Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dunamis Karate December 2010 Belt Test Results

Congratulations to the following students for advancing in rank:

Sauls, Michael White Belt
O'Quinn, Austin White/Gold
Harkins, Smith White/Gold
Maxey, Tyler White/Purple
Smith, Logan White/Purple
Brantley, Trent White/Orange
Scott, Lucas White/Blue
Beach, Bryleigh White/Blue
Pusha, Jakhi White/Red
Bunton, Anna Jean Gold/White

Guillen, Karime Jr. Gold Belt
Harkins, Larson Jr. Gold Belt
Barker, Julia Jr. Gold Belt
Solis, Jose Jr. Gold Advanced
Bundschuh, Joshua Jr. Gold Advanced
Dupree, Jessica Jr. Gold Advanced
Crosby, Wyatt Jr. Gold Advanced
Shuster, Elana Jr. Purple 
Hunter, Jenica Jr. Purple
Swartz, Tristan Jr. Purple
Owens, Collin Jr. Purple
Halker, Sonny Jr. Purple
Scott, Jared Jr. Purple/White
Smith, Louie Jr. Purple/White
Dahlquist, Sabastian Jr. Purple/White
Manrique, Abraham Jr. Purple/White
Ahern, Tyler Jr. Purple/Orange
Humbert, Preston Jr. Purple/Orange
Owens, Caelin Jr. Orange
Vera, Alice Jr. Orange/Advanced
Amy, Camren Jr. Blue
Mixson, Cole Jr. Green 
Dubose, Byron Jr. Green

Lord, Nathan Gold 
Lowther, Faye Gold
Lowther Krey Sr. Gold
Stevens, David Gold
Manrique, Jose Purple/Orange
Manrique, Pricilla Purple/Orange
Garvin-White, Sharon Orange

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Turn your wishes into reality!

In old stories, people needed a fairy or genie to grant wishes for them, but YOU have the power to make your own wishes come true … through goal setting.  What is a Goal?  You set a goal anytime you say “I want to …” Your goal might be to get a pet dog, learn to dance, play football well or get better grades in school.  You can wish for anything … but a wish turns into a goal when you decide to do something to help the wish come true.  

 A wish is like a toy car without a batteries… it doesn’t do very much… but having a goal is like putting batteries in that toy car… it gives power to your wish.  When you want something so much that you decide to do something to make it happen, you put power into your wish & it starts to come alive… just like the toy car!

A good goal says exactly what you want.  For instance, you might say, "I want a pet." That's not a very exact Goal, is it? If you said, "I want a pet DOG," that would be a good Goal. But what if you said "I want a dog that will be a little bit smaller than me, it will be brown and black, it will have big pointy ears, and a nice long tail," then that would be an EXCELLENT Goal, because you are saying EXACTLY what you want.

A good goal also says when you want it.  If your goal is "I want to get good grades at school," to make it a good Goal, you would say something like: "I want to get grades that are one grade higher than the ones I got in my last report card. And I want to get these grades by the time I get my next report card." That way, you're saying EXACTLY what you want, AND you're saying EXACTLY WHEN you want it!

A good goal is one you can believe.  If you said, "I want to learn to fly like a bird," that's not a good Goal, because you can't believe it… you know you haven't got wings! But if you say, "I want to learn to hang-glide next summer," then that's a good Goal, because you know that it is possible, so you can believe in it!

A good goal also says HOW you are going to get it.  To have a good Goal, you need to make a PLAN. This is great fun! The plan will be different for every Goal, because every Goal is special. 

This month our mission is to set 3 different goals and a plan to make them happen.  Your CKD Value homework has a place for you to write them down on the back of the page.  We must write them down and make a plan ... if we don't, they are not planned to happen!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Dunamis Karate December 2010 News

Dunamis Karate News
December 2010

Belt Testing December 13th & 14th
            Students must wear their complete white uniform in order to test.
            Students must turn in belt promotion form & test fee prior to testing.
            Students testing for Gold Advanced or Higher need to have proper patches in place.       
            Students in the Intermediate class & higher need to have current UFAF membership!

The schedule during the two test days will be as follows:
Monday 13th

Tuesday 14th

Tiny Tigers Test

Tiny Tigers Test
3:30 - 4:00
Jr. Beginners Test
5:00 - 5:45

Jr. Beginners Test
4:00 - 4:45
Jr. Advanced Test
5:45 - 7:00

Jr. Intermediate Test
4:45 - 6:30
Demo team
7:00 - 7:45

Masters Club
6:30 - 7:00
Extreme Team
7:45 - 8:30

CKD Black/Jr. Black
7:00 - 8:00

Adults Test
8:00 - 9:00

Belt Graduation & Christmas Party – Friday, Dec. 17th 5:30 – 8:00 pm
            Come join us as we promote our students’ new ranks.  We will celebrate their success and the Christmas holiday.   Please bring finger foods to share after the belt ceremony.
SWAT/STORM Team Party  - Friday, Dec. 17th 8:00 – 9:30 pm
            After the belt graduation Christmas party, the SWAT & STORM team members are invited to stay for an additional 90 minutes.  We will have fun as we strengthen our leadership team!
School Closing for the holidays
            After the belt graduation on Dec. 17th we will close until after the new year.  Normal classes will resume on Monday, January 3rd. 
December Birthdays:          Brian 12/12                  Devin 12/14     Lauren 12/21
Krey Lee 12/22            Kaleb 12/23

Give the gift of karate for Christmas … 1 month plus uniform only $65!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Traditional vs Extreme ... Practical vs Flash ... Self Defense vs Gymnastics

Not every technique we learn has a "street application." Can anyone give me a "street application" for a push up, sit up or jumping jack?? … Yet we have our students do them in class.

