It is with utmost regret that I must inform that we will hold our last classes on Wednesday February 28. I am so very proud of the dojo we have created together, and it breaks my heart to have to close the doors. Sobukan is a special place to so many people, and I am devastated to have to make this decision. I am being posted to Brazil for the next three years. This is a wonderful opportunity for me and my family, but I will miss you all very much.
The higher belts are already planning training opportunities in my absence, and there is likely to be a North and a South Sobukan study group. Over the next couple of months I will focus on videoing the rest of the syllabus as a resource. I am immensely proud of the dedication, loyalty and enthusiasm you have all demonstrated over the past 6.5 years, and I am already looking forward to returning in 2021 with new experiences, knowledge and skills to share with you.
I want to thank you all for the blood, sweat and tears we have shared (more sweat than the other two!) since 2011. I have learned a great deal from you all. I also appreciate the maturity everyone has demonstrated after learning of the closure of our dojo. I have received so many telephone calls/SMS/emails today with words of congratulations and support. I intend to answer any questions to the group rather than give the same responses to everyone separately. I will provide more information as it comes to hand.