Academy at Rising Sun

77 Furnace Rd, Pittsford, VT (802) 345-2627

Aerobic Kickboxing with Joanie- Canceled

Martial Arts Classes have OPEN ENROLLMENT. Students can join at any time 

INTERMEDIATE TESTING - Wed, Oct 16th at 6:00pm


The DOJO WILL BE CLOSED OCT, 29,30 & 31 AND NOV 5,6 AND 7TH.

SIGN UP FOR MAKE - UP CLASSES


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At the Academy at Rising Sun

It's all about Self!

Self-respect, Self-control, Self-discipline

Do it for yourself and do it for your child! 

KIDS PROGRAMS - ENROLL TODAY!

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KIDS KARATE 7-15

This 45 minute class gives the student a strong sense of self - ESTEEM, RESPECT, CONTROL AND DISCIPLINE. Taught in a traditional atmosphere with respect for each students needs. A family dojo, with emphasis on life skills, students learn the basics of Okinawan style karate. One or Two class options available.

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MIGHTY TIGERS - AGE 5 & 6

This six week class introduces the young student to the martial arts, improving  basic motor, listening and socialization skills.  This  fun and motivating class includes belt stripe incentives and patches.


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FAMILY CLASS

4PM WEDNESDAY, Parents can train at the same time as their children! Warmup together and then parents will be taught in the studio while the kids practice in the dojo!  We come back together at the end!

About Us

Traditional and Adaptive Students

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At the Academy at Rising Sun, the only label you have is "student".  We are the first martial arts school in Vermont with a dedicated adaptive program for students with disabilities. We are a non-profit organization 501(c)3. Our program is Okinawan Karate based a mix of kenpo and Tae Kwon Do. Students earn rank at their own pace with a testing format best suited for their success. We believe that the benefits of martial arts training should be available to all the seek it. We are your local karate school!


SENSORY STUDIO

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Built for our students with sensory issues, the studio offers students a more quiet environment, less visual distraction and a choice of flooring (tile, rubber matting and carpet).  The studio is used for small karate classes, mat chats, private lessons, stretching class, yoga and meditation.  Our first advanced class in this space claimed it became a "think tank", allowing them to expand their techniques and ideas to flow.



Fall 2019

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FALL SCHEDULE

Kids Karate - Young Warrior Program 

I TUESDAY 5:00-5:45pm 

II WEDNESDAY 4-4:45

III THURSDAY  4-4:45

Mighty Tigers (Age 5-6) 3:45-4:30 Tuesday*

Dynamic Energy  (Age 7-14)  3-3:30 Tuesday*

Kids Advanced 5-5:45 Thursday


Adult Martial Arts Programs

Family Adults - 4-4:45PM Wednesday

Adult Karate Class 5-6pm Wednesday

Adult/Adaptive Class 6:30-7:30 


*denotes 6 or 8 week progra

Latest Update!

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Student Board of Directors

We now have a student board of directors to help plan upcoming student events! Some great ideas were already put on the table! Thank you to: Miles Robbason, Mattie Serafin, Kaylie Selleck, Keenan Hogan and Tristan Stute.

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Cardio Kickboxing with Joanie

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED

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What do you think about the Academy?

We are renovating the website and could use some new testimonials. Please click the link below and let us know what you think!

FALL 2019 Classes

Warrior Program - Kids Karate

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Our kids program welcomes the traditional as well as the adaptive student. Our program emphasizes leadership skills, goal setting, body and boundary control,  respect for themselves and others. We also have a strong self-defense program that will help the student feel more confident in their abilities to defuse situations. 

Fall Classes begin September 9th!


Adult Program

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The adult program is based on traditional martial arts with adaptations made for students with limitations. We teach Okinawan style of Karate with traditional kata and bunkai. Self-defense techniques encompass styles like Ju jitsu, judo throws and aikido. Beginners are welcome.

Family Class Wed 4-4:45

Traditional Class Wed 5-6pm

Adult Open Dojo Workout 6-6:30pm

Adaptive Class 6:30-7:30

Dynamic Energy Class BEGINS SEPT 9th

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 This 30-45 minute class is designed for the student who needs to move. Perfect for students with ADHD. We keep this class based on traditional karate with a fast, methodical pace steeped in repetition. Some students are assigned martial arts mentors to help keep them motivated and focused. Most students move on to the traditional program when ready.

SIGN UP FOR MAKE UP CLASSES

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CLICK BELOW

To sign up for missed classes. Our make-up schedule for November and December are listed. 

Make the most of your membership! 

There is a MINIMUM of 3 students to hold a class. Be sure to sign up early. IF there are not enough students to hold a class, you will be notified prior to class time.

Make Up Classes - Saturday @ 10:30am

Nov 16 and 23. Dec 7 and 14


****Classes can be made up during the week in any of the Warrior classes.



A New Approach to Bullying

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NEW PROGRAM - EMPOWERMENT FOR- PRETEENS. 

This 4 hour course will be held IN October (date to be announced)  at 77Furnace Rd, Pittsford, VT.

Open to all 5th and 6th graders, as well as Middle-school  students. (Membership at Rising Sun not mandatory).

This course recognizes that today’s preteens need better skills to overcome the obstacles they face in their daily life.  

Using Martial Arts Principals, we will empower the teen to better deal with cyber bullying, harassment, threats and fear of school shootings.

