ELITE KARATE ACADEMY NEWSLETTER MARCH 2019

Elite Karate Academy Expo

Our 8th Elite Karate Academy Expo will take place on Sunday 14th of April between 2pm-6pm, in the Clayton Hotel. Liffey Valley.  Doors open at 1.30pm. All students will be taking part, those not grading will be involved in demonstrations.  All students must wear their karate uniform.  The aim of the Expo, as always, is to allowing students demonstrate their skills and abilities to their family and friends, whilst educating parents about the aims and ethos of Elite Karate Academy, in a relaxed fun environment.  This event is open to anyone, so extended family and friends are welcome, this year’s Expo will include;

  • Grading (students eligible to grade below)
  • Club Sparring Competition (semi-finals and finals only, entries closed)
  • Demonstrations (Instructor & Students)
  • Award Ceremony (Grading, Competition, and Special Awards, including Student of the Year)
  • Unveiling of Elite Karate Academy’s newest Senior Black Belt
  • Bake & Cake Sale. Why not bake something to bring on the day?
  • Raffle (asking parents to donate a price if they can, donations can be brought to the dojo)

Grading

Those eligible to grade must pay their grading fee (€25 for below 18 and €30 for over 18) before 31st of March to insure they receive their certificate at the Expo.  Students names are listed below if eligible to grade.  Students may only grade at the expo.   Students may only grade if they are eligible and hold a current up to date grading licence, which must be presented with their grading fee.  If passport is out of date the yearly fee is €10 to renew.

If you need to get a new passport the fee must be accompanied by two passport photos.

Tickets

Tickets are now on sale for the Expo.   Buy them before 12th April to avail of the cheaper rate. Grandparents, family or friend’s tickets can all be bought before the day.  Presold tickets simply check in on the day.

Tickets cost:                                                    Before 12th April         On Door

Adult Ticket                                        €8                                €12

Child Ticket*                                      €5                                €8

*Current students only or under 5’s do not need to purchase tickets.

Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children)            €20                              €30

 

Bake sale and raffle

Once again, we will have a bake sale in aid of Barretstown and a raffle.  Parents/students are encouraged to bake or bring something for the day.  We need your help in getting prizes for our raffle!!!  Give a prize or a voucher from your work.  Please bring your donations on the day or as soon as possible to the dojo.

 

St Patrick’s Day Parade

Once again this year the Academy will be walking in this year’s Clondalkin Parade.  Students, families, and their friends are all invited to join us on the day.  Assemble point is 1.30pm in the car park of Clondalkin Sports and Leisure, Old Nangor Rd on (obviously) 17th March 2018.  If the weather is poor, please wear normal clothes under your karate uniform.

Character Education Program

Once again, we start our Word of the Week program in class.  Our specially designed word of the week program teaches 14 core values to your child in a 5 minute ‘mat chat’ within their normal class. Your child will grow as people not just stronger and fitter.  No other club offers this type of program.

Our 14 words are: Courtesy, Growth, Honesty, Obedience, Courage, Sincerity, Humility, Perseverance, Honour, Loyalty, Self-Control, Knowledge, Respect, Integrity.

Each week these lessons will be posted on our Facebook page or the full course can be viewed here in our blog section of our website.  I strongly urge parents to get involved with their child’s learning by reading these posts or discussing after each class what they learnt.

Website

Check out our Student Zone /blogs on our website.  Click here to read about them

Dojo Kun Programme – Most club’s dojo rules consist of no shouting, no chewing gum etc. Our Dojo Kun program teaches your child 25 rules of life. These rules teach your child how to follow and make their dreams come true, through hard work, passion, and dedication.

Elite Mental Training – This program teaches students the mental strategy of fighting, topics introduced can be used in all areas of life, reducing stress, and increasing mental wellbeing. Read some lessons covered in our Student Zone /blogs section below.

Anti-Bullying Programme – We teach your child how to deal with bullying in a non-aggressive way without having to resort to violence. A great program for boosting confidence and self-belief.  This starts in September.

Newer material will be shared weekly on our Facebook page, much will be of interest even to those who don’t train.

