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BUSHIDO WEAPONRY TRAINING

Kali SticksDID YOU KNOW THAT DRAGON KIDO AMA OFFERS BUSHIDO WEAPONRY TRAINING EVERY SATURDAY AT 1:30 P.M.?  THAT'S RIGHT. . . TEENAGERS AND ADULTS ENROLLED IN OUR UNIQUE BUSHIDO PROGRAM DEVELOP ADVANCED PROFICIENCY IN WIELDING A SERIES OF MARTIAL ARTS WEAPONS, CULMINATING IN BLACK BELT WEAPONRY CERTIFICATION!

DRAGON KIDO'S COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM INCLUDES:

  • WEAPONS DRILLS & FORMS PRACTICE,
  • SPECIALIZED MANIPULATION TECHNIQUES,
  • DEDICATED INDEPENDENT TRAINING PERIODS, AND
  • PRACTICAL COMBAT, INCLUDING OPEN-HAND VS. WEAPON & WEAPON VS. WEAPON.

TO CHECK OUT OUR ARSENAL OF TRADITIONAL MARTIAL ARTS WEAPONRY, CLICK ON THE DISCIPLINES TAB ABOVE.

SIGN UP NOW FOR OUR 8-WEEK ESCRIMA WEAPONS SESSION WHICH BEGINS ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 THROUGH SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 AT 1:30 P.M.  FOR ONLY $150, NEW STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE 75 MINUTES OF EXPERT INSTRUCTION AND TRAINING TIME EACH WEEK, PLUS A FREE PAIR OF KALI STICKS VALUED AT $30! 

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DKAMA KIMUDO/TAEKWONDO FORMS TOURNAMENT:

OUR SHINY FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD PLACE TROPHIES HAVE ARRIVED!  GET READY FOR INTENSE COMPETITION BY BRUSHING UP ON YOUR FORMS.  WHITE DRESS UNIFORMS ARE REQUIRED, INCLUDING THE NEW BOMA PATCH. 

ACADEMY TOURNEY REGISTRATION WILL BEGIN SHORTLY.  SEIZE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN NECESSARY TOURNAMENT EXPERIENCE WITHOUT TRAVELING OUT OF STATE.  DETAILS WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON.  GOOD LUCK! 


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Willard ElementaryA BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE GOES OUT TO SOUTH ELGIN'S WILLARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR PARTICIPATING IN OUR MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMY'S FREE SATURDAY SELF-DEFENSE CLASSES DURING OCTOBER, IN RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH.

DRAGON KIDO AMA'S DIRECTOR, 8TH DAN GRANDMASTER HUTSON, & CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR, 3RD DAN SAMANTHA HARVILLE, LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE STUDENTS AT YOUR SCHOOL AGAIN IN THE NEAR FUTURE! 

IN THE MEANTIME, ALL MARTIAL ARTS STUDENTS ARE REMINDED TO KEEP BRINGING IN YOUR BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION TO ASSIST OUR NEIGHBORS IN THEIR FUNDRAISING EFFORTS.

'TIS THE SEASON FOR AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE--

LET'S GIVE A SHOUT-OUT TO OUR LOCAL POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS.    AS A TOKEN OF OUR APPRECIATION, DRAGON KIDO WILL BE STOPPING BY WITH SOME SWEET TREATS ON BEHALF OF THE COMMUNITY.  THANK YOU FIRST RESPONDERS FOR KEEPING US SAFE!


ADVANCEMENTS:

WE'VE BEEN VERY BUSY LATELY. . .

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE STUDENTS WHO RECENTLY TESTED DURING OUR  BUSHIDO NUNCHAKU, KIMUDO & JUDO COLOR BELT, AND TAEKWONDO BLACK BELT EXAMINATIONS FOR A JOB WELL DONE!  

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GRANDMASTER HUTSON IS PROUD TO PRESENT EACH OF YOU WITH A CERTIFICATE OF PROMOTION AND THE NEXT RANK'S BELT.

REGULAR CLASS ATTENDANCE, DAILY PRACTICE TO POLISH YOUR TECHNIQUES, A POSITIVE ATTITUDE, AND PARTICIPATION IN ACADEMY EVENTS ARE ESSENTIAL TO RECEIVE AN EXAM PAPER.  HAVE YOU MET ALL THE REQUIREMENTS?

