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COVID-19 Updates

12 May 2020

With the announcement that NZ is moving to Alert level 2 on Thursday we can start planning how to safely open for business.

There has been some confusion over definitions of gatherings and socialising.

My current interpretation is that 100 spaced persons are allowed in a venue but the 10 person limit mentioned in the last couple of days applies to socialisation i.e. funerals, weddings, family reunions, dinner parties etc which are considered high risk situations.

I have asked for clarification and will confirm when I can.

For the most part training doesn’t have to change too much – contact sport is permitted

  1. You need to have a plan of operation including how people will enter and exit your club and distancing – avoid possible areas of congestion
  2. Contact tracing register – make sure everyone fills the register on entry and exit – a template is attached. You must keep these records for four weeks and destroy them securely so as not to breach privacy (don’t just throw them in a bin)
  3. Hygiene – everyone must wash hands or sanitise before training. Wipe down equipment as practicable.
  4. If anyone is feeling unwell – stay away
  5. If you have your own facility you will need a more robust plan – a copy of a worksafe plan is attached

More information is available in the links below

https://sportnz.org.nz/covid-19/

https://sportnz.org.nz/assets/Uploads/Play-Active-Recreation-Sport-Alert-Level-Two.pdf

If you have any questions please let us know and I’ll try to clarify or get advice.

Regards

Mike Thompson
CEO


Due to the lock down items needed for the AGM are being delayed. The finalisation of the accounts being the most relevant. Because of this we are postponing the AGM until the accounts are finalised. After they are ready we will offer a two week period for you all to go over them and ask any questions.

Due to the current requirements and even if we are back at level three there will still not be a face to face meeting but a digital quorum and meeting. I will be issuing a new voting form to reflect this. There is now no use giving your proxy vote to anyone else as nobody is going to be present to cast it. There will also be a section added to vote acceptance of the accounts.

This will be a simple rubber stamp issue as there is only one person to vote in each category and the accounts to accept.

Regards

Shaun Tolley
Operations

 


 

Nick's Daily Blog

This brings to an end Nick's daily blog. Thanks for Mr Nick Laurantos for sharing his daily blog with us while in Level 4 lock down. This blog continues where it started - in the ITKD Instructors Facebook Group.


 

Day 34: First day at Level 3. We really went crazy today. We drove around to Seatoun and scored a coffee and a Coke. We sat at the beach and watched the good people go by. We smashed it up! Hehe.. actually didn't really feel any different, other than the coffee from yesterday.

I did however managed to finish the deck retaining wall and I started on the other wall by, you guested it...water blasted it! That's ready for painting tomorrow. At this rate I'll have done everything on my list (Vienna's list) by the time we nail Level 3 in 2 weeks!

Oh some excitement! I purchased an old school 35mm camera made by the Russians in the 70's - It's a FED 5C with a 50mm lens..It's a Leica camera copy. Interesting online write-ups on the camera. Now I need to find out if you can buy old school 35mm film in town - maybe I should have checked that first? Ah details!

Rgs, Nick


 

Day 33: Managed to get half the 2nd coat on the deck wall before I was beaten by the showers today. So I decided to fill my outside time and give the cars a birthday present of sorts and wash 'em. Yes, in the rain. It was fun and I didn't need to dry them afterwards!

Another quick zoom call with Morgan and Mike this afternoon to run thru the numbers and we're getting close now to the reporting I'm looking for.

So I'm beginning to think I've had enough of this lock down thing. If you had asked me a week ago I would have said long may it last but now... I just want to get to level 2 and onto level 1 normality as soon as.

One thing for sure, it definitely looks like my trip to Europe (Greece) if off.. I mean I knew it was to be cancelled months back but didn't want to accept that especially that my April trip to Korea IIC and Tul tour was cancelled earlier this year. Looks like maybe Australia latter this year might be an option? Or my favourite Rarotonga?

Anyway, all things being equal, we might be in level 2 and able to open clubs soon after the 11th May Govt meeting. Fingers crossed.

Tomorrow, I hope the weather plays ball and I can finish the deck wall. Then onto the next wall to do it all over again.

