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I Have a Dream….Happy MLK Day!

Martin Luther King Jr. brought a lot of good things to our world – how appropriate to have a day set aside to recognize the precepts of freedom, equality, and peace he spoke of! We’re blessed to live in a nation where these things are valued. Please join us in reflecting on what Dr. King stands for, and the work that he did to change our thinking:
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Do we treat others with respect and importance, despite our differences?
Do we favor love over hate?
Do we press on in the face of hardship?
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The dojo will be closed Monday January 18th in recognition of MLK day. If we haven’t spoken to you already about rescheduling lessons that day, please contact us for an alternate time! Classes will run as usual on that Saturday, and resume on Tuesday.
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GREAT GIFTS!

Whether or not Christmas and/or New Year’s Day are a part of your celebration routine the next few weeks, we wanted to extend warm regards to our dojo family this season. Words aren’t adequate to express how blessed and privileged we are to be surrounded by such awesome students, supportive families, and faithful friends our years here in Silverton. Thank you for being the best gift ever to our staff!

The dojo will be closed from Thursday December 24th (Christmas Eve) through Friday January 1st (New Year’s Day). We’ll reopen for usual classes on Saturday January 2nd. Whatever the holidays bring for you, may they be full of joy, good health, and peace until we see you again!

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Parent’s Night Out Friday Dec. 18th!

Christmas wrapping to do? Last-minute holiday errands to run? Or do you just need a few hours of PEACE and QUIET? Silverton Self Defense to the rescue! We’ll entertain the kids with fun games, crafts and pizza while you get away – just call us at (503) 873-4555 to sign up. Non-members welcome!

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Next Women’s Self Defense Clinic Nov. 21st!

Our next ladies-only self-defense seminar is coming up in just a few weeks! This one will be on Saturday, November 21st from 2-4 pm, hosted right here at the school. These seminars are open to the public with no previous training required…and they’re FREE!!! Topics covered will include violence prevention tips, “defending the con”, and some basic but highly effective defensive techniques. Live demonstrations and hands-on practice will help you understand how to become successful at defending yourself and leave feeling empowered! Call us today at (503) 873-4555 to reserve your spot!

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THANK YOU VETERANS

Deepest gratitude this Veteran’s Day to those who serve and protect us, whether now or in the past. The sacrifice you, and your families, have made for our safety and freedom will not be forgotten!

For the month of November we’ll be offering a 25% discount on first month’s tuition for new students, and 25% off gear for existing students. Thanks for all you do!

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Custom Sweatshirt Orders Due Nov. 14th!

Make autumn a bit warmer (and get Christmas shopping done earlier)! We’re now taking orders for custom sweatshirts – you pick the fabric, ink color and style to get exactly what you like! Drop by the office for order forms, and turn them in by November 14th to get yours before the holidays! See clearance on the racks in the lobby from last year for some of the available sizes/colors….there are some really fun colors available in this year’s order!

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TOURNAMENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Tournaments require “many hands to make the work light” – we need your help to make OctoberFist 2015 an awesome experience for all! Please consider volunteering in the following capacities:

TIMEKEEPERS/SCOREKEEPERS – write down/add scores, or operate a stopwatch during events. Green and brown ranks.

BRACKETERS – if you have experience bracketing for sports events, we want your skills matching up competitors!

RUNNERS – relay communications and run quick errands to help things go smoothly the day of.

TOURNAMENT SET-UP – Help set up tables, rings, banners, etc. at Blanchet the night before.

CONCESSION/MERCHANDISE – inventory and sell food and gear during the event.

If interested in the roles above, or if you want to help in another way, we can plug you in – just stop by/call the office to get on our list. The more the merrier!

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OCTOBERFIST 2015 IS COMING!

OCTOBERFIST 2015 PLANNING HAS BEGUN!!!

Help make this year’s tournament – where our students are the stars – to be even bigger and better than the last! If you’ve never participated in tournament before, here’s your chance. It’s a great way to get REALLY good at your martial arts skills, build confidence, and make memories. We get to meet awesome  people from other schools and see how they do things, too!

DATE: Saturday, October 17th

PLACE: Blanchet High School, Salem

DIVISIONS: all ages and ranks of Kempo and Muay Thai. Divisions will include Kata (forms), Weapons forms, and Sparring. Black Belt events will be throughout the day.

PREPARATION: Instructors will spend time in Group classes  and lessons the next several weeks to get everybody ready. Bo Staff classes (orange rank and up) will be held WEEKLY Saturday @11:30 am (except for scheduled closures). Green belt rank and up can inquire with Ms. Liz regarding sword training as well!

STAY POSTED HERE AND AT THE DOJO FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS WEEKLY!

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PET PARADE SATURDAY MAY 16TH!

Now’s your chance to be in a real live parade! Our school and its furry friends will be participating in Silverton’s Annual Pet Parade again this year, and we want YOU! Meet at the dojo 8:30-9:00 am this Saturday with pets and uniforms at the ready. Don’t have a buddy with feathers or fur? No worries, all are welcome!

Look for a special coupon (non-members only) we’ll be handing out with a Parade Day Special for classes!

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RANK TEST MARCH 14TH

No regular classes will be held Saturday March 14th, folks – please join us instead in supporting those who will be testing for a new belt!

TEST TIMES:

9am – Adults/Advanced Ranks,

11am – Kids

1pm Peewees

Testers must be in full uniform. Be sure to hydrate well, and get a good breakfast!