Who’d have thought that all those months ago we would be where we all are now, trying to find our feet in a new world alongside coronavirus. It has proven challenging not only in business but in our personal lives too. Back in early March we were still teaching the techniques and drills that have been taught over many, many years in martial arts. Since then 7 months have passed and we’ve had to learn new ways of teaching the techniques due to social distancing. Technology has been our saving grace not only from a business point of view but it has allowed us to stay in touch with precious family members and friends near and far. There are times I feel every day is a battle, we have had to juggle everything to make it fit and keep the business going. As Sensei Karen said we’re trying to fit a square peg in a round hole at times. But as martial artists we have to look on how far we have come, the journey and what it has taught us …. Martial arts is a way of life, it teaches patience, perseverance and most of all humility. I can say over the past few months we’ve had to work harder than ever to provide a service and at times I have to remind myself that the service we have given to the kids and parents (all our BMA family) was the best we could do in the circumstances. We were the stability that the kids craved for, we provided a little normality/routine to their weeks at home. I think us adults craved the routine just as much as the kids. At times I do have to remind myself of the things we have achieved and the differences we made to students and family lives over the past few months. These times are easily forgotten as time moves on and everyone tries to settle back into some normality. We kept on going at a time when everything else ceased around us.

I do believe we still have many challenges ahead personally and professionally and I know my team and I will continue to try our very best to keep it together and keep going, because martial arts is my life and the people in it matter to me and my team. So my little bit of advice is not to focus on what you can’t do but focus on what you can, take small steps, and don’t be so hard on yourselves, after all we are all just trying our best and adapting day to day. Thank you for everyone that has supported and continues to train at BMA, I truly appreciate each and every one of you.