CMAC – Back in the Dojo Letter #6: Our Mayor’s Proclamation

Dear Chandler Martial Artists,

This afternoon, Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke issued a proclamation encouraging the use of masks and strict social distancing with the hope of maintaining consumer confidence across the city.  

We have reviewed this statement with our senior staff as well as our great legal expert who is devoted to our dojo community and are pleased to announce that we are in compliance with our city’s guidelines!  

We would really love to see you arrive and leave wearing a mask though.. to show civic respect and solidarity with our greater Chandler community.   We always want to be respectful and responsible when possible, especially in a time of such insecurity.  Please consider arriving in a mask.  We would greatly appreciate the humble gesture towards our civic authorities. Thank you.

We are proud to be working so hard to maintain the safest way to work out possible.  We will continue to review and explore options to safely train and clean our facility, for YOU are the most precious aspect of our community and we are devoted to your well-being!  We are honored to have you as a part of the CMAC family.

Respectfully, 

Atisa Vargas & Kelley Hutta

Chandler Martial Arts Center

CMAC – Back in the Dojo Letter #5: Photo Shoots & Belt Ceremonies!

Dear Chandler Martial Artists,

We are cruising through summer!! Classes are opened and filling up each week!  I really encourage you to come check it out!  We are safely distanced and enjoying all the benefits of working out together: endorphins, camaraderie, and accountability!  

Things on the horizon to be looking for: 

  1. We are looking at starting an early Saturday Morning Female-Only Workout Class.. no gi.. just fun, fitness, and maybe some self defense! Anyone interested in this class – no karate skills needed to come workout out!  This is a private space to sweat where no-one will see- let us know if you would be interested in getting in shape with us on Saturday mornings! 
  2. CMAC Photo Shoot!  We need some pictures of just us for us!   We would like to have some karate models for a fun photo shoot.  We need Chandler to represent Chandler! If you can join us this Saturday from 9-10AM to help with some creative pictures, we would be SOO grateful!
  3. Kumite Class is coming back!!! Drills only.. no contact!  Look for this class to be re-introduced this week on Tuesday night!  Sign-Up on Band!
  4. BELT CEREMONY!! For March’s Ceremony as well as June’s!  If you have not yet received your rank.. please sign-up to attend June 22nd Belt Ceremony at 5PM! Let us know you are coming by reserving your spot!  All are welcomed:)

So many things happening.. Chandler is the place to be for fun, sweat, and skills.  Thank you for making our dojo one of the most vibrant places to train this summer.  We are proud to kicking it with you! 

Respectfully, 

Atisa Vargas & Kelley Hutta

Chandler Martial Arts Center

CMAC – Back in the Dojo Letter #4: Belt Test Week!

Dear Chandler Martial Artists,

It is Belt Test week!  We are so excited to be hosting our first test since quarantine!  We really wanted to honor those dedicated students that diligently trained over the last 75 days.  Their steadfastness, discipline, and commitment epitomizes the true spirit of the warrior.  They trained in less than ideal circumstances, making the best of what tools and space they had.  It is so impressive to see these karate-ka get to test.   I am sure we all wish them the best.  I certainly do.

There have been so many changes to our dojo in the last few months, especially in how we are sterilizing the dojo.  We have enthusiastically adjusted how we keep our facility clean in order to ensure the safety of our students, parents, and teachers:  

        1. We are cleaning our mats after each and every class with a bleach solution based on the guidelines of the CDC.  
        2. We are also cleaning off all the hard surfaces of the dojo every evening at the close of training. 
        3. In addition to all this, Sensei Atisa and I have divided the cleaning duties of the bathroom to ensure it is as clean as possible for any patron to use.  
        4. Our Brown Belts, Bushido/Lead Club members, and Competition Team members are also doing all they can to keep our floors and mirrors and windows fresh and clean. 

In short, your dojo is rising up to make sure our facility is as safe as we can make it!  Come check it out!

Also, just a reminder!  Belt Stripe Zoom Call will continue to be held on Saturday mornings at 10:30!  Please feel free to join in and continue to progress in your learning! Information on Band.

Saturday Classes are so fun! Come join in!  Each student is separated by 6 feet in all directions and given 9 square feet of space to work out in! We totally bust it— doing our famous Karate / Tabata Class followed by a killer marathon of kata! Students are welcomed to stay after and check out our new Flexibility, Strength & Conditioning Class which we have implemented in place of Comp-Team until our tournaments resume!  It is an excellent way to burn off the Quarantine Kilo :). No gi necessary and music is included.   

