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Black belt spectacular tickets for candidates


I finally got all the cogs working to get tickets on sale. Whatever number you reserved as vip seats have been reserved. Some of you may have a balance for any tickets over the included four per candidate.

Please take care of this with Kyleigh. She will have a receipt up front and can then email you the digital tickets or if you prefer, we can print them.

Your guests will need an individual ticket each to bring to the show.

Thanks for your patience.

Also, after the show, each candidate can take one poster!

Black Belt Candidates – Power Weekend June 2018


We are approaching Power Weekend.  Here are a few things I need to cover (see below for details).  I may be adding to this list, so please check back often to see if I’ve updated anything.

  • Interview/Photo Times
  • How many VIP tickets are needed?
  • spectacular demo handout june 2018Power Weekend Info
    • Interview Info
    • What to Wear
    • Practices & More are included in the handout

Interview/Photo Times

Based on your answers, these are the times I have scheduled for each student.  Please come looking nice, wear a plain black tee or tank for under your gi.  Please also come prepared having read the questions from the handout above and have thought of meaningful, short answers.  With 15 in this graduation, it will be a long show and we want to keep the audience’s attention.  We may not ask all the questions, but we’d like you to be prepared.  Thank you.

Friday, May 18 (obviously the times are pm)

  • 4:00 Zac
  • 4:10 Dalton
  • 4:20 Ethan K
  • 4:30 Marshall
  • 4:40 Olivia
  • 4:50 Nate
  • 5:00 Sejay
  • 5:10 Jake
  • 5:20 Walter
  • 5:30 Reid
  • 5:40 Madeleine

Monday, May 21 (obviously the times are pm)

  • 4:45 Riley

Friday, May 25 (obviously the times are pm)

  • 4:00 Benjamin
  • 5:00 Laura
  • 5:10 Kelsey


Please complete this form for each CANDIDATE.

For Tickets:  You get four VIP tickets included, and we can guarantee two seats in the front row for each candidate.

To be clear, you will need to pay for each additional ticket (or your guests will).  It costs a lot to put on a spectacular and the ticket sales help to cover costs.  If there are any proceeds, it covers students who are struggling to be able to pay their tuition during difficult times.

Ticket sales will go live after you have given me your estimated number. Ticket pricing will be the same as the last Spectacular. Preferred Seating $12, $10 General Admission with a discount for purchase prior to Wednesday before Spectacular. Details to come.

Black Belt Candidates Belt Order

It’s time to order those uniforms and belts!  This is for those students who will be promoting to Black Belt on June 1.

Don’t forget to bring your Black Belt Fee this weekend ($150), along with photos for the slideshow.  Also bring your essays and your music choice should be turned in unless you want us to pick one out for you!

Please complete this form.  I will be ordering uniforms and belts this week to get them in time for the Spectacular.  Important info can be found here.

Here are some examples of how your name could read on your belt:

  • Kyleigh Suzanne Boyer
  • Brandon P. Boyer
  • Glenn “Cougan” Swanson
  • Steve Barfield

Uniforms should be loose fitting, not snug.  This looks nice and allows for movement.  Many people have gone with a smaller size and end up needing a new one after a wash or two.  There is nothing more embarrassing than for someone to have a uniform that fits “just right for everyday wear” and have their pants rip during a class when they do a kick or a stretch.  For reference: Kyleigh wears a size 4 uniform, and she normally wears size 1-3 in pants and a small shirt, though she chooses a medium most of the time for comfort.  Brandon wears a size 6 uniform and a large shirt.  The waist size on his pants are 30-31 with a 34 length.  Please feel free to ask for a recommendation.  Even though it may seem big when trying it on right out of the wrapper, after a washing and maybe one drying, they look great in the show.


Summer Fun Points

Keep watching for details on Teams and more!

Dear Parents,

Beginning on Memorial Day, we will be awarding points to teams throughout the summer.  At the end of the summer, the team with the most points will get a special free dance/pizza party at the dojo that they can bring a friend to.  I don’t have the date yet.

We’ll be using this program in class to work on our behavior skills, reward students’ hard work, and give them incentive and reward for different events and activities and events throughout the summer.

