Stability

Stability-in-Leadership

A local high visibility Martial arts school has recently and suddenly closed to the dismay of their loyal students.  As an active member of Menomonie for most of my life it saddens me to find out about this development in our community.  They have provided an important service to this area giving children and adults alike options in activity for those who are less interested in “conventional” sports.  I have seen several students impacted positively by participation in Martial Arts and their loss will be felt.

This being said Menomonie Goju is the longest standing dojo in Menomonie.  We have been active since 1984 when we began as SMAF at the Leisure service center.  Unfortunately we too experienced the abrupt loss of our instructor and were left floundering in the late 90s.  We have been under the current leadership since 2001 and in the same “new” location 1807 Wilson St NE Menomonie since 2003.  We are run by local resident professionals committed to the community of Menomonie and keeping options for children teens and adults who appreciate a traditional non-sport oriented martial arts experience.  This is not to say our option is for everyone and that is why the loss of this dojo is unfortunate.  If you are looking for additional martial Arts classes you are welcome to check us out on our website for the most information http://menomoniegoju.com/ or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/menomoniegoju/ Email menomoniegoju@hotmail.com

Mothers Day

I received a message yesterday from one of our adult students explaining that he would not make it to class last night.  The message was  “Sensei, I’m sorry I can’t make it practice tonight.  My mother passed away this morning”.  I read this message about 20 minutes before class was to start and my heart immediately sank.  Of course my sincere sympathy is with them and they are on my Prayer list.  But I got to reflecting as I had just finished “wrapping” the mothers day present for my own mother and I sank even further for them.  As I sat with this a bit I felt very blessed that I not only still have my mother but that we have shared the martial arts for 31 years.

 

We began as a present for my 9th birthday.  At that time the instructor would not allow children to attend classes without a parent participating.  I don’t remember how much begging I had to do, I don’t suspect it was to much, but she agreed to check it out and we signed up together.  I say together, but she signed us up, she bought the uniforms, she made sure I had all the equipment needed, she drove us to class each week and made sure I practiced at home.  She attended grading, usually herself as a participant, when we went to special events she drove and made sure we were registered, and neatly enough kept notes and certificates.  We attended an event in 1988 that I had forgotten about until she framed the certificate and gave it to me when I was in High school.  She kept the first board I ever broke, which I would believe she still has.  She has been there for every promotion and when I promoted she would clean and dye the belt which was the tradition at the time, much more time consuming than opening a new belt.  When I received my black belt 20 years ago and every dan rank since she was there to support me and give me a hug of congratulations.  She kept up her own training through all the years overcoming obstacles and being a true example of perseverance.  To this day I have not seen a more impressive display of board breaking than her second black belt test.

 

While I am sad for our dojo family member who lost his mother and I urge your prayers for the family, take a moment to hug your mother, or the mother in your life and thank her for all she has done to support you!

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