Team Focus Competition Requirements & Schedule
Objective: The objective of the Focus Competition Team is to provide a higher level of training physically and mentally for those athletes who have a desire to take their Karate competition to a higher level. This program is open to all Focus students who fit the criteria as laid out below.
Rank Requirement: Blue Belt and higher (or by special invitation).
Age Requirement: 8 years and older (or by special invitation).
AAU Membership: Must be current AAU members (www.aaukarate.org - Club Name: Focus Martial Arts).
Various scheduled Team Focus classes during the year may be canceled as a result of rank exams, clinics, special
- Focus Warm-up Jacket
Each student will practice one or more Kata(s) chosen specifically to fit their tournament experience level (Beginner, Novice, Intermediate or Advanced), their body type and physical abilities. It is important to remember that most Team Focus athletes will learn a completely different Kata from what they practice in the regular Karate classes.
Similar with the Kata practice, all students will practice appropriate Kumite techniques and strategies based on their competition level (Beginner, Novice, Intermediate & Advanced). Each athlete will receive a list with all the skills that he/she will work on throughout the season, and will be expected to be able to perform them very well by the time they attend the AAU Regionals & Nationals.
Each Team Focus athlete should attend a minimum of two age appropriate Fitness/Krav Maga classes a week.
NEW – This season we are bringing back Team Plus for all athletes that are ready to commit more of their time to prepare for the upcoming tournaments. See the attached information regarding the Team Plus requirements, training schedule and fees.
AAU NATIONALS TRAINING
3 weeks before 2017 AAU Nationals, Team Focus training schedule will have some changes to allow the athletes to better prepare for the most important event of their season. Complete information on this will be emailed to all families after the 2017 AAU Regionals.
Focus Junior Shotokan Karate Tournament (October 2016)
AAU Illinois State Karate Championships (January 2017)
AAU Indiana State Karate Championships (March 2017)
Focus Junior Karate Tournament (March 2017)
Chicagoland Karate-Do Challenge (March 2017)
AAU Super Regional Karate Championships (April 2017)
The Annual Sacramento Karate Championships (June 2017)
AAU National Karate Championships (July 2017)
AAU Junior Olympic Games (August 2017)
FOR TOURNAMENT DATES CLICK HERE
An adult parent or guardian for each tournament must accompany underage athletes, unless other arrangements have been made and approved by the coaches committee.
After the 2017 AAU Nationals, all Team Focus classes will be cancelled for 1 week while the rest of the classes will continue to run as scheduled. This will give all Team Focus members a well-deserved break after a long training camp followed by one of the toughest competition of their season.
2016-2017 TEAM FOCUS MEMBERSHIP
This is a 12 month agreement and all participants must agree to the fee for the entire 12 months! After the 2017 AAU Nationals, everyone will continue to pay the Team Focus monthly rate until the end of August 2017.
All Team Focus Members will be required to participate in our monthly automatic credit card payment program and continue to keep their accounts at Focus up to date in order to participate on Team Focus.
The monthly fee does not include tournaments fees, travel expenses, special equipment, special trainings or clinics, uniforms, warm ups, team outings, or other expenses that may arise.
Everyone must commit to the entire season by September 24th, 2016.
New Team Focus season starts on September 1st, 2016 for all returning students, and on October 1st, 2016 for all new students.
Everyone must turn in the signed Team Focus agreements by September 24th, 2016.
All Team Focus members must be current AAU members. To apply for the 2016-2017 AAU Extended Membership visit www.aaukarate.org and use the Club Name: Focus Martial Arts.
Click here for the complete packet: 2016-2017 Team Focus New Season Information
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