November is always a quiet month for the school. The Halloween motvents are over, the candy-high is lowering (a bit), and the Holiday parties are still a few weeks away. November is when many of our students are back into a regulated schedule of day-school, homework and hard training as they prepare for their next belts. We have 23 students invited to test for upcoming belts in November and December – always a busy time for student’s earning their new ranks.

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” – a period of the day now noted for a minute of thoughtful consideration and silence. The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem “In Flanders Fields” written by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.

Canadians are known for several key battles in World War 2 including the Battle of Vimy Ridge in which this single Canadian offensive amounted to the capture of more land, prisoners and armaments than any previous offensive. The 1915 Battle of Ypres was the first engagement of Canadian forces in the Great War, changed the Canadian perspective on war. Ypres exposed Canadian soldiers and their commanders to modern war, developing a reputation for aggressive trench raiding despite their lack of formal training and generally inferior equipment.

Respect is a critical quality at our school and thus we ask everyone to take a minute of thoughtful contemplation on Remembrance Day for all those individuals that fought in World War 1 and World War 2.

Purple and Blue Belt Test

The Purple and Blue Belt test will be Sunday December the 10th, starting at 10AM. The doors for the school will open at 9:30 AM. Full uniforms are required – clean and wrinkle free. The test is approximately 90-minutes and you should plan for 2 hours.

Black Belt Excellence

This months topic is gratitude. Gratitude is to be thankful. Gratitude is an attitude and an important part of emotional fitness and is a key component of positive psychological behaviour. We show gratitude through a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. When we demonstrate gratitude without prompting from others, we acknowledge the goodness in our lives.

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gratitude is a two stage process – we first must acknowledge the positive aspects in our life and then we must recognize the source of the positive influence. Thus gratitude is being thankful to others without the need for reciprocal acknowledgement. We can be grateful to other people, animals, the world, people in history, actions and events.

Student’s will learn a few simple ways to show gratitude including:

  • Smiling
  • Giving a compliment
  • Leaving a thank-you note
  • Helping someone out or volunteering your time

Nunchaku Packages

Our 2018 Weapon is the Nunchaku – this flashy weapon was made popular by the legendary Bruce Lee! This weapon will be featured in our Black Belt Tribe Training as well as two Weapon Workshops – the first in January followed by a second session in July. Participating students will learn a variety of methods in which the Nunchaku can be used including strikes, blocks, spinning, twirling, a full Nunchaku Set, Self-defence techniques and a great form.

Students will use the ActionFlex Nunchaku to develop skills in a safe and functional manner. We have worked with Century Martial Arts to get a great discount on this weapon for the month of November. A Nunchaku or our full Nunchaku action package is a great Christmas gift and an important weapon in our overall martial art curriculum.

Our DMMA-Century Weapon Special for November is as follows:

  • Nunchaku $45.00/each (regular $68)
  • Pair of Nunchaku and two free Nunchaku workshops $90.00
  • Nunchaku Action Pack – includes weapon sparring helmet, gloves and workshops $199.00

Holiday Orders

For those parents and students interested in Martial Arts gear for the Holidays, order sheets are available at the school for items from the Century Canada or US catalog. We also have flyers in the school representing some key training items. Our first order will go in on the 16th of November with the second order happening on the 30th. This is to ensure everything comes without mistakes.

Some of the gear we will use in 2018 include Sparring Gear, ActionFlex Nunchaku, ActionFlex Sticks, and Wooden Staves.

Make-up/Catch-up Classes

Our monthly make-up/catch-up class is to help students on the path to excellence. All students are welcome to attend this Sunday class. You must RSVP to let us know you will be attending. The last day to RSVP is November 23rd. Classes will be cancelled if insufficient RSVPs are not received. Our November class will be on Sunday November 26th.

  • Kenpo Dragons train at 10:00 AM
  • Non-Kenpo Dragons train at 11:00 AM (students 8 years of age and older)
  • Instructor Program sessions is at 12:00 PM
  • Purple and Blue Belt pre-test training is at 1:00 PM — this is the last one before the test

Holiday Schedule

With the Holiday season approaching, its important to bring up this years holiday schedule. Durham Modern Martial Arts will be holding classes between Christmas and New Years – the 27th and 28th of December. We will be closed from January 1st (New Years) until 5th, re-opening for normal classes on the 8th. The first week is traditionally a week of low attendance so Lara and I will be taking advantage of this time to take a cruise around Mexico. I promise to send pictures of the Sun and my Salsa-making experiences!

If you are going away in December or January, let us know and don’t forget to take pictures!!

The First Issue of our Magazine

The first issue of our quarterly magazine has been completed and it is a real magazine. Student’s can purchase it through out on-line store next week in PDF format or a print copy. This issue covers a variety of subjects that are useful to students of any age including information on Block Set, Master Key Method of Execution Set, Short Form 1, Locking the Arm Long and much more. Our inaugural issue will have a few bumps and bruises but it will be a great publication.

A special thanks to Ryan, Brad, and Jay who took pictures and posed for many pictures in the first issue.

Study Workbooks sent to Print

Our first study workbook, part of a series of publications known as “Steps on the Mountain” has gone to the printer. The first book is 56 pages  in length and provides an outline of the subjects, lessons and ideas needed to reach purple belt. This is a simple book designed to help students establish expectations, author notes, track accomplishments and retain information needed to reach Purple Belt with ease. For students working on their Purple belt test, this will be a helpful tool.

The study workbooks will be available in the next two weeks. Any students going for Purple or Blue belt in December who purchase the workbook this month will receive a temporary copy next week until the final copies come through. The Basic Cycle workbook is price at $16.00