Rgs, Nick


 

Day 32: I made a good start on the deck retaining wall. The first coat is done - took 4 hours. I sure hope the 2nd coat wont take that long tomorrow. Then I'm onto the 2nd retaining wall. I can't wait to entertain the water blaster on that job!
Budget stuff this afternoon with Morgan and Mike - hope to nail that tomorrow with a zoom call and then out to the Team Board for initial thoughts before our next upcoming Board meeting in a couple of weeks.
As I type I can smell dinner cooking.... Mmmmm curry! Chilies from the garden.

WHEN I FIND MY PIECE OF MIND I'M GONNA KEEP UNTIL THE END OF TIME.RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, SOUL TO SQUEEZE

Rgs, Nick

 

Day 31: Huge day today. I forgot just how exhilarating water blasting is... you start of doing what you wanted to clean and then you just find more and more to do! So I cleaned the retaining wall and then decided I best clean the deck itself cause there's no point having clean walls and a dirty deck boards is it? I then proceeded to water blast the drive and those that know my place, that's no easy feat! I ran out of fuel. Vienna then proceeded to yell (I mean inform me) that I'm supposed to be painting the retaining walls and no ^%$% around playing! Bit rude I thought but hey she's probably right!

So tomorrow I paint. That should be interesting... painting is probably my least favourite maintenance job for me to do - I'd much rather hire the man from the village to come up and sort that, along with the lawns, but hey, how bad can it really be?

RANDY: MY DAD'S BEEN IN THE HOSPITAL SO MUCH THEY GAVE HIM A PREFERRED CUSTOMER CARD.

TIM: YEAH, ONE MORE HEAD INJURY AND WE WIN A TRIP TO HAWAII.

Rgs, Nick

Day 30. Holy cow that's 30 days done and dusted! I really do believe that the days are just flying past.

So I spent the morning in the garden and the afternoon working trying to earn a living working with a couple of customers remotely. I then popped out to the deck and started to clean away the cobwebs and bush from the retaining wall in prep for painting. I figured I better water blast it first to get the moss and other crap off. So that's tomorrow mornings job.

I think the next 2 weeks are going to be interesting... hopefully we get to Level 2 soon after the 11th May review day.

“I figure I’d have time alone with my thoughts. But it turns out I don’t have as many thoughts as you think.” Joey Tribbiani

Rgs, Nick


 

Day 29: Thursday night. The days gone fast... like real fast. I sorted my paperwork that goes to the accountant... I'm amazed I done it in record time! Grandads desktop PC fixed, and on top of that I rediscovered the joys of the chainsaw!

Just finished 2 online sessions tonight, went okay. I'm getting better at them now.

Tomorrow, I'm looking at painting the back retaining wall so I need to continue the prep work (hence the chainsaw today).

Now, I'm gonna veg out and watch a movie. Don't know yet so that will be a surprise!

Rgs, Nick


 

Day 28. Wednesday evening. Almost 4 whole weeks in lock down. I decided today I would do inside work. I uploaded a bunch of photos from my lad weeding last night so I can get one of those online hard back photo books - I've given up waiting on the official album.So far so good. I hope to finish that later tonight.

Nothing else really to report other than a walk around the neighborhood with Vienna. Goose is no where to be seen and the kids are still working upstairs.

“Italians have a little joke, that the world is so hard a man must have two fathers to look after him, and that's why they have godfathers.” ― Mario Puzo, The Godfather

 


 

Day 27: I've been busy in the garden today but was short lived with a buggered knee. I don't know what I did to it but it's not flash. I did however decide to go for a walk around the neighborhood, on the flat, to see if it came right. It didn't. I called my lad and he popped down the hill and picked me up. He moaned like hell that I disturbed his work day until I reminded him of all the Saturday mornings I was up at 7:30am to take him to football in the cold and rain for 10 odd years - that lasted for 30 seconds of quiet.

Anyway, I did manage to cut up a bunch of branches from the pear tree that broke off due to the weight of pears... boy they're good.

