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Kato Sensei is going to return to Texas soon: first two weeks in June. I'm looking forward to this. His last trip here, I did not do anything to agressive, just kind of went through the motions. This next trip, I hope to fully participate and really learn more what he has to show us. THAT... and get him on video better than last year. I didn't have him in the screen the whole time as he moved around a lot.
Other news: our dojo has resigned from the AAA. There has been a big change up within the AAA organization. Things were difficult with them in the first place. You have to attend many seminars and as you get higher rank, you have to attend Camps which are only held twice a year and usually in Chicago or either the east or west coast. That means, it round numbers with air fair and food, lodging etc... you can count on spending close to $2,000 to go attend camps and seminars just to become ELIGIBLE to test! That's rough. Anyhow, that is behind us and we're independent for a while till something else presents itself. Time will tell.
Work is progressing on the new dojo space. The downstairs space is almost ready for walls to go up. Windows have been cut out for the downstairs office, floors have been cleaned and preped for staining, ceiling tiles have been removed upstairs where the dojo will be. I hope to be back at the new dojo helping with walls next week... got caught up on my rest this past weekend... thank goodness!
Classes have been filling up! Here lately, we've been having an average of 5-10 people on the mat any given night. That's a sharp climb from the steady 6 or 7 we used to have. It is looking like many of the new students will stick around and I anticipate that many of the older students will show up once the new dojo space is open. Who knows? I haven't heard from them, but I'm sure they have thought about it.
The new dojo MAT is going to be roughly 40' x 24'. Totally new mat, cover, etc. Gonna look GOOD! Good lighting that is high over head and out of the way, new matting with no tape to trip over, tons of space in every direction (up and out)... everything is going to be soooo... nice. Really looking forward to it.