Kangeiko is a Japanese term meaning “cold training” or “winter training.” The purpose of this tradition is to start the New Year with a high level of effort, renewed excitement and spirit, and a commitment to carry on for the rest of the year!!
What’s the plan for Enso’s Kangeiko 2020?
This special training event will include an intense combination of kata, kihon (basics), and conditioning exercises. Our goal is to complete a total of 2,020 techniques to welcome in the year 2020!
9:00-9:20 AM – OUTDOOR RUN. This optional 20-minute warm-up run will honor the spirit of Kangeiko’s ‘cold weather training.’ We’ll circle the block from Wells to Congress to Financial to Van Buren while wearing our gi!
9:30-11:00 AM – ALL LEVELS TRAINING. Students of all levels (ages 6+) are welcome to participate in this session, which will center on heian kata and beginner/novice basics.
11:00 AM-12:30 PM – ADVANCED TRAINING. Students with a purple belt rank or higher are welcome to participate in this session, which will center on advanced kata and advanced basics. We encourage our advanced students to attend both sessions to push the limits of their endurance and demonstrate their fighting spirit!
Oak Park River Forest High School Student Center, Gym 1West, Cafeteria South
JapanFest: 12:00-4:00 PM
Enso Demo Practice Session: 1:15 PM
Enso Demo: 2:20-2:40 PM
Enso Karate has been invited to perform at the JapanFest event at Oak Park and River Forest High School! We’ve participated in this event for several years, and it’s a great chance to be part of a popular community gathering, learn about Japanese culture, and demonstrate Enso’s strong martial arts tradition.
We strongly encourage our Oak Park students and Enso Elite Tournament Team members to participate in our demo — all ages and ranks are welcome.
Practice Session Info
To participate, we’re asking students to complete a brief practice session before the demo. Students should meet us in the hallway in front of the Faculty Cafeteria on the second floor, in their gi, by 1:15 PM.
Regular classes will not be held due to this event.
Eligibility: See Eligibility List sent to students by email. Eligibility is determined by instructors, who consider Training Time Requirements, consistency of attendance, effort, performance, attitude, and ability to perform exam requirements. The most important factors are meeting the minimum required training times, and consistency and frequency of training.
Fee: $35 for students who are currently white through purple belts; $50 for students who are currently 3rd and 2nd kyu (brown belts). Any outstanding fees must be paid before taking the exam.
We ask students to make their best efforts to take the regular exam, but if you can’t make it, the make-up exam provides a second opportunity to test before the next regular exam. An extra $10 fee is assessed to make-upexams.
The Practice Exam simulates the physical part of the Black Belt Exam. The purpose of this step is to give students the opportunity to not only experience a full-length exam, but also to receive feedback from a panel of senseis. This feedback will likely include a list of items that the candidates must work to improve before the next step.
All our adult students are invited to gather and enjoy some time together. Our inaugural Adult Virtual Happy Hour was a blast – we hope everyone will join this next one! Please log into the Online Dojo to access the private Zoom link.
For those students testing for their dan ranks in 2020, let’s get together to discuss the exam schedule and review exam requirements. We won’t be putting our gi on for this one, but we might spring a fun Karate Trivia Pop Quiz on you… Please log into the Online Dojo to access the private Zoom link.
Who are we?! ENSO!! Team members will get together to discuss the remainder of the 2020 tournament season and to have some fun together. Please log into the Online Dojo to access the private Zoom link.
Remember our Friday Fun Nights at the dojo? This meet up will be just for kids to see each other and have some fun. Sensei Jay and assistants will organize some games for everyone to play. Please log into the Online Dojo to access the private Zoom link.
All our adult students are invited to gather and enjoy some time together. Our previous Adult Virtual Happy Hours were a blast – we hope everyone will join this next one! Please log into the Online Dojo to access the private Zoom link.
Wear your favorite '90s outfit or 'do, play us your favorite '90s song, or bring with a photo of you from the '90s for show-and-tell. Our previous Adult Virtual Happy Hours were a blast - we hope everyone will join this next one! Sign into the Online Dojo to get the Zoom link.
There will be no karate classes during the break. Enjoy the holiday!
Enso hosts several special seminars throughout the year. We invite highly-regarded sensei from the U.S. and abroad to bring their expertise to students at our dojo. Students travel from near and far to attend these events.
Enso participates in karate tournaments at the local and international levels. We also host one small tournament a year.
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