EVENTS

 

COME JOIN US & BECOME A PART OF OUR MARTIAL ARTS FAMILY!

KIDO'S KLUB:

Kido's KlubBACK BY POPULAR DEMAND. . . 

JUNIOR MASTER SAMANTHA WILL BE LEADING KIDO'S KLUB AT THE DRAGON'S DEN THIS SUMMER! INFO SHEETS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO ELIGIBLE STUDENTS IN CLASS FOR THIS ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY.   

SPACE IS LIMITED--REGISTER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT.  DON'T MISS OUT ON CREATING SOME AMAZING MARTIAL ARTS MEMORIES WITH YOUR FRIENDS!  


JANUARY EVALUATIONS:

THE PROGRESS OF DKAMA'S KIMUDO STUDENTS WILL BE ASSESSED IN JANUARY TO GAIN APPROVAL FOR OUR NEXT COLOR BELT TEST DATE.  REMEMBER, AT OUR ACADEMY, EARNING AN EXAM PAPER IS NOT BASED ON ATTENDANCE ALONE.  MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO PARTICIPATE IN SCHOOL ACTIVITIES; SHOW RESPECT AND  COOPERATION ON & OFF THE MAT; AND REGULARLY PRACTICE ALL THEIR MARTIAL ARTS FORMS AT HOME. 

OUR BLACK BELT INSTRUCTORS ARE AVAILABLE BEFORE & AFTER CLASS FOR ASSISTANCE WITH ANY AREA OF YOUR MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!        


AMBASSADOR PROGRAM:

Ambassador LevelsFIND OUT IN CLASS ABOUT DRAGON KIDO'S NEW MARTIAL ARTS AMBASSADOR PROGRAM FOR 2020:

  • LEVEL 1     BRONZE
  • LEVEL 2     SILVER
  • LEVEL 3     GOLD

CAN YOU MAKE IT TO THE TOP?


CHARACTER CONCEPT OF THE MONTH:

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

DURING JANUARY, ACADEMY MEMBERS ARE FOCUSING ON INTEGRATING THE CHARACTER CONCEPT OF LEADERSHIP INTO THEIR  TRAINING AND DAILY LIVES. DO YOU HAVE THE COMMITMENT AND PASSION NECESSARY TO INSPIRE OTHERS?  BECOME A MARTIAL ARTS AMBASSADOR FOR DRAGON KIDO AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SHARE YOUR ENTHUSIASM WHEREVER YOU GO!

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


NEW MARTIAL ARTS RECRUITS:                                                                                

PagodaDRAGON KIDO AMA'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--JUST EMAIL US AT This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

DISCOVER THE EXCITING WORLD OF MARTIAL ARTS AT DKAMA.  VISIT US AND REGISTER FOR ANY OF OUR POPULAR PROGRAMS, INCLUDING OUR DISCOUNTED MONTHLY DRAGON PASS, HAPKIDO CLASS AND PARENT/CHILD FAMILY PASS, OR OUR PUNCH CARDS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS AT REDUCED RATES.

CLICK ON OUR SCHEDULE & SPECIAL OFFERS TABS FOR DAYS, TIMES & AFFORDABLE PRICING, INCLUDING DISCOUNTS FOR FAMILIES.


WORDS OF WISDOM BLOG:

YOU ASKED FOR IT!  OUR ACADEMY IS HOSTING A WORDS OF WISDOM BLOG CALLED W.O.W.  JUST CLICK ON THE MISSION TAB TO ACCESS INTERESTING CONTENT.

DRAGON KIDO WILL BE SHARING IDEAS AND TIME-TESTED TIPS ABOUT A WIDE VARIETY OF TOPICS.  NEXT UP--CHOOSING WONG'S WARRIORS--SUMMARIZING WHY DRAGON KIDO'S MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES FOR CHILDREN SURPASS ALL THE REST. . .


YOUTH PROGRAMMING:

DRAGON KIDO'S MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES FOR KIDS ARE THE BEST!

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR CHILDREN'S 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.

Wong's WarriorsTower of Power

HOW ABOUT OUR GUARDIAN FOO DOG--WONG'S CHALLENGE?  CHILDREN AT OUR ACADEMY ARE ALSO MOTIVATED TO ENHANCE THEIR CONCENTRATION & SHARPEN THEIR SKILLS BY COLLECTING PERFORMANCE STARS REDEEMABLE FOR ALL KINDS OF COOL PRIZES.  THE KIDS AT DRAGON KIDO WERE JUST REWARDED WITH HIGH-FLYING FLING RINGS AND RED NINJA CLAN PINS ARE NEXT IN THE LINEUP!


