Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Karate Tech for Homeschoolers in the KMC

By R.M.  Age 13

Karate tech has many classes, but only two homeschool classes located on Ramstein AFB and Vogelweh, Pulaski Barracks. When karate tech was founded it was a father and son business, but it grew quickly, and now there are many schools around Europe and the United States. One of the main instructors is Master J. He has been teaching for eight years and practicing martial arts for twenty-one years. Karate Tech is not one style, but a combination of many styles which is known as MMA. MMA stands for mixed martial arts, and Karate Tech's style of MMA is made up of karate, hapkido, wing stung, tae Kwon do, kick boxing, and Filipino arnis.

Martial arts is a good way to learn discipline and self defense. The homeschool class was
developed to help homeschoolers build self esteem, and to give them an opportunity to compete in a friendly environment. The classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at both locations. The homeschool classes have start times which begin earlier than the regular instructional classes.This can be beneficial to homeschool families with busy schedules. Those students taking homeschool Karate Tech are also eligible to participate in tournaments, sparring class, and demo team.


Monday, February 8, 2016

Rose Monday Provides Opportunities to Celebrate with the Locals

By  S. B.  Age 14

Rose Monday is a holiday celebrated on the Monday before the start of Lent. Many places in Germany celebrate with a parade through the town, but one town in particular has a few special traditions.
Schramberg, in the Black Forest, not only has a parade but also a boat race down a river. The boats were made out of small wooden tubs that had been built around with more wood and cardboard. The point of this race was to make it to the end without your boat getting destroyed. It turns out that that was harder then it seemed because many people ended up swimming down the freezing river.
After the boat race was the parade where everyone wore the big crazy masks and costumes and threw candy and confetti everywhere. But the parade in Schramberg was set apart from the others because of the huge carved wooden masks that everyone wears. There were also a few floats that they would pull you into with all sorts of foods and drinks to try! The weather was terrible though, rainy and cold, everyone was soaked by the end of the parade. Even though it may have rained the whole time, it was still very entertaining and fun!

Friday, February 5, 2016

UHSG Hiking and Nature Club Off to a Great Start

By S.B. Age 14

Once a month a small group of homeschoolers of all ages gather to go on a short hike with different scenery each time. One of the more recent hikes took place in Winnweiler where the group was assigned to find three different examples of textures, such as moss or bark. It had just rained that day which turned out to make it easier to spot textures because the rain water made the forest colors much more vibrant, which also added to the scenery.
After the hike had finished everyone sat down to eat some food at the small Hütte near the trail start. Then, after that was a game of tag and just regular playground fun. After over two hours of fun the hike had finished until next time!