Over Easter weekend we will not be training at Clevedon on Friday 19th April, at Nuffield Health on Saturday 20th April, or at Yatton on Monday 22nd April. To that end, as we have a lot of Easter eggs to get rid of, at Clevedon the eggs will be given out on Friday 12th April and at Nuffield Health on Saturday 13th April.
First of all, congratulations to our small band who entered the WSKO South Wales Open competition on Sunday 24th March, Louis Nolan, and Callum and Cassidy Backhouse. Callum, although giving his heart and soul on his kata, was up against the eventual winner in the first round. Cassidy fared better and worked her way through the rounds to come away with a silver medal. Louis Nolan has also started reap the rewards of his hard work, taking a bronze in the kumite after losing by only one point in the semi-finals.
Our own WKU competition is in May and it would be good to see the club give more support to this competition. Paul is on board now helping to organise and will be encouraging you all either to take part or to assist in setting up or helping to run tables at the event. For our younger members there is always the Shobu Jukuren competition where they attack a dummy for thirty seconds showing off their skills. Then, of course there are the kumite and kata events. Please put your names forward for the event and I will also keep Paul informed of any others that I hear of.
We have had a couple of occasions lately where the club etiquette has slipped. First of all, too much talking going on in the lines, but more to the point, students refusing to do what has been asked of them by a Dan grade. This will not be tolerated at all. It is not just a lack of respect for that Dan grade but a lack of respect for your club and fellow club members. Likewise, even if a 1st kyu is helping out at the front of a group, you will be expected to show them respect. We do like to have a friendly club with a bit of fun during training, but maybe it has slipped a little too far and needs reining in
Sarah Meredith, Maisey Porter, Sevin Kalupahana, Jude Howe, Caden Turner, Estella Cook.
John Green, Lewis Cocking, Fidel Hawker, Jake Wright, Noah Feurtado.