2014

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  • Fri
    24
    Jan
    2014

    Black Belt Exam

    TBA

    412 S. Wells St., 7th Floor

    Several Enso students will be taking their exams for their dan rank.  Students, families, and visitors are welcome to come watch and cheer them on!

  • Sat
    25
    Jan
    2014

    Enso Dojo Tournament

    9:00am

    Chicago Dojo: 412 S Wells, 7th Floor, Chicago, IL 60607

    A small, friendly karate tournament to build healthy competition, good sportsmanship, and tournament experience. Open to all Enso students, ages 4 and above.

    Deadlines:

    • Friday, January 17, 2014: Registration Deadline
    • Friday, January 10, 2014: Early Registration Deadline (for Youth Team Kata)

    Download Enso Karate 2014 Tournament Info (PDF)

    Register Now

  • Sun
    26
    Jan
    2014
  • Sat
    01
    Mar
    2014

    Windy City Karate Tournament 2014

    The Crowne Plaza Hotel
    5440 North River Road
    Rosemont, IL  60018

    Tournament Information

    Registration Form

  • Sat
    03
    May
    2014

    Sensei Iain Abernethy Karate Seminars

    Enso Chicago Dojo
    412 S. Wells Street, 7th Floor
    Chicago, IL  60607

    Enso is honored to welcome 6th dan Sensei Iain Abernethy, who will join us all the way from the United Kingdom for a full weekend of karate training. Space is limited, please sign up early to ensure your spot.

  • Sat
    10
    May
    2014

    Enso Open House 2014

    11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Enso Chicago Dojo
    412 S. Wells Street, 7th Floor
    Chicago, IL  60607

    All are invited to visit the Chicago dojo during our Open House.  Meet students and instructors. Learn about programs and take FREE trial classes!

    Sign up on May 10, 2014 during our open house for any of our programs and receive a $30 discount!

  • Fri
    22
    Aug
    2014

    Friday Fun Night

    7:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    Chicago dojo

    Friday Fun NightFriday Fun Night is back again! We will have Nerf Wars, play dodgeball and other games, and have pizza. This event is open to all Enso Karate students, families and friends ages 7 and up.

    Time: 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    Cost and registration: The cost for this event is $25 and space is limited, so please make sure to register online or in person as soon as possible.  

  • Sat
    23
    Aug
    2014

    Karate Demo at The Bash on Wabash 2014

    2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

    Family Fun Area (parking lot at the corner of 14th Street and Wabash, directly north of the Public Storage building)

    Let's end the summer session by showcasing our students and sharing the art of karate at a local neighborhood festival, The Bash on Wabash!

    Current Enso Karate students (all ages and levels) are invited to take part in this demonstration. If you would like to participate, please sign up here or at the dojo.

    2014 Kids’ Bash activities and schedule

  • Sat
    23
    Aug
    2014

    Fall Session Auto-Renew Tuition Payments will be processed

    For continuing karate students who are on auto-renew, payments for the next session will be processed on August 23, 2014.  We are glad to be able to offer the auto-renew option as a convenience to you, and we're grateful that it helps make our administrative process much more efficient. Payments not made with auto-renew incur an additional $15 fee. Please email us by August 17 if you want to join or change your auto-renew status. Questions? Please review information about tuition and fees or contact us at info@ensokarate.com.

    Please note some changes to the Chicago Dojo Class Schedule Fall 2014.

  • Mon
    25
    Aug
    2014
    Mon
    01
    Sep
    2014

    Summer Break II (No Karate classes)

    Enso will break for one week at the end of August through the Labor Day holiday.  We look forward to getting back to karate training in class when we return! No karate classes will be held at all dojo locations during this summer break.

  • Tue
    02
    Sep
    2014

    Fall Session Begins

    Be sure to register for fall session, which begins September 2nd. Students on auto-renew are automatically registered. 

  • Sat
    27
    Sep
    2014

    Belt Exams

    Exam starts at 9:00 AM; arrival times vary according to rank

    Chicago dojo

    Belt ExamBelt exams for kyu ranks (below black belt) will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Chicago dojo. Please see the eligibility list for arrival times (Sent by email to current students and available at the dojo).

    If you are eligible to test, please register by Friday, September 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM. Prompt registration is appreciated so that we can properly plan and organize the test day.

    If you are not testing, please remember that regularly scheduled karate classes are canceled on September 27, 2014 - but you can still come out to watch exams and support your classmates! Please contact us with any questions about testing. As always, all students and families are invited to watch our examinations for belt promotions.

