It's 2014! Hard to believe 2013 is behind us and we're almost halfway through the second decade of the 21st century! When I was a kid, I actually thought we would be living in space by now. Maybe I will see that in my lifetime. I would love to practice Naihanchi on the moon or Mars.
2013 was our 8th year training together as Tallahassee Karate Club at North Florida School of Aikido. We've had 8 great years of training together! I'd like to thank the people who have trained with me throughout these years. Without you, there would not be a Tallahassee Karate Club. I'd also like to thank my teachers in Okinawa Karate-Do Shorin Ryu Kishaba Juku for their dedication to the art, and invaluable training and patience with me throughout the years. Finally, I'd like to thank North Florida School of Aikido for sharing their beautiful dojo with us.
I have a few personal training goals for 2014. This year, I want to focus on getting into much better physical shape. I think everyone has this goal, but for me, 2014 is going to be my year. I would like to figure out a way to get back to Okinawa to train with Shinzato Sensei. The last time (and only time) I was there was in Dec 2004-Jan 2005 (some blog posts about it here), and that is way too long! It's doubtful I will get there due to the money constraint, but I will keep it as a goal and see what happens. Beyond that, I just want to keep training and get better at the things I'm working on.
I have a few goals for the dojo, too. I'd like to see us get a few more regular students. I wouldn't mind starting a kids class. I really want to have at least 4 special trainings this year. 6 would be better! I would also like to take the dojo over to train with Janos Sensei more this year.
Happy 2014 and may your year be filled with Karate training!