I hope this update finds you all well, as we all adapt to these unusual circumstances. If you have been checking the website lately, or following us on Facebook, you’ll know that we have also been adapting how we teach and train, with a number of our instructors getting involved to create new training materials, including videos & documents that can be found on the website.
If you head over to our Training Library, you will be able to find videos that include general training sessions for both our Little Ninjas classes, and our Taekwondo classes; specialised Strength & Conditioning training programs; and detailed Technical Application instruction.
We also have some fun activities planned. Read on to find out more…
As we are all aware, broadband quality in West Cork can be patchy at best, and some people have had difficulty playing the videos because they keep freezing and buffering/loading. To get around this, it is possible to download the videos entirely, and then watch them offline.
In this week’s Ninjas class, Barry has challenged our youngest students to draw a picture of themselves, in Ninja-mode, acting in a way that shows that they are following one of the Ninja rules: Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Brave, Be Fit, Be Healthy.
Ninjas can get their parents to send in their pictures to Barry via the Facebook page, Whatsapp to 086 3488 599, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
All entries will be included in next week’s video. Ninjas should include their name and club (e.g. Clonakilty, Bandon, etc.) too, so we can say well done to them!
We have decided, to help keep people focused, and to break the boredom, we will shortly run an Online Patterns Competition. Competitors will submit videos of themselves performing their chosen pattern, and a panel of Black Belts will judge the performances, to decide winners for each category.
To give everyone a fair shot, and to help them to prepare for the competition, we hope to recruit a team of Black Belt volunteers, to act as mentors to the competitors. Each competitor will be assigned a mentor, who will review the competitor’s progress and offer advice over a period of a couple of weeks prior to the competition.
It will take us a few days to get our mentors prepared, so check back soon on the website or Facebook page to get the launch date.
To make sure that we can do this, and to make sure that the workload isn’t unmanageable for the mentors, we need as many Black Belt volunteers as possible.
All Black Belts over 16 are welcome to volunteer as mentors (16 & 17 year olds will require parental permission, and contact can only be via the parent’s email address).
Black Belts can volunteer as mentors right now, by emailing email@example.com
Finally, we would just like to let all students know, that we are still thinking of you and, although we can’t have our usual chats before and after (and sometimes during) class, all of our club instructors can still be contacted as usual via phone or email. We have already received some lovely messages from students and parents, and really enjoy staying in touch with you all, so don’t be shy about dropping us a message from time to time, to let us know how you’re getting on.