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December is a special month. Not only is it special due to all the holidays, goodies, and fun, but for our organization it is time for our semi-annual black belt test. Every six months we travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico to join all of our sister schools in this three day event. Master Bruce Davis, and Master Phil Gilbert, our organizational leaders, put their all into making each test unique and memorable every time. Each portion of the black belt test is designed to challenge the candidates to their limits, mentally, physically, and spiritually. This go around we have four of our junior students testing, and they have all worked so hard to get to where they are. Three junior first degrees, and a junior second degree.
Karate is more than just kicking and punching, it can be a way of life. Our family has been training together for 11 years, and we have all grown so much. We like to think that karate is the reason we all are so close today. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we have been thinking about things we are thankful for. Our family is thankful for the common ground that karate has given us. We are thankful for the part we play in all our students' lives in teaching them something that has touched us so much. Martial artists come from all walks of life. We have police officers, nurses, firemen, engineers, military, teachers, and the list could go on! We love that karate can be a hobby, lifestyle, or activity that can bring everyone together.
One thing we like to stress in our school is that anyone can do karate. Over our years of teaching we have seen remarkable things happen from the people you would least expect. We’ve taught children and adults of all abilities. Not only have we worked with students with learning disabilities, we have also been able to work through several language barriers. We’ve worked with children who speak Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, German, and even sign language! We don’t care what the challenge or the concern; we enjoy working with people and helping them to understand that they are capable of greatness, no matter what.
The start of school is right around the corner, and while karate is a great summer activity, it can be a great after school program as well. Our schedule is the same year-round for your convenience, so you never have to stress about what time your class is. We offer classes Monday through Thursday all afternoon, and have a class for just about everyone! Unlike other sports, karate never has an off season. We are always available for you! Also unlike other sports, karate is a lifetime sport with lifetime benefits. No matter your age, and no matter your ability, karate has something to offer everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re in karate for discipline, focus, self confidence, or just for fun, everyone can gain something from studying.
It’s that time of year where everyone is starting their spring cleaning. We invite you to join us on Saturday, April 13 at AKKA Karate School in the Twin Peaks Plaza (next to Hungry Howie’s Pizza) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. We are having a garage sale where uniforms, shirts and miscellaneous gear will be available for sale. Proceeds from this event will help raise funds for our candidates getting ready for their Black Belt Test in June.
Looking for an activity the whole family can enjoy? Then karate might be the thing for you. We have amazingly affordable family packages; your whole family can train for less than $200 a month! Our schedule offers you some flexibility and freedom to choose classes that can fit your family’s daily routine (ages 4+). In addition to karate, we offer a cardio kickboxing class for those looking to just get into shape (ages 15+). Call (520) 572-8669 today for more information!
Four businesses and the Marana Health Center were recognized for excellence last Wednesday by the Marana Chamber of Commerce.
Finalists have been identified for the 2009 Community and Business Builder of the Year awards presented by the Marana Chamber of Commerce.