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New Year’s Holiday Closing: Thursday & Friday, 12/31 & 1/1

Just a reminder that the New Year’s Holiday is coming up this week.

We will be closed in observance of the Holiday on Thursday and Friday, December 31 & January 1 (New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day).  No lessons will meet on these days.

Lessons will resume on our regular schedule on Sunday, January 3.  Enjoy your Holiday!

Please follow the link below for your information flyer:

New Year’s Holiday Schedule 2020


Orientation Info Video: New Students & Families

For our new students and families, we have created an Orientation Information Video.  This will provide you with basic information on:

  • How your Fundamentals and Karate Tigers lessons work.
  • How our students earn Achievement Stripes to mark their progress.
  • How our students earn advancement to their next belt rank.

Please follow the links below to access your Orientation Video, and to download your written Orientation Guide:

  1.  Orientation Information Video.
  2. Orientation Info Written Guide.

Orientation Meeting: Sunday, December 27

Just a reminder that we will be having an Orientation Meeting for new students and their families on Sunday, December 27, at 1:30pm.

Open to all new students and families — and especially recommended for Parents.  We will go over the details of the Fundamentals & Karate Tigers programs, including earning achievement stripes and belt rank advancements.

You’ll also be able to ask any questions that you may have.  We’ll also discuss the basics of how the Honors Program works, and how students qualify for membership.

We encourage all our new students, parents and families to come if at all possible.  Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Please follow the link below to download your information flyer:

Orientation Info Flyer December 2020


“Catch Up” Week: Monday through Sunday, 12/23-12/27.

Just a reminder that our “Catch Up” Week is coming up — Monday through Sunday, December 21-27.  This is also the Christmas Holiday week.

We’ll have special private sessions available by appointment during this week.  These will help you get caught up if you have had to miss a few lessons during the past few weeks.

During this week, we will be conducting:

  • Private Make Up Promotion Exams.
  • Private skill coaching & “Catch Up” lessons.
  • Introductory Lessons & Family Conferences.

Please contact Mr. Booker at your earliest convenience to schedule appointments for these as needed.

Regular lessons will not meet during this week.  We will resume our regular lessons on Monday, December 28.  This will be the start of our Winter Term.

Please follow this link to download your information flyer:  December 2020 Catch-Up Week Flyer

 


Graduation Week: Monday-Sunday, December 14-20

Our Graduation Ceremonies for the Autumn Term will be this week:  Monday through Sunday, December 14-20.

As we have discussed in our lessons together, we will hold our Graduation ceremonies at our school.

Graduation will be during your usual class time, but on the day you have selected — either your “A” lesson or your “B” lesson.

At Graduation you’ll perform a short demonstration of a selection of the skills you have learned to earn your new rank.  We will then present your new belt and your certificate of rank.  Please wear your current rank belt and your uniform for your Graduation.

We will video your Graduation, both your skill demonstration and presentation of your new rank.  We’ll make this video available to you a few days afterwards, so that you can share this with friends and family who are out of town, or who are quarantining, isolating, or sheltering at home to protect a vulnerable family member.

We will follow our usual safety procedures — physical distancing, wearing masks, checking temperatures, and asking screening questions.

You’re not required to participate in Graduation Week.  If at present you are quarantining, isolating, or limiting contact with people outside your household as a precaution, please let me know and we will arrange a private session during our upcoming “Catch Up” week — December 21-27.

Please follow the link below to download your information flyer:

Autumn 2020 Graduation Information

Please contact our Senior Instructor, Mr. Booker, if you have any questions about Graduation.


Promotion Exams — What if I’m out this week?

We have Promotion Exams coming up this week, Monday through Sunday, December 7 to 13.

With the current surge in COVID-19 infections, several members of our school community have asked about how to handle some of the situations that may arise during this time.

Basically, what do we do if and/or when these happen:

  • You’re quarantining or isolating at home, due to COVID-19 exposure or a positive test.  You can’t come to your regular lessons for the exam.
  • You’re protecting a vulnerable family member.  You’re limiting outside contact as much as possible.
  • You’re sheltering at home out of prudence until the current surge in infections passes.

Back at the beginning of the Autumn Term, we did make contingency plans for the possibility of a significant surge.  We have a couple of options available for you to meet these situations.

  1. You can work from home using the online Video Tutorials.  Just contact Mr. Booker by phone or email and let him know that you want to use this option.  We’ll make the necessary arrangements, including providing you with a detailed written lesson plan to work from.
  2.  We have a “Catch Up” week available December 21-27.  We’ll be doing private lessons by appointment during this week.  If you find you can’t usefully work from the online Video Tutorials, please let us know.  We’ll set aside the time for you to complete your Promotion Exam in person during this week.

