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Promotion Exams August 11-15

Just a reminder that Promotion Exams for the Summer Term 2014 are coming up this week, August 11-15 (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 one of these days, if you have had to miss one during the week.  There will be no lessons on Saturday, August 16.

Following the Promotion Exams, we will have our school Graduation on August 16.  At Graduation, our students will demonstrate some of the skills they have learned to 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 1st Lutheran School, 1207 North Broadway, just past Rose Mortuary.  You’ll find the schedule for Graduation on the Promotion Exam information flyer.

Please register here at the school if you plan to participate in the Promotion Exams.  Please check with Mr. Booker if you have questions about your eligibility for the Exams.


Saturday, August 9

Just a reminder that we will be off our normal lesson schedule this Saturday, August 9.  We will have the Planning and Preparation Meeting for the Demonstration at 9:30am.  For Honors Black Belts, the Open Floor review will be at 2:00pm, and the Promotion Exam will start at 3:00pm.  Regular lessons will not meet on this day.


Demonstration, Saturday August 9

We have been invited to put on a Martial Arts Demonstration this Saturday, August 9, at Knoxville Center Mall (aka EastTowne).

Honors students, Fundamentals Students, and Tigers students are all welcome to participate in this Demonstration.  We will be demonstrating some of the new skills we have been working on during the Summer Term — defense against the Bear Hug attack, the Texas 2-Gun, Patterns, One Steps, and some Board Breaks.  We’ll be sticking to skills we’ve been practicing together recently, and that everyone is very familiar with.  We’re going to keep this short, simple, and fun.

We will have a special Planning & Preparation Meeting on Saturday morning at 9:30 to decide on what you would like to do as part of the Demonstration, and who you will be working with.  You must attend the Planning & Preparation Meeting to take part in the Demonstration.  We will then meet over at Knoxville Center Mall at 11:00am for the Demonstration itself.  Our Demonstration will be part of the Back-To-School Carnival at City On The Hill Church at the mall — there will be lots of family-friendly activities there on that day.   Participation in the demonstration will count for 2 Class Credits.  Please register at the school if you plan to participate.

Because of the Demonstration, regular lessons will not meet this Saturday, August 9.  The Open Floor Review at 2:00pm for Honors Black Belts, and the Honors Black Belt Promotion Exam at 3:00pm, will both meet as scheduled.

 


Make Up Camp, August 3

Just a reminder that we will have a special Make Up Camp for all Fundamentals and Honors students this Sunday, August 3.

This camp is to help our Fundamentals and Honors students who may have gotten a little behind on their lessons over the Summer Term to get caught back up.  As part of this camp, we will also be doing make up tests for achievements stripes for students who may be eligible.  Participation counts for 2 Class Credits.

Camp sessions will meet as follows:

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 — Honors Black Belt students

Please register at the school if you plan to participate in the Summer Term Make Up Camp.


Orientation Meeting Sunday, July 27

We will be holding an Orientation Meeting for new students and their families on Sunday, July 27, at 1:30pm.

This meeting is open to new students and families — and is especially recommended for Parents.  We will go over the details of the Fundamentals & 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 how the Honors Program works, and how students qualify for membership.

I encourage all our new students, parents & families to come if at all possible.  Attendance will count for 2 Class Credits for the current Summer Term.  Please register at the school if you plan to attend.


One Step Workshops Sunday, July 20

Just a reminder that we will be holding a set of One Step Sparring Workshops this Sunday, July 20.  Workshops 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 — Black Belt Honors Students

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


Independence Day Holiday

Just a reminder that we will be closed in observance of the Independence Day Holiday Friday through Sunday, July 4-6.  No lessons will meet on these days.

Lessons will resume on our normal schedule on Monday, July 7.

Enjoy your Independence Day Holiday!


Summer Term Patterns Workshops Sunday, June 22

We will be having our Summer Term Patterns Workshops this Sunday, June 22.  Fundamentals students will be at 1:00pm;  Intermediate Honors students (Sr. Yellow-Blue) will be at 1:45pm, Advanced Honors students (Sr. Blue-Sr. Red) will be at 2:30pm;  Black Belt Honors students will be at 3:15pm.

We will be looking in detail at patterns we are working on during the Summer Term — Foundation Hyung (Fundamentals), Won-Hyo Hyung (Intermediate Honors), Yul-Gok Hyung (Advanced Honors), and Bassai Hyung (Black Belt Honors).

Participation will count for 2 Class Credits.  See you there!


Competition, week 3

We will continue to discuss the topic of Competition during our lessons this week.  We will talk about the importance of a positive attitude, and particularly good sportsmanship, when we’re involved in Competition during our discussions this week.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week for this week follows below.

“I love competition and really going for it and doing my best, but losing isn’t really upsetting to me.  I feel like if I do lose, the other person really deserved it.”  — Corbin Bleu (Entertainer and Songwriter)

We are not always going to be the best at everything.  We need to understand there are things we will do well, but there may be someone else who can do these same things even better.  When we’re involved in competition, we have to understand that we may be matched up against a player or a team that are more skillful than we are.  We need to be okay with this.  We can still work hard to get better, and we can learn things from our competitors that we can use to improve.  When we’re in competition with someone more skillful, and they do better than we do, we should congratulate them for their expertise and hard work — we should congratulate them for winning.  This is part of good sportsmanship, and is something every competitor should have.

Discussion Questions:

1)  Who do you know who is better than you at something?  What is that thing?

2)  Do you have to be the best at everything you do?

3)  Is good sportsmanship important?  Why?

Please share your answers, and your thoughts about Competition, with our school community by using the form below.


New Students and Families Orientation Meeting Sunday, June 15

We will be holding a special Orientation Meeting for new students and families on Sunday, June 15, at 1:00pm.

This special Orientation Meeting is open to new students and families — and is 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 how the Honors Program works, and how students qualify for membership.

I encourage all our new students, parents, and families to come if at all possible.  Attendance will count for 2 Class Credits for the current Summer Term.  Please register at the school if you plan to attend.