This year is flying by and before we know it 2016 will be here. As we approach the year end, be sure to mark your calendars with these upcoming events and watch our Facebook page for updates. Also, if you are not enrolled in our text service, you should do so ASAP!
Nov. 9-12 & 16-19 BRING YOUR SPARRING GEAR
Intermediate/Advanced students of all ages will need to bring their sparring gear during these weeks. We will be working on various fighting techniques for belt testing and drills to start preparing for the Feb. 2016 Goodwill Tournament in Beaufort!
Nov. 13 FREE MOVIE NIGHT
5:30-7:00 Kids movie “HOME”
7:00-9:00 Teen movie “HERE COMES THE BOOM”
Bring your own popcorn and re-sealable drink – it must have a lid that can close tightly to prevent spills! We will lounge on the mat for the movies, so bring blankets, pillows, etc to get comfortable!
Nov. 16-19 CHRISTMAS SALE
SAVE on special items for the martial artist in your life. Discounts will be available on uniforms, weapons, t-shirts and MORE. This week ONLY!
Nov. 20 PRIVATE LESSON MARATHON 3:00-6:00 PM
One on one lessons are unbelievably helpful, especially to students of intermediate/advanced rank. It’s a great way to brush up on your skills before belt testing and get a list of things to work on and improve before your evaluation. You don’t want to miss this chance to get your lessons at a discounted rate! Space is limited for these ½ hour lessons with Mrs. Woods. Sign up today for a spot between 3-6 PM to reserve your spot!
Dec. 4 PRIVATE LESSON MARATHON 3:00–6:00 PM
Last chance to get some one on one help before belt testing on Dec. 12. ½ hour private lessons with Mrs. Woods are only $25 each. Sign up to reserve your spot!
Dec. 12 BELT TESTING
The last test of the year will definitely be our biggest of the year. Be sure to check the test requirements to make sure you don’t miss anything! TEST REQUIREMENTS:
- 80% class attendance - Tuition payments up to date
- Exam request form with high marks - Clean white uniform
- Flag patch for Gold Belts & up - UFAF membership for Purple/White & up TEST SCHEDULE
Jr. Beginners 10:00 AM Jr. Intermediate & Adult Beginners 11:00 AM
Jr & Adult Advanced 1:00 PM
Dec. 18 BELT GRADUATION 5:30 PM
Let’s finish the year with a BANG. All students will put on a Christmas themed performance then each will be presented with his/her new rank. Invite your family and friends to join us for this night of celebration!
Watch our 2014 Gopher Hill performance ... I think this year's show will definitely top what we did last year!
Belt Graduation Friday, 10/2 5:30 PM Invite your family and friends to join us as we celebrate with each of our students who recently tested and earned new ranks. Each class level will perform a short demo then we will award the students their new ranks. (Note this is also the night of the Gopher Hill street dance. You are welcome to leave your car in our parking lot anytime throughout the weekend and walk over to Main Street to share in the festival fun if interested.)
Bring a Friend Week Oct. 5-8 Bring a friend to class with you and both of you will get a special prize! This Week Only!!
We Perform Saturday 10/3 at 12:30 PM Once again, our school has been asked to be part of the entertainment for the Gopher Hill Festival. We will perform at 12:30 right at the stage on Main Street. Our normal routine is to park at the school and walk to Jacob Smart Blvd. to watch the parade. After the parade, we walk back to the school, change clothes and practice for our show. About 12:15, we will walk from Dunamis to Main St. After our performance, we will walk back and everyone is dismissed. Wear SNEAKERS - white pants (black for black belts) and our new tees!
Last Day to Wear
Back to FULL Gi
Starting Nov. 1st
Bully Defense Workshops
Sat. Oct. 10th 160,000 kids don’t go to school every day due to bullying. 1 in 4 children are bullied. During these free workshops, you will learn how to deal with verbal bullying, cyber bullying, social and emotional bullying and physical bullying. You will have fun with friends while learning self defense skills against the most common attacks.
