Shoka Magazine June 2023 – Cover Letter

June 1, 2023 

Sensei Smilling

 Marty Callahan

8th Degree Black Belt

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden,  meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and success of  liberty.” – John F. Kennedy 35th President of the United States Parents, families, students and friends,

Our Spring 2023 Award Ceremony, held at the Finley Center on Saturday, May 6th was a rousing event.  Our students put their heart and soul into their onstage performances and it showed. We are  tremendously proud of all of them and feel honored to have them as students and to encourage them on  their Great Journey to Black Belt and Beyond and in the process making themselves valuable. All in  attendance left with sore hands and hoarse voices from clapping and cheering. The food was delicious and our Samurai Sword was put to good use cutting our congratulatory carrot cake. Our Fall 2023 Award  Ceremony will be on Saturday, November 4th at the Finley Center. So, mark your calendars now because you won’t want to miss it.

Here’s what’s in it this month’s Shoka Magazine:

  • Shoka News (our newsletter)
  • Chief Instructor Award Ceremony Remarks
  • It’s a Wild World Thanks in Part to You, Karen!
  • Calgary Karate Summer Camp Poster, come join us!
  • Recommended Reading: Nothing Left but Dust, by Melissa Geissinger, Apollo’s mom and author
  • 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse Antidotes
  • A Handsome Fellow came knocking at our door! He wants to train with us. Do we let him in!
  • Responsibility: Leadership Trait, Definition, and Quotes
  • Father’s Day… providing the necessary male essence to their sons and being the main person, their daughters look up to.
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy Self Defeating Rules 11 to 14 out of 14
  • Chris Gunn: Eulogy for a former student who had an Indomitable Spirit

We’ve been out in the community recently, making our presence known and attracting more good people  such as yourselves. We will continue to do this throughout the summer and fall as long as the weather  cooperates. We were at the Monster Truck Show, the Human Race and we’ll be at the Wednesday Night  Market throughout the summer. We generally have a booth and spinning wheel and give away free  lessons, t-shirts, uniforms, and karate and pizza parties. If you know of a big event with lots of people we’d love to be there if we can make it work.

Yours truly,

Marty Callahan, 8th Degree Black Belt, Chief Instructor, Founder, Author

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