In what seems like the blink of an eye, another summer has almost vanished. This year, the phenomenal weather likely contributed to that feeling. My family and I were fortunate enough to spend a lot of time by lakes and pools. It was amazing to watch my three young kids develop confidence in the water. I credit this to lots of exposure, as well as lessons for technical skills, and then time to play and practice.
Development in Kung Fu is no different really. Many students at the school had excellent attendance through the summer and applied themselves to the curriculum outside of class time. I am confident they will be ready to advance to their next rank at the upcoming September grading.
For many, training over the summer was much more intermittent. There is nothing wrong with that, as the summer pulls us in many fun directions. In my experience, young students can sometimes have trepidation when returning to classes in the Fall. I have found that private classes can help tremendously with ensuring a student feels confident returning to their classes. Since the curriculum is cumulative, this is especially true the higher the rank, where there is much more technique to remember. With a few classes of one-on-one instruction, students are able to brush off the “rust” and bring back their skills that they worked so hard to gain before the summer. To obtain the best value from these classes, I suggest parents help establish a routine of practice following the classes. This is a definite combination to satisfying return to form!
The summer kicked off with our annual Board Breaking Seminar on June 20th. Special thanks to Sifu Daryl and everyone that assisted to make this another fantastic event. This year was especially meaningful, as it was the 10th anniversary of Sigung’s passing. His family was present for the seminar and his sister provided a fitting tribute followed by a moment of silence to recognize the profound impact he has had on all of our lives.
Like past summers, the summer saw some great performances by both our Lion Dance and Performance/Demonstration Teams. They put on a stellar show at our annual picnic at Kiwanis on Aug.28th. The event was well attended a tonnes of fun was had! Special thanks to Emilie Gordon, Sifus Patti and Lorna and all the LT members that helped make the event so successful! Unfortunately, next year the park is closed for renovations, but we are already brainstorming an alternate venue.
The last three Friday nights in August, we turned the kwoon into a cinema! The first of hopefully many upcoming movie nights was Bruce Lee’s classic: Enter the Dragon. We also screened the visually stunning, House of Flying Daggers and Way of the Dragon.
September marks a return to grading season, with our first scheduled on Sept.17th for qualifying Youth and Juniors. The Adults follow on October 15th. Watch for more details upcoming on a special full day Stick Fighting seminar we are hosting on Sept.18. This will be taught by Filipino instructor Dr.Joe Laraya who is visiting from Hong Kong.
Several of our most dedicated Leadership Team members are heading off to different cities for post-secondary education this Fall. Thank you for your time and energy and I wish you the best!