How did it get to Thursday already?
I've had a fabulous few days. On top of packed classes, Saturday saw our quarterly gradings for the ATMA. Not big numbers, but students don't go for these unless they're really ready - and lots have been enjoying the summer months....as they should! But
they know that they're not going to get in without the requisite training time - and they're enjoying the journey. Not all were successful, but they'll come back stronger, with lessons learned. Well done to everyone for a
great effort and congratulations to those who passed.
Sunday saw the arrival of GM Dominick Giacobbe, 9th Dan, Tang Soo Do from the USA. His visits are always a treat and what he doesn't know about our art isn't worth knowing. He's
been training in the art for almost 50 years now and was in there with the founders and senior students right from his beginnings. As well as the great traditional physical training he takes us through, he imparts theory, anecdotes and history throughout and
we look forward to his visits every time. Sunday afternoon, he visited with MasterLina Rodriguez and Master Zoe Rossborough and their group for a great seminar and a later stroll
around Stratford upon Avon and dinner. Monday, we were honoured to have him take our T'ai Chi class, followed by a seminar for Atma Karate in the evening, where yet more learning was
absorbed! Tuesday, I drove GM down to meet Master John Trudgill in South Wales, enjoying a nice lunch, before leaving him in the hands of our Welsh friends for further seminars and
testings. GM always leaves us inspired....Tang Soo!
Now.....back to those busy, busy classes and preparation for our forthcoming tournaments in Manchester - then the USA! Life is good.....x