Black Belt Goal Setting Season

Marty Callahan

A couple important things to know for November and December – 


First,we will be closed for Thanksgiving Day. Classes in December will be held as normal through Saturday, December 22ndand then starting Monday, December 24thwe will be closed for holiday break and open again on Wednesday, January 2nd. This is a great time to plan that Beach Training you’ve been wanting to do. Or Mountain Training, or Park Training, or Downtown-Santa-Rosa-on-the-Square-at-5am-Training! You’ll have the place to yourself.


Second,advancement exams will be given Monday and Tuesday, December 17thand 18thand Instructor Exams will be given on Wednesday, December 19thand Thursday, December 20th. All required work must be completed and turned in prior to the exam. Belts and tip stripes will be awarded in class Wednesday through Saturday. 


Third,November and December is Black Belt Goal Setting Season. During this time we schedule a major meeting with all of our students to discuss their goals both in karate and outside the school. An example of the impact this meeting can have on your child is what happened for Brandon Alexander, one of our former Black Belts. Brandon set a goal to read one million words. When he entered 5thgrade he was reading at a 5thgrade level. Five months later he was reading at a 10thgrade level. The impact this five-grade jump in comprehension had on his grades was phenomenal. This goal setting process can have just as significant an impact on your child’s life. Another one of our students, Karla Miranda, was elected as Student Body President by the 550 students at Steele Lane Elementary, she was chosen to be Student of the Year by the faculty and administrators, and she earned her Black Belt with us. This all happened in December of 2015. Karla attributes this success to the training she received through our Black Belt Shoka Leader Program


Finally,in our goal setting meeting, we will discuss your child setting a goal to Black Belt and beyond. Beyond are higher degrees of Black Belt and our Certified Instructor Training Program. We currently have an unprecedented 19 students enrolled in that program. With this program your school is literally transforming itself into an Instructor Training School with a focus on character and leadership development. The effect this is having on our students is readily apparent. The excitement and enthusiasm they are showing is at an all-time high. This is a great time for your child to begin his Great Journey to Black Belt, step it up to a higher level of Black Belt, or start training to become a Certified Instructor.  


Have a great day and keep training!

Marty Callahan 

7thDegree Black Belt, 

Founder, CEO, Chief Instructor, Author