This page features students who have attained Unique Achievement; coping with everyday trials of health & well being these students have achieved much while under extra duress.
A Dojo story I once heard goes like this:
Student: Teacher, I have trained for five years now, and because of my illness and learning difficulties I am only now a green Sash when all of my friends are black Sash. I have come to your lessons every time without fail when some of them have not, and I still cannot keep up with them. How can I continue when I am so far behind?
Teacher: Your friends are able-bodies and free of learning difficulties, they have reached the level expected of them. You however, have continued to see your way through you problem and have overcome many obstacles then they, exceeding by far what was required by you. You have achieved all that your friends have and much more.
My name is Natalie Morrow, I am 24 years old, and this is a photo of myself taken outside St Augustine school where I train in Chum Kune do.
I have been doing Chum Kune do martial arts for about two years now, when I first started I was very shy but now I really enjoy it so much and have made so many friends.
I am now a yellow sash, since being here I have got an Academy award for progressing in Chum Kune Do and a certificate for the grade of yellow sash, and though I do martial arts on Saturday afternoon, I also have other interest during the week.
It doesn't mater if you get stuck on anything in the class because the students are so helpful, so even if you are a new or old student you get all the help you need.
I have learnt so much by being here but there are times when I do need help as I am a slow learner and it did take me a while to get my yellow sash.
But I am very proud of it and what I have achieved since I have been here; I have recently acquired some boxing gloves so now I am sparring as well.
I would like to thank Master Clifford & all the Instructors and my fellow martial arts students for helping me along in Chum Kune Do.
By Natalie Morrow.