Summer Newsletter 2014

Congratulations to Amanda Schmidt, Alan Exaros and Krish Parikh, who were all inducted into our Kai Staff Program.

We have a  TON of activities on the calendar.  Check out the Kai Calendar frequently to see what is going on.  In the meantime, here’s a quick list of what is coming up:

July 13th (Sunday) – Kai Hiking in Wissahickon Valley Park.

August 1st & 2nd – MRJJA 10 Year Anniversary Seminar and Training in Minnesota.

August 9th (Saturday) – Kai Family Picnic at Peace Valley Park pavilion #4 1pm to whenever.

August 15th weekend…..Black Belt Beach Weekend in Long Beach Island.

August 23rd (Saturday) – Kai Rafting and Kayaking down the Delaware River

August 24th (Sunday) – Kai Hiking….either in Delaware Water Gap or Tohickon Park….to be announced.

September 13th (Saturday) – Upper Dublin Community Day.  We will host a booth with several contests and give out info.

September 20th (Saturday) – Kai Laser Tag at the Ultra Zone in Plymouth Meeting.  4pm

September 21st (Sunday) – Kai Hiking at Hawk Mountain.

October 11th (Saturday) – Shihan Jenkins 30th Memorial at the NJMAA Dojo in Landing, NJ

October 12th (Sunday) – SHIAI  9-11am teens and adults.  11:15-12:45p Junior students.

 

April 2014 Newsletter

News of the
Kokoro Kai

May 2014

NEW LOCATION:              The Kokoro Kai is pleased to announce that we will be teaching in a new location in Paoli, PA at the Pure Energy Studio.  Several of our Kai Instructors will be heading up the program there and we will start by teaching kids ages 3-12.  You can find info on the programs offered at  http://www.purenergystudio.com/

 Congratulations:

To Gabe Griffith who graduates this month from PSU with a Bachelors in International Politics and a minor in History.

Luke Graglia graduates from HS next month and will be attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts pursuing a BFA in Film and Television.

Matt Bernanke also graduates from HS next month and will be attending the University of Miami.

Nicole Wagner will graduate this summer with a Master of Arts in Geography with certificates in Planning and GIS from West Chester University. She also achieved 4.0 GPA throughout! Way to go!

DEADLINE RAPIDLY APPROACHES:  The deadline to register for the Gasshuku is May 17th.  no enrollments can be accepted after this date.

KAI HIKING:  May 18th – Sunday – Valley Forge Park.  Let’s go for a hike and have some fun!  E-mail Mr. Exaros for more information at exaros@kokorokai.com

DOJO FIELD DAY:  All East Montgomery Dojo Junior students are encouraged to participate at the Field Day Event on Saturday, May 17th from 3-5pm at the Peace Valley Park / Lake Galena – Pavilion #3.  We’ll have some great games and it’ll be an awesome opportunity for the students to bond up with fellow dojo-mates.  Parents, stick around – watch and join in on some of the fun – and we can also do a little picnic at the lake afterwards for anyone who wishes to stay.

10 year Anniversary of the Mario Roberto Jiu-Jitsu Academy will be celebrated in Rochester, MN on the weekend of August 1st.  Any BJJ students who wish to attend with Mr. Exaros should speak with him soon.  Flight arrangements will be made by the end of May.

KAI Rafting – August 23rd.  There’s still some space left to sign up for the Rafting / Tubing event in Point Pleasant, PA.  Space is limited to get in on the early bird special pricing.  I believe we only are allotted about 8 more enrollments before the price goes back up to the regular fee…..so get your’s in today.

April 2014

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Seminar:

Saturday, April 26th at 12:30pm to 3:30pm will be our No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Seminar featuring Mario Roberto.  To enroll, please send e-mail to Mr. Exaros at exaros@yahoo.com and he will send you a brochure.  Sunday, the 27th Mario will be teaching a few private lessons.  We also hope to have Mario teach classes on Monday and Tuesday as well.