Coming later in the Year

Other events coming up this year after the Expo, will be our Elite Karate Academy Summer Camps

Testimonials Request

That so many of you praise our Academy is huge source of pride to me.  Please write a review/testimonial on our Academy Facebook page.  They will then be added to our website.  Student / parents or both may write a review and you may write a new one if you wrote one before.

Students eligible to grade.  If your child is not on the list and you think they may be eligible to grade please talk to Sensei

For Yellow Tip

Adonai Vey, Aubree Marshall, Cian Union, Conor Magee, Gloria Vey, Joaquin Pitt, Justin Luca, Leo Li, Miya Dong, Niall Li, Paula Cretu, Sean Kearns, Sebastian Luca, Zoe li

For Yellow Belt

Karlene O’Carroll

For Orange Belt

Alex O’Neill, Bobby Sneyd, Calibe Devereux, Chloe Lynch, Derek Mulligan, Eric De Luca, Gabriel Bernardez, Kai Keegan, Louise Foley, Zoe Sneyd

For Green Belt

Aoife Richards, Callum Mooney, Chloe O’Dowd, Darragh Grikss, Darya Grikss, Eva Kelly, Marco Li, Markas Koskus, Niamh Kelly, Rian O’Dowd

For Blue Belt

Alex Reilly, Miriam Kimani, Peter Kimani, Ben Pitt, Henry O’Brien

For Purple Belt

Dylan Carolan, Oscar Mungai,

For Brown Belt 3rd Kyu

Lucy Fairweather. Matthew Kavanagh

For Brown 1st Kyu

Sean Smith

 

 

Elite Karate Academy teaches traditional Wado Ryu Karate-Do (The Way of Harmony). We know correct training leads to character development and self improvement and is more than simply fighting.  Learning the correct mental attitude and fighting spirit of the Samurai improves concentration levels, mind control and stress relief leading to a more positive attitude towards life.  If you train correctly.

This is why we have developed our unique special programmes, for example “Word of the Week” and “Dojo Kun” (see website for more details).  We teach virtues such as Courtesy, Growth, Courage, Sincerity, Honesty, Obedience, Humility, Perseverance, Honour, Loyalty, Self-Control, Knowledge, Respect and Integrity not simple as words but ways to live your life.  In our Academy we build strong character not just strong technique.  Students who can face the challenges of the real world head on like warriors.

Training will sometimes be tough, uncomfortable and push you or your child outside their comfort zone.  Sometimes you/they won’t want to go.  You must.  Pain is a great teacher, but no ones wants to attend class.   Sometimes you will disagree with the training or the Instructors.  But our Academy’s goal is to create strong character that can succeed in life.  No matter what life throws at our students, bullying, loss, fear, uncertainty or stress.  We teach our students to succeed in life and not to be victims.  Perseverance, Discipline, a never give up attitude is vital in martial arts as in life.  Not to be victims of bullying (school or workplace), not victims of loss, insecurity or fear to chase their dreams.  We don’t want students (or their parents if applicable) who quit at the first sign things get uncomfortable.  Don’t teach your child to be a quitter.

Remember you are signing up to learn a fighting art.  Students will be kicked at, punched at, thrown, muscles can hurt, accidents can happen in training or in sparring but fighting in real life hurts more then tough training and been pushed outside your comfort zone.  Outside your comfort zone is where you grow, change and become the best version of ourselves.  We produce leaders not snowflakes.  Students who overcome difficulties or obstacles.  Students who learn through karate to face their problems straight on, that they can succeed through their own efforts.

Do you want yourself or your child to like themselves?

Do you want you or your child to have the ability to be winners and make their dreams come true?

Do you want you or your child to become the best version of themselves they can be, to be truly happy and content and to make the world around them a better place?

Elite Karate Academy Chief Instructor Sensei Gareth FitzGerald has changed thousands of lives with the power of karate many who have never fought a real fight but succeed to win the battles in their lives because of the lessons taught in class.

Elite Karate Academy foremost concern is the safety of their students.  While we teach a non contact form of karate sparring, and sparring itself is never compulsory, as with all sports accidents can happen.  Students wishing to spar will not be allowed to until deemed to have the required defensive skills and technical control.  Protective gloves and boots are mandatory. qqq

ELITE KARATE ACADEMY NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2019

Welcome to our January Newsletter.