In our class, we have behavior expectations that help ensure we are all learning. In our new program, students will earn points for meeting our class behavior expectations. Each week, we will post the rankings of each team!  Each team leader will be in charge of motivating their team!

Team Assignments will be random and will be coming in the next few weeks.

Here are the Team Names:

Team Sensei//Team Brandon//Team Crissi//Team Kyleigh

Here are some things you can earn points for, more difficult things earn higher points.

1 Point Activities 

  • Attending Class = 1 point
  • Participating in Summer Fun Weeks = 1 point
  • Helping Others (above and beyond)
  • Improvement (must be noticed by instructor)
  • Outstanding (awarded by instructor to one student who stood out that day)
  • Attitude
  • Following Instructions (usually awarded when much of the class is unfocused)
  • Above and Beyond Respect
  • Having All Your Equipment (usually awarded when much of the class is not prepared)
  • Awesome Point (awarded during class challenges or for exceptional behavior)

Multi Point Activities

  • 2 Points
    • SWAT Helper (if you are a SWAT member, you may be awarded this)
      • We will be announcing SWAT Leadership Training over the summer
  • 3 Points
    • Nail a New Trick (must be verified by a Hyper Captain)
    • Read a Book (must complete the form)
    • Rank Up (earn a new rank)
  • 5 Points
    • Attend a Summer Camp
    • Go to Black Belt Spectacular
  • 10 Points
    • Participate in the Spectacular
    • Attend Battle of Atlanta
    • Attend the US Open
  • 25 Points
    • Refer a friend who enrolls in either our regular or summer program (not summer camp)



Tournament Thoughts

After attending this tournament this weekend, Ms. Tammy and I created a video to remind us of all things we want people to be sure to know.  I have compiled it into this post so you don’t have to watch a video!  😀

Image result for slackDownload and Sign Up for the Slack App, which is a great way to communicate during the tournament.  I will have a separate post on how to use it, but this is the link.  #battleofatlanta #usopen2018

