Accomplishments and Belt Awards

This month’s accomplishment awards were easy to see; representing important aspects of a martial arts culture. The first award goes to Ethan, who not only demonstrates a love for the martial arts, but a relaxation when striking targets or being struck. This relaxation is a characteristic of someone who is ready for purple belt and is something needed for blue. Ethan has been with us since a Kenpo Dragon. It’s wonderful to see him build his skill continuously.

We have two additional awards that were presented to Hayden and Jayden; both blue belts at our school. After a long day at a Staff workshop, these two returned to the school later in the evening to Staff Spar for 30-minutes. Not only did they spar, but they put both the long-range and medium-range lessons they learned in class into action! This award is for two things – passion for training and demonstrating their skills in freestyle!

Dog Tags

I wasn’t so sure about this, but I was threatened by some students at the Staff workshop to have the Dog Tags be a standard reward as part of each months Black Belt Excellence. We originally presented the tags a few months ago for “health and fitness” and starting in August we will bring them back as an award any student in our school can earn.

Each tag is color coded for the month and contains a saying that is specific for our Black Belt Excellence theme. Each tag is an additional statement and reminder of your accomplishments. Wear them. Collect them but never trade them…you earned them!

Black Belt Excellence Focus

Starting in August our Black Belt Excellence will be rolled out throughout all classes from our Kenpo Dragons to the Adults. Each class will be tailored to the specific age to best explore the martial arts in everyday life! August is about Positive Attitude! We’re going to be talking about positive thinking, feeling good, smiling, and the sheer enjoyment of life and martial arts. No life skill is more important than that.

Class Power Ups!

Our annual class power up happens this September. Students who have recently turned 8, 11 and 16 will be moving up to the next age-group class series. Information about this change will be provided in August following our summer break.

Freestyle Camp

The freestyle camp is broken into two parts – an introduction to freestyle (sparring) as well as freestyle certification levels. This is a great opportunity for students to get into freestyle (especially for Purple Belts) in a safe and progressive environment. We will also be going through classes on our first three Freestyle certification levels and award certificates for those who have met the requirements for each level. This session is open to all students. Sparring gear is required. The event is $25 plus the cost of gear per session or $40 plus the cost of gear for the entire day.

AM Session Fundamentals & Learning About Contact
PM Session Freestyle Certification Levels

All Purple Belt and Blue Belt students 
are encouraged to participate.

Events in August

We have several special events in August and September and we hope many of you will be able to attend. More details will be announced in class and sign-up sheets will be available at the school.

Summer Break (closed) August 7 to August 11
Freestyle Camp August 16
Zombie Nerf Attack August 20
Make-up/Catch-up August 27

Important Dates for Students

This month’s Black Belt Excellence work is on Positive Attitude. Make sure you do your homework in a timely manner. Integrity is one of the key qualities of a martial artist. Black Belt Excellence is due August 28th and 29th with your stripe test occuring on August 30th and 31st.

Stripe Test Focus

The following material will be the focus of training for the month of August. You are required to demonstrate the ideas and methods during your stripe test:The following material will be the focus of training for the month of August. You are required to demonstrate the ideas and methods during your stripe test:

White, Yellow and Orange Belt
• Attitude and the Color Code of Awareness
• Margin for Error
• Short Form 1 or Long Form 1

Purple and Blue Belt
• Advanced Color Code of Awareness
• Margin for Error (Intermediate)
• Angle of Deviation
• Long Form 1 or Short Form 2

Stabilize your Base

Our Karate Method of Kenpo has a unique concept – to stabilize your base. Whenever we strike, we “fall out of balance” in use our opponent’s body to provide balance (to us) while enhancing the power behind our strike. Our opponent’s body (and Newton’s Laws of Motion) creates the retraction of our strikes.

A Piece of Logic to Retain

Attitude is the arrangement of my body and mind in relationship to myself and other things. The attitude of the club is offensive. Everything we do with it hurts!

Angle of Deviation is to secure the most desired angle, when you get out of the line of attack and still have that angle enhance your own angle of entry.

Angle of Entry is any degree, or path (angle) of approach, whether linear or circular in execution, that allows you or your opponent access to specific targets. An angle of entry promotes margin for error as well as economical action by increasing the precision of hitting a designated target as well as improving the alignment for the next offensive action.

Kenpo Concepts: Margin for Error

Margin for Error is to perform an action in anticipation of a mistake. Margin for error is to have a back-up…and a back-up to that back-up! The more back-ups you have, the greater your margin for error. Margin for error supports the 3 P’s – power, protection and precision!Margin for Error is to perform an action in anticipation of a mistake. Margin for error is to have a back-up…and a back-up to that back-up! The more back-ups you have, the greater your margin for error. Margin for error supports the 3 P’s – power, protection and precision!

The following is a list of elements that represent margin for error at the basic and intermediate levels:

  1. Use your Dominance Factors
  2. Anchor your knees, elbows and buttocks
  3. Have a guard to minimize exposure of targets
  4. Control distance
  5. Get off the line of attack
  6. Solidify or Mobilize
  7. Angle of Deviation

Technique Overview: Thrusting Salute

  1. Standing naturally, step back with your right foot to 4:30 (to get you out of the Line of Attack) into a left neutral bow, as you deliver a left downward block to the inside of your opponent’s right kicking leg. Instantly recoil your left hand counterclockwise into a vertical position, to act as a positional check (hand open). (Your downward block should deflect your opponent’s right kicking leg out and away from you.)
  2. Immediately execute a right front snap ball kick to your opponent’s groin. (Do not be surprised you if your opponent violently bends forward at the waist.)
  3. Plant your right foot forward, toward 10:30, and into a right neutral bow (inside of your opponent’s right knee so that your right knee can check or buckle his right knee). Simultaneous with the plant (while capitalizing on your forward momentum and gravitational marriage), execute a right torqueing heel palm strike to your opponent’s jaw, as your left positional check relocates near your right ribcage. (This action should cause your opponent’s head to snap back, and possibly cause his entire body to move away from you.)