On Saturday, September 27,2014 the sixth annual Kyu Fest was hosted at Charlotte Catholic High School on Saturday the 27th of September by United Southern Isshinryu Karate (USIK) of Charlotte NC. Following a Black Belt Meeting and photos sessions, and introduction of VIPs. The tournament begins promptly at 1100 (11 AM). Past events featured over 160 competitors competing in 63 divisions, including Kumite (free fighting), Empty Hand Kata (forms) and Weapons Kata (forms). Additionally, over 250 spectators (mostly direct family members) were in attendance. The event ended promptly at 1400 (2 PM), followed by lunch.
Since 2009, this event has grown steadily and served as a means not only to support a unique venue for a kyu ranks (under black belt) tournament, but also an educational atmosphere in which to train and develop newly promoted black belts, as well as instructor and mid-level black belts in the nuances of logistics, judging, and operating a safe and efficient tournament.
|What kind of a year will 2011 be?|
We all can hope that the recession that we are in is on its last legs but hope is just that. If we sit back and wonder what the year will bring, we might be disappointed.
I, for one, am of the mindset that this is going to be a great year. How can I say that? Easy, I am making plans for it to be a great year. Our dojo has set a goal for how many new students we want by year end and we are not sitting back to see if it happens.
We are putting together two demo teams and will be out promoting our dojo the old fashion way (by show and tell). Our dojo will be doing at least one demo each month (more if possible). We currently have two Isshinryu seminars planned one in February (Matthews dojo) and the other either in Lexington or Thomasville in June. In April, we are hosting an all Isshinryu Black Belt Tournament at the Matthews dojo.
The second Monday of each month our dojo will host bring a friend to class free sessions. This is another way of getting potential new students an opportunity to meet the instructors and try a class to see if Isshinryu is something that they would like to pursue.
What are your thoughts? Will you be sitting back and waiting to see how the year will turn out or will you be pro-active.