ON DECEMBER 29TH, DRAGON KIDO AMA WILL BE CONDUCTING A TWO-STAGE COLOR BELT TEST.  SELECTED YOUTH MEMBERS WILL BE RUN THROUGH THE PACES FIRST, FOLLOWED BY A PROMOTION FOR THE ADULTS.  HOLIDAY REFRESHMENTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN BETWEEN THE EXAMINATIONS.  PLEASE RSVP ASAP!


SPECIAL ACTIVITIES:

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SIGNED UP FOR OUR SCHOOL'S NINJA WARRIOR BUDDY DAY AND OUR SPRING JUDO CLINIC.  HOW MANY SUMMER ACTIVITIES DID YOU ATTEND?   

DRAGON DAYS OF SUMMER--JUNE 9, JULY 14, & AUGUST 11

Chinese DragonWHAT'S IT LIKE TO BE A DRAGON?  ON THE SECOND SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH THIS SUMMER, MEMBERS BROUGHT THEIR FRIENDS TO DKAMA FOR FREE MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES AND TO  ENJOY SOME TASTY SNACKS AFTERWARDS.  NEW STUDENTS RECEIVED $10 OFF  ANY PROGRAM OF THEIR CHOICE, WHILE  CURRENT ONES EARNED THEIR BROTHERHOOD OF MARTIAL ARTISTS (BOMA) PATCH.  WHOM DID YOU INVITE?

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ACADEMY MENTORSHIP PROGRAM--JUNE 1, 8, 15, & 22

IN RECOGNITION OF THIS ADVANCED 1-ON-1 TRAINING SERIES, BLACK BELT MENTORS WERE HONORED WITH  LEADERSHIP PATCHES AND SUCCESSFUL UPPER RANK CANDIDATES RECEIVED CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION AT OUR AWARDS CEREMONY ON AUGUST 18TH.  WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR ENTHUSIASTIC INVOLVEMENT IN THIS MANDATORY PROGRAM TO FACILITATE ACQUIRING THE MENTAL & PHYSICAL SKILLS NECESSARY TO BECOME FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, AND FOURTH DEGREE BLACK BELTS.

INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & ICE CREAM SOCIAL--JULY 4

FireworksA BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE GOES OUT TO ALL THOSE DEVOTED STUDENTS WHO REPRESENTED OUR SCHOOL IN SOUTH ELGIN'S FOURTH OF JULY PARADE!  PLANS ARE ALREADY IN THE WORKS TO DECK OUT OUR DRAGON MOBILE AGAIN NEXT YEAR.  CAN YOU FIND OUR GROUP PHOTOS SOMEWHERE ON OUR WEBSITE?

THE ICE CREAM SOCIAL IN GRANDMASTER HUTSON'S BACKYARD WAS A SUPER WAY TO BEAT THE HEAT.  WE COOLED OFF WITH BUILD-YOUR-OWN SUNDAES & PLAYED LAWN GAMES.  THE WATER BALLOON FIGHT WAS DEFINITELY THE HIGHLIGHT!  REMEMBER THAT THIS AWESOME EVENT QUALIFIES FOR BOTH STEWARDSHIP & SOCIAL CREDIT FOR YOUR BLACK BELT RESUMES.  WAY TO GO VOLUNTEERS!

GINZA HOLIDAY FESTIVAL--AUGUST 10

MEMBERS OF DRAGON KIDO'S JUDO PROGRAM TRAVELED IN OUR ACADEMY VAN TO THE MIDWEST BUDDHIST TEMPLE IN CHICAGO FOR AN EVENING OF JAPANESE CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT & CUISINE ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 10TH.  OUR FIELD TRIP INCLUDED WATCHING JUDO & AIKIDO MARTIAL ARTS DEMONSTRATIONS AND JAPANESE DRUMMING TROUPES, IN ADDITION TO SAMPLING DELICIOUS ASIAN FOOD AND SHOPPING FOR AUTHENTIC ARTS & CRAFTS.  WE NOW HAVE A NEW APPRECIATION FOR THE MULTIPLE DISCIPLINES PRACTICED AT DKAMA!

GRANDMASTER CRAIG HUTSON'S MARTIAL ARTS ANNIVERSARY--AUGUST 18

Academy PartyDRAGON KIDO AMA HOSTED A SPECTACULAR CELEBRATION FOR GRANDMASTER HUTSON'S 45-YEAR ANNIVERSARY, WHICH INCLUDED A SPECIAL AWARDS CEREMONY AND COMPLIMENTARY REFRESHMENTS.  AUGUST 13TH MARKS THE DATE WHEN HE BEGAN HIS MARTIAL ARTS CAREER, BACK IN 1973!  WE ARE VERY FORTUNATE TO BE MEMBERS OF AN ACADEMY DIRECTED BY SUCH A HIGH-CALIBER, EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL.  THREE CHEERS FOR OUR LEADER! 