    Fee: $35
    Fall Session tuition must be paid in order to take the test.

    Eligibility: Students who are on the eligibility list are permitted to take the exam.

    Register: Students must pay and register by Friday, September 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM in order to be placed on the exam-day roster. Receipt of exam fee payment confirms your spot in the exam.

    There are multiple ways to register:

    Make-up exam is Friday, October 10, 2014 at 7:00pm; Extra $10 fee. Please only attend this make-up exam if you cannot attend the belt exam on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  Register online for the make-up exam.

  • Sat
    04
    Oct
    2014

    Enso Elite Karate Tournament Team Informational Meeting

    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Chicago dojo

    Enso Elite Karate Team

    Interested in competing with our tournament team, Enso Elite, in the 2014-2015 season? Learn about being involved in the team at our informational meeting on Saturday, October 4th from 2:00 -4:00 PM. The Enso Elite team is open to youth (ages 7 and up) and adult karate students. Parents and interested athletes are invited to attend. 

    Joining the team is a great way to gain competition experience, develop good sportsmanship, and be part of a team! 

    Please RSVP for the information meeting here, where you can let us know that you plan to come (or that you can't come but have interest), and provide any questions in advance.

  • Sun
    05
    Oct
    2014

    Focus Shotokan Junior Karate Tournament

    Location: Focus Martial Arts & Fitness
    9342 Virginia Rd., Lake In The Hills, IL 60156

    Enso Karate students (ages 4 to 15 only) have been invited to participate in the Focus Shotokan Junior Karate Tournament hosted by Focus Martial Arts and Fitness. This event will provide a great opportunity for students who are new to competition, as well as for those with more tournament experience. 

    Details on how to register TBA soon.

    Download the Event flyer here.

  • Sat
    11
    Oct
    2014

    Intro to Tai Chi Push Hands

    11:15 AM - 12: 45 PM

    Chicago dojo

    Launching our once-per-month "Special Saturday" events, we are happy to present an Introduction to Tai Chi Push Hands on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 11:15 PM to 12:45 PM.

    Most people think of Tai Chi as a series of slow, flowing movements.  And it is!  But Tai Chi is also a sophisticated close-in fighting system. Tai Chi Push Hands is the dynamic two-person exercise that serves as a bridge from solo Tai Chi form work to fighting.

    Tai Chi Push Hands helps develop the ability to sense, deflect, and return incoming force, all while staying rooted and maintaining relaxed balance and presence.  Tai Chi Push Hands can also provide an excellent warm up or cool down for karate students.  Plus it’s fun to do!

    Join us on October 11, 2014 for this special workshop with Enso Tai Chi Instructor Chris Cinnamon.  Open to all adult karate students and teen brown belts and above.

    Registration

    Please register online. There is no cost to current Enso students.

    There is no 11:00 AM Adult Karate class due to this Special Saturday event. 

  • Sat
    11
    Oct
    2014

    Kaminari Zoku

    2:00 PM

    TBA

    Current students can RSVP and order t-shirts here.

    Details provided in class and sent to current students via email.

    See what we've done in previous years!

  • Mon
    13
    Oct
    2014

    Fall Intro B begins

    The 6-Week Karate Intro is for new students and includes two classes per week.  

    New students can register anytime before the start of the session. 

  • Sat
    18
    Oct
    2014

    Karate of Japan Federation Invitational Tournament

    Princeton Pike Church of God Gymnasium
    6101 Princeton Glendale Rd
    Liberty Township, Ohio

    Open to youth and adults

    This tournament is hosted by our long time friend and mentor, Sensei Dwight Holley of Cincinnati Shotokan Karate. We encourage your to consider this event, as we expect it to be a friendly competition and a great chance to test your skills. If you are interested in going and have any questions, please contact Sensei Jay. We'd love to send a nice big group from Chicago to compete!

    Deadline to submit forms and payment to Enso: Monday, October 6, 2014. 

  • Fri
    31
    Oct
    2014

    Halloween - No Karate Classes

    Due to the Halloween holiday, classes will be canceled on Friday, October 31st. We wish you all a very fun and safe Halloween! 
  • Sat
    15
    Nov
    2014

    Black Belt Exams

    1:00-2:30 PM

    Chicago dojo

    Black Belt ExamWe have a very special event coming up on Saturday, November 15, 2014! Some of our students will be testing for their black belt or a higher black belt degree. All Enso students and families are welcome to watch the event and support the examinees! 