When we consider the increase in teen anxiety, depression, suicide, drug abuse and in light of the police intervention at Middlebury Middle School to stop a school shooting, the need to armor our children with skills and techniques that can save their physical and emotional life is imperative. Course is limited to 12 students. $25 MEMBERS*/ $35 NON-MEMBERS. (*Members are currently enrolled at classes at Rising) Limited scholarships are available.

Women's Self Defense

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Private, semi-private and group lessons are offered for individuals who would like more options for their personal and family self-defense. 

Call for more information or to book a session for your group or club.

Happenings

PARENT'S NIGHT OUT

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This Fall look for our PNO nights where students get a pizza party, crafts, movie and lots of karate fun! Bring a friend (with their permission slip!) and share a night of fun and laughter!~ 5-9pm

$20 for Academy family 

$25 for non members

Dates to be announced.

SEPTEMBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Al Lovely tested strong for his 1st Degree Brown Belt on Wednesday, September 18th. 5 months post op

 AL LOVELY

tested strong for his 1st degree Brown Belt on Wednesday, September 18th. Only 5 months post op from two surgeries (hip replacement and hernia repair), Al rehabbed on the dojo floor. His grit, perseverance and persistence showed his true warrior spirit. Congratulations Al Lovely - September student of the month

Sister School Sensei Assists in Testing

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Kyoshi Karen Davoren from our sister school - Makoto Martial Arts in Fair Heven, VT assisted in the upper rank testing on Wednesday, September 18th. We are thankful for her assistance and for sharing her knowledge and passion for the martial arts.



Referral Program

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Share the fun of martial arts with your friends and family! Drop off a referral card BEFORE your friend does their first workout OR click below and submit an E-referral! If your referral becomes a quarterly member, you will receive a CREDIT on your next tuition payment. *Not applicable to Family Class. 

Student Newsletter

Please click below for a digital version of our current student newsletter.

Calendar

Classes are subject to change. FALL schedule begins September 9th.


TUESDAY

3:00pm-3:30 Dynamic Energy  (6 Week Course)

3:45pm-4:30 Mighty Tigers (Age 5 & 6)

5:00pm-5:45 Young Warriors I Kids Karate  



WEDNESDAY

12PM-2PM Private lessons

4pm Young Warrior II Kids Karate. 


5pm Adult Class 

6pm-6:30 Open Dojo for Adults

6:30pm-7:30pm - Adult/Adaptive


THURSDAY

5pm Advanced Warrior Kids

4pm Young Warriors III Kids Karate







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Our Staff

Renshi Kathy Maxey-Scarcello

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Opening Rising Sun Martial Arts in 2001, Maxey-Scarcello, 4th dan has been a community dojo teaching kids, adults and students with disabilities. Overseeing all curriculum and staff, the school has expanded since becoming a non-profit organization. With roots in the Pittsford community for over 30 years, Maxey-Scarcello lives in Wells, VT with her husband. 

Sensei Mark Madison

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2nd Dan, Mark Madison teaches adult and adaptive classes. A web designer, vocalist for the Solaris Choral Group, Madison began his martial arts training in Manchester Vt. Madison and his wife Robyn live in Danby, VT.

Sensei Raul Soto

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Sensei Raul Soto brings his strong experience in Shotokan to Rising Sun. We will see much of his influence in the higher rank kata. His desire and love for teaching adaptive martial arts has made him a perfect fit here at the Academy.  A native of Venezuela, Raul resides in Pittsford, VT with his wife and son. 


Support Staff

Emily Jannene

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Sempai Emily came to Rising Sun with an advanced level in Kenpo karate. Currently ranked a brown belt, she supports the adult/adaptive class.

Al Lovely

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Sempai Al Lovely found Rising Sun through his grandchildren that were training. Another Kenpo practitioner, Al was quick to learn our style and supports the Adult/Adaptive class.

Josh Tabor

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Sempai Josh is our highest ranking adaptive student. He is beginning his Instructor training in September 2018 and will be supporting the Tuesday Kids Karate class.

Thank you to our Student Support Staff Fall 2019

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Kaylee Selleck

Kaylee can be found in the dojo on any given day, training, doing chores and helping other students. Invited to the advanced class at a beginner rank, she has grown from a shy, meek girl to an outgoing, strong young woman. Kaylee is assigned to the Tuesday Kids class, but I suspect you might see her in other classes as well.

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How do I get on the Student Support Team?

Mature students that focus on their training, work hard and show an interest in theory and martial arts history are welcomed into the Leadership Instructors Program. Assisting under an instructor's guidance, the student learns how to guide and motivate the younger student.

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Keenan Hogan

Keenan was a great asset in 2017-18 classes. His calm and gentle demeanor made it easy for him to teach technique to younger students. His attention to detail and incredible memory has helped him to move up in rank. Keenan is a Wednesday Kids class assistant.

Donate Now

WE ARE A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION 

 Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and enable more students with Autism, ADHD, Physical and Cognitive Disabilities to benefit from martial arts training. Your generous donation will fund our mission.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Contact Us

 ADDRESS: 77 FURNACE RD, PITTSFORD, VT. 05763


PHONE: 802-345-2627

Academy at Rising Sun

77 Furnace Rd, Pittsford, VT 05763 Dojo

(802) 345-2627

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