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Another year gone by, ready for 2013!

It has been a while since something new appeared in this section but that does’t mean nothing has happened, on the contrary!
In the last year students performed admirably at different tournaments in the Netherlands as well as abroad. This goes for our “die-hard tourney bums” as well as the first-timers. The youngest participated in the All Style Martial Arts Tournament and although they did not place it still was fun and game and delighting to see how they have progressed the last year. That is what it is all about after all, fun and personal growth.
The school has also seen an increase in the student body and is still growing. Since april 2012 we moved to a different location after having been at two other locations prior to this  last move. We are now located at “Gymzaal het Klaverblad” and the move has made it possible to broaden the class schedule. It is now possible to train six day a week!
The year 2012 has also been a year of making new bonds and meeting new friends locally and abroad. We do hope to tighten these bonds and meet even more new friends. One of these friendships resulted in a visit form none other than master Shi Yan Xu from the Shaolin Cultural Center in LA and Philip Sahagun national champion and a renowned martial artist based at the South Coast Martial Arts Center in Costa Mesa. Many of you attended and enjoyed the workshops which were a big success.
I would like to use this opportunity to thank everyone for their commitment and hope we can do even better in 2013. I am not talking about winning more prizes but about improving ourselves even more. You have heard it many times and probably will hear it more often: “you can always do better”.

May 2013 be a year of growth and insight and attaining a deeper level of understanding of this beautiful Martial Art we practise.

Would like to share two quotes with you:
“To practice the Shaolin skills (gongfu) without cultivating the spirit (Chan) and the energy (Qi), one will never grasp the inner essence of the movement not the true meaning of practise itself” – master Shi Xing Mi

Long time ago Karate grandmaster Gichin Funakoshi said it as well:
“You may train for a long time, but if you merely move your hands and feet and jump up and down like a puppet, learning karate is not very different from learning a dance. You will never have reached the heart of the matter; you will have failed to grasp the quintessence of karate-do”.

Useless to say but going to do it anyway, where it reads “Karate-do” can and could have easily read: “gongfu”.
Lets keep this in mind while heading towards 2013!

Thank you, all of you and remember, without you none of this could have happened.
See you in 2013!