I have a few updates for you as we head into February.
First, I wanted to update you about a tournament I competed in on Feb. 2. The AKA Grand Nationals is the longest-running tournament in the United States, now in its 48th year. I’d estimate nearly 1,000 competitors were on hand at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago. I’m happy to announce that I received first place in my men’s 18-29 Japanese/Okinawan traditional forms division after competing with the kata Kanku Sho! It was my first time at this tournament. Since the AKA Grands are the kickoff of the NASKA tournament circuit, it was an interesting feeling watching competitors jockey for their place in the rankings. I hope to take a group back next year.
Next, we will be hosting class twice this month – once on Feb. 14 and then again the week after that on Feb. 21. Once again, starting in March, class will be held every week. Students who are currently attending will be asked to pay the $40 tuition fee this month. Or, pay $120 for three months of classes in advance in order to receive special discounts when ordering equipment.
March will be when we begin to heavily recruit new students. If you or someone you know may be interested in joining what Black Belt Magazine named its Best Children’s Program in 2008, please contact me.