GRANDPARENTS' STAMP OF APPROVAL:

IT'S NO WONDER THAT DRAGON KIDO AUTHENTIC MARTIAL ARTS APPEALS TO SO MANY GRANDPARENTS. . .

OUR ACADEMY NOT ONLY TEACHES CHILDREN THE IMPORTANT LIFE SKILLS NECESSARY TO PROTECT THEMSELVES IN REAL WORLD SITUATIONS, BUT DKAMA ALSO PROVIDES ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES FOR KIDS TO DEMONSTRATE GOOD CHARACTER.  

DRAGON KIDO AMA EMBRACES OLD-FASHIONED VALUES WITH OUR FAMILY-FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT AND REGULARLY INCLUDES OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES THAT PROVIDE ALL KINDS OF WHOLESOME FUN.  BRING IN YOUR GRANDKIDS TODAY!

GIVE YOUR GRANDCHILDREN THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF SELF-DEFENSE WITH A MARTIAL ARTS MEMBERSHIP AT DRAGON KIDO AMA. 


WONG'S WARRIORS DEMO TEAM:

NO DOUBT ABOUT IT, WONG'S WARRIORS YOUTH DEMO TEAM SERIOUSLY ROCKS!

CAN YOU GUESS WHERE'S WONG'S WARRIORS DEMO TEAM?

Demo Team at the Church PavilionDemo Team at Meier Park


Demo Team at Gym PracticeDemo Team at the July 4th Parade


Demo Team at SEBA ParkDemo Team at the Fox River


Demo Team at TournamentDemo Team at the Dragon's Den

SPECIAL PLANS ARE IN THE WORKS FOR SPRING TRYOUTS FOR SEASON TWO OF OUR ELITE ACADEMY DEMO TEAM.


WEAPONS WORKSHOPS:

DRAGON KIDO AMA HOSTS MARTIAL ARTS WEAPONS CLINICS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.  CHECK BACK SOON FOR DETAILS ON OUR UPCOMING WEAPONS WORKSHOP, FEATURING THE BOKKEN, WHICH IS A JAPANESE WOODEN SWORD USED FOR TRAINING.

GRANDMASTER HUTSON WILL PROVIDE EXPERT INSTRUCTION ON PROPER BOKKEN HANDLING, INCLUDING DRAWING AND WIELDING, AS WELL AS BASIC SWORD FIGHTING TECHNIQUES.

ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  BOKKENS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE UPON ENROLLMENT AND ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS.


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, DRAGON KIDO BLACK BELT BINDERS, AND PUZZLES.

Get your Gear!ACADEMY 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. 

SHOW YOUR SCHOOL SPIRIT!  PUT ON A SMILE & WEAR YOUR DRAGON SWAG AT EVENTS AROUND TOWN.

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CHECK OUT OUR PRO SHOP'S DISCOUNTED ITEMS-- 

  • HAVE YOU BUILT YOUR WOODEN DRAGON MODEL YET?  WE ONLY HAVE FOUR CRAFT KITS LEFT AND THEY'RE PAINTABLE TOO! 
  • THEY'RE GOING FAST! GET A DRAGON KIDO BLACK BELT BINDER TO CHRONICLE YOUR MARTIAL ARTS JOURNEY FOR PRESENTATION TO THE MASTERS TESTING BOARD AT YOUR BLACK BELT EXAM.  THERE ARE 3 COLORS TO CHOOSE FROM--BLUE, RED & BLACK, AND IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY TO BEGIN CREATING YOUR MARTIAL ARTS KEEPSAKE. 

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


RandoriJUDO & JIU JITSU:

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT JUDO IS THE 2ND MOST POPULAR SPORT IN THE WORLD? DRAGON KIDO'S JUDO/JIU JITSU CLASSES INCLUDE HIGH-ENERGY WORKOUTS, FOLLOWED BY THROWING, FALLING & GRAPPLING TRAINING.  BOTH STANDING AND GROUND RANDORI ARE PRACTICED TOO. 

ASK US WHEN OUR NEXT JUDO SESSION WILL BEGIN. . .


BLACK BELT TRAINING:

TAKE YOUR ADVANCED TRAINING UP A NOTCH DURING OUR HARDCORE BLACK BELT SESSIONS EVERY SATURDAY AT 2:30 P.M. 

