Sun Dragon’s next promotions will take place on March 24 and 26. There will be a pre-testing phase to make sure the students know all of their material. These pre-tests will take place March 11-20. If a student is deemed ready to test, they will be sent home with a testing application, which requires a testing fee and a Seido membership number. If you or your child does not have a membership card, please let us know so we can determine if the membership is still pending or if the card is merely missing. In the case of the latter, we will give you the membership number. Testing adult and youth students will also have a written test to complete. The application (and written test, if required) must be turned in no less than two days before the promotions: the final day to do this will be March 22. Please call us at 512-416-9735 or email us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Sun Dragon invites you to celebrate our 25th anniversary with a training weekend March 28-30, 2014. We’ll have classes to choose from in styles ranging from our own Seido Karate to Kajukenbo, Judo, and Qigong taught by master instructors from all over the country. This training weekend is open to all genders and ages 6 and up.
Sensei Suzanne Pinette – founder of Sun Dragon
Sei Shihan Nancy Lanoue – Thousand Waves: Seido Karate
Jun Shihan Sarah Ludden – Thousand Waves: Seido Karate, Kajukenbo, nunchaku
Shifu Kore Grate – Five Elements Martial Arts: Judo, Qigong
Sifu Sonya Richardson – Hand to Hand: Kajukenbo
Sensei Sally Johnson van Wright – Valley Women’s Martial Arts: Shuri Ryu Karate, Arnis
Sa Bum Nim James Espy – Pyon Moo Do
And more to be announced….
Friday, March 28, 6 pm: Welcome dinner for all teachers and participants.
Saturday, March 29: Full day of training for adults and children at TerrAdorna, just outside Austin. http://www.terradorna.com/
Sunday, March 30: Morning sessions (adults only) will finish by 1 pm.
$150 Adults (age 15 and up) – full weekend
$65 Children ages 6-14 – Saturday only (includes lunch and dinner/demo)
$85 Adults who would like to take beginner classes – Saturday only (includes lunch and dinner/demo)
$20 Dinner/demo on Saturday night and parents accompanying children 6-12
Register here by clicking on the “workshops” tab.
A limited number of hosted housing spots are available. Please let us know when you register if you would like housing, and we’ll do our best to find you a spot. There are a number of hotels convenient to Sun Dragon; a list of recommended options will be up soon.
One of our self defense students recently had the unfortunate opportunity to put some of her training into use during a violent incident. Here’s what she had to say about what she learned from Sun Dragon:
“I took the training at Sun Dragon probably 15+ years ago. It left an impression on me that should I end up in a violent situation I would be able to defend myself. Unfortunately, as a social worker, I did end up being attacked by a client. The principles I fell back on were the ones that I learned in this training. First trying to give a verbal command “get off of me” as the assault began. As the assault progressed I was able to not freeze (which is critical) but to defend myself until I could get help through a panic button in my office. I’m quite certain that through learning self defense I was able to save my life and the life of my unborn child (as I was 10 weeks pregnant at the time of the assault). I want everyone I know to have this knowledge and training so that should they end up in a similar situation they also have the tools to respond.”
We are immensely gratified that we were able to impart knowledge to this woman that enabled her to safely protect herself and her unborn child until she was able to get help. This is exactly what self defense training is all about, and as has been illustrated by this story, these skills are useful for life.
If you are interested in taking a self defense course from Sun Dragon, visit our self defense page for information about upcoming workshops and arranging private workshops.
Contact us to schedule your first class.
|Ready to try something new? Seido karate at Sun Dragon will strengthen, empower, and challenge you! Our New Member Special includes:
That’s everything you need to start on your way to black belt. As a non-profit, we’ll never ask you to sign a contract, and we offer scholarship and work-study opportunities. We never turn anyone away for inability to pay. Check out our schedule and rates to see what classes will fit your life, then contact us to schedule your first class. We look forward to welcoming you to Sun Dragon!
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Our own Summer Cacciotti penned a humorous and factual list of things that eventually happen to all Sun Dragons. Enjoy!
Things that eventually happen to all Sun Dragons
On a long enough time line, everyone will eventually:
1. Learn to bow, and bow, and bow. Then bow some more.
2. Shamelessly copy a more senior student’s movements.
3. Cringe when someone walks on the training floor in shoes.
4. Do something you never thought you could do.
5. Do something you never imagined you would want to do.
6. Be corrected on a point of etiquette you were unaware of.
7. Enjoy a sparkling clean dojo after a big soji day.
8. Forget your water bottle at the dojo.
9. Feel happier about a water break than you would a happy hour.
10. Tangle up your arms while blocking.
(Read on …)