A huge well done to everyone who challenged their rank at the grading held earlier this evening. Especially so to those individuals who were unsucessful last time and rather than give up, decided to go back to the drawing board and as a result, showed some fantastic improvements!
This is what karate is all about - refusing to take the easy route and instead, seeking to explore the path less travelled. Yes of course, you may come face to face with a few discomforting hurdles along the way, but if these are faced with a positive and tenacuious attitude then there will always be potential for growth.
It is our ethos for dojo members to become accustomed to this blueprint for success and then learn to apply it to other aspects of their life. It's never an easy path to follow and we inevitably lose many along the way, but those who do manage to persist will slowly develop a special character that no amount of money can buy.
Young Oliver Whillock needs a mention here as he really stood out today. Not simply because of the standard he's reached, but more so, his rate of change over the past year. You see, a few months back he would have struggled to maintain focus for more than five minutes. This evening he showed a level of skill and determination to be proud of. With continuing patience and support from his parents, instructors and class-mates, he's made some amazing progress. So congratulations Oliver and please keep up the great work!
As well as Oliver, we also had Harrison and Charlie make inspiring come-backs from unsuccessful gradings. Rather than simply throwing the towel in (as many unfortunately do), they've chosen to use their experience as a stepping stone to success. Fine examples to strive for and if maintained, the very attitudes that will take these children far in life.
As you can probably guess...I'm feeling a little proud tonight :-)
Great job everyone,