This email newsletter will hopefully keep you up to date with all you need to know about what’s going on in Elite Karate Academy over the coming months of 2019.  Please feel free to share this newsletter with family and friends, I hope you find it informative.  Feel free to comment on our Facebook page with comments and be sure to like our page while you’re there.

News – Updates – Events At A Glance

v  Congratulations to all those students who graded before Xmas.  Click the following link to view the child’s syllabus or adult’s syllabus, to view what you need for your next grade.

v  Elite Karate Academy Expo on April 14th, 2-6pm, Clayton Hotel, Liffey Valley.  All students including beginners will be taking part on the day, with either/both gradings and demonstrations.  See below for more details.

v  Sparring Competition in March

v  St Patricks Day Parade.  Come walk with us.  Find out more below.

v  Raffle & Cake Bake Sale.  Can you donate something?

v  Elite Karate Academy Summer Camp

Sparring Competition

The early rounds of this non-contact 3 points-wins tournament will take places within your child’s normal classes and is completely voluntary.  With the semi-finals and finals taking place at this year’s Expo.  All student’s must have their own sparring gloves & boots, , this is for your child’s safety. Only students who have graded may take part in this tournament.  Follow the link for a special offer on getting safety equipment.

Entry costs €10 per student and must be registered before 9pm on Friday 1st March 2019.

St Patrick’s Day Parade

Once again this year the Academy will be walking in this year’s Clondalkin Parade.  Students, families, and their friends are all invited to join us on the day.  Assemble point is 1.30pm in the car park of Clondalkin Sports and Leisure, Old Nangor Rd on (obviously) 17th March 2018.  If the weather is poor, please wear normal clothes under your karate uniform.

Elite Karate Academy Expo

Our 8th Elite Karate Academy Expo will take place on Sunday 14th of April between 2pm-6pm, in the Clayton Hotel. Liffey Valley.  Doors open at 1.30pm.available.  All students will be taking part, those not grading will be involved in demonstrations.  All students must wear their karate uniform.  The aim of the Expo, as always, is to allowing students demonstrate their skills and abilities to their family and friends, whilst educating parents about the aims and ethos of Elite Karate Academy, in a relaxed fun environment.  This event is open to anyone, so extended family and friends are welcome, this year’s Expo will include;

·         Grading

·         Club Sparring Competition (semi-finals and finals only, entries close Friday 1st March 2019)

·         Demonstrations (Instructor & Students)

·         Award Ceremony (Grading, Competition, and Special Awards, including Student of the Year)

·         Unveiling of Elite Karate Academy’s newest Senior Black Belt

·         Bake & Cake Sale. Why not bake something to bring on the day?

·         Raffle (asking parents to donate a price if they can)

Grading

Those eligible to grade must pay their grading fee before 31st of March to insure they receive their certificate at the Expo.  Students may only grade at the expo.   Students may only grade if they are eligible and hold a current up to date grading licence, which must be presented with the usual fee of €10 before 31st of March.

Tickets

Tickets will be on sale in March.

Bake sale and raffle

Once again, we will have a bake sale in aid of Barretstown and a raffle.  Parents/students are encouraged to bake or bring something for the day.  We need your help in getting prizes for our raffle!!!  Give a prize or a voucher from your work.  Please donate your price before 12th of April, if possible.

Character Education Program

Once again, we start our Word of the Week program in class.  Our specially designed word of the week program teaches 14 core values to your child in a 5 minute ‘mat chat’ within their normal class. Your child will grow as people not just stronger and fitter.  No other club offers this type of program.

Our 14 words are: Courtesy, Growth, Honesty, Obedience, Courage, Sincerity, Humility, Perseverance, Honour, Loyalty, Self-Control, Knowledge, Respect, Integrity.

Each week these lessons will be posted on our Facebook page or the full course can be viewed here in our blog section of our website.  I strongly urge parents to get involved with their child’s learning by reading these posts or discussing after each class what they learnt.

Website

Check out our blogs on our website.  Click here to read about them

Dojo Kun Programme – Most club’s dojo rules consist of no shouting, no chewing gum etc. Our Dojo Kun program teaches your child 25 rules of life. These rules teach your child how to follow and make their dreams come true, through hard work, passion, and dedication.

