Friday 8/18 and Saturday 8/19 Classes

Remember, do NOT go to TNT.  We are at Silver Street Park now!  Rain or shine!

Take exit 3 for IN-111/Grant Line Rd
0.2 mi
Turn right onto Grant Line Rd (signs for New Albany)
1.7 mi
Turn left onto Jollissaint Ave (This road is past the Walmart)
0.2 mi
Turn right onto Monon Ave  (Train Tracks will be on your left, and so will the new spot!)
486 ft
Turn left onto Silver St  (You should see it clearly!)
Just find a spot to park, and get out.  As you face the building, you’ll see soccer fields to your left, and a fountain park to your right.  Walk to the right.
You’ll see me!
I picked this spot because it is near tables and shelters that offer shade for parents.  It is also near water fountains, (the drinkable ones and the splashing ones.)  It is also near restrooms, and has two security cameras for added kid protection.
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A few Tips for Mom and Dad.
#1.  Kids will get grass stains on their Dobak/Gi/Uniform/Clothes.  Remember, our martial arts uniform is designed to be dirty!  It is like jeans!  But for anyone who wants to clean it up, Fels Naptha bars are fantastically cheap, and work great on stains.  So does bleach!
#2.  Kids will face an overwhelming impulse to play in the fountains.  I, personally, don’t care.  Splashing in the water is a great way to stay cool in the sun.  I don’t mind if they do it in between exercises!  Keep in mind a couple of things…You’ll want a towel for your car seat cushions and possibly a change of clothes!  (Even if you tell them not to, if they see friends doing it, it will be almost impossible to prevent.)
#3.  You’ll see a relatively large jungle gym that looks intimidating!  The ground beneath it is padded and cushioned.  So don’t panic when you see your little monkeys climbing all over.  We will be running, jumping, flipping, rolling, kicking and punching on everything you see.  Water and shade are available, but please consider sunscreen, and maybe a sport drink for your kids!
#4.  There are things for families to do here.  Basketball, space for Frisbee, skate park, water features, and an indoor area as well to check out.  Why not make martial arts the end of a little family adventure?  Or the start?
Adults, that goes for you too.
Again, Lightning, tornado sirens, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, and moderate to large meteor strikes will be grounds for cancelling class.
Things that will NOT cancel class:  Rain.  Snow.  Sun.  Heat.  Cold.  Bugs.  Zombies.    Alien invasions or earthquakes.  Earthquakes are only dangerous inside buildings, unless they cause massive fault lines, heaving earth, and vulcanic ruptures.  In which case, no place is safe anyway, so we might as well keep going.  As for alien invasions, we may be needed to combat their armies, board the mothership, and challenge their leader.
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Our New Spot and tuition

Okay Velocity!  Remember class is as normal this Friday and Saturday.

Because we will not have the trampolines after these two classes, I’m going to let the students enjoy them to their fullest.  Students, I will turn you loose on both classes, both days.  You will get full credit, and I will not police you too much!

Rules:  I recommend you think about your trampoline/flip oriented goals.  Those types of things get much harder to learn without pads and tramps!  Secondly, please respect your team members.  If they want to practice a technique on a trampoline, they have the right of way.  Always take turns, and never run back on the trampoline.

If anyone disrespects their fellow classmates, or these rules, I will take them aside for some….private instruction.  Mostly involving sitting stances, and punches until your arms turn to jelly.

Effective September 1st, tuition will decrease by 25% to 30$ a month.  Without a facility to rent, I can charge much less and still keep our insurance and charitable contributions the same.

After this weekend, we will henceforth convene at 2043 Silver St, New Albany, IN 47150.  The times will be the same.  It can easily be found on Silver Street.  It runs between Grant Line Road and Charlestown Road.

From  265, turn onto the Charlestown Road exit.  Follow that road south.  You’ll pass a McDonalds, Taco Bell, and a few other fast food joints before turning right onto Silver Street.  As you continue on, about a quarter of a mile, the park will be on your left.  Right at the entrance, you’ll see several big trees.  We will practice in the shade in the summer, and (should we still be without a building), we will practice in the sunshine during winter.Untitled

Weather can be complicated!  Though I’ll do my best to keep people in the shade, sunscreen may be advised.

