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Karate Tigers Students: 1st Stripe Video Tutorial

For our Karate Tigers Students, this is our Autumn Term 1st Achievement Stripe Video Tutorial and written Guide for both our “A” & “B” Lesson skills.

We will be working on learning and strengthening these skills in our lessons over the next few weeks.

We will be testing for 1st Achievement Stripes (Bronze) in our lessons together the week of October 12-18.

Please follow the links below to access your Video Tutorial and written Guide:

 

 

 


Quarantine? Isolation? We’ll help you train at home!

Let’s go over how we’ll handle the situation in the event you’re home Quarantining or Isolating.

If you would prefer video of this information, please follow this link:  Quarantine?  Isolation?

You’ll continue to have our instructional support during this period.  We’ll work together to keep your karate instruction moving forward positively and constructively while you’re at home.  This doesn’t have to be anything more than a brief change in how we work together.

We have distance learning resources available for you — online Video Tutorials on your karate skills, as well as written guides to these.

If you are having to Quarantine or Isolate, please contact our school at your earliest convenience, and let us know.

Mr. Booker, our Senior Instructor, will create individual lesson plans for you on a week-by-week basis.  These will guide you in using your Video Tutorials to practice effectively with your karate skills at home.  Our younger students will need the help of their parents as training partners and coaches to get the most out of these.

You can then submit video of you demonstrating these skills so that he can provide you with feedback and any needed coaching.

We will continue this throughout your period of Quarantine/Isolation.  This is currently about two weeks, and in the case of precautionary Quarantine has often been significantly less.

Once you’ve been cleared to resume in-person instruction, please return to your usual lessons.  We’ll be happy to see you back!

We’ll also schedule one or more private lessons as needed.  We’ll work through your karate skills together, to help get you back up to speed on these and make sure you understand them properly.

One last word:  when you’re practicing at home, don’t worry about having to be “spot on” perfect with your skills.  Just do your best with them.  What is most important is that you’re engaging with these skills mentally, and practicing consistently with them physically.  We can polish up the fine details together once you’re back in class!

Should you need to Quarantine or Isolate, just contact our school and we will make the necessary arrangements.

 

 


Honors Students: 1st Stripe Video Tutorials

For our Honors Students, these are our Autumn Term 1st Achievement Stripe Video Tutorials and written guides for both our “A” & “B” Lesson skills.  We will be working on learning and strengthening these skills in our lessons over the next few weeks.  We will be testing for 1st Achievement Stripes (Bronze) in our lessons together the week of October 12-18.

Please follow the links below to access your Video Tutorials and written Guides:

Honors Course “A” Lesson 1st Stripe Video Tutorial

Honors “A” Lesson 1st Stripe Lesson Guide

Honors Course “B” Lesson 1st  Stripe Video Tutorial

Honors “B” Lesson 1st Stripe Lesson Guide


Fundamentals Students: 1st Stripe Video Tutorials

For our Fundamentals Students, these are our Autumn Term 1st Achievement Stripe Video Tutorials and written Guides for both our “A” & “B” lesson skills.  We will be working on learning and strengthening these skills in our lessons over the next few weeks.  We will be testing for 1st Achievement Stripes (Bronze) in our lessons together the week of October 12-18.

Use these Video Tutorials and written Guides to help you practice and develop your skills at home, outside of our formal lessons together at our school.  If you are going to be away for a few days on vacation during the Autumn, you can also use these to help you complete your lessons and submit them to our Senior Instructor, Mr. Booker, by video.  Please let him know if you are going to be away and unable to attend lessons for a few days, and he will work with you to set up arrangements for you to submit your work by video.

Please follow the links below to access your Video Tutorials and written Guides:

Fundamentals Course “A” Lesson 1st Stripe Video Tutorial:  Autumn Term

Fundamentals Course “A” Lesson Guide:  Autumn Term

Fundamentals Course “B” Lesson 1st Stripe Video Tutorial:  Autumn Term

Fundamentals Course “B” Lesson Guide:  Autumn Term


Autumn Term Event Schedule

We are beginning lessons for our Autumn Term on Monday, September 14.

Please follow the link below for your Event Schedule.  This will give you the information you need on upcoming Achievement Stripe tests, Promotion Exams, and Graduation.

Autumn Term 2020 Events


COVID-19: Student Safety Guidelines

Video Advisory:  COVID-19 Student Safety Guidelines

We are continuing in-person lessons with the beginning of our Autumn Term on Monday, September 14.  Our Autumn Term will run through Sunday, December 20.

As directed by Governor Lee under the current Tennessee Pledge:  Reopening Tennessee Responsibly guidelines, we’ll be conducting on-site, in-person lessons as follows:

1)  Checking temperatures and asking screening questions.  Before allowing anyone to join a lesson we’ll be doing both of these.  We’ll be screening family members as well as students.

2)  Students, family members and instructors will wear masks or other appropriate face coverings.  We are protecting each other by doing this.  At this time and under these circumstances, working together masked is a necessary personal discipline.

