We’re looking to expand! So we’re looking for someone to take over our current location in downtown Galt, Cambridge. Our space is currently being used as a martial arts and fitness studio, but has the potential of being turned into office space or even a health clinic (i.e. chiropractic, etc…).
Here are the highlights from this Holiday Season so far!
Kazoku Martial Arts Centre’s 3rd Annual Potluck
Our karate family got together once again to kickoff the Holidays. Everyone brought all sorts of dishes to share, students received their well deserved belt certificates, and we even handed out our very first set of awards.
Congratulations to all of those who had gone for their next belt level! After taking the time to reflect on the ones who we tested I wanted to share with you my decision making process. And if you’re considering the next belt test, the time to start training is now! Read what we’ve just posted below and let us know if you have any questions.
So you want to go for your next belt level? It’s not that easy… well it is but only if you put in the work.
Every three to four months we host a belt exam. Within those three months (depending on your belt level) you are being taught and corrected on all of your techniques; whether it is your basic punches, kicks, blocks, and stances or your kumite (sparring), kata (patterns), or bunkai (self-defence tactics).
But other factors contribute to our decision process.
Your attitude plays a big role on our decision making. Someone who comes to class every time, ready to train, and puts in 110% within the hour has the right mindset. But sometimes we get that person in class who only goofs off, then that hour goes to waste and they think because they put in the right amount of time, they deserve a belt. Unfortunately we don’t work that way! (Sorry to break it to you)
Each belt introduces a new technique while old ones get better and better. Like a fine wine, it just gets better with age.
Sometimes previous experience plays a role in your belt exam. If you had been training in another martial art, it can transcend and aid you in the belt exam process. But sometimes this only lasts for so long. There may be a point where you no longer excel and need to take a little more time to master the new techniques you’re learning.
How Often You Train:
How much do you actually practice? Seriously, ask yourself that question. After training for as long as we have, we can see who actually puts the time and effort in. Whether you train just the 2-3 days a week or you actually put in a fourth day or even an extra 10 minutes each and every day. It certainly doesn’t go unnoticed, and remember… practice makes perfect!
Length of Time:
How long have you been training? Belt exams aren’t mandatory for everybody. A certain length of time is required before going for your next belt, but sometimes it takes a little longer for others or sometimes it takes less time. Contributing factors? All of the reasons listed above!
Here are just some simple rules to remember when entering the dojo; whether it’s your own or when you are visiting somebody else’s.
- Entering/leaving the dojo area: whether you’re entering or leaving the dojo you should always make sure you bow. It shows that you respect the space you are about to train in.
- To the instructor or anybody else: you should always greet the instructor, coach, or fellow student with a bow. Like the dojo itself, it shows that you want to give them your respect.
- Hygiene: a clean uniform, clipped toe/fingernails, and a little bit of deodorant can go a long way. Clipped nails is also a safety thing! Nobody wants to get scratched.
- Talking: the best time to have a conversation is at the end of class. Having a conversation while your instructor’s trying to teach… not the best time.
- Equipment: remember that the equipment in the room is for everybody to use. Throwing it around may damage the equipment, the space, or actually hurt somebody. So it’s probably best if it doesn’t go airborne.
- Jewellery: watches, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and rings (especially diamond rings) should be removed before class. Keeping them in a safe place at home will prevent them from either being damaged or worse… stolen! Jewellery or any other accessory can also cause injury.
- Sick: if you’re sick, it’s probably best to rest.
- Profanity/Insults: sometimes it’s best left unsaid. Avoid swearing or saying something mean about another student. We’re all here to become better martial artists and saying inappropriate things is definitely not allowed.
- Blaming Others: take responsibility for your actions. If it’s something you sincerely didn’t do, bring the situation to your instructor. They can help mediate the situation and help avoid any further conflict. (i.e. who tagged who in the warm-up game!).
- Last but not least… Ego: leave the ego off the mats. nobody likes a know-it-all. We’re all leaders in the dojo and must lead by example.