If it is hot, parents, please enjoy the shade.  There is also an indoor rec center that has some seating, or your vehicles.

If it is cold, bring a jacket!

If it is raining, bring a rain jacket!

If it is lightninging…lightningy, lightening….If Thor doth strike from above, class will immediately take shelter!  Prolonged severe weather may cancel our class!

If it is snowing, I don’t care.  We’ll have snowball fights, and snow sparring.

Weather may result in a loss of class time, but I will be discussing opening MORE classes.  That way people can get in as many as possible, even if we get weathered out.

Long story short, practicing outdoors has a loss of convenience in some ways, but opens up a lot of adventures in others!

Big changes, including tuition…

So we’ve got a big change.

The search for a building continues.

Until we find one, or maybe permanently, we will practice in a park.

The boring business side of it is this:. Rent is obliterated entirely, which means a reduction in tuition.  It would be more along the lines of a club due/association fee.

Insurance still covers us.

I have assurances from the police department that our weapons are okay!
The martial arts side is this:

1.  Martial arts is traditionally practiced outdoors.

2.  We will have access to more weapon types for advanced students.

3.  We have access to parkour areas that are more challenging.

4.  More exposure for growth.

5.  Open schedule for whenever we feel like it, much more convenient for parents.
Due to the public nature, more people will see what we do, and have questions about joining.  I’ll fill people in on details and times and tuition soon!

New Home

Sadly, August 12th will be our last weekend at TNT.  They’ve elected to utilize our time slots for their new franchise involvement.  

While our time there was fun, it must end!  I’m currently talking to a few other locations, including YMCA and IUS campus.

You guys can help out by scouting new locations for our school too!  Let me know of any cool spots.

If no location can be found, we will instead relocate to a park!  Sam Peden might work.  This allows for very flexible hours, access to parkour opportunities, and open space.

We will still be Velocity Martial Arts and nothing will change but our location.  So let me know what you guys find out!

Upcoming Changes

Some of you may have seen that our gracious hosts, Twist N Turns, is participating in an exciting new program, Ninja Zone.  This is a high-energy athletics oriented parkour, martial arts, and gymnastics fusion.  Its principle may seem familiar!

As such, TNT will be augmenting their scheduling and times.

What does this mean for Velocity Martial Arts?

There are a couple of possibilities, but nothing is set in stone yet.

First, it is important to remember they host us, and at any time, are free to discontinue that without explanation or notice.

 

Possibility #1.  They will reschedule us to different day(s) and time(s) to open up valuable time slots for Ninja Zone.

Possibility #2.  They will have to use up all available time slots for Ninja Zone, leaving us homeless.

Possibility #3.  It is quite likely (once kids see the curriculum and focus) that any displacement is negated by them transitioning.  In other words, if we get kicked from the schedule, students are more than welcome to try the Ninja Zone curriculum.  Especially since my students will be pros at it.

 

Plan for Possibility #1.  We reschedule classes as best we can, and continue on as normal, though I may encourage students to try Ninja Zone.

Plan for Possibility #2.  We will find a new place!  YMCA’s, Boys and Girls clubs, parks and other gymnastics schools are welcoming to martial artists.  So we may move, but I’ll do my best to make it as convenient (or more) for people.  Even if we need a brief haitus to find a new location.  Naturally no tuition would be charged during such a time.

Plan for Possibility #3.  If my students participate in Ninja Zone, which I hope they do, remember a couple of things.  First, I do not own or manage Ninja Zone.  It is a franchise that strives to get kids up and moving and away from the TV.  I can not dictate specifics of the curriculum, scheduling, or have special treatment for my students as far as tuition for Ninja Zone, or rank advancement!

THAT BEING SAID…  I really hope my students can join up to Ninja Zone once it goes live.  There will be a sizable influx of new kids that don’t know how to do what we do.  Any student of mine that signs up, I would rely heavily on to demonstrate proper techniques.

 

So, I’ll keep everyone posted on developments!