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Merit Badge Program Graduation - March 11, 2016

    back to 19th century Japan and to "the way of the Samurai". The Samurai lived by a set of rules, a code, which guided their
This was known as the Bushido code, or “The Way of the Warrior.”

Over the past 12 months, the Golden Crane has conducted a program designed to help students to better understand the morals and virtues of
the Karate way of life, and then take the lessons and the skills from the dojo [karate school] into their everyday lives, molding students in to
becoming better citizens of their community.

Students have been learning the benefits of ‘Commitment, Courage, Friendship, Gratitude & Teamwork’, to name a few. There are a total of 24
virtues to learn, and work on, and students earned badges for each completed virtue in our 12 month Merit Badge Program.

The students participating all volunteered to be a part of the program, completing a monthly activity sheet which their parent [or teachers]
signed off on. Along the way students participated in special fun interactive events, such as Game Night & Movie Night; as well as reaching out
to assist others by making & sending cards to sick children in local hospitals.

At the end of the year, those students achieving all 24 Badges attended a Graduationl Event.
Special Congratulations to: Rylee Conard, Nathan DeBruyckere, Ryan DeBruyckere, Sadie Lebsack, Erica Lefebvre, Nathan Lefebvre,
Luke Levine, Zachary McGarry, Ana Merrill, Stella Merrill & David Theroux for having completed ALL 24 VIRTUES!  

A special “Thank you” to Sempai-Dai Hunter Rouillard, who designed and implemented the program, mentoring students every step of the way,
and a special ‘Thank you” to Sempai Joseph Hennigar, Jr, and some of the other Teens who also mentored the students, attending events and
assisting students to complete this program.
A Gift of Support: NH FOOD BANK
We believe that giving and supporting those in need is a characteristic of a good martial artist.
Working together for peace, and In this spirit, the Golden Crane works to sponsor an annual
Thank you all for you help with the NH Food Bank Collection!
2008 collection drive & sorting of toys and gifts for the US Solders, and their families.
"Max" the Lion Visits the Golden Crane: Thursday, September 8, 2011
Max, the mascot for the Manchester Monarchs Hockey Team was on hand to visit with students & parents at our school in Windham NH.
Together with the students, Max worked on basic karate technqiues!  thank you to all who participated with us!
Email:  goldencrane04@gmail.com
Phone: (603) 437-2020
Mail: 46 Lowell Rd, Ste.#6, Windham NH, 03087

The Golden Crane is conveniently located minutes off  
I-93 [Exit 3], at 46 Lowell Rd, in beautiful Windham, NH.
2008 collection drive & sorting of toys and gifts for the US Solders, and their families.
:: Some of Our Past Events Include ::
the Students & Staff of the Golden Crane.

Over the course of a year, the students of the Golden Crane learned about the art of Origami
(the Japanese art of paper folding). Ranging in ages from 5 years old to adult, students folded
each of the thousand cranes, stringing them together to form the hanging mobiles.

Each crane folded represents a wish put into the universe for the military serving in Iraq to come
home soon, and to come home safely.  This origami mobile is dedicated to all of the heroes,
past, present and future who have protected our freedom with an unselfish and willing heart and

Dedication: The following story was placed on a plaque and presented to the Director of the VA
Medical Center. This plaque will hang with the Crane Mobiles and circulate through the various
wards of the VA Medical Center.

"One Thousand Wishes"
Legends say the Crane lives for 1000 years. It mates for life and is regarded as a symbol of
fidelity, longevity and good fortune. The cranes in these mobiles are created using origami, the
art of paper folding.

Tradition says that folding 1000 cranes, one for each year of the cranes life, will make a wish
come true. This legend was popularized by the true story of Sadako. She was a young girl who
when diagnosed with leukemia from exposure to the bombing at Hiroshima, began folding cranes
to wish fore her own healing as well as the healing and peaceful existence of the world. She was
able to fold 644 cranes before her death. The remaining 356 cranes were folded by her friends
and family after her death.