Elite Mental Training – This program teaches students the mental strategy of fighting, topics introduced can be used in all areas of life, reducing stress, and increasing mental wellbeing. Read some lessons covered in our blog section below.

Anti-Bullying Programme – We teach your child how to deal with bullying in a non-aggressive way without having to resort to violence. A great program for boosting confidence and self-belief.  This starts in September.

Newer material will be shared weekly on our Facebook page, much will be of interest even to those who don’t train.

Coming later in the Year

Other events coming up this year after the Expo, will be our Karate Summer Camps

Testimonials Request

That so many of you praise our Academy is huge source of pride to me.  Please write a review/testimonial here.  They will then be added to our website.  Student / parents or both may write a review and you may write a new one if you wrote one before.

Zen Tip

Our own worst enemy cannot harm us as much as our unwise thoughts.  No one can help us as much as our own compassionate thoughts.

Fitness Tip

Myth Buster – Cardio is the best method for fat loss.

Not only does strength training or our Cardio Combat add more definition to your entire body (hello, abs!), but it has a ton of other health benefits too. My favorite: It increases your basal metabolic rate (BMR), which means you’ll burn more calories throughout the day—even when you’re not working out. The result is more lean muscle mass and less body fat, and that’s something you can’t get that with just cardio.

And because I like lists, here’s one full of other health benefits you get from strength training:

·         Increased bone density

·         Better balance, coordination, agility, power, and mobility

·         An ability to do everyday activities without worrying about getting hurt

·         Fewer symptoms associated with arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, obesity, and back pain

·         Improved sleep patterns, mood, and stress levels

As you can see, strength training does more than make you look—and feel—confident . And the benefits only multiply as we get older. As we age, our bodies are at an increased risk of sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass) and osteoporosis (decrease in bone density). A regular training plan can help to combat those losses. Luckily, women are starting to make their way into the weight room—so now it’s your turn.

Start Your Childs Journey Today.

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We specialise in teaching children. With over 30+ years teaching experience we mentor and inspire every child, helping them grow in self confidence & wisdom.

Children’s classes include 3-5 minute mat chats in every class, with a range of topics covered in our unique and specially designed programs, no other club teaches and gets the results we get.

Watch your child grow in confidence and as a person. Visit www.elitekarateacademy.com for more information or message us below.

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Regardless of age or fitness levels, a student will benefit physically from training. Improvements in flexibility, strength, stamina and aerobic fitness are just some of the benefits to be gained. With correct training under proper instruction students can improve concentration, self confidence, self esteem, discipline, leading to increased positivity, mind control, stress relief, leading to peace of mind and a healthier attitude to life.

Elite Karate Academy teaches traditional Wado Ryu Karate-Do (The Way of Harmony). We know correct training leads to character development and self improvement and is more than simply fighting. Learning the correct mental attitude and fighting spirit of the Samurai improves concentration levels, mind control and stress relief leading to a more positive attitude towards life.

Our Adult classes focus on personal development while building strong self defence skills.

Adult/Teen beginner classes are 8-9.15pm Monday and Wednesday.Contact me by phone or text on 086 822 4902 or email info@elitekarateacademy.com to arrange a FREE TRIAL.

The Group Monkey Dance (GMD)

The GMD is another dominance game very different from the individual monkey dance.  In this ritual, members of the group compete for status and to show their loyalty to the group by showing how vicious they can be to someone perceived as an “outsider”.  It is purely a contest to prove who is more a part of the group by who can do the most violence to the outsider.

Group psychology and the power of mobs plays a huge part in this, making normal decent people behave in a way they would never have imagined, as they get caught up in the “feeding frenzy”.  The victim is completely inconsequential.  Once it starts, the victim is literal a non-person.  Any pleading, fighting, passivity will be interpreted by the group as proof of “otherness” and further justification to escalate.  Sometimes even the death of the outsider doesn’t stop the dance.

The receiving end of the GMD is an ugly situation.  There is a lower level GMD, where an “outsider” is seen to be intruding into an “in-house” dispute.  This can sometimes explain a victim of domestic abuse turning on police officer called to the scene, or an audience turning on a stranger trying to break up a fight.  This level is rarely as vicious as the GMD, the group wants the outside out.

