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My 16 weeks of “exercise by referral” has ended and I mostly enjoyed it.

Unfortunately the final 3 weeks were a bust as life prevented me from getting to the gym. The good news is that my employer has come up with a corporate deal at the local Esporta and so I’m fully signed up and attending there – it’s amazing how much pain you can be in from exercise after having taken 3 weeks away!

All this can only be good though. Saturday (Nov 26th) is my next grading day for Tang Soo Do – this time it’s for my green belt or 6th Gup. From here on in it gets real serious and I need to know the Korean for everything rather than asking for a translation or demonstration …. anyone got a Learn Korean quick lying around? The children won’t be joining me this time as they couldn’t quite get to grips with the required form – Pyung Ahn O Dan. However ma’am tells us this is the hardest Pyung Ahn form we will learn and next grading the children get to do a much easier form. Coel was devastated but I’m hoping it’s a valuable lesson learned.

Jenna is loving year 6 at school – she was one of the comperes for their Coychurch has got talent in aid of Children In Need. Kathryn again helping Coel with a fabulous idea where he pretended to be a mini James Bond and finished by delivering a box of Milk Tray to his teacher … with appropriate music and voice over. We’re told he stole the show!

Kathryn has now re-taken her Stage 2 Signing exam module that she failed last time around and we should know the result by Christmas – she’s also stepping away from the slave labour that is her Thursday afternoon at work. It’s not worth all the extra grief, stress and hassle for an extra few pounds in the purse

Owen meanwhile has launched himself into Uni and in his own words is “happy and having a real good time”. He’s on top of his projects and excited about the potential of his Industrial Year. For those that haven’t heard he’s applied to spend the year at Cern. Although he’s dropped the physics for now he still loves the subject matter and the idea of being there for a year is a real draw. His Uni was only too happy to get behind his application and they have thoroughly praised h and recommended hi. They also told him they don’t let just any student wistfully apply to Cern and he’s one of a very select few that have been allowed in Cern’s history.

So if any of you know somebody there that could help him out then do tip them the wink – he’s under no illusions though that he’s guaranteed a place.

The October half term is upon us again and as usual the family are away with the grandparents and I’m home alone.

But don’t be sad for me. I get invited along and every year I decline so that I can have some much needed me space. I was once advised (a long time ago) by some0ne that had been married for longer than Kathryn & I have now (24┬Żyrs) that every couple should have time apart every year. I agree.

Anyway, this year it happens to coincide with me also having my shift rota fit nicely so that I get 4 days at home.

Weather depending I have a lot of things to do.

I also want to contemplate stuff.

One of the things I want to contemplate is how to continue to encourage my children to continue on with their Tang Soo Do. I don’t know how to communicate to them (anymore) that re-doing stuff is par for the course and even if they become black belts one day then they will still need to re-do what they know.

So any suggestions gratefully accepted.

For now I just want to get them to their green belts which is at the end of November…. and I’m not even close to being ready!

Just a quick one – will try to remember to post a picture later …

Anyway, last Saturday the children and I attained our 7th Gup in Tang Soo Do. In terms of belt colours we are still Orange belt but now it has a green stripe on it.The big boss (Master Trudgill) tried to put a downer on everyone though by telling us all that only 1, maybe 2 in every 100 that starts Tang Soo Do will give it up before they attain their black belt. Not the best way to promote the art I guess – but it isn’t stopping us

Unfortunately towards the end of the grading my right knee tried to stop me by, so I’m now told, over-extending and causing me great pain. The physio tells me today that it isn’t that severe but a few weeks rest won’t go amiss.

Tang Soo.


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