Essence of Self Defense is a thin list of things that might get you out alive when you are already screwed.  SGT Rory Miller.

Self Defense is a big topic covering areas such as domestic violence to hostage taking.  It is impossible to train for every scenario.  But correct physical and mental training through Karate can help you be ready mentally.

All Self Defense should be based on avoidence.  Good awearness, posture, confidence and common sense should keep you out of trouble.  Never delegate your safety to someone else.  And never ignore what your eyes see.  You are an expert on human behaviour, trust your gut.

Rule for life, you don’t get to pick what kinds of bad things will happen to you.  Self defense is never a choice.  But if it comes you will be surprised.  Always surprised.  If your not surprised then you had some warning and could/should have taken measures to escape or avoid the situation (see the monkey dance).  Real self defense is about recovering from the shock and surprise, whether that is a punch to the back of the head or a hand wrapping around your mouth.

The most common lead up to an attack on a woman is to show a weapon and order her to obey.

If you put yourself in harms way and are the victim of a surprise assault.  You are a rabbit to the wolf.  The attacker is in predator mindset.  They have planned, trained and rehearsed for this encounter.  They know what they are doing with cold logic.  They have a goal. rob or rape for example.  The attacker is ready for the fight and you are inconsequential.  The shock of an attack can cause you to freeze, wondering whats happening and why.  Reasons or excuses are irrelevant when you are fighting for your life.

The predator is looking for weak, dostracted & passive victims.  Practicing good awareness on the street is vital.  Be alert to your surroundings and those around you.  Look for places where attackers could hide.   Display confidence in your body language.  Avoidence is far better then fighting and know that if you do fight, you will fight far less effectively then how you trained.

Fine motor skills degrade or go completely, gross motor skills can degrade also.  Under the extreme stress, that can’t be reproduced in the dojo, a host of chemicals will be released into your system that will effect you mentally and physically.  Skilled techniques degrade under stress, peripheral vision is lost and tunnel vision occurs, depth perception is lost or alltered, auditory exclusion occur, blood pools in internal organs and is drawn away from yor limbs, meaning your legs and arms feel weak, cold or clammy.  Complex motor skills will be hampered.  Perception and memory can be wildly distorted and time may seem to slow.  You can even find irrelevent thoughts will intrude..

All this means that you wont feel most pain and neither does your threat.  Add to that cocktail a mix of adrenalin, alcohol and drugs and it means complience locks and nerve points may not work.  In full survival mode fighting for your life it is not the same state of mind as you where when a wristlock in training hurt.

The following list of Students are eligible to grade for their next grade.  Gradings will take place on their first class next week between 2nd and 4th of July and they’ll receive their results in their second class that week, between 4th and 6th July.

Students are eligible to grade if the fees of €20 is paid before the grading and they hold a current grading passport, which must be presented when paying fees.  Renewal of grading passports cost €10, if it is expired and you have a passport.

If a grading passport is needed it cost €10 and must be accompanied by 2 passport size photos.

No student going for Orange belt or higher who graded at the Expo is eligible to grade until the end of next month at the earliest.

For Yellow Tip

Chloe Lynch -passport needs to be bought

Zoe Sneyd  -passport needs to be bought

Bobby Sveyd  -passport needs to be bought

Gabriel Bernardez  -passport needs to be bought

Calibe Devereux  -passport needs to be bought

Sean Byrne  -passport needs to be bought

 

For Yellow Belt

Markas Koskus

Marco Li

Niamh Kelly

Eva Kelly

James Barry

Aoife Richards

Jack O’Brien

ALex O’Neill

Check out the details for this year’s Elite Karate Summer Camps.  Limited Places, that will full fast.  Don’t delay.

Fun & Games, Fitness, Karate

“Children don’t quit Karate, Parents do.”  If you want your child to benefit or even receive their black belt and more, than you as a parent need to have a black belt commitment too.

Why do you want your child to learn Karate”

Parent – “I want them to gain discipline and confidence”

Sensei to Parent : “Then here are the things you, as the parent need to know and follow no matter what:

1. You must be consistent bringing your child to class. Schedule your Karate days and move things around them so your child doesn’t miss classes or attend sporadically. Why? Because discipline and confidence come from doing structured things, not random things.
2. When training gets tough and your child doesn’t want to go to class because it’s not “fun” you will tell them “get your Gi and let’s go” no matter what. Why? Because you can’t build discipline on your schedule, only doing what you want when you want. You also can’t build confidence by avoiding things that are hard to do or tough. Only by failing and then overcoming that failure can you grow confident. It is not easy but it is worth it.
3. When your child loses interest (which comes and goes by the way) you will say “Get your Gi and let’s go”. Allowing your child to just give up something because they have lost interest leads to teaching them how to be a failure in life. Teaching your child the value of commitment and seeing things through is part of the discipline process. The loss of interest in kids happens but then they wish they wouldn’t have “quit”. Teach your child not to be a quitter.
4. You aren’t committing to attend Karate. You are committing to get good at Karate and earn your black belt. When your child wants to quit you will say “Are you a black belt yet?” and then say “Get your Gi and let’s go”. Children who see their training through to black belt will learn what it means to truly earn something which builds confidence and discipline. This will be invaluable in their lives as they grow into adulthood (going off to college and more).
5. Karate will build confidence, discipline, focus and more BUT you have to be committed to it no matter what. You can’t just show up when you want and expect your child to gain from it. It takes work so teach your child the value of working hard. When you, the parent, are involved in their training they grow strong in their confidence and discipline. Don’t be “that parent” that just lets their kid start and quit things. Get them to the dojo and watch them develop strong, focused, driven and confident so that they can have a great life!

