Hello, everybody, and welcome to the last newsletter of the 2011-2012 school year. I think it’s safe to say that it’s been an interesting year, to say the least, and I hope we’ve all learned something about where we’ve been and where we’re going in the future.
We have a lot happening throughout this busy month. Please pay careful attention to some dates and times below.
One of the benefits of Metamora Martial Arts is that, unlike many other activities, we don’t have a season; we train year-round. However, in the interest of time and rejuvenating ourselves, I’ve scheduled a mini-break at the end of May for our program. During the two weeks that we’re off, focus on your goals for the summer, and let’s work together to reach them.
A Special Thanks to Steve and Kim Aldus
On behalf of Mr. Hawkey, I would like to extend our gratitude to Steve and Kim Aldus for braving the chilly weather on Saturday, April 28, to spend time with the two of us to discuss just how similar the Chinese and Okinawan martial arts are.
I would enjoy bringing these experts back for a future seminar assuming students would be interested in attending such an eye-opening event.
As announced on our blog several weeks ago, Pam Siefken of Portraits By Pam will be taking our pictures this year at all of our locations this week. On Wednesday, May 2, she will take group and individual shots at Riverview Grade School. And on Thursday, May 3, she will shoot at MTHS around 4 p.m. and Germantown Hills Middle School at 6 p.m.
If you did not get a chance to get your envelopes last week, we will have extras on hand. Pam expects to be able to turn the pictures around before the end of the school year. Once I receive notice the pictures are ready, I’ll notify everyone of how can you pick them up. As detailed below, our practice schedule for May is a bit unusual.
Senior Recognition and Awards Party
All of our martial arts students and family members are invited to our Senior Recognition and Awards Party at China Village Buffet in East Peoria on Thursday, May 10, at 4 p.m. We will be located in the back room with reservations under “Bockler.”
Many of our martial artists requested this location for our 10th Anniversary Party earlier this year, so I wanted to honor their wish for this gathering.
As we like to do every year, we will congratulate our seniors on four years of hard work through high school and wish them the best in their future plans. Graduating seniors should not consider their high school graduation an end to their training. Many of our martial artists have continued to learn and teach after graduating (myself included).
May Class Schedule
May’s schedule is going to be different than normal. In short, our last class at MTHS will be Thursday, May 17. Riverview’s last class will be Wednesday, May 16, and Germantown’s last class will be this coming Thursday, May 3.
There will be no class for any students at MTHS, Riverview and Germantown following Thursday, May 17, and continuing for the remainder of the month. We will use those two weeks to take a break, regroup, and come back strong starting in June.
Tuesday, May 8 – No class at MTHS.
Thursday, May 10 – No class at MTHS or Germantown. MTHS Senior Recognition and Awards Party. Riverview and Germantown students and families are welcome to attend.
Tuesday, May 15 – No class at MTHS.
Thursday, May 17 – No class at Germantown because of 8th grade graduation.
As of this writing, we anticipate holding the rest of the classes as scheduled through Thursday, May 17. We realize this is a busy time for students, so please make a commitment to your academics first.
You may want to see these dates represented visually. To do so, visit our Google calendar located on the sidebar of our blog under “Upcoming Events.”
Speaking of schedules, we have a draft of a summer schedule ready for you. Class is expected to be held on Thursdays starting June 7 at MTHS for all students. From 6-7, we expect to host grade school students. And from 7-8, we expect to host high school students and older.
I say “expect” because I have not been given the official go-ahead from MTHS administration, though they are aware of our plans. If anything changes, we will let you know on our blog.
Mr. Hawkey also holds advanced classes at his home every other week. We had been looking at possibly holding class every other Wednesday night, though we have discussed also holding them Saturdays or Sundays. A decision will come within the next few weeks, so please pay attention to our blog. Advanced classes are open to brown belts and above.
Walker’s Taekwondo Tournament of Champions IX
Mr. Joseph Walker will host Walker’s Taekwondo Tournament of Champions IX in Bloomington on Saturday, May 19. We have posted all of the info on our site, so please take a look if you are interested. Fees are $50 for both forms and sparring until May 5, or $60 after May 5.
I talked briefly with Mr. Walker at a tournament in Springfield and he has invited me to bring a group of students down to spar with his group on a Friday night. If you are interested, please let me know.
Free Seminar with Richard Clear
Our martial artists are invited to a weekend of workshops with tai chi expert Richard Clear. Mr. Clear will be conducting several free workshops the same weekend as Mr. Walker’s tournament, making it an excellent three days for martial arts fans. Mr. Clear will also be hosting some paid sessions, as well as some private lessons.
More details are available, of course, on our website.
Quote of the Month
“At whatever level you achieve, if you think you ‘deserve’ a black belt, or if you think you are now ‘good enough’ to be a black belt, you are way off the mark and, indeed, a very long way from reaching your black belt. Train hard, be humble, don’t show off in front of teacher or other students, don’t complain about any task, and do your best in everything in your life. This is what is means to be a black belt.” –Kensho Furuya