September 2017 News!

Fall Forward!

• Testing 9/30 – 9am!
• Teaching-Leadership Class
• PLUS! Welcome back!

Welcome to Thornhill, Glenview, Chabot and Hillcrest Students!
Try a free class at the Studio anytime! Also Rockridge Street Fair Demo September 17th, Join us!

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Mas Cally showing her moves at the Temescal Demo in June – Bravo!deb7d992-fedd-4e39-96a3-0d4b18b169be

Testing September 30th, Saturday, starts 9 am!

Sash Testing – Up to the Challenge?
Each test, for every rank and every stripe, is hard – for everyone.  It’s meant to be. We are teaching and supporting each other to be leaders, martial artists and community citizens. That’s no small challenge!

There are the moves and forms each student needs to memorize, and also the additional requirements: teaching hours, selfless service and cleaning the school, an essay requiring self-reflection, plus the leadership skills it takes to ask for help and guide teammates to be in one’s kumbongs. And the fighting, don’t forget the fighting!

It’s a big process and it always eventuates in growth – even if one doesn’t pass. I have failed several tests in my past, but the failures taught me at least as much as the successes – or more!

Over the next few weeks as we ready for this test, jump in – whether you are among those testing or not. Ask the testers if they need practice partners. Offer to help with the Studio cleaning (usually the night before the test). Run holds, or read an essay draft, or simply give words of encouragement.

It is said that when one student tests, we all do (which is why everyone under black belt wears white for testing). Take this opportunity to ready for your next test, and to help the entire Studio grow.

The test starts at 9am sharp on Saturday the 30th and likely will run past noon. Plan to show up and stay, to help as well as learn. After, we’ll hang out for a bit and have snacks so please bring something to share.

There are many positives to testing: it reveals where we have gaps in our knowledge and provides feedback to all of us instructors. It also builds bravery, courage, confidence and the three P’s of Poekoalan: Patience, Practice, Perseverance.

I’m looking forward to the 30th. Best of luck to everyone, but as MGA Scott says, “Luck has nothing to do with it.”  Prepare throughly and commit 100%! Train with heart! That will ensure success, no matter what the outcome.

ALL students,friends, families, and after-school students invited! MGAL xoxo29d012f3-0336-4fa5-976f-b1433bff851d

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