Sled Rally Raffle Tickets Due on Tuesday – Volunteers Needed for Saturday

All raffle tickets taken by members are to be sold and returned at class on Tuesday, January 24. Please place your tickets in a plastic bag or envelope with the seller’s name clearly marked. We will be turning in the tickets to the organizers on Wednesday.

All tickets are expected to be sold. If you are having trouble selling any remaining tickets in your book, please contact Sempai Juanita as soon as possible.

We are also asking for several adult volunteers to help work a shift at the bar at the sled rally in Arcola this Saturday, January 28. We will know the time soon. The shifts usually begin in the late afternoon. We will send an email to members for a reminder. If you are able to volunteer on Saturday, please email the club.

Grading TODAY!

The grading is today! Parents are welcome to watch, but we ask that spectators be kept to a minimum in order to avoid distracting the karate students. We also ask that observers please refrain from taking photos or video until the grading is over and the presentations are being made. Thank you.

Those people who ordered new duffle bags please bring payment to class tonight.

Good luck to everyone!

See you at the dojo!

Grading on Tuesday! Fees due first!

Session 2 has begun, and any student with outstanding fees will NOT be graded on Tuesday.

Vicki will be there to accept payment. Please be sure to arrive early to avoid any rush and ensure that everyone is eligible. We only hold two gradings per karate season, the next one won’t be until May.

If you have already paid for Session 2 you are good to go! 

See you at the dojo!

Weekend Update! It’s good!

The location of our cart for the Dickens Festival has been moved INDOORS!!!

We will now be located inside the former Sears/The Pearl building next to Kuzina’s Restaurant! So no frozen fingers or toes while helping to sell perogies! Woo hoo!

If you are more interested in helping out now, and/or would be willing to work a longer shift, that would be great. Please let us know soon.

We Need Help!

We need volunteers to help work a shift or few at our Dickens Festival perogie cart! The shifts are short so people won’t get cold, but feel free to sign up for several or even a couple in a row. We can always set up a “warm up” break!

Here are the times we need to fill. Please contact Sempei Juanita or email the club at to sign up. Thank you in advance!

Dickens Cart Times:


4:00 to 4:30

4:30 t0 5:00

5:00 to 5:30

5:30 to 6:00

6 :00 to 6:30

6:30 to 7:00


4:00 to 4:30

4:30 t0 5:00

5:30 to 6:00

Great Tournament! Now…

Thank you to everyone who participated in and a helped out at the tournament this past weekend! It was great to be back on the floor with old friends and new friends! Photos will be posted soon.

Now that the tournament is over, we can really focus on THE GRADING! Our next grading is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13, 2022. It will begin at the regular scheduled class time, but may run slightly late. So the Just for Kicks students may be grading until a little later than 7:30 and the next class grading may begin just a little late. Make sure you’re practicing your kata at home and asking questions in class if there is something of which you are unsure. Please remember… if a student is not present at a grading, they will not be advanced in belt rank.

Today is also the last night of session 1. SESSION 2 BEGINS NEXT TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2022. In order to be eligible for the grading, all session fees and other outstanding fees must be paid up. Payment can be made tonight at class, or at class next week.

Gi bags for sale! The club has purchased a small number of bags for club members to purchase. They will be embroidered with the club logo and can be personalized with the member’s name. There are 2 sizes of bags. We have 1 medium sized bag and 5 large sized bags remaining. The medium bags are $80 and the large bags are $90 (embroidery included). Sensei Kevin and Sensei Jayson both have the medium size bag that you can see at class. The large size bag is an excellent bag to transport all of your karate equipment and gi together. The medium sized bag is more suited to smaller items like pads and water bottles. Adding a gi to the medium sized bag fills it almost completely. Both are beautiful bags made by Under Armour. Here is a picture of the bag and a photo of the logo embroidered on the top of the opening. Your name can be embroidered on the side of the bag. They look great!

Tournament This Weekend!

The tournament is this weekend! Wow, time flies when we’re having fun!

Please be sure to bring your gift for the prize table and sign up to help with something at the tournament.

Here is the informational poster about the tournament and the Registration Form. Feel free to fill out the registration form prior to arriving at the tournament to save time at the registration table.

See you at the tournament!!