Hi all, I wanted to make sure that everyone is in the loop about proceedings for the next couple of months. I'm sure you're all aware that I am going in for a hip replacement on Thursday, making tomorrow (Wednesday) my last set of classes before I hand over teaching duties for a short while.
Though I expect to be up on my feet not too long after the surgery, I have strict limitations for movement, one of which includes not bending past 90 degrees for 3 months. Unfortunately, being a taller person, to drive the van requires bending my leg past 90 degrees. So what's the plan of acton, I hear you say? The classes will all run as normal, at normal times. And will be covered by a host of our instructors including Mr Gould, Mr Wild, Miss Graham and the Carter family. There may be the odd drop in guest instructor, as people have been kind enough to offer their services. A variety in training/teaching styles will be good for everyone. This will be the case for a couple of months whilst I concentrate on rehabbing my hip (and getting married). After a couple of months, I hope to be able to come to a few classes here and there, when I can get a lift, and teach some classes. As soon as my 3 months is up and I'm cleared to bend and drive, I will be back 100%.
If anyone has any questions or anything administrative related to be dealt with, please contact me either via the app or email, or WhatsApp.. however you please, and I will sort that out. If anyone has any issues regarding licences, remember Mrs Carter is our licence officer and will be able to aid you with that.
I also want to note that I owe many thanks to many of the WMA senior grades and instructors that are not only stepping in whilst I'm away, but have helped me in assisting the classes over the last year+. I really wouldn't have been able to do it without you all and I can't thank you enough- you all know who you are.
It's going to be very strange for me. I have taught WMA consistently for 11 years. Not being there for that length of time will be very odd... what do normal people do on an evening?! I will miss everyone, the atmosphere, and watching everyone grow physically and mentally week by week. But this operation will hopefully allow me to come back to classes pain free and more able to assist everyone on their martial arts journey.. and to get back to training myself! TKD has been a staple of my life for over 25 years and not being able to train has been emotionally very hard for me. But it is the dedication, effort, and niceness of everyone in WMA and PUMA that has made the past year and 3 months without any training, bearable, so thank you!
I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. And I will see you all shortly after that once I'm a tiny bit more like iron man.