ELITE KARATE ACADEMY NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2017

Welcome to our October 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 (insert link here) page with comments and be sure to like our page while you’re there.  Sign up for our newsletter at https://www.elitekarateacademy.com/contact-us/

News – Updates – Events

  • There is a grading coming up shortly for eligible students. Click the following links to view the child’s syllabus or adult’s syllabus, to view what you need for your next grade.
  • If you wish you can now pay your fees by Credit/Debit Card or set up a Standing Order, simply ask for a standing order form to complete the next time you are in the dojo.
  • Join for 2 months in October and get a third free for new members in Child/Adult Karate Classes.
  • As of 1st September 2017, absolutely no class credit will be given without prior consent. Unfortunately, every summer a minority of parents abuse my goodwill.  You cannot go swimming or to the cinema and pay later, so too with karate classes.  Students, especially below green belt, who owe class fees will be made to sit out the class.  Do not put me or your child in this situation.
  • Parents now get an email 7 days before fees are due and another email the day the fees are due. Students will also receive a card on their last prepaid class.
  • 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.
  • Saturday 4th November 2017, we will be running a free 2 hour free self defence seminar for parents and adults. See info further down for details.
  • Saturday 11th November 2017 Parent/Child train together class.  See link below.
  • 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 always parents are invited to join either our Cardio Combat Fitness Boot Camp. Ask Sensei about a FREE TRIAL.
  • I have Elite Karate Academy T-shirts back in stock in all sizes from child 5-6 through to adult XL

Free Self Defence Seminar

ELITE KARATE ACADEMY WILL HOST A FREE SELF DEFENCE SEMINAR ON SATURDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2017 BETWEEN 1PM-3PM.

PLACES ARE LIMITED AND ONLY BY ADVANCED BOOKING.  CONTACT US ON TEXT/PHONE 086 822 4902 TO SECURE A PLACE.

COURSE CONTENT WILL BE COVERING SIMPLE EFFECTIVE TECHNIQUES, ONES ANYONE CAN LEARN AND REMEMBER.

TACTICAL TRAINING,  WHAT TO DO IN A THREATENING SITUATION.

ARMED ATTACK SURVIVAL, HOW TO DEAL WITH EDGED WEAPONS.

THREAT MANAGEMENT, HOW TO HANDLE OR AVOID A SCARY SITUATION.

FIGHT PSYCHOLOGY, THE MINDSET OF A FIGHT, MAKING A DECISION TO STAY SAFE AND

STREET AWARENESS. RAISING YOUR AWARENESS OF THE DANGERS AROUND YOU.

ALL THE TOPICS WILL BE COVERED IN OUR 4 PART FREE ONLINE COURSE.  PART 1 AVAILABLE HERE

TO SIGN UP WE SIMPLY REQUIRE A NAME AND CONTACT NUMBER OR EMAIL, USE OUR CONTACT US PAGE OR ON FACEBOOK OR TEXT/PHONE 086 822 4902.  PLACES WILL BE LIMITED AND ARE ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS.  PARTICIPANTS MUST BE OVER 15 YEARS OF AGE.

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Online Self Defence Course

We are also running a 4 part online self defence course in conjunction with the above seminar.  Follow the link to share or read some tips for self defence.

Parent/Child train at home together

There is nothing better then a parent who wants to see their children improve.  Helping your child train at home is a great bonding experience and helps improve your childs performance and keeps them motivated.  Elite Karate Academy will run a run a hour and half seminar for parent & students to teach parents some simple drills and exercises to train together at home. Click the link to find out more.

Yoga

Anyone interested in starting Yoga on a Saturday morning click the link  for details

VINYASA FLOW YOGA STARTING SOON

Student of the Month

This month’s student of the month is Roisin Kavanagh.  Click here to follow her story.

Picture Competition

The winner of this year’s summer photo competition was Sean Smith winner the titled Sean Claude Van Damme.  Click here to view.

Cardio Combat Introductory Offer Get Fit – Lose Weight Before Christmas

This October we’re offering a special offer on our Cardio Combat Fitness Classes to any new participant.  Class are high intensity interval training adapted for your fitness level and are designed for fitness and weight loss.  The class consists of karate, circuits, core and ab work and is ideal for beginners.  Participants must be over 15 years of age and not tried the classes before in order to avail of the offer.  Click the link for our amazing special offer.

New website

Every week we have new blogs on our website.  Click the links to read about

News

Student of the month

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 Karate Academy teaches our students how karate training can improve their lives. Read more in our blog section below.

Word of the Week – Our 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. Read the lessons in our blog section.

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

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 well being. Read some lessons covered in our blog section below.

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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.

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.

YouTube Channel

Each Month I will be posting teaching videos on our Academy’s channel on the grading syllabus for students to train at home.  These videos will have points for parents to watch out for in order that they may help their child learn and improve quicker.

Passport Fees

Any Student who got their grading Passport for the first time last September, it is now due for renewal.  Renewal Fee for the year is €10 and can be paid in class.  Students cannot grade without an up to date passport.

Zen Tip

To ask is a moments shame.  Not to ask and remain ignorant, is a lifelong shame.

Fitness Tip

Increase exercise daily is small manageable ways.  Walk up escalators instead of standing still, take the stairs instead of the lift.  Park further from work and walk the remaining way.  Walk down one flight of stairs then take the life the rest of the way.

