May’s theme coincides with the first line of our Student Creed: Patience. Finding myself in week 16 of this Achilles tendon rupture recovery, my patience is being tested, but I’m learning lessons and gaining more mobility with each passing week. I’m told I won’t be back to normal until November or so, but it is just nice to be off crutches and out of a cast!
- Historic Grading! May 13th was a historic day for the Academy as it marked our largest Advanced Adult Grading in our almost 30-year existence!
- Annual Shiai! Thank you to everyone that volunteered and participated in our 20th Annual In-House Tournament (Shiai) on April 29th. We spent the better part of April preparing and it showed on the 29th; our students performed confidently with many personal bests! Way to go!
- Tournaments! Sifus Cory, Greg, Lorna and Mark led our Competition Team with spirit through another exciting season that saw students experience new friendships and success at the CKKA Convention in Kingston on April 1st and the 40th Annual Karate/Kung-Fu Maynia tournament on May 6th. Thanks so much!
- Camps! Thank you sifus Sydney, Anne and Sarah whom led a wonderful Five-Animal March Break Camp! After years of being asked to hold a Summer Camp, we finally will this year! Sifu Anne and Sarah are holding one for Little Ninjas and Youth from July 17 -21 and then another for Juniors from Aug 14-18. Check out the posters and sign-up sheets at the Academy.
- First Aid Training! On March 19th, 28 of our Instructors and Leadership Team members successfully certified for Emergency First Aid and CPR. Like Kung Fu, we hope not to never have to use these skills, but they are invaluable.
- Gradings! On June 10th, we are holding an Adult Novice II/Intermediate Grading and on June 17th, we are trying a new format with our next Youth/Junior Grading: More novice students will be testing at 10:30am and more senior students at 1:30pm.
- Board Breaking! Our Annual Board/Cement Breaking Seminar is slated for June 19th under the guidance of Sifu Daryl.
- Summer Holidays! A reminder that other than our annual shutdown at the end of July, we will be holding regular classes this summer which is an excellent time to make progress in your training. We also tend to teach a lot more private classes throughout the summer when schedules are more flexible.
- Demonstrations! Our Demonstration Team already has their first performance in the books (Driftwood Public School’s Multicultural Festival on May 18th). Watch for them throughout the summer, particularly at Open Streets!
- Summer Picnic! Since Kiwanis Park is under construction, this year’s Annual Summer Picnic will be held at Waterloo Park on August 27th.
- Welcome Back! Finally, I would like to welcome back all our students that are returning from their studies out of town. It always puts a big smile on my face when I see you back training with us for the summer!