reading for kicks

encouraging reading . . . and other good habits

"Karate-Do begins and ends with courtesy."

Niju Kun



Sensei Ray Dalke Seminars
April 17, 2013

Dalke Sensei will be conducting three seminars at the Riverside Woman's Club Hall this Wednesday evening. We'll be starting at 6pm. Details -- to include pricing and subject matter -- can be found in this flyer.

All are welcome (except for those who are not) so please come by -- even if it's just to catch up and chat and reconnect with those you haven't seen for too long.

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Reading For Kicks T-Shirts
September 9, 2012

The Valdez family has come up with yet another fund-raising strategy: T-shirts. Reading For Kicks is selling them for $12 each and we have them in all sizes.

Each T-Shirt sold puts us several dollars closer to the purchase of mats, so let's all get one -- and maybe we can all wear them at the next carwash.

Oh, and let's make sure that we thank the Valdez family for their support of our dojo. Thanks, folks.

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New Kyu Exams
September 6, 2012

The long-awaited revised kyu exams have been posted on the exams page.

Each exam is divided into three parts. Part 1 is written and is to be turned in two weeks prior to the end of term. (In this case, the end of term is Saturday, November 10th.)

Those who have (a) completed Part 1, and (b) will have attended a minimum of 25 classes over the term, will be eligible to take Part 2 a week before the end of term.

Those who have completed Parts 1 and 2 will be eligible to take Part 3 at the end of term.

We'll be reviewing the exams many times over the next two months so I'm confident that everyone will be ready on November 10th.

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Carwash
August 25, 2012

Thanks to everyone who participated in our fundraiser. We made over $500 -- which will go towards new mats. Thanks, Sensei Meyer, for organizing it all.

For all of you who couldn't attend due to scheduling conflicts (and anyone who bought a ticket this time, but didn't show up to actually have their car washed), don't worry. We plan on holding another carwash during the first week in October. See you then.

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New Reading For Kicks Flyer
August 12, 2012

David Macamay has created a new flyer for us. It's quite an upgrade from our previous version. You can see it here. Attach it to emails you send to friends or print it and pass it out if you'd like. The more people we have on the floor, the better our training will be.

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Kyu Exam
Saturday, July 13, 2012

Congratulations to those who passed our July Kyu Exam -- especially to our three new brown belts who've worked so hard and diligently.

Thanks to everyone for making our 5-year anniversary exam such a success. The potluck party exceeded all expectations and Sensei (for one) ate far more than was good for him.

Those who took (and passed) the exam are:

Clinch, Michael9th kyu
Crichtenfield, Michael6th kyu
Dagohoy, Eric8th kyu
Gall, Bob6th kyu
Gall, Gina9th kyu
Macamay, David6th kyu
Macamay, Halana3rd kyu
Macamay, Karissa3rd kyu
Menchaca, Dean8th kyu
Ramirez, Adam8th kyu
Valdez, Cody3rd kyu
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Embusen Assignment #4

Completion of this assignment is required in order to qualify for your next kyu exam. A copy of it can be found here. If you have any questions about the instructions, contact Sensei Hunt via email. (You may submit your work via email as well, if you choose.)

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Kyu Exam
Saturday, March 10, 2012

Congratulations to those who passed our March Kyu Exam. Those who took (and passed) the exam are:

Crichtenfield, Michael7th kyu
Dagohoy, Eric9th kyu
Disbrow, Mike8th kyu
Gall, Audrey7th kyu
Gall, Bob7th kyu
Gall, Nathan8th kyu
Gilreath, Rebekah8th kyu
Haun, Garrett8th kyu
Haun, Lauren8th kyu
Haun, Troy7th kyu
Macamay, David7th kyu
Macamay, Halana4th kyu
Macamay, Karissa4th kyu
Menchaca, Dean9th kyu
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New Facebook Page
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thanks to Gina Gall, we now have a Facebook page. Thank you, Gina, for pulling us into the 21st century.

From now on this page will be reserved for major announcements, such as dojo events or kyu exam results or the like. For up-to-the minute class postings, please see our Facebook page. It will allow us to be much more efficient at getting the word out if classes have been canceled or postponed due to scheduling conflicts with the good ladies of the Woman's Club.

By the way, if you're active on Facebook -- or have friends that are -- please let them know about our program and our new page. There's a link there that will send them back here for more detailed information.

If you're new and wondering about our program and can't find the answer to a question here, feel free to post the question on our Facebook page and someone will respond.

