Summer is heating up. We hope everyone is staying cool and safe during your fourth of July weekend! As a reminder, we will be closed in observance of Independence Day on Saturday, July 3rd and Monday, July 5th. Classes will resume as usual on Tuesday.
We have a lot going on for this update. Lets get started!
New Mask policy
Perhaps the biggest change this update is our change to our mask policy. With Walworth county moving to Phase 4 of the reopening, we are no longer requiring vaccinated individuals to wear masks in class. You can read the entire post with all the details here: Flying Dragons blog.
The biggest change, aside from your smiling faces, will the the reintroduction of some of our Judo techniques. Please take a moment to remove any large or hoop earrings before class. As we begin reintroducing throws and pins, jewelry can easily become caught and tear. We want to make classes as safe as possible.
Changes to Tuesday night Aikido
During the pandemic we studied Aikido with Sensei Bob Garza hosted Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday Zoom Aikido classes. Pandemic restrictions are loosening, and Sensei Garza is working on re-opening his Dojo in Chicagoland, and he is no longer available to teach via Zoom on Tuesday nights. As a result, we are exploring re-starting our Tuesday night Judo class (Tuesday nights from 7-8 PM). Please leave your feedback regarding Tuesday night Judo here.
Thursday night and Saturday afternoon Aikido will be resuming as normal after Sensei Garza’s Dojo reopens (hopefully after the 4th of July)
Summer is pretty packed this year! Here’s the rundown so you can mark your calendar.
- July 3 – 5 » Closed for the 4th of July holiday
- July 17 » Colored Belt Test @ Elkhorn Flying dragons
- August 14 » Black Belt Pre-Test @ Barrington Tiger Academy
- August 15 » NAKA Picnic @ Booth Lake Memorial Park, East Troy WI
- September 18 » Black Belt Pre-Test @ McHenry Flying Dragons
- September 18 » Colored belt Test @ Elkhorn Flying Dragons
- October 3 » NAKA Fall Tournament @ Brookwood Middle school, Genoa City, WI
- October 16 » Black Belt Pre-Test @ Elkhorn Flying Dragons
- November 6 » Black Belt Test @ Elkhorn Flying Dragons
The 4th of July
The 4th falls on a Sunday this year. Therefor, we will be closed on the 3rd, and the 5th. Classes will resume as normal on the 6th. Have fun, be safe, and enjoy the fireworks!
Colored belt test
Just 3 short weeks away!
Test will be starting at 9 AM for higher ranks, and lower ranks and white belt start time will be determined as we get closer to the test.
Due to the test there will be no Saturday classes on the 17th.
You need your full white uniform for the test. Now is a great time to make sure everything still fits!
Black belt Pretest(s)
As a reminder, black belt test candidates should bring all their weapons and sparring gear to the pretests.
This years NAKA picnic will be at Booth Lake Memorial Park in East Troy. Tickets are $5/person (Kids under 5 are free) NAKA will be supplying the meat, and students are asked to bring a dish to pass. Picnic will start at Noon and go to ???. Remember to bring your swim suit and sunscreen as there is swimming at the beach included!
If you have not done so yet, you can RSVP here.
Your response will help us get a good idea of how many hot dog buns we need!
NAKA Fall Tournament
We have a date Fall Tournament! Mark your calendars. On Sunday, October 3rd, NAKA will host our Fall Tournament at Brookwood middle school in Genoa City. We don’t have all the details, so stay tuned for more information.
Black Belt Test
Wrapping up the ‘summer’ season, is our November Black Belt test. Save the date, and cheer on your fellow students.
Weapon of the Month: Bo Staff
Starting Thursday, July 1st, bring your Bo to late class Mondays and Wednesdays.