These changes are the culmination of months of thinking on my part, and the responses by our students and parents to a recent survey I sent out.
I think you’ll be pleased to see these changes, and I’m looking forward to seeing how we progress.
1. An Updated Curriculum for Basic Students
The requirements listed for basic students – mainly white belts – has changed several times since we began holding classes at the Metamora Community Center.
First and foremost, I want our martial artists to learn how to protect themselves. By adjusting what I teach at a basic level, I help ensure that our students are adequately prepared to defend themselves.
Second, as I gain new information in a variety of ways (seminars, chatting with other instructors), I learn what other teachers and styles are teaching. By incorporating this material into our curriculum, it makes our students stronger and better able to defend themselves.
A changing curriculum is normal. Master Robert Trias, who brought karate to America, pulled from a variety of sources while evangelizing Shuri-ryu karate worldwide. When he learned something new, he would find a way to make it work in the style he learned. This is why Shuri-ryu karate is a complete martial art. I look to continue to evolve our art and our style.
This curriculum will be used going forward starting June 1.
2. Two Full Hours of Karate on Thursday
Both the kids classes on Thursday will increase from 45 minutes to 60 minutes per class.
That means basic class will meet Thursdays 6-7 p.m., and the advanced class will meet 7-8 p.m. starting June 1.
3. Break a Board – Monthly Review Sessions
I will run all students – kids and adults – through a review on the last class of the month. We’ll review the recent techniques we’ve learned, and brush up on the ones we haven’t worked as much during the past several weeks.
Promotions will more than likely be earned on these nights. However, students who demonstrate stellar knowledge may be promoted at any time.
The best part is that students who earn a promotion will be eligible to break a board!
Unlike other martial arts programs, I do not charge a testing fee. The only fee I charge related to testing is for the cost of a new belt.
4. Get Your Gear – Regular Sparring Sessions Starting
Once students have their first stripe on their white belt, they will be eligible for sparring.
These sessions will take place on at least every third class of the month. Given we are extending class to 60 minutes, we may do sparring more often (especially if we’re going to a competition in which our students are participating in sparring). For now, though, we’ll stick to once a month.
Students who do not have gear should contact me for pricing and to learn what equipment is required.
Sparring, for those who have never done it, is essentially a game of tag using hands and feet.
Contact me about your required set of gear.
5. Classes/Demos During Metamora Farmers Market
Students have a unique opportunity to do something Metamora Martial Arts has never done before.
I will be holding informal classes in the Metamora square during the farmers market, and students are encouraged to participate and help out.
More details on this are to come on this, so stay tuned.