3)  “No Contact”.  In line with personal distance requirements, students will not be holding targets, shields or other training tools for each other.  Our students will need an adult member of their immediate family to attend lessons with them as their training partner, so that we are limiting contact appropriately.  The adult training partner will be holding training tools and providing other simple assistance with the guidance of the lead instructor.

4)  We won’t be sharing training equipment, such as targets and shields.  Students will bring their own individual, dedicated equipment to lessons with them, and take them home again afterwards.  Having these available will also allow you to practice your karate skills together at home.  We’ll use the following training tools:

—  Karate Tigers & Fundamentals Students:  please bring a Blocker (“Caveman Club”) to your lessons.  The supply of these continues to be limited.  Please let us know as soon as possible if you need us to order one for you.

— Honors & Black Belts Students:  please bring your Arm Shield and your Padded Long Sword to your lessons.  For your “B” lessons, please bring your Bo (long staff) as well.

5)  We will maintain appropriate physical distancing.  We have training spaces marked out on the floor for our students, and we have dispersed seating available for family members.  Because of the space restrictions specified in the Tennessee Pledge guidelines, students should have just their adult training partner with them during their lessons.  We have plenty of seating available at need in the courtyard immediately outside our school for other family members.

A couple of other general points that several members of our school community have asked about:

Video Tutorials:  We will continue to make online video tutorials available on your karate skills for this term to help you practice at home.  These reference videos will take you through all your skills in depth.  We will have a set of these available for your 1st Achievement Stripe skills, and for your 2nd.

Student Quarantine or Isolation:  In the event that you’re temporarily unable to attend lessons because you’re either in quarantine or isolation, you can continue your lessons through distance learning. Please contact the senior instructor, Mr. Booker, to make the necessary arrangements.  We’ll use the online video tutorials to help structure your distance learning.  You can submit your work at home by video for class credit.  We will also have two “Catch-Up” weeks scheduled during this Term to help you get back up to speed with your lessons if you had to be home.  Quarantine is used for someone who may have been exposed to COVID-19, as a precaution until their test results are known.  Isolation is used for someone who has tested positive for infection with the virus. Should you need to stay at home in either situation, we’ll get you the instructional support you need.

Please follow the link below to download your written Advisory:

Advisory — COVID-19 Student Safety Guidelines

 


Autumn Term Lessons Start: Monday, September 14

We will be starting lessons for our Autumn Term this Monday, September 14.

We will continue to conduct our lessons as directed by Governor Lee under the current Tennessee Pledge:  Reopening Tennessee Responsibly guidelines.

We’ve prepared a detailed Advisory on how lessons for the Autumn Term will work under these guidelines.  Please follow the link below to download your Advisory, and look it over carefully at your convenience.

Advisory — Autumn Term 2020

Also, at the end of your first lesson during the coming week we will have a brief meeting where we will go over the Event Schedule for the upcoming Autumn Term.


“Catch-Up” Week: Monday through Sunday, 9/7 – 9/13

This will be our “Catch-Up” Week — Monday through Sunday, September 7-13.  During this week, we will be conducting:

  • School maintenance & upkeep work.
  • Shooting Video Tutorials for next term.
  • Private “Catch-Up” lessons and Make Up Promotion Exams.
  • Introductory Lessons & Family Conferences.

Please contact our Senior Instructor, Mr. Booker, to schedule appointments for these as needed.

We will be off of our regular lesson schedule during this week.  We will resume our regular lessons on Monday, September 14 — the beginning of our Autumn Term.

 


Graduation Summer Term: Saturday, September 5

Our Graduation Ceremony for the Summer Term will be this Saturday, September 5.

We will hold our Graduation Ceremony outdoors in the courtyard immediately in front of our school.  This will be “Weather Permitting” — though the current forecast is for a partly cloudy, dry day.

We will be presenting your new belt and your certificate of rank.  Please wear your current rank belt and your uniform for your Graduation.

Please arrive about 5 minutes early for your ceremony.  If you would, please limit your guests to the members of your immediate family.  We will be observing appropriate physical distancing.  Please wear a mask or other appropriate cloth face covering of your choice.

Fundamentals students who will be moving up to Honors for the upcoming Autumn Term should still attend the Graduation Ceremony for your current fundamentals group.

Graduation schedule:

10:00am — Junior Fundamentals (ages 6-8)

10:20am — Junior Honors (ages 6-8)

10:40am — Teen & Adult Honors (ages 9-12)

11:00am — Karate Tigers (ages 4 & 5)

11:20am — Pre-Teen Fundamentals (ages 9-12)

11:40am — Pre-Teen Honors (ages 9-12)

Please follow the link below to download your information flyer:

September 2020 Graduation Flyer


Promotion Exams: Monday-Friday, 8/31-9/4

Promotion Exams for the Summer Term will take place in our lessons this week, August 31 — September 4 (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 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 your should have earned your bronze and silver achievement stripes.

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

Should you miss the exam due to illness or family emergency, we will schedule special “Make Up” sessions for you as part of our upcoming “Catch-Up” Week.

Graduation will take place on Saturday, September 5.  For further information on the Graduation, please follow this link:  Graduation Summer Term 2020 Information.

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