EVENTS

 

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ACADEMY ANNOUNCEMENTS:

MARCH MADNESS AT DRAGON KIDO WILL INCLUDE SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCES DURING FRIDAY'S TEEN CLASSES. 

CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON... THE HIGH TABLE SUMMONS ALL XTRM TEAM MEMBERS TO  PLEDGE THEIR FEALTY TO MASTER SAM FOR AN EXCITING SATURDAY AFTERNOON WITH JOHN WICK.  TACTICAL TRAINING  COMMENCES AT 1 PM.  TEAM HOODIES ARE REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION.  ASSORTED SNACKS ARE FREE--COMPLIMENTS OF THE CONTINENTAL.  AND FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS OR SO, MASTER SAM WILL INCORPORATE SELECTED JOHN WICK FIGHT SCENES INTO TEAM CURRICULUM.  YEAH...

Black Belt ExamineesA GREAT BIG SHOUT-OUT TO DRAGON KIDO AMA'S BLACK BELT EXAMINEES, WHO DID A FANTASTIC JOB DEMONSTRATING THEIR ADVANCED MARTIAL ARTS SKILLS TO SATISFY THE EXTENSIVE REQUIREMENTS TO EARN THEIR PROMOTIONS AND MOVE UP IN RANK: FIRST DEGREE BLACK BELTS, DEVIN, JENNA & VICTORIA; SECOND DEGREE BLACK BELT, MATTHEW; AND FIFTH DAN BLACK BELT MASTER, SAMANTHA.  THIS TIME, OUR PLANNING COMMITTEE WENT ALL OUT IN RECOGNITION OF GRANDMASTER CRAIG HUTSON'S 50TH MARTIAL ARTS ANNIVERSARY AND WE CELEBRATED AT A RUSTIC LODGE IN THE WOODS!

MASTER SAMANTHA HARVILLE IS HEADING UP THE ADDITION OF XTRM TEAM DEMO TRAINING FOR ELITE MEMBERS OF OUR ACADEMY.  ELIGIBLE STUDENTS RECEIVED INVITATIONS &/OR WERE EXTENDED TRYOUT OPPORTUNITIES TO SECURE THEIR PLACES ON THE ROSTER. SYNCHRONIZED ROUTINES TO MUSIC, COMPLEX FIGHT SEQUENCES AND ADVANCED MARTIAL ARTS TECHNIQUES, INCLUDING WEAPONRY MANIPULATION, ARE JUST A FEW OF THE MANY AREAS COVERED BY THIS DYNAMIC GROUP.  ALSO, AS PART OF MASTER SAM'S ONGOING MARTIAL ARTS UNLEASHED SERIES, OUR SCHOOL'S PUSH UP CHALLENGE IS SLATED FOR 2024 TOO.

DRAGON KIDO CONTINUES TO GO ABOVE & BEYOND... ANOTHER UPPER RANK STUDENT HAS BEEN ACCEPTED INTO THE BLACK BELT MENTORSHIP PROGRAM, A COMPREHENSIVE ADVANCED TRAINING SYSTEM TO ENHANCE THE MARTIAL ARTS PERFORMANCE OF PROSPECTIVE BLACK BELT CANDIDATES.  THROUGH CUSTOMIZED PRIVATE COACHING BY MASTER SAM HARVILLE, MEMBERS ENROLLED IN THE ACADEMY'S MENTORSHIP PROGRAM PROGRESSIVELY DEVELOP SPECIALIZED MARTIAL ARTS SKILLS TO SYSTEMATICALLY SATISFY REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME ELIGIBLE TO TEST FOR THEIR 1ST DEGREE BLACK BELTS.  FOR MORE DETAILS, PLEASE READ BLOG #9 ON OUR MISSION PAGE TO FIND OUT HOW MASTER SAM ASSISTS MARTIAL ARTS STUDENTS REACH THEIR PEAK POTENTIAL.  

LEARNING HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF IS THE ULTIMATE LIFE SKILL. INTERESTED STUDENTS MAY CONTACT US VIA EMAIL TO BE ADDED TO OUR WAITING LIST FOR THE NEXT WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE SEMINAR AT This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  DRAGON KIDO'S SMALL GROUP TEACHING FORMAT IS PERFECT FOR MOMS & DAUGHTERS, HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE STUDENTS, AND MORE. 


