Fall Break: Closed Friday & Sunday, October 13 & 15

Just a reminder that we will be closed for the Fall Break this weekend, Friday and Sunday, October 13 & 15.  No lessons will meet on these days.

Lessons will resume on our normal schedule Monday, October 16.

Enjoy your Fall Break!

Thunderstorms Forecast: Lessons Meet at BFK on Sunday, October 8

Because thunderstorms are forecast for tomorrow, we will have our lessons at Broadway Family Karate this Sunday, October 8.  We will not meet at Adair Park, as originally planned.  Lessons will meet on the normal Sunday schedule.

We will be taking a first look at some of the skills for your 3rd Achievement Stripe on Sunday.  We will also be doing make up tests for achievement stripes as needed.

As originally planned, participation in this event will count for 2 Class Credits.

School Opening Late Due to Illness, Tuesday, October 3

Our school will be opening late due to illness today, Tuesday, October 3.  Lessons will begin with the Junior Fundamentals lesson at 6:00pm.

The Junior and Pre-Teen Honors lessons at 3:30pm and 4:30pm, and the Tigers lesson at 5:30pm, will not meet today.

My sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

Black Belt Community Service Project: Feral Feline Friends, Saturday, October 7

We have a special Feral Feline Friends Black Belt Community Service Project coming up on the afternoon of Saturday, October 7.  This has been organized by Mr. Evan Manson, as one of the parts of his Promotion Exam for 2nd Dan.

We will host a set of two workshops in support of the Feral Feline Friends.  These workshops are open to Fundamentals and Honors students.  The workshops will meet on the following schedule:

2:00pm — Flag Sparring for Fundamentals students

3:00pm — Point Sparring for Honors students

If you wish to participate, we would ask that you please provide a donation in support of Feral Feline Friends.  Mr. Manson will be collecting cat food — monetary donations are also welcome.  Participation will count for 2 Class Credits.

Please follow this link to download your information flyer:  Sparring Workshop for Feral Felines

Black Belt Community Service Project: Operation Christmas Child

We will have a Black Belt Community Service Project ongoing through October 31, 2017.  This project is being organized by Mr. Ben Brown, as part of his work in earning promotion to 1st Dan.

Mr. Brown is collecting donations for Operation Christmas Child.  Please follow this link to download the information flyer, including a list of items suitable for donation:  Operation Christmas Child Info Flyer

We have bins available for these donations set out at our school.

If you would, please take a little time to download the information flyer on donations, look it over, and see if there is something you might be able to contribute to Mr. Brown’s project.

Effort Counts Twice — Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

I am getting in touch today to share information with you about an interesting book on how personal achievement works — and how best to foster this in ourselves, and in our children.

In Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth shares with us the results of her lifelong work on the fundamental psychology of achievement.  She seeks to answer two related questions:  Why is it that some people make lives for themselves of significant achievements, often overcoming great adversity in the process?  How can we learn from and apply their examples?

The basic answer is Grit.  Duckworth finds that Grit — perseverance, diligence, and a commitment to hard work and deliberate practice — strongly drives our real-world achievements.

This book is carefully thought out, and written in accessible language with plenty of useful “real-world” examples to illustrate the principles under discussion.  Dr. Duckworth includes particularly useful sections on “Growing Grit from the Inside Out” and “Parenting for Grit”.

My favorite part?  Effort Counts Twice!  First, effort invested in developing our talent builds our skills.  Second, effort invested in our skills creates our achievements.  (You’ll find this explained much more fully on pages 41-42).

I strongly recommend Grit to you.  Please follow this link to find it on Amazon:  Grit:  The Power of Passion and Perseverance.


Tom Booker

Senior Instructor

New Students & Families Orientation Meeting: Saturday, September 30

We will be having s special Orientation Meeting for new students and their families on Saturday, September 30, at 10:00am.

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:  Orientation Flyer September 2017

I encourage all our new students, parents and families to come if at all possible.  Attendance will count for 2 Class Credits.

Special Weapons Training Workshops: Saturday, September 23

We have been invited to participate in a set of special weapons training workshops on Saturday, September 23.  These workshops will be at the Knoxville Martial Arts Center, 7544 Oak Ridge Highway, Knoxville, TN 37931 — in the Karns area.

There will be separate sets of workshops for Adult students (ages 18 and older), and Junior students (ages 17 and younger).

These special workshops will focus on an assortment of “stick” weapons — Bo, Jo, Escrima, and Yawara.  I think these workshops will be best suited to our Pre-Teen, Teen & Adult students (ages 9 and older), at both the Fundamentals and Honors levels.

These workshops will be split into separate introductory sessions for those who have not worked with these weapons before, and more advanced instruction for students with previous experience with one or more of these weapons.  For example, if you’ve worked with the Bo, but not with Escrima sticks, you would be in the advanced Bo and introductory Escrima workshops.

Junior workshops will begin at 12:15pm;  Adult workshops will begin at 1:30pm.  Students under ages 18 will be allowed to attend the Adult workshops on a “case by case” basis, depending on what will be the best fit for you.

Registration Deadline:  Thursday, September 21, by 6:30pm.  Please bring your completed registration to our school — we’ll take care of sending it on to the workshop organizers.  Unregistered students will not be allowed to participate.

Please follow this link to download your information flyer, including your registration form:  Special Weapons Training Workshops Saturday, September 23.

Participation will count for 3 Class Credits.


Autumn Term Home Study DVD: Available for Pre-Order

The Autumn Term Home Study Video — a DVD of your patterns and one steps for this term — is now available for Pre-Order.  The DVD has videos of the Fundamentals pattern (Self-Defense Kata #1) and the one steps taken from it, the Honors Intermediate (Sr. Yellow-Blue Belts) pattern Do-San and the one steps taken from it, and the Honors Advanced (Sr. Blue-Sr. Red Belts) pattern Hwarang, and the one steps taken from it.  The Honors Black Belt pattern Bassai Hyung, and the one steps taken from it are also included on this DVD.

This DVD will allow you to practice more effectively on your own at home, to supplement the work we do together in our lessons.  I strongly recommend this DVD for all our students.

The Pre-Order price of the DVD is $10.  Please place your order here at the school — we have an order sheet available.  Please make your check payable to Samurai Dragons (the organization that has made this DVD for our school).

Order Deadline:  Monday, September 18

Please follow this link to download your information flyer:  Home_Study_DVD_Flyer_Autumn_Term_2017


How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

I wanted to let you know about an exciting education and personal development resource.

Character development is on of our primary objectives in Karate instruction.  Understanding and developing our character strengths is every bit as central to the study of the Martial Arts as are the physical skills we learn and practice.  I am always pleased to find a new resource that expands on our study of character, and I am delighted to be able to share this one with you and your family.

In How Children Succeed:  Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, Paul Tough provides us with a thorough, systematic overview of ways in which key qualities of our personal character effect our development over time.  He takes a detailed look at the scientific research on the qualities of character that are linked to healthy personal growth and achievement.  He also gives us an extensive account of selected educational programs that are actively applying this research in their work with children and young adults — how they work, and what they are accomplishing.  He focuses particularly on the vital role of character strengths in overcoming adversity.

Throughout this book, Paul Tough helps us to identify, understand, develop and apply the character strengths that will help our children to thrive over the course of their lives.  This is a well-written, carefully researched, accessible and serious overview of Character.  I think you will find this a useful source of information, and I strongly recommend How Children Succeed to you.

Please follow this link to find it on Amazon:  How Children Succeed:  Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.