Tournament Protocol/Thoughts

  • Be respectful
  • The judges are human and are not to be questioned.  Any disrespect, including questioning of the judges, vulgarity in or around the ring or poor attitudes in any fashion will not be tolerated.  Remember you are representing the school.  The judges are Volunteers who have devoted their lives to the martial arts.  Getting people to judge a tournament is a tough gig for the promotors.  Help them feel that their sacrifice of time is appreciated by respecting them.
  • Feel free to ask one of the parents who have gone to a large tournament before questions about tournaments
    • Meredith’s Mom:  Nicole Hunsader
    • Dalton’s Mom:  Tammy Midden
    • William and Benjamin’s Mom:  Lori Conner
    • Mitchell and Edward’s Mom or Dad:  Walter or Beth Puckett
  • or Digitego are the websites that are most often used for tournament registrations.  In (Battle of Atlanta), make sure you allow me to connect to your registration.  I will try to send you a request if I see that you’re registered and have not allowed me access to your registration.  For Digitego (US Open), I don’t know how to share information.
    • PLEASE FORWARD ME ALL CORRESPONDENCE AND FULL DETAILS OF YOUR REGISTRATIONS FOR ALL EVENTS.  (I don’t need your hotel reservations or Disney Ticket receipts.)
  • These are incredible events, and while we went to a regional tournament this weekend that had 12 rings, the Battle of Atlanta is a National Tournament will have 24-30 and the US Open is an International Tournament and will likely have 40-50 rings.  
  • A ring is a 6×6 or 5×5 matted area for the competitors to perform.  There will be a minimum of three judges and a scorekeeper.  Ring numbers should be visible at each ring.  There will be three judges chairs and a table with a television and computer for the scorekeepers.  Ring assignments may be available prior to the event.
  • When it is time for your division, you will be asked to check in with the scorekeepers.  Listen for your division, listen for your name to be called, check your email or text messages often for any notifications of ring assignments or changes.  After you have checked in, there will be a shuffle for order of performance.  They will then bow in the competitors.  You will wait quietly on the sideline for your turn.  Quietly imagine doing your form, running it through your head.  Cheer for other competitors, bow in and out of the ring, be powerful.  All competitors will perform, then there will be a few moments for the judges to arrange their scores and scores will be awarded.  Before the awarding, they will likely line all the competitors up in order of performance.  When it is your time to be scored, step forward in a neutral stance until the final score is read aloud by the scorekeeper, then bow and step back in line.  Awards will then be given.  If your name is called, step forward and the judges will let you know what to do from there.  If your name is not called, keep that positive attitude.  Remember, there is only one winner in each division.  That does not make you a loser.  It just means that you get to improve.  Be sure to shake the judges’ hands after they have given scores and handed out awards.  (There should be a line of competitors that shake the judges’ hands, but there may not be, so be sure you go ahead and do that even if they don’t remind everyone to.)  Be gracious and congratulatory even if you don’t win a trophy.  Good attitudes make a huge different.  Be proud that you made an effort to come an INTERNATIONAL tournament!  You are being scored against competitors from across the globe, so be proud of yourself!
  • Should you get a first place, you may be asked to stay for the Grand Champion runoffs for your age group.  Listen to the announcements or consult the ring assignment board.  You should also get a notification or email if Uventex (Battle of Atlanta) is used with your ring assignment and tentative division time.  Many times we judges are so focused on making it a positive experience for all the competitors, we may forget to tell our first place competitors about the runoffs.  Sorry.
  • If at all possible, please do not ask the scorekeepers or judges questions.  
  • Be patient and listen to announcements over the loudspeakers. 
  • Sometimes your ring number will change, this is an effort to expedite your experience at the tournament.  Do your best to not be frustrated.
  • Bring lots of patience.  There may be internet issues, students may be in another ring competing or there may not be enough VOLUNTEER/QUALIFIED judges or scorekeepers available.  You may think the old pen and paper way is better, but I can guarantee that going back to the old method is much more difficult.  Once things are running smoothly, things will zip along.  Judges and scorekeepers are there on a volunteer basis because they love the sport and they are trying to make it a positive experience for all the competitors.  Be respectful and show compassion.
  • Ms. Crissi will likely be judging or assisting in different areas in addition to competing.  She will probably not be able to answer your questions.  Please seek out one of the parents who have attended other tournaments.
  • There may or may not be participation awards.  As we are explained to in our judging certification, imagine you and three friends go for the same job, each one of you is interviewed.  There is only one job…and three are still looking for a job.  (One winner, three losers…it’s life.)
  • Watch others and encourage others.  Cheer for people when you see something you like.  It’s always a rewarding experience to celebrate others.  Don’t just focus on how well you did or did not do.  Be proud of yourself for getting out there and participating!
  • Watch the pros!  Make sure you get to see all the amazing talent that is out there.
  • Be aware.  Be aware of what’s going on.  DO NOT WALK THROUGH A RING IF THERE IS COMPETITION GOING ON!    Try to walk in the carpeted areas and stay out of the way of the judges, competitors and scorekeepers.
  • Do not be annoying. It is super cool to get pictures with pros and friends.  Be sure to give them their space.  Be gracious and thankful.  Be respectful of their time.  When they are about to compete or have just competed is not the time to ask for a photo or autograph.  If they have headphones in, DO NOT BOTHER THEM.  They are trying to get in the zone.  There will be many opportunities to interact with them throughout the weekend.  When in doubt, get with Kyleigh or Brandon about whether to ask for a photo or introduction.
  • Contain your belongings.  We bring a cart with all our stuff, which includes bandaids, pain relievers, etc.  So if you have a minor injury, or your uniform gets wrinkled or you need a hair tie, feel free to check Ms. Crissi’s tournament bag.  Please return anything you may have taken from the tournament bag when you are done.  You may want to have something similar for your family.  We will not be taking care of anyone else’s stuff in our cart.  It’s not that big!  This is a family friendly event and while I probably wouldn’t leave my wallet in my cart, we have never had any issues with theft. (Knock on wood.)
  • Check back often for updates.  I will add things as I think of them.


