I'm Back!

June 18, 2016

I have returned (finally), and with me I bear news of many things. Without further ado, let's get started!
So, where have I been? The main reason I haven't been active in the past couple of months is that I've been busy both revising for and doing my GCSE exams at school. For any of my overseas readers who aren't familiar with GCSEs, GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education. The result of these exams are the outcome of my 12 years of compulsory education and for some people who aren't going to college, they will be the results that get them through the rest of their professional lives. I however will be attending college and I will be attending the taster day in a couple of weeks, so be sure to check back then for some information about what will be my first day at college! How did my exams go though? Read on for more on that...

Well if I'm completely honest, I thought they were a breeze and they were a lot easier than they were talked up to be! All of my mock exams and in-class tests have been much harder than the exams were, so I'm fairly confident that I've done quite well in most subjects. I think I may have messed up my English language and literature exams very slightly but I don't think I did so on a major scale. Other than that, there were very few things I'm not too confident about and the rest I found went quite well, this of course was the result of lots of last minute cramming and revision, which works well for me and which was strongly discouraged by the school who told us that cramming never works. After taking 21 exams, my last one being yesterday morning, I have now finished school and only have to go in one more time (Tuesday) for my leavers' event which I'm looking forward to quite a lot because there will be a bouncy castle. I LOVE bounce castles!
So what's been going on outside of school? Still, quite a lot. My biggest and most exciting pieces of news are Kuk Sool related. The first bit is the most exciting thing that's happened all year, and possibly in the whole of my Kuk Sool journey. As of the end of April, myself and classmate, Oakley, are the official instructors of the advanced juniors class at Kuk Sool Won of Lowestoft. I completed my instructor course in November 2012 and Oakley is to complete his in the coming weeks and it is amazing to be able to put the experience and knowledge gained from this course to practical use with both planning, taking and reflecting upon classes. I feel that since we first took over the class we both have improved a lot in the field of instructing and I know for sure that I have gained a lot more confidence.
My other piece of Kuk Sool related news is that I took part in the WKSA European Championships in Norwich two weeks ago and I had a very good outcome. This was my first tournament in the second degree black belt division (as I only promoted to this rank at last year's tournament) so although I was determined to get at least three medals to beat what I did last year, I was not expecting to get as good as I had hoped. Through determination and lots of practice however, I was to beat my goal by a long way by getting five medals! I got bronzes in reverse sword, short stick and sparring. silver in self defense techniques and gold in traditional empty-handed forms. I am delighted with the outcome of the tournament however one bad thing did come of the day and this was an injury to my foot which I incurred during my first sparring match when I kicked a little too hard and my opponent blocked the kick with his knee! My foot was quite bad during the days which followed however I made a full recovery after about a week. Some of my videos from the day can be found here whilst some of my photos can be found here.
Outside of both Kuk Sool and school, I have some more exciting news and that's the structural change and expansion of BBHS Eco into Waveney Eco, which is being directed by myself. This change involves expanding the group around the Waveney area instead of just limiting it to the Benjamin Britten Academy, from where myself and the other members of the group have just departed. For more information on this exciting change, please visit the FAQ page.
So that's what's been happening, but now I've finished school I'm on a two and a half month break so I'll be sticking to my usual posting schedule once again which means there will be a new post every Thursday, so I'll speak to you all next week!

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  1. Welcome back! Glad to hear your GCSEs were completed smoothly, and I'm really looking forward to your weekly posts!