Hello Students & Parents!
I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season!
Our new term begins next Wednesday (February 6th, 2013) and we have a number of changes to catch you all up on. Firstly, we’ll start with the “bad” news:
Due to a change in arrangements at Canberra Montessori, there is no longer a space available to us on campus. Due to this change, we have moved the Dojang a couple hundred meters south to St. Jude’s Primary School (Mulley Street, Holder; the school directly next door to Montessori).
Below is a map from our old Dojang (the red marker) to our new Dojang location (the blue marker):
Jack Rice, Principle of Canberra Montessori has assured us that he will ensure that the children attending from Canberra Montessori will be escorted to the new Dojang by the beginning of class (3:30pm). Mr. Rice has requested that one of our parent’s volunteer for the responsibility to escort the children across the parking lot to the new Dojang and watch over the children until an Instructor arrives. Otherwise he can arrange for a roster for the teachers and staff of Canberra Montessori to do the escorting.
I generally arrive by 3:10pm so if there are any volunteers to watch over our
little monsters students for 10-20 minutes on Wednesdays and/or Fridays, please let me know!
Another change due to the change in venue is that for the time being, we will not be doing a half hour of workshop time. As such, the schedule will be:
Wednesday & Friday:
3:30-4:30pm Junior Class
4:30-5:30pm Senior Class
As before, class will run during the school term on non-public holidays.
Now, the good news:
Our new Dojang offers us quite a bit more space as well as features gymnastics pads, crash mats and somewhat better locker room facilities! Entry into the new Dojang is via the four glass doors just under the blue marker in the image above and the parking is ample and close (noted by the yellow square in the image above).
The availability of the mats and crash pads, as well as a sprung floor stage area, will offer us better and safer training options for our jumping and flying techniques as well as the ability to teach some break falling.
If you have any questions, or if you get lost please give me a call at 0412 083 183.
Looking further into 2013, Mr. Bower has scheduled in our gradings through the end of the year:
Friday, April 19th
Friday, August 16th
Friday, December 6th
The April grading will be done from 5:30-7:30pm in a location that is to be determined. This is a Canberra-wide regional grading that occurs during the April school holidays. This grading will be a different experience for our students as you will be in among a number of other schools. We may have a Wednesday class on April 17th for final preparations (I will keep you posted).
The August and December gradings will be done in class during regular class times. But if you are able to make it to one of the regional gradings (scheduled on the same days from 5:30-7:30pm, locations TBA) I would encourage you to do so.
Further events in 2013 include:
Saturday, March 16: UITF Open National Competition (Maroochydore).
This event is open to all students of all Gup levels and will include Pattern Competition, Special Techniques, Power Breaking and Free Sparing Competition.
Sunday/Monday, March 17-18: 9th Dan Grand Master Kwan Seminar (Maroochydore). This event is open to all students of all Gup levels and will include a Master class taught by Grand Master Kwan, 9th Dan from the US (he is the Grand Master that graded Instructor Joel to 4th Dan).
Sunday, May 26th: ACT/NSW State Taekwon-Do Championships. This event is open to all students of all Gup levels and will include Pattern Competition, Special Techniques, Power Breaking and Free Sparing Competition.
Saturday, August 10th: Canberra Seminar and Dan Grading – Master Moore (To Be Confirmed). This event is open to all students of all Gup levels and will include a Master class taught by Senior Master Jamie Moore, 8th Dan from Maroochydore (he is the Master Instructor that grades our students to Black Belt, including myself).
I’ll see you on Wednesday!