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Fall 2022 schedule and other updates

Greetings, JPMAA Members!

We hope everyone has had a wonderful summer. It is September, and as we are approach the start of school, here are a few things to know:

  1. FALL SCHEDULE
    Our Fall schedule of classes can be found below. The schedule takes effect on Sept. 6th!

** The schedule remains essentially the same; there is a minor change on Wednesdays for our kids and adult Karate students. Kids Karate on Wednesday is at 4:30, and Kobudo is at 5:30. We’ve made this change so that our teen and adult karate students who want to can come to the kobudo class. Kobudo will be a mixed age-level class.
Wednesdays:
4:30 – Kids karate
5:30 – Kobudo (all ages, Yellow belt & above)
6:30 – Adult/ Advanced Karate

** Yoga With Rita will be back beginning Saturday, September 10 at 9:30. Remember that this is a free / bonus class open to all members!

  1. FEE INCREASE
    Earlier this summer we sent a letter announcing a fee increase this Fall. Because we were closed for two weeks in August, we have delayed this increase for current members until OCTOBER.

Please reach out to us with any concerns or questions about this.

  1. MEMBERSHIP HOLDS / ReStarting your account
    If your membership is currently on HOLD, you may stop by the front desk or send us an email to reactivate it when you return. We will not reactivate any membership payments until we hear from you!

We hope everyone has had a wonderful, fun and healthy summer!

August Vacation & Maintenance Closing

Dear JPMAA Membership,

This is a reminder that we will be CLOSED for Vacation and Maintenance from August 14th through August 26th.  

We are open for all classes the rest of this week (August 10-13), and we will be back OPEN for all classes on Saturday, August 27th.

We encourage you to make up any classes missed!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out should you have any questions or concerns.

Memorial Day Weekend and other late May announcements

Saturday May 21:
NO Yoga : Rita will return the first weekend in June. 😔
(All other Saturday classes will meet as usual!) 🤗

Memorial Day Weekend
JPMAA will be CLOSED from Saturday, May 28 through Monday May 30 for Memorial Day Weekend. As always, you are welcome to make up any classes missed.

Kids Martial Arts mini-camps in July
We are still enrolling for our Kids Martial Arts mini-camps in July. Please see the flyer below.

May 2022 at JPMAA, including a BJJ Seminar with Prof. Maia

Saturday, May 14:

  • BJJ: Black Belt seminar with Professor Roberto Maia from 11-1. $50 per person.
  • Adult/Advanced Karate: This class is cancelled on May 14
  • Kids Karate: The Kids karate class will be at 2:00-3:00 on May 14

Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-30

We will be CLOSED for the Memorial Day Weekend

July Mini-Camps for Kids:

We are still enrolling for our July Mini-camps (see flyer attached). Please let us know asap if you are interested in one or more sessions.

Closed on Oct. 11 and Fall Schedule

We will be OPEN this coming Saturday, October 9, but we will be CLOSED on Monday, October 11 in honor of Indigenous People’s Day.

We are also excited to announce the return of YOGA with Rita this Saturday morning at 9:30 (Oct. 9). This is a free bonus class for all of our members. There is a $10 drop-in fee for non-members. We do have some yoga mats, but you are welcome to bring one if you have one.

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Below is our Fall schedule of classes. This schedule will begin on September 7, the Tuesday after Labor Day. The schedule is largely the same, with some slight modifications:

* Kids Karate Classes will continue to be offered 5 days per week. Due to our capacity and scheduling needs, we are still asking families to sign up children for specific classes during the week. To sign up your child for a class, please email us and we will send you a confirmation.

* Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: We are adding a Competition Class on Wednesdays at 6:30. This class is open to Blue Belts and higher; White belts by permission of the instructor. You may attend this class even if you do not intend to compete.

Click on schedule to enlarge

Revised Summer schedule beginning July 6

Please note the following adjustments to our Summer Schedule:

KIDS CLASSES: We have adjusted the Kids class schedule, as many kids go away or attend summer camp, and our classes tend to be smaller. Please note:

Monday:
Karate: We have combined both Kids karate sessions into one session at 5:30.
Kobudo: There will be no kobudo class on Mondays.

Wednesday
Karate: Again, both Kids Karate sessions have been combined into one class at 5:30.
Kobudo: Kobudo class for kids at 6:30. All kids that have been attending Kobudo class on Mondays are welcome to attend this class.

ADULT/TEENS Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
We have added a BJJ Fundamentals class on Mondays at 6:30.

PLEASE NOTE:
We will be CLOSED from Saturday, July 3 through Monday July 5 for the Fourth of July Holiday weekend.

Our Summer Schedule of classes will begin on Tuesday, July 6.

Summer Schedule & Reminders

REMINDERS:  

HEALTH PROTOCOLS:  

Although the CDC has updated their mask guidelines, we are still following all of our health & safety protocols for the time being, as not everyone has had an opportunity to be vaccinated. 

This means we ask everyone to please remember to:

  • Sign the Covid Health waiver for each class (available online HERE)
  • Please check in at the front desk as you enter so we may scan your temperature
  • Wear your mask

ALSO BEGINNING IN JUNE:  We are pleased to be able to welcome a limited number of parents / spectators back into the dojo (especially for kids classes!)  We must still limit the numbers.

KIDS CLASSES:

DROP OFF AND PICK UP:  Parents, Please come to the door to check in as you drop your child off and pick them up; this helps us ensure they are prepared for class (daily waiver signed, mask, uniform)

* for safety we always have kids wait inside the dojo until parents arrive to pick them up 
* if your child lives nearby and has your permission to arrive and leave independently, please let us know in advance. 

CLEAN FEET:   As the weather gets warmer, we understand that kids wear different shoes and have many more outdoor activities, and little feet get dirty!  Parents, please ensure that your child’s feet are clean before coming into the dojo.  

UNIFORMS:  We understand that schedules are busy and sometimes kids forget their uniforms.  We do have extra uniforms and belts in case it is needed.  Please note that there is a $5 laundry fee for a borrowed uniform.

WATER:  Kids get thirsty during class, and we do have breaks for water.  If your child forgets to bring water or asks for water during class, we will provide them with a bottle of water.  Water is $1/bottle – we have a red can on the front desk for water $.  Thank you!

As always, we are grateful to our entire JPMAA community for your continued support. As more people are vaccinated and restrictions are relaxed, more of our previous members are returning, and we continue to welcome new members into both our Karate and BJJ programs.

May 2021 Schedule updates

We are pleased to announce that beginning the week of May 17 we are adding 2 advanced BJJ classes to our schedule.

Tuesday / Thursday 7:30
BJJ Fundamentals focuses on the positions, escapes and attacks that everyone needs to know, from closed guard, open guard, half guard, side control, top mount, and the back.

This is the class for all white belts to attend; advanced belts are of course welcome to attend as well!

Tuesday / Thursday 8:30
BJJ Advanced – this class is for advanced belts – 4 stripe white belts and above. Tuesdays will focus on gi, and Thursday will focus on no-gi.

We are pleased to be able to add these classes, and we hope to be able to add more classes during the week as we go forward.

We are excited that our BJJ program is growing again, and we extend a big welcome to all of our new BJJ members that have joined us in the past several months since we moved to our new space.

We also send a big shout-out to the veteran members of our BJJ community who have continued to support the program, and have helped keep us going!