2014 was supposed to be a grand year for all. However, right away, in the space of several months, 3 of our most beloved members Gabriela Van B, Stephanie G and Michael O. passed away. The winter was long and hard and their deaths were profound losses to not only their heartbroken families but to their martial arts family as well. After such a tragic early time, the rest of 2014 has been quieter, if not in the world, then at least at the DoJang. A few of our most dedicated students moved away for work reasons; the King family, the Spierer family and black belt Teresa Hartmann. They know, as all who train here know, they will be very much missed and will always be welcome here whenever they are in town. In some happy news, 2nd dan Instructor Ralph M and black belt instructor Pavan M married their respective fiancées. We wish them much happiness as they start on a new joyous chapter in their lives. We also welcome back Black Belt Kristen Walsh from her three year meditation retreat. What an outstanding accomplishment and commitment to the Do!
We are already in the 8th month of the year; in a blink of an eye, it will be 2015. With so much turmoil in the outside world, it's more important than ever to have gratitude for the precious time we have here, not only here at the DoJang but for your time here on earth with your loved ones.