Graduation Summer Term: Sunday and Saturday, August 25 & 31
Just a reminder that our Graduation Ceremonies for the Summer Term 2019 are coming up Sunday and Saturday, August 25 & 31.
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 your family and friends to come see you at Graduation — there will be plenty of seating, and plenty of parking space as well.
Graduation on Sunday August 25 will begin at 2:00pm for our Teen & Adult students (ages 13+), and 3:30pm for Tigers students (ages 4 & 5). The Sunday Graduation will take place at Broadway Family Karate.
Graduation on Saturday August 31 will begin at 10:00am for our Pre-Teen students (ages 9-12), and 12:00 Noon for our Juniors students (ages 6-8). Graduation will take place at the First Lutheran School, 1207 North Broadway, Knoxville TN 37917. We will be in their gym, which is at the back of the school. The gym at First Lutheran won’t be available to us on August 24, so these sessions are a week later than usual.
Please allow this link to download your information flyer: August 2019 Graduation Flyer
Summer Term Graduation: Monday-Friday, August 12-23
Promotion Exams for the Summer Term are coming up this week, August 19-23 (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 to miss one during the week. There will be no lessons on Sunday, August 25.
Please follow this link to download your information flyer for complete information: August 2019 Exam Flyer
Please register at the school if you plan to participate in the Promotion Exams. Please check with Mr. Booker if you have any questions about your eligibility for the Promotion Exams.
Exam Preparation Camp: Sunday, August 18
We will have a special Exam Preparation Camp for all students this Sunday, August 18.
This camp is to prepare for the Summer Term Promotion Exams coming up in our lessons the week of August 19-23. This camp will give you a little extra preparation for the Promotion Exams, so that you will be able to do your very best. We will review the exam material together during these sessions. Participation counts for 2 Class Credits.
Please follow this link to download your information flyer, including session times: Preparation Camp Summer 2019 Flyer
Please register at the school or contact us by phone or email if you plan to participate in the Exam Preparation Camp.
Make Up Camp: Saturday, August 10
We will have a special Make Up Camp for all Fundamentals and Honors Students this Saturday, August 10.
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 achievement stripes for students who may be eligible. Participation counts for 2 Class Credits.
Please follow this link to download your information flyer, including times: Make Up Camp August 10, 2019
Please register at the school or contact us by phone or email if you plan to participate in the Summer Term Make Up Camp.
Drive-In Movie Night: The Lion King — Saturday, August 3
We will be organizing a group trip this coming Saturday evening to the Parkway Drive-In Movie Theater in Maryville. The first feature is The Lion King, and is rated PG. The second feature is Dark Phoenix, rated PG-13.
We will plan to meet at the school at 5:45pm, and leave for the Drive-In at about 6:00pm. The gates of the Drive-In open at 7:00pm, but the first feature will only start at nightfall — about 9:15pm.
I would suggest bringing folding camp chairs and possibly a picnic supper. The concession stand offers a selection of hamburgers, hotdogs and other snacks — but it can get pretty crowded. There’s a large grassy space up front under the screen for outdoor games.
I have checked the rules — “Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome”. There is plenty of room and plenty of time to take your dog for a good, long walk.
Please follow this link to go to their website for more information about the Parkway Drive-In, including admission rates: http://www.parkwaydrivein.com/
This will be “weather permitting” — but currently the forecast for Saturday is looking very good. Please let me know if you have any questions, or if you plan to join us.
Family & Friends Ice Cream Party: Saturday, July 20
We will be having a Friends & Family Ice Cream Party on Saturday, July 20. You are welcome to invite family and friends to join you as your guests.
We will have an ice cream truck from Bruster’s parked by the courtyard with a selection of flavors for both children and adults. We’ll have ice cream available from about 2:00pm on.
We’ll also be holding a selection of training games for our students and invited guests on the following schedule:
1:30pm — Tigers & guests (ages 4 & 5)
2:00pm — Junior Fundamentals & Honors & guests (ages 6-8)
2:45pm — Pre-Teen Fundamentals & Honors & guests (ages 9-12)
3:30pm — Teen & Adult Fundamentals & Honors & guests (ages 13+)
Please follow this link for your information flyer: Ice Cream Party Flyer July 2019
Please register by Thursday, July 18 if you plan to join us. You can register at the school, or contact us by phone or email. Participation will count for 2 Class Credits.
New Students & Families Orientation Meeting: Saturday, July 13
We will be having an Orientation Meeting for new students and their families this coming Saturday, July 13, at 10:00am.
This is open to all 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 discuss the basics of how the Honors Program works, and how students qualify for membership.
Attendance will count for 2 Class Credits. Please register at the school, or contact us by phone or email if you plan to attend.
Please follow this link to download your information flyer: New Students & Families Orientation Flyer July 2019
School Policy Advisory: Wearing Your Uniform for Lessons
We have had some questions recently regarding exactly what our students should be wearing for our lessons together. To avoid this becoming a cause of contention between parent and child when getting ready to come to class, we’ve prepared a School Policy Advisory for your guidance.
Please follow this link to download your policy advisory: Uniform Policy Advisory July 2019
Please let us know if you need us to order you a new uniform. We have order forms available at the school, or you can download it by following this link: Uniform Order July 2019
Please follow this link for your uniform sizing guide: Size Chart for Uniforms
Please let us know if you have any questions about what is appropriate uniform for your lessons, or about sizing or ordering.
We do have black BFK “Top Knox” school t-shirts available for order by all students, should you need one to wear during lessons.
Independence Day Holiday: Thursday & Friday, July 4 & 5
Just a reminder that we will be closed in observance of the Independence Day Holiday on Thursday and Friday, July 4 & 5. No lessons will meet on these days.
We will resume lessons on our normal schedule Sunday, July 7.
Enjoy your Independence Day!
Invite a Friend: School-Smart Personal Defense Camp — Saturday, June 22
We’ll have a special “Invite a Friend: School Smart Personal Defense Camp” this coming Saturday, June 22.
Please bring a friend with you. You’ll help them learn basic defenses against grabs, shoves and strikes. All of these will be basic skills we’ve worked with in our Fundamentals lessons — you’ll work with your friend as their training partner, helping them to learn these skills.
Sessions will meet on the following schedule:
3:00pm — ages 6-8
4:00pm — ages 9-12
Both Fundamentals and Honors students and their chosen friends are welcome to participate. Please register by Thursday, June 20. You can register at the school, or get in touch by email or phone by Thursday to let us know that you and your friend will be joining us. Your friend’s parents are also welcome to come and watch. Participation will count for 2 Class Credits.
Please follow this link to download your information flyer: Invite a Friend: School Smart Personal Defense Camp Information.
Please follow this link to download your registration form: Invite a Friend Camp Registration.