This month got off to a banging start (quite literally) with a Kyokushin Karate course with Shihan Mac, never has a course resulted in so many bruises and dead legs! But a great course, and much learned, from one off our favourite Senseis Mac Robertson. OUCH!!
Well, with Christmas fast approaching the time has come again for the children’s gradings. Always met with much excitement and anticipation, this grading was no different. A big congratulations to all those who passed, and commiserations to those that were not so successful. Also a mention to those little ones grading for the first time (Issac, Jasmine, Jack and Max) As is traditional, the hard worked for gradings were followed the next lesson by a full on games night as a reward for all of the childrens hard work and dedication.
November also saw some of the senior adult students travel to Dusseldorf, Germany to partake in a seminar in which Soke Kevin Pell had been invited to teach. We all left Heathrow early hours on the Friday morning for the short flight to Germany, some having had less sleep than others due to teaching classes the night before! Having arrived we all embarked to a nearby shopping centre and café for some strong coffee to revive us. The Saturday morning found us in the dojo with 100 Germans (fortunately their English is better than our German) and the day was spent sharing techniques – apart from sempai Tom who watched forlornly on his crutches from the side line- . Saturday evening we were treated to a wealth of food and a live band before returning to the hotel bar to test the German whiskies! Sunday was much of the same before a rush to the airport to catch the flight home. Despite the loss of a couple of boarding passes, we all managed to fly home in one piece .
Good Fun had by all and a great introduction to the partners who were able to join us. (especially the next generation of Pells with Sokes daughter Victoria joining us)
Also, of note, this months students of the month awards were given to Joshua Luckett (infant class) Joshua is here every week some rain or shine, he always trys hard and never ceases to make me smile. The Junior award was given to Charlie Phillips, Charlie is one of the most competitive boys I know and the dojo would be a very quiet place with out him! Well done boys
Full Steam ahead into December with adult and teenage gradings for the next two weeks. Busy, busy,busy…………………….