The students of the Golden Crane, a traditional Karate and Tai Chi school in Windham, NH,
have folded each one of the thousand cranes you see hanging. Each crane represents a wish
put in to the universe for the military serving in Iraq & overseas to come home soon, and to
come home safely.

These mobiles are dedicated to all of the heroes, past, present and future who have
protected our freedom with an unselfish and willing heart and hand. Please accept our
profound gratitude for your service.
Kick-a-Thon to Benefit Kids Kicking Cancer - Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 5 PM
The Dollar Tree stores in NH promoted a collection from the community of toys and gifts for the soldiers and their families.  On Dec. 17th, the
Golden Crane facilitated this process by sorting out bags & boxes of gifts, which were then forwarded to the National Guard, to be dispersed

  • Sympathy towards all people,
  • Sincerity and respect for one's word of honour,
  • Absolute loyalty to one's superior,
  • A duty to defend the honour of one's name and guild.

    Kyoshi and I believe that integrating these virtues are as important to a person as
    learning how to punch and kick for self-defense.  We strive to teach these virtues
    through example.  We believe that all martial arts have a similar code incorporating
    these ideas.
    Thank you, Shihan
Kids Kicking Cancer's mission is to ease the pain of very sick children while empowering them to heal
physically, spiritually and emotionally. Visit: www.kidskickingcancer.org for more information.
31,200 KICKS !!!
We were able to donate $2567.04 to the Kids Kicking Cancer Fundraiser!  
Kyoshi & I are so very proud of you all. Again, thank you for your support....
You made a difference!

We wish to say a heartfelt "Thank you!" to all of the Golden Crane students,
parents, families & friends who Supported this Fund Raiser.

A special 'Thank you!' to the students & friends who stepped forward,
and proved themselves to be ROCK STARS at KICKING!

We know that the spirit of helpfulness is rich in our school.  
Thank you for participating, and for helping make someone's life better.
Parents & Students: Please click on the link provided to view the monthly activity calendar (pdf format).
:: Events ::
:: Upcoming Events ::
Come back, visit soon, and
watch for more event postings to come!
Be an Ambassador for the Golden Crane!
We value your family’s friendship, and we are sincerely grateful and honored that you have chosen our

We want to attract more families like yours too.  This is why we launched the
Golden Crane Ambassador
Program in February 2015
.  It is a referral program designed to attract quality people, like you to our
school, allowing our valued students to share their martial arts experience with their families and friends!

Here’s how it works:
Every person [or family] you refer will receive a Two-Week Trial Membership at absolutely no cost!

When your referral enrolls in our school, in appreciation for your support we will take $$ off** your
monthly tuition for the entire 1st year of your friend’s membership! For every new family referred [2 or
more family members] who enrolls, we’ll knock additional $$ off** your monthly tuition for the entire 1st
year of your referrals membership.

**Complete details of the Ambassador Program are available through the office.
Questions?  Please let us know. Thank you!
Golden Crane Ambassador Program
The Greatest Compliment We Can Receive
Is For You To Invite Friends & Family To Our School!
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Classical Traditional Karate & Kobudo
Referral Program:
Martial Arts Tournaments & Competition
Students, if you enjoy pushing yourself a little harder to achieve new goals,
then consider competing in a Martial Arts Tournament. Competition is not required
to excel in karate, but it may help to improve your overall skills in the martial arts.

  • Whether to challenge yourself to perform a kata [form] in front of others...
  • Or to gear up for sparring, and match your skills [& wits] with another student your age & level...

The knowledge & confidence that you will gain from these experiences will have an effect on you. It’s not
all about winning & losing, although it’s nice to earn a medal or ribbon… it’s about the experience you
will take home, the friends you will meet, and the understanding that you will gain.

Watch for additional classes to be added, specifically designed to improved students in competition
areas such as Kumite [sparring], Kata [forms], Kobudo [traditional weapons forms]… and even
Synchronized Team events.