The days still seem to go fast, must be that change from daylight savings thing?
Elwood: You got any white bread?
Mrs. Murphy: Yes.
Elwood: I’ll have some toasted white bread please.
Mrs. Murphy: You want butter or jam on that toast, honey?
Elwood: No ma’am, dry.
Jake: Got any fried chicken?
Mrs. Murphy: Best damn chicken in the state.
Jake: Bring me four fried chickens and a Coke.
Mrs. Murphy: You want chicken wings or chicken legs?
Jake: Four fried chickens and a Coke.
Rgs, Nick

 


Day 26: Monday. Today I managed to finish the deck table with the final oiling - It looks good if I say so myself.

As I was thinking about it yesterday, I did get into the garden at the bottom of the section this afternoon. End result? I have a trailer load or 2 of green bush, old logs, some rubbish and soil for the dump - maybe under level 3 the local tip will open and I can clean it all up?

Together with 2 x online classes this late afternoon also done and dusted, it was a busy day indeed.

So the big news today was that Government announced that Level 4 will end next Monday at midnight and we'll move to Level 3 for 2 weeks when they will take another look. No surprises there I think. CEO Mike will be updating us all on exactly what this means for us but I can say normal trainings are still a few weeks away.

"With all due respect Sir... I believe this will be our finest hour" - Apollo 13 Mission Commander

Rgs, Nick


Day 25: Greek Orthodox Easter Sunday and I just ate like a King! Awesome leg of lamb in the Weber BBQ, baked potatoes, Greek salad (or just salad in our household), followed by dessert.. yum, yum. Christos Anasti.

This morning I finally sorted that deck table, well almost. Sanding done and the first coat of furniture oil applied. Just the 2nd coat to go on tomorrow and that job is done.

I'm then thinking I'll sort that garden area at the bottom of section that I've been staring at for the last 10 years. Maybe not?

I took part in a Wellington Region Instructors Zoom chat this afternoon. It was sure nice to see everyone. We chatted for over an hour.

Tomorrow all eyes on the Government with their meeting to discuss if we're moving to Level 3 or if we'll stay in Level 4. I'm picking we go to Level 3. For most of us, probably nothing really changes in any case - we'll see.

We're going home because that's the best thing to do right now - Winnie the Pooh

Rgs, Nick

From the Board Chair, Mr Nick Louranto

 


Day 24. Saturday. It seems I managed to upset the family. Of course it wasn't me. So whatever I did I figured I better try and make amends. i volunteered to clean the shower. I should have just got the water-baster out - I would have saved what seemed to be hours!

Anyway, other than my attempt at cleaning, it really was a boring, lazy day. I picked some pears from the tree and I watered the veggie garden. Tomorrow, I'll try and finish that bloody table on the deck - weather depending off-course.

Tomorrow is Orthodox Easter Sunday so we have a big early dinner planned.. the center piece will be the leg of lamb - funny that! Unfortunately there will only be 4 of us. But no worries, the way I see it, there's more for me!

Be careful out there.

Rgs, Nick


Day 23: Friday night. I don't know where the weeks gone! I've been busy but not that busy - maybe it's the short days without daylight savings?

Anyway, as planned I got stuck into the deck table today and managed to sand the old sealing off and ready for a final fine sand. The rain was about to hit so I dragged the table into the back room just off the deck to keep it dry. Vienna hasn't seen it yet.

And speaking of Vienna, she did a fine shop today at the supermarket. I helped her unload the car but got diverted at the ice cream. It wasn't my fault.

Goose must be getting stressed with this lock down business as he's now picking fights with the neighbours cat - a big fluffy ginger of a cat. I'm happy to he's holding his own! He reminds me of Mr Kunz and me sparring - I'm the ginger cat!

I found this quote online the other day and I noted it down... “Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” – Robert Heinlein

How true is that?

Rgs, Nick


 

Day 22: Big highlight today was the Government announcement / discussion on what Level 3 would look like. I think it's safe to say not much will change for most folk and not much will change under Level 3 with regards to us getting back to BAU training.

Anyway, another good day for me in the garden. I've realised just how much I have to do! I hope the rain stays away tomorrow as I'm gonna finish sanding and oiling that deck table.

It's funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back, everything is different.

