Another New Belt Gained

Oliver with Instructor Richard.

Hi everyone..Grandson Oliver gained another belt in Tae Kwon Do on Sunday, June 04. This one was the Blue Stripe. He has a terrific instructor, Richard Dobbs and you can see the pair of them above.

Many young people went through various tests for different belt levels. Unfortunately because I got my wires crossed (easy for Grandpa to do these days!) I only got to the activities in time to see Oliver and the others presented with their new belts. However, the main thing is the kids did so well and obviously had such a good time.

Below you can see a short video of Oliver involved in one of the requirements in gaining the new belt…board breaking.

‘Bye for now and God bless.

Moving Up, Slowly But Surely.

Last weekend, Tim, Andi, Ben and I went to support and watch Oliver participate in his green stripe belt test in Taekwondo. The test involved the demonstration of kicking ability, defence and attack moves and poomsae, which you might remember from  a previous post. It’s the demonstration of a sequence of movements which involve speed, grace and power.

We had a great time. Oliver did too once the butterflies had settled.  Below are a video I made of the occasion and a small slideshow.

Best wishes to all. ‘Bye for now and God bless.

With teacher Richard and Grand Master Kim

With teacher Richard and Grand Master Kim

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Oliver Got Belted!

Oliver and Tim waiting for his test to begin.

Oliver and Tim waiting for his test to begin.

Today I had the pleasure of accompanying Oliver and Tim to Oliver’s yellow belt test in Taekwondo. Oliver and many others undertook the test in Courtenay. Grand Master Woo Kim had come from Surrey, Vancouver, for the testing and black belts from the local area were also judges. Oliver’s teacher Richard Dobbs conducted the class.

The group went through warm up. They then did exercises to toughen their knuckles and did knuckle pushups on boards. They did their poomsae or group form together. Each student had to declare the tenets of Taekwondo and was asked to count in Korean along with doing their favourite kick for the judges. They performed in pairs to do other kicks, kicking paddles held by the black belts. Basic defence moves were asked for and done.

It was a wonderful two hours watching kids who have grown so much in confidence over the time they have been involved in TKD. In Oliver’s case, he is thriving under the wonderful teaching of local black belt Richard Dobbs.

We celebrated Oliver’s new belt with a visit to the Dairy Queen!!

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If you’d like to see some video clips of the day, take a peek below.

‘Bye for now and God bless.

Thanksgiving In Canada.

Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving Meal

Well folks, it’s that time of the year, when, in Canada, families get together to share a special meal and perhaps, give thanks for the good things in life. The meal usually centres around a turkey and/or a ham, with various types of vegetables and dressings. We will be no different from others. Our turkey will be one reared by Ben and Josée on their little farm. Sadly, they won’t be there to enjoy it as they are traveling.

So if you are celebrating this way, at this time of the year, exactly for what are you thankful ? And exactly whom or what are you thanking? In our family we will be thanking our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for all he has done/ is doing for us. As we join hands in prayer around the table at meal time, we will think upon his sacrifice for us. We will give thanks for Cynthia who will prepare the meal. We will also give thanks for this beautiful country in which we live and for the great people who make up Canada.

Not least we will give thanks for the caring people who have treated Tim over the past weeks, for the difficult but correct decisions they made and for their massive commitment to getting him well.

Finally, we will give thanks for Oliver, the youngest member of our group, who, on Sunday, who will be celebrating his seventh birthday that day. We love you to bits Oliver and as you are a huge Star Wars fan…”may the force always be with you.”

Our Two Main Men This Weekend

Our Two Main Men This Weekend

Love to all and may your weekend be a blessed one. Bye for now and God bless.