Colahan Martial Arts Academy 2011 Year in Review

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement,
 achievement, and success have no meaning.”
                                                                 – Benjamin Franklin 

2011 was a year of growth for the Colahan Martial Arts Academy – growth in numbers, rank, knowledge, and in leadership. For the students and friends that have been with me since the inception of the club, you have seen us grow not only in numbers, but also in skill, maturity and martial spirit. Here’s a quick look back at what ColahanMA has done in 2011:

  • Gained three new students, lost one (temporarily to bring a new member into the world), and ended the year with 13 active students. (For those who are not a part of the club, these numbers are pretty good considering I can only pull from employees of work due to location, etc.)
  • We started the year with one white belt, three yellow belts, one orange belt, one blue belt, and five (third degree) brown belts.
  • We had 24 new belt promotions over the year.
  • Ended the year with two yellow belts, one orange belt, three blue belts, one green belt, one purple belt, one (second degree) brown belt, one (first degree) brown belt, and three provisional black belts.
  • Celebrated 13 birthdays with our traditional screeching (singing) and yummy desserts.
  • Promoted our first Provisional Black Belts.
  • I was given the teaching title of Renshi.

Always seeking knowledge – and a good time – we attended several events this past year:

  • the annual USKK Martial Arts Tournament
  • the annual USKK Black Belt Test, Martial Arts Clinic and Award Banquet
  • the Midori Yama Budokai in Leavenworth, KS
  • Hanshi Roger Greene’s Warrior Weekend in Oklahoma
  • a trip to Jacksonville, FL to teach a clinic to the school down there
  • attended a Troy Price clinic
  • attended an Iain Abernethy clinic
  • hosted our first black belt gauntlet

For such a small group who meets only twice a week, this has been a lot to accomplish in one year, yet I challenge us to do more. There is always something more to learn and the opportunities that ColahanMA and the United States Kenpo Kobujitsu federation offer is aplenty. In 2012 Colahan Martial Arts Academy is scheduled to promote three students to Shodan (first degree black belt) – a first for our club and for me. There will be plenty of learning opportunities inside and outside of class with such events as Hanshi Raymond Montoya’s Elite training clinic in Bryan, TX, the annual USKK clinic in April, Midori Yama Budokai clinics in May, Hanshi Roger Greene’s Warrior Weekend in June, Midori Yama Budokai clinics in Colorado Springs, CO, and much more.

I wish all my students much success on and off the dojo floor and hope they, and you, take advantage of as many learning opportunities as possible. Remember, everyone has the same 24 hours in a day – what you do with it sets you apart.

“Don’t be a spectator, don’t let life pass you by.”
 – Lou Holtz 

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