Rgs, Nick


Day 21: 3 weeks and Vienna hasn't killed me. Its interesting the talk is about moving out of level 4 but to what - looks like they are changing what level 3 will be with the do's the don'ts.

No walk today but I tried sanding the big deck table I have out back but it was still a little wet from the frost overnight. The sand paper kept clogging up... so I moved back into the garden and cleaned up a bit. While pottering around in the garden I made a couple of phone calls to catch-up with some customers but alas not much happening in that department.

Oh! And speaking of moving out of lock down... how's this for Miami?

How good is that? Now that's leadership!

To all my little Hulkamaniacs, say your prayers, take your vitamins and you will never go wrong - Hulk Hogan

Rgs, Nick


Day 20: Almost missed it! Like yesterday, a busy day in the garden mixed in with a few phone calls and even some paid work! Saying that, a visit to the pharmacy was a highlight expect for the 35 min wait to get to the front.

Speaking to a couple of friends today, they both said that they have been enjoying working for home - life has slowed down a fair bit, they're getting things done faster and they're both reporting stress levels are down - they're even sleeping better. For me? I've been working from home since late September last year and I love it! I'm not sure Vienna feels the same thou? Hehe.

Something I saw recently... The main advantage working from home is that you get to see what cats really do all day!

Rgs, Nick


 

13 April 2020

Day 19: Much busier day today..In the garden cleaning up, trying to get as much crap into the wheelibin for collection on Wednesday morning. I used the chainsaw.

Lunch was left over baked chicken and vegs from last night. One thing about this lock down I seem to be eating much healthier food. The one thing I was looking forward to was oysters from the local takeaways - arguably the best in town. He does them perfectly - I like it as he stands over them, watching and moving them around just making sure they're cooked amazingly. First food place I'm heading to after the lockup.

2 x training sessions tonight. I best go and sort what I'm gonna do tonight. I'm beginning to really enjoy these session, probably because I like hanging around with like minded folk.

Show me your friends and I'll tell you what sort of person you'll become.. my Dad used to tell me all the time growing up.

Rgs, Nick


 

12 April 2020

Day 18: Sunday. It's been a really lazy day today.

Rgs, Nick


11 April 2020

Day 17: I'm losing track of what day it is. I woke up this morning thinking it was Monday! Nah, It's Saturday.

I've been in the garden today, cleaning up the driveway of leaves and other vegetation that's taken residence. Figured I better sort that before winter sets in and then I'm facing an even bigger task. John my lad helped me and he did a great idea filling up 3 huge wool bags, dumping them in the rose garden. He did a great job distributing the leaves around the roses and then given them a good soaking with the hose. While he was doing that I continued the cleanup this time with the hose. The drive looks great. It's all ready to impress visitors... damn!

Didn't go a walk today. Instead I watched The Bourne Ultimatum... Loud! Arguably the best one in the trilogy?

Scotch fillet steaks on the weber tonight, medium-rare, off course. Followed by cheese and crackers and more of Vienna's pear chutney.

All in all it's shaping to be a pretty okay Saturday.

It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward - Sylvester Stallone

Rgs, Nick


 

10 April 2020
Day 16:
Good Friday. The day started off with Breakfast, toast and cheese on the deck before an online meeting.
Went on a wee walk thru to Seatoun to check up on some old folk (from the footpath) and enjoyed the day in the sun - another most beautiful day.
Run another online 2 class session last night. Again I used heaps of prerecorded material from Master Banicevich and Master Rimmer. A major thank you heaps to both for taking the time to setup, record and post for us mere mortals to access.
Looks like the kids have organised BBQ dinner tonight - Steaks, old school pan fried chips and green stuff from the garden. Afterwards I think I might get lucky tonight with freshly made pear chutney (from our peer tree), cheese and crackers. Oh yeah... I'm the king of the house.
In the immortal words of Keith Richards... If you've gotta think about being cool, you ain't cool.
Chio. Nick

9 April 2020
Day 15: That's now 2 whole weeks done and dusted. Yeah baby! The COVID-19 daily effected numbers are going down and the number of cured cases has hit the 20% mark. This seems like a good thing. I wonder if Jacinda is going to let us out in 2 weeks? I suspect we'll head into Level 3 for a few weeks before we get to go the pub again - I mean work!

