I am reminded of an old Maori proverb, which when paraphrased goes something like this:
As I stand here before you, you see just one person, but know that there are many who stand with me, making it possible for me to achieve the things that I do.
I would really like to take this opportunity to thank the leadership (Renshi Graham and Renshi Phil) and the rest of the WAIMA team who have stood by me in both the good and not-so-good times.
I think it would be safe to say that the WAIMA folk reckon: “if we’re not proud of it, we don’t serve it!”, and I must say that I never left the dojo feeling like I had been given a “half-baked” serving, in fact I was always felt that I got more than my fair share!
Being part of WAIMA has helped me be “the best I can be” as I have not only learnt how to defend myself but have been encouraged by the everlasting virtues of honour, respect and endurance under difficult circumstances, a fundamental teaching style of the Institute.
At 61, and a teacher at that, I can honestly say that one is never too old to learn new things, and WAIMA is a very good place to learn new worthwhile things.
WAIMA has been a source of great inspiration and discovery for me over the years and my sincere thanks to all concerned. In conclusion, I would like to say that the guys at WAIMA have helped me understand that:
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.