For more information on this I hihghly recommend the book

Meditation on Violence by Rory Miller

Karate as a counselling technique and for personal development.

 

Introduction

Most people have a basic knowledge of Karate, usually derived from their portrayal in the cinema.  Karate chops, flying kicks, funny noises and wise old men.  And it is general accepted or understood that Karate is good for

(1)Self defence – True Karate training practices each technique to make each one lethal.

(2)Physical fitness – All parts of the body and muscle groups are used.

(3)Sport – Competitions have developed with different rules ranging from “no-contact” to “full-contact”.

What is less recognised outside of the martial arts world the fact that Karate is a

(4) “Do” or a way of life.

True practitioners of the art of karate (and it is an art), recognise that, similarly to Yoga or Meditation, Karate is something that improves the quality of your life, and should be trained for the duration of your life.  It is this aspect of the art which I wish to talk about and explain how the proper teaching of karate can be an effective tool in counselling and/or personal development.

The aim of true karate practice

With the number of knives and guns in society today, defending oneself by hand is becoming less and less practical as a means of survival, and very few people actually want or need to engage in fighting on a daily basis. Violence is an ugly thing, and unless you have a psychotic personality, you will not walk out of a violent altercation without suffering some psychological or emotional damage.  Joining a running club is a far more effective ways of defending yourself these days.  Avoidance is the best policy.  So why then spend years training and learning to fight, especially if you plan to go years hopefully without every using it.  Stress management, mind control, self-confidence, self-discipline, mind-fullness and relaxation are all other reasons for practising as well as the above mentioned self defence, fitness and as a sport.

In his book Karate-do by Tatsuo Suzuki (1967), he states the true meaning of “Karate is basically a training to bring a person back to the natural state of mind he was born with, dispelling delusions”.  Delusions such as; doubt, fear, attachment, and anger,

“An example of this would be; a baby does not have a complex of fear.  A person who narrowly escapes being run over by a car will remain motionless, his limbs frozen by fear.  But a baby would continue to move innocently, because he has no fear complex.”

One way this is developed within a Karate class is students are encouraged to be open or honest in the training.  Open/honest as a beginner in trying new techniques, without fear of failing, or falling over, open to correction of instructors not dismissing their corrections out of some ego centred sense of righteousness, open to acknowledge the good and bad points of your personality.

One emphasis of karate therefore is to develop and maintain a healthy mind.  “That inborn, pure mind unsoiled by evil thought and impressions through the experiences of life.”  Life can wear you down, proper traditional Karate training teaches a student life skills and a code of conduct (more of which later) which benefits the life outside the dojo (Training Hall).

Training develops the character

In a traditional Karate class, which is what I teach, your every movement is controlled from start to finish.  You are told how to stand, sit and move.  This allows the training of many difference aspects of Karate.  Unlike sitting in front of a TV, this allows you to focus your concentration for the duration of the session.  One full session with a focused concentrated mind is ideally suited for relieving stress, in the same way that reading a book, it better at reducing stress then television.  After a training session your mind and body are relaxed and calm with a laser like focus in your mind.

Because everyone is doing the exact same thing simultaneously it allows students to be less self conscious about their bodies.  A student with low self confidence can act confidently for the duration of the class, while a student with a large ego can train humbly, meaning each student is training their mind for their own purposes.  In karate we have a basic stance called “Yoi Stance”.  In this stance your feet are shoulder width apart, in line with each other, toes turned slightly but natural outwards, shoulders relaxed, arms loose in front of your body, fist loosely clenched.  This physical position clearly reflects the similarities between the physical position and the mental state.  From this position all possible movements exist, one can move in any direction, use any technique, attack, defend, all possibilities exist, if one has the right mindset.  Relaxed, poised, focused, determined.

Another rather obvious benefit of Karate training is anger management.  The simple effort of kicking, punching and striking expends a lot of energy and pent up frustration, leaving the student more relaxed after training.  The long term benefits of regular, hard training, allows those student with anger issues to learn self control and manager their anger in a positive way.