I went to the supermarket this morning. The line was around the car park area, onto the street and along the footpath for around 15 meters. I suspect being Good Friday tomorrow, folk are doing an extra shop or doing their shop earlier? Mind you the line kept moving relatively fast... one one seemed to worry about it - after all they didn't really have anywhere else to go, do they? Actually while inside I saw 2 of my kids parents and a senior at the ice cream freezer - I was just passing by... Honest!

And speaking of students, I've got my 2 x zoom classes tonight. I better go sort what I'm going to do. As aside earlier in the week I sent out homework for all to do by grade level so I'll chase that, else on Monday they will have next week's homework to do also. The homework was pretty much video's from TKD

Coaching and ITKD Virtual Dojang. I'm using the completed homework worksheets as part of Grading pre-qual, whenever that will be?

Anyway, off to lunch now.

“WHEN THE GOING GETS WEIRD, THE WEIRD TURN PROFESSIONAL.” HUNTER S THOMPSON

Rgs, Nick
PS: It was raining first thing this morning. Now it's sunny.

 


8 April 2020 - From the Board Chair, Mr Nick Louranto

Day 14: 2 weeks almost done! Good work out there. I've said it before and I'm gonna say it again. I'm really impressed in the way you've all come together and contributed. I suspect we'll end up online sessions and seminars becoming more of the norm for us going forward.

The weather seems to be holding up but the days have sure gotten shorter! It's pretty much dark not mush after 6pm now and its only going to get shorter. Winters coming.

I went on an early morning walk (8.30am.. hehe) and the number of "Good Mornings" that where interchanged with folk also walking was amazing but also with a simile - maybe it was my new shirt? Anyway a good walk indeed and as usual, I made a couple of client calls.

I suppose I better sort tomorrow's classes today. I've got to get better at time management. I was not flash before the lock down but it seems I've gotten worse over the last 2 weeks. Any one else feeling the same?

Quoting the great words of Mr Mick Jagger....Anything worth doing is worth overdoing!

Rgs, Nick


7 April 2020 - From the Board Chair, Mr Nick Louranto

Day 13: Once again a nice day in Welly but a little more cloudy today - already at 17 degrees. I better sort those lawns today cause the wet stuff is coming in a couple of days.

I ran a couple of classes last night... things went well with the big TV and also the external Bluetooth speaker other than I lost the sound when I shared a TKD Coaching video... probably a setup somewhere in my settings? My video for some reason is also low res even thou Hi Res options were set. I looked like one of those slow motion action videos as I moved around (Yes slower than usual!) I'll have a play today. Anyone else seen this issue?

Heading off for a walk shortly. I have a few phone calls to make and also working through some ITKD budget stuff with Mike today. This COVID-19 is a pain in the butt!

Be good out there!

Rgs, Nick


6 April 2020 - From the Board Chair, Mr Nick Louranto

Day 12: Yet another beautiful day here in Wellington but a little overshadowed that ordinary I would have been heading to the airport to make my way to the IIC in Korea. Alas, a casualty of the COVID-19 virus. It was a trip to Korea I have always wanted to do - hopefully it's back on the cards for next year!

I have 2 classes tonight to look forward to - I'm going to change the lounge around so I can make use of the big TV plugged into the laptop and a Bluetooth speaker - I'll report back tomorrow with my findings.

I managed to score some figs yesterday, touch-less off course. Very nice indeed. I'll be enjoying those over the next 2 or 3 days.

I'm off for a wee walk around the neighbourhood while I'll make some work calls.

Just do it! Quickly.

Rgs, Nick


5 April 2020 - From the Board Chair, Mr Nick Louranto

Day 11: Another awesome day here in Wellington. Off for a walk shortly to enjoy the sun while it lasts.

I'm still amazed at the amount of sharing and caring going on within our TKD community - lots of programs and videos are being posted. I'm working thru my program for tomorrow Monday - that will be interesting.

I suspect there are no real surprises that gradings and stuff have been cancelled / delayed till after end June but doesn't mean we take the foot of the go fast pedal! I'm still on the backs of our 2 Miramar students up for 1st Dan grading.

