Teen Seminar Day 2023
This year's teenage seminar day was held on Saturday, November 11. The seminar was taught by Grandmaster Crandall, Headmaster Stalloch, with assistance from the Master Instructors and several other black belt instructors. This annual all-day event provides the students with an opportunity to learn about traditional martial arts topics in greater detail, many of which are not covered in regular classes. This event is an important part of the student's training, as it aids the Master Instructors in getting to know them better and evaluate them on attitude, skills, and knowledge regarding the style.
This year's class topics included
Standing and Seiza Waza Go and Roku: these are required for brown and black belts but are seldom done in class
Karate Aerobics: a 30-minute Tabata aerobics class set to music and lead by Grandmaster Crandall
Kata: students learned or practiced their highest katas with one-on-one attention from the instructors
Kendo: learned the basics of kendo, its armor (bogu), and the form Falcon Stoop
Team Building (Breakout Box Challenge): students had to complete activities to earn clues and solve the mystery of how to open the box - with the prize being Dunkin Gift Cards
Self-Defense Practice: students got to work in pairs with one-on-one attention for a variety of topics
Pinata!: using techniques such as ridge hand, they had to strike the pinata (moving target) to get the candy
Athletic Injuries Class: Headmaster Stalloch, an anatomy teacher, covered common injuries from life and athletics, what they are, and some things to consider for prevention or treatment
Sparring: students sparred in one-on-one matches for 30 minutes followed by....
Multiple-Attacker Sparring: this is very rare to occur! Students must spar multiple partners simultaneously at the black belt levels, but this is not practiced in class. A real treat!
Philosophy and Our School: Grandmaster Crandall shared some insight about our school
Throughout the day Grandmaster Crandall and Headmaster Stalloch took special time to work with the students and share some old, traditional martial arts philosophy and concepts.
Next year's seminar will be held in November.