I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!  The week certainly went by fast and I was really happy to be able to spend time with all 3 of my boys and host some family members for the big EAT!

Since December is a short training month for us, I wanted to send our newsletter out earlier than usual. As always, I am so grateful for all of my students and family members.  If you have any questions, please ask.


No PNO in December

With such a busy month and Christmas approaching, we have not scheduled a PNO for the month of December.  We will start back up in January.  Look for the 1st quarter dates posted in our event calendar in our SKS University.

Belt Advancement Request Forms Due 12-1

Students who have tested and passed their required number of belt tips for their next belt rank are asked to submit a Rank Advancement Request form.  This must be turned in by December 1st.  Going forward, this form must be turned in a minimum of two weeks prior to belt graduation.  I need about two weeks to order the belts and prepare the certificates and awards.

Belt Graduation

Our next belt graduation is scheduled for Friday, December 15th.  It will start promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Students should be on time and wear a clean, full white uniform.  Students who register and are approved will be automatically charged their $50 belt fee on the day of graduation.

SKS Christmas Party

Since we usually have a pretty big turnout for belt graduation, I have scheduled our annual Christmas party immediately following belt graduation.  I thought this time might be more convenient for our families.

Everyone that attends, brings a covered dish (see sign up sheet at front desk).

Our Christmas party is a time to socialize and relax and take in some holiday cheer before taking our Christmas break.

Mrs. Parker (Denzel’s mom) is helping to coordinate.  If anyone else would like to help, please see her or me and I will get you her contact information.

Holiday Break

Just a quick reminder, SKS will be closed for our annual Christmas break, following the Richland School District 2 calendar, December 18th to January 2nd.  Classes will resume January 3rd.


SKS University

I have started to add some curriculum videos to our Facebook group, called SKS University.  If you have yet asked to be invited into our group, please do so. (Click Here).  In addition to the videos, you will find articles, reminders, announcements and other cool stuff that you don’t want to miss.

And, the more engaged you are with the group, the stronger it will be.  I have asked for feedback many times and only a few parents have responded.  I know everyone is busy, but this is also YOUR group.  The more you participate, the better a resource it becomes for students, parents, and friends.

By the way, if you have a friend that might be interested in karate, please feel free to invite them to our private group. (just let me know who they are so I will accept them).  This is a great way for potential referrals to see what the culture of our school is like!


Parents, this a friendly reminder to please check in to Facebook when you come to our dojo.  It would also be great if you would post a picture or video with comments.  The more my parents participate in this process, the greater exposure my dojo gets to potential clients that don’t know about our school.

Text Service

I have had a couple of parents comment that they have not received any of my text announcements!  This is probably due to the fact that your spouse signed up, but you did NOT.

Unlike my dojo software that only accepts one email address, I can accept multiple cell phone numbers and add them to our database.

If your spouse or significant other (someone involved in the dojo like a grandparent) would like to be on our text messaging list, it’s very simple.  Just type the message SKS and send it to 26786.


I just posted a poll on our family group to see if the lobby TV is used by my parents?  I spend quite a bit of time doing this and want your feedback to know if it is helpful or not.

Click here to post your answer:  Lobby TV


I realize it was unclear as to when students needed their weapons in class and because I was finalizing the weapons curriculum in the new book, I did not push the issue.  I have tried to share the extra weapons I own, but now that the new curriculum journals outline when to purchase your weapons and what weapons kata are required by belt rank, It’s time for students to catch up.

I don’t have enough weapons to share and students need their weapons in order to practice at home and test with.

I am looking to place a weapons order next Monday, so please be sure to review the weapons you need and either email me or tell me in class by Monday, so I can put them on the order.  They should arrive before Christmas.

Lastly – A Friendly Push!  🙂

This will be one of our smallest belt graduations to date – I believe it’s because many of my students have yet to embrace our new belt advancement system.

Many of you requested a curriculum book so that you knew exactly what was required for each belt rank.

I did that.

Many parents wanted to see more emphasis on fitness.

I did that by incorporating physical requirements for each belt rank.

I went one step further……

……….and included training principles, safety tips and often used karate terms.  I then broke out each belt rank into smaller pieces so that learning and advancing would be easier.

Since I am friends with most of the school owners in the area, I can tell you, no martial arts school in the area has such a comprehensive curriculum book as we have provided.

However, most of my students have yet to look at their books!

How do I know this?

Only a handful of students are actually tipping……and when I ask about common training principles in class, no one can raise their hand and answer.

Most students should be advancing every 3 months, which means they should be tipping at least 1-2 times per month in order to qualify for their next belt rank.  (Advanced students follow a 6-12 month timeline).  A timeline has been provided in the curriculum journal, as well as mentioned in the first section of each belt rank.

Bottom LIne

This new process gives the student a lot more accountability and responsibility, which many parents requested.  For me, it removes some of the guesswork I had to contend with to determine if someone was ready.

During the Christmas break, I would highly recommend my students get into their journals and start studying them – and be prepared to start testing for tips consistently in class.

If you have any comments or questions about the above, please feel free to email me at [email protected] or see me in class.

Thank you as always for your constant and never-ending support!  And I hope to see you at our Christmas party.

Happy Holidays to all!


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