Things to remember from the desk of your Sensei….

ELITE KARATE ACADEMY NEWSLETTER MARCH 2018

Welcome to our March 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.  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.  Sign up for our newsletter at here

News – Updates – Events At A Glance

  • Elite Karate Academy Expo on April 15th, 2-6pm, Green Isle Hotel. All students including beginners will be taking part on the day, with either/both gradings and demonstrations.
  • This is the last week to sign up for this year’s Sparring Competition. Registration closes 9pm Friday 9th March 2018. See below for more details.
  • St Patricks Day Parade. Come walk with us.  Find out more below.
  • Raffle & Cake Bake Sale. Can you donate something?
  • Donations for St Vincent de Paul of clothes, bedding, toys, books, household items, DVDs etc. as always may be dropped off at the dojo anytime.
  • Referral Competition – Find out more below

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, (click here), sparring boots are optional but are recommended. Only students who have graded may take part in this tournament.

Entry costs €10 per student and must be registered before 9pm on this Friday 9th March 2018.

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 7th Elite Karate Academy Expo will take place on Sunday 15th of April between 2pm-6pm, in the Green Isle Hotel.  Doors open at 1.30pm and there will be a full bar service 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 (Usual fee of €20 applies for those eligible to grade, payable by 31st of March)
  • Club Sparring Competition (semi-finals and finals only, entries close Friday 9th March 2018)
  • 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.  Please check with Sensei Gareth if your child is 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 the usual fee of €20 before 31st of March.  See below if you need to get a grading licence.

Tickets

Tickets are now on sale.   Buy them before 13th 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 7th 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 donate your price before 13th of April, if possible.

 

Referral Competition

Our referral competition is now up and running.  Which will run until the end of April.  That so many of you recommend our Academy is a great source of pride for me.  And I want to give something back.

Entry is easy.  Simple refer a friend, child or adult, to either our Karate or Fitness Classes.  They get a free trial class.  If they then sign up for a minimum of 1 month.  You or your child receive 1 weeks training for free…  If they sign up for 3 months, you receive 2 weeks free training.  Sign up for 6 months your get 3 weeks free training and if they sign up for a year you receive 1 month free training.

Cardio Fitness Boot Camp

Cardio Combat Fitness Class.  New Members are always welcome.  Class are suitable for all fitness levels from Beginner – Advanced.  You go at your pace.  This easy fun fitness class is designed to help lose weight & get fit. And features a mix of Circuits, Core, Fitness & Karate.  If you can walk and talk you can do this class.

New Times Monday & Wednesday 8.15-9.30pm.  Check Out Here For More Information.

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

Every week we have new 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 and Summer Party.

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.

ELITE KARATE ACADEMY NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2018

Welcome to our February 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.  Please feel free to share this newsletter with family and friends, I hope you find it informative.  Feel free to comment on our Facebook here page with comments and be sure to like our page while you’re there.  Sign up for our newsletter at http://www.elitekarateacademy….

News – Updates – Events At A Glance

v  All students are now starting their preparation work for their grading at the Expo on April 15th.  All students including beginners will be taking part on the day, with either/both gradings and demonstrations.

v  Sign up for this year’s Sparring Competition closes 9pm 9th March 2018.  See below for more details.

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

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

v  Donations for St Vincent de Paul of clothes, bedding, toys, books, household items, DVDs etc. as always may be dropped off at the dojo anytime.

v  That so many of you recommend our Academy is a great source of pride for me.  Please go our Facebook page and write a review your club and it may be posted on our website as well, children may write their review on a piece of paper if they wish.  This month we are launching our referral competition.  See below for more details.

v  As always parents are invited to join our Cardio Combat Fitness Boot Camp.  Ask Sensei about a FREE TRIAL. Our Fitness Bootcamp class have now been rescheduled and now take place on Monday & Wednesday from 8.15pm-9.30pm.  See below for more details.

v  Any student above Green Belt is eligible to join the ‘Black Belt Club’.  Formal invitations will be given to new students at the Expo but if your child wants to join please contact Sensei.

