KickStartKidsKarate News 2016-2017July 17, 2017A Perfect Ending to a Perfect Year!I would like to express my sincere THANK YOU to ALL of you, Principal Knittle, Mr. Pineda, and the Burbank Administration, for the overwhelming support karate receives each year, every year, and for the ending event (UFAF/ITC World Championships) in Las Vegas. With your dedicated support our students were are able to experience life changing experiences and the ability to build their character that will mold them into successful individuals.Burbank students have continued to represent themselves, their families, their school, and KICKSTART KIDS in a positive and motivating way. They have surely made memories that will last a lifetime! This past week in Las Vegas at the 2017 UFAF/ITC World Championships (3) Burbank students represented themselves, their families, their school, KSK, and Grand Master Norris, demonstrating all the KSK Values through their actions. Watching them socialize with other students from around the world was amazing. Watching them learn, teach, and guide made me proud and grateful to be their teacher. Words can't really describe it!The KSK TEAM of students, instructors and Administration were lucky to have a huge family experience! Our Burbank students gave up 5 hours a day during summer karate, pushing themselves extremely hard to prepare themselves for this event and they were blessed with an AMAZING experience and results!The results are as follows:Black BeltAgustin Ramirez - 1st in Open Forms - 1st in Weapon Form - 1st in Sparring - Runner Up in Grand Champion Forms and Runner Up in Grand Champion Weapon Forms 3 World TitlesRed BeltKaren Manzano - 1st in Weapon Forms - 2nd in Sparring - 3rd in Forms, 1 World TitleBlue BeltLuis Mendoza - 1st in Forms - 1st in Weapon Forms - 1st in Sparring, 3 World TitlesMr. White- 1st in Forms - 1st in Weapon Forms - 1st in Sparring - Forms Grand Champion - NORRIS CUP WINNER , 3 World TitlesI am truly blessed and honored to be a part of their amazing journey as their Instructor.Thank you ALL very much!Mr. WhiteMay 15, 2017It is my great pleasure to report that the following students have earned the rank of Black Belt:Our new Black Belts pictured with Mr. White: Julissa Lugo, Gabriela DeLeon, Agustin Ramirez, Justin Perez.Please join me in congratulating these talented individuals on their achievement. It takes a lot of energy, talent, and dedication to become a Black Belt. May they continue to grow in knowledge and skill!Sincerely,Mr. WhiteApril 4, 2017
On April 1, 2017 the Burbank Tournament Team traveled to Stafford High School for the 2017 KickStartKids Regional Championships. There were 690 competitors trying to earn an invitation to the 2017 KSK State Championships. In order to receive an invitation, they needed to place in the top (4) of their divisions.Burbank had (38) students competing and will have (18) students attending the State Championships. Burbank won many awards with several students winning in multiple divisions. In total, Burbank students won (15) 1st place - (8) 2nd place – (8) 3rd place awards. We are looking forward to the State Championships on April 22, 2017. We have high hopes of bringing back some STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS!!
Mr. WhiteMarch 3, 2017On Saturday, February 18, 2017, our KickStartKids Karate Team traveled to Stafford, Texas to participate in the Spring Qualifier. Our students performed very well and there were forty eight (48) first, second, and third place finishes, with as many students thus classifying for the finals. Please click on the link to read the story.Sincerely,Mr. WhiteFebruary 1, 2017On Saturday, January 28, 2017, our Burbank KickStartKarate Team was honored to sponsor the Martial Arts Mania in the school's auditorium from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. This annual competition is held between the Demo Teams of all North Texas KickStartKids schools. Demo Teams have the opportunity to showcase their skills, all set to music.Our 6th/7th grade team competed against twelve other teams. They performed flawlessly and tied for 1st place. However, after eliminating scores, the team ended up with a 2nd place overall. Our 8th grade team moved up to the highest division and competed against high school and college students. They rose to the occasion and earned an awesome 4th place overall!Many thanks to the administrators who were here helping make the activity such a success: Mr. Pineda, Ms. Cortina, and Ms. Boswell.I am super proud to be Burbank's team coach and instructor.Thanks,Mr. WhiteDecember 16, 2016We have closed the first semester in great form. On November 16, 2016, our school had the Math and Science Family Night and our team performed at the beginning of the evening. We had more than 50 students stay and participate, giving their support to the Math and Science Department.The following month on December 8, 2016, we had our Fall Karate Belt Ceremony. Two hundred and forty (240) students performed and received their corresponding belts. We had a great turn-out of parents and guests who supported our students throughout this semester. You can read the story here.To finalize, our Demo Team performed during the Elective Family Night on December 13, 2016. Once again we had a great turn-out of parents, which makes our Karate Team perform even better. We are looking forward to another great semester, beginning on January 4, 2017.Sincerely,Mr. WhiteOctober 26, 2016KickStartKids Demo Team performed at the Family Literacy Night last October 26th. Our students used this opportunity to practice their routines for the upcoming Fall Qualifier on November 1st. Mr. Valle and Mr. Soria were present to give their support.Sincerely,Mr. WhiteSeptember 6, 2016Welcome back! After an incredibly successful year, we capped our achievements by capturing seven titles and three World Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our students and parents raised the money needed to send us to competition and they were completely rewarded for their efforts. I am looking forward to a year of even greater achievement and success. I know my students, and I am confident that with honor, discipline and integrity, the sky's the limit!Sincerely,Mr. White