Weekly Update for September 9-13
SKILLS STRIPE FOR THE WEEK
On Monday and Tuesday, students will have a shot at earning their RED stripe:
Skillz (most of our 4 1/2 – 6-year-olds): Focus
Taekwondo (most of our 7-year-olds and up): Agility
Wednesday through Friday, students will have a shot at earning their ORANGE stripe:
Skillz (most of our 4 1/2 – 6-year-olds): Balance
Taekwondo (most of our 7-year-olds and up): Intensity
Taekwondo students can also earn their black and purple/rainbow stripes every day up until testing.
Our black and purple/rainbow stripes for students in the taekwondo program are based upon memorization of material and the use of their knowledge of that material.
The black stripe is earned when white, yellow, orange and senior orange students can perform, without assistance, all of their required one-steps. Students who are green belts and higher ranks earn this stripe for sparring at a rank-appropriate level.
The purple/rainbow stripes are a two-part stripe for taekwondo students. Students earn the purple stripe when they can perform, without any assistance, half of their form for the testing cycle. They earn their rainbow stripe when they can do the same through the entire form.
Once we introduce these stripes in each testing cycle, students have a chance to earn them every day from introduction until the last class before testing.
With our purple/rainbow stripe, we test students before forms instruction in class. We do this because we want students to have a firm grasp of the material so they’re ready to perform at testing. Once we begin instruction on forms, they cannot earn a stripe for that day. Additionally, if students are observed watching other students and/or instructors while performing their form without assistance, they will not be able to earn a stripe that day as well. This is all done to ensure students are ready for testing.
FORMS FOR THIS TESTING CYCLE –
Students NOT attending the TA Fall National Tournament in Orlando are assigned the following forms for this testing cycle:
Skillz – Chon-Ji
TKD White Belts – Ki-Bon
TKD Yellow/Orange Belts – Do-San
TKD Intermediate Belt Ranks – Do-San (yes, this is correct)
TKD Advanced Belt Ranks – Jun-Gun
TKD Black Belts – As assigned by Taekwondo America
SEPTEMBER CALENDAR NOW OUT
Our calendar of events and skill stripe schedule is out for this month! You can find in in our closed Facebook group, on our website, and on the viewing walls at the school. You can also download a PDF copy here.
SCHOOL POLICIES REMINDER
With many of our students returning from a break over the summer, we thought it would be a good time for all students and their families to review our school policies. You can find them right here.
A few to note:
Students who arrive more than 10 minutes late will not be allowed to enter the class.
Students MUST be in uniform. Uniforms include our formal white taekwondo pants and jacket. Uniforms may also be our colored taekwondo pants and a Fort Bend TaeKwonDo, Taekwondo America, or another Taekwondo America school t-shirt. Students not in uniform will not be allowed to enter class.
Students under the age of 8 must have a parent or guardian on site.
ORDER YOUR HOGWARTS HOUSE TA T-SHIRT
I solemnly swear I am up to no good…
Actually, we ARE up to something REALLY good with a new Hogwarts-themed t-shirt design!
Shirts are available in 4 color combinations:
Gryffindor (shown – Scarlet shirt with golden yellow writing)
Slytherin (green shirt with silver writing)
Ravenclaw (navy shirt with bronze writing)
Hufflepuff (yellow shirt with black writing)
Cost – $15 + tax
Available in sizes Child Small through Adult 3XL.
Add $1.00 for 2XL and $1.50 for 3 XL sizes.
AVAILABLE AS A PRE-ORDER ONLY
DEADLINE TO ORDER IS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
COMPLETE OUR KINDNESS CHALLENGE FOR A CHANCE TO BE TREATED TO CREAMISTRY ICE CREAM BY MRS. CHAPMAN
Students will have have a shot at being one of 5 students treated to Creamistry Ice Cream by Mrs. Chapman during our special kindness/anti-bully week!
During the week of September 16, our “skill” for the week will focus on anti-bullying techniques and kindness. Students will be able to earn a special heart stripe on their belt during this week. (This stripe is NOT required for testing) Instruction will be given on how to handle both verbal and physical bullying each day in class.
Our focus in our anti-bully curriculum is to follow the Golden Rule – “treat others as if they are your friend – even when they don’t act like it”. It essentially means to show kindness to everyone. So, to that end, this week will also include a special kindness challenge.
The kindness challenge will run over a 3-day period – September 15, 16, and 17 and will have students focus on being kind to 3 specific groups of people:
September 15 – Siblings (parents for only children)
September 16 – classmates and teachers (TKD students for those who are homeschooled)
September 17 – People students don’t know well or at all
Students will be given a challenge sheet to fill in as they work their way through each day of the challenge. The sheets provide them with suggestions on what to do each day or they can come up with their own act of kindness.
Students will turn in the completed sheets on Wednesday, September 18, either in-class or via e-mail/text messaging.
Mrs. Chapman will randomly select FIVE students to take to Creamistry Ice Cream, on her, on Sunday, September 22!
Challenge sheets will be available Thursday, September 12. And, while siblings won’t be eligible for the ice cream reward, they can participate in the challenge, too!
We’re excited to see just how much kindness our students can spread throughout our community!
SAVE THE DATE – REGIONAL TOURNAMENT HERE IN KATY SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Mark your calendars, ask off for work, and tell the soccer team you won’t be available on Saturday, November 16 as we host the Texas Fall Regional Taekwondo America tournament – right here in Katy!
We get to host this tournament ONCE EVERY 2 YEARS – so when it comes around, you definitely need to attend!
Tournaments are open to ALL students, regardless of age or rank.
Details for the tournament will be out late September, but we want you to set your availability to “busy” that day now so you’ll be able to attend!
2019-2020 TESTING DATES
(Dates are subject to change)
February 10 – 12
April 13 – 15
June 8 – 10
August 3 – 5
December 7 – 8
September 19-20, TA Fall National Tournament, No Classes
October 31, Halloween, No Classes
November 16 – Regional Tournament
November 25-29, Thanksgiving Week, No Classes
December 24 – January 1, Christmas, New Year’s Week, No Classes