Self-respect is what lets you act in positive ways and stand up to harmful or hurtful actions.
Part of showing respect is respecting other people’s rights to be different. Look around at your classmates. Do we look, act and behave the same? Some of us come from different cultures. Some of us are able to do things other people can’t. It’s important to treat each other respectfully despite our differences, because we all have many things in common too.
Respect is treating others the way you want to be treated and being thoughtful of their feelings.
Shelton karate students from Valley Karate competed at the 4th Worldwide Tang Soo Do Family World Tournament and 20th Annual All Tang Soo Do National Championships in Las Vegas, NV July 31-Aug. 1, 2015. Over 420 competitors from 12 countries gathered to compete in forms, sparring and weapons divisions. Valley Karate sent a team of 28 children and adults to compete. In individual competition they collectively they won 7 Gold Medals, 9 Silver, 16 Bronze and 2 Grand Championships. As a school, they won Gold in the Dojang Demonstration. The school also entered 2 Forms Teams. Valley Karate Team Blue comprised of Joseph Niski, David Niski and Alyssa Barry won Gold for the second consecutive year. Brandon Acervida, Nicholas Couture, Siddharth Jain and David Sekelsky made up Valley Karate Team Red which won Bronze in their first ever Team Forms competition. Select Valley Karate students also competed as part of the US International Sparring Teams which won Silver & Bronze. School owner, Master James Bergers, commended every student for their participation and the hard work they put in to compete at an international venue.
Our instructors will be discussing the concept of commitment with the students in our Children’s and Lil Dragons classes this month. Commitment may be a big word for our youngest students but we will explain that it is about setting goals as well as making and keeping promises. Commitment requires action and is an important quality to develop. Students will have the opportunity to earn a Commitment patch at the end of the month if they attend a minimum of 8 days in the month and complete a brief form. Feel free to contact us with any questions and encourage your child to keep their promises and take action to complete their goals!
Valley Karate students competed at the 19th Annual All Tang Soo Do National Championships on July 25th & 26th. Twenty-five students ranging from white belts to black belts and child to adult represented Valley Karate in Shelton in forms, sparring and weapons competitions. Collectively, these students won 7 Gold Medals, 6 Silver, 7 Bronze, 2 Grand Champions, 2nd Place in Dojang Demonstration, 1st Place in Team Sparring and 1st Place in Team Forms.
The highlight of the competition is always the Team Forms division. Valley Karate was represented by 3 Shelton teens, Joseph Niski (16yr), Alyssa Barry (13yr) and David Niski (12yr). Their many hours and months of training culminated in a 1st Place win which they will defend next year when they compete at the National Tournament in Las Vegas, NV.
Student: Ryan Bergers
Rank: 4th Gup
Favorite Technique: Jump side kick
"I like training because I like doing karate with my family."
June Student of the Month - Shay Ostertag. Age: 8 yrs. Rank: Red Belt. Favorite Technique: Chil sung II Rho
Rank: Orange Belt with stripe, 7th Gup
Favorite Tecnhique: Chil-Sung Ee-Rho
" I like Tang Soo Do because it teaches you self discipline and respect."
The Student of the Month is the student who is awarded the Eight Key Concept Award by the judging panel at the most recent Gup Testing.
Our instructors will be sharing information and ideas here so visit often!