal Shelter. You can donate food or other supplies needed for the shelter — monetary donations are also welcome. Mr. Shubzda has set out a bin at the school where you can leave donated items. You’ll find the list of donated items above.
Participation will count for 2 Class Credits. Please register at the school if you plan to participate, or get in touch by email if you are out of town on vacation, but will be attending.
Please follow this link to download your information flyer: young-williams information flyer August 2017