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Whakataukī/proverbs are wonderful tools used in whaikōrero/speeches and day-to-day conversations the world over. In childhood, I heard many directed at me by my mother, and always when I was in trouble. They are poetic, often with some connection to nature and always with an important underlying message.
This example has links in ITF Taekwon-Do, because we value the human characteristic of perseverance–achieving something no matter how hard it is.
Kaua e mate wheke mate ururoa
Don't die like an octopus; die like a shark
If you hook-up a wheke/octopus on your line, then it is very easy kai moana/seafood because they give up without a fight. However, hook an ururoa/shark, especially white pointer or hammerhead, your meal is hard-won because they fight to the end. ... See MoreSee Less
Kia ora e te whānau
This week is Te Wiki o te Reo Māori– Māori Language Week. Following is the first step along the path that our club will take to ensure this endangered language survives and flourishes into the next generation.
This karakia/chant can be used to start the day, training session, event or meeting. It is spiritual but non-denominational. It talks of inviting the living and non-living elements of our ecosystem to bless, connect and energise the assembly, so that it may fully benefit from the gathering. Ka pai!
Ngā mihi nui Scotty Morrison and Josh Strickland for the words and inspiration.
Tūtawa mai i runga
Tūtawa mai i raro
Tūtawa mai i roto
Tūtawa mai i waho
Kia tau ai te mauri tū,
te mauri ora ki te katoa
Haumi ē, hui ē, tāiki ē
I summon from above
I summon from below
I summon from within
And the surrounding environment
The universal vitality and energy to infuse and enrich all present
Unified, connected and blessed
Arohatia te Reo/Cherish the language ... See MoreSee Less
Kia ora e te whānau.
This month of Mahuru September, I have challenged myself to use more te reo Māori.
I will do this by greeting you and our students in Māori.
I will also teach our students a karakia, which from now will be used to commence our lessons.
These are baby steps.
Engari te ngaringari i te kore rawa atu nei / A little is better than nothing.
I'm nervous. I'm scared of mucking-up. And I fear a backlash.
But General Choi Hong Hi, the beloved founder of ITF Taekwon-Do once said, "Be willing to go where the going may be tough, and do the things that are worth doing, even though they are difficult."
This is worth doing. I have a responsibility to build a more peaceful world. Respecting, accepting and understanding different cultures is the lens into that world. Learning the language of another culture is part of that.
Please support me on my journey to help rescue this endangered language, so that it may flourish into the future. ... See MoreSee Less
Kia ora whānau
Many of you will be aware of this afternoon's announcement that from 11.59pm tomorrow night, all of New Zealand north and south of Auckland will be moving to Alert Level 2. Schools are set to reopen for pupils on Thursday, 9 September, which means our club will not be able to reopen until Monday, 13 September.
Our training environment by necessity will be a little different for a while. At Alert Level 2, we are permitted to open, but with extra safety measures.
If our children are sick, they must stay home.
If we use shared equipment, we must clean it after each use.
We must sanitise our hands, especially after using shared equipment.
There is a distancing rule of trying to keep 2 metres away from people who we do not know. It is difficult for young children to maintain this distance, so we encourage your children to wear a mask at all times.
Upon entry, we must either scan-in with the NZ Covid Tracer app, or record our details on our sign-in sheet.
We must limit our sessions to 50 people, including members and spectators. That will be a challenge for us, therefore we ask that from next Monday, parents temporarily refrain from coming into the venue. Please bring your children to the door, scan the QR code or sign them in, and then return to pick them up. In addition, so that we minimise contact with others, we will be releasing students from the door closest to Rangitikei Line.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Ngā mihi nui
Kia haumaru tō noho
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