YOU MUST BE RANKED A FIRST DAN OR HIGHER TO STEP ONTO THE MAT TO WORK ON BLACK BELT FORMS, SPARRING, WEAPONS, BREAKING, ETC.  THIS WEEKLY MAT TIME IS RESERVED EXCLUSIVELY FOR BLACK BELT MEMBERS OF OUR ACADEMY AT NO CHARGE.

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME EXTREME ACTION?


ACADEMY ADVANCEMENTS:

WE'VE BEEN VERY BUSY. . .

CONGRATS TO ALL THE STUDENTS WHO TESTED DURING OUR  BUSHIDO WEAPONS NUNCHAKU, SAI & KAMA EXAMS, KIMUDO & JUDO COLOR BELT TESTS, AND TAEKWONDO BLACK BELT EXAMINATIONS FOR A JOB WELL DONE!  

Tae Kwon Do 2nd Degree Promotion

KiMudo Color Belt Test

DURING OUR MOST RECENT PROMOTIONS,  DRAGON KIDO AMA CONDUCTED  TWO-STAGE KIMUDO COLOR BELT EXAMS IN FRONT OF A FULL HOUSE OF SUPPORTERS.  WAY TO GO!

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

Teen KiMudo TestYouth KiMudo Test

WHAT DOES IT TAKE?  REGULAR CLASS ATTENDANCE, DAILY PRACTICE TO POLISH YOUR TECHNIQUES, A POSITIVE ATTITUDE, AND PARTICIPATION IN ACADEMY ACTIVITIES ARE ESSENTIAL TO RECEIVE AN EXAM PAPER.  ARE YOU MEETING ALL THE REQUIREMENTS? 


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!


ACADEMY ACTIVITIES FOR 2019:

ARE YOU WONDERING WHAT DRAGON KIDO'S MEMBERS HAVE BEEN DOING LATELY?  HERE ARE THIS YEAR'S EVENTS, IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER:

WARRIOR GAMES OPEN HOUSE--APRIL 2019

THE PUBLIC WAS INVITED TO TEST THEIR SKILLS AT DRAGON KIDO'S WARRIOR GAMES OPEN HOUSE, WHICH FEATURED LOTS OF FREE FUN ACTIVITIES:

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  • MARTIAL ARTS DRILLS
  • CHALLENGING FITNESS STATIONS
  • NEAT PRIZES
  • DELICIOUS REFRESHMENTS
  • DETAILS ABOUT OUR AFFORDABLE PROGRAMS

ALL AGES WERE WELCOME TO ATTEND THIS FAMILY EVENT ON SATURDAY, APRIL 13TH.  

11 AM TO 12 PM--KIDS 5-12 YEARS OLD

12-12:30 PM--REFRESHMENTS FOR ALL

12:30-1:30 PM--PARTICIPANTS 13 YEARS & UP 

WOOHOO WEDNESDAYS--MAY, JUNE, JULY 2019

WooHooFROM 5/1-7/31, MEMBERS OF DRAGON KIDO BROUGHT THEIR "CAN DO ATTITUDES" TO WEDNESDAY CLASSES BECAUSE OUR MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR, SAMANTHA, WAS PUSHING THINGS TO THE LIMIT!

HER TRAINING SEQUENCES INCLUDED EQUIPMENT-BASED SPEED, TIMING, BALANCE, ENDURANCE AND AGILITY DRILLS, AND MUCH MORE.  BY THE END OF THE SUMMER, DRAGON KIDO'S STUDENTS BECAME STRONGER & FASTER, INCREASED THEIR STAMINA, AND HAD LOTS OF LAUGHS IN THE PROCESS.  WOOHOO!

WILLARD'S GYM CLASS WEEK AND FUN FAIR--MAY 2019

Willard's Fun FairWillard ElementaryDRAGON KIDO SPONSORED MARTIAL ARTS GYM CLASS WEEK AT WILLARD ELEMENTARY FROM MAY 6TH THROUGH THE 10TH. DKAMA'S INSTRUCTORS PROVIDED MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING TO ALL THE STUDENTS, FROM K-6TH GRADE.  THE KIDS LEARNED SOME BASIC KICKING, STRIKING, AND BLOCKING TECHNIQUES, AS WELL AS A FEW KEY KOREAN PHRASES.  THE MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES WERE  BOTH EXCITING & LOUD!  THANK YOU PRINCIPAL COVARRUBIAS AND MS. PLACH FOR YOUR HOSPITALITY.