 

Elite Karate Academy Expo

Our 7th Karate Expo will take place on Sunday 15th of April between 2pm-6pm, in the Green Isle Hotel.  All students will once again take part in the Expo and showcase their abilities and standard.  The expo will include gradings, demonstrations by students and instructors, sparring competition, raffle, bake sale and our annual awards ceremony, where we will crown this year’s student of the year, amongst others.  Tickets will be on sale in March and I will give the details in next months Newsletter

Raffle & Bake Sale

This year we will once again hold a raffle at this year’s Expo.  If you can donate a prize please let Sensei know.  Alternatively you you can bake something on the day for our bake sale.

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, (click here for special offer), sparring boots are optional but are recommended. Only students who have graded may take part in this tournament.

Entry costs €10 per student and must be registered before 9pm on Friday 9th March 2018.

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.

Referral Competition

This month we will be starting out referral competition.  Which will run until the end of April.  That so many of you recommend our Academy is a great source of pride for me.  And I want to give something back.

Entry is easy.  Simple refer a friend, child or adult, to either our Karate or Fitness Classes.  They get a free trial class.  If they then sign up for a minimum of 1 month.  You or your child receive 1 weeks training for free…  If they sign up for 3 months, you receive 2 weeks free training.  Sign up for 6 months your get 3 weeks free training and if they sign up for a year you receive 1 month free training.

Click here for a special offer to tell your friends about

 

Cardio Fitness Boot Camp

Cardio Combat Fitness Class.  Our beginner’s Special Offer 1 Month Trial (8Classes) Only €40 has been extended till the end of February.  New Members are always welcome.  Class are suitable for all fitness levels from Beginner – Advanced.  You go at your pace.  This easy fun fitness class is designed to help lose weight & get fit. And features a mix of Circuits, Core, Fitness & Karate.  If you can walk and talk you can do this class.

New Times Monday & Wednesday 8.15-9.30pm.  Check Out Here For More Information.

Student of the Month

This month’s winner is Darragh Power.  Click Here to read about him and leave comment of congratulations.

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

Every week we have new 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 and Summer Party.

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

The heart is like a garden.  It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love.  What seeds will you plant there?

Fitness Tip

 Remove “weight loss” as an actual goal!

While this tip may seem crazy, “weight loss is too abstract and subjective to be stated as a legitimate goal.” Weight loss is an outcome that cannot happen without action, so your goals need to include specific actions that will lead to weight loss.

Goals should be small and attainable. This will save willpower because rather than focusing on the negative — fighting the urge to say “no” to certain foods and behaviors — accomplishing smaller, tangible goals will “build confidence, which builds hope, which builds consistency.”

Why choose Elite Karate Academy

Special School Offer

If your child attends a local school and new to the Academy they can receive a special 10% discount on our 3 month term.  To avail of this offer simply mention your schools name when joining and ask for the school discount.  Offer ends 30th September 2018.

We are the Elite because we are the best at what we do. Elite Karate Academy in Clondalkin teaches traditional Wado Ryu Karate-Do (The Way Of Harmony), a softer style of karate.  We know correct training leads to character development and self improvements in our students and is more than simply fighting.  Teaching the correct mental attitude and fighting spirit of the Samurai improves your concentration levels, mind control and stress relief leading to a more positive attitude towards life.

Through your knowledge of karate you are taught Self-Defence, Self-Control, Self-Discipline, and Self-Confidence, leading to improvements in your Self-Esteem and develop the Physical, Mental & Spiritual Strength renowned of the martial arts.  Classes are designed to be positive experiences, with each class alowing students to achieve a task raising their self confidence and self belief with plenty of positive feedback.

Physical Fitness

Regardless of age or fitness levels, you will benefit physically from training. Improvements in flexibility, strength, stamina and aerobic fitness are just some of the benefits to be gained.

Specialist Children Development Programs

We specialise in teaching children and you are paying for more than kicking and punching.  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.

Click here to read more about our specially designed programs.

 

Our Academy in Clondalkin is run with a rotating curriculum with different classes for various grades motivating students and forging Black Belts in character not just technique.

Ready to Start? Phone Sensei Gareth on 086 822 4902 or click here to contact us about this month’s special offers.

Order your equipment in time for the competition

Gloves & Boots come in Red & Blue.  With limited remaining stock in other colours

And in sizes x-small, small, medium and large.

Individually Gloves €20 or Boots cost €25.00.

Buy both Gloves & Boots at the same time and receive a 10% discount.  Offer ends 1st March 2019.

When listening to music.  We don’t skip to the end of the piece of music because it is where all the ideas come together.

We don’t only read the last chapter of a book.

Yet in life we are obsessed with endings.  Do well in this exam, to go to that college, to get this job, to reach this position.  Then wonder at 50 or 60, what is it all about?

Live life like a piece of music, with ebbs and flows, drama and silences, movement and stillness.  Be mindful of the music of your life, enjoy every breath by being mindful of your current moment.  Be the conductor of your own symphony.  Be brave.  Follow your dreams and create the world you want to live in.