This years grading was held at the Woolston Club, Bowling Pavilion. It was an excellent venue with plenty of space and good ventilation. Those in charge were very efficient in their various duties of organising groups of students to fight the candidates, first aid, materials and tidying up. The dinner at the Joyful Restaurant was excellent and we had close to two hundred people attending the awards function afterwards at the Woolston Club. It was a very good night. The candidates did well overall and all of them were promoted to their new ranks.
Mr Mike Barthelmeh - HQ
Mr Daniel Dunne - University of Canterbury
Mr Ricky Tiong - University of Canterbury
Ms Corrin Vedder - Invercargill North
Mr Doug Haselden - Lincoln
Mr Scott Connelly - Lincoln
Linus Lim Laoshi - Sydney
Mr Chris Allan - Lincoln
Mr Robert Wilson - Lincoln
Mr Wai Hoe Chan - Kelburn / HQ
George Pope Laoshi - Winton
Kelvin Joyce Laoshi - Parklands
Andy Lane Laoshi - University of Canterbury
22nd Dec: Last day of regular training at HQ
4th Jan: Normal training resumes at HQ
14th Jan: Prof. & Mrs Wally Jay’s birthday Hawaiian party
28th & 29th Jan: SOTC Level 2 Instructors’ Retreat
11th Feb: Auckland GMC KF & BB Seminars
18th Feb: Canterbury KF Grading + Advanced
21st Feb: Canterbury TC 6 & 5 Ex Grading
25th & 26th Feb: Picton* & Regional KF & TC Seminars & Gradings
4th Mar: Canterbury & W. Coast combined training
17th, 18th & 19th Mar: SOTC Auckland Student Camp
25th & 26th Mar: Wellington* KF & TC Seminars & Gradings
8th Apr: Canterbury KF Grading
11th Apr: Canterbury TC 6 & 5 Ex Grading
22nd & 23rd Apr: Wellington* KF & TC Seminars & Gradings
Alan Logan Laoshi received a special award generously contributed by Mr Alistair Kidd, for his services to Chans Martial Arts this year.
Ms Monika Mazurek-Finch was the deserving winner of the Penelope Lake Trophy for her spirit and effort in training even though there were other good nominations.
Jeff Humm Laoshi from HQ was promoted to 1st degree for his incredible spirit and efforts in teaching. He started training as a child when our main class was at training at Heaton Intermediate. He left training and but returned to train at Parklands branch and then at HQ during the last decade.
Ms Linda Miller and Mrs Michelle Clarkson were both promoted to 2nd degrees for teaching, making equipment, renovating the old HQ and for the thoughtful cakes and cookies at gradings and tournaments.
Training in the holidays
I would like to remind everyone to think about security when travelling, and leaving the dwelling with security arrangements. It is also important to eat and drink sensibly during the festive season as no amount of training can negate over indulgence.
It is best to stretch every morning before breakfast. Tai Chi Exercises and forms daily would be beneficial. Those who do not practice Tai Chi yet should go through the limber up routine, practice a few forms and some specialty techniques every day. This way you will come back primed and ready to hit the ground running. Even though this has been a tough year we have been making very steady progress. Next year should be a very good one if we can keep the momentum going. I for one am looking forward to much more improvements in the new year