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 NEW RECRUITS:                                                                                

PagodaDRAGON KIDO'S LARGE DOJANG IS LOCATED ON THE LOWER LEVEL IN COMMUNITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH'S FULL-SIZE, CLIMATE-CONTROLLED GYM.  ACADEMY MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME TO BRING IN A FRIEND & NEW STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO TRY A FREE CLASS.  

DISCOVER THE EXCITING WORLD OF MARTIAL ARTS AT DKAMA.  VISIT US AND REGISTER FOR ANY OF OUR POPULAR PROGRAMS, INCLUDING OUR SEASONAL PUNCH CARDS, DISCOUNTED MONTHLY STAR PASS AND KIDO SQUAD MEMBERSHIPS, OR OUR THREE VALUE-PRICED CUSTOM PACKAGES:  WARRIOR COMBO, SUPREME SAMURAI, AND EMPEROR'S CIRCLE.  CLICK ON OUR SCHEDULE & SPECIAL OFFERS TABS FOR DAYS, TIMES & AFFORDABLE PRICING.


CHARACTER CONCEPT OF THE MONTH:

DRAGON KIDO AUTHENTIC MARTIAL ARTS EMPHASIZES THE DEVELOPMENT OF  IMPORTANT MENTAL AND MORAL ATTRIBUTES, ALONG WITH THE ATTAINMENT OF ADVANCED PHYSICAL SKILLS.    

DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER, OUR MARTIAL ARTS STUDENTS ARE FOCUSING ON INTEGRATING GENEROSITY INTO THEIR TRAINING AND DAILY LIVES.  REMEMBER TO SHARE YOUR TIME, TALENTS, AND RESOURCES WITH THE PEOPLE YOU ENCOUNTER.  COMMIT TO MAKING OTHERS A PRIORITY AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS! 

ARE YOU SEEKING OUT OPPORTUNITIES TO DEMONSTRATE THE CHARACTER IT REALLY TAKES TO BECOME A BLACK BELT?


KODOKAN JUDO:

Randori WANT TO LEARN HOW TO FLY?  GIVE JUDO A TRY!

JUDO IS THE 2ND MOST POPULAR SPORT IN THE WORLD & WE OFFER IT ON FRIDAY NIGHTS.  STUDENTS MAY SIGN UP FOR KIDO SQUAD, OUR DISCOUNTED MONTHLY JUDO MEMBERSHIP, OR ENROLL IN THE WARRIOR COMBO OR EMPEROR'S CIRCLE CUSTOM PACKAGES, WHICH PAIR JUDO WITH KIMUDO & BUSHIDO WEAPONRY.

CLASSES START AT 6:00 P.M. AND INCLUDE HIGH-ENERGY WORKOUTS, FOLLOWED BY THROWING, FALLING & GRAPPLING TRAINING.  BOTH STANDING AND GROUND RANDORI ARE PRACTICED TOO. 

C'MON, BE A MEMBER OF OUR FEARLESS SQUAD!


BLACK BELT CLUB:

WE SCORED GREAT SEATS FOR OUR BLUE MAN GROUP OUTING TO THE BRIAR STREET THEATER IN CHICAGO AND HAD A BLAST!  OUR VERY OWN CRAIG HUTSON WAS EVEN PART OF THE INCREDIBLE SHOW.  WE'RE LUCKY TO BELONG TO SUCH A TIGHT-KNIT BUNCH, WHO ENJOY HANGING OUT TOGETHER OUTSIDE OF CLASS.

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TAKE YOUR TRAINING UP A NOTCH DURING OUR HARDCORE BLACK BELT SESSIONS EVERY FRIDAY AT 5:30 P.M.  YOU MUST BE RANKED A FIRST DAN OR HIGHER TO STEP ONTO THE MAT.  ARE YOU READY FOR SOME EPIC ACTION?