Speaking of new classes requiring no gi, check out:  Self Protection on Tuesday nights now at 7:00 PM!

Respectfully, 

Atisa Vargas & Kelley Hutta

Chandler Martial Arts Center 

CMAC – Back in the Dojo Letter #3: Curfew and Pretesting!

Dear Chandler Martial Artists!

Welcome to June!  We made it!!!!  We survived the craziest spring ever and are officially into the summer months!  Life is so good and we are really enjoying working out and refining our skills!  

First some points of business about CURFEW:

We are now under a weekly curfew enacted by Governor Ducey.  In order to honor this curfew and ensuring the safety of all of our dedicated students, we will be offering the Monday night Advanced Class two hours earlier, to be before the teen/adult class, from 5:00-6:00PM followed by the normal 6:00-7:00 Teen/Adult Class.  We will be cancelling Wednesday’s Advanced Class- to be resumed next week.  Thank you for your understanding!

Monday, June 1, 2020

5:00 – 6:00 Advanced Class

6:00 – 7:00 PM Teen/Adult Class

 

Now, time for some CMAC summer goals:

Goal #1

This is belt pretest-week.  Please speak to Sensei Atisa about getting pre-tested…take that first step to focusing on moving forward. The first step to TESTING! Finally…are you ready? Let’s go!

Goal #2

Let’s get fit!! After so many weeks stuck in doors.. lets get in shape!  We are opening competition team training to anyone who would like to take a strength and conditioning class on Saturdays.  This class is open to anyone who would like to get in shape no matter their level of conditioning.  No gi necessary!  No karate skill necessary!  Please speak to Sensei Atisa again about this class.  Let’s get fit together!

Goal #3

Moving into Phase 2 of our soft opening!  This Saturday, June 6, 2020, we will be opening up more spaces for people to train.  We will be giving each person in the dojo 9 square feet to workout in.. fully ensuring social distancing while allowing for more than 7 participants.  We are so excited to see that our community is ready for the next step!  Way to go, Warriors!

Respectfully, 

Atisa Vargas & Kelley Hutta

Chandler Martial Arts Center

CMAC – Back in the Dojo Letter #2

Dear Chandler Martial Artists! 

What an amazing week we just had!  Life is slowly emerging out of the stillness of sheltering — blooming in our hot desert sun.  Our streets have movement again and the gentle bustle of life has started to crescendo.  It is soothing and comforting to see the normalcy of it all.  I hope your hearts and spirits delight in these simple little signs of hope.  

Like our city, we have slowly and cautiously begun to re-engaged in our old routines as well.  We had such a great time seeing everyone who chose to train in the dojo this week… it was wonderful.  It was such a pleasure to see all of your beautiful smiling faces!  We were able to train hard while maintaining good social distancing.  We protected ourselves and one another.  We were able to be safe and strong.  And it was so FUN!  It is my hope that more and more of us will be able to reserve a space to practice karate on our tatami’s and again feel the joy of your favorite way to workout!  The mats are here and disinfected when you are ready:)  All you have to do is log into Band at 8PM the night before you wish to train to reserve your spot.  Simply click on the post containing the schedule.  Instantly, the signup sheets for each class will unfold.  Choose the class in which you want to train and click the corresponding dot.  Band will populate your name in that spot reserving your 6 feet by 20 feet of tatami mats! It is that easy!  

You know, it occurred to me that we went from one core dojo in Chandler to around a hundred home dojos all over the valley!!  How fun is that?  If you are still training from home, please feel free to include anyone in your circle of family or friends who may want to try karate from the safety of your space.  As long as you are comfortable and safe.. you can start to take small social steps by bringing others into your training space!  Please use the totality of the tools before you in the Band App.  It is there for your edification and education!  It is a wealth of information and options to be a blessing you, your family and your friends.  Please do not hesitate to use it and share it.

