2011 is officially over…thank goodness for that. 2011 sucked for many reasons, which I won’t go into now (otherwise it would become a news novel and not a newsletter) but it’s 2012 now and I am very optimistic that this will be a good year.
There are a number of black belt gradings on the horizon in 2012, which is always very exciting and I really look forward to helping these people through – a lot of work to do though, so let’s get to it!!
2011 wasn’t all bad for the club and all of you made great progress. Congratulations go to those that graded last term:
- Brian Williamson – 4th Kyu purple belt
- Rob MacDonald – 4th Kyu purple belt
- Christian Yee – 1st Kyu brown belt
Well done you guys!
Next term, we’ll squeeze in a week or two of sparring at some stage but the main focus will be grades, grades and grades!!
Also, we have pencilled in Friday 24th of Feb - Sunday 26th Feb for the summer camp but we are not quite in a position to confirm those dates yet. We’ll give you more information nearer the time, but this year, it will be open to anyone (limited numbers, though). On that weekend, we’ll fit in five two-hour training sessions washed down with good food and drink…and some boasting (almost none of which will be true).
Sometime after April (which is when I hand in my revised PhD thesis), we’ll advertise for new members. We haven’t advertised for several years now but we feel that it is time to inject some new spirit into the club. Having new people come into the club is always a lot of fun as it often brings it home just how far you have come yourselves. Nearer the time, we’ll be looking for volunteers to help dish out some fliers.
On my health front, things remain unchanged – I will continue to instruct from the side-lines and participate as much as I can…I remain optimistic, though, and I have to be patient.
The dates for next term are: Wednesday 1st Feb – Monday 2nd April. Normal training starts at 7:00 PM but there will, as usual, be free training sessions starting at 6:00 PM.
An Instructors’ meeting will be held at our place on Tuesday 31st Jan at 6:30 PM for anyone interested in instructing.
Look forward to seeing you all soon!
Guss & Helena