Questions? Please do not hesitate to email the office, or speak with an instructor directly!
Class Schedule

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:: Introducing VRB Woodworking::
Handcrafted Solid Wood Culinary Boards, and Custom Wood Crafting
Please CLICK ON the image above, to follow a 'LINK' to VRB Woodworking.
Consider stopping in to the Golden Crane, to view a sample of these beautiful boards, currently on display.
Thank you!
Sensei Randy Gelo, an experienced practitioner & teacher, conducted a Modern Arnis [Stick] Seminar at the
Golden Crane on Jan.17, 2020.

Modern Arnis [Stick] is an effective self-defense system.
Training covers empty-hand self-defense (striking, locking, throwing, etc.) as well as
the trademark single and double stick techniques of the Filipino martial arts.
Stick (Arnis) Seminars: January 17, 2020
Part of martial arts training, and Black Belt Spirit, is the discipline and generosity to help our community.  Over
the last 15 years, Golden Crane has raised donations for the Food Bank many times to facilitate this
understanding and training. This Year, Students were able to surpass our Dojo Goal, raising $675.00! Funds that
will help provide OVER 1200 MEALS! Thank you to Everyone!
THANK YOU! We have exceeded our Fund Raiser Goal!
Golden Crane Fundraiser to Benefit the NH Food Bank
FREE TRIAL CLASS: February 25, 2020
  • Pre-Registration is Required. A sign up sheet is located on the bulletin board, or email the office
  • Cost: FREE Event
  • Day: Tuesday, Feb.25, 2020
  • Time: 4:00-5:30 PM. Please wear Karate Gi’s & Belts (sparring gear .
  • Class is OPEN to ADULT, TEEN & YOUTH Students of ALL Rank Level (Must be at least 8 yrs old to
  • Questions? Please let us know! Thank You!
Note: a copy of Mandy's credentials is available (below).

Sensei M.Akiyama is a 5th degree Black Belt (in Shorin-ryu and Goju-ryu Karate). Ms. Akiyama is an Experienced Competitor; and both a
National and International Level Champion, as well as a Licensed Technical Coach with the AAU. Her experience in body work adds a unique
insight that allows students to learn how to use their whole body and better understand techniques.

“…I coach because I love to see the glow on all my students’ faces when they exceed their own expectations. The confidence that they gain
makes me so proud…"  “My philosophy is to facilitate the empowerment of students by teaching them to believe in themselves and to
carry themselves as champions, always…”

Interested in learning more about the Tournament Competition Program,
and Learning More About Body Dynamics to Benefit Your Karate? Please Inquire in the Office.
Competition Program OPEN TRAINING SESSION: February 1, 2020
AAU District Qualifier Results: Feb.8, 2020

Competing at the "2020 Adirondack Association AAU Karate District
Championship" held in Rensselaer, New York, on Saturday, Feb.8, 2020.

Tournament Results:
John Jurkiewicz: Kata-BRONZE; Kumite-BRONZE; Kobudo-4th Place.
Maya Villeneuve: Kata-SILVER; Kobudo-SILVER.
Audrey Shaw: Kumite-BRONZE.

Congratulations! Well Done!
PHOTO: Pictured (L to R): John J, Audrey S, Coach Mandy A, Maya V
BOGO: Buy One Month - Give One Month!
Come in out of the cold, and join us for a month of training.

Please email us for more information, and to take advantage of this offer.
We look forward to hearing from you.

*BOGO Offer: Sign up through 2/29/20; must be redeemed by two separate individuals; all ages welcome. May not be combined.
BOGO Offer* Includes:

  • ONE (1) FREE introductory Class for you & your friend,

  • TWO (2) FREE Quality Uniforms (one for each of you),

  • ONE (1) MONTH of Unlimited Training for You & Your Friend (or Family
Karate Training Tips & Tools
Sparring is a great way to develop the necessary tools for self-defense, and
get a good workout.  Develop your heart rate and burn calories while
building skills for timing, targeting & distance.

For the purposes of sparring, students wear safety gear. Please remember

Also, we request that students mark their gear, with their name (or initials).  
Lost pieces of gear can then be more easily reunited with their owners!