Things to Be Aware Of:

  • When you register, send your receipts to Ms. Crissi by email.
  • Ms. Crissi will go to the tournament office and collect registrations for everyone.  At the US Open, she will also handle any pre-ordered tee shirts.  You can pick these up from her at a time and location designated closer to the tournament.  At the US Open, it will be during the Paul Mitchell Experience.
  • Try to be involved in the events that go on at the tournaments.  At the Battle of Atlanta, there is a Competitive Edge Seminar on Thursday.  At the US Open, there is a Paul Mitchell Seminar.
  • Attend the Night Show!  In Atlanta, seats are not reserved, however at the US Open, I am working to see where the best place for all of us to be is.  There are cheap $5 tickets you can get with your admission to the US Open, yet there are discounted seats closer as well.  I am waiting to figure it out.
  • Bring Snacks.  There will be times when you are waiting for your division that you get hungry.  Bring fruit, granola bars, water, juices in a bag for you to snack on.  There will probably be some sort of tournament food, but it is likely not “power food” and will often be overpriced.  We usually bring breakfast food to our hotel room and have a pretty good breakfast of fruits, eggs and whole grains to fuel us for competition.  We also drink lots of water heading up to the event.
  • Get your hotel rooms early.  Several times the hotels sell out.  US Open has rooms available, Battle of Atlanta does not have any available rooms, however there are several hotels in the area that are relatively close.
  • Pre-Order Shirts if possible.  Check back often to see if they are available.  I will also do my best to announce it.
  • Don’t be in a rush to get anywhere.  Plan your time wisely.  Relax and be prepared.
  • Go through your provided packing list.  This will help you not forget important things, like weapons, your belt, your uniform!
  • We will have a packet of information that will have lots of fun stuff for your road trip!  Enjoy the road trip!
  • Attend our Tournament Prep Classes!  Pay attention to the announcements so you know when to attend and what to say to introduce yourself to the judges.
  • us open 2018 schedule of events with tips

Teacher Graduation Form

Teacher Graduation Form

Need additional Graduation Information?  Find it here.

INSERT STUDENT’S NAME HERE is eligible for promotion to INSERT BELT COLOR HERE at SCS Martial Arts and Fitness.
In an effort to make sure the students are demonstrating good character in and out of the dojo, they ask that you complete this short questionnaire.  This email gives you permission to complete it on behalf of INSERT STUDENT’S NAME HERE
We would be honored if you would like to watch the performance! INSERT STUDENT’S NAME HERE‘s Graduation is scheduled for Thursday, May 17  at INSERT TIME HERE!
It is located at SCS Martial Arts and Fitness, 7980 American Way, Daphne, Alabama.  
The Graduation should last about 30 minutes.  Thank you for taking the time to complete this. We are really proud of INSERT STUDENT’S NAME HERE.
Very truly yours,

Upcoming Events at SCS!

Including Summer Fun Weeks!

Including Summer Fun Weeks!

Friday, May 4: No Candidate Class!

  • 4:00 Beginners
  • 4:45 Junior Intermediate/Advanced
  • 5:30 Hyper 1 and Spectacular Prep (not mandatory, if you can be here, great)
  • 6:15 Hyper 2 and Spectacular Prep (not mandatory, if you can be here, great)

Saturday, May 5:  Final Exam for Candidates (See details and more here.)

Monday, May 7 – Wednesday, May 16:  Exam Weeks (See here for details!  We are changing the way we do Exams!)

Friday, May 11:    No Hyper Classes!

  • 4:00 Beginners
  • 4:45 Junior Intermediate/Advanced
  • 5:00 Competitive Edge Meet & Greet
  • 5:30 1st Private Lessons Begin
  • 6:45 2nd Private Lessons Begin
  • 7:00 Candidate Class (Outside, Bring Running Shoes)

Saturday, May 12:  Competitive Edge Seminar (See here for details.)

Tuesday, May 15:  Adjusted Classes because of Mr. Zac’s High School Graduation

  • 3:45 Li’l Champions
  • 4:15 All Juniors
  • No Classes after 5:00 pm

Thursday, May 17:  Graduation Night//No Regular Classes//Sensei’s Birthday!

Please complete this if you’d like to be in the Demo Performance for the May Graduation.

  • Lil Champs 6:00
  • Juniors All Levels 6:45
  • Adults All Levels (not a regular class) 7:45

Friday, May 18:  Power Weekend Part 1//6:00 pm (watch for details)

Saturday, May 19:  Power Weekend Part 2//9:00 am (watch for details)

Friday, May 25:  Regular Classes//No Hyper or Tournament//Spectacular Prep 5:30 – 8:00

Saturday, May 26:  Make Up Classes for Graduation Week (watch for details)

Monday, May 28:  Memorial Day – WE WILL BE OPEN BECAUSE OF ALL THE EVENTS GOING ON IN THE SUMMER!  This is a great day to get in a make up class.

