Basic dojo rules from our handbook:
Dues should be paid the first week of each month.
There are no promotion fees, but we ask that you pay for each obi (belt).
Respect will be shown to all karate-ka at all times.
The head instructor, due to advanced rank, will be called Kyoshi and black belts helping to teach are called Sensei.
A respectful bow will be given whenever entering and exiting the workout area.
Shoes are not to be worn on the workout floor.
A serious attitude should be maintained during workouts.
Never correct the technique of a senior student (If in doubt, ask). No two people see and understand what is explained the same way. What one person realizes from an advanced rank may not be what you believe.
Kumite or sparring will be practiced under the supervision of black belts only.
Kyu ranks are forbidden to conduct demonstrations or teach privately without consent from their sensei. Black belts should clear activities prior to the session as well.
Adults must join the IWKA after attaining their Yellow Belts & prior to earning their Green Belts. This organization is headed by the son of the founder of the style and sets standards for promotion. Students may join Hanshi Duessel’s Affiliation after this time. Children may join the IWKA as well.
It is recommended that all students buy protective hand, foot and head gear. These are available from Kyoshi.
Finger and Toenails should be kept short for safety during self-defense and sparring.
General concepts as related by pee wee and junior students during classes:
Never start a fight.
Do not hit anyone intentionally while training in the dojo.
Do not show off or brag about your karate training.
Do not show friends what you are learning, but you may show family what you are learning.
Do not teach anyone without permission.
Always pay close attention to the person who is helping you during class.
Practice a few minutes (at least) daily, even when at home.
Always make a tight fist so the fingernails are tucked in and not visible.
Open hands should have fingers together and straight.
In the relaxed position (masubi dachi) heels are together and toes point at a slight angle.
In the ready stance (heko dachi) the feet must be straight, hip width.
The elbow is in line with the shoulder when blocking.
All punches start at the hip. The straight punch focuses at the opponent’s solar plexus and the upper cut focuses at the chin.
Punches never extend so far that the elbow locks.
Our punches and kicks focus just off the partner while practicing in the dojo but two inches inside the opponent when we must use our training for self-defense.
During basics always block to the front leg.
Seisan stance finds the feet straight, with a toe and heel position, and the width of one’s shoulders.
Seiuchin stance finds the heels under the shoulders, the feet point away at a 45-degree angle; the knees are bent and in line with the toes and the back are straight.
Naihanchi stance the heels are under the shoulders and the toes point inward, the knees are bent and the back is straight.
Nekoachi Dachi (cat stance) finds the rear foot at a right angle to the front foot. The heel of the front foot is raised off the ground. Both knees are bent at least in line with the toes of the feet. 90% of the weight is on the rear foot.
When moving from one stance to another, do not change the height of your center of balance.
All basics and basic kicks have four parts.
Complete 100 percent of each move before going to the next.
REMINDER – – – Adults interested in attending Hanshi Duessel’s seminar in Pittsburgh Saturday, March 5th – see Kyoshi ASAP for more information.
OUR 26TH BENEFIT TOURNAMENT FOR DIABETES AND THE HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS PROGRAM IS SUNDAY, APRIL 10TH THIS YEAR. IT IS EARLY BECAUSE EASTER IS THE LAST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH, WHICH IS THE NORMAL TIME FOR OUR EVENT.
* WE ENCOURAGE ALL STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE
* STUDENTS MAY REGISTER FOR THE EVENT STARTING THE MONTH OF MARCH.
* WE NEED HELP DURING THE EVENT FROM TEEN AGED AND ADULT STUDNETS AND PARENTS. THE BIGGEST NEED IS PEOPLE TO HELP KEEP SCORE DURING THE TOURNAMENT. WE TRAIN EACH PERSON – IT IS EASY AND IT IS FUN TO DO. ALSO, YOU GET ONE OF THE BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE.
Doug King’s Sparring Tournament is Sunday, March 13th at Newton High School.
Congratulations to the people who earned promotions since our last newsletter. Junior Yellow Belt – Dominic Dattolo Brown Belt #2 – Trevor Silva
CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who attended and participated is the Golden Rule Tournament, February 13th. The event was one of the best-attended events in the past few years and the competition was extremely spirited. If you wish to know more about the event talk to:
There will be no Brown and Black Belt Training session – March 18th – as I will be in Maine.