Today is giving Tuesday, and in the spirit of giving we have a gifting challenge for you.
Over the years of doing this we have been blessed by many great people to share the martial arts with. Part of that blessing comes in the form of gifts at the end of the year. We always appreciate when you remember us. We appreciate gestures and gifts that show this but please feel no obligation to give any gift.
We often receive gifts from students this time of the year. This year we have ornaments on our tree from the Dunn County Humane Society Paws for a cause. Read more about it here http://dunncountyhumanesociety.org/christmas-paws-for-a-cause-ornaments-sale/
By purchasing one of these ornaments you are making a donation to the Humane society of Dunn County. This would be a gift that goes much farther than an “arch card” to making the holidays bright for our family. Please consider this opportunity in lieu of gifts to us. Purchase one from the tree and give it to someone you know who appreciates animals.
To fuel this challenge, I will match donations if all ornaments “sell”.
Thank you for considering this option for holiday giving.
A few weeks ago we were talking In class about how to remember the curriculum. I suggested daily practice. The importance of this discussion was driven home to me during an event where the head instructor was talking about the importance of keeping up with your own training. He was explaining that a couple senior instructors failed a recent promotion grading due to not keeping up with their own practice. November has been a bit of an effort to assist in that understanding that the answers are on the floor and repeating our training. The Student workbook is out and available for you to assist in your notes. Please note that as revisions are made active students will receive up to date copies so write all over it and use it to support your learning.
Some of you have asked for additional time to practice and receive instruction. During the winter ahead we will return to open dojo on Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:00 pm. This means the dojo is open and I am available to ask questions. This is a time of self directed practice with support. In addition to this we will offer Special Saturday training once a month. This will be an opportunity for you to work on anything you would like to catch up or as specified.
Please mark the dates on your calendar. RSVP for the classes are appreciated and you are welcome to request material to be covered. This will be directed training time (class instruction).
As we look forward at November our focus will be “Numbers”. We will find creative ways to count and use our numbers. “Numbers” is not just about counting, but repetition. Last writing I talked about the answers are on the floor. This is true, you must get on the floor and practice, practice repeat. We will be selecting a few “moves” and doing them over and over during our class. This is done to develop good form and movements that happen without conscious thought. The other function is that we will work to keep form even when the motion is tired. This may be an example of less is more in some ways.
In Karate we will possibly use; “Simple” Kihon, Kihon 2, 3, 4 Kihon Ido, Keri ido and even Kata with this idea.
As far as Kobudo the same applies, we may repeatedly do our Kihon or Hojo undo, Kata, even Bunkai…
In Yoga we may use more repeating sequences with the hope of building strength and possibly getting a deeper experience of positions.
Practice Practice, Repeat.
Your participation in our program is appreciated, Thank you.