 

Case Study 1

I had a student, an 11 year old boy, suffering very badly with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), who trained under me for a year, when his mother, a single parent, told me that prior to taking up Karate, she had been at her wits end, as she could not control her son, and was close to having a breakdown and was running out of resources to help her.  One year later she had removed completely two separate medications from her son’s life and had reduced his Ritalin dosage by half.  All because of the Karate training he’d received from me, needless to say I was very moved by her story.

Case Study 2

Another case study, based on personal experience that comes to mind, is a 10 year old male student who suffered with Asperger’s Syndrome, which may mean sufferers generally lack inborn social skills and have delayed motor development.  One day the student’s school principle saw his student in my class and he was visibly shocked to see the development of this particular child’s motor skills etc.  What made this story even more memorable was the principle claimed that the student was socially isolated and lacked friends and would often be seen alone in the school yard.  In my class the student was one of the most popular and if he ever missed a class, there were always another 5-6 students who asked where he was.

Through the techniques and training methods used in Karate along with the most important the correct mental attitude and fighting spirit, the training can lead to improvements in students self esteem and confidence.  A strange phenomenon occurs when people join a proper karate club, many students initial reasons for starting was to learn how to defeat others, but after a years of training, students come to learn that the true battle is with themselves.  Freeing ourselves from attachments to the idea of hardship or pain in practice we overcome ourselves.  Michelangelo once said of his famous statue “David”, that the statue was always there, and all he (Michelangelo) did was chip away the pieces of rock to reveal the beautiful masterpiece within the stone.  This is the effect the techniques and training practices within Karate have on ones soul.  In Karate we strive to strip away the attachments, the negative, the opinions, to reveal the beauty of the person inside,

With the self confidence that comes from being fitter, stronger and having the knowledge how to defend yourself, one of the first thing to go in relation to fighting is any ego or sense to prove oneself.  I have the knowledge that I can kill a person with a single blow or strike, so to quote Spiderman “with great power comes great responsibility”.  It would be a misuse of my power and my own pacifism for me to harm/kill another person.  This misuse is even greater still if the person I fought was loaded up with “Dutch courage” or drunk.  When you have overcome yourself or realise that the real battle is only with yourself, ego leaves you with no desire to beat others.

So it is this mind set of Karate that we aim to achieve in training.  A mindset that when achieved is exactly the same as the mindset in meditation, hence sometimes Karate is called moving meditation.

“Research has shown that Meditation can contribute to an individual’s psychological and physiological well-being. This is accomplished as Meditation brings the brainwave pattern into an alpha state, which is a level of consciousness that promotes the healing state”. (http://www.psychologytoday.com 12th October 2010)

Psychological Benefits (Taken from same webpage as above quote)

  • Increased brain wave coherence. Harmony of brain wave activity in different parts of the brain is associated with greater creativity, improved moral reasoning, and higher IQ.
  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Decreased depression.
  • Decreased irritability and moodiness.
  • Improved learning ability and memory.
  • Increased self-actualization.
  • Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.
  • Increased happiness.
  • Increased emotional stability.

 

“Neuroscientists have found that those who meditate “shift their brain activity to different areas of the cortex – brain waves in the stress-prone right frontal cortex move to the calmer left frontal cortex. This mental shift decreases the negative effects of stress, mild depression and anxiety. There is also less activity in the amygdale, where the brain processes fear.”

Karate is a complex art form and while it shares many similarities with meditation but also shares a many aspects of modern day psychology.  In his book “Theory and practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy” (Corey 1996), Corey states that the two goals of Freudian psychotherapy

“Are to make the unconscious conscious and to strength the ego so that behaviour is based more on reality and less on instinctual cravings.  Successful analysis is believed to result in significant modifications of the individual’s personality and character structure.”

What psychoanalysis tries to achieve through conscious reconstruction, discussion, interpretation and analysis, karate achieves in a unconscious process using physical and mental training drills, in order to (Corey 1996) “develop the level of understanding that is assumed to be necessary for a change in character”.  Basically true Karate works as a kind of psychoanalysis without the talking.