The issue here is understanding the difference betwe...en the benefit of a skill and the value of a skill. The benefit of sit ups, push ups, etc. is that they make us stronger physically. But the value we learn from them is perseverance ... doing just one more ... doing what is required and then some!

Would we ever do a back flip or a 540 in a self defense situation? NO! But do students gain value from these skills? Absolutely!

Imagine the skill required to do a back flip ... The intensity, the energy … the work ethic required to accomplish something like that is incredible. Now, think about the confidence the student gains when it is accomplished. Students who have accomplished skills like a back flip, a 540, or a butterfly twist are the most motivated, hard working students anywhere. Anyone can see that their stances are stronger, their kicks and punches are sharper ... They are motivated even in the traditional classes because they understand the value!

Everything we do is rooted in the traditional techniques. The "Extreme" or "Hyper" skills do not take away from that. They simply build on that foundation ... A little harder, a little faster, a little louder, more expression ... and it gives extra incentive to the students to work & train hard. The result is motivated, excited students which equals a successful school.

I'm not opposed to traditional karate. I still practice it on a daily basis. I also like traditional hymns, but I don't like to listen to them ALL the time. I like contemporary music, rock, pop, and even some hip hop. We must be willing to grow and adapt with the times. We are not disregarding the traditions of the past… simply adding to it something more current with the culture. Eventually, today's contemporary will be tomorrow's traditional.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

November 2010 News from Dunamis Karate

Dunamis Karate News
November 2010

Regional Workouts & Black Belt Testing
            Friday, Nov. 5th there will be a regional workout at Premier Martial Arts in N. Augusta, SC.  At 4:30 pm, the Beginner Kids will work out with Master Woods.  At 5:30 pm, the Intermediate Kids will work out with Master Elias.  Then at 7:00pm there will be a 2nd Degree Black Belt Test for one candidate. 
            Saturday, Nov. 6th at 10am, there will be a 1st Degree Black Belt test for two candidates.  Then at 2:00 pm there will be a workout for all adults over white belt and Advanced Kids (Red & up).  This four hour seminar will be lead by Master Hammersley, Master McCleary, Master Elias and Mrs. Astrid Fabian.  Students are welcome to leave when needed if they cannot stay the entire 4 hours.   All seminars are FREE to current UFAF members.  If you are not a UFAF member, visit to get enrolled ASAP.  The Black Belt tests are open for anyone to watch. 

Christmas Sale
            Nov. 15th through 23rd we will host our annual Christmas Sale.  Special pricing and discounts will be available during these dates only.  Christmas catalogs will be available soon for you to start making your wish lists!

Hyper Martial Arts Camp
            November 26th from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm we will host a Hyper Martial Arts Camp.  The camp theme will be DEDICATION.  Camp training will include various aerial kicks and combos not taught in traditional classes as well as an awesome new form created by Marc Canonizado.  Camp participants will receive Dedication handouts to reinforce the learning and have the opportunity to earn various certificates throughout the day.  The 8 ½ hour camp costs only $49.  Register by Monday, November 15th and receive a FREE Dedication T-shirt and add Marc C’s Hyper DVD for only $10.  Parents brave enough to venture out on “Black Friday” can do so knowing their children will be having fun learning some cool new skills and growing in their dedication in all areas of life!

New Students
            Welcome to our newest students: Nathan, Faye, Krey, Julia and Sydney. 
Thinking of joining??  Now is the perfect time!  November is the month of Thanksgiving and we are offering this special as a thank you to our loyal students … Any family members of current students who wish to join may do so in the month of November for only the cost of a uniform!!

School Closing
            We will be closed November 24th & 25th in honor of Thanksgiving.   In December we will close 12/20 through 1/1 in honor of Christmas & New year. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Karate Belt Testing - Oct. 2010

Another belt testing has come and gone.  We will wrap it up with a celebration on Friday, Oct. 22nd.  At 5:30, the students will put on a show with their best skills then each will be presented with their new ranks.  After the belt ceremony, we will watch the New Karate Kid movie for anyone who wants to stay.

Congratulations to the following students for their rank advancements:

Amy, Camren orange/blue
Beach, Bryleigh white/orange
Boyd, Nicholas purple
Brantley, Trent white/purple
Bundschuh, Joshua gold
Bunton, Anna Jean white/black
Dahlquist, Sabastian purple
Dubose, Byron tests to move
Dupree, Jessica gold
Garcia, Kelly Purple/Orange
Garvin-White, Sharon Purple/Orange
Guillen, Karime white/black
Harkins, Larson White
Harkins, Smith White
Humbert, Preston Purple/White
Lowther, Krey Lee green
Manrique, Abraham purple 
Manrique, Jose Purple
Manrique, Pricilla Purple
Maxey, Tyler white/gold
Mitchell, Ely'Jiah green
Mixson, Cole blue/green
Owens, Collin gold/purple
Scott, Lucas white/orange
Shuster, Elana gold/purple
Smith, Louie move to int. class
Solis, Jose gold
Swartz, Tristan gold
Vera, Alice orange 
Vera, Jr., Moises red/black