Three Quick Point of Business: 

  1. There seems to be some confusion about Belt Stripes.  We decided to restart the Saturday morning Belt Stripe Zoom Calls for those who are still training but are unable to return to in-person classes.  This class will have to be pushed back 30 minutes in order to not interfere with the 10:00 Little Dragons Class.  So look forward to the newly reinstated Belt Stripe Zoom Call on Saturday mornings at 10:30 AM! 
  2. We have decided to continue with our quarterly Belt Testing to honor all those dedicated martial artists who trained so hard in such a difficult setting.  You were amazing!  I am so impressed with our dojo!  However, we will be moving it back another week to June 8th with the Belt Ceremony on June 22nd.  Which means next week will be the official pre-testing week!  If you are interested in pre-testing, please speak to your class-sensei at the start of training or message Sensei Atisa or myself.
  3. All Inner-Dojo Shiais, Summer Shiai, and other such tournaments have been cancelled until further notice.  I keep forgetting to remove them from our Band calendar.  So in the interest of clear communication, I wanted to officially state that all tournaments are on hold for the time being. Thank you!

In closing, please allow this one bit of encouragement:  Be warriors against the spreading darkness of fear. This is another way to train, an important way to train; the training of the mind and the spirit!  Be wise for sure.  Be strong in your wisdom – of course, do not be pressured into things that are unwise.  But definitely keep your eyes on the Light.  I heard an amazing Veteran speak this weekend for Memorial Day.  He faced unimaginable pain from wartime injuries and despite all odds, he survived a truly horrific explosion.  After years of excruciating healing, his words of wisdom was this: “do not look into the darkness.. it will look back and when it does, that is when you will loose your Hope.  Keep your eyes on the Light.”  I think his words are wise and can be very applicable to us as we all begin to decide how to proceed.  Keep your eyes UP!  And above all.. do not let anyone or anything rob you of your Hope.  Guard it as the warriors you are.  

Respectfully, 

Atisa Vargas and Kelley Hutta

Chandler Martial Arts Center

CMAC – We Are Back in the Dojo!

Dear Chandler Martial Artists, 

WE ARE BACK!!!  This week is the week we start to ease back into life as it once was.. with some adjustments, right?  We are opening the dojo this Monday, May 18, 2020 for the 6:00 PM Teen/Adult Class and the 7:00 PM Advanced Class.  I cannot tell you how excited we all are to be back!  I cant wait to see all your beautiful faces!

MASKS:  Originally we were thinking masks were a must.. but after further research, we have decided to relax this mandate.  If you would like to wear a mask, please feel free to do so, but it is no longer a requirement.  Also, if you choose to train in a mask, please be warned that you may be breathing in a higher level of carbon monoxide and may very well overheat.  If you do come to the dojo in a mask, please consider taking necessary precautions to be well hydrated and aware of your core temperature as you train.  Always train wisely.

SOCIAL DISTANCE:  We will have everyone spaced out this week in a single line, six feet a part.  Later, in Phase Two of our soft opening, we will be staggering the line and incorporating more students.  But for now, we are limiting class sized to 7-9 martial artists per hour.  Again, classes will be ending 10-15 min early to clean the mats between classes.  Please look for Sign-up Sheets for each class on Band.. they will be posted every prior evening at 8 PM.

PHASE 1 SCHEDULE:

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY SATURDAY
6:00 Teen Adult Class 4:30 Little Dragons 4:30 Bushido/LEAD 4:30 Little Dragons 10:00 Little Dragons
7:00 Advanced Class 5:00 Intermediate Juniors 5:30 Little Dragons 5:00 Intermediate Juniors 10:30 Family Class

Saturday Only Students

6:00 Junior/Teen/Adult Beginners 6:00 Teen/Adult Class 6:00 Junior/Teen/Adult Beginners 11:30 Strength & Conditioning Class/Competition Team
6:30 Self Protection (street clothes 7:00 Advanced Class 6:30 Bushi Bunkai Jitsu

PROTOCOLS:  Below are the CMAC protocols that we will be adhering to as a community.  It is important for all of us to do our part to create a safe environment in which we can train.  Failure to comply with these protocols will result in removal from in-person-classes in the dojo.  You may continue to train on Band, however.  We must protect the entire community as well as the facility.  Please read and bring a signed copy to your first class back.  By returning to the dojo to train, you automatically agree to these rules:

