I would like to congratulate all of the students who participated in belt graduation last Friday evening. I am really excited for the growth that I am seeing and I was particularly proud of how well behaved all the younger students were! Each belt rank is a step closer to achieving your goal of Black belt.
Don’t forget to thank Marco’s Pizza for offering the 20% coupon on the back of the Belt Graduation handout.
Congratulations to Students Of The Month
Samuel Gibson – August
John Fischer – September
Summer Reading Challenge
The winners of our Reading is Self Defense Summer Challenge were:
1st Place went to Eli Suber who received a $30 Books A Million gift card
2nd Place went to Maya Harvey who receive a $15 Books A Million gift card
Summer Attendance Contest
This was a really close contest with just one class separating the two
1st Place went to Daniel Neilsen who received a $30 Beef O’Brady’s gift card
2nd Place went to Michael Marin who received a $15 Beef O’Brady’s gift card
Just A Quick Reminder
We have gotten some great feedback on our Parents Night Out survey. If you have a child that attends or would like to attend, would you please kindly take a few minutes and click on the link below and answer the questions.
Click here: SKS PNO Survey.
SKS will be closed this Monday, October 10th for the Columbus Day holiday. We wish everyone a wonderful long weekend.
Advanced or adult students are invited to make up this class by attending one of our beginner or intermediate classes.
Weekly Planned Curriculum:
A Days – Monday & Tuesday – Forms
B Days – Wednesday & Thursday – Sparring
Rules of Etiquette
Students are allowed on the mat when they arrive early for class when no class is in session. If there is a class, students are expected to sit in the lobby and be respectful of the class in progress and keep their voices low.
If you do come on the mat, students are expected to practice – this can be anything that needs improvement, like push ups, or stretching, work on a form or basics, etc. Playing, running, being silly in general is not allowed and the student will be asked to leave the mat.
5 minutes before the start of class, students are expected to line up at the back of the class (front of the mats) and be ready for class.
I like that many students are excited to see their friends on the mat before class, but even though class is not in session, we are still trying to create a culture of focus, courtesy and respect.
If you have any questions about the rules of etiquette for partner training, please feel free to talk to an instructor or email Sensei at [email protected]
SKS Training Tip
Students are generally invited to spar in the leadership class. Unlike many schools that have students spar right away, I believe a foundation of basics need to be taught before throwing students “into the ring” so to speak. I am also looking for students to develop a sense of control so that when they start sparring, they are not reckless and unintentionally hurt a fellow student.
Once students start to spar, these are some import points to consider:
Distance control – how far away or how close a student is to their attacker. If you are too far, you won’t get hit, but you will also not be able to make contact. If you are too close you run the risk of getting hit.
Angle of attack – you never want to directly stand in front of your fighter. You always want to stay at an angle which makes it more difficult to get hit. As you get better at sparring, you will try to maintain angles that negate your partners strength. For example, if Johnny Ninja likes to punch with his right hand, you should try to stay on his right side away from the right hand.
Movement – one of the biggest problems for a beginner sparring student is they tend to stand still, which makes them an easy target. We teach our students to stay in the guard position and try to circle your opponent as much as possible.
Hands – lastly, keep your hands up. Beginner sparring students are notorious for letting their hands drop, particularly when they go to throw a kick. Stay focused on protecting your head at all times.
Obviously, there are a lot more things to consider when sparring, but if the student can start by focusing on these, that would be a good start.
There will be no classes on this Federal holiday, Monday, October 10th.
We have tentatively planned our next Parents Night Out for Friday, October 28th.
One of the things mentioned in the PNO survey is people would like a discount if
they registered and paid on line early.
Be on the look out.
If you haven’t completed the PNO survery, here it is.
Click here: SKS PNO Survey
In honor of National Anti-bullying month, SKS will be offering a FREE bully workshop on Saturday, October 22th from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This event is open to all SKS students and the general public. Children ages, 7 and up are invited to attend. We are requesting Halloween Candy donations be made which will go to children from domestic violence families. Spaces are limited, so please register early.
Self Defense Workshop
In honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness month, SKS will be offering a FREE self defense clinic for women on Saturday, October 22nd at 11:00 a.m. It will last approximately 1 hour. This workshop is open to all SKS students, SKS mothers and the general public. Due to the sensitive nature of the content covered, the minimum age is 13 years old. We are asking for cash donations that will go to Sister Care, a local shelter that serves battered women and their children in the greater Columbia community. Spaces are limited, so please register early.
There will be no classes on Halloween night, Monday, October 31st. We added this policy about 6 years ago because student attendance was always light on this night. We believe this is a night for family to have fun together and not worry about coming to karate.
Our next scheduled monthly leadership class is this Saturday, November 5th at 10:00 a.m.
If you are in the Leadership Program, you are eligible to attend. October’s class was better attended, so let’s hope we can continue this monthly class with good class participation.
Black Belt Test
Zachary Eppes is scheduled to test for his Black belt (1st Dan) following our monthly leadership class on Saturday, November 5th. This will be a closed test and it will not be open to students or the general public.
Travis Durant will be his testing Uke, a very important person in a Black belt test.
Let’s wish them both Good luck!
Finally, I would like to say a prayer to all the people that are potentially effected by Hurrican Matthew. Let’s hope the destruction is minimal.
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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 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.