Fire Module

March 29th - May 14th

Greetings Vision Quest Families!

You all are about to make Vision Quest history! This is the first time we have ever offered a cohort model schedule and this newsletter is the FIRST module newsletter! Based off of feedback from the parent townhalls, parents asked if there was a way that more information about what was being taught in class could be shared with family members. At the beginning of every module, we will send out a newsletter that has that important information for each level, along with dates to put on your calendars and any other pertinent information.

Now that we are having more people attend class in person, it is critical that we follow public health guidance in order to keep our community safe. Please follow the guidelines below:

  • Make sure you are self-screening at home and do not come to class if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If you have been asked to quarantine from school or other activities, please do not risk the safety of others and come to class in person. You may enjoy our online classes while you stay home until your quarantine timeline has ended.
  • Remember masks that cover your nose and mouth are required to enter the dojo and must be kept on the entire time.

Our instructors have not qualified for vaccinations yet so please follow the guidelines to keep them and others safe!

We want to thank you for all finding time in your already busy schedules to chat with Ms. Shannon over the past two weeks to discuss this new transition. We know that it will be a change and an adjustment and there will probably be a learning curve for us, but we appreciate you continuing to put your faith in us and trust us with your student(s). We also appreciate all of the positive feedback that we have received about how things have been going this year. We all agree that Mr. Bertin and Mr. Whitehouse have been doing an amazing job and I know they appreciate the week off to get some well deserved rest and relaxation.

If you have any questions moving forward, please fee free to contact Mr. Bertin or Ms. Shannon using the Calendly links below. We are here to support you all as we move through this next phase together. We can't wait to see you all in person soon!

Dedicated to your success,

The VQ Staff

Friendly Reminders

  • Drop and go - do not come early to class and do not be late picking students up
  • There is no waiting/watching inside
  • Wear a mask at all times that covers your mouth and nose
  • Use hand sanitizer before and after class
  • Conversations with Mr. Bertin need to be signed up for during his office hours
  • Unifrom is your gi pants and gi top or VQMA t-shirt

Zoom Information

This link is for all online classes and events.

Students: Remember that you can take online classes at ANY time! It does not have to be your cohort classes. We have gotten great feedback from students and parents that Mr. Bertin does a phenomenal job with our online students by engaging them in questions, personalizing instruction and moving the camera around for different angles!

Parents and Guardians: Are you missing out on what is going on in class? Do you miss watching your child train? Login to our Zoom classes to watch!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 826 4530 9369

Passcode: 589028

Kicksite Account

Please remember to sign up for your Kicksite account, as that is the student portal that we communicate to families through. This is also where we monitor student's progress (belt, belt size, uniform size, contact information, etc.) and make sure that correct belts are ordered during testing. We also have an amazing video library that has all of the forms, techniques and study guides posted which you can access at any point in time (if you miss a class due to a school event, on vacation or are sick at home/quarantined). If you need technical assistance in signing up or retrieving your login information we are here to help!

It's Spring/Summer at the Dojo!

For classes you must wear your gi pants and your gi top. A shirt (does not matter the brand) is required underneath your gi top at all times. You may also wear or your gi pants and a VQMA t-shirt.

Fire Module - Forms and Techniques

Kick of the Module


Character Trait(s)/Word(s) of the Module

Empathy and Respect

Empathy is trying to understand what another person is feeling. It is seeing the world through another’s eyes.

Having empathy is a key ingredient to becoming the best person you can be.

You can practice empathy by:

  • listening to someone rather than trying to talk to them
  • asking someone how they are feeling if you think there is something wrong
  • learning about people from different backgrounds and cultures
  • showing concern and care for others
  • paying attention to the needs of others
  • getting to know someone better instead of judging them

Topics for Discussion:

  • What does empathy mean to you? What are some ways you have shown empathy to another?
  • What people do you know that display a lot of empathy towards others? How do they do so?


FOR PARENTS: Brene Brown Empathy vs. Sympathy Video

Showing respect for others is one of the most important values in the world. It means showing care for another person or thing, like the environment.

You show respect in many ways everyday that you may not even realize!

Respect occurs when you:

  • Listen to others
  • Play fair
  • Use good manners
  • Wait your turn
  • Compliment someone
  • Pick up after yourself
  • How you treat others

Topics for Discussion:

  • In what ways do you treat people with respect? Are there any ways in which you don’t?
  • What happens when people are treated with respect? How about when they are not treated with respect?
  • Who is the most respectful person you know? What makes them that way?

You can show respect every moment of everyday by doing things like:

  • Practicing the Golden Rule
  • Practicing Random Acts of Kindness
  • Saying “please” and “thank you” and “excuse me”
  • Making a point of not teasing and encourage your friends not to
  • Being patient with yourself and others when a mistake is made
  • Discussing with your parents what good manners are
  • Practicing good table manners
  • Making an effort not to gossip
  • Being courteous toward everyone


Kid Techniques- Level Three

Panthers (White Belt - Advanced Orange)

  • Crashing Wings
  • Sleeper

Kid Techniques- Level Four/Five

Panthers (Purple Belt - Provisional Black Belt)

  • Spiraling Twig
  • Dance of Death

Kids Forms

  • Level 2 - Tigers
  • Level 3 - Panthers (White-Advanced Orange)
  • Level 4 - Panthers (Purple - Advanced Green)
  • Level 5 - Panthers (Red Belt - Provisional Black Belt)

Adults Phase 1

  • Sleeper
  • Crossing Talon
  • Crashing Wings
  • Cross of Destruction
  • Study Guide Phase One

Adults Phase 2

  • Dance of Death
  • Twirling Wings
  • Spiraling Twigs
  • Glancing Spear
  • Study Guide Phase 2

Adults Phase 3

  • Thundering Hammers
  • Fallen Cross
  • Crushing Hammer
  • Gripping Talon
  • Study Guide Phase 3

Blue Stripe Week - Week of April 19th

Red Stripe Week - Week of May 3rd

Testing Week - Week of May 10th

We usually require an intent to promote as well as a character trait tracking chart to be turned in for testing. We have veered off of that this year due to eliminating more contact and exposure, however, we feel that it is important to start encouraging these behavior again for testing. Please contact an instructor for more information, if needed.

The character trait tracking chart can be found HERE or on our website. Students must demonstrate at least 10 acts of the character trait (empathy/respect) in order to test.

Intent to Promote sheet can be found HERE or on our website. Students must have a parent/guardian sign off on their Black Belt Behavior for intending to test. We also encourage students to ask a classroom teacher to sign off as well, as the expectation is Black Belt behavior is demonstrate in all aspects of a student's life, not just at the dojo.

NOTE: Testing is subject to change to specific days instead of the entire week of classes. More to come on this process. The purpose of this change would be to allow for parents/guardians to watch testing and to create more of a special event for students.

Contact Us!

Private/Family Lesson Sign Up

Mr. Bertin Office Hours

Ms. Shannon Phone Call