Class Trip: Quiet Waters

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Mr. Doug and I have planned our classes to be held on Wednesday July 9th at Quiet Waters.  We are leaving time for everyone to have their stripe test and to do a walk at the park with us.  We may even do a quick game of kick ball with everyone.  Here is how we see the day going:

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM 5/6 year olds

5:30 PM to 7:00 PM 7 – 12 year olds

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM adults / intermediate and teen

Please just wear comfortable clothes, (no uniforms), tennis shoes etc..  We will work out, test, and have a walk in the park.  Last year when we did this we found the time we got to spend with everyone very rewarding, and we look forward to seeing everyone turn out and have a good time with us.
Please note that on Thursday we will only have an Open Mat style class from 4:- 5:30  for all ages and then from 6:10 – 7:40 for adults and intermediate students.  If there are any questions please feel free to email Mr. Joe or talk to us at the school.
Title: Class Trip: Quiet Waters
Location: Quiet Waters White Oak Pavillion
Description: For a complete description and schedule changes see the post: Class Trip: Quiet Waters
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2008-07-09
End Time: 20:30

Intermediate Test

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Two weeks ago I had the pleasure to watch three of our intermediate students test into their new belts. This was a very good moment for our school because these three students showed us that the standards we set for these students could be met and even surpassed! If you ask any three of them, I am sure none of them will tell you that they got where they are now with only minimal work or purely by themselves. Each of these students worked very hard to get where they are at now and it showed. We (as instructors) are very careful not to call it a test because no single day effort can determine whether or not someone earns a belt. Every day you must continue to earn the belt you wear across your waist.
Each student had strengths and weaknesses in certain areas that the others did not but together they all pulled through and had one amazing show. More importantly they did everything we asked of them, without hesitation or questioning. This amount of trust from these students, and more importantly from their families, was the single most important contributing factor for their positive growth. If their families and themselves did not believe that they could get where we wanted them to be, none of this would be possible.
I’ve been told I seldom give out complements, but for that day, I was smiling even before the test had begun for I had already known that these three students already had earned their new belt. We are proud of all our students but we are very proud of these three young ladies for believing in us, their fellow students and themselves.
Mr. Doug