    Black Belt Awards Luncheon
    Following the exams, we will have a luncheon where we will announce the results. We'd love to have you join us. If you are interested in joining us for lunch, we will be ordering Jimmy Johns sandwiches. Lunch fee is $10 per person and will include a drink, a sandwich, and chips. RSVP for the Black Belt Award Luncheon here.

    Special Guest Instructor
    Before the black belt exams, we will be hosting two karate training sessions with our dear friend and mentor from Cincinnati, Sensei Dwight Holley, 8th dan. Learn more.

  • Sat
    15
    Nov
    2014

    Karate Seminars with Sensei Dwight Holley

    Chicago dojo

    Dwight HolleySaturday, November 15, 2014 is a very special day for us at Enso Shotokan Karate! We will be hosting our annual black belt exams and an enriching karate seminar with our dear friend and mentor from Cincinnati, Sensei Dwight Holley, 8th dan.

    Class Schedule

    Due to these events, our 10 AM (advanced kata) and 11 AM (adult intermediate/advanced) classes will be canceled. The 9 AM (family all levels) class WILL be held. Everyone is invited to attend this class.


    Session 1: Understanding and Applying Kata

    10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

    Open to students ages 7 and up, all ranks

    Students will gain a deeper understanding of kata in this session, focusing on bunkai (analysis/application) and oyo (close quarter techniques of the kata). We strongly suggest this seminar for our students, from beginners to advanced.


    Session 2: Advanced Kata Session

    11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

    Open to brown and black belts only, all ages

    A true treat for advanced students! If you are interested in learning a new, interesting kata to practice, don't miss out on this seminar. Open to only brown and black belts, all ages.


    Fee

    $20 for one session. $35 for two sessions.

    Register online here or in person.

  • Fri
    21
    Nov
    2014

    "Meals on the Run" Karate Team Fundraiser

    5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

    Chicago Dojo

    Karate Team Fundraiser!

    Meals on the Run! allows families to pick up snacks or a meal to take home from the Chicago dojo. Just place your order by Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 3:00 PM using this form or submitting online

    Your order will be ready to pick up at the time you select. You can also purchase without pre-ordering if food items are still available. Proceeds from the sale will help fund athletes on the Enso Elite Karate Team. Thank you for your support!

    Sincerely,

    Enso Elite Fundraising Committee

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  • Sun
    23
    Nov
    2014

    Winter Session Auto-Renew Tuition Payments will be processed

    For continuing karate students who are on auto-renew, payments for the next session will be processed on November 23, 2014.

    We are glad to be able to offer the auto-renew option as a convenience to you, and we're grateful that it helps make our administrative process much more efficient. Payments not made with auto-renew incur an additional $15 fee. Please email us by November 16 if you want to join or change your auto-renew status. 

    Questions? Please review information about tuition and fees or contact us at info@ensokarate.com.

  • Mon
    24
    Nov
    2014
    Sun
    30
    Nov
    2014

    Fall Break (no karate classes)

    Enso karate classes will break for the Thanksgiving holiday from November 24 to 30, 2014.

  • Sat
    13
    Dec
    2014

    Belt Exams

    Exam starts at 9:00 AM; arrival times vary according to rank

    Chicago dojo

    Belt ExamBelt exams for kyu ranks (below black belt) will be held on Saturday, December 13 , 2014 at the Chicago dojo. Please see the eligibility list for arrival times (Sent to current students by email and posted at the dojo).

    If you are eligible to test, please register by Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM. Prompt registration is appreciated so that we can properly plan and organize the test day.

    If you are not testing, please remember that regularly scheduled karate classes are canceled on December 13, 2014 - but you can still come out to watch exams and support your classmates! Please contact us with any questions about testing. As always, all students and families are invited to watch our examinations for belt promotions.

    Fee: $35
    Winter Session tuition must be paid in order to take the test.

    Eligibility: Students who are on the eligibility list are permitted to take the exam.

    Register: Students must pay and register by Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM in order to be placed on the exam-day roster. Receipt of exam fee payment confirms your spot in the exam.

    There are multiple ways to register:

     Make-up exam is Friday, January 9, 2015 at 7:00pm; Extra $10 fee. Please only attend this make-up exam if you cannot attend the belt exam on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

  • Wed
    24
    Dec
    2014
    Sun
    04
    Jan
    2015

    Winter Break (no karate classes)

    All dojo locations

    Enso karate classes will be on break from December 24 to January 4, 2015.