ACADEMY FORM-OFF:

COMING SOON...  DRAGON KIDO'S FORMS COMPETITION

Martial Arts Medallions

MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO POLISH UP THEIR TWO HIGHEST OPEN HAND FORMS FOR OUR ACADEMY'S NEXT TOURNAMENT AND COMPETE TO EARN THEIR MARTIAL ARTS MEDALLIONS:

  • FIRST PLACE         GOLD
  • SECOND PLACE     SILVER
  • THIRD PLACE        BRONZE

PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ASSIGNED TO ONE OF FOUR DIVISIONS--BLACK BELTS; ADULTS; TEENS OR CHILDREN.  ENTRANTS RANKED FIRST DAN & ABOVE WILL PERFORM THEIR TOP OPEN HAND FORMS, ALONG WITH THEIR ORIGINAL WEAPONS FORMS FOR THE JUDGING PANEL.  AS A SPECIAL BONUS AT THIS EVENT, MEMBERS OF OUR XTRM TEAM WILL BE PERFORMING DEMONSTRATIONS TOO.  TOURNEY REGISTRATION DETAILS WILL BE POSTED SHORTLY.  HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO SHOW US WHAT YOU'RE MADE OF!


CHARACTER CONCEPT OF THE SEASON:

DURING WINTER, ACADEMY MEMBERS WILL BE FOCUSING ON INCORPORATING THE CHARACTER CONCEPT OF OPTIMISM INTO THEIR TRAINING AND THEIR DAILY LIVES.  RATHER THAN BECOMING UPSET BY NEGATIVE CIRCUMSTANCES, LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING.  DETERMINE WHAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM THE SITUATION AND KEEP IT IN PERSPECTIVE.  CHOOSE HOPEFULNESS AND CONFIDENCE AS YOUR FRAMEWORK AND IMAGINE FAVORABLE RESULTS.  MAKE IT HAPPEN!

CHARACTER CONCEPTS IN ACTION--

WHAT ARE SOME BENEFITS OF ADOPTING A POSITIVE OUTLOOK?

  • INCREASED ADAPTABILITY TO CHANGE
  • STRESS MANAGEMENT
  • IMPROVED IMMUNITY/HEALTH
  • CREATIVE SOLUTIONS

SEEK OUT OPPORTUNITIES TO DEMONSTRATE THE CHARACTER IT REALLY TAKES TO BECOME A BLACK BELT!


DKAMA'S SUMMER OF 2023:

A GREAT GROUP OF KIDS SIGNED UP FOR NINJA WARRIOR DAY, WHICH WAS HELD IN JUNE AT DRAGON KIDO AMA. THE PARTICIPANTS ENJOYED MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING, A VARIETY OF FUN GAMES, INCLUDING AN AWESOME OUTDOOR OBSTACLE COURSE, CRAFTS, MOVIES, & MORE!  GRANDMASTER HUTSON PICKED UP THE TAB FOR THEIR PIZZA LUNCH & MASTER SAM SUPPLIED THE SNACKS & DRINKS.  THANKS TO ALL FOR ATTENDING THIS POPULAR YOUTH MARTIAL ARTS PROGRAM.  WE HAD A BLAST!

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ALSO DURING THIS YEAR'S SUMMER BREAK, WEDNESDAY'S MARTIAL ARTS STUDENTS ATTENDED A BOOMERS BASEBALL OUTING AT WINTRUST FIELD IN SCHAUMBURG!  DRAGON KIDO COVERED THE COST OF THE BOXED SEATS, WHICH WERE LOCATED RIGHT OFF FIRST BASE.  THE GAME WAS SUPER EXCITING, ESPECIALLY AT THE END WITH A TIE IN THE NINTH INNING, AND OUR HOME TEAM PUSHED AHEAD & WON!  WAY TO GO BOOMERS!    

