It's exciting to realize that we are nearing the end of the year but when we consider that we will begin a new decade in a few weeks it's fun to think about what the 2020's will have in store for you. With that new beginning will come new opportunities to take positive steps toward health and well being in our lives. That's why Ingram's is so excited to begin the tournament training season.
Competitive karate training can be such a great enhancement to your weekly karate classes. The competitive edge is a great motivator for students to find not just the will to train to be stronger, faster, and overall better; it's also a great motivator for students who have found themselves in a plateau during their karate journey and are looking to ramp up the health benefits of their martial arts training.
Being on the Ingram's team is so much fun. It's a great way to bring fellowship and social gatherings into your karate regimen. Students who have chosen to be on our team have made lasting friendships and bonds that reach far beyond the dojo walls. Kids and teens in particular have found that these bonds have been a factor in helping them to continue to reach for and achieve their black belt and beyond goals; it's not secret that finding like minded people to strive toward your goals with makes achievement more possible and we believe this to be a huge factor in overall success in a student's martial arts journey.
Competitive karate gives you the opportunity to broaden your knowledge base about other styles of karate as well. We participate in tournaments that are on the AAU Karate Circuit. This means that when our students attend karate tournaments they will be exposed to and get to know about other traditional Okinawan / Japanese styles of traditional karate. In the old days, Okinawan masters found a wealth of knowledge and a richness of life by the sharing of information and friendships with people from other styles. This is still true today in Okinawa, and Ingram's team students get to experience this benefit firsthand.
Participation in the AAU karate circuit is such a great experience; we believe it offers the best in traditional karate competition and is by far the most professional organization for the karate athlete. Ingram's team members have also had the amazing experiences of international travel for competition. Dozens of Ingram's athletes have represented the United States on the AAU national team in many countries including Australia, Poland, Germany, Budapest, Italy, Japan, Scotland, and Spain; and many of our athletes have won World Championship titles at these events.
Our first team practice is open to students of all ages and ranks and will be held on Saturday, December 14th at 11:00 A. M. This practice will be held at the Carrollwood dojo and will include a ton of information about team for newcomers. If you have more questions about team be sure to speak to your sensei. Sensei Sheri is the director of the Florida referee committee, and Sensei Jen is a head referee in Florida so they are a great resource for you to find out more about competitive karate.
We can't wait for the 2020 season to begin. Don't miss this chance to be part of the fun!