Staying in Touch

A note from Sigung David:

I hope this email finds you and your family in good health, both physically and mentally.

Staying Engaged

Right now, the best way to stay engaged with us is online. On Twitter, I’ve been posting short daily articles from our extensive newsletter archive. I want to thank our incredible team of Black Sashes and Leadership Team members for posting inspiring daily challenges and videos in our Facebook Group and creative content on our Instagram account. It’s been a lot of fun – keep it coming!

Online Classes and Instructional Videos

I’m not too tech savvy, but I’ve reached out to several of you (thanks so much) and I’m learning more about online tools for engaging everyone (Zoom, Facebook Live, YouTube). Stay tuned for details of online classes and some instructional videos to keep you or your child’s skill up in our style. It’s been a learning curve and I’m working on upgrading our hardware, so please be patient as we work on getting this content together for you.

Interconnectedness

Some of you may have caught the CTV story that aired Wednesday evening. First, thanks for your concern – my family and I are ok. Part of my interview that didn’t air was where I discussed the interconnectedness of the globe and community and how we need to work together: from landlords to tenants and our student body. I really see this as the only way to get through this period.  Everyone’s support and patience has been much appreciated.

Given the uncertainty around our nation’s approach to the timing of this shutdown and assistance to small businesses, I don’t have answers right now regarding the state of active memberships. Please trust that I will propose something fair and reasonable when all is said and done, so I ask for your continued patience.

On a personal front, this is no doubt a challenging time, especially when looking to a very uncertain future. I am hopeful everyone is as eager to return as me! I remind myself to stay in the present and look for opportunities.

Quality Time

  • Quality time with my family has been treasured—especially being home for dinner and the kids’ bedtime.
  • I continue with daily Wim Hof breathing, which is great for health and stress relief.
  • I find getting outside every day is more important than ever.
  • I ride my bike regularly while listening to audiobooks (currently Breathing for Warriors).
  • I continue to read from the Stoics each morning—here is a link to a daily quote one of our kung-fu families tipped me off to a while ago.
  • For anyone looking for a terrific book, check out On the Warriors Path, by Daniele Bolelli. Sifu Rebecca gifted it to me at Christmas and I can say that it is one of the best martial arts books I’ve ever read! Bolelli writes masterfully with a modern lens on the ancient arts. His prose is wonderful (even humourous at times) and his knowledge of the arts is deep.
  • For parents and kids together, I highly recommend the animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. It’s on Netflix. My children are 5, 8 and 10 and they absolutely love it (as do I).  We have a new routine of watching an episode every night before bed. The life lessons in it are very good and some of the martial arts in it reflect our style (Sifu Cristina tells me it’s the Fire Nation).

I sincerely miss everyone and very much look forward to teaching you and your family again.

All the best,
Sigung David Moylan
Owner / Head Instructor

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