Aug. 4th test for students on next rank
The Dojo will be closed from June 20th to July 7 2015
The last day of 2014 training will be Tuesday, December 30th, at the regular 7pm!
The first day of 2015 training will be Thursday, January 1st, at 11am!
Dojo will be closed December 25th and December 27th for Christmas.
It will be open at 11am on January 1st for New Years Day workout!
See you there
for Sensei Espinoza
Dojo will closed on these dates: Dec. 23rd to Dec 27th
We will have class on Dec. 28th Sat. at 10:30 am
Closed on Tue. Dec. 31
Start the New Year out with Class on Wed. Jan.1st at 11:00 am
Congratulations to Brittney Peterson 8th kyu, Mark Breske 8th kyu and Peter Fulliwider 4th kyu Great job on your test
Congratulations to Garrett Piston
for passing his 5th kyu green belt test
Over the past few years, karate has come to mean a number of things to me. It’s fun and I enjoy it, but it’s more than a sport. The self-defense is helpful. I know I can take care of myself at least reasonably well, which, considering I’m moving to another state with people I’ve never met, is a comforting thought. The physical part of it is great, but it’s everything else that makes it so important for me. It gives me goals to set for myself, whether it is learning a new kata or improving my side kick. It’s something for me to work toward.
Karate has taught me a number of important lessons. It’s taught me that respect is earned. It’s taught me that when I fall, it’s a chance for me to get up and try again. It’s been a confidence boost when my self-esteem has been at it’s lowest. When I come to practice, it’s a chance for me to leave y problems outside with my shoes, and I can pick them back up later. It’s also been a reminder that I still have a lot to learn about many things (i.e. people, life, karate, myself, etc.). Thus, it’s been a lesson not to let accomplishments get to my head.
Karate has given me opportunities to meet some truly wonderful people. Everyone I’ve met at practice has influenced me somehow. At practice, everyone has seen my best, and my worst, but I’m not judged for it, nor would I presume to judge anyone. I’ve come to regard the people at practice as extended family. I know if I ever needed help, all I would have to do is ask for it.
Being the only girl in a men’s class has been a growing experience. Sometimes it’s been painful, usually when sparring. Because of it, I know I can take a hit and shake it off. As I’ve grown up and gained more experience, I’ve noticed a difference in how people treat me. I remember when I was a white belt, it wasn’t uncommon for me to hear, “It’s okay to hit me. You aren’t going to hurt me.” I never heard that said to any of the guys. Actually, I heard the guys being told “Hey! Watch your control!” It was minor coddling that has disappeared as I’ve gotten older and more experienced. Nobody takes it easy on me because I’m a girl. I’m expected to keep up with the men. It’s as though the differences in gender have become blurred. I’m one of the guys. Maybe nobody else has noticed this, but I have, and it means more to me than I could ever put into words.
I’ve learned a lot about myself from it. I’ve learned that I’m a lot tougher than I thought I was. I don’t easily trust people, and being in karate has helped me start to overcome this. I’ve learned that the only way to learn is to try over and over again, and that when I think I’ve got it, to do it again and make it better. Katas in particular have helped me there. Karate has had so much influence on my life. I wouldn’t change that for the world.
Congratulation Ricky for your first round victory!