A very successful course led by Master Howard Gibbon.
The day started with a thorough warm up followed by work on stances and Tai Chi Form. There was much pair work including 'Back to Back', Sticky Hands and Chi Expressions. We stretched out
with a number of Kaimen exercises and in the afternoon we worked on Kung Fu Sabre, break-outs inlcuding strangle holds (with lots of laughter!), rollaways and sticky sabres.
It was a full day but despite being exhausted, everyone looked bright eyed with beaming smiles. Thankfully the day was punctuated by a tea break and lunch break both of which involved a
rather large selection of cakes and biscuits!!
To add to the enjoyment of the day we celebrated Howard's 69th Birthday (14th June) and he patiently endured us singing 'Happy Birthday'!
We were all delighted when 4 of our hard working teachers were awarded their coveted Master Grade Black Jackets: Kathleen Moore, Rea Cris, Geraldine Jones and Jim Gillespie. Christine Dodson
was presented with her Teacher's Certificate. Christine and Jim Anderson took their exam at the Scarborough 2014 summer course in which they both passed with flying colours. Jim Anderson
was presented with his Teaching Certificate at an earlier date in Scarborough. Well done to all - great achievements.
Despite a full on day which left us all exhausted, Howard sailed through the course and even spent the lunch break chatting with students. The man is a legend! One of the students
commented he must have great chi and great vigour that is why he has so much hair! Perhaps like Samson the secret to his great power is in his hair! Next time I'll be bringing a pair of
scissors to try and uproot him in sticky hands!!
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