It's summer and I leave Hamilton to return
home until September. What should I be doing?
The best thing all around is to keep up your training! One way
to achieve this is by signing up for the summer at a dojo local
to home. Talk with Sensei before you leave in order to get his advice
on training elsewhere (there are some tips and pitfalls to watch
out for) as well as any recommendations of dojos, if he knows of
one in your area. If you achieve a belt rank during your summer
training, speak with Sensei upon your return as you'll likely get
to continue at that level.
If there does not exist a dojo in your area or time in your schedule,
don't neglect your practice! Keep up with your katas by performing
them every couple of days, and also play with the techniques you've
been learning all year, to gain a deeper understanding of their
Above all else, keep stretching! The progress you've made during
the year will quickly disappear without regular attention. Maintaining
your conditioning is another good idea.
Realize that we continue to train all summer, so if you are not
in town for the summer but at some point do find yourself in the
area, pop by for some training and a visit!
See you in September!