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Honors Workshop: Board Breaking, Sunday, December 7

We will be having an Honors Program Board Breaking workshop on Sunday, December 7.  Juniors (ages 6-8) will be at 1:00pm;  Pre-Teens (ages 9-12) will be at 2:00pm;  Teens and Adults (ages 13+) will be at 3:00pm.

Please bring your rebreakable board with you for this workshop.  We will also be breaking wooden boards at the end of each workshop.  Please register at the school if you plan to attend.  Participation will count for 2 Class Credits.


School Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Just a reminder that we will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday Wednesday through Saturday, November 26-29.  No lessons will meet on these days.

Lessons will resume on our normal schedule Monday, December 1.  Happy Thanksgiving!


Jump Start Lessons Sunday, November 23

We will have a special set of Jump Start Lessons for the Winter Term today, Sunday, November 23, because of the upcoming Thanksgiving week.

Today’s lessons will meet on the following schedule:

1:00pm — Fundamentals Students (ages 6-12)

1:45pm — Honors Students (ages 6-12)

2:30pm — Tigers Students (ages 4-5)

3:00pm — Get Started in Karate workshop for both new and current Teen & Adult students (ages 13+)

Participation will count for 1 Class Credit


Buddy Day & Movie Night Friday, November 21

As part of our special Fun Week schedule, we will be having our Buddy Day and Movie Night today!

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:  Star Wars Episode IV:  A New Hope (PG) at 7:00pm.  This is the very first of the Star Wars movies, in its original form (as released in theaters in 1977).  Please invite family and friends to attend with you.


Special Events: Intro to Free Sparring & Fight Night

As part of our Fun Week schedule, we have two special events for Honors Students today, Thursday, November 20.

6:30pm — Introduction to Free Sparring for new Honors Students (Senior Yellow Belts) of all ages.  We will go over the basic rules for Free Sparring with a partner, as well as how to wear and maintain your new sparring gear.

7:00pm — Fight Night:  Face the Music for Honors Students of all ranks and ages.  We will be Free Sparring together to music.

Participation in either (or both) events will count for 2 Class Credits for the upcoming Winter Term 2014-15.

See you this evening!


Fun Week this week — Special Schedule

Special Fun Week Schedule this week (Monday-Sunday, November 17-23).  Lessons will not meet on our normal schedule during this week.

Monday through Wednesday, November 17-19, we will have Introductory Lessons, Private Lessons, and Conferences by appointment.  No classes will meet on these days.

Please check here for further special events later on this week!


Special Workshop: Introduction to the Tonfa

Special Workshop:  Introduction to the Tonfa will take place today, Sunday, November 16, at 6:00pm.

This workshop will be an introduction to this traditional Okinawan Kobudo weapon.  Our distinguished guest instructor is Mr. David Henderson of the Samurai Dragons dojo.

This special workshop is open to Junior and Pre-Teen students holding Probationary Black Belt rank or higher, and Teen & Adult students holding Blue Belt rank or higher.

See you there!


Autumn Term 2014 Graduation Today

Our Graduation Ceremony for the Autumn Term 2014 will be today, Saturday, November 15.

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 at 12:00 Noon for our Pre-Teen, Teen & Adult students (ages 9+).

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

See you there!


Final Day of Autumn Term Promotion Exams

Just a reminder that today — Friday, November 14 — is the final day for Promotion Exams for the Autumn Term 2014.  If you have not completed your Exam yet, you can do so today.  Please come to your normal lesson today to complete your Exam.  Lesson times are as follows:

3:30pm — Tigers (ages 4&5)

4:00pm — Junior and Pre-Teen Fundamentals Students (ages 6-12)

4:45pm — Junior and Pre-Teen Honors Students (ages 6-12)

5:30pm — Teen and Adult Fundamentals and Honors Students (ages 13+)

I know that some of our students have been out ill this week.  If you are unable to complete your Promotion Exam today, please contact me directly regarding setting up a “make-up” session next week, during Fun Week.

Tom Booker, Senior Instructor


School Open Today, Tuesday, November 4

Just a reminder that lessons will meet today, Tuesday, November 4, on our usual schedule.

I have had several of our students and families ask about this, as today is Election Day, and in consequence the Knox County Schools have cancelled classes for students today.  For teachers, this is an “In-service day”.  To clarify this a bit, when the Knox County Schools close completely (students and teachers are both off), we will close as well.  When the Knox County Schools partially close of an “In-service day” (students off, but teachers working), we will hold lessons on our normal schedule.

Just to repeat, lessons meet as normal today.  See you in class!

Tom Booker, Senior Instructor