Monday, May 28-Thursday, May 31:  Beach Fun Buddy Week 

Bring a friend and wear some Beach Shorts and tees.  We will have some Beach Themed Fun in Class!  Friend must bring a permission form completed by a parent. scs liability waiver

Friday, June 1: Black Belt Spectacular 6:30 pm (watch for details)

Saturday, June 2:  Hyper in the Park//SCS Family Picnic (watch for details)

June 4-8:  Crazy Hair Week

How crazy can you make your hair – add color – be creative – Please, NO GLITTER!

June 4-7:  Hyper Tricking Camp (details here)

Saturday, June 9:  Make-up Classes (watch for details)

June 11-13:  Dodgeball Week

We will play Dodgeball at the end of the week.

Thursday through Saturday, June 14-16:  Dojo Closed//Battle of Atlanta (details here)

June 18-22:  Superhero Week

Dress like your favorite superhero and we’ll have fun with superhero themed games!

June 25-29:  Patriotic Week

Wear your Red, White and Blue in the most creative way you can think of!

Saturday, June 30:  Make-up Classes (watch for details)

July 2- 6: Dojo Closed//US Open (details here)

July 10-13:  Water Week

Bring your own water gun and the last five minutes of class we will have a water brawl outside!  Don’t forget your towel!  You cannot come back in after you’re all wet!  Weather permitting!

Saturday, July 14:  Make-up Classes (watch for details)

Monday, July 16 – Wednesday, July 25:  Exam Weeks (Watch for details!  We are changing the way we do Exams!)

July 16-18:  Hyper Forms Camp (details here)

July 16-18:  Sports Week

Sports themed fun during classes.  Wear your favorite sports team shirt with gi pants and belt during class!

Thursday & Friday, July 19-20:  Dojo Closed//Hyper Certification

July 23-28:  Flashback Week

Raid your parents’ closets for their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s duds!

Thursday, July 26:  Graduation Night//NO REGULAR CLASSES (watch for details)

Saturday, July 28:  Black Belt Candidate Boot Camp (watch for details)

July 30-August 2:  Hyper Weapons Camp (details here)

July 30-August 3:  Beach Fun Buddy Week 2

Bring a friend and wear some Beach Shorts and tees.  We will have some Beach Themed Fun in Class!  Friend must bring a permission form completed by a parent. scs liability waiver

August 6-10:  Popsicle Week

Get a popsicle after class this week

Friday, August 10:  Candidate Classes Start

Saturday, August 11:  Annual Nerf Wars (watch for details)

Wednesday, August 15:  1st Day of School

Friday, August 17:  Candidate Class

Saturday, August 25:  PreCheck 1

Friday, August 31:  Candidate Class

Monday, September 3:  Closed for Labor Day

Friday, September 7:  Candidate Class

September 10-19:  Exam Weeks (watch for details)

September 20:  Graduation Night (watch for details)

Saturday, September 15:  PreCheck 2

September 21:  Candidate Class

Friday, September 28:  Candidate Class

Friday, October 5:  Candidate Class

Saturday, October 13:  Final Exam

Friday & Saturday, October 19-20:  Music City SMACdown (click here for details)

Friday, October 26- Saturday, October 27:  Power Weekend (watch for details)

Friday, November 2:  Spectacular Prep/NO REGULAR CLASSES (watch for details)

Saturday, November 3:  Black Belt Spectacular (watch for details)

Tuesday, November 6- Wednesday, November 7:  Jacob Wolfman of Martial Studios will be here for photographs (see info here)

November 5-14:  Exam Weeks (watch for details)

Thursday, November 15:  Graduation Night (watch for details)

Thursday & Friday, November 22-23:  Closed for Thanksgiving

Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24:  Annual Holiday Sale (watch for details)

Saturday, December 1:  Ugly Sweater and Christmas Cookie Party (watch for details)

Saturday, December 8:  Black Belt Candidate Boot Camp (watch for details)

December 24-January 1:  Dojo Closed for Holidays

Friday, January 4:  Candidate Classes Begin