RMAI NEWS UPDATE
I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday. I know everyone probably appreciated the time off and well deserved rest.
Now with 2023 officially underway, I wanted to send out to everyone our first batch of calendar updates as well as
some important schedule changes, so please take note:
CLASS SCHEDULE CHANGES
Beginning Monday January 9th, there are some slight schedule changes. Beginner Brazilian Jiujitsu will take place on Fridays 5:00pm, and the
Black Belt Only class will be from 6:30pm to 8:00pm with the exception on days where we have our Gup Graduation. For the time being, the BJJ class
will only be on Fridays until more people sign up for the program and we are able to recruit another instructor.
BLACK BELT CHEVRON EVALUATION
Will be held during the Black Belt Only time slot (6:30pm) on January 13th.
GUP TESTING CHANGES
In an effort to maximize ours and everyone else's valuable time, we've decided for the year of 2023 to run ALL of our Gup Testing on
Saturdays instead of Mondays. In the past we've cancelled Monday classes for testing, and people don't always get the memo and show
up to their normal class time, only to be turned away. Being that Saturdays are light in regards to attendance, we are now going to hold
the pre-exam portion of testing now during class times on Saturdays. Classes will technically be cancelled on those days, and anyone
forgetting to check email and showing up to classes will have to participate in with the test (however will not be promoted early). :)
RMAI SCHOOL TOURNAMENT
The RMAI In-School Tournament is BACK!!! Come try your skills in competition for the chance to win some Medals or TROPHIES!!
Date is Saturday March 4th, This event is open to everyone 2nd Dan and Below. Price for early registration will be $35. We will ALSO be bringing back...
....the CHALLENGE CUP!!
Sign up link will be made soon..
KARATE UNITY & BUNHAE JOURNEY Joint Seminar
In April we plan on hosting Chris Hanson from Karate Unity in Toronto, Ontario for our first Joint Seminar on everything related to
Bunhae/Bunkai/Cross Training with Boxing and Grappling and more. The dates are tentatively April 14 through 16, so save the date!
We have a lot of things planned for this seminar, and we will open it to the public, so once the event goes live, sign up quickly!
SOME NOTES ON 2023...
Last Year marked our 10th year as a studio, and it was certainly an interesting one, with things finally beginning to return to normal.
Class sizes grew again, people got serious again with their training, We were fortunate enough to see the promotion of a number of
black belts as well as two more Master Instructors. There are a number of different projects planned for this year, that I'm excited for
everyone to take part in. I also have a few ideas I have not discussed with anyone as of yet... hopefully soon. If there's anything you can think
of , or request... a class on a specific topic, or training in an area we do not normally cover, please send me your suggestions. The world of
Martial Arts is vast and seemingly endless... although we do a lot of different things at RMAI, we barely scratch the surface of what is out
there. Personally I love hosting seminars, whether taught by myself, or special guest instructors... I can think of quite a few I'd be willing
to reach out to and invite them for a weekend... As long as you all are on board. Anyway... those are my thoughts, let's get training, and
SMASH our goals for 2023. Happy New Year!
CALENDAR OF EVENTS: JANUARY 2023
1/10 First Bellevue Martial Arts Class
1/13 Black Belt Chevron Evaluations 6:30pm
1/14 Buzzware Village (Arden, DE) Free Community Martial Arts event
1/17 MLC Karate Program Resumes (Week 1 of 8)
1/21 GUP TESTING (No Classes)
1/27 GUP Graduation 7:00pm
2/18 GUP TESTING (No Classes)
2/24 GUP Graduation 7:00pm
3/4 RMAI SCHOOL TOURNAMENT
3/10 Black Belt Qualifying Pre-Exam
3/11 Black Belt Run & Physical Conditioning
3/18 GUP TESTING (No Classes)
3/24 GUP Graduation 7:00pm
4/14 - 4/16 KARATE UNITY with Chris Hanson and BUNHAE JOURNEYS joint SEMINAR (tentative dates)
4/21 Black Belt Qualifying Pre-Exam
4/22 Black Belt Run & Physical Conditioning
4/22 GUP TESTING (No Classes)
4/28 GUP Graduation 7:00pm
5/13 GUP TESTING (No Classes)
5/19 Black Belt Qualifying Pre-Exam
5/20 GUP Graduation 12:30pm
5/26 -5/29 Memorial Day Weekend (STUDIO CLOSED)
That's all for now, have a great week everyone!