Thursday, 20 December 2012

2012 End of year message from Sensei

Last practice this year was last night, 19/12/12. I am looking forward to the new year. The club has made slow progress but still going forward.We would like to wish Josh good luck in Denmark, looking forward to seeing him back in July 2013. Hopefully 2013 should be a good year for us all. Geoff and Martin are now 2kyu, good luck. Also welcome to Mike, Michelle, and Andrew who have stayed with us.We are looking forward to the new year with  them,.

Happy NewYear. Have a good rest. Hope to see you all on the 02/01/13  thank you all  for your support.

Bill Ware

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Situations vacant - news reporter

Not sure if Sensei mentioned this last night as I wasn't there but that is the point of this news update. Since being forced to stop Wednesday practice due to medical reasons I have not always been able to keep up with the regular goings on. I feel this disconnect is detrimental to the club, in particular there have been quite a few tournaments and events the club has participated in that have gone unreported and uncelebrated here.

Everyone taking part in those events will have been praised for their efforts on return to the dojo or through the Facebook group. The greater concern is that the website is often the first port of call for prospective new members and if there are no records of the club taking part in competitions, succeeding at gradings or being active then there will be little incentive for people to join. At worse folk may even believe the club has ceased to exist and not bother investigating further.

Therefore, I am hoping there is a current member or members of the club who would like to volunteer to help with the news reporting. This can either be by forwarding information to me about what's going on and I can add it to the blog or by providing me with their email address so I can give direct access to the blog to update as you wish.

The choice is yours, ideally it will be someone who is attending regularly, confident in writing, computer literate enough not to be afraid of the blog/email and be online enough to provide updates as and when needed. You can be as active as you like but the bare minimum would be to report all those things that need reporting - seminars, competitions, gradings, visitors. Essentially what I've been doing up to this point, so you can see how regular that is. I'll still be available to help out but as a club we need someone to step up and either be the new voice on the website or the new reporter to feed me the information to share on the blog.

Thanks for your help.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Grading Success

'Liverpool Old Boy' Andy Checkley, now resident in Japan, has just passed his Nidan grading there.

Congratulations Andy, keep up the good work, we look forward to maybe seeing you in December/January! You may even be lucky enough to join in with the first Winter Training session of 2013, and you know how much fun they are!