10 Years In The Making

Here is another post that I’m rather late in writing, though we are still celebrating our 10 yea anniversary. The actual date was on back on 14th February. I want to go on and on and say how amazing it all has been and list off all the supporters, and, contributors over the years, as well as an agonizingly long Thank You list as if we won an Oscar or a Grammy. But I hope we showed our utmost appreciation at the time to such and extend that this post would simply be overkill.

The truth of the matter, as well, is that it hasn’t been all amazing. We’ve gone through some really rocky times. We practically had to start over 3x. So fingers crossed that 3rd times a charm! As the instructor, there were times that I my motivation and enthusiasm waned, where I wanted to let it all go, for the security of a 9 to 5 job and a steady paycheck. But we all stuck it out and made it through! Now I wouldn’t give this up .. .I just won’t.

At risk at sounding cliché, the road ahead will not be easy, but it sure will be interesting! Here’s to 10 Years In The Making! And here’s 10 More Years To Make!

Elder Master Keller’s Visit 24 & 25 March 2018

What a Fantastic Weekend we had learning the Yin & Yang Dagger form from Elder Master Keller! Elder Master Keller is an 8th Degree Black Belt in Shaolin under Grand Master Sin Kwang The. He also teaches at his own school in Boise Idaho. It was a real treat for him to come all the way from Boise to Ireland and the students were thrilled. We hope that he will make the journey again soon!

Pub Quiz & Raffle 11 Feb 2018

Yes, I’m late in posting this! Regardless there was GREAT fun had at our Pub Quiz & Raffle to raise money to bring Grand Master The back to Ireland in October. We even had a good turn out from “career” pub quiz competitors! The raffle prizes that were donated were AMAZING! They included a dinner for at the Quay Co-Op, 2 GORGEOUS cakes made by Ruby & Ava, a gift basket by Frank, treat bag from Hendrick and many more! Sure the questions were hard, so they tell me, but they were hard for everyone so at least the playing field was even! All said  and done we managed to  raise enough money to pay for the Grand Master’s accommodation while he is here! Unfortunately, so busy with my feeble attempt at quiz matering that I totally spaced taking photos. I had to nab the photos of the cake from the ones who won them!

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What A Turn Out Sat 27 Jan 18

What an Amazing turn out for Beginning Belt class on Sat 27 Jan 18! I can go on and on about how proud I am of the students and how honoured I am to be their instructor. Through out the last 10 years like many other schools we’ve had our ups and down while being processed through a meat grinder. There were times when I thought I would have to close the school. There were days that not a single student showed up. But on Saturday all the trials and tribulations that this school has been through was all worth it to see a record number of students show up. I know that the road is going to rough, but I’m confident in the students to navigate through the bumpy bits. Here’s the biggest shout I can give on line to all the Shaolin Martial Arts Academy Students past present and future!



First Day Back In Classes 2018


First day back. What a great set of classes! Well Done to all the students that showed today! The first day back from the Winter break is the 2nd hardest class to show up for. (The first? Well, the hardest class to show up for is the very first class you ever take in Shaolin.)

We all do it. We have grand plans to train hard, over the Winter the break, but with the festive season, we indulge and for good reason. So coming back after all the cakes, and sweets, and gravy, and chocolate and more cakes and…. It’s hard.  But we all have to remember that WE ALL DO IT and when you show up for that first day back you know that EVERYONE is in the same boat to suffer thought together!