DRAGON KIDO AMA ALSO PARTICIPATED IN WILLARD'S END-OF-THE-YEAR FUN FAIR.  ATTENDEES SPUN OUR RAFFLE WHEEL AND WON UNIQUE ASIAN PRIZES, IN ADDITION TO RECEIVING COUPONS FOR $10 OFF SUMMER ENROLLMENT.  NOW IT'S YOUR TURN TO COME VISIT OUR ACADEMY AND SIGN UP FOR FUN PROGRAMS AT DRAGON KIDO!

WONG'S WARRIORS DEMO TEAM/SEASON 1--MAY TO OCTOBER 2019

Youth Demo TeamA SPECIAL SHOUT-OUT TO THE YOUTH MEMBERS OF OUR NEW WONG'S WARRIORS DEMO TEAM: 

  • LEVI
  • WILLOW
  • LUKA
  • JAXON
  • NOAH 

THEY HIT THE GROUND RUNNING--WONG'S WARRIORS DEMO TEAM'S PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FILLED UP QUICKLY FOR THE SUMMER AND BEYOND! 

OUR TEAM MADE THEIR INITIAL APPEARANCE AT WILLARD'S FUN FAIR ON MAY 17TH, AND HEADLINED AT THESE LOCAL ACTIVITIES THROUGH OCTOBER:  

  • 7/4        SOUTH ELGIN'S FOURTH OF JULY PARADE,
  • 7/7        YOUTH & TEEN KIMUDO COLOR BELT TESTS, 
  • 7/28      STARS & STRIPES FORMS TOURNAMENT,
  • 8/6        SOUTH ELGIN'S NATIONAL NIGHT OUT, &
  • 10/19    BLACK BELT PRETEST/AWARDS CEREMONY.

WE ALSO HOSTED TEAM-BUILDING OUTINGS EACH MONTH:  BLOWING BUBBLES AT THE CHURCH'S OUTDOOR  PAVILION; COMPETING IN SACK RACES AT MEIER PARK; EXPLORING THE NATURAL PLAYGROUND AT SEBA PARK; PLAYING FIELD BALL GAMES AT HANSEN PARK, AND TAKING AN EVENING TREK TO THE DRAGON'S DEN.  WE APPRECIATE CAPTAIN SAMANTHA'S DEDICATION TO OUR TEAM THROUGHOUT THE FIRST SEASON.

INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & ICE CREAM SOCIAL--JULY 2019

July 4th ParadeD-K-A-M-A DRAGON KIDO HIYAH! 

THANKS TO ALL THE COMMITTED STUDENTS & THEIR FAMILIES FOR REPRESENTING OUR ACADEMY AT SOUTH ELGIN'S 4TH OF JULY PARADE.  WONG'S WARRIORS YOUTH DEMO TEAM WAS FEATURED AT THIS COMMUNITY EVENT AND DID A PHENOMENAL JOB!

FOLLOWING OUR PERFORMANCE, WE HEADED OVER TO GRANDMASTER HUTSON'S TO MAKE OUR OWN ICE CREAM CREATIONS, PLAY LADDER BALL & BEAN BAG TOSS, AND DOUSE EACH OTHER WITH WATER BALLOONS!   

 ***HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!***

WONG'S WARRIORS SUMMER FIELD TRIP--JULY 2019

ShinobiTHE KIDS AT DRAGON KIDO ENJOY EACH OTHER'S COMPANY BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF OUR ACADEMY. 

WONG'S WARRIORS WENT ON A YOUTH OUTING TO HANSEN PARK AT THE END OF JULY.  OUR GROUP PLAYED GAMES WITH JUMBO BALLS,  TOSSED TORPEDO FOOTBALLS, FLUNG FRISBEES, CLIMBED AROUND IN THE PLAYGROUND & SHARED A PICNIC LUNCH.

THIS TIME, EVEN PARENTS & SIBLINGS JOINED IN!

TEEN FLING--JULY 2019

Arcade GamesTEEN MEMBERS OF DRAGON KIDO AMA LIKE HANGING OUT TOGETHER--

IN FACT, THEY WENT AS A GROUP TO THE RETROCADE ARCADE IN WEST DUNDEE FOR HOURS OF GAMING FUN!  IN BETWEEN, THEY STOPPED FOR A QUICK BITE TO EAT AT VAN'S, FOLLOWED BY ICE CREAM TREATS AT DAIRY QUEEN.