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No Class Today
Saturday, November 19, 2011

No class today. The Woman's Club is hosting "Shop Til You Drop" -- an annual pre-Christmas function. For those disappointed at not being able to train, perhaps you can assuage your pain by shopping for Christmas gifts.

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Kyu Exam
Saturday, November 12, 2011

Congratulations to all! For the first time in our dojo's history, everone who tested passed their exam. Grading sheets will be available this week. Please pick yours up and focus on the included comments until the next exam.

Another potluck party afterwards was a success --- especially thanks to the efforts of you-know-who (who wishes to remain anonymous, but we all know who he/she is). The bar was really and truly raised this time and I can only hope that everyone else takes that as a challenge for our next party. Thank you very much, anonymous chef, for the fine treats you provided.

Those who took (and passed) the exam are:

Adams, Katie7th kyu
Clinch, Joe7th kyu
Clinch, Kieran7th kyu
Crichtenfield, Michael8th kyu
Disbrow, Mike9th kyu
Escalera, Julie5th kyu
Gall, Audrey8th kyu
Gall, Bob8th kyu
Gall, Nathan9th kyu
Giglio, Alexia8th kyu
Gilreath, Rebekah9th kyu
Haun, Garrett9th kyu
Haun, Lauren9th kyu
Haun, Troy8th kyu
Jenkins, Denise5th kyu
Macamay, David9th kyu
Macamay, Halana5th kyu
Macamay, Karissa5th kyu
Medina, Nick3rd kyu
Pearson, Nicolas9th kyu
Rowden, Lindsay5th kyu
Valdez, Cody4th kyu
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Embusen Assignment #3

Completion of this assignment is required in order to qualify for your next kyu exam. A copy of it can be found here. If you have any questions about the instructions, contact Sensei Hunt via email. (You may submit your work via email as well, if you choose.)

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No Class Today
Saturday, October 15, 2011

No class today. The ladies of the Woman's Club are holding a fund-raising auction, so we'll not be training today. See you all Tuesday.

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Make-up Kyu Exam
Thursday, September 22, 2011

Congratulations to those who passed the make-up exam:

Escalera, Julie6th kyu
Gall, Bob9th kyu
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National Night Out
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
National Night Out

No class tonight. But if you'd like to man a display table with the Senseis, please come and be a Reading For Kicks ambassador. You can also meet RWC members, enjoy light refreshments, and meet City of Riverside officials and reps from the Police and Fire Departments to find out ways we as neighbors can keep our neighborhood safe.

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Vote for Reading For Kicks

The Press/Enterprise is conducting its annual Reader's Choice Awards survey. One of the categories is 'best place to learn martial arts' in Riverside. Let's see if we can put Reading For Kicks on the map by encouraging our friends and loved ones to vote for us. Anyone wishing to participate in the survey can do so by by going to www.pe.com/readerschoice/here.

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Embusen Assignment #2

Completion of this assignment is required in order to qualify for your next kyu exam. The corrected copy (thanks to the keen eyes of Bob Gall) can be found here. If you have any questions about the instructions, contact Sensei Hunt via email. (You may submit your work via email as well, if you choose.)

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Embusen Assignment #1

Completion of this assignment is required in order to qualify for your next kyu exam. A copy of it can be found here. If you have any questions about the instructions, contact Sensei Hunt via email.

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Next Kyu Exam
Saturday, November 12, 2011

This is the tentative date for the next exam. If you intend to test, please arrange your schedule so as to leave this date open. As usual, we'll have a potluck party afterwards.

Also, I need a few volunteers to help decorate and help with room set-up the night before. You've all put up with my bachelor-type decorations for long enough.

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Kyu Exam
Saturday, July 9, 2011

Congratulations to all who passed their exam. The general level of technique and spirit showed a marked improvement. Grading sheets will be handed out in the next week, so you'll know what you need to focus on over the summer.

Thanks to everyone who brought goodies to the party afterwards -- although Sensei Scarano complained that the chocolate chip cookies were too good. (His words; not mine. Keep them coming.)

A special exam will be held soon for those who had prior commitments and couldn't attend today's event. I'll post the time here when we finalize it.