I did a bunch of chain sawing yesterday with one little cutting job to do alongside the lawns to be mowed today then I'm pretty much done for the winter prep. Saying that, I can't get to the dump so I'll have to stack the logs somewhere where out of the way, yet quick to get to later.

No sign of Goose today. I suspect he stayed out given the rather warmish night. he'll be hungry soon so will turn up before lunch.

Photo attached from my walk yesterday to Evan Bay Marina

Don't forget about the little people.

Rgs, Nick



4 April 2020 - From the Board Chair
, Mr Nick Louranto

Day 10: Excellent. Saturday. A most beautiful day here in Wellington. I went for a early morning walk and looks like many others had the same idea! Heaps of bikes and runners. Me? I walked. Anyway, took some photos of the harbour and the boats at Evans Bay Marina.

As I said yesterday, dinner last night was chicken souvla.. I'll post a video so those that have never experienced Greek food cooked like this have some idea. Dinner was served with home baked flat bread, halloumi cheese, tzatziki dip, home cut chips and some green stuff from the veggy garden. I challenge anyone to show me something better from last nights dinner?

Today's I'm off to do more chainsaw work and pick a bunch of peers from the trees. Then after lunch Po-Eun with Mark Trotter on the deck.

Off to brunch. Left over chicken souvla.

In the immortal words of Bob.... Love the life you live. Live the life you love.

Rgs, Nick


3 April 2020 - From the Board Chair, Mr Nick Louranto

Day 9: It's Friday. Funny enough is does actually does feel like a Friday? It was raining overnight and a bit showery. I have a session with Mike this morning on some ongoing CEO stuff then I'll head off for a walk. I'll try my luck and head towards the Miramar cutting and check out the harbour by the airport - it's less than 2k's away so I shouldn't get picked up the cops. I wonder if anyone is fishing?

Run my first online class last night with the Intermediate folk and while I was a little nervous at first, I settled down and it went okay. Some things to note, while I had room to go back and forth, a couple of the punters could only go 3 or 4 steps back and forth so that made line work "short" - I kept forgetting - don't do front snap kicks when too close to the screens! Also I wish I had one of those Michael Jackson headsets - it would have stopped me from yelling so they could hear me. The kids kept coming downstairs wondering what all the commotion was about! I also connected my Bluetooth external speaker so I could hear them better. Lets see how Monday goes. I think I'll use one of Master B's junior class trainings.

I didn't get a chance to use the chainsaw yesterday, that's today's fun! Yes, Mr Kunz, I'll be careful!

I've decided we're going to have a treat tonight and cook up a storm for dinner. We're gonna have a souvla. Google it. These are usually done for 15 or more folk given the work involved but I'll scale down the food for just the 4 of us (as aside, I've cooked for 80 plus folk a number of times). I hope to post a video tomorrow.

Don't count your chickens until you've seen the eggs!

Rgs, Nick


 

Day 8. Whoa.. we made it thru a whole week! Yeepee! Congrats all.

I'm so impressed with the number of quality online sessions coming on stream and all of the openness to share. Not wanting to single out anyone but Master Banicevich's sessions he posted on his website yesterday were awesome. Check those out if you haven't seen them. I'll probably share these with the Miramar club folk as a special instructor session.

I went on a long walk yesterday early afternoon and noticed that there are heaps of cars driving around and not much of a cue outside the local supermarket? I wonder where everyone is going? I really hope NZ'ers are following instructions from the experts and are staying put.

Some Board stuff online this morning with Mike - done and dusted for now.

I've got my first online session this afternoon with the Intermediate class to test things. If all goes well I'll probably annoy Mr Kunz to run the senior classes next week.

I feel like I need to use the chain saw today.

He who has figs in his knapsack has lots of friends.

Rgs, Nick



1 April 2020 - From the Board Chair, Mr Nick Louranto

Day 7: So it's day 7, yes it is. Wednesday. The kids are busy working at their jobs upstairs, Vienna is downstairs. Goose did a runner as soon as I opened the back door.

