The Chinese year 4705
begins on Sunday 18 February, 2007.
advent of the New Year is a time to think about the future and what you
intend to achieve. It is important to consider the actions that you must
take in order to reach your goals. The great tree must begin as a sapling. A
journey – no matter its length - proceeds from the decision to embark upon
it. It is important, therefore, that we acknowledge the outcome but do not
dwell upon it. We must learn to live in the moment and our endeavours will
take on the inevitability of natural occurrences.
beginning is often considered the most important time, and potentially the
most difficult or problematic. It is at the beginning when you should
establish the parameters of your actions and the time that you should
consider the objectives that you hope to achieve and the risks to achieving
them and how you intend to manage these risks. Once the process has begun,
it is not enough to believe that our initial action and the ensuing momentum
should carry us through to the required conclusion. To reach the desired
outcome, it is essential that we apply proper actions at the appropriate
students, you may be about to embark on your journey, it is an exiting time
with many opportunities that will manifest themselves in time. As more
senior students you may have developed an appreciation for that which you
are learning and a desire to continue to learn and develop. Some of you have
taken the path of Jiao Lian: to become a teacher of the art that you have
learned and a custodian of the future of the art, an important function to
safeguard the future of Chinese martial arts.
a lot to do this year, we have a number of international events: the ICKF
10th World Chinese Kuoshu Tournament, Taiwan
(ROC), in April; USA, in July; Germany, in October, to name but a few. In
2008, we have the British Open, in May, a chance to show case Chinese
martial arts in the United Kingdom. In 2009, we have the TWKSF 3rd World
Kuoshu Championships, in Germany. Not to mention all the regular national
events in which we will both participate and officiate. It will be a busy
next few years. We need to prepare ourselves to ensure that we are ready and
able to meet the challenges that we will have to face.