Hi there….

It’s hard to believe that the school year is almost over!  It really has gone by so quickly.

Just a couple of quick reminders.

1. We are about halfway through the training cycle and many students still do not have any tips.  While students can certainly test for all
of their tips during week 10, it does put more pressure on the student.

Our curriculum was created with our student’s in mind.  Each belt rank (except white) is broken out into 5 sections.  Instead of having to learn and test for everything in that belt rank, the student can progress a tip at a time.

This format was created to give the student more control in the process.  They now know exactly what they need to learn.

But this process also requires the student to be more accountable and take responsibility for knowing the curriculum.

My concern is many students are not advancing per the timeline indicated in the curriculum book and when students are NOT moving up, they tend to lose interest, which often leads to quitting.

It’s one thing to skip a quarter because you missed a bunch of classes due to summer travel and vacation, or a prolonged sickness, but most students with consistent class attendance and some practice at home, should be able to advance according to the timeline in the journal.

To compliment our curriculum book and what the student learns in class, we have created and posted about 95% of our curriculum in our new SKS app.

The remaining 5% will be added over the next couple of weeks, now that Mr. Feldt is back teaching.

There is still plenty of time for students to get all their tips and participate in our next belt graduation, but they have to get in their journals
and start taking action towards tipping.

2. Our next belt graduation is planned for June 29th at 6:00 p.m.  You won’t want to miss it as it will include a black belt ceremony
for Travis Durant,  SKS students get to participate in the ceremony.  Save the date, more details to follow.

3.  Our Saturday class attendance has improved so we are going to continue them at least through June.  We are scheduling them the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month.  Due to Memorial Day weekend, we will not have a Saturday class.  Our next date will be June 9th.  The SKS app has the posted dates in the events section.

**Please remember to register for each class you plan on attending.

4.  If you have not yet downloaded the new SKS app, please do so.  It has nearly all of our curriculum posted, shares event dates and is a way for us to communicate with all members via their phone.

Please go to the Itune Store or Google Play Store and download the “Samurai Karate Studio” app. Put in your first and last name and use
8034629425 as the code.   Both parents and additional family members are welcome to sign up for the app.

**Please note:  When signing up for an event, such as the bonus Saturday class, please enter each student who will be attending.  It gives us a more accurate count as to who is attending.  Thanks.


5.  Due to the Memorial Holiday, there will be no classes on Monday, May 28th.


I hope everyone has a great week!

Sensei Feldt
Samurai Karate Studio

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About SKS

Sensei Chris Feldt is the owner and chief instructor of Samurai Karate Studio, a leadership academy located in Northeast Columbia, South Carolina. His school teaches karate to children and adults ages 4 and up. SKS specializes in self-defense, anti-bullying, stranger danger and character and leadership development.

Mr. Feldt was an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina for college credit in karate and self-defense. Samurai Karate Studio has been recognized as a leader in martial arts instruction by being honored with the Best of Columbia Award for 5 consecutive years in a row.



Sensei Feldt is a certified instructor for C.O.B.R.A., a worldwide self-defense, and personal protection program. SKS offers Active Shooter Training, Real Estate Safety, 10 Week Self Defense Academies, Bully Workshops, and Child Safety Camps.

We also provide corporate safety training.


Sensei Feldt has been a guest speaker in the Richland 2 School District covering school talks on stranger danger, anti-bullying strategies, kindness, and making good choices. He is available for both private and corporate self-defense seminars

Samurai Karate Studio is also a proud member of MAAB, Martial Artists Against Bullying, a nationwide program made up of martial arts schools throughout the country that are committed to helping children who are victims of bullying. If you or someone you know is being bullied, we are here to help. But, you have to take the first step and either call us at 803-462-9425 or email us at: [email protected]

Bullying is one of the most serious issues we face today and with the right coaching, students can learn how to defeat the bully using non-violent strategies.


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