THANK YOU GRANDMASTER HUTSON FOR MAKING THIS EPIC SUMMER ADVENTURE POSSIBLE!

STARS & STRIPES KIMUDO FORMS TOURNAMENT--JULY 2019

Forms Tourney WinnersDRAGON KIDO AMA'S STARS & STRIPES KIMUDO FORMS TOURNAMENT TOOK PLACE ON SUNDAY, JULY 28, FROM 2-4 PM.   1ST, 2ND, & 3RD PLACE TROPHIES WERE AWARDED TO THE BRAVE COMPETITORS IN EACH DIVISION. 

WONG'S WARRIORS MARTIAL ARTS DEMO TEAM KICKED OFF THE AFTERNOON BY PERFORMING A NEAR PERFECT RENDITION OF THEIR SOUTH ROUTINE. AFTER THE TOURNEY COMPETITION, THE BLACK BELT WEAPONS SHOWCASE FEATURED THE KATANA, TONFA, AND BO.   

WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE FRIENDS & FAMILY MEMBERS THAT HELPED MAKE THIS EVENT A SUCCESS.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT--AUGUST 2019

National Night OutDRAGON KIDO AMA PARTNERED WITH THE VILLAGE OF SOUTH ELGIN TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL NIGHT OUT.  OUR SCHOOL WAS A SPONSOR OF THE EVENT & PARTICIPATED IN THE BUSINESS EXPO, ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT MARTIAL ARTS & DISTRIBUTING HUNDREDS OF GIVEAWAYS TO AREA RESIDENTS WHO GAVE OUR LARGE PRIZE WHEEL A SPIN.

OUR ACADEMY WAS ALSO PART OF THE SHOW.  DRAGON KIDO'S PERFORMANCE AT THE SECONDARY STAGE INCLUDED A WICKED FAST BO STAFF WEAPONS EXHIBITION, FOLLOWED BY SOME SELF-DEFENSE TECHNIQUES. 

WE SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST AND ENDED WITH AN IMPRESSIVE SYNCHRONIZED MARTIAL ARTS ROUTINE BY OUR YOUTH DEMO TEAM. 

WONG'S WARRIORS YOUTH MARTIAL ARTS DEMO TEAM RULES!

#DragonKidoCares--AUGUST TO NOVEMBER 2019

Character Concept Rocks CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER, FOR ALL THOSE WHO FOUND A DRAGON KIDO CHARACTER CONCEPT ROCK!  OUR ACADEMY IS PASSIONATE ABOUT MAKING A DIFFERENCE . . . ONE LUCKY PERSON AT A TIME. 

PARTICIPANTS WERE ADVISED TO KEEP IT FOR A WEEK OR SO, AND MAKE A SPECIAL EFFORT TO DO WHATEVER THEIR PARTICULAR MESSAGE SAID--DEMONSTRATE LEADERSHIP, SHOW KINDNESS, BE COURAGEOUS, ETC.  AFTERWARDS, THEY WERE INVITED TO SPREAD SOME HAPPINESS BY PLACING THIER PAINTED ROCK IN PLAIN SIGHT OUTDOORS AT A PARK, PLAYGROUND OR FOREST PRESERVE FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO FIND!

DRAGON KIDO TRACKED THE JOURNEYS OF OUR UNIQUE CHARACTER CONCEPT ROCKS VIA EMAIL. OUR ACADEMY RECEIVED REPORTS THAT THE FOLLOWING COLORFUL TREASURES WERE CIRCULATING AROUND THROUGH TOWN:  DEPENDABILITY--BLACKHAWK PARK; RESPECT--SOUTH ELGIN'S VILLAGE HALL; LEADERSHIP--SEBA PARK; HUMOR--WILLARD ELEMENTARY'S PLAYGROUND; CREATIVITY--GAIL BORDEN LIBRARY'S RAKOW BRANCH; AND COOPERATION--HAWTHORNE HILL NATURE CENTER!

THANKS FOR BEING A PART OF OUR ACADEMY'S MISSION TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE.

