HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 2023
WOW! No snow yet, is it truly winter in Massachusetts when no snow has fallen yet.
Besides the weather has anyone made any New Year's resolutions? To lose weight?
To train harder in karate?
to make it to more karate classes? Whatever you have decided to
have for resolutions remember not to go over board
and all gungho because those goals
could be out of reach in a month.......small attainable goals is how to make a New
Think in a POSITIVE Manner and visualize the end result of
your goal.......YOU WILL GET
THERE IN NO TIME!!!!
2022 is passing by so quickly; we have gone thru lots over the last 2 1/2 years, things have been getting
back to normal for a
while now but please remember to wash hands and keep them away from your face. We still want
to be about 6 feet apart and remember
that if you are sick please stay home.
O Sensei and I are
so grateful that our students have kept up with their martial arts training and that we have welcomed so
students in our karate home. If you do not know someone please be sure to introduce yourself.
school year is well under way, hopefully everyone is adjusting well, but remember that here at the school that this
is a safe place for parent and kids to talk to if anyone needs an ear, as we all do sometimes.
it for now! BYEBYE
2017 is here
resolution this year is to update web page and make sure we are updated as often as possible. I know its sounds like a weak
resolution but I want to make sure I stick with it. Because I know people need this for their updates and I want to
make sure its done. Making resolutions can be easy its the follow thru that needs the work. Even though we all ave good intentions
by making resolutions, I like millions of others need to keep my promise to myself and follow thru. So what is your resolution
this year. Lose weight? work out more?
Save some money? Whatever it is just be sure to follow thru. And time
will only tell if I make good on my simple resolution. GOOD LUCK with whatever yours may be!
next time which should be in 30days or less! Sensei Danielle
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY
Happy Mother's day everyone! Hope your day is full of love and laughter.
Tournament Update 03/07/09
Another tournament down and many more to go. Team RTD is starting to really be known.
Our Black belts did fantastic. Angelmarie Gonzalez competed against Sensei Justin for the first time in the traditional forms
division and they both did fantastic. Their division is one of the toughest divisions, I think, out of all them. Even
the Judges had a hard time judging them. The talent is absolutely incredible. Angelmarie came in 7th and Sensei Justin
came in 4th. Can't say enough about them. All of our seasoned competitors did fantastic. We had a twin-off for Joseph
and Michael Gonzalez in 10-11 black belt boys fighting. They ended up fighting each other for first and second place. They
were awesome. Michael pulled ahead and took first place but not to say Joseph didn't give him a run for his money.
Justin Costa's competition was hard to beat. Black belt under 9 years old is starting
to look fierce. Justin competed in weapons, forms, and fighting. He did fantastic and took trophys home in all three
divisions. Brianna Dell'Isola and Aman Gabriel are our up and coming under belts and are looking fantastic. Aman
took 3rd in forms and Brianna took 4th in forms. Julia DiFraia is becoming a fighter to be recognized, she certainly has a
tough division at 12-13 year old girls advanced. She had some terrific fights and took home 2nd place. Also took 4th
in forms, out of I think 18 competitors, boys and girls for forms.
Justin and Sensei Sean are dominating the continuous fighting division for their age groups. Both took home first place trophies.
Way to go to everyone!!!!!!! Again hard work really does pay off.
Keep it up and if you want to join the competitors in any of the competitions please don't hesitate to ask O Sensei Alberto.
We have a local tournament up in Lawrence, MA on March 29th that some of our newest
competitors are taking on. If you would like to check it out let us know.
That's it for now. Again great work by all!
Welcome back everyone. Some weather we're having. I know that we are all
sick of the snow and hopefully Monday's storm will be the last of it. Probably not but doesn't hurt to be hopeful.
Just a reminder if there is inclement weather please don't hesitate to call us to see if there are classes. Generally,
if the city closes regular school for the day that means usually we'll be closed too.
I think everyone has noticed the new layout of the school. Thank you for your patience as we work
out some kinks of our own with the new layout. Change is always good, sometimes hard but good. Just want to send
out a thank you to some of the kids that came by during vacation to help out. The Gonzalez boys, Joseph and Michael and Angel
marie kicked in to help, we also got some help from Julia DiFraia and Brianna Dell'Isola. Thanks a bunch kids, we
know you love the school just as much as we do.
As for the
new layout. We would like to remind everyone that we do not want shoes traveling in hand or other past the rugged area in
the front. We know that the floor is cold by the seating area and we're working on a solution for that. Please be
patient with us as we set up the school to be more efficient. It not only will be beneficial for us but for our students and
Next tournament is Saturday 3/7 in Rhode Island at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Warwick. If interested try to drive down
and check it out, and don't forget to wish the kids luck!
Team Red Tiger tournament update
So Team Red Tiger attended the first tournament for the year. And, well what can I say,
the kids all did so well. Even with some of them being sick they pulled through and gave it their all.
