Friday, August 24, 2012

Upgrade

Just  managed to reach the Kaigan Dojo in Broadstairs after last night's Council Cabinet, in time to help judge the grading that was taking place.

I wanted to congratulate, Mark, young Charlie and Bob in the front row, on their new grades and the hard work they put in to achieve them.

The martial arts have played a large part in my own life since I was first introduced to Judo at Cliftonville's Quarterdeck at the age of ten and Shutokai Karate at Ramsgate when I was seventeen.

Forty years further on and the greatest pleasure lies in seeing how the principles of self-discipline and training can, in a relatively short period of time, visibly transform a student in fitness, posture and confidence.

Perhaps the legacy of the London Olympics will deliver a new generation of athletes, like young Charlie in the photo, tempted away from the virtual world of the X-Box and the Playstation to a real world of much greater personal reward and satisfaction.

We meet at the Methodist Church Hall in Broadstairs' York St, every Thursday evening at 7.30 pm to practise Musō Jikiden Eishin-ryū with Richard Obbard as our Sensei and beginners are welcome.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is that chapn standing bext to you the one who played the drums at the Olympic Torch do at Westgate Library?

simon moores said...

Yes... That's 'Taiko' Bill who demonstrates the art across the country. We are lucky to have him living in Westgate