GRAND OPENING:  New Location:

Saturday, May 3rd will be the Grand Opening of the Paoli Pure Energy Fitness Studio on Plank Avenue in Paoli, PA.  Our Kai will be heading up the Karate Program in the fitness studio and we will start out by having a few classes per week for children ages 12 and under.  If you would like to participate in the Grand Opening, please see Mr. Exaros.

Broad Street Run!

Ms. Wagner and Ms. A. Maguire will be running in the Philadelphia Broad Street Run on Sunday, May 4th.  Come out and cheer them on with the rest of the Kai!

FIELD DAY!

On Saturday, May 17th from 3pm on will be our Dojo Kids Field Day at Peace Valley Park / Lake Galena – Pavilion #3.  All families are encouraged to join in on the fun.  The instructors have some great activities panned and this should prove to be great fun for everyone!  See your instructor for details.

KAI HIKING:

A couple weeks ago, a good group of Brown and Black Belts participated in a new tradition….Kai Hiking.  Next month on May 18th we plan on hiking Valley Forge.  All families are welcome.  This is a long hike, though, so we recommend this for teens and adults.  Suggestion….bring water to hydrate.  Mandatory….Kai apparel if you have it.  Show your Dojo Spirit!

Congratulations:

–          To Mr. Avery Romanoli on making Deans List this past semester, and his brother Kevin Romanoli on finishing his business degree.  Kevin is just a few courses shy of a nursing degree, too!  Great job, fellas!

–          To Ms. Nicole Wagner on her accomplishments in school. She received the Richard Paciaroni Memorial Scholarship Award and was recognized as the outstanding student in her Master of Arts in Geography program.

GASSHUKU:

Our Martial Arts Training Camp is scheduled for June 13,14,15 at Camp Nockamixon, 2014.  Brochures have been e-mailed to all students and we have hard copies at the Dojo if you need one.  You can register on our website if you wish.  Don’t delay.  Enroll today!

 Tournament Attended

We had 7 students attend the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament this past month on the 15th in Langhorne.  They all did VERY well.  Mr. Dare, Mr. M. Egan, and Mr. Camillo all took first place in their division!  Wow!  What a great showing for the Kokoro Kai / Association member of the Mario Roberto Jiu-Jitsu Association!  Great job, fellas!

Qi-Gong / Energy Course

Have you tried our Qi-Gong class yet?  It meets every Friday at 2:30pm.  If you want to tap into the unlimited resource of your inner-energies and gain more health and well-being, this might be the course for you.  E-mail Mr. Exaros for more details.

 

March 2014 Newsletter

News of the 
Kokoro Kai

March 2014

SHIAI:

The Shiai is set for Sunday, March 30th in the morning.  A flyer has been e-mailed to all the students.  Please e-mail Mr. Exaros if you don’t have a copy.  Deadline to enroll is a week before the event.

Congratulations:

–          To Mr. Avery Romanoli on making Deans List this past semester, and his brother Kevin Romanoli on finishing his business degree.  Kevin is just a few courses shy of a nursing degree, too!  Great job, fellas!

Kids Night Out

Our next Kids Night Out Event will be on April 12th.  Please see your instructor for details.

GASSHUKU:

Our Martial Arts Training Camp is scheduled for June 13,14,15 at Camp Nockamixon, 2014.  Brochures have been e-mailed to all students and we have hard copies at the Dojo if you need one.  You can register on our website if you wish.  Don’t delay.  Enroll today!

 Tournament Attended

We had 7 students attend the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament this past month on the 15th in Langhorne.  They all did VERY well.  Mr. Dare, Mr. M. Egan, and Mr. Camillo all took first place in their division!  Wow!  What a great showing for the Kokoro Kai / Association member of the Mario Roberto Jiu-Jitsu Association!  Great job, fellas!

Qi-Gong / Energy Course

Have you tried our Qi-Gong class yet?  It meets every Friday at 2:30pm.  If you want to tap into the unlimited resource of your inner-energies and gain more health and well-being, this might be the course for you.  E-mail Mr. Exaros for more details.