AUTUMN WEAPONS CLINIC--SEPTEMBER 2019

Bo Weapons TrainingDRAGON KIDO'S AUTUMN WEAPONS CLINIC FEATURED THE BO. GRANDMASTER HUTSON TAUGHT STUDENTS PROPER HANDLING, WEAPONS MANIPULATION AND PRACTICAL DRILLS.  BASIC STAFF FIGHTING TECHNIQUES WERE ALSO COVERED DURING THIS MARTIAL ARTS WEAPONS TRAINING SESSION. 

SATURDAYS 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

SEPTEMBER 7-28

$40 FOR A FOUR-WEEK SESSION

AGES 11 YEARS & UP

NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

CHINESE AND JAPANESE STAFFS WERE AVAILABLE FOR CLASS USE OR COULD BE PURCHASED FROM OUR PRO SHOP FOR A NOMINAL FEE.   FUTURE WEAPONS CLINIC DATES TBA.   

BLACK BELT PRETEST--OCTOBER 2019

Black Belt AdvancementDRAGON KIDO AMA RECENTLY PUT FOUR BLACK BELT CANDIDATES THROUGH THE PACES AT AN ADVANCED ACADEMY PRETEST.  SAMANTHA WAS PROMOTED TO A 4TH DEGREE JUNIOR MASTER, WHILE MATTHEW COMPLETED THE FIRST STAGE OF  MOVING TOWARD A 2ND DAN, AND VICTORIA & JENNA TOOK THE INITIAL STEPS TO BECOME FIRST DEGREES! 

THIS RIGOROUS BLACK BELT EXAM WAS FOLLOWED BY A BRIEF ACADEMY AWARDS CEREMONY, AS WELL AS COMPLIMENTARY REFRESHMENTS FOR GRANDMASTER CRAIG HUTSON'S BIRTHDAY.  WONG'S WARRIORS YOUTH DEMO TEAM ALSO PERFORMED AT THIS SPECIAL EVENT AND EARNED THEIR SWAT PATCHES. 

DRAGON KIDO VALUES THE PARTICIPATION OF ALL THE STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES THAT JOINED US ON THIS IMPORTANT DATE FOR A PREVIEW OF THE BLACK BELT ADVANCEMENT PROCESS AND OUR ACADEMY'S CELEBRATION. 

NEW COLOR BELTS--OCTOBER 2019

First TestLET'S HEAR IT FOR AMIYA & MIA, OUR NEWEST COLOR BELTS!  BOTH GIRLS ARE PROGRESSING AT A GOOD PACE AND PASSED THEIR FIRST RANK PROMOTION TEST TO EARN THEIR YELLOW WITH BLACK STRIPE BELTS. 

AS THE MOST RECENT ADDITIONS TO DRAGON KIDO'S WONG'S WARRIORS YOUTH KIMUDO CLASS, THEY HAVE OFFICIALLY STARTED THEIR JOURNEY TO BECOME BLACK BELTS. 

GRANDMASTER CRAIG HUTSON AND JUNIOR MASTER SAMANTHA HARVILLE COMMEND THEM ON THEIR STELLAR EFFORTS!

FALL FAMILY DAY--NOVEMBER 2019

It's Autumn!

ON NOVEMBER 16TH FOR FALL FAMILY DAY, EACH STUDENT IN OUR WONG'S WARRIORS MARTIAL ARTS CLASS  INVITED A PARENT PARTNER ONTO THE MAT FOR SPECIAL ACTIVITIES FOCUSING ON COOPERATION & TEAMWORK, FOLLOWED BY COOKIES & CHOCOLATE MILK.   ALL THE PARENT/CHILD PAIRS DID VERY WELL WITH THE HEAVY BAG DRILLS AND FITNESS EXERCISES, WHILE THE RELAY RACES AND HUMAN TARGET PRACTICE WERE HILARIOUS!  TAKE A PEEK AT THE PHOTO OF OUR CREW BY ACCESSING THE WORDS OF WISDOM BLOG POST #2 UNDER THE MISSION TAB OF OUR WEBSITE.

TURKEY TRIALS--NOVEMBER 2019

Turkey TrialsTHE NEXT WEEK, DURING THE TEEN/ADULT KIMUDO CLASS, STUDENTS AND THEIR BUDDIES COMPETED IN DKAMA'S TURKEY TRIALS, FOCUSING ON HIIT STATIONS & MARTIAL ARTS DRILLS.

THE HANGING BAG, BATTLE ROPE, FIRING SQUAD ACTIVITY & CRASH PAD DIVE ROLLS WERE DEFINITELY A HIT!  AFTER WORKING UP A SWEAT, THE ENERGETIC  GROUP KICKED BACK TO ENJOY DONUTS & CARAMEL APPLES. 

