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  • System Roles and Capabilities by Richard Munson Posted in: Role, Student, System Usage - Every site member has a defined role with an associated set of system capabilities. Over time the role of an individual can change, providing the person with more or fewer system capabilities. In this article we will cover the various roles supported by the system and the capabilities provided by each role. System Roles Each… Read More
  • Assignments by Richard Munson Posted in: Kancho, Martial Arts Dojo, Operations, Role, System Usage - You can assign various individuals to specific functions, groups, or events. Here are a few examples of the types of assignments you can make. Assign a person to function as an Instructor (Sensei) Requires that you have the role of Kancho or above This action promotes the individual to the role of Sensei. The individual will then… Read More
  • Attendance Tracking by Richard Munson Posted in: Kancho, Sensei, System Usage - The system provides the ability to track attendance in several different ways. This article covers the capabilities of this feature and how to manage its configuration and use. Attendance Tracking Capabilities An Instructor (Sensei), Head Instructor (Kancho), or System Assistant (SA) can record attendance for Dojo members. You may elect to record attendance by first… Read More
  • Curriculum Card Maintenance by Richard Munson Posted in: Governing Body, System Usage - The system supports three different tools for maintaining curriculum card information. One of the first things you need to decide when defining curriculum cards is what types of activities, knowledge, and skills you want to include in your cards. We refer to these as Curriculum Card Categories. Typical categories include kicks, blocks, strikes, techniques, Kata,… Read More
  • Curriculum Card Category Fields by Richard Munson Posted in: Governing Body, System Usage - Field Definitions Overview Curriculum Cards employ a hierarchy of definition.  There is typically a Curriculum Card for each defined belt rank. Within each Curriculum Card there are one or more Sections.  Sections normally break up the training into discrete units of instruction. Often an informal examination is held to demonstrate abilities and comprehension before a student… Read More
  • Curriculum Card Facilities by Richard Munson Posted in: Governing Body, System Usage - Organizations may elect to utilize the Curriculum Card Facility provided by the system. If your organization has set the Use Curriculum Cards parameter (checkbox) then the curriculum card system will be utilized to facilitate training and ensure students are fully compliant with training requirements prior to a promotion event. Defining Curriculum Cards When using the… Read More
  • Managing Events by Richard Munson Posted in: Sensei, Student, System Usage - Events and Appointments Website members have access to various features of an event and appointment system. In this article we will discuss the features of this system, how to create and maintain events and appointments, and methods for booking attendance and rescheduling one or more events that recur over various time spans. Accessing Events You… Read More
  • Using HTML by Richard Munson Posted in: Student, System Usage - Some data entry fields on the site allow you to optionally provide select HTML tags to augment the display of your information. Discussing how to use HTML is beyond the scope of this article. There is ample information available online regarding how to utilize HTML tags. You should check these HTML sources for any additional… Read More
  • Event Preferences by Richard Munson Posted in: Student, System Usage - Users have the ability to view events that are as local as their Dojo or as far flung as the entire globe. A series of filters allow both event creators and members to establish who can and who wants to view events in several different geographic categories. We explain how this system functions and your… Read More
  • Getting Started by Richard Munson Posted in: Insights - Welcome to the Sei Tensoku Ryu organization. We are glad you have joined us. I'd like to personally thank you for registering and would like to provide some introductory information to help you get started. When you first register and each time you login you land on the Member Features page. This provides you with many… Read More
  • Ranking Examination Candidates List by Richard Munson Posted in: Martial Arts Dojo, Tools - We provide a spreadsheet to help Head Instructors or others manage ranking examinations. It is often easy to manage examinations but as a Dojo grows in size this task can become more confusing and time-consuming. The spreadsheet we provide allows the Head Instructor to define an examination event and then assign various students and instructors… Read More
  • Examination Board Formation by Richard Munson Posted in: Procedures - Forming an Examination Board can involve either informal or quite formal processes, depending on the nature and needs of a planned Ranking Examination. An Examination Board is initially formed via selection of a practitioner as the Examination Board Head. The Examination Board Head is the individual who will manage and coordinate the examination. Many different Examination Board… Read More