 

January 2014 Newsletter

News of the 
Kokoro Kai

January 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!:

The Kokoro Kai is looking forward to a great year and we certainly have a LOT to look forward to.  I hope you are all making your plans and setting your goals for 2014

SHIAI:

The Shiai is set for Sunday, March 30th in the morning.  A flyer will be e-mailed to all the students soon.

Congratulations:

–          To Mr. Mihai Todea (Brown Belt) on being accepted into the Kokoro Kai Staff as a Staff Assistant.  Mr. Todea will be assisting on various days throughout the week.

Kids Night Out

Our next Kids Night Out Event will take place on Saturday, February 1st.  There is a flyer at the Dojo you can pick up, or feel free to e-mail Mr. Exaros with any questions.

GASSHUKU:

Our Martial Arts Training Camp is scheduled for June 13,14,15 at Camp Nockamixon, 2014.  Brochures will be out in a week or so and the online registration will be on the website soon.  There is a discount for early registration – so keep that in mind.

DISCOVERY TIME @ Simmons

Once again, we will be conducting the Discovery Time Self Defense Program at Simmons Elementary School in February.  The course will run each Thursday from 3:30pm to about 5pm for the month.  Mr. Ruch & Mr. Doghramji are the instructors for the course.

Qi-Gong / Energy Course

Have you tried our Qi-Gong class yet?  It meets every Friday at 2:30pm.  If you want to tap into the unlimited resource of your inner-energies and gain more health and well-being, this might be the course for you.  E-mail Mr. Exaros for more details.

 

December 2013 Newsletter

News of the 
Kokoro Kai

December 2013

Dojo Closed:

The Academy will be closed from Christmas Eve to New Years Day.  The Kokoro Kai would like to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!

Dojo Open:

The Academy will not be completely closed during the holiday break, even though regular classes will be cancelled.  We will have several special classes available for students throughout the week.  Here’s a list:

–          Special Testing Event will be held on Friday, December 27th 4:30pm to 6pm.  This is by invitation only.

–          Saturday, December 28th will be Open Mat for Brazilian Jiu-JItsu Free Rolling.  This class is for the BJJ students and will run from 12 noon to whenever we want to stop.

–          Sunday, December 29th from 4-5pm will be a special class for Kobudo Review.  We will also work some focus mitt drills and kickboxing drills….and might go past 5pm for anyone who wishes to stay.

–          Monday, December 30th will be a Weapons Class Review for anyone working Kobudo that wishes to attend.

Congratulations:

–          To Mr. Anoop Bhat (Brown Belt) on being accepted into the Junior National Honor Society!  This is a huge accomplishment and shows what a karate student can accomplish when you put your mind to it. Great Job!

Kids Night Out

Our next Kids Night Out Event will take place on Saturday, December 14th.  This will take on a holiday theme.  Cost is $20 per child.  Wear your gi, but bring a change of clothing.  We will hold a class first and games and activities afterwards.  Bring a buddy (they don’t have to wear a gi).  Also, the instructor will be hosting a pollyanna and is asking each child to bring a VERY small, inexpensive gift that you can get for $5 or less.

GASSHUKU:

Our Martial Arts Training Camp is scheduled for June 13,14,15 at Camp Nockamixon, 2014.  Brochures will be out in the new year and there will be an early enrollment period with a discount again this year.  So, please plan ahead.  Cost should be about the same as last year.

The format for the Gasshuku might look a little different this year.  As our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program grows with more and more students who are not involved in the Karate Program, we are finding a dual training venue may work best.  Students who train in both programs might be able to pick and choose from a menu of classes they wish to participate in.  Students who train in one program or the other may be able to try the other program to see what it is all about.  We are in the planning phase.  But, either way, our Gasshuku shall definitely be an exciting and rewarding experience, as always!

DISCOVERY TIME @ Simmons

Once again, we will be conducting the Discovery Time Self Defense Program at Simmons Elementary School in February.  The course will run each Thursday from 3:30pm to about 5pm for the month.

October / November 2013 Newsletter

News of the 
Kokoro Kai

October / November, 2013

Its A BOY!!!

