Bushido Karate Center hosts grand opening to showcase new location
By Kim Swindell Wood | August 8, 2019 12:14 pm
By Rachel Auberger
Bushido Karate Center hosted an open house and ribbon cutting to officially introduce their new facility to the public, on Aug. 6, 2019.
“We actually moved to our new building in March, but we wanted to wait until after the summer and the kids were headed back to school to host an open house,” said Rachel Auberger, owner of the martial arts center.
Auberger said the center had simply outgrown their old location on Main Street and were in desperate need of more space when their property owners, Ray and Jeannie Shafer, presented them with the option of moving into the new, spacious location, at 224 W. Bockman Way.
“We had pretty packed classes in the old building,” said Auberger, explaining that the need for relocating the training center was getting pretty strong. “We were about at the point where we weren’t going to be able to accept any new athletes, but we hadn’t been able to find anything that would fit our needs with space, location and layout of the actual training area.”
Auberger said the new location almost triples their training area, and, therefore, they are able to hold multiple classes each hour allowing them to offer more options for the athletes they train.
“With our new schedule, we can offer such a variety of training times for each age group that athletes don’t have to miss out on other sports or on other events that may come up,” said Auberger. “We know that people have busy lives and are involved in many activities. We want to be a part of what they do, not the only thing they do. Now, with our new facility, we can do that. There is always a class available.”
According to Auberger, the karate center offers classes for athletes of all ages and skill levels. The center offers different levels of classes depending on each person’s interest. Auberger said they offer recreational programs, competitive programs, self-defense based programs and programs geared toward physical and mental health benefits. They also offer after-school programs for elementary and middle school aged athletes, homeschool programs and special school’s out camps as well as parent-night-out events.
Over 100 people came through the doors of the center’s new location, on Aug. 6. The open house also served as a kick-off event for the karate center’s fall semester and included free classes, bounce houses, snow cones and refreshments.
“We couldn’t have made this happen without the help of so many people,” claimed Auberger. “From the Shafers helping us get the building ready, to Hayes bounce House for bringing us a Ninja Turtle Bounce House and a snow cone machine, to our leadership team providing refreshments and helping teach our mini-sessions tonight, to the parents of our members sharing our programs and their experience and inviting their friends. We also had some great kids give up their last day of summer vacation to help us finish getting everything ready today: Ashley and Daniel Gilley, Loran Jarvis and Brooklyn Auberger – we never would have got everything together without all of them.
“We were overwhelmed with all of the support. We had so many people here to visit, to sign up for classes or simply to wish us well in our new location. This event was definitely a huge success.”