First time competitors, Frankie Leon, Jonathan Walsh, Michaela Bennett, and Aman Gabriel
all did fantastic. Everyone took trophies or medals home. We couldn't be more proud. Our seasoned competitors all did
great too. We had a bit of a friendly rivalry when two of our black belts, Joseph Gonzalez and Jonathan Argueta had to fight
each other in the 10/11 year olds black belt division for first and second place. Good fight between the two and Joseph ended
up winning and taking first place. Jonathan had given him a run for his money. Great JOB!!!
Sensei Justin took first in point fighting, and competed for the first time in the creative forms
division. Well, he took first place with his form and ended up competed in the Grand Champions for the Junior
Black Belts. He tied for first with one of his arch nemesis, Tyree Brown. During a tie for Grand
Champion the judges end up pointing to their favorite, out of 5 judges Sensei Justin got 2 votes, and
Tyree got 3. For being Sensei's first time in that division, I'd say he did very well!
Keep up the hard work everyone. It really does pay off........
Quick update everyone; don't forget school vacation starting Monday February 16th. We'll
re-open on 2/23.
HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!
So 2009 is here and another year gone by. For RTD I think 2008 turned out to be a fairly good year. We survived and
are surviving this recession everyone is in, and O Sensei and I as well as the rest of the RTD family want to say THANK YOU
many times over to our extended Red Tiger family, if it wasn't for the parents, students and YOUR families, we would
not be able to survive. So many thanks for a good 2008, and an even better 2009. Our hopes are to make the Red
Tiger Dojo a better place for you and your families to continue your martial arts education.
We will be planning some long over due updates to the school, with minimum interruptions to
your classes. And we would love to know if you have some suggestions. Please don't hesitate to write them down and pass
them along to O Sensei or me.
Again thank you for your continued
interest and support in the Martial Arts!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
CHRISTMAS IS HERE
Happy belated Thanksgiving everyone. I know I had my fill and I'm
sure you all had your fill of Turkey, now the mad dash for the Christmas Season is upon us. Between parties and shopping
I hope your all in the spirit for the Holidays. Don't forget our Holiday Party is on 12/20/2008 at 7pm. We're having
the demo team perform for us, so please be sure to be there. The kids always do a great job. And Parents, don't forget
pot luck again and as always thank you for volunteering to bring stuff in. We wouldn't be able to have these parties without
Well, for those of you who don't know we had a college crew from Emerson College shoot a movie at
the dojo. For those who participated, you were excellent!!! All the College kids were so impressed with how energetic, well
behaved and how well you all took direction. Way to go!
We definitely had a house full that day. I think there were well
over 70 people there between their crew and our crew.
I'll keep everyone posted on when there will be a screening.
CUT! THAT'S A WRAP!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Red Tiger competes at Methuen Classic, Sunday 11/02
So I have to say that our first time competitors did FANTASTIC!!!!! Our
seasoned competitors were great too! Mario Pena, Bobby McCarthy, Samson Plaisted, Erica Martin, Makayla Fucile were
our first time competitors and they all came home 4th - 1st places. WAY TO GO!
13 Competitors total everyone competed
in at least two events, and they took home 17 Gold medals, 7 silver, 2 bronze, and 2 fourth places. So overall I think
RTD did AWESOME!
EVERYONE took home medals, in all their events.
We'll be posting future
tournaments so keep an eye out for them.
Lets keep focus and practice hard, the tournaments will only get
more difficult, but I know that RTD always stands out to be a team to beat.
WAY TO GO EVERYONE!!
And thanks to O Sensei and Sensei Angel for their help in training.
FIGHTING 1st and 2nd
Sensei Sean and Sensei Justin attended the Connecticut open on 10/26 for continuous
fighting and also did very well. Sensei Sean took home 2nd place in the Adult 18-29 division, and Sensei Justin took home
1st place 15-17 year olds. Lots of hard work went into that one. Keep it up!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
BACK FROM ITALY
Hey everyone! What a TRIP!!!!!!! really exciting stuff. We arrived in Italy on
Sunday morning after taking a red eye in from Boston. All team members met up in the Boston airport and headed off from
there which worked out well for us.
Justin knew a lot of the kids from the tryouts and jumped right in with them.
Arrived at our hotel and got settled in. Let me tell you, the resort was not as it seemed on their website that's
for sure!!!!!! Not the best of places. But we made due with what we had. We survived!
Two days we were able to
go site seeing, we went to Ercolano which is an archeology dig, kind of like Pompei, a city of ruins that were discovered
at the base of Mt Vesuvius. That was cool to see something that was like 2400 years old. The next day we went to Positano
a city on the coast set in the mountain. Let me tell you about cliffs, our bus ride up there was so close if we all moved
over to the right side of the bus we would have tipped over down the cliff to the water below. Pretty scary stuff.
to the tournament. What can I say. I am so proud of our Sensei Justin. He represented the USA and Red Tiger like no
one else could. He was truly a leader with this group. He got the kids to rally together and make sure we all cheered
for everyone. There was a comraderie thru out this adventure. We really became a team in the short amount of time we
Sorry back to the tournament...... In all I believe USA took 12 Gold medals, and of course our very own
Sensei Justin won 1 gold in Continuous Fighting and a gold for 4person team fighting. In all Justin had 11 fights, more
than anyother competitor there. He pulled all the strength he could to finish those last 4 team fights. I know it wasn't
easy and he truly was a SHINING STAR!
