.On most Friday nights, a person walking by the Colorado Budokan Karate School in the shopping center near Monaco and Hampden would see karate training in progress. But last night, the teachers and students were transforming their ordinary karate dojo into a spooky haunted house, complete with a winding hallway, hidden passageways, and ghoulish surprises. The haunted house is open all this weekend.
Why a haunted house? According to Sensei Gary Tsutsui (head instructor), "because Halloween is fun and it provides a group activity for the students to participate in." The haunted house, now in its second year, was designed mainly by the junior students, who will also appear as the monsters, ghouls, and other costumed characters. Not to worry though, "any age of kids would enjoy the haunted house because it's not total blood, guts, and monsters," says Sensei Tsutsui.
All the money made from the haunted house goes to a student athlete scholarship fund. The fund was created by Sensei Candice Tsutsui to provide financial support for the students to participate in other karate activities, such as tournaments, technical seminars, and training camps. For example, a group of student athletes was able to attend a developmental training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs last year. Others attended a national developmental training camp in Stockton, California, in August, where they had the opportunity to train in sport karate from some of the best instructors in the world. Sensei Tsutsui plans for more students to return to that camp in 2011. According to Sensei Tsutsui, any student age 8 or older can receive scholarship funds who participates in fundraising activities, is a member of the dojo in good standing, and who is actively training.
The haunted house is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, October 23 and 24, from noon to 9:00 p.m. Admission is $8.00 per person. Sensei Tsutusi thinks that "a fun and spooky time" will be had for all.