Congratulations to Instructor, Stephen Parys and his wife, Kat, on the birth of their brand new baby boy, Hunter Stephen this month.  Mommy & Baby are doing just fine and Dad is settling into his new way of life 🙂

DOJO CLOSED

The next Dojo closing will be the weekend of Thanksgiving Holiday.  We will also be closed from Christmas Eve through New Years Day this year.  However, we are planning some special classes during the Holiday break.  We will let you know.

CONDLENCES:

To Mr. Ruch and Mr. DiCristo & their families who both lost grandparents this past month.  Our deepest sympathies go out to you in your time of loss.

Black Friday Sale coming soon.

We will have some great items for sale coming up next month.  Look for new hoodies!  Do you have a copy of our Kai Text Book?  It’s required and has a lot of information you will need prior to becoming a black belt in our Kai.  In addition, there’s a lot of info in the book that will be on future written exams during rank testing.  So, order over the holidays.  Makes a great gift!!

HALLOWEEN Kids Night Out!

Our next Kids Night Out will be Saturday, October 26th and will include a costume party with many Halloween-themed games and activities.  Cost is just $20 per student.  Feel free to bring a friend or sibling.  5-9pm.  You can sign up at the Dojo.  Teens & Adults also have a Halloween Costume Party coming up on Friday, October 25th!

 

 

September 2013 Newsletter

News of the 
Kokoro Kai

September, 2013

SEMINAR / SHIAI

Master Advincula will be teaching at our Shiai on Sept. 22nd and also teaching two other Seminar Sessions in the afternoon.  All students should plan on attending the Shiai.  Afternoon seminars are optional.  All sessions are open invitation to all martial arts friends.  E-mail Mr. Exaros at exaros@yahoo.com for an informational brochure and registration form.

DOJO CLOSED

The Dojo will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2nd for Labor Day

CONGRATULATIONS

To Ms. Candice Bizzaro & Ms. Casey Johnston who were promoted to Instructor this past month.  Both ladies will be teaching the 5pm Tuesday class as of now and are very excited to be working with the students in this capacity.

DAY TRAINING CAMP

The training and fun we experienced at the One-Day Training Gasshuku was unmatched.  I even heard someone caught a fish!! 🙂  Our next Gasshuku is already being planned for June of 2014.  We’ll let you know soon when that will be so you can plan well in advance.

Did you Know?

Did you know that you can get a private lesson with Mr. Exaros?  There is a cost associated with it, but you can get private training in with our Head Instructor in Karate, Self Defense, Boxing, Kickboxing, Mitt Work, or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Contact Mr. Exaros for more details.

 

July 2013 Newsletter

News of the 
Kokoro Kai

July, 2013

SEMINAR

Dr. Mario Roberto will be teaching two seminars this month on the 19th and 20th. Please e-mail Mr. Exaros with any questions or if you would like a brochure at exaros@yahoo.com You can also get brochures at the Dojo.

DOJO CLOSED

The Dojo will be closed on Thursday, the 4th of July.

CONGRATULATIONS

To everyone who participated and had a blast at our Gasshuku last month. The weather was perfect and the training was sure intense. I’d like to recognize those individuals who were promoted to Sho-Dan over the weekend:
– Mr. Johnston
– Mr. Ye
– Mr. Dull
– Ms. Malamut
– Mr. Pilch

DAY TRAINING CAMP

We have put together a single-day Karate Camp on August 17th. This will be an excellent opportunity for new students to check out the camp along with their parents so that you might feel more comfortable sending your child off to the camp next year for the weekend.

Aside from that, all students are welcome to participate in a day that is going to be full of activities, some training, and a lot of fun. Please see your instructor for a brochure.

SHIAI/SEMINAR

Right now, we are working on a Shiai scheduled for Sunday, September 22nd that will also include a full day of various seminars taught by Master Advincula, the master of our style of karate, Isshinryu. We haven’t confirmed our visit from Master Advincula yet, but the Shiai portion of the day is definitely scheduled for that morning from 9am to 11am….so mark your calendars. That portion of the day will be mandatory for all students…..the rest of the day will be optional with various seminars on various aspects of our curriculum to be announced.