Whew! This squirrel has already begun storing nuts for the winter, so I have been a little busy – and a little behind. So much has happened since we last met!
How about that Luke seminar? Huh? Huh? Pretty good stuff. Sword, shrunken, and a wee bit o' shoge thrown in. THROWN IN...get it? See what I did there?? Sigh. Where's Mung when you need him?
I digress. We had a great turnout and we always appreciate Dr. Luke bringing his intricate skill and knowledge to us mere mortals. Weapons seminars are always a whole bunch of fun. We even had a special t-shirt just for the occasion. A big shout out to everyone from Temple, Corpus, Dallas, Austin, and the Valley. Till next time...
Quickly following the seminar was our annual dojo trip. This year took us to Lake Conroe for a very special celebration: Sensei Threz commemorated five years as a school! The traditional gift for a five year anniversary is wood, and the modern gift is silverware. Give freely and often. As always, we ate and laughed, ate and laughed...then ate and laughed. Sensei crafted a very special photo and video presentation for us, full of poignant memories. We all also shared some of our most memorable moments in the dojo (mine involving an elbow), which brought more laughter and even a few tears. Sensei and I were presented with awesome t-shirts from D and Lyda to mark the occasion. Finally, the Squirrel Squad sealed the deal by giving each student a new dojo t-shirt (we love us some shirts) featuring their budo name. I really love these shirts, as they showcase everyone's personality in such a fun, funny, intimate way. Let me add that we shared this celebration with a select few martial artists who are near and dear to our hearts. Let's not forget our brothers from other mothers: Krotty, Shank, Eskimiga, and Sarge. (If you don't know who is who, you should be ashamed of yourself.)
Because of all these awesome events, we've been a little behind in our kyu testing, but fear not! We're right back on track. Congratulations to Justin and Trey for passing their 8th and 6th Kyu exams! We have a couple more students prepping for their upcoming tests, so stay tuned.
There WILL be a M.A.C.A. (Martial Arts Charity Alliance) event this year. It will be held in Corpus Christi in the early fall to raise money for Calvary Chapel Crosswinds. They are in desperate need of air conditioning, and we will do everything we can to assist. More details will follow, including the date of the event.
And finally, the biggest news of all: the Will of Fire Dojo has gone back to the School of Smiling Tiger. This is who we are at its essence, and it feels right. The name may change, but the content remains the same.
"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life."
— Winston Churchill