YOUTH PROGRAMMING:

ShinobiWHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR KIDS' KIMUDO CLASSES, A/K/A WONG'S WARRIORS?  THE YOUTH AT DRAGON KIDO LEARN ALL THE BASICS THROUGH AN INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM THAT COMBINES PRACTICING TECHNIQUES WITH FUN MARTIAL ARTS GAMES.  OUR PROGRAM INCLUDES SHADOW TRAINING DRILLS AND GROUP FORMS TO MUSIC TOO.

HOW ABOUT OUR GUARDIAN FOO DOG'S CHALLENGE?  CHILDREN AT OUR ACADEMY ARE ALSO MOTIVATED TO ENHANCE THEIR CONCENTRATION & SHARPEN THEIR SKILLS BY COLLECTING PERFORMANCE STARS REDEEMABLE FOR LOTS OF COOL STUFF. WONG'S WARRIORS HAVE ALREADY REACHED STAGE 9 & BEADED GEAR BAG ID TAGS ARE  NEXT IN THE LINE UP! 


BLACK BELT SERVICE:

THERE'S NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT TO WORK ON FULFILLING YOUR BLACK BELT SERVICE REQUIREMENTS.  BUILD UP YOUR MARTIAL ARTS RESUME BY PARTICIPATING IN ACADEMY ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS:

*STEWARDSHIP*CATEGORY 1--PARADES, COMMUNITY EVENTS, SCHOOL TOURNAMENTS, DEMOS;

*SUPPORT*CATEGORY 2--BRING-A-BUDDY CLASSES, FOOD DRIVES, GYM CLEAN UPS, MAT CREW;

*SOCIAL*CATEGORY 3--ICE CREAM SOCIALS, ACADEMY PICNICS, DONUT DAYS & MOVIE MATINEES.

KUDOS TO THE HARD-WORKING CREW WHO VOLUNTEERED FOR THE GYM CLEAN UP.   OUR DOJANG LOOKS BETTER THAN EVER!  ALSO, A THUMBS UP TO ALL WHO DONATED TO OUR ACADEMY'S FOOD DRIVE TO BENEFIT THE SOUTH ELGIN PANTRY AND YOUR MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE CORBELLA CLINIC.  YOUR TEAMWORK & GENEROSITY ARE APPRECIATED!

DO YOU WANT TO REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?   GIVE THE GIFT OF SELF-DEFENSE BY SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT DRAGON KIDO.  PASS OUT RECRUITMENT CARDS TO ALL YOUR ACQUAINTANCES, SO THEY TOO CAN LEARN HOW TO PROTECT THEMSELVES.


PRO SHOP:

OUR PRO SHOP  FEATURES ASSORTED UNIFORMS, PATCHES, DKAMA TIE DYE TEES, SPARRING GEAR SETS, MOUTH GUARDS & CASES, HEAVY-DUTY EQUIPMENT BAGS, AND A VARIETY OF WEAPONS.   WE ALSO CARRY JUDO DVDs, MARTIAL ARTS BOOKS, AND 3D WOODEN DRAGON PUZZLES.  

Get your GearACADEMY ATTIRE   BLACK MARTIAL ARTS UNIFORMS ARE PERMITTED FOR TRAINING AT DRAGON KIDO, BUT WHITE DRESS UNIFORMS WITH THE OFFICIAL PATCHES AFFIXED MUST ALWAYS BE WORN FOR TOURNAMENTS AND EXAMINATIONS.  IF YOU NEED A NEW ONE, SIMPLY INQUIRE AT THE DESK, EITHER BEFORE OR AFTER CLASS, AND WE'LL SUIT YOU UP. 

DRAGON SPIRITWEAR     OUR NEW BLACK BASEBALL CAPS WITH WHITE EMBROIDERED DRAGONS AND JAPANESE KANJI LOOK ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!  PUT ON A SMILE & WEAR YOUR DRAGON SWAG AT EVENTS AROUND TOWN.

SAVE YOURSELF SOME CASH AND PICK UP YOUR STASH AT THE PRO SHOP TODAY!


HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:

HollyDRAGON KIDO WILL BE CLOSED FOR TWO WEEKS DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON.  OUR LAST CLASS WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22ND.  WE WILL REOPEN ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9TH. 

HOWEVER, DURING THIS PERIOD, OUR ACADEMY WILL BE CONDUCTING A COLOR BELT EXAM ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29TH.  ELIGIBLE STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ALONG WITH THEIR TEST PAPERS.

DKAMA WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND OUR WARM WISHES FOR A WONDERFUL WINTER BREAK WITH YOUR FAMILIES & FRIENDS.  SEASON'S GREETINGS!


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