House of Champions Academy of Martial Arts
News and Bruises

Hello HOC Family!

It’s an incredibly busy holiday season for everyone but, I want to personally encourage you to keep coming into the dojo and, let’s finish the year 2013 strong! Also please keep in mind that we offer HOC gift certificates that can be used towards memberships or merchandise-give a loved one the gift of improved health that truly will give them a fantastic start into the New Year coming up! Please have yourselves a wonderful and safe holiday- we look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks and into 2014! Here are a few important dates to mark in your calendar and some words we hope you are inspired by.

Important Dates:

*Congrats to Grandmaster Bill Ryusaki who was honored this month at The Martial Arts History Museum in Burbank. Sensei Bill, who is already is already in the Museum’s Hall of Fame, was recognized in a special ceremony by over a hundred dear friends and family who had many inspiring encouraging sentiments to share with the Grandmaster as to how he has personally inspired and motivated them over the years. For an interesting biography on Grandmaster Bill, please see our News & Bruises section of the HOC website.

*A big HOC congrats to Dean Moskowitz who won a tough fight at The Grounds in Pasadena this month! Please also show Dean some love and “like” his Facebook page “UFC of Dean Bo” for fight updates, training tips and encouraging posts.

* Schedule Changes as of Nov. 17th- Boxing Tuesday & Thursday 7:30pm. Adult Arjukenpo Wednesday 7:15pm & Sat 9am. New times of Warrior Fit Tuesday & Thursday 7:30pm, Sat. 9am. Monday & Wednesday morning Kickboxing @10am. Please pick up a new schedule at the front desk.

*Join us Sunday, November 17th 1pm-4pm at HOC for an exciting, hands-on Integrated Eskrima & Eskrima Disarms seminar with internationally renown martial artist & author Dr. Mark V. Wiley! $40 pre-registration or $50 at the door. $10 spectator fee. See front desk for registration & info or go to House of Champions, Van Nuys on Facebook to “join” the event posted and for further details.

*Come down to Hollywood Park Casino November 23rd to show your support for HOC’s own Travis Gartlis! Tickets on sale at HOC $50 and see “House of Champions, Van Nuys” on Facebook for a link to more event info!

*Please note: The Dojo will be closed Thanksgiving Weekend: Thursday 28th –Sunday 1st.

*We have a wonderful 2 for 1 Holiday Special coming up! Give the gift that will last a lifetime! Please see the front desk for more details and gift certificates.

*December 8th at Club Nokia: U of MMA fights! HOC’s D.C., Kevin Aguirre, Cruz Martinez and Hugo Aranda Jr.! Tickets available at HOC.

*Save the date! HOC annual Holiday Party! December 14th 6pm-9pm. Please see front desk to sign up for Potluck items & set up/clean up. Bring a toy to donate for Toys For Tots-show your child the true meaning of Christmas. Holiday gifts & gift certificates will be available this night so please keep the gift of heath in mind this Holiday Season. We look forward to spending time with our HOC Family!

*Please note: The Dojo will be closed for the Holiday Season: December 24th – January 1st. We will reopen January 2nd 2014.

** Women’s Street Smarts Survival Skills class. Thursday’s 7:30pm-8:15pm This is a FREE class! Parents, tell your teen daughter to invite her friends from school! Pick up flyers at our front desk, ask your school to post them in their Teacher’s Lounge. Pass them around! The skills learned may someday save their life! Please spread the word, tell your friends. Help the women & young women in your life be prepared!

*Some health requests: Please keep your child’s finger & toe nails cut short which will help prevent injury to other students and even your own child. Thank you! As we are already unfortunately experiencing, “cold & flu season” is upon us! Thank you in advance for refraining from coming into the dojo if you or a family member is ill.

*Please remember the best compliment you can give your Sensei is to refer a friend! Please ask at our front desk about our Referral Program!

*Remember to “like” House of Champions, Van Nuys” on Facebook for special offers, inspirational posts, tips and articles.

Words of Inspiration:

Parents and/or Guardians,

This month, our weekly lessons will have to do Getting Results!

How Can You Help?
We want our students to know and understand the value that comes with results. You can have positive results from working toward what you want to accomplish and feel good about your results. For example, doing homework and getting an “A” or practicing your martial arts and being able to do a form correctly will give you positive results. Teaching your children to listen to you and do what they are told will teach them to have respect for others and attain positive results from their actions.

Working to attain good results is not always easy. Teaching your children that the reward of good results is worth the effort, is a great life lesson. Learning that our results will get better with persistence and determination will make us feel good and build self-esteem!

So, work with your children to help them understand what a result is and its importance. Give them opportunities to get good results every day for whatever they do. Getting good results encourages us to always try to do our best. Sometimes, we may get a bad result from our efforts. In this case, we want to work with our children to help them understand that sometimes things will turn out differently than we expect, and we have to know how to handle adversities. Teach them that if one thing does not work, try a different tactic and see what happens then.


Shihan Mark
Founder/Chief Instructor