OUR THANKS GO OUT TO JUNIOR MASTER SAMANTHA FOR CREATING CLASSES THAT WERE BOTH FUN AND CHALLENGING.  EVERY GUEST IS WELCOME BACK TO OUR ACADEMY--BECOME A MEMBER OF DRAGON  KIDO AMA & TRAIN WITH YOUR FRIENDS ALL THE TIME!

YEAR-END PROMOTIONS--DECEMBER 2019

EXAM PAPERS WERE DISTRIBUTED TO ELIGIBLE STUDENTS IN OUR JUDO AND BUSHIDO PROGRAMS FOR YEAR-END PROMOTIONS.

OUR JUDOKAS WERE TESTED ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20TH.

Code of SamuraiA CHALLENGING TWO-DAY EXAMINATION WAS ADMINISTERED TO MEMBERS OF DRAGON KIDO'S BUSHIDO WEAPONRY PROGRAM ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14TH AND 21ST.  THESE STUDENTS HAVE BEEN DILIGENTLY TRAINING FOR 4 YEARS TO EARN THEIR BLACK BELTS IN A SERIES OF BUSHIDO WEAPONS, INCLUDING KALI STICKS, THE BO, BOKKEN, TONFA, NUNCHAKU, SAI, KAMA AND KATANA.  PROFICIENCY DRILLS, WEAPONS FORMS, ADVANCED MANIPULATION TECHNIQUES & ACTUAL COMBAT--BOTH WEAPON-TO-WEAPON & WEAPON-TO-OPEN HAND FIGHTING--WAS DEMONSTRATED IN FRONT OF THE MASTERS' BLACK BELT BOARD.

CONGRATULATIONS JUDO & BUSHIDO CANDIDATES!

MARTIAL ARTS MOVIE MATINEE--JANUARY 2020

OUR FIRST MARTIAL ARTS MOVIE MATINEE OF THE YEAR WENT OFF WITHOUT A HITCH.  WE ENJOYED SPENDING AN AFTERNOON WITH OUR ACADEMY BUDDIES! 

OUR NEXT SHOWING AT THE DRAGON'S DEN WILL CATER TO THE OLDER CROWD.  STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS. . .


WE HAD A FANTASTIC 2018 AT DRAGON KIDO TOO:

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

BLACK BELT CLUB--JUNE 2018

Black Belt Club

DRAGON KIDO'S BLACK BELT CLUB SCORED GREAT SEATS FOR OUR BLUE MAN GROUP OUTING TO THE BRIAR STREET THEATER IN CHICAGO AND HAD A BLAST!  WOULD YOU BELIEVE THAT 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.  WE'VE ATTENDED TWENTY DIFFERENT BLACK BELT CLUB EVENTS AS A GROUP, WITH MORE GOOD TIMES TO COME! 

DRAGON DAYS OF SUMMER--JUNE, JULY & AUGUST 2018

Chinese DragonWHAT'S IT LIKE TO BE A DRAGON?  ON THE SECOND SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH LAST 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  EXISTING ONES EARNED THEIR BROTHERHOOD OF MARTIAL ARTISTS (BOMA) PATCH.  WHOM DID YOU INVITE?

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ACADEMY MENTORSHIP PROGRAM--JUNE 2018

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.

HOLIDAY PARADE & PARTY--JULY 2018

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 EACH 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.  YAY VOLUNTEERS!

GINZA FESTIVAL--AUGUST 2018

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 2018

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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NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH--OCTOBER 2018

A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE GOES OUT TO SOUTH ELGIN'S WILLARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR PARTICIPATING IN DRAGON KIDO'S FREE SATURDAY SELF-DEFENSE CLASSES, IN RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH.

OUR ACADEMY IS LOCATED IN THE LARGE GYMNASIUM, RIGHT ACROSS COLLINS STREET FROM WILLARD, AND WE DONATED A BASKET FULL OF RECESS EQUIPMENT TO OUR NEIGHBORS TOO.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH--DECEMBER 2018

AS A TOKEN OF OUR APPRECIATION, DRAGON KIDO ALSO GAVE THE SOUTH ELGIN POLICE & FIRE DEPARTMENTS PLATTERS OF SWEET TREATS ON BEHALF OF THE COMMUNITY.  THANK YOU FIRST RESPONDERS FOR KEEPING US SAFE!


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