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Hi, My name is Guillermo Venegas , Iam godan(5th Dan Degree rank) shotokan karate instructor. I have 43 years of experience. I have trained with most important Shihans (Masters) of karate of Japan. Hidetaka Nishiyama, Takeshi Oishi, Tetsuhiko Asai, Mitsuo Inoue, Hiroshi Ishikawa, and Hirokazu Kanazawa my master currently. Karate is my passion, so I train my students to be good karatekas, I put all my effort in doing interesting and fun classes. I have formed many champions in karate competitions, so competetive karate is also another goals for my students although our dojo is a traditional dojo. We respect the principles of discipline of the dojokun (karate rules) I trained in japan for 20 days in 2016 with the most important instructors of the SKIF karate Honbu dojo. Now i have much more exprience in the different aspects of the study of karate (kihon, kata and kumite) We are receiving new students in our dojo, but we have only 20 spots for this year. Our dojo is very confortable, with wood floor and a new tatami special modern karate mats. We are receiving children from 4 years upto 17 , our classes are divided in four groups: Tigers (4-6) Beginners (7-10) Intermediate (11-13) advanced ( 14 - 17) We also have adults from (18- 39) we are waiting for you. !! Come on !! Visit us !!  

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Swampscott, MA 01907
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We give to the students 2 classes trial. After sign up, we start the basic karate lessons, so the karateka starts with basic stances of karate like: KIba dachi, Zenkutsu dachi and kokutsu dachi, after that we teach blocking: upper, middle and lower blocks. this is done for 1 week after this, we add punching and kicking techniques, so this way the student is working with coordination, balance and precision , then after this week we start working with kata (Form) from 1 upto 21 moves. These are the basic moves for a new student.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have trained all my life with Japanese sensei, I started with sensei Mitsuo Inoe, then Hiroshi Ishikawa, and Manabu murakami currently. 

 I have received my godan (5th Dan Degree) in 2015. After a very difficult examination. I was congratulated by the examiner for my good examination. one month later I received the certificate from Japan. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

We have an enrolling system in our website, so people can sign up on the web. Very easy and you can do it anytime.

www.karateswampscott.com \sign up 

How did you get started teaching?

I was in high school in 1975. so I started learning by that time. after 2 years I enrolled in the instructor course this lasted 2 years . in 1977 I received my instructor permit\ title to teach in the whole country. That way I started to teach in schools and gyms. I have worked in many gyms and school up to now. Currently I am teaching in the eye of the tiger dojo, very happy of receiving new students who come with different motivations to our classes.

What types of students have you worked with?

We have worked with students with very low level of selfsteem, children who were bullied, sedentary and many children with very little physical condition. We changed the way of life them, now these students participate in many physical activities in the schools and in clubs. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

We have a student called Tony, he comes to train every week, I started to talk to him and work together in the techniques for kata , he improved a lot up to now. We are very proud of that. also we think the one to one classes are the best to improve the level of our students. we do this with all our students, so they feel much more taken into account.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

First all, the sensei must have all the certificates of the federation he belonges, you must see one of his classes to see the way he works, also you must have an interview with him, the main thing is how do you feel with this person.if you feel right and confident with this person you can start taking classes.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

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Are your classes so hard?

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