  • All martial artists and instructors will be required to self monitor for symptoms before coming into the dojo.  If you are sick, please train from home. Please self-quarantine/train from home if you have experienced any of the following in the last two weeks:
    • Fever or fever with cough
    • Cold/flu symptoms: chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat
    • Shortness of breath
    • Loss of smell or taste
    • Positive COVID-19 test
    • Close contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19
  • Please use your restroom at home before coming into the dojo to train.
  • We highly recommend dropping off and picking up your martial artist promptly -thereby limiting the amount of people in the dojo at any one time.  However, if it is absolutely necessary to remain with your student while they train (if they are under 8 years old), please maintain good social distancing in the lobby as well.  
  • Please use the hand sanitizer located near the dojo entrance as you arrive and before you leave CMAC
  • Please come dressed for class in your gi.. discretely holding your obi (belt) helping to limit the amount of people in the dressing and rest rooms at this time. 
  • It is the responsibility of the martial artist to maintain good social distance of 6 feet in all classes.  There will be no partner drills, kumite, kihons, nor jujitsu practiced during Phase 1.
  • There will be cones on the mats designating each social distanced training area in Phase 1.
  • It is encouraged to bring your own focus mitts and training gear from home from now on.. it will be highly discouraged to use any dojo equipment at this time.
  • All mats will be disinfected between classes.
  • All surfaces will be disinfected every evening.

RELEASE FORM:  Thank you so much your understanding and help at this time.  We are eager to resume training as safely as possible.  We will be doing everything we can to make this as safe an environment, but as is true with all air-born illnesses, we cannot guarantee there will be no transmission.  Reengaging in the world and in our normal activities brings an inherent risk, but we will be doing all we reasonable can as a community to reduce that risk and take care of one another.  We ask that you do your part as well; self monitor, take wise precautions, and help to disinfect the areas that you used (mat clean up after each class). Should you be at any time exposed or your symptoms change, please notify CMAC and immediately self-quarantine.  

By signing this agreement, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that my child and I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending CMAC “in-person” classes and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury,  illness, permanent disability, and death despite the preventative measures that CMAC has taken to keep the students, staff, and parents safe.  On my behalf, and on behalf of my child, I hereby release, covenant not to sue CMAC, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto.  I understand and agree that this release includes any Claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of CMAC and its employees whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any karate class, test, program, or tournament.

Thank you.

Respectfully,                                     __________________________  ________________________  ______

Atisa Vargas & Kelley Hutta          Child(ren)’s Name & Parent/Guardian Name & Date

Chandler Martial Arts Center 

CMAC – LAST Quarantine Extension Letter! #9

Dear Chandler Martial Artist, 

This is our ninth extension letter.  Can you believe it?  I am shocked.  I never thought this quarantine would last this long.  And yet, our civic struggle is far from over.  This virus is not defeated.  But we are stronger: we have not been  reactive—we have been proactive and wise every step through this confusion.  We have stayed centered on our bushido training: calm in confusion.  We voluntarily closed our doors before the state mandate because it was the right thing to do.  We transferred our whole school to a virtual platform and then we all fought hard as a community to keep everything running as smoothly and as “normally” as we could.  We continued engaging socially as well as technically to keep our mental and physical health strong.  We have lifted one another and we have banded together – growing ever stronger during this time.

We also spent evenings bleaching our whole dojo so that every surface would be clean weeks before we were to even think of returning… and we plan to re-bleach every surface again before opening our doors in an effort to be proactive and disciplined.  This is motivated out of love for you, the school.  Our thanks to Amanda, Aiden, and Mandy and their whole family who stepped up and helped clean last time.  They witnessed our efforts and stepped up and engaged out of a sense of duty and honor and they were never properly thanked for that sacrifice.  Many of their family members that helped were not even members of our school!  But they felt sense of belonging to the community anyway.  Their leadership was such an encouragement to all of us.  Thank you.

God willing, this is our last official week of quarantine.  The ban on gyms should lift this Friday, May 15th.  We must now decided how to proceed forward in our training.  It seems wise to be slow and cautious as we open our doors.  Classes will continue be held virtually on Saturday, May 16th.  But we will be filming from the the dojo for the first time in a few months!  So that will be exciting.  To be clear, we will not be hosting students on Saturday.. but filming from the dojo for our virtual Saturday Live Stream.

We plan to soft open on Monday, May 18th.  We will do a virtual belt stripe class that afternoon on zoom as usual.  But then we will be doing a slow open for the Teen/Adult class at 6PM.  The dojo is a little more than 54 feet long.. which means we can have one row of 7 people there each six feet apart.  We will post a sign up for the first 7 people that would like to train on the mats that day.. the dojo will be closed to anyone else.  We will live stream the class on Band for everyone who can not participate in person to view and train accordingly.  The same will apply for the following Advanced Class at 7PM.  We will be ending class 15 minutes early to bleach the surfaces and allow for safe transitions between classes.  All dojo participates will be required to wear a two layer face mask for this first week.  So please plan accordingly… take time to determine how you will make/buy your mask. 

