Last month The Dojo of Karate hosted their 6th Annual Karate Award Banquet on January 31st at The Good New Church. Though we got started a bit later than normal because we forgot the keys to the church, the Karate Award Banquet, once again, was a big hit. We had food catered from Noodles & Company this year, and it seemed like everyone enjoyed the various options we offered. In addition, my son decided to take center stage with me, which was funny to see through pictures. Before we move forward, I would like to thank everyone that has been apart of The Dojo of Karate. Whether you started training with us since 208, when we first opened our doors, or just started training in our studio recently. You are considered our family. This community that has evolved and grown is an amazing thing for so many people, including my wife and son, and I just look forward to seeing how much we are able to help future families in our community. With that said, I would like to go into the various awards that students won for the year of 2014.
- Best Beginners Karate Student – Nathan R. Nathan has been training at The Dojo of Karate for about 8 months and always works hard in classes. He enjoys coming in after his learning at Kumon and continues to give his best effort when he trains.
- Best Intermediate Karate Student – Owen O. Owen started his Karate training in the Lil’ Ninjas Karate Program (4.5 to 6 years old) and he just continued to stick with it. In the intermediate classes, he has easily been one of the most focused students and hardest working student. We love his good attitude and effort during every session.
- Best Advanced Karate Student – Jack B. Jack also started training at The Dojo of Karate in the Lil’ Ninjas Karate Program, and continues to grow and prosper. He’s now the highest ranking student in the Advanced classes, always looks to improve and takes on any challenge full steam ahead.
- Best Lil’ Ninjas Karate Student – Aiden P. Aiden is one of those students that always smiles when he comes to class, works hard and leads by example when he’s training, and continues to practice and improve every day. You can’t say enough good things about him.
- Best Teen & Adult Karate Student – Lauren W. Lauren is one of our newest Black Belts at The Dojo of Karate, obtaining her new rank in July 2014. She was so shy as a beginners students that I even questioned if she woudl stick around this long. Than something changed and she turned a corner. She’s now one of our more dangerous fighters in the dojo, and always has questions about improving her technique. And, her attitude is just spot on!
- Best All Round Male – Connor M. Connor has been growing and maturing a lot over these past few years while training at The Dojo of Karate and he continues to grow and improve. He’s constantly working on his craft and sticks around a few minutes longer to improve some of his techniques — even if his mom is ready to go home. Overall he’s a very balanced martial artist doing well in fighting and forms.
- Best All Round Female – Maci P. Maci has a very bright future at The Dojo of Karate as she never gives up, approaches every challenge with a great attitude, and simply works her tail off every single time she trains. She’s very balanced in our training, doing well in sparring and forms, but more importantly she’s quite humble.
- Best In Katas – Anna S. Anna has been training at The Dojo of Karate for well over 3 years and she’s become a good leader and very knowledgeable person when it comes to learning and understanding kata. She’s someone that I can easily entrust to teach a kata the way it needs to be done.
- Best In Kumite – Jonah F-J Jonah is slowly becoming a force to recon with when it comes to sparring, as he takes his analytical thinking and applies it to fighting. From strategies to implementation, Jonah is always trying to improve his skills on the dojo floor.
- Best Black Belt Attitude – Amby B. Amby has always had a great attitude training at The Dojo of Karate. He’s very respectful, loves training here, is nice to others, and wants to always improve. The saying “Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude” continues to hold true.
- Best Martial Arts Family – Maxwell Family This family of 3 — Connor, Ryan & Tim have been training with us for about 3 years, and they are always looking to get better and work hard. “A family that kicks together sticks together”.
- Most Improved Karate Student – Jacob B. Ever since Jacob joined the Advanced classes at The Dojo of Karate, his attitude and determination has sky rocketed. He’s always trying to improve, works hard, and obviously has been putting in more time in his training too. It’s amazing what happens when you train with others that have the same goals!
- Most Dedicated Karate Student – Jay J. If I could have a cot for Jay to sleep on at the dojo, I’m sure Jay would do whatever he can to stay here. He’s one of the few students that trains anywhere from 3 to 5 days a week. Though, some students can’t handle that much training, he seems to do well with it, as he’s obviously improving and getting better, every day.
- Best Black Belt Perseverance – Dakota G. Dakota has had some tough times while training at The Dojo of Karate, however, he has not let that hold him back of reaching his goal to become a Black Belt. The biggest challenge of being a Black Belt is simply persevering, and if Dakota continues to move forward, he’ll be a great Black Belt one day.
- Best Leadership Team Member – Luana L. Luana has easily become a staple of The Dojo of Karate. She adds so much to our studio, that some people wonder “where’s Luana today?” She helps me out 3 to 4 nights per week, loves working with the kids, always volunteers for any event or function, and makes wonton’s for everyone during our Karate Award Banquet and Summer Potluck. Her dedication to the dojo is never unappreciated.
Well, that’s it for this years 2014 Karate Award Banquet. If you haven’t congratulated any of your classmates, please make sure you do so, as they have worked hard to achieve this award. Here’s to a great 2015!