IN PREPARATION FOR AUGUST'S RANK ADVANCEMENT TESTING, MASTER SAMANTHA'S MARTIAL ARTS UNLEASHED SERIES RAN A BLACK BELT BOOT CAMP FOR ALL UPPER LEVEL STUDENTS AT DKAMA, WHICH INCLUDED WEEKLY PYRAMID CHALLENGES AND OUTDOOR MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING.  THE INTENSE PHYSICAL CONDITIONING PAID OFF AND ALL FIVE CANDIDATES SURVIVED THEIR 2 HOUR BLACK BELT EXAM!  AFTERWARDS, ACADEMY MEMBERS WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS SOCIALIZED DURING THE BLACK BELT GRADUATION AND GRANDMASTER HUTSON'S 50TH MARTIAL ARTS ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.


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, ENHANCING MARTIAL ARTS PERFORMANCE--TAKING A SNEAK PEAK AT THE COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING SYSTEM DEVELOPED FOR DRAGON KIDO'S BLACK BELT MENTORSHIP PROGRAM...

FEEL FREE TO READ OUR PREVIOUS BLOG ENTRIES TOO:

*MAKING A LASTING DIFFERENCE--HIGHLIGHTING THE ADVANTAGES OF MARTIAL ARTS OVER OTHER SPORTS;

*WINNING MARTIAL ARTS TOURNAMENTS--OUTLINING SCORING CRITERIA FOR FORMS COMPETITIONS;

*PAYING IT FORWARD--COLLECTING DONATIONS FOR OUR ACADEMY'S FOOD DRIVE TO BENEFIT THE SOUTH ELGIN FOOD PANTRY;

*STEPPING INTO THE RING--RELIVING ONE STUDENT'S FIRST MARTIAL ARTS SPARRING TOURNAMENT COMPETITION;

*GAINING WEAPONRY PROFICIENCY--DESCRIBING MARTIAL ARTS WEAPONS TRAINING AT DRAGON KIDO;

*FOSTERING SELF-DIRECTED BEHAVIOR--IDENTIFYING THE KEY TO BECOMING AN EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT;

*CHOOSING WONG'S WARRIORS--SUMMARIZING WHY DRAGON KIDO'S MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES FOR CHILDREN SURPASS ALL THE REST; &

*BALANCING EXTRACURRICULARS--SHARING HOW PARENTS CAN HELP THEIR CHILDREN SUCCEED AND EVENTUALLY BECOME BLACK BELTS.


PRIVATE MARTIAL ARTS LESSONS:

1-on-1 TrainingKICK OFF THE NEW YEAR RIGHT!

DRAGON KIDO OFFERS PRIVATE MARTIAL ARTS LESSONS FOR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN 1-ON-1 TRAINING WITH A BLACK BELT MASTER. 

OUR ACADEMY'S EXPERT SOLO MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTION IS TAILORED TO EACH MEMBER'S UNIQUE TRAINING NEEDS, INCLUDING SKILL DEVELOPMENT BY RANK, AS WELL AS TEST & TOURNAMENT PREPARATION. SCHEDULE YOUR PERSONALIZED COACHING TODAY AND SEE WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT WILL MAKE!

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR SPECIAL MONTHLY RATES BY PURCHASING MULTIPLE SESSIONS IN A PACK FOR MORE SAVINGS!  RESERVATION SLOTS ARE FILLING UP FAST.  SEMI-PRIVATE MARTIAL ARTS LESSONS ARE  AVAILABLE TOO; ASK TO BE ADDED TO OUR ACADEMY'S WAITING LIST FOR THE NEXT MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING OPENING.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


COLOR BELT TESTS/BLACK BELT EXAMS:

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

OUR BLACK BELT MASTER INSTRUCTORS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ASSISTANCE WITH ANY AREA OF YOUR MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING. DRAGON KIDO ALSO OFFERS 1-ON-1 SESSIONS, SO BOOK YOUR PRIVATE OR SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS TODAY AND ACCELERATE YOUR IMPROVEMENT. 

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK & JOIN THE MEMBERS WHO HAVE EARNED THEIR NEXT RANK: 

JACLYN, GABE, BLAZE & GAVIN--YELLOW WITH BLACK STRIPE BELTS; MIA & NOLYN--SOLID YELLOW BELTS; JACK--GREEN WITH BLACK STRIPE BELT; WILLOW--SOLID GREEN BELT; PHIL, RAMON & LEVI--SOLID BLUE BELTS; LUKA--SOLID BROWN BELT; JAXON & PATRICK--SOLID RED BELTS; AND ISAIAH--RED/BLACK BELT.  BRAVO!

