2013 End of Year Wrap Up
2013 has seen our Dojo grow in numbers and in skills with a record number of students progressing with gradings conducted by Dicker sensei and Kawabe sensei. Greg Lollback and David Therkelsen have been successful earlier in the year with achieving their brown belts. Greg more recently was successful with a black belt grading during Kawabe sensei’s visit.
Unfortunately this year marked the passing of Amatsu sensei who was a wonderfull and generous teacher. Amatsu sensei was a direct student of Hisa sensei and did his utmost to transmit Hisa sensei’s Daito-ryu to a future generation. I personally will always treasure the time I spent practicing and talking with Amatsu sensei his passing is deeply felt by all who knew him.
Next year David Therkelsen and I will visit Japan for Embutaikai and to spend time practicing with Kawabe sensei and Annoiki sensei and hopefully the students of Amatsu sensei who are still practicing at Kishiwada dojo.
I feel very privileged to have so many wonderful students that are committed to practicing Daito-ryu. I really look forward to the coming year and making progress along the path with so many good people.
Warmest wishes for the festive season, be happy safe and well and see you in the new year.
PS New Years Day Training from 10am at PCYC