Sibok Lloyd Fridenburg


For me, fall begins right after the Labour Day weekend. Perhaps it’s a throwback to school days, or the fact that it’s noticeably darker in the evenings, the nights are cooling down, or there’s not as many mosquitoes in the bush. For some it’s a time to return to routine; while for others it’s a time of change. Some changes are significant, like heading off to college or university; these changes can alter your entire lifestyle, at least for a while. Others are more subtle, like heading back to school, but with a new teacher and new things to learn.

Big changes are often accompanied by big decisions. Getting a job to pay for tuition, whether to commute or live on campus, is it healthy to eat KD 7 days a week; and, whether you will be able to commit to regular Kung Fu training? There is so much going on that it can be overwhelming. If you are moving away to attend school your decision about Kung Fu training has already been made for you; but if you are still within commuting distance the decision may seem a bit more complicated.

It often turns out that the transition from high school to college/university often coincides with the time that you will face your greatest Kung Fu challenge; preparation for your Black Sash grading. Some have successfully managed their training, school, and outside commitments, but it’s not easy, and you will have to give some serious thought to how you should proceed.

We maintain a very high quality of instruction at WKFA because attaining your Black Sash is a very demanding process. We have minimum requirements and timelines that must be met before you are even allowed to participate in a high sash grading; and they must, without exception, be met.

You never lose your rank at WKFA and the pressures of life are a continuous series of highs and lows, so be honest with yourself about what you can truly commit to and stick with your decision. Why add additional stress to your already complicated life?

The same advice applies to any significant reason that may impact your training! Perhaps it’s a job change, or too busy at work to meet the 3-class per week average requirement. Attaining a Black Sash is part of an ongoing process; it’s not a sprint to the finish. Some students wait years before committing to the preparation demands of a Black Sash grading. The most important thing is to wait until the time is right for you!

Watch for information about my upcoming Cane/Walking Stick seminar that will be held on Sunday October 20 at 1:00. It will be open to all Adult students and Junior students 13 and older.