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Sempai Mason and Fall 2010 Beginners Class

All begins with courtesy

April 2009 youth Beginner Class
April 2009
Come see why the Ocala Karate Dojo is the area's leader in Martial Arts

In the Karate Dojo Youth Class we teach Authentic Karate. This is not a sport, our classes all contain Self-Defense and Awareness. The Children are taught to be aware of situations that could be dangerous. Child Lures, as well as dealing with bullies are gone over repeatedly so they are instilled as a reaction.
 Fighting is not the answer. Confidence is. We reinforce discipline through protocol. When discipline is forced on someone, they sometimes reject it, but protocol is expected therefore accepted.  
Family values and Tradition are reinforced with a structured curriculum. Repetition is the key to learning. Even students that have problems with attention find they can accomplish their goals, and feel a great sence of pride in themselves by doing so. Our method of positive reinforcement in place of correction has proven to have great results.

Dojo advanced Youth Champions
Stop in and see why Ocala Karate Dojo is known for excellence

Our Premier After School Program is second to none. For those that only want the Best for their children. The Ocala Karate Dojo is not a Day Care, but an alternative to Day Care with personal attention in a safe, secure facility with professional instruction in authentic martial arts and it's traditional values.

Kyoshi Woodard and his staff of personally trained Black Belts guide each student with patience and understanding instilling each with confidence and a sense of worth that will last a life time.

Kyoshi Woodard developing a future Champion
Attention to detail ,striving for excellence in the after school class

Each Student has their own individual needs
Kyoshi Woodard brings out the best in each student, small details have great results

Great Results anyone can accomplish
Just believe in yourself

The After School beginner Class
Confidence, and Positive Attitude

Champions are Inspired
Confidence, Self Esteem, Self Defense

The After School Program at the Ocala Karate Dojo is directed by Master Instructor Bill Woodard a 40 year veteran of the Martial Arts. This program was established in 1990 along with the summer camp program and has received numberous awards.
The Students are held to the highest possible standard, and taught by Kyoshi Woodard his sons, and personally trained staff.
Each Student is taught as an individual, so peer pressure is never an issue.
Confidence is instilled from the very first Class.

At the Ocala Dojo Classes begin and end with Courtesy, and with patience as our motto all students learn to strive and accept nothing less than excellence.
Authentic Karate is not a sport, our classes all contain Self-Defense and Awareness. The Children are taught to be aware of situations that could be dangerous. Child Lures, as well as dealing with bullies are gone over repeatedly so they are instilled as a reaction.

For those that wish to test their skills in competition our competition training class is world class with decades of champions, taught by champions.

After School Students with Sensei Dalton Woodard
Sensei Dalton and Sempai Robert Smith

Do you know who is influencing your Child!

Limited Enrollment to provide the personal attention that allows each child to excell in academics and athletics.

Youth from the age of 4 will learn the original Martial Arts as taught in Japan and Okinawa. All this in a fun and exciting day of training and learning. Train like a Jr. Ninja and Jr. Samurai. Full Days and half days. This is not a baby camp or day care we practice authentic martial arts, self-defense, child lure awareness and more.
Call Now to register and reserve your place. Limited enrollment. 352 237-9076

Master Instructor Bill Woodard 7th Dan Black Belt
Kyoshi Bill Woodard works with each student personaly


Kyoshi Bill Woodard has 4 decades of experience in assisting students of all
ages, with many different special needs. Such as Autism, ADD & ADHD,
Muscular Dystrophy, Teyretz Syndrome, Sleep Apnea, Vision Impaired (100%), and Hearing Impaired (100%).

It requires an extreme amount of patience to assist students with special
needs. Kyoshi Bill Woodard has acquired this talent from hands on
experience. If you have a loved one with special needs contact us for a
personal evaluation with Kyoshi Woodard. He has assisted so many in our
community to have the confidence and self motivation to deal with their
situations helping them grow and develop without the feeling of helplessness.
*It is of the utmost importance to stress that family support is needed in all situations. To miss classes will only cause the student to become frustrated and feel that success is not a goal within their grasp.
These may be overcome, or at least improved upon, by personal attention assisting with balance and coordination while the student exercises. Range of motion may be increased in small increments by repetition. Constant reassurance is necessary for the moral of the student, and positive reassurance assists with the will to succeed and continue with their training.

for Children & Teens can be very frustrating as well as for the parent that only wants the best for their child.  Everyday activities can be a challenge when your child has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit or Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Developing and implementing a total treatment program for a child with ADHD has been proven to be beneficial in managing ADHD symptoms-and it may help you and your child see success with ADHD.
Three Basic Subtypes of ADHD:

The ADHD Symptoms fall into three basic subtypes.

Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive type:
Your child may fidget, talk excessively, run around at inappropriate times
and frequently disrupt class. Perhaps school personnel or other adults-even
peers-notice that your child "blurts out answers in class," "takes action
before thinking" or makes rash decisions. These ADHD symptoms characterize
a child who has difficulty with hyperactivity/impulsivity.

Predominantly Inattentive type
Your child is often observed as "not paying attention," "making careless
mistakes," "not listening," "not finishing tasks" and "not following
directions." Often, it appears as if your child is unusually or easily
distracted. These ADHD symptoms characterize a child who is inattentive.

Combined type
This subtype applies when your child shows six (or more) symptoms of
hyperactivity-impulsivity ADHD and six (or more) symptoms of inattentive
type ADHD.

Remember, for an ADHD diagnosis, symptoms are persistent and present in a
number of settings—at home, in school or during extracurricular activities

The Autistic student approach to learning is somewhat limited, as many times sounds or feelings can upset the student to the point where a moment must be taken to help calm and relax them. Understanding a hightened sense of emotion and dealing with this at times must be done on a one on one setting. The private lesson practicing calming and breathing exercise seem to help, along with calm and relaxing music while training.

Vision Impaired (100%)
These students live in a world unknown to most of us. The thought of loss of sight is frightning, so understanding how one must feel to live in a world of darkness is important in finding the right method of training. Touch is very important to the student with sight loss, we must deal with sense of direction through other hightened senses.

Hearing Impaired:
For one that lives in a world of silence touch and sight must be used to help the student understand. When sign is not used simple motions or demonstrating can be beneficial in the training process. Understanding and patience is one of the keys to assisting the student to learn.
Teyretz Syndrome:
These students are very misunderstood due to their sudden outburst or gestures. I have taught Teyretz students in the regular class, but understanding from everyone is a real challange. In the youth class explaining to the class mates is essential, so the laughing and hurt feelings do not interrupt the training session. I have found that once others understand these outburst, the student with Teyretz can practice and feel comfortable. Getting every one involved with the feeling of helping has proven to be very helpful.

My Personal Experience with ADHD:

Colton at 2 years old in Dojo 1993
Won his first Championship at 4 yrs. old

I have had the pleasure to assist many children that have been diagnosed with this Disorder. My personal feelings on this disorder is the parent will have to decide what they feel is best for their child. However from personal experience I can only say many times I see children placed on medication, when there are alternative solutions available.
In my summer camp I have had children that have been medicated before coming to camp and are almost in a vegetative state during the day, so focused they will actually spend long periods of time just watching insects, picking at themselves, or unable to participate in activities. I do understand the need for medication in certain instances, but not in all, this is between the parent and their doctor to decide and as with all circumstances seek more than one opinion.
Both of my sons (Dalton & Colton) are great achievers, but the personal experience I am refering to was with my son Colton, who is graduating from Trinity Catholic High School this year (2008). He was very active as a youngster, as he still is. I was contacted by the elementary school when he was in second grade, and asked to come to school for a conference. Thinking I was to be told my child was to be placed in a gifted program you can imagine how shocked I was when I was told he needed to be placed on medication, as he was disrupting class with his constant talking and interuption. I met with his teacher, guidance consuler, vice principle and a member of the school board about this subject. I was advised he would be held back, or not allowed to continue to attend class until I had him placed on medication to help him to focus, and control his impulses.
I looked at these actions as creativity, and completely refused. My family dealt with his behavior, and I met with the school principle, and continued to have Colton in school as usual. Colton became one of the State's top youth martial artist and continued to grow and develop. He has two High School letters for sports, he has become a great artist, photographer, maintains close to perfect grades in school, and has the ability to pick up any musical instrument and play as well as write music with great accomplishments. I could not imagine having medicated his creativity just because, the school or my family did not want to deal with his impulses or constant talking. We looked on this behavior as charming.  His ability to learn and retain has developed with his age, as has his ability to achieve at all sports.
To meet him and know him is to love him,  he has a very special air about him. Now, I know I am a proud father telling about his son, but I feel any child can accomplish goals they set for themselves they just have to know how. Learning to learn can be a challenge in it's self. With patience, understanding and love your child can do this also.
My personal feeling is 4, 5, 6, year olds should be allowed to be children. They need structure, patience, and guidance. So consider these options before medication. If all else fails there is always the latter.

Same boy I was told would need medication
to be able to be productive in school now 4.0 gpa without ever using medication

Colton now is a Sensei in the Dojo, has lettered the past two years in High School varsity sports, won every major martial arts tournament, and has a successful band in which he not only writes the lyrics for the songs, but all of the musical parts for each band member also. His future plans will include going on to the University of his choice and continuing with his music and martial arts. I can't wait to see what the future holds for him.

Kyoshi Bill Woodard (Colton's Dad)

UPDATE:  9/1/09: Colton now attends the University of North Florida UNF, where he is majoring in Bi-lingual  International Business. 


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