Fun Week — November 16 through 22

We will be on our special Fun Week schedule during this week — Monday, November 16 through Sunday, November 22.  Please see below for details:

Monday through Thursday, November 16-19:  No classes.  Introductory lessons, private lessons, and student and family conferences by appointment.

Friday, November 20:  Buddy Day and Movie Night.

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 NightShrek (PG) at 7:00pm.  Refreshments in the courtyard.  Please invite family and friends to attend with you.

Saturday, November 21:  Winter Term Preparation Meetings.  We will post the complete schedule for these later this week.  Get your Winter Term off to a strong start!

Please follow this link to download the complete Fun Week schedule:  Fun Week November 2015

Graduation Saturday, November 14

Our Graduation ceremony for the Autumn Term 2015 is this Saturday, November 14.

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 family and friends to come see you at Graduation — there will be plenty of seating, and plenty of parking space as well.

Graduation will take place in the gymnasium at First Lutheran School, 1207 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN  37917.

See you there!

Tigers and Juniors Lessons Resume Today, 11/2

Lessons for Tigers students (ages 4 & 5) and Junior students (ages 6-8) will resume today, Monday, November 2, on our regular schedule.

Autumn Term Promotion Exams & Graduation

Promotion Exams for the Autumn Term 2015 are taking place this week, November 9-13 (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.

The Promotion Exams will take place during normal lesson times throughout this week.  Fundamentals and Honors students should plan to attend one “A” day lesson and one “B” day lesson to complete your Promotion Exam.  Tigers students should plan to attend one lesson to complete your exam.  Friday will be our day to make up for these, if you had to miss one of your days during this week.  There will be no lessons on Saturday, November 14.

Following the Promotion Exams, we will have our school Graduation on November 14.  At Graduation, our students will demonstrate some of the skills they have learned top earn their new rank, and then they will be awarded their new belts and certificates of rank.  Please invite family and friends to come see you at Graduation.  Our Graduation will take place at First Lutheran School, 1207 North Broadway, in their gymnasium.

tigers students (ages 4&5) and Junior Fundamentals and Honors students (ages 6-8) will be eligible to participate in the Promotion Exams.  We will focus on the School Smart Self-Defense skills we have been working with in their lessons during November.

Please follow this link for the Graduation day schedule:  November_2015_Exam_Flyer

Exam Preparation Camp Sunday, November 8

Promotion Exam Preparation Camp sessions will be this Sunday, November 8.  Fundamentals students will be at 1:00pm;  Intermediate Honors students will be at 1:45pm;  Advanced Honors students will be at 2:30pm;  Tigers students will be at 3:15pm.  2 Class Credits for participants.

Preparation Camp Autmn 2015 Flyer

Please follow this link to download the information flyer:  Preparation Camp Autumn 2015 Flyer

Make Up Camp Sunday, November 1

We will be holding a special Make Up Camp this Sunday, November 1.  If you have gotten a little behind during the Autumn Term, come to these special sessions and we will help you to get caught back up.  We will also be conducting achievement stripe tests for eligible students as needed during these sessions.  2 Class Credits for participants.

Download pdf of flyer here: Make_Up_Camp_November_1_2015

Make Up Camp November 1, 2015

See you there!

We’re #1 — Voted Best Martial Arts School in Knoxville

We’re #1!

Broadway Family Karate has been voted the best Martial Arts School in Knoxville!  The Knoxville Mercury “Top Knox” poll results have just been released, and in a city-wide poll, our school has been chosen #1.


Please click on the logo above to see our listing in the “Top Knox” poll.

My sincere thanks to everyone who voted for our school in the poll, and for the students, families, instructors, and leadership team members whose contributions to our school over the years have made this possible.

We’re #1!

Tom Booker, Senior Instructor


Movie Night — Saturday, October 24

We will be having a special Movie Night this coming Saturday, October 24, at 7:00pm

Our movie will be Despicable Me 2, and is rated PG.

You are welcome to invite family and friends to come with you for the movie.  This includes students who are currently not attending lessons because of the limited schedule during October.

Please contact the school if you are planning to attend, or if you have any questions about Movie Night.

“Karate for the Cure” Saturday, October 17

We will be hosting a special “Karate for the Cure” fundraiser workshop this coming Saturday, October 17.  This workshop is being organized by Mr. Ryan Walton, one of our Honors Black Belt students, as his Community Service Project as he prepares for the promotion exam for 1st Dan.

This special martial arts/self-defense workshop is designed especially for women and girls, and will be led by Sheena Henderson of the Samurai Dragons dojo.  Beginners are welcome — you don’t need to have any previous martial arts training to take part.

This workshop will focus on introducing you to a set of strong, practical self-defense fundamentals.  Henderson Sensei is an experienced instructor who has studied karate as well as a number of traditional weapons, including the samurai sword.  “I have a long-time personal focus on making traditional techniques effective for female practitioners of the martial arts,” says Henderson.  “We can practice effective self-defense by understanding and using our natural strengths and awareness.

A $5 donation is suggested for all participants.  Your donation will go to the Komen Knoxville, for breast cancer treatment and research in the East Tennessee area.  Please wear clothing you can move around comfortably in — a t-shirt and shorts or sweats should be just fine.  All participants will receive a pink wrist band in recognition of their contribution.  You are welcome to stop by on Saturday to make a donation for the cure, even if you aren’t participating in the workshop itself.

“Karate for the Cure” will take place at our school, 2902 Tazewell Pike, Suite J, Knoxville, TN.  We’re in the Fountain City Business Park.  The workshop will start at 10am on Saturday, October 17, and last until noon.  To register, or if you have questions, please contact us by phone at 688-0120, or by e-mail at

Fall Break Closing October 12 & 13.

Just a reminder we will be closed Monday and Tuesday, October 12 & 13, in observance of the Knox County Schools Fall Break.  No lessons will meet on these days.

Our make-up lessons, Leadership Team lesson, and Black Belt Honors lesson will meet as scheduled today, Sunday, October 11.

Enjoy your Fall Break!