Testing:  Our next promotion testing will be on Saturday, November 4th in the Large Gym at the Youth Center.  The doors will open at 8:30 am.  We will consider everyone who has trained with us for at least the last 3 months.  The testing list will be posted on our web site this week.  Ms. April Bowing will be testing for her 3rd Dan, and a number of Black Stripes will be testing for their 1st Dan.  It will be a testing not to miss, so mark your calendar now.  Please contact Mr. Todd or Mr. Bushor if you have any questions. 

Students of the Month:  Mr. Head and Mr. James have been selected as the Students of the Month for October.  They have demonstrated the tenants of Taekwon-Do in and outside of class.  Please visit the http://www.axetkd.com homepage to read about all of our Students of the Month.

USTF Referee CourseOn Saturday October 14th, 2006 we hosted the USTF Referee Course that was attended by students from Iowa, Missouri, Kansas & Nebraska.  Mr. Todd & Mr. Bushor educated the students with the rules and regulations of the USTF for sparring, patterns & breaking competition.  The course ran from 9am through 330pm with the certification testing at the end.  We should have the results from the USTF within the next few weeks.  This course will be offered again sometime next year.  The certification is mandatory for all black belts.

Class Shirts:  We will soon have Axe Taekwon-Do shirts for sale.  The shirt will feature the Axe Taekwon-Do logo.  We are selling the shirts for $10.00 each, avoid the rush and order early from Mr. Bushor!

Rank:  Do you every wonder how we determine how you line up during the start and ending of class or at Taekwon-Do events?  All students line up according to rank.  This is easy when different colored belts are lined up, but what about a group of green belts?  When colored belts line up here is how to determine who is senior.   

-         Date tested

-         If tested the same day, then date joined Taekwon-Do (USTF or ITF only, others styles/organizations don’t count)

-         If date joined Taekwon-Do is the same, then by age

-         Finally if date tested, date joined Taekwon-Do and age are the same, then we will make a determination. 

Black belts line up a little differently.  Here is how we determine who is senior and lines up first.

 -         USTF Black Belt Dan number (example your number is USTF-1-3000, only those 1st degrees with USTF-1-01 through 2999 are senior and line up first), which is a good reason to have your dan number memorized.

-         Dan numbers cannot be the same so this will always determine who is senior and how we line up, if students don’t have a dan number yet then we use the date tested

-         Dan trim is another issue.  All 1st degrees (dans) must wait 6 months prior to wearing the 1st dan trim.  Dan trim always lines up before students without dan trim.  (Example:  Mr. X is wearing dan trim since he was a black belt in another organization.  Ms. XY is his senior in the USTF but she will not be eligible to wear the dan trim until November.  Until November Mr. X would line up before her.  Once she is eligible to wear the dan trim she would move ahead of Mr. X since her Dan number is senior to his)

When you are at USTF events and you are a colored belt just find your group ranking and get in line, don’t worry about who tested on what date.  Just get in line.  We are more concerned with the ranking/line up in our class.  When at USTF events and you are a black belt find your group of dans and get in line by your ranking number, example USTF-1-2999, USTF-1-3000, etc.  Typically the USTF will give you a name sticker with your dan number on it to make the lining up quicker.  Again get in line quickly.  If you don’t have a dan number go to the end of the line for your dan ranking.  Do you have questions?  If so, please see Mr. Todd.

Future Events:

November 4th – Testing – Axe Taekwon-Do

December – Holiday Party – date to be determined

Homework & Time: (By Ricky J. Todd, 6th degree)

I continue to be amazed with people that miss class because they have too much homework; they are working too hard or have some other excuse.  Why did you start learning the martial art?  Surely you didn’t think it would be easy and you could just attend when you had nothing else to do.  If so, you probably found out quickly this was not the case.  Most people run into trouble due to a lack of proper planning.  I have been in Taekwon-Do for 23 years and have heard every excuse.  It really doesn’t matter if it is valid or not, if it takes you away from your training it’s a problem for you. 

How can you prevent this?  First we offer classes starting at 5pm, 6pm & 7pm twice a week and at 12 (noon) on Saturdays.  Most students either attend the 6pm or 7pm class.  If you are a student in grade school or college typically your classes are over at 3-4pm.  What are you doing from 3pm to the start of Taekwon-Do class?  If you are finding that you can’t attend the 6pm or 7pm class because you have too much homework, did you honestly get home at 3pm and try to do the work so you could attend Taekwon-Do?  Both Mr. Bushor and I worked full time jobs in the Air Force, raised kids and attended college at night obtaining our college degrees and still found time for Taekwon-Do.  This is nothing special it’s just a matter of allocating your time wisely.

Let’s look at a bad example green belt.  Mr. X arrives home from school at 3:30pm and has about a solid hour of homework.  Mr. X is hungry so he eats when he arrives at home and he is stuck on the hardest new level of Kill Spy Hunter on the Xbox 360 and he “has” to play that first.  So Mr. X eats and plays the Xbox from 3:30pm until 5pm.  His parents arrive at home and remind him he has Taekwon-Do at 6pm and asks if his homework is done.  He already has ensured he will be either late to Taekwon-Do or he will rush through his homework and probably receive a poor grade.  Both options are unacceptable to his parents and to us as Taekwon-Do instructors.  We want Mr. X to have the discipline to arrive at home, eat and do his home work first and correctly.  Then he will have time to play with friends, the Xbox or attend Taekwon-Do class. 

You are only training with us 2-3 hours per week.  Surely you can fit this into your busy schedule.  The same applies to students who are in college.  If you have to miss class due to homework or to get ready for something in school I can almost guarantee you are missing class due to poor time management.  There are enough hours in your day to accomplish school, chores, play, eating, homework AND Taekwon-Do. 

I don’t eat, breath and live Taekwon-Do, I still have a full time job, also raising two kids, play hockey, attend my kids sporting & school events, read at least 1 novel every 2 weeks, watch TV and find time for Taekwon-Do.  It’s really all about planning your time correctly. 






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