Quote of the Week
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
Welcome to our Newest Students!
We’ve had some new students join our wonderful, supportive community at Dojo Fairfield. Be sure to introduce yourself at your next class!
Dojo Fairfield’s Newest Students!
We look forward to working with you on the mat!
It’s been said that “it takes a village” in order to raise a child… and we’re here to support YOUR role as a parent by reinforcing those good behaviors you want to see.
“My son has been taking karate at Stryker Martial Arts for over two years, and the experience has had a positive influence on his self-confidence, self-control and physical well-being. His self-confidence has shown tremendous growth, as he frequently approaches challenging situations with self-assurance and composure. … Taking karate has had a beneficial effect on his physical well-being; it’s extremely challenging, provides great exercise, builds muscles, prepares him for other activities, and is always fun! Thanks for the continued pursuit of excellence in your kids program! – Michele
Spotlight On Our Students: Senja F.
We may have grown to know each other on the mat, but how well do you really know the members of our awesome martial arts community? We took the opportunity to sit down with one of our Bo-Black Belt students – Senja F. – in order to gain some insight into her life both on and off the mat.
Dojo Fairfield: Are you originally from the Fairfield area? If not, where did you grow up?
S.F.: I grew up in Boulder, Colorado. Don’t ask me why I left, I’m still trying to figure that out.
Dojo Fairfield: How long have you been training at our Dojo?
S.F.: I have been training for 3 years.
Dojo Fairfield: What have you experienced as a benefit of training in our Black Belt Club?
S.F.: I’ve experienced an epiphany with regard to what I’m capable of… a year ago I never would have believed that I could spar in the ‘tap tap’ class and come out smiling. I am constantly discovering new things about my abilities and limitations and enjoying the ride.
Dojo Fairfield: What does the term “Martial Arts” mean to you?
S.F.: Martial Arts (for me) is just than, an art form that constantly tests you, opens doors mentally and physically, and gives you the gift of awareness of who you are and how you interact with your environment… pretty awesome!
Dojo Fairfield: What does your life consist of off the mat?
S.F.: Mother, wife, student, repeat… I’m a mother of two amazing kids, wife to great guy, and psychotherapy student working on a masters degree in marriage and family therapy.
Dojo Fairfield: How has your martial arts training served you off the mat?
S.F.: I believe I am calmer than I’ve ever been, despite the fact that I probably have the most stress I’ve ever had in my life with everything I do for my family and my studies. I’ve also gained a level of confidence that definitely coexists with humbleness regarding my kickboxing.
Dojo Fairfield: What is your definition of a Black Belt Attitude?
S.F.: Open heart, open mind, and a willingness to embrace your strengths and not back down from your fears.
Dojo Fairfield: What is your favorite food?
S.F.: Probably sushi, although I haven’t yet embraced my black belt attitude about not backing down from my fear of eating raw squid.
Dojo Fairfield: You’re stranded all alone on a remote tropical island. What are three things that you would miss the most from your current life?
S.F.: My family, coffee, and shampoo
Dojo Fairfield: What is your “Go-To” move?
S.F.: Jab, jab, cross (if you’re in ‘tap tap’, please ignore that)
Dojo Fairfield: What do you see yourself doing in five years?
S.F.: I hope to open my own therapy office after I become a licensed LMFT. I have a Masters in Art History, and I’ve worked in museums and ran a period instrument orchestra, so this is completely new territory that I’m really excited about.
Dojo Fairfield: What song would you have as your theme song?
S.F.: Corelli’s Christmas Concerto — it lifts me up every time I hear it.
Dojo Fairfield: Do you have any secret talents?
S.F.: I play the viola, flute, and piano
Dojo Fairfield: Who do you admire the most, and why?
S.F.: My mother. She had a difficult childhood, raised me on her own while working on her college degree, and her work ethic and sense of morality are incredible.
Dojo Fairfield: If you had a time machine, where is the first place you would travel?
S.F.: London, late 16th century… I’d want to meet Shakespeare (and try to avoid getting the plague).
Dojo Fairfield: Where is the coolest place you’ve traveled to, and why was it so cool?
S.F.: Machu Picchu. It sits 8,000 ft high on the very tip of a mountain with a 270 degree view – the mountains are so steep you feel you can reach your hand out and touch those across the valley, not to mention the sense of mystery and abandonment of all the Incan architecture left behind.
Dojo Fairfield: What is your favorite movie?
S.F.: Diva – it’s a French new wave film from the late ’80’s, dated but I’ll always love it (I totally gave away my age).
THANK YOU Senja, for taking the time to share your answers with us! Stay tuned – YOU may be our next Spotlight Student!
Black Belt Pre-Test On November 23rd!
All Bo-Black students who intend to test for their Black Belt in December MUST REPORT to the school on Saturday November 23rd at 12:30pm for a Pre-Test.
This is a MANDATORY class for any Bo-Black student who intends to earn the rank of Black Belt at our December Test. The Bo-Black student will work for approximately one hour with our current Black Belts. He or she will then be evaluated by the Black Belts in order to determine whether or not they are ready to participate in the December test. All decisions regarding a student’s readiness are final, and are at the sole discretion of the current Black Belt students.
In the past, Master Dan – as chief instructor – has made the decision whether or not a student is ready to test for his/her Black Belt. We recognize that people may consider this to be a conflict of interest, since he is both the Chief Instructor as well as the business owner. In order to remove any conflict of interest in the decision-making process, we have instituted this Pre-Test, which will determine whether a given student is able to test in the next Black Belt Test.
All current Black Belt students who intend to test for a progress stripe in December are expected to participate in this Pre-Test as well.
We look forward to seeing all December Black Belt candidates on November 23rd at 12:30pm!
Reminder About Testing in October
Due to Halloween, testing for the month of October will take place one week earlier than normal. Our October test will take place on Thursday October 24th.
Testing for our karate students will take place at 6pm. Testing for our kickboxing students will now take place at 7pm, as opposed to 7:15pm. Please make note of this time-change – which will occur for all future tests.
Due to the early testing date, Bo-Black students are required to have 9 classes (as opposed to 12) in order to qualify to test for a progress stripe.
Good luck to everyone earning their new ranks!
We LOVE Student Referrals! Who Do YOU Want to See Training Beside You on the Mat?
Did you know that by sharing your martial arts experience with a friend or family member can actually benefit YOU? In fact, when you share your practice with someone you know, you not only have someone who can fully relate to your experience, but also someone who can help hold you accountable?
This quite often translates into BETTER RESULTS!
As a student, you’re also able to VIP a friend. Just pick up a card at your next class, or give us a call at (203) 319-9989.
So who are YOU inviting onto the mat?