Reminder of the party will be December 31 Please see the schedule below. Families are welcome and encouraged to attend, this is a social event for us to get together. We will order pizza and have punch or cider. You are welcome to bring a dish to share but don’t let that stop you from attending. Please RSVP at least with interest to help in making sure we have appropriate amount of food. Let me know if there are special dietary requests/ needs.
The schedule will be as follows.
Doors open 3:50-
4:00-5:00- Yoga (all are welcome to participate including families- please be on time if you do not plan to participate please wait until after 5:00. Thank you!
5:10-6:00- Karate in street clothes (All)
5:45-6:00- Demonstration (All Karate/ Kobudo students and Instructors)
6:00- Goal setting/limits (All)
6:30- Food, movie, visiting.
We will be doing some things to empower ourselves going forward into a New Year and demonstrating some things we have learned this year. A few years ago I asked people to get some boards for this party. If you have them prepared please bring them. If you would like to get them go to a lumber supply store get 12″ by 1″ inch pine board. Usually we cut them to 12″ x 12″ for adults. We have some on hand if you do not wish to or are not able to purchase and cut.
Once in college I sat with three of my training partners talking about trust, specifically trusting your life with. I remember without missing a beat saying I am sitting with three of them. This landed heavy for my friends and prompted much discussion. We had met in university martial arts club and over the previous two years we trained together two or three days a week and were frequently social together. They had become my closest friends and I looked so forward to class and time together. We all had different background and varied skill sets but all had experience in martial arts before meeting. We practiced things together that I would not have dreamed of without them and many of the skills gained at this time continue to impact my practice today.
There is a saying out in the martial arts world that: Those that kick together stick together. It has merit. Our training is helped by having a diverse group of training partners. As Mrs Young and I were coming up through the ranks there were groups that were practicing at similar levels so the knowledge base was magnified and there were many different body types and attitudes to try different techniques. Somethings work well for some or against some but not with others. Invite someone to attend with you, someone to practice with, and create a cohort group to grow through the ranks together. Of course not all people who try karate classes will find it for them. It is disappointing as we see our training partners drop the practice but this is a reality of most any activity. Over the years many of my cohort have dropped the practice. I have been longing for the days when we would practice into the night together, and go to Gasshuku and train all day with the group, then go back to our “quarters” to review together, discuss what we had done and apply it to our practice. Our knowledge base would grow so much because of what each of us would take away. Most of all the excitement would magnify because there were people to share it with.
Over the years It has been asked why I continue to do this. Mrs Young and I could train together and most likely gain skills. I do this and offer it publicly because someone did it for me. These experiences had a huge impact on my life, and while I long for the cohort of my youth, it is my sincere hope to provide that opportunity for a new generation to find.