All of our circumstances in life are a reflection of your subconscious beliefs.  That voice that plays incessently in your head, guiding you to success or failure.  Giving you all you belief you deserve or think you are worth.  Thankfully once you become aware of this tape their are many techniques available to change it.  Check out NLP techniques or BCT techniques, which I will cover later in this series.

To change your subconscious beliefs we using auto suggestions.  Specially chosen tapes we can use to rewire the voice in your head, to achieve success.  This can work very simply, by changing how you view yourself, you can change your behaviour, which in turn changes how you see yourself.  Think of wanting to own your own home.  You start to imagine yourself owning your own home, liking the idea of becoming a homeowner.  So you start to change your behaviour, you spend less, you go out less, start to save more.  As you savings increase you start to make more sacrifice in order to get the money together.  Then when you have enough to start to view houses and seeing banks.  Eventually taking out a mortage and buying a home.  In time becoming the homeowner you wanted to be.

Subconscious beliefs start with changing how you think about yourself, which in turn changes your behaviour, which in turns gets you what you inititially wanted.  These auto suggestions can work on any thing you wish to change in your life, weight loss, friendships, romance, money, or any goal.  1st step involves working out your current subconscious belief

What is Social Bullying?

Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships.  More likely to happen in primary school then in secondary school, and also more likely to happen to girls more then boys.

Social bullying includes:
*Leaving someone out on purpose
*Telling other children not to be friends with someone
*Spreading rumors about someone
*Embarrassing someone in public

The effect o social bullying?

There are many effects of social bullying. There are effects like depression that can lead to suicide. think the four main effects are low self-esteem, the victim feels rejected, unwanted or hated. Rejected and unwanted because if a group of person bullies you and treat you like if you’re nothing, you’ll feel like nobody likes you and then you’ll feel rejected. Hated because when you’re a victim, you know that the bully hates you. Your self-esteem won’t be as good as a normal person. These four words are the ones that say the most about how the victim of social bullying feels. I think the word unwanted describes better how the victim feels than unloved and unpopular, but they are still good words to show how the victim feels. Humiliated, intimidated and inferior are also good words to describe the victim’s feelings.

Dealing with it

Support your child emotionally.  Let them know its ok to feel upset, talking can have a huge effect, also knowing someone will listen can greatly help.  Concentrating on other friends can help also.   Ignoring the excluding children, or making light of their behaviour or focusing on friendships with other children can be good tactics in trying to move on from the situation. However, it is important to acknowledge that for many children who feel socially excluded these tactics can be very hard to put into practice. Feeling excluded can make you feel powerless and isolated, especially when there is more than one child involved.

For advice on dealing with it read this report from the Irish Times

When we stand in the dojo (training hall) we have some rules.  But the purpose of these rules is not to make everyone the same, but to allow each to express their own self more freely.

We must own our own physical bodies… We must exist right here, right now… When we have our body and mind in order, everything else will exist in the right place, in the right way.

But usually, without being aware of it, we try to change something other than ourselves, we try to order things outside us.  But it is impossible to organise things if you yourself are not in order.

Studying books on karate is a kind of food for your brain.  Of course it is necessary to take some food for your brain, but it is more important to be yourself by practicing the right way of life (karate).

Referring back to the story of the hole in the ground (majority of people will say the hole is too deep, never their arm is too short) you must practice coming back to ourselves.  Not blaming the external world without 1st looking at the internal.  Time spent training is time away from your everyday life, what happens before you train is forgotten, what will happen after you finish training is forgotten.  This time is your time, to focus on the now, to focus on you now.  A timeout from the worries of your world.  Train the correct mind set, to be focused, to be strong, to be determined, to be confident, to be self aware, to be present in the here and now.  Practice the correct form, practice the correct mindset.  Practice become habit and habit become a way of life, if the practice is right…

When we train in our dojo we have some rules. But the purpose of these rules is not to make everyone the same, but to allow each student to express their own self more freely.

Take Yoi or ready stance as an example. Standing feet shoulder width apart, hands clenched loosely, unmoving looking straight ahead.  This ready stance allows movement in all direction and all poosibilities exsist.  A shy person is able to stand and learn confidence in this posture, while a loud or arrogant person can stand and express humility. Both students training the same thing from different ends of the spectrum.

Other traditions like wearing the traditional suits, allows students to feel a part of a club, which they associate with the emblem on the chest. It also makes everyone the same, not male or female, rich or poor, only their belt around their waist gives them any rank.

The japanese system is based on a junior – senior relationship.  With the Sensei (Instructor) as the head of the family, with senior (Sempai) members acting as older brothers/sisters to their junior (Kohai) lower graded members.  Senior students instuct junior students under the watchful eye of their Sensei.   Senesi should always be referred to as such, never by their birth name, this is a matter of humility, courtesy and respect..  Respect is paramount in the martial arts and your Sensei has travelled further down the path you’re on.  He is there to guide  you over the obstacles they have already conquered.

Bowing is a act of humility and respect.  It is not religious but an act of humility.  Does your ego refuse to allow you to show respect to yourself or others.  Bowing is showing respect to your dojo, thank a training partner for allowing you the chance to improve, or bowing to your own potential to reach your authentic self, and sometimes recognising the difference in rank between yourself and who you’re bowing too.