But it is not only with Freudian psychotherapy that karate shares characteristics, Karate also reflects an Alderian Therapy approach in that it is “holistic, social, goal-oriented and humanistic”. (Corey 1996 page 135)

“Alder stress that striving for perfection and coping with inferiority by seeking mastery are innate”. (Adler, 1979, p. 29)  The perfection of technique is the physical aim of karate.  Karate also satisfies Adler’s most significant and distinctive concept, that of social interest.  Through the shared activity a student is given a sense of belonging and of contributing through mutual respect for all members of the karate club.

Within Karate also the roles between Sensei (instructor) and student reflect a Person-centred Therapy approach, this relationship or bond in Karate is vital.  For a student to progress well in Karate they must find good instructor.  The Sensei interacts with each student in an individual humanistic approach, if they “attitudes and personal characteristics of the Therapist (Sensei) and the quality of the client (student) relationship as the prime determinants of the outcome of the therapeutic process (Karate process)” (Corey 1996 p. 198) the goals of Karate being dispelling delusions and achieving greater physical/mental/spiritual strength.

This strength reflects Zen teachings of mindfulness, living in the present, and seeing the world as it really is and not true our own perceived prejudices, this goal of greater awareness and learning to appreciate and fully experience the present movement is very much a main principle of Zen, Karate and Gestalt Therapy.

 

Conclusion

Therefore because Karate is a way of life, similar to a religion, it teaches students a code of ethics and beliefs in which to live their lives.  It is often said that Karate begins and ends with courtesy.  Respect for your opponent, respect for oneself, respect for life as well as honour, humility, trust, perseverance, motivation, dedication, loyalty among others are all virtues of a black belt.  These morals and beliefs define a code of conduct and outlook of life that encompasses the student’s whole life, chief of which is the 1st rule of karate, “Karate Ni Sentenashi”, there is no 1st attack in Karate, whether physically or mentally.  The 2nd rule of Karate is often whimsical taught at “learn rule No. 1”.

So in conclusion I’d firstly like to say that I hoped you enjoyed this presentation and found it somewhat stimulating.  And secondly that I have opened your eyes to what real Karate is about and maybe convinced you that it is deeper then maybe you thought and that with the correct instructor who knows his art that Karate can lead to profound personal development and change.  And can be considered as an unconscious counselling technique.

 

Dear Parents

Just a quick note about classes times and gradings over the Halloween break.

Class times

Due to bank holiday (29th), Halloween (31st), and holiday (2nd) there will be no classes Monday, Wednesday and Friday the week of Halloween.  Classes will be as normal Tuesday & Thursday this week.  Students whose classes are affected, who wish to make up their classes can train in the following classes.  Those who can’t will be credited the classes that don’t go ahead.

Monday & Wednesday 5-6pm Beginner – Orange class, can train Tuesday & Thursday 4-5pm

Monday & Wednesday 8-9.15pm Beginner – Intermediate Adults, class can train Tuesday & Thursday 8-9.30pm.  This class will also have the option of training 7-9.30pm both Tuesday & Thursday

Wednesday & Friday 6-7pm Green Belt+ class, can train Tuesday & Thursday 6-7pm

Wednesday & Friday 7-8pm Beginner – Orange class, can train Tuesday & Thursday 4-5pm

Gradings

There will be a grading for Yellow tips – Yellow- orange belts the 1st week of November.  Below is a list of those eligible to grade.  If you child has been omitted, please talk to Sensei at next class.  Gradings will take place in student’s 1st class on Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th of November.  Results and certificates will be awarded in the student’s 2nd class of the week either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

Calibe Devereux for Yellow Tip

Ferdia O’Reilly for yellow tip

Alannah Barry for yellow tip

Eric De Luca for yellow tip

Kade Sweeney for yellow tip

James Barry for Yellow Belt

Chloe Lynch for yellow belt

Gabriel Bernardez for yellow belt

Alex O’Neill for yellow belt

Shane Hyland for yellow belt

Niamh Richards for Yellow Belt

Eugenia Mikhaelis for Yellow Belt

Roisin Murphy for yellow belt

Colm Roche for Yellow Belt

Joan Dempesy for yellow belt

Dean Keegan for yellow belt

Bobby & Zoe Sneyd for yellow belt

Sean Byrne for yellow belt

Kai Keegan for yellow belt

Louise Foley for yellow belt

Derek Mulligan for yellow belt

Yanina Gallo orange belt

Callum Mooney for orange belt

Mark Mikhaelis for orange belt

Gradings are optional and cost €20 for under 18s and €30 for over 18.  Grading passport must be up to date, renewal cost €10.  Check the back page of the passport for the renewal date.  If you need to get a grading passport it costs €10 per year and must be accompanied by 2 passport photos.  All grading fees and passport fees must be paid by Friday 26th of October.