Watched a movie last night in the dark (that my son DID NOT download illegally, cause he told me so) while soaking in the Spa last night... relaxing indeed..... great movie but only got half way thru before deciding I better get out as I was getting too hot (yes, more than usual ladies) and was falling asleep - it's a serious danger of this happening in the Lourantos Spa BTW!

Had an awesome night sleep and feeling ready to go this morning! I've responded to a couple of emails, took the rubbish bin down to the street, and walking back up to the house thinking I'm gonna clean those house windows! I'll do that without Vienna having to ask me to do - that way I might be able to keep in her good books (but that's in God's hands)?

We've sent out that flash mini kids workbook to the kiddies yesterday so hopefully I'll get some think back! Check out the find work that Mrs Pygott, Mrs Rounthwaite and Emma have done. Looking forward to the next edition next week - not too much pressure ladies!

I'm also thinking I'll try out that online teaching that some of you are doing tomorrow - I'll start with the Intermediate class and see how that goes. I'll send out the invitation before I chicken out now.

Had Breakfast already.... thinking bacon and eggs for lunch!

Bab boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they come for you.....

Rgs, Nick

 


31 March 2020 - From the Board Chair, Mr Nick Louranto

Day 6. Nice day outside. I just responded to a few emails and thinking its a good day for walk after breakfast - that will help me clear my head to focus on some Board work. I've also got some work clients to follow-up so it's shaping to be a full morning.

After the Phil Thompson session yesterday (which was excellent), it occurred to me that our self defense teachings in class really need to focus on repetition, that means I need to run more regular sessions on the topic than we're currently doing. We do indeed have quite a large syllabus to cover in 2 sessions a week. I better do better with my session plans but also the higher level scheduling / content of those sessions so that they make make sense and build on the previous sessions but still making sense for new and students that have missed sessions - Phew!

On another topic, Vienna went to the supermarket yesterday, came home with 4 bags and $280 lighter! I'm not seeking comment on this but something doesn't feel right?

Time for Breakfast.

The early bird catches the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Rgs, Nick

30 March 2020 - From the Board Chair, Mr Nick Lourantos

Day 5: I have to say, it doesn't feel any different than day 1. Maybe I'm still in denial that this thing is actually happening? Today I'm participating in Phil's Self Defense class this afternoon - I asked Vienna if she was interested in joining me and she said no. I'm glad about that cause she'll be mean enough to any attacker! (I do suspect, she'll be watching from a far anyway).

I'm also off to get my Flu jab at the Doc's. They rung me up and said "com'on down... we have a pressie for you - it's that time of the year).

The kids are back at work but maybe they are missing their work mates a little too much? John asked me if I had a web camera.

I let Goose out this morning. He stood by the back door for a few seconds before I pushed him out. I reckon he was wondering why I'm home so much?

I'll get back into my 1st Dan patterns today also... Watching Mark Trotter run thru those patterns on line is pretty amazing and inspiring! I can also hear Nick Lee yelling don't drop ya hands, and Sheryl saying what the hell are you doing Mr Lourantos from the recent BB trainings!

Okay, time for brunch.

Wooooosaaaaa

Rgs, Nick


 

29 March 2020 - From the Board Chair, Mr Nick Lourantos

Day 4: Sunday, slept in and its raining. Feeling a little slow this morning - probably something to do with the online party we had last night with a couple or 6 friends?

Righto... what's on? 9am, Black Belt Pre-grading.... WHAT? I'm late! Hehe... I really hope Dev and Marco are doing their drills! Lads? Grading is less 5 odd weeks away. I wonder if they're gonna let us out?

No sign of Goose today. I suspect he's upstairs with the kids, sleeping somewhere warm. It is cold today.

I signed up to TKD Coaching this morning and managed to setup 2 sub accounts.. Seemed too easy? Before I enter anymore I'll have a play as I might get a string of emails from the punters about the site and I better know I'm saying (heh.. that's a change from the usual!). I better learn my 1st Dan patterns.. It's only been 16 years since I graded.

Time for brunch.

