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dawnbarnes : October 6, 2015 1:19 pm : Blog

Earning a black belt in Karate is a big deal. Especially when the student is just 10 years old!

I’m proud to announce that two weeks ago, 15 students achieved their black belt in Gozen Karate.

Think about that…

Some of these children have been practicing Karate for six or seven years… more than half of their lives!

dbkk-karate-for-kids-groupBut here’s the funny thing… even though we recognize our new black belts as dedicated, patient, and hard-working, the same can be said about their parents! Here’s why—

No student at Karate Kids signed up for classes on their own.

No student at Karate Kids fights traffic to get to class on time.

No student at Karate Kids washes their own uniform or signs up for a belt test.

No student makes it to black belt without thinking about quitting once or twice. Or more!

That’s why I say behind every black belt student is a black belt parent!

You may not get to wear the belt, but no kidding—you’ve earned one, too! :)

Black Belt Parents!Here’s the sad truth—kids today are busier than ever. Children jump from one activity to another, never having a chance to improve at anything. And that’s a shame!

It’s a shame because confidence grows from improvement. Self-esteem grows from achievement. Success grows from learning the value of hard work.

Allowing a child to build a habit of quitting when something gets difficult or boring will never lead to a healthy, happy life.

But black belt parents don’t let that happen! They’re too smart.

When their child was too nervous to try that first karate class, they came back and tried again.

When their child wanted to skip karate class, they put them in the car anyway.

When their child was struggling to learn a new move, they encouraged them to keep trying.

That’s how black belts are earned!

So, as a member of the community, let me say thank you to all the black belt parents out there who taught their child the value of commitment. Thank you for not letting them give up when they got bored, distracted, or discouraged.

As a school owner, let me say thank you for supporting my dream to share the lessons of karate with as many children as I can. Thank for leaving positive reviews online and telling your friends about our program. Your trust is something I will never take for granted.

Finally, if I may speak for your children who are too young to fully understand all that you do for them, let me say thank you for giving them the gift of karate. Thank you for giving them the chance to develop respect, patience, and focus in a safe, fun environment.

They’re going to need all of that!

Keep up the good work, black belt parents!

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Ages 2 – 3 yrs 5 mos  |  Preschool
Mommy and Me
Dawn Barnes Karate Kids is excited to offer an enrichment class for children 2—3! Karate Kitties is designed to help toddlers “learn to learn” by encouraging watching, listening, and trying. This class is also great for motor-skill development and parent/child bonding.
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Ages 3 yrs 6 mos – 5  |  Preschool
The Tiger Tots encourages boys and girls to learn on their own. The class focuses on motor skills, social skills, and self-control within a playful and nurturing karate class. The Tiger Tots also earn colored belts to keep them excited about achieving goals.
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Ages 5 – 7  |  Kindergarten + First Grade
Lions is the preparatory program for Dragons. Children are inspired to be better students and better people as they are coached to demonstrate focus, listening skills, and good manners. In addition to learning the value of setting goals by earning colored belts, students are introduced to playground-appropriate self-defense techniques in a safe and fun class format.
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The Black Belt Program
Ages 7-14  |  2nd Grade and Up
The Dragons program promotes focus, patience, and respect through age-appropriate karate and grappling techniques. Students are challenged to be their best at home, school, and in our “dojo” in every way as they graduate through 12 belt ranks. Hard-working students may even one day earn a GOZEN Black Belt!
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By Invitation Only
Halfway through the Dragons program, students who have consistently demonstrated respect and best effort are invited into the Black Belt Club. BBC members practice more advanced karate skills, serve as school leaders, and are encouraged to earn special Hero Patches by participating in charitable acts within the community.

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