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Graduation, Saturday February 14

Our Graduation Ceremony for the Winter Term 2014-15 is coming up this Saturday, February 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 things 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 will begin at 10am for our Tigers students (ages 4&5), and for our Juniors students (ages 6-8), and 12:00 Noon for our Pre-Teen, Teen & Adult students (ages 9+).

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

See you there!


Fun Week

Just a reminder that we will be on our special Fun Week schedule this week.  Monday through Wednesday, February 16-18, we will be having Introductory Lessons, private lessons, and conferences by appointment.  Regular lessons will not meet on these days.


Promotion Exam Preparation Camp Sunday, February 8

We will be holding a Promotion Exam Preparation Camp this Sunday, February 8, during the afternoon.  These special sessions offer you a little extra preparation for the Promotion Exams taking place during lessons next week, so that you will be able to do your very best.  If there is something we’ve been working with in our regular lessons that you would like a little bit of extra practice with, we will make the time to do that.  We will also review critical elements of the curriculum, such as patterns and one steps, that will be important parts of your Promotion Exam.  Preparation Camp sessions will meet on the following schedule:

1:00pm — Fundamentals students.

1:45pm — Intermediate Honors students (Sr. Yellow-Blue)

2:30pm — Advanced Honors students (Sr. Blue-Sr. Red)

3:15pm — Tigers students (ages 4 & 5)

Participation will count for 2 Class Credits.  Please register at the school if you plan to participate.

See you there!


Make Up Camps Sunday, February 1

We will be holding a set of Make Up Camps for Fundamentals and Honors students this Sunday, February 1.  These are special sessions for students who may have gotten a little behind over the Winter Holidays, and need some help getting caught up for the upcoming Promotion Exams.  We will also have Make Up Achievement Stripe tests during these sessions.  Sessions will meet as follows:

1:00pm — Fundamentals students

1:45pm — Intermediate Honors students (Sr. Yellow-Blue)

2:30pm — Advanced Honors students (Sr. Blue-Sr. Red)

Please register at the school if you plan to attend, or contact us by phone or e-mail.  Participation will count for 2 Class Credits.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Monday, January 19

We will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on Monday, January 19.  No lessons will meet on this day.

Lessons will resume on our normal schedule Tuesday, January 20.

Enjoy the holiday!


Orientation Meeting Sunday, January 18

We will be having an Orientation Meeting for new students and parents this Sunday, January 18, at 1:30pm.  We will be going over in detail how the Tigers and Fundamentals Courses work, how students earn achievement stripes on their belts, and how they earn promotion to a new belt rank.  We will also talk about the Honors Program, what it is, how it works, and how students qualify for membership.  I’ll also answer any questions that you may have about your instruction at our school.

Our Orientation Meeting will last for about 30 minutes.  Participation will count for 2 Class Credits.  Please register at our school if you plan to attend.


One Step Workshop Sunday, January 11

We will be having a set of special One Step Sparring workshops for both Fundamentals and Honors students this coming Sunday, January 11.   Workshop sessions will meet on the following schedule:

1:00pm — Fundamentals students.

1:45pm — Intermediate Honors students (Sr. Yellow-Blue Belts)

2:30pm — Advanced Honors students (Sr. Blue-Sr. Red Belts)

3:15pm — Black Belt Honors students

Participation will count for 2 Class Credits.  Please register at the school if you plan to participate.


Ground Defense Fundamentals Workshop

We will be having a special workshop on Ground Defense Fundamentals this Friday, January 2.  The workshops will meet as follows:

9:30am — Pre-Teens, Teens and Adults

11:00am — Juniors (ages 6-8)

These special workshops are open to both Fundamentals and Honors students.  Participation will count for 2 Class Credits.  You are welcome to bring a friend with you as your training partner (no previous martial arts experience is needed) — you’ll receive 1 Bonus Class Credit for bringing a friend.


Closed for New Year’s Day

We will be closed on Thursday, January 1, in observance of the New Year’s Day Holiday.  No lessons will meet on this day.

Lessons will meet on their normal schedule Friday, January 2.

A happy and prosperous 2014 to us all!


Christmas Week Lesson Schedule

During the upcoming week (December 22-27), lessons will meet on our normal schedule Monday and Tuesday, December 22 & 23.

We will have morning lessons only on Wednesday, December 24 (Christmas Eve).  Lessons will meet on the following schedule that day:

9:30am — Honors Students (all ages)

10:30am — Fundamentals Students (all ages)

11:15am — Tigers Students (ages 4 & 5)

Our school will be closed on Thursday, December 25, in observance of the Christmas Holiday.  No lessons will meet on this day.

Lessons will meet on our normal schedule Friday and Saturday, December 26 & 27.  We will also have our special Self-Defense Fundamentals Camp on the morning of Friday, December 26.