Kick 'em high, punch 'em low

Rgs, Nick


 

28 March 2020 - From the Board Chair, Mr Nick Lourantos

Day 3. Yea, its the weekend! Cold and raining outside so no heading into town for some lunch today. Doh! The kids are not working today. Goose has done a runner outside and Vienna my wife is wondering what to do today? I'm gonna get stuck into the crap I took out of the office the other day to make room for my daughter to setup her work computer and phone.

Been thinking a wee bit about my students and what I can do next week and decided that the recent "rescue package" offer from TKDCoaching is a good start. I'll sort that today. I'm also enjoying the Master Rimmer pattern clinics in the ITKD Virtual Dojang FB page - just brilliant stuff.

The heat pump is on now... time for brunch.

I'll be back!

Rgs, Nick


27 March 2020 - From the Board Chair, Mr Nick Lourantos

Day 2. We made it thru the first day of the lock down! Woke up to overnight rain and now a most sunny and still day here in Welly. Around here at home things seem to have settled into a calm, quite and most unusual feeling of sereneness. My lad is one room working away in his Govt job, my daughter in law in the office working in her bank job, I just sat in on the Instructor chat that Master McPhail setup (thank you Sir!) and my wife is quietly getting on with her stuff. Even the cat Goose is sitting on the window sill not too interested today watching the birds on the lawn.

Hopefully you're all feeling a little better than yesterday....

I think some Rolling Stones is in order!

O for awesome!

Rgs, Nick


26 March 2020 - From the Board Chair, Mr Nick Lourantos

Hi all. Its day 1 of the the lock down and I've got to say I've been amazed with all of the positive input into this and other related FB Pages. I'm impressed with the content posted but also in the way we've come together to support our art and each other across the country.

For me, so far at home, the 4 of us have been playing nicely. I managed to get out in the yard and do some weeding (those that know me know when I say weeding, I mean weed spraying!) and have even started to work thru all of the junk in the spare room and office.

Stay cool till after school!

Yours in Taekwon
Nick

PS: Anyone that needs to chat about gardening or anything TKD related, please call me on 021439482


24 March - black belt gradings


20 March 2020

In light of the announcements today we can confirm that Nationals and all Regional’s have been postponed.

Alternate dates are being sought later in the year (October for Nationals) and we will keep you posted.

We expect the following guidelines to be followed;

  • No indoor gatherings close to 100 remember when forecasting attendance to include supporters, officials etc
  • Limiting to one parent per student or dropping off may assist in keeping numbers down
  • Clubs and events should consider postponement, cancellation or splitting into smaller groups
  • Following protocols and guidelines as previously communicated

We anticipate at this point most clubs will still be able to function as normal but due to the specific circumstances of every club it is ultimately at your discretion how you move forward.

Remember that we are a community and for many we might be the one constant in their lives at the moment and we are contributing to their health and well being so let that enter your considerations while putting safety first.

If you have any questions please come back to us.

Thanks for your understanding and support.

Regards

Mike Thompson CEO
M 0275 781513


18 March 2020

With the evolving situation regarding COVID 19, International Taekwon-Do is constantly monitoring announcements and guidelines from the government and its ministries, assessing the implications for the organisation, the Art and its families and taking action as necessary.

We remind everyone to follow the MoH Guidelines;

DO NOT put yourself or others at risk if you are unwell – Please stay home (GO HOME!) if you feel unwell.

Everyone can help by ensuring good health etiquette: which means:

  • washing your hands for twenty seconds,
  • make sure when you sneeze it is into your arm,
  •  don’t touch your face with your hands.

Students should refrain from shaking hands, high fives etc. pre/during/post training & and should not share drink bottles.

Events

 Based on the data I have been given only Nationals and the Auckland North and Counties Manukau Regionals come close to the current 500 limit on non-essential gatherings.

Advice today from Sport NZ is that there is no necessity to cancel events below 500 people. Guidelines for smaller events is expected in the coming days.

Tournament Advisory Group have requested a few weeks to monitor developments and decide and Auckland North are of the same view. This is prudent at this time.

Other events are ultimately at the discretion of the organiser but I ask that we demonstrate leadership through calm and by adhering through the guidelines that have been put in place.

Thanks for your understanding and support in this ever changing environment.

 

Kind Regards
Mike Thompson
CEO


 





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