We have 3 times to choose from: 10:00-11:30, 11:30-1:00, 1:00-2:30. Space is limited to 20 people per class so register online to reserve your spot ASAP!
October 23-24 - Regional Event Twice a year, in April and October, UFAF holds Black Belt testing throughout the regions. For us in Region 7, this test cycle will be held at McCleary’s Premier Martial Arts in Powder Springs, GA (Atlanta area). There will be FREE seminars for all ages/ranks of UFAF members and the tests are free to watch. Watch for more details to be released as the time of the event nears. Not a UFAF member yet - Click here to enroll! (Students who are Purple/White and higher are required to have active UFAF membership to belt test!)
Friday, Oct. 30 6:00-8:00 $5.00 Every year students look forward to our annual Kick-R-Treat party. This year we will have a bouncy house, inside (and maybe outside) games, pizza, and plenty of fun! The cost is only $5.00 per person and you will get 2 slices of pizza, chips & a drink. (Additional slices can be purchased for $1.) You are welcome to wear “NON SCARY” costumes, but it is not required!
Requirements: - 80% Class Attendance - Tuition payments up to date - Exam Request form with high marks (nothing lower than a 2) - Clean White Uniform - Flag Patch for Gold and Up - UFAF Membership for Purple/White and Up Be sure to turn in your Exam Request form and test fee by Thursday to avoid the $10 late fee! Test Schedule: Jr. Beginners 10:45 Jr. and Adult Intermediate 12:30 Jr. and Adult Advanced 2:30 Oct. 2nd Belt Graduation 5:30 PM Join us for a time of celebration! Each class level will do a short performance then we will award all students who passed the belt evaluations with their new rank. This night will also serve as a “run through” for our Gopher Hill festival performance. ALL students need to be in attendance … even if you didn’t test! This is also the night of the Gopher Hill Festival street dance, which starts at 8:00PM. We will be done in plenty of time for you to join the fun. Because our school is so close, you are welcome to leave your car in our parking lot and just walk over to the dance!
This year is moving quickly! It’s nearly time for belt testing again, and then the Gopher Hill Festival … before we know it, Christmas will be here. As these important events get closer, please watch our Facebook page on a regular basis, check the NEWS link on our website, and be sure you are enrolled in our text reminder service! You don’t want to miss out on anything that’s happening over the next few months!!
Sept. 4 & 18 Private Lesson Marathon Get one on one instruction at discounted rates during these 2 private lesson marathons. Brush up on your skills prior to belt testing, or simply get a little extra help in your training. These lessons make remarkable difference in our students’ performance, so don’t miss this opportunity to save money and sharpen your techniques! By appointment only, so reserve your spot today for only $25!!
Sept. 14-17 Bring your sparring gear to class! All students, purple belt and up – kids & adults – need to bring their sparring gear to class this whole week. We will be working on fighting techniques for testing, but we will also drill them with a live partner, so be prepared! If you don’t have gear, stop by the pro-shop ASAP and see about ordering some!
Special Gopher Hill Practices!! Sept. 18 - 5:30 PM Hyper Pro Training Students All Hyper Pro Training students need to try to attend as we finalize pieces & music for the Gopher Hill show. Sept. 25 - 5:30 PM - All Students All students need to do their best to make the scheduled times set for their particular class levels. We will be in the final stages of planning our Gopher Hill demo and we need everyone to try to attend! 5:30 Tiny Tigers & Jr. Beginners 6:00 Jr. Intermediate & Advanced 6:30 Hyper Pro Training 7:00 Adults/Teens
Sept. 26Belt Testing Requirements: - 80% Class Attendance - Tuition payments up to date - Exam Request form with high marks - Clean White Uniform - Flag Patch for Gold & Up - UFAF Membership for Purple/White & Up
Test Schedule: Jr. Beginners 10:45 Jr. and Adult Intermediate 12:30 Jr. and Adult Advanced 2:30
Oct. 2nd Belt Graduation 5:30 PM Join us for a time of celebration! Each class level will do a short performance then we will award all students who passed the belt evaluations with their new rank. This night will also serve as a “run through” for our Gopher Hill festival performance. ALL students need to be in attendance … even if you didn’t test! This is also the night of the Gopher Hill Festival street dance, which starts at 8:00PM. We will be done in plenty of time for you to join the fun. Because our school is so close, you are welcome to leave your car in our parking lot and just walk over to the dance!