Those not eligible to grade or going for grades higher then green belt will be grading at Xmas or at the Expo depending how soon they reach the required standard.

For Orange Belt at Xmas

Conor Rooney, Aoife Richards, Cillian Richards, Rian O’Dowd, Chloe O’Dowd, Eva Kelly, Niamh Kelly, Marco Li, Markus Koskus, Jack O’Brien

For Green Belt at Xmas

Calum Mc Farlane, Zoe Martin, Darya & Darragh Grikss, Millie Cummins

For Blue Belt at Xmas

Grace Timpson, Alex Reilly

For Purple Belt at Xmas

Lara Keogh, Sean O Hare, Carly Power

For Brown Belt at Xmas

Lucy Fairweather, Daniils Rudzinskos, Matthew Kavanagh, Clodagh Grenham

I will be giving a hard copy of this out next week and if you he any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sensei

10 reasons why every child should do Karate-Do?

With the range of martial arts classes available in Dublin, there are kid’s classes for every personality type and interest.  Karate is one of the most popular and well known martial arts and offers more benefits to children then simply teaching them how to kick and punch.   More and more parents are realising that kid’s karate classes offer the chance for additional education outside of school hours, as well as a great form of fitness training to tire their children out.  And what parent doesn’t love a tired and better behaved child…

Elite Karate Academy offer children’s karate classes in Clondalkin, south west Dublin that offer a range of benefits to both parents and children…

  1. Character development- Most people recognise that martial arts improve the character. The determination, persistence, and commitment needed to achieve a black belt highlights a student’s true character.  That’s why average students don’t achieve a black belt.  Elite Karate Academy believe that your student can gain from karate training no matter how long they train.  Our Word of the Week Program teaches 14 words such as Courtesy, Respect, Courage, Humility, Leadership that insured our students grow as people not just martial art

 

  1. Self-Belief- Becoming fitter, stronger and having the ability to defend yourself is a sure fire way to build self-belief and self-confidence. Our Dojo Kun (Dojo Rules) Program incorporates 25 rules to how to live your life and the passion and commitment needed to make your child succeed in life and work hard to make their dreams come through.

 

  1. Self-Esteem- With the setting of short term goals like gradings or learning a new technique or kata your child’s self-esteem rapidily improves.

 

  1. Confidence- Becoming a part of something bigger, joining a club, making new friends with similar goals, admiring the higher grades and rising through the ranks, being tested and meeting new challenges all help improve your child’s confidence.

 

  1. Friendship- Classes are social and interactive and helps build friendships and social skills, helping your child learn team work, sharing and positive social interaction.

 

  1. Way of Life- Karate can be more than a simple hobby offering a way of life that can be studied for a lifetime. It teaches character values and a code of behaviour which learnt as a child can stay forever.

 

  1. Fitness- With children playing more computer games and becoming less active, and the growth of childhood obesity, karate is a perfect solution. Fast paced children’s karate classes improve cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility.

 

  1. Conflict resolution- Karate for self-defence only. Our Anti Bullying Program teaches your child to handle stressful situations and bullying without aggression.  How to diffuse situations and walk away from trouble.

 

  1. Health & Nutrition- Our Program teaches students the importance of exercise and healthy eating whilst recognising the importance of a healthy body image.

 

  1. Fun- Kid’s Karate classes are great fun where your children can truly enjoy themselves and be dying to come back for their next class.

 

So if you want your child to grow bigger and stronger, develop into a mature responsible adult with a passion to succeed in every aspect of their life, phone Sensei Gareth at Elite Karate Academy on 086 822 4902.  We have beginner’s classes running throughout the week in our full time dojo, visit our website at www.elitekarateacademy.com to find a time that suits you.  We our passionate about our students and aim to be leading lights in their lives and the community around us.