 

We will continue in-person lessons under the current Tennessee Pledge guidelines.  We will most certainly continue to apply appropriate physical distancing, wearing protective masks, temperature checks and screening questions.

Whether you continue coming to your in-person lessons, or you are staying home, you’ll be able to complete your Promotion Exam and earn advancement to your next rank.

Please take a few minutes to go to our YouTube channel for your Video Tutorials, and look these over.

BFK Video Tutorial YouTube Channel


Promotion Exams: Monday-Sunday, 12/7-12/13

Promotion Exams for the Autumn Term are coming up next week, December 7-13 (Monday through Sunday).

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.

The Promotion Exams will take place during normal lesson times throughout this week.

Fundamentals and Honors students should attend both your “A” & “B” lessons to complete your Promotion Exam.  To be eligible to take the exam you should have earned your bronze and silver achievement stripes.

Tigers students should attend one of your lessons to complete your Promotion Exam.

Should you miss your exam due to illness or family emergency, we will schedule special “Make Up” sessions for you as part of our upcoming “Catch Up” week (December 21-27).  If you are staying home, please let Mr. Booker know and we’ll make arrangements for you to complete your exam using the online Video Tutorials.

Please follow this link to download your information flyer:  December 2020 Exam Flyer

Please check with your instructor if you have any questions about the Promotion Exams.


Can I do Virtual Lessons?

With the current surge in COVID-19 infections, several of our students and parents have asked two questions:

  1.  Do we intend to continue in-person lessons?
  2.  Can we choose to work from home using virtual video lessons?

The answer to both questions is “Yes”.

1)  We will continue in-person lessons under the current Tennessee Pledge: Reopening Tennessee Responsibly guidelines issued by Governor Lee.  Specifically, this means:  appropriate physical distancing, wearing protective masks, temperature checks and screening questions.  We have been strict about all of these from the outset, and they have served to protect our students, instructors, and our family members.

2)  You can certainly work from home using virtual video lessons.  We have had several students work this way when they’ve had to stay home isolating or quarantining.  You can also choose this option if your are limiting contact and sheltering at home as a precaution during the present surge.  The way this will work:

  • Contact Mr. Booker by phone or email and let him know you want to do virtual video lessons.
  • He’ll prepare a written lesson plan to help you work using the online Video Tutorials posted on our YouTube channel and Facebook page.
  • Make short videos of yourself performing the skills from your lessons.  You don’t have to video your entire practice — just 2 or 3 repetitions of each skill will be fine.
  • Send your videos to Mr. Booker so that he can give you feedback and coaching on your skills.  Students often use dropbox for this, rather than trying to email large video files.

After Thanksgiving, we will have 3 weeks remaining in our Autumn Term.  We can certainly get you through the review week, the Promotion Exam itself, and your Graduation by video, should you choose this option.

Please take a few minutes to go to our YouTube channel for your Video Tutorials, and look these over.

BFK Video Tutorial YouTube Channel


“Catch-Up” Week: Monday through Sunday, 11/23-11/29

Next week will be our “Catch-Up Week — Monday through Sunday, November 23-29.  This is also the Thanksgiving holiday week.

We’ll have special private lessons available by appointment during this week.  These will help you get caught up if you have had to miss a few lessons during the past few weeks.

During this week, we will be conducting:

  • Private Make Up tests for your 1st or 2nd Achievement Stripes.
  • Private skill coaching & “Catch-Up” lessons.
  • Introductory Lessons & Family Conferences.

Please contact Mr. Booker at your earliest convenience to schedule appointments for these as needed.

Regular lessons will not meet during this week.  We will resume our regular lessons on Monday, November 30.  We’ll begin preparing for our upcoming Promotion Exams.

Please follow this link to download your information flyer:  November 2020 Catch-Up Week Flyer


2nd Achievement Stripe Tests This Week!

We will have 2nd Achievement Stripe (Silver) tests for our Karate Tigers, Fundamentals and Honors Students during our lessons this week — Monday, November 16 through Sunday, November 22.

Fundamentals and Honors students should attend both your “A” and “B” lessons this week to complete your stripe test.

Karate Tigers students should attend at least one of your lessons this week to complete your stripe test.

Please take a few minutes to go to our Youtube channel for your Video Tutorials.  These will help you to review your karate skills for your Achievement Stripe test!  Please follow the link below:

BFK Video Tutorial Youtube Channel.