A GREAT BIG ACADEMY WELCOME ALSO GOES OUT TO OUR NEW WHITE BELTS!


ACADEMY BIRTHDAYS & MARTIAL ARTS ANNIVERSARIES:

Best Wishes!PLEASE JOIN GRANDMASTER HUTSON AND THE REST OF OUR SCHOOL IN WISHING THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF DRAGON KIDO AMA A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

FEBRUARY--JACLYN      

MARCH--ISAIAH

ALSO, LET'S GIVE A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR OUR DEDICATED INSTRUCTORS' MARTIAL ARTS ANNIVERSARIES--

JANUARY--SAMANTHA  

MASTER SAMANTHA HARVILLE IS CELEBRATING HER 20TH YEAR OF MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING AND NOW HOLDS THE DESIGNATION OF A SENIOR CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR FOR TEACHING STUDENTS FOR OVER A DECADE!

AUGUST--CRAIG 

2023 WAS A SPECIAL YEAR AT DRAGON KIDO AMA.  IT MARKED GRANDMASTER CRAIG HUTSON'S 50TH MARTIAL ARTS ANNIVERSARY!  CONGRATULATIONS SIR, FOR YOUR LONG-STANDING COMMITMENT TO THE WORLD OF MARTIAL ARTS. 


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--AMBASSADOR PROGRAM, CHARACTER CONCEPT ACTIVITIES, PNO ASSISTANCE;

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

KUDOS 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 GENEROSITY IS APPRECIATED!


YOUTH PROGRAMMING:

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

WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR POPULAR 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.

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HOW ABOUT OUR GUARDIAN FOO DOG--WONG'S CHALLENGECHILDREN AT OUR ACADEMY ARE ALSO MOTIVATED TO ENHANCE THEIR CONCENTRATION & SHARPEN THEIR SKILLS BY COLLECTING PERFORMANCE STARS REDEEMABLE FOR ALL KINDS OF COOL PRIZES.  COLORFUL DRAGON KITES, FOAM NINJA BLOW DART SHOOTER SETS, YIN YANG BALLS & TMNT PLACEMATS ARE EXAMPLES OF SOME OF THE REWARDS EARNED BY THE KIDS AT DRAGON KIDO!

FOR MORE SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT DRAGON KIDO'S YOUTH PROGRAM, PARENTS MAY VISIT OUR MISSION PAGE TO READ THE BLOG ARTICLE ENTITLED, "CHOOSING WONG'S WARRIORS."


COVID-19:

DRAGON KIDO AMA WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE A WIDE VARIETY OF MARTIAL ARTS PROGRAMMING FOR ACADEMY MEMBERS, INCLUDING ONE-ON-ONE TRAINING, SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR TOURNAMENTS & EXCITING GROUP OUTDOOR CLASSES--LIKE SOLIDARITY SUNDAY & WEAPONS IN THE WILD WORKSHOPS.  LIVE ZOOM VIRTUAL MARTIAL ARTS SESSIONS, SUCH AS OUR FEAR FACTOR CLASS, INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS, SUPPLEMENTARY WRITTEN MATERIALS AND FUN CRAFT & WEBSITE TRIVIA ACTIVITIES ARE PERIODICALLY AVAILABLE TOO. 

DRAGON KIDO HAS INSTITUTED PANDEMIC PROTOCOLS FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL MEMBERS.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE CONTACT TAB FOR MORE DETAILS AND FEEL FREE TO EMAIL US AT This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS.


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 3D DRAGON MODELS.

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, CONTACT US BY PHONE OR EMAIL AND WE'LL SUIT YOU UP. 

FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY, RED & BLACK XTRM HOODIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE EXCLUSIVELY BY MEMBERS OF OUR DEMO TEAM.  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 ASSEMBLED & PAINTED YOUR WOODEN DRAGON MODEL YET?  CRAFT KIT QUANTITIES ARE GETTING LOW--RESERVE YOURS BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE! 

*THEY'RE GOING FAST! GET AN ACADEMY 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 IF YOU BEGIN EARLY, IT'S EASY TO CREATE YOUR MARTIAL ARTS KEEPSAKE. 

SAVE YOURSELF SOME CASH AND ORDER YOUR STASH FROM THE PRO SHOP TODAY! 

 
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