Justin, from the bottom of my heart, I'm so proud of you for everything you've
accomplished, and I'm sure I speak for everyone, Congratulations on becoming a WORLD CHAMPION, and for being the best
you could be.
Love, Sensei Danielle
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
HEY PARENTS! SCHOOLS BACK IN SESSION!!!!
HAPPY SEPTEMBER Everyone! I know from speaking with some of the moms and dads out there that mostly everyone is happy
to be back in school. For those who are not happy SO SORRY!
This is a great time of year. Schools back in session,
the leaves are starting to change. The weather at night is cooler and so far no rain. What else could we ask for.
Oh Yeah, I almost forgot ITALY is almost here too.
I have to send out a deeply heart felt thank you to the DiFraia
family for their generosity in giving up their winnings of the 50/50 raffle. There was just over $600 dollars in there in
total. This money is definitely going to good use.
With Summer now to a close, I can't
wait to see everyone back in their uniforms and a full dojo with Warrior! being shouted thru out. Lets get back
to the swing of Karate. We need lots of concentration from everyone and for you to put your best effort ahead.
Happy Fall Everyone!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER
So the dog days of summer is here, so that's what they say anyways. I know lots of folks are taking vacations or have
taken vacations, lets try to get back into the swing of things with your KARATE lessons.
Don't forget if you
feel that you need a little extra help, please don't be shy. Just ask anyone of the sensei's or any of the sempais
if they can help you out.
Our #1 Goal is for you to get to your next belt level ultimately getting you to BLACK!!!!!
School will be back in session soon, enjoy the rest of your summer and always be safe.
Monday, July 14, 2008
US OPEN, Orlando Fl
So everyone knows that the Red Tiger Dojo is a tough school but we didn't realize
actually how tough we were. I know I may be a little biased but we are a tough school don't you agree?
The US Open was another hurry up and wait for everyone but I think we did really well. A couple of highlights.......
First the best of the best this time: Justin Costa, 8 years old competes as a black belt......took FIRST
in Black Belt fighting, and FIRST in the ELITE 8 Black Belt Fighting; in total our friend Little Justin as we fondly refer
to him by took 2 first place trophies both in fighting what a long day that was for him.
On to some other highlights.
Sensei Justin who we all know is training right now to compete in Italy in continuous fighting, with that said, Friday night
unfortunately Sensei Justin's competition in continuous fighting was cut short when Sensei Justin inadvertantly knocked
someone out with a back roundhouse kick. The kick itself was a beauty but unfortunately the competitor Sensei Justin
was fighting led with his head instead of keeping his guard up and got caught with the prettiest back roundhouse kick you'll
see. Other than that, Sensei Jusin took second overall including the elite 8 competitors in Point Fighting.
Julia DiFraia who I personally have to send a congrats too. Julia is working harder and harder for every tournament
she attends and her progression is commendable. In forms out of I don't know how many, like 35 kids, she took
4th, which is pretty dang good for an international tournament, if you ask me. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!
other competitors did fantastic..... come and see me at the school for more details, running out of writing room.
That's it for now. we'll talk again soon.
Monday, June 2, 2008
MAY 30th GRADUATION
Another Graduation gone by. Congratulations to our newest Black Belt, Alex Domond
only 10 years old received his first degree Jr. Black belt.
Congratulations to all of our Graduates. Job Well done,
keep up the good work.
Hey everyone. Well another Tournament has come and passed. As always the Red Tiger Dojo Karate team is
recognized as a tough team to come up against. All competitors did fantastic. This tournament was
a hard one to come by. As each of the competitors advance in belt rank their competition becomes harder...... lessons
learned, We'll need to be tougher and more focused next time around.
A few quick, great highlights.
Julia DiFraia took 3rd in advance forms, AWESOME!!!! She definitely stepped it up a notch. AngelMarie Gonzalez
and her brother Michael both took 3rd in Fighting black belt divisions. Sensei Sean, after waiting all day took
1st Place in Continuous Fighting!!! And Finally Sensei Justin in continuous fighting represented RTD ON STAGE!!! at the Saturday
night show by beating a fierce competitor from Team GKS and took 1st Place. Lots of congrats all around.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
St Jude thoughts, pictures and Results
Hey everyone, Well, things went great on Saturday. Great turn out and the kids did a fantastic job. I just want to thank
everyone for all their hard work.
I especially would like to thank Sensei Angel for all his extra help this last month.
Great job in getting the kids ready.
PARENTS: thanks much for all your patience with all the long practices
and travel back and forth. I know if it wasn't for your dedication too things would not be possible.
all the thanks aside, we have a grand total of $4800!!!!! Great job everyone.
Our two highest
contributors a special thanks to Makayla Fucile for raising $870 and Brianna Dell'Isola for raising $715.
Thanks again and we look forward to doing it again next year.
BLACK BELT PRINCIPLES
RESPECT COURTESY INTEGRITY
MODESTY PERSERVARANCE SELF CONTROL INDOMITABLE SPIRIT