After classes on Monday, Sensei Atisa and I will write another letter on Band outlining how the evening went.. and what we can look forward to for Tuesday and the rest of the week.  Let’s just try to engage slowly and wisely this first day.  Thank you everyone for your patience and your commitment.  Your dedication and encouragement has been truly inspiring these last 56 days.  And our dojo family will  get through this together for sure.  Please reach out VIA chat with any concerns and struggles you may be having.  We will take care of each other the best we can.

Respectfully,

Atisa Vargas & Kelley Hutta

Chandler Martial Arts Center

CMAC – Quarantine Extension Letter #8 Is the End in Sight?

Dear Chandler Martial Artists,

We are beginning the eighth week of quarantine and I am so impressed with how well everyone is doing!  We had a dojo game night this weekend to replace our Second Inner-Dojo Tournament which had to be postponed due to the national health concerns and I was so completely shocked at the amount of participation!  This dojo is alive and well and I am once again totally humbled to be a part of such a dynamic and amazing group of people!

However, as we hinted in last week’s letter, the end is in sight!  It is so exciting!  The official ban on small businesses and gyms expires by the end of next week.. which means unless the governor changes any of his executive order, we could be back in the dojo in some small way by the third week of May!

We are researching the safest way to reengage and will be unrolling the plan as that date nears.  But I for one cannot wait to see everyone’s happy, healthy, and smiling faces as soon as I possibly can!  I miss everyone for sure.  And there are so many fun training ideas that require our training facility to learn… Seriously.I.Can.Not.Wait.  We are almost there!

But until then, please continue to enjoy Band Live Stream Classes!  And continue to look for ZOOM small group classes for clubs and teams.

Remember, we will have a Quarantine Spirit Winner when this is all over.  To qualify, all you have to do is complete each of the dojo games before we return to the dojo.  It does not have to be done on time, just completed at some point.  Obviously, some games cannot be completely at this point, like Dojo Game night, but almost everything else can be completed independently.  So give it a try.. I cannot wait to announce our Quarantine Spirit Winner at our next belt ceremony! 

Keep training hard.  Look for ways to speak love, encouragement, and strength of spirit into the lives around you.. especially inside your homes.  And remember, to speak this wisdom means you must model it as well.  Inspire by demonstrating.  Patience can run thin when you spend eight weeks living on top of one another.. this is the best place to exercise your Mind of Patience.  Patience is concentrated strength.  Show your strength by remaining calm in the face of stress. Patience is easier to practice when its folded in a blanket of love.  Be Strong, CMAC! 

Respectfully, 

Atisa Vargas and Kelley Hutta

Chandler Martial Arts Center

CMAC – Quarantine Extension Letter #7

Dear Chandler Martial Artists, 

We made it to the final week of our state’s reccomended shelter-in-place order!  We should see this week what our Governor’s recommendations will be going forward into May.  But I would like to take a moment to congratulate all of us on having successfully weathered these last two months!  This was not easy on any of us.  But we have kept our dojo together socially while insuring that the business aspect of our club was able to meet its most basic of obligations.  And honestly, this is the most important thing for us to do civilly as a club- maintain our place in our community.  To have done this, we have all sacrificed and held to our commitments despite the fact that many of our own lives were radically disrupted by losses of jobs and other opportunities causing increased financial burdens.  For others, our health significantly was affected.  We had members of our community struck hard by this novel virus and others become separated and isolated which has taken a toll on our overall emotional, mental, and physical health.  In summary, this has been a scary time for our dojo, but we met this obstacle, this new and unexpected foe, with patience and long suffering resistance and we have made it to this point.  It is worth pausing, reflecting, and celebrating what we have done here this spring:  its a different type of kumite and we made it.  I, for one, am proud of us.

But there are new questions to consider as we wait for our Governor.  This virus is not yet defeated.  There are no vaccines as of yet.  How will we handle this new flu as a people?  What do we want to do as a dojo to protect ourselves and others?  The situation is dynamic.  Colds and flus run through our community all the time and we run this risk of encountering these anytime we engage in life.  But this is a little worse than a normal cold or flu.  We are still debating scientifically how much worse it is as we are still gathering this sort of data.  And yet, we cannot just sit paused in life for a year or more as the data is collected, evaluated, and debated.  Life begs to be lived! —And lived boldly! — Not cowering in fear.  We need to map a way forward that is both responsible and reasonable.