  • Ranking Examination Request Form by Richard Munson Posted in: Martial Arts Dojo, Tools - An instructor may optionally complete and submit a Ranking Examination Request form when his or her student is ready to undertake a ranking examination. Only an instructor or Head Instructor may use the form to initiate a Ranking Examination. Students may never request their own ranking examination. This form is entirely optional and provided solely as one… Read More
  • Ranking Examination Process by Richard Munson Posted in: Procedures - Within Tensoku Ryu ranking examinations are a relatively formal process. Various individuals have assigned responsibilities for planning, organizing, and administering a Ranking Examination. In this topic we will cover the various procedural steps required to successfully operate a Ranking Examination. To enable a student to undertake a Ranking Examination the student's instructor must submit a… Read More
  • Examination Board Head Responsibilities by Richard Munson Posted in: Procedures - The Examination Board Head is usually the most senior member on an Examination Board. The individual in this position has significant responsibilities for the planning, organization, coordination, and record keeping related to Ranking Examinations. We discuss these responsibilities in more detail below. Examination Board Head Selection The Examination Board Head is often the Head Instructor… Read More
  • Examination Lead Role and Responsibilities by Richard Munson Posted in: Procedures - The Examination Lead is the individual who directs and orchestrates the performance-demonstration portion of a Ranking Examination.  In this article I will discuss the role and responsibilities of the Examination Lead and provide some additional background information that an Examination Lead should know or at least consider. Examination Lead Selection When an Examination Board meets… Read More
  • Post Ranking Examination Process by Richard Munson Posted in: Procedures - In this procedure we will cover the steps to follow after a practitioner has completed a ranking examination. This process involves actions on the part of the practitioner, his or her Head Instructor and Instructor (if different), the Examination Board Lead, various members of the Examination Board, and the Sei Tensoku Ryu. Immediate Actions When a… Read More
  • Belt Presentation Ceremony by Richard Munson Posted in: Procedures -   The Belt Presentation Ceremony is a formal ceremony in which a practitioner receives his or her new ranking belt. A Belt Presentation Ceremony is usually awarded after a practitioner has undergone and passed an Examination Board as evidenced by an Examination Board Signature on the practitioner's Curriculum Card or electronic record. A Belt Presentation… Read More
  • Become a Tensoku Ryu Instructor by Richard Munson Posted in: Certification, Training - We offer two different ways to become a certified Tensoku Ryu instructor. The method you utilize will depend on your current status. Individuals who are current Tensoku Ryu practitioners will work with their Head Instructor to undergo the requisite training and gain certification. We also will work with any existing martial arts instructor who is… Read More
  • Marketing Promotion Tracking Spreadsheet by Richard Munson Posted in: Business, Martial Arts Dojo - Tracking the effectiveness of your marketing and advertising promotions is a critical aspect of your marketing campaign. You need to know what is working and what is becoming a waste of time and money. The only way you can do this effectively is to ensure you track every time a marketing promotion has yielded some… Read More
  • Assumptions-Based Business Plan Financial Statements by Richard Munson Posted in: Business, Martial Arts Dojo - Developing a sound Martial Arts Dojo Business Plan can be a daunting task. The Sei Tensoku Ryu provides a downloadable series of Excel spreadsheets and other tools that facilitate production of key business plan financial statements. These worksheets automate most of the tasks related to production of these essential elements in a business plan. Business… Read More
  • Downloadable Student Registration Forms by Richard Munson Posted in: Martial Arts Dojo -   We provide two different student registration forms you can download and print. There is no charge for using these forms. One form is a full-page form that you might keep in a folder, filing cabinet, or three-ring binder. The second is a page consisting of four 3" x 5" cards containing essentially the same… Read More
  • Conditioning Exercises by Richard Munson Posted in: Insights, Martial Arts Instructors - When you are teaching classes that require some level of conditioning you may find it useful to have a variety of different exercises to employ. This makes classes more interesting and works to develop different areas of the body. In this article we will cover various exercises you might employ during classes that require some form of… Read More
  • Tri-fold Marketing Brochure by Richard Munson Posted in: Martial Arts Dojo - We provide a tri-fold brochure that you can download, customize and print. There are a great many tri-fold brochure templates available via the Internet and you are of course welcome to use any you like.  The brochure we provide is generally oriented toward Tensoku Ryu Dojo and may reduce the time and effort you need… Read More
  • Martial Arts Injury Tracking by Richard Munson Posted in: Martial Arts Dojo - If you operate a Dojo you may want to track student injuries as they occur. Within the Sei Tensoku Ryu we consider an injury to be a sidelining injury if it causes a practitioner to miss two or more training days. This means we do not normally track things like a bruise or an occasional… Read More