My Brown and Red Belt Assistants (or meet the Bradburys)
For anyone that has attended my Saturday classes you have probably met or seen Kate, my Red belt assistant. For over the past year Kate has been my primary assistant helping me teach on Saturdays. Kate leads the warm ups, if extra people are needed then Kate takes part in the warm up games, leads the kicking, teaches kata, etc. etc. and basically handles any teaching duty I assign her. In short Kate is an awesome assistant.
|Kate and her Dad (I'm in the middle) at the 2013 AKATO Awards Banquet|
What you might not know is that Kate has been studying the martial arts since she was young girl, I believe she has been in the martial arts since she was five years old. Due to her parents relocating she has trained in several arts earning rank of various levels up to brown even in another style. She has been with me for over two years now switching over from another local American Karate school after earning rank (blue or purple) there as well. Due to her skill on her first belt exam with me she was double promoted to brown belt by the exam board. Kate devotes much of her Saturday to helping me for two hours and then working out in the advanced class for a third hour all without much of a break. Do to her dedication in helping with class, her work ethic in class and her all around sunny disposition Kate was my Student of the Year for 2012.
|Jackie helping me teach the AKATO Kobudo black belts Arnis techniques|
Then of course there is Miss Jackie and Mr. Kevin; Kate’s parents, who train in my Modern Arnis program. Jackie and Kevin have also trained for the past several years in several martial arts including a similar local American Karate program, as well as Ryukyu Kenpo (Okinawan karate) and Modern Arnis under a different instructor. While mainly helping out with my Modern Arnis program they have helped train my karate students in double stick drills, Modern Arnis Anyos (katas), pressure points, and self defense. Both Jackie and Kevin have been instrumental in helping to guide me and improve my martial arts program by working behind the scenes to help me revamp and publish our new curricula, design our logos, the facebook page and even create the hiddensword.com website. These two have been awesome friends and assistants and they were my 2012 Student of the Year for my Arnis program.
While the Bradbury’s (Kate, Jackie and Kevin) have been my main primary assistants in the advanced (under black belt levels), I do have other Purple belts that also help me out when needed as well. If Kate can’t be there on a Saturday then I put out a general call to my purple belts to see if help is available, I'll introduce them in another blog.