Oct. 3rd Gopher Hill Festival
Every year we look forward to the festivities of the Gopher Hill Festival. This year, we have started early in our preparations because we want this year’s show to top anything we’ve ever done in the past. Every class is working on sections of our performance and when we put it all together, it’s sure to be amazing!! Our exact performance time has not yet been announced, so stay connected through Facebook, the website and our text service so you know the plan!
Gopher Hill Tees We will be ordering T-shirts as well. All students will need to purchase a shirt … parents and other family members may get shirts as well, but you are not required! Be sure to get your shirt ordered by Wednesday, September 16th! The price of the shirts will be $17.00.
Here is a video of our 2014 Gopher Hill performance!
I hope everyone enjoyed the “mini vacation” while we were closed. I know our team of instructors and students who attended the Chun Kuk Do International Training Conference truly had a blast and gained some great knowledge to share with all of you. Here is a quick rundown of what you missed:
7/21-22, Miss Andi and I completed the Master Development Series 501 course; 7/22 I attended the Professional Development Series of classes designed to help school owners; 7/23 Miss Andi, Mr. Alex, Tyler & I attended the Instructor Development Series designed to make better instructors; after the IDS classes we all watched as Ryan Gamble from CA was inducted into the CKD Master Ranks. We also got to see an amazing demonstration of the new UFAF BJJ program. Following the presentations, we were treated to a Q & A time with Grand Master Chuck Norris, Allen Steen & Skipper Mullens (3 of the all time greatest fighters). Following the Q & A, we went for a time of celebration at the annual Pool Party! 7/24 all of us attended the ITC Classes which ran from 8:00 until lunch. After lunch, the demo team competition started. Miss Andi was asked to join the Cox/Gallacher demo team from Vegas and though their team did not win, they gave an outstanding performance. Following the demo teams, the forms & weapons competition began. Kaydence won 1st in forms & weapons, Camren won 1st in weapons, Tyler won 2ndin forms & 4th in weapons, Miss Andi won 1st in forms and went on to compete in Grands in hopes of regaining the coveted Norris Cup. She gave an awesome performance, but the win went to Erik Esparza from TX. 7/25 we all participated in day 2 of the ITC classes, which ran until lunch time. After lunch, the team sparring and Jiujitsu competition was held. None of us participated in those events, but we enjoyed watching, cheering and/or judging. Saturday night we attended the annual UFAF Awards Banquet. I (Lindy Woods) was honored to be asked to give the invocation. During the awards ceremony, Miss Andi Woods was awarded the "Most Inspirational" award. She got to go on stage and receive her award from Mr. Norris. What a HUGE honor! 7/26 started the sparring competition. Mr. Alex, Mr. Jimmy, Mrs. Bobbi and I spent the day judging. Kaydence won 1st in her sparring division. Tyler won 4th in his Red Belt division and Andi won 1st in her division.
Every year we look forward to attending the ITC. For us, it’s like a Big family reunion as we get to see our CKD family from all over the world. Remember, this event is NOT for Black Belts only … all ranks are invited to attend. This year, we had 1 Purple Belt, 1 Blue Belt and 3 Red Belts from Dunamis Karate participate. The event will be held again in July 2016. Start planning now if you would like to join us!!
Sept. 4 – Private Lesson Marathon This marks the ½ way point through our belt curriculum and a perfect time to get some one on one training to make sure you are ready for belt testing on Sept. 26th. Private lessons with Mrs. Woods will be offered at a discounted rate on a first come, first serve basis. Sign up today to reserve your spot.