Saturday, June 14, 2008

A Special Night

Officially, class is on vacation until after the Fourth of July holiday.  However, at Sensei Jon's request, we had two special sessions this week so that Jon could test, and then promote Peter York.  Peter performed his techniques very well.  Congratulations on your promotion to Orange Belt (Rokyu) Pete!  

After class, a small group convened at Ruby Tuesdays to help celebrate Peter's promotion, and to spend some last minute time with Sensei Jon.  As noted in my last entry, Jon has joined the United States Navy.  I am proud as can be of Jon and will miss him very much as he ships out to serve us all in his capacity as Sailor.  Come home safe, my boy.

I hear, through channels, that Michael Doody's ribs are healing.  He looks forward to coming back to class in July.  I did hear from Tsai this week.  He is preparing for his internship in New Jersey as we speak.  Tsai was a visiting Judoka in our class in April and May while serving in a Rural Medicine rotation in my medical offices in Waterville.  

Monday, June 2, 2008

Take a break

After careful consideration, I have decided to take the class into hiatus for the month of June.  It will give us all a chance to recharge our batteries, and regain some perspective.  

I want to say that I have personally found great things in this art.  It has been a source of strength in times of weakness, peace in times of turmoil, and provided me with friendship, truth, and perspective.   I love this art.  

When we reconvene in July, it will be without Sensei Jon Michael Boudreau.  Jon will be leaving for his stint in the United States Navy.  Personally, I feel like I am saying good bye to a trusted friend and confidant.  I will miss him terribly.  I hope he likes really tight enclosed places.