A couple of important announcements to
start off this week’s news letter:
- We have created a on-line survey to get feedback on our Parents Night Out events. Would you please kindly take a few minutes and click on the link below and answer the questions. Click here: SKS PNO Survey.
- Belt graduation invitations were emailed last week. Please be sure to check is you or your child’s name is listed. Graduation is this Friday, September 30 at 6:00 p.m. You can register on line and pay here: Belt Graduation
Weekly Planned Curriculum:
A Days – Monday & Tuesday – Self Defense
B Days – Wednesday & Thursday – Self Defense
This week’s focus during our belt graduation is self defense so that is why it is listed both days to insure enough review time.
Rules of Etiquette
Much of our martial arts training utilizes an imaginary attacker, primarily so that the beginner student has a way of practicing when they are away from the dojo. (Like at home for example) It is not until the intermediate level (Leadership Class) or higher that students routinely partner up with each other.
We minimize the amount of contact in the beginner class, because new students are just learning how to execute techniques and their control is naturally not as reliable. However, over time with more repetitions, students gain better control over their techniques and are generally safer to train with another student.
To be a good training partner, or UKE, you should adhere to the following guidelines:
- When asked to find a partner, do it quickly and without talking
- You should always choose the person closest to you, unless you are instructed to pick someone your own size
- If a student approaches you, do not turn away from them and look for another partner – this is disrespectful and frowned upon
- Always train to the lower of the belt ranks among partners
- There should be little talking finding and working with your partner. If you have a question or need help, please raise your hand.
- When working with a beginner student, allow them to learn the technique before resisting at full force
- Be sure to communicate with your partner – let them know if they are being too hard or too soft
- If your partner does not listen to you, bring it to the instructor’s attention or Sensei
- If possible, it is better if siblings can work with different partners
- When working with a partner, always be positive and supportive
These are the main rules of etiquette when working with a fellow student partner. Above all else, every student is expected to behave with courtesy and respect at all times.
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
Before every class at SKS, we say the student oath.
In order to earn your American Flag Patch, you must recite the oath during class by memory and in a loud, clear, confident voice.
SKS Student Oath
I will develop focus, intensity and discipline through my study Samurai Karate Studio.
I will be an example of leadership, courtesy and respect for everyone I meet, and invite them to join me in my quest for black belt excellence.
I will be honorable and loyal to my God, my family, my country and my instructors.
I will remain goal oriented, motivated and dedicated; and always choose to do my best in all that I strive to achieve.
This is just one of our curriculum requirements, but it is a very powerful one.
The translation is fundamental to being a martial artist.
You will behave like a Black belt where ever you go, whom ever you meet.
That is Black belt excellence!
Over the years, I have had students, both children and adults, struggle with their confidence and reciting the oath from memory was a major stepping stone in their way to Black belt!
Building character & creating leaders the Samurai Karate Studio way!
SKS students, please note you may find a copy of the SKS student oath in document form under the files section of our SKS Family Group on Facebook.
We have our next scheduled belt graduation on Friday, September 30th at 6:00 p.m. Email invitations went out last week and the student list is posted on the SKS TV message board in the lobby. All students are required to wear a full uniform and pay their belt fee on or before graduation starts. You can RSVP and pay on line here: SKS Belt Graduation
If you are invited but will be unable to attend, please let me know prior to graduation so that other arrangements can be made.
Our next scheduled monthly leadership class is this Saturday, October 1st at 10:00 a.m.
If you are in the Leadership Program, you are eligible to attend. While this is NOT a mandatory class, I am going to evaluate the class attendance for the next two classes to see if this is a class we will keep going forward. With the exception of one class, this Saturday class hasn’t had a good turnout.
We have tentatively planned our next Parents Night Out for Friday, October 28th.
Would you please take a moment and complete our Parent Night Out Survey?
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.
Please remember to join our closed Facebook group called SKS Family Group. I am trying to develop this group as a resource by adding more content and curriculum information, but more importantly, this is a place to connect with fellow students or parents, ask questions and get information about school events, community projects, etc.
Also, some things you can do to really help us with social media:
- Please LIKE our Samurai Karate Studio page on Facebook
- Please post a review for our dojo (if you haven’t already)
- Please “check in” every time you visit the dojo. Preferably with a fun photo or video or even just a short positive comment.
- Please LIKE and share every post you see on our business page
All of the above can be done using your smart phone and only takes a few seconds.
Thanks for your support.
Here’s to a great week of classes!
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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.