The CMAC leadership has been hard at work determining possible ways to move forward so that when new recommendations are prescribed, we will be ready and eager to implement.  We are continuing to research and evaluate the most responsible course of action to keep our dojo healthy and strong.  Each and every member of CMAC matters and is treasured in our dojo.  We see you as precious and important.  Our lives overlap and intersect for this season and it is a gift: we are grateful for each moment Life provides and do not take it for granted.  As we continue to move forward in all of this, Sensei Atisa and I, along with all other CMAC instructors, want to assure you that both your safety and your training are the center of our focus at this time.  Thank you for your patience and dedication. 

Classes will resume to Live Stream on Band this week. Look for other opportunities to take more ZOOM classes as the week unfolds.  All classes will be posted as they usually have been in the past.  Congratulations to all our big winners in last week’s ZOOM Class Challenge!  Evan Corbin was the overall champion!  He attended every possible class he could- sometimes taking 2-3 classes in one day!  His enthusiasm and commitment was absolutely inspiring!  Way to be the example and lead, Evan!  Sensei Bill and Joshua-San were our second place winners.. they both took multiple classes in each day as well.  Both have been so dedicated to their studies and eager to help others even in our separated states.  We wanted to honorably mention Nico and Emilio too.  Thank you for going out of your ways to be a part of CMAC Zoom!  And thank you to everyone who continued your training on our Live Stream- we saw your activity as well!  Way to go!  Way to keep training without the shot of much needed social engagement – you guys did so good to keep moving forward and train as usual! It is so impressive to see such self control and self discipline in our dojo- Living out Precepts #2 and #3 especially!  The state of CMAC is strong and courageous- Way to Go CMAC!

Respectfully, 

Atisa Vargas and Kelley Hutta

Chandler Martial Arts Center

CMAC – Quarantine Extension Letter #6

Dear Chandler MAC!

Here we are… heading into week 6 of quarantine… and we need to change things up!  

First let us review what we have done so far:

Dojo Recap:

We have offered 18+ classes each week for 5 weeks!  Everyone has been working around the clock and coming up with fun new ways to approach our traditional training.  We have had a dojo game every week, new classes, weapon challenges, workout challenges, private lessons, and even video conferencing training — and now we are literally at the half way point between when this quarantine began and our next belt test. It is time for a fun dojo midterm!!!

SO….

Starting Tuesday, April 21, 2020, we are going to offer ZOOM video calls in place of all our classes.  This will allow our instructors to visually see and and interact with their students..  providing important correction on techniques as well as allowing everyone a chance to engage, interact, and ask any necessary questions.  Its exactly what we all need—  A virtual chance to be together as a dojo, class by class!

The ZOOM calls will be simple to access.  I will host all calls (even if I am not there as lead instructor) for the class.  All you have to do is access the site ZOOM.us through any server on your computer or through the ZOOM App on any mobile device (phone or tablet). You do not have to sign up personally at all – just hit “Join a Meeting”  and type in the codes below.

The Meeting ID number will be: 494 777 9057

The Meeting Password will be: 562 284

This is an exciting time to participate in classes!  We are going to shake things up a little and have some fun 🙂  Participation in classes this week will be recorded and will influence our next belt test.  So please make sure you are signed into your proper classes.  And let’s get to work! 

For those who -for whatever reason- can not make the ZOOM conference calls this week, we will be reposting old videos at the appropriate classes times so your training will not be hindered at all.  Feel free to do both classes if you desire more training.

Please remember – training is not just the physical training of our muscles.  Be a warrior in all aspects of life— Mind, Body, and Spirit.  Think of how to spread peace civically by doing some good.. the last two weeks, we have made it a focus to reach out to the fringes of our communities and check on those most isolated.  This week, let’s be intentional to encourage someone.  It is really good for us to practice looking outside of our own bubbles to see into some else’s world and speak “peace” into it.  We all need to be reminded that we are not alone.  Again, if we all act intentionally as a community, we can make a difference.  Small steps can change the world.  Let’s be warriors that do our part and demonstrate the Way of Peace.  GO CMAC!

Respectfully, 

Atisa Vargas and Kelley Hutta

Chandler Martial Arts Center