KSTSK Xmas PartyPublished 09/12/2013
KSTSK Xmas Party: On Saturday was the KSTSK Xmas Party. Over the last few years we've made it a social event that has both formal and informal elements to the evening. We have a full three course dinner followed by some short presentations over tea and coffee, before the DJ takes over.

The majority of the presentations are for the successful Dan grading candidates. This year we presented diplomas to four new Nidan and eight new Shodan Karateka. It is always great to see all the hard work and effort rewarded at the grading itself and making the presentation of the diploma in front of friends and family, makes it even more special. 

All gradings are a big deal, but none more so than that coveted black belt. For many at the time it's regarded as the pinnacle of the martial art and of course requires a lot of hard work and effort to be ready to attempt such a grade. Often, the extra training, study, dedication, focus and preparation, becomes a project and needs to be carefully planned in amongst all of life's other responsibilities. Once the big day arrives and the hard work pays off, the high of reaching the goal lasts a few weeks as we celebrate. In many cases, after the bruises have healed and training resumes in anger, there is that 'flat' feeling as there is no immediate goal to chase anymore. This is normaI - it's important to therefore to build on the success and set further targets. I remember very well when I graded to Shodan, Nidan was too long term a goal to immediately start the journey unaided. So smaller, more manageable training goals were useful.

With instructor guidance, immediately working on the feedback for improvements and gaining exposure to the next syllabus requirements are some stepping stones. Some explore teaching opportunities as a way of giving back whilst also improving. Sometimes recognising that we are more visible all of sudden and have standards to uphold gives us a new direction and focus - after all, the interval between grading examinations becomes progressively longer.
 
 



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