Once again, congratulations to those who passed. They are:

Adams, Katie8th kyu
Crichtenfield, Kat9th kyu
Crichtenfield, Michael9th kyu
Gall, Audrey9th kyu
Giglio, Alexia9th kyu
Jenkins, Denise6th kyu
McDonald, Ethan8th kyu
Medina, Nick4th kyu
Rodriguez, Isaiah9th kyu
Rodriguez, Jorge8th kyu
Rowden, Lindsay6th kyu
Velasco, Alex7th kyu
Velasco, Ignacio6th kyu
Velasco, Jaime8th kyu
Zuniga, Angel9th kyu
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UCR Tournament
Saturday, May 7, 2011

If your schedule permits, I highly recommend coming to this tournament. Very high level karate. Senseis Scarano, Meyer, and Hunt will be judging, so stop by and say hi while you're there. The event takes place in the Student Recreation Center on the UCR campus. See any one of the senseis for details.

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Inland Empire Reading Council Award
Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Inland Empire Reading Council and the International Reading Association were gracious in honoring Sensei William Hunt with the CELEBRATE LITERACY AWARD. While grateful, Sensei feels that the award really honors everyone in the Reading For Kicks program. You, the students, are the ones reading and training -- and there wouldn't be a program at all if it weren't for the support of the adjunct instructors and, most importantly, Sensei Robert Scarano, whose guidance and example inspire us to do our best. Thank you, IERC.

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Kyu Exam
Saturday, March 13, 2011

Ah! Good to be back home and testing on hardwood again, no? Good job by everyone on the exam. Below is the list of those who passed:

Adams, Katie9th kyu
Escalera, Julie7th kyu
Jenkins, Denise7th kyu
Macamay, Halana6th kyu
Macamay, Karissa6th kyu
McDonald, Ethan9th kyu
Medina, Nick5th kyu
Rodriguez, Jorge9th kyu
Rodriguez, Victor9th kyu
Rowden, Lindsay7th kyu
Valdez, Cody5th kyu
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Kyu Exam
Saturday, November 13, 2010

We tested on the grass in the park last time (although that wasn't the original plan). This time we tested on the mats. Nice job, everyone. You all adapted quite well to the new surface.

Next time we test at the Canyon Crest Athletic Club, I'll prepare a better map: some folks unfortunately couldn't find us. The results of the exam are below:

Clinch, Joe8th kyu
Clinch, Kieran8th kyu
Eadie, Tiffany7th kyu
Hakakian, Alisa9th kyu
Macamay, Halana7th kyu
Macamay, Karisa7th kyu
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Kyu Exam
Saturday, July 17, 2010

I want to personally thank everyone for being so flexible about our last-minute venue change to Fairmount Park. Everyone came through beautifully. Good job, all!

Kudos to those tested on the grass. Everyone looked very good (even though we had a few slips and slides) and you all demonstrated the Shotokan can-do spirit. Below is the list of those who passed:

Gitchell, Amelia7th kyu
Gitchell, Madison8th kyu
Macamay, Halana8th kyu
Macamay, Karisa8th kyu
Medina, Crystal7th kyu
Medina, Nick6th kyu
Valdez, Cody6th kyu
Velasco, Ignacio7th kyu
Velasco, Jaime9th kyu
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UCR Tournament
Saturday, May 15, 2010

Once again, the UCR Tournament is here. You would have to go a long way to see better karate than right here. Come see what we're all striving for. The tournament will be held at Student Recreation Center at UCR. If you're not sure where that is, come see me.

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Kyu Exam
Saturday, March 13, 2010

Good job by everyone on the exam. Below is the list of those who passed:

Escalera, Julie9th kyu
Gitchell, Amelia8th kyu
Gitchell, Jesse8th kyu
Gitchell, Madison9th kyu
Giornalista, Nino9th kyu
Hayes, Johnny5th kyu
Jenkins, Denise9th kyu
Keyes, Travis9th kyu
Macamay, Halana9th kyu
Macamay, Karisa9th kyu
Macamay, Halana7th kyu
Margolis, Ben9th kyu
McMinn, Pauline7th kyu
Medina, Crystal8th kyu
Medina, Nick7th kyu
Velasco, Ignacio8th kyu
Velasco, Alex8th kyu
Young, Tyler6th kyu
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Welcome

This is the website for the non-profit organization known as "Reading For Kicks". Our mission is to encourage habitual literacy. To that end, we teach karate to children and adults.

How does that promote literacy, you ask? Well, we accept no fees. Instead, we require our students to read a book (of their own choosing) and submit a book report every month.

In our style of karate (Shotokan), it takes several years to become a black belt -- so when our students achieve that rank they are not only proficient at self-defense, they are habitual readers.

Examine our site. If you like what you see, please join us.

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