Osu! I hope you have all had a great month.
The month started off with the senior grades and a few kyu grades attending the St David’s Day dinner in Llanelli, South Wales. This annual event was just as spectacular as the last with the road trip being as long as ever (due to regular toilet stops) but quite entertaining – thank you to Paul Lincoln for being a fantastic driver and putting up with us.
I would also like to say well-done to Jake Rider who nominated himself to have his over grown head of hair cropped to raise money for the charity. By getting Jake’s hair cut away we managed to raise an extra £200. Thank you to Darren Cooper for his Groomer – even if it did take forever. A great weekend and look forward to the next.
On Sunday 20th March 2016, adult students form the Aldenham dojo attended ATW (Advance training wing) along side the senior grades from Honbu to go through their bi-monthly training. It was a great day as always with lots of sweat and hard work from everyone. In tradition we finished off the day with a group meal (Train together, eat together) just before the meal we had just enough time to relax with a nice swim and Sauna, which really finishes the day off.
It is with great sadness that Stephanie Wnetrzak will be leaving us at the end of March and returning home to America. Stephanie wished she started a lot earlier with us, rather than only having a few months. Stephanie started with us back in early October 2015 and wanted something to go back home with. Stephanie worked extremely hard both in and out of the dojo to perfect all her techniques for her grading.
It really showed as Stepanie had a blistering grading. Stephanie you will be missed by all! We couldn’t let her go without us having a farewell meal. It was a great evening with lots of laughter but I’m sure you will keep in touch. I hope you continue your martial arts training when you get back home and look forward to seeing some photos.
As training goes the adult students have been working their way through their respectful belts, as the weeks go by, Rosemarie Greer is getting so much better at her forward rolls. The white belts that are going to yellow have been practicing their baton work and progressing well. Fitness is improving along side throwing techniques.
Don’t forget that if you passed your white belt in December last year, if you have not done so already, get your rose katana badge sewn onto you Gi and Federation dress sorted. This is a requirement and must have if you wish to grade in the summer. If you can’t remember the exact details, please give me a call or see me at the club where I will be happy to help.
We have the Children’s Championships fast approaching on Sunday 22nd May 2016 but this event is not just for the children and is open to anyone from the age of 4 years and up. The adults will be doing a knockdown style, so start thinking about it if you fancy your chances of winning.
Next month we have The British Martial Arts award on Saturday 16th April when a big gathering of us will be attending to see if we receive an award. Catch up with us next month to see what happened.
If you want to know any further information, please do not hesitate to look at Soke’s Facebook page or contact Soke at home. Soke has paid for the tickets and hotel so can everyone in attendance, if you have not done so already – please square this away…
Please visit our website www.ishinryu.com as much as possible as I submit reports every month about the students training during the previous month. This is a great opportunity to see if you have been mentioned or appear in a photo.
We also have the new calendar page where you can have a look at upcoming events so you can plan ahead. You can also leave feedback on each of the reports or comment on your son/daughters club and share them to your Facebook pages.
If you have any questions or you are unsure of anything, please catch me at the club where I will be happy to help!
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