It's been a while. I last blogged in October and life has sped by since then. A lot of my time has been taken up with the illness and recent demise of my dear Uncle Arthur - time that I would not have spent in any other way...family first. But, while
personal issues pressed, the ATMA ploughed on.
Laura and Alastair led a team to the USA to compete in GM Giacobbe's tournament there, managing to incorporate some great visits, not least to New York! They brought back a great haul of trophies and made
some pretty good memories as well.
We've had a couple of great Gup gradings and a Dan grading and our classes continue to grow, with students working hard towards their goals. It's great to watch our students achieve - doing things that many would never
have thought possible....and that's very rewarding for instructors.
We brought the year to a close with the usual mayhem at the ATMA Christmas Party, where Laura read the inevitable Christmas story while Alastair and I showered children with various
foodstuffs! They had, however, made us instructors into snowmen and Christmas trees earlier in the evening...revenge is sweet.
And so into 2016. This is our tenth year of the ATMA and we are planning an end of year celebration to mark the occasion.
I recall someone saying that we wouldn't last 3 months but here we are, 10 years down the line - going from strength to strength and having a ball in the process. Guess they got that one wrong....
Thanks for being with us, thanks for reading my waffling...now
let's go make some more memories.