The last few weeks have been filled with exciting new developments, new students, and new directions for the school.
First of all, 1WK will soon be founding a Non Profit organization called One World Martial Arts Federation, and it’s purpose will be to create a federation of Martial Art schools throughout Texas, and eventually all of America, that specifically tailor at least some of their classes to students with special needs. A secondary purpose will be to create a storehouse of instructional and educational packages for these schools so that their instructors are trained in inclusion, best practices, and have a working knowledge of the challenges our students face, and the proper way to accommodate, modify, and adapt curriculum for them.
Second, we are going to be running a T-shirt fund raiser to get the ball rolling. The T-shirt Design is found here: https://www.facebook.com/1WorldKarate/photos_stream
You can comment there, send me a message, or email me if you would like to buy any of these shirts. ALL funds go to creating the non profit organization, and creating the educational aids. These shirts are perfect for wearing under the Gi top in class, and during certain times and special classes, we will allow students to wear the shirts without the Gi tops. For those that don’t train here, it’s a great way to show our support and get the word out there! We will accept Paypal and credit card once the orders are placed, so no cash unless bought in person. Shirts will be $15 each, and offered in children and adult sizes.
Third, It only takes a phone call or an email, and we can set up a free intro lesson and a class observation so you can see what it is we offer.
Some school specific news:
We are now teaching classes for Middle School and High School aged students on Saturdays at 2 PM. If you are interested, please contact me, and remember – you are ALWAYS welcome to come down to observe a class whenever you want. The Saturday schedule is as follows:
10:15 – 10:45 – Little Panthers class (ages 3-6) An all inclusive class focusing on core strength building social skills through fun activities, and building a foundation in Martial Arts. 2-3 spots available
11:00 – 11:30 – Little Panthers class (ages 3-6). FULL
11:45 – 12:15 – Little Panthers class (ages 3-6) Now Forming. 4-5 spots available
1:00 – 2:00 – Beginners class (ages 7-13) Now Forming. 8 spots available
2:00 – 3:00 – Beginners class (ages 11 and up) – 4 spots available. This class was formed around a core of middle school children with Aspergers. It is a fun, dynamic, and exciting group of young adults. As it fills up it may be split, putting some members in the 1:00 class.
Next, I would appreciate parents letting me know if their schedule is going to change when school starts. We need to make sure we have a workable schedule for all our students, and some classes and students WILL be switching times.
Inclusion. Soya Dan is a big fan of what he calls “Inclusion to the utmost practical extent”. What does that mean? It means that classes are better, students learn more, and parents see more growth when students of varied abilities work together in class. It means that students with impulse control and behavioral issues learn from students that have fewer behavioral issues. It means that students who sit quietly and try to fade away learn how to be more assertive and vocal by interacting with students that tend to act on their impulses. It means that students with cognitive delays have something to teach NT students, and NT students have the ability to help direct our students with cognitive delays. It doesn’t mean that a student will be forced into a class that doesn’t fit his or her needs. Inclusion is a tool that the Instructor uses with the parents help, to improve the lives of every student in class. We have to buy into the truth that some inclusion isn’t practical, but if it is, we are going to do it.
Last and definitely not least, 1WK has been in operation since May 2012, and we have students who are reaching the intermediate ranks of the School, earning their Orange Belts and seeing tremendous success in class. So congrats to those students who have shown the dedication and devotion to their Art! And for those students getting close – keep up the good work!