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September Switch-Up

The day after Labor Day is the day we have to admit to ourselves that summer is just about over. But that doesn't mean the good times have to stop now! The fun and excitement of Fall is just beginning at the Dojo, so here's a look at what's coming up later this month.

Congratulations to our August 2016 Student of the Month, Jeremy G.! This is Jeremy's second SOTM win. Great work!

Our Fall/Winter 2016 Calendar of Events is ready for you to view and download! It's got every important date at the Dojo from now until New Year's, so please give it a look so you can mark your calendars. Tournaments, Belt Tests, Ninja Nights, Potlucks, and everything else. To view and print the calendar, Click Here.

Saturday, September 24th is the Fall 2016 Dojo Tournament! This will be our last Tournament of the year and we strongly encourage all of our students ages 4 to adult, White Belt to Black Belt, to compete. This is an In-House Tournament for USSD San Clemente students only, held right here at the Dojo. Students will have the opportunity to compete in exciting Sparring, Katas (Forms), and Grappling events, split up into divisions based on age and rank.

For our adult students, tournament competition will help you to measure your own improvement and sharpen your martial arts skills. For kids, it’s a great way for them to learn about the importance of Goal-setting and Sportsmanship, and competing in a fun and safe environment helps improve students’ Confidence and Self-Esteem. It’s also a great way for parents to measure the improvement their child has made in different areas of his/her training, and for friends and family to show their support for the students!

Students who regularly compete in Tournaments also tend to have an easier time remembering and applying their techniques, and it’s one of the best ways to prepare them for future Belt Tests to earn their next ranks.

Trophies and Medals will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each division, and kids spectator tickets are free!

To register, print the form by Clicking Here, fill it out, and return it to the Dojo no later than Monday, September 12th. Forms can also be found on the front desk at the Dojo. If you have any questions about this event or would like to know how you can best help yourself or your child prepare for it, please see your/your child’s Instructor.

And finally, just a reminder that beginning this Wednesday, September 7th, the Lil Dragons group classes will switch times to begin at 4:00 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, and the Juniors group classes will now begin at 5:00 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Saturday group class schedule, as well as all of the Teens and Adults group classes, will remain the same. We hope that all of our students and parents find this change to be more convenient overall. If you have any questions or would like to reschedule your/your child's private lesson, please speak with your instructor, send us an email at, or give us a call at 949-361-9111. You can click on the image below for a larger view of our full group class schedule.

Coming up in October, we've got Halloween Ninja Night, and November is pretty jam-packed with holidays, Belt Tests, and Demo Team tryouts. Save the dates from the 2016 Fall/Winter Calendar and we'll have more info on all of that coming up soon. Have a great September and farewell to summer, and we'll see you in the Dojo!

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