Our students had a visit from Sempai Fernando who came to administer an exam before leaving for vacation Cape Verde. I want to take a little time to offer my sincerest thanks to Fernando for all that he has done for our school and for me personally as a student.
I first met Fernando back in 2014, I was new to Karate and he was a Yellow belt. Back then he was leading lessons and was beginning to work with Sensei Yves to create our school. Our school was located in Madulain originally and had around 20 students. I took a small break from training at this time and returned in 2018 to begