Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year!

Yesterday marked that last official training session of 2014 for the BBRD community with a robust session of Kendo at the PCYC followed by some nibbles and drinks — many thanks to Itakura sensei for providing both the example and direction over the past two months.

I'd like to thank everyone who has been involved in the Club this year: The instructors, the seminar presenters, the Executive members and all those that have volunteered at special events throughout this year. The Club exists because of your efforts and dedication.

Congratulations to all that have experienced success in your marital arts practices this year, whether it be gradings, competition success, or new directions and realisations in your practice. And a special congratulations to those that continue to train week-in and week-out despite the ups and downs that occur throughout the year. Your persistence is noticed and t it forms an important foundation for the culture of the Club.

The training year will kick off on Sunday 4 January at the PCYC for those that wish to indulge in a post New Year's session.

However, the "official" start of the training year at the MEAC will be from 5pm Monday 5 January. Keiko Hajime will follow a familiar format from the past few years where available discipline instructors will be conducting mini-sessions followed by a shared light supper and drinks. Everyone is most welcome to participate, and if you have anyone in your circle who may be interested in watching, please let them know they would be most welcome!

So I wish that everyone has a safe, joyous, relaxing, and recharging fortnight away and I look forward to catching up with your tales of adventure and fun in the New Year!

 Artist's impression of Michael's holiday plans ...

Artist's impression of Michael's holiday plans ...