This Weekend’s Classes 09/15-09/17

This weekend I’ll be focusing on sparring.  Each day, we’ll do our warm up (focusing on arms), then our stretches.

We’ll do 50%’s trading off partners.  Keep your arms in, don’t reach out to block!  It is a bad habit!  (even if your instructor does it!)

Then we will spar.  If we have enough time, we’ll do a mock tournament using a simple bracket to determine the winner.

 

Saturday we will follow the same training program.  But that evening, between 6 and 8 p.m. will be the LARP in the Park, if anyone wants to stick around!

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This weekend’s classes…Friday 9/8-9/10

Due to popular requests, Sunday had been added to our schedule!!!  Kids are 1-2.  Adults are 2-3.  Just like we do on Saturday.

What this means is that students can potentially get their next ranks 50% faster.  If they get to every class.

More days (potentially Monday) could be added soon.

Friday we will run a lap, do burpees, then I’ll throw a few challenges on the ropes course.  After that, spin kicks!  Forever!  All weekend!

Saturday will get more advanced.  We’ll gradually work up to jump spins on Sunday.  I know some of you can do it already, but we can make it look much better.

We don’t have “The Cheese” anymore, but we do have a huge ball I’ll be bringing.  Good for kicking, throwing, attacking…  You guys can name it!

Friday 8-31 and Saturday 9-1 classes

Hurricanes are terrible.  Luckily all we have to deal with is a little rain and thunder.

WE WILL STILL HAVE CLASS IF IT IS RAINING.

Parents, fels naptha is excellent at removing mud and grass stains.

Students, friday, we will be doing a lot of core stuff!  I noticed a lot of our students need to brush up on their core strength and cardio!  Situps, wall climbs, pull ups, leg ups.  We will kick a lot as well!

Be prepared… rain makes metal surfaces very slippery.  Be aware of the surface you walk/run on and make sure to tread carefully.  Also, rain makes everything harder to do.

 

Saturday, we will do cardio, lots of it.  This will involve running and fighting!

Remember, rain happens.  Soldiers, super heroes, and martial artists don’t stop practicing because they don’t like rain.

Franchises

By now, most parents and some of the students understand that our group was moved due to the school owners buying into a franchise called Ninja Kids.

There are two thoughts that are my responsibility to share.

 

Firstly, Ninja Kids does, first and foremost, get kids away from the TV and on their feet.  Anything that inspires healthy movement and exercise can not be wholly evil.

That being said…

Ninja Kids does leave out a critical part of the education.  The Ninja part.  These students will not be learning martial arts, and sadly, most will go through the program without any idea what Ninjutsu actually is.  They will never learn to kick, punch, or spar.  They will never know the kanji for Ninja.

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I think the worst part of this, is that the move was clearly designed not with the kids’ self-defense in mind, but in order to make money.

Due to some legal constraints, I can’t name our previous school, or confirm directly some details.  But what I can do is describe a hypothetical.

Hypothetically, the kids will be charged around $70 a month for only (possibly) 4 hours.  That is (presumably) $17.5 an hour per kid.  Compared to $3.75 for us.  It is also possible that certain documents may have, probably, hypothetically, used phrases such as “feed off” and “target” when referring to the kids.

 

I wish I could say it was rare that it happens, but one of the reasons I started VMA was to fight the commercialization of martial arts, and the exploitation of the families who participate.  It is becoming more and more common.

While Velocity doesn’t cover EVERYTHING, we are one of the only schools that tries to cover MOST things.  Every instructor bears the responsibility that, should one of our students be attacked, it is MY training that will hopefully protect them.  If it doesn’t, that moral culpability is mine.  That responsibility will not be echoed in Ninja Kids.  Likewise, their financial entanglements will make escaping this paradigm almost impossible.

 

My students and their families understand this, I feel.  Your train with me because you or your kid are impossible to defeat.  You train with me because you wanted discipline, and strength.  All of my kids and their families make it abundantly clear that our tenets of Honor, Commitment, Respect, and Courage are more important than money.

In an act of direct defiance to their scheme, I’ll be presenting my students with a choice of several charities to choose from.  The one they pick will join the list of 7 that your tuition already supports.  The charities will be selected from Charity Watch.

“Feed off…”  That isn’t what martial arts is about.

 

 

 

Friday, 8/25 and Saturday 8/26 classes

Friday we will work on sparring.

We’ll start the class with a warm-up and stretch.  Then we will work on fast techniques, trying to delivery powerful and precise attacks.  After that, we will pair off and try to spar everyone.  If we have enough time, we will practice our full nelson escape.

 

Saturday will be our parkour day/throw day.

We will officially do parkour in a park!  Imagine that.  If we can steal part of the skate park, and a picnic table, we’ll be in business.  If not, we will work on rolls on the actual ground, not padded squishy nonsense.

I will rehearse falling and proper shock absorption.  If we can get that down, we’ll try some hip throws to help our bodies get used to the real world again!

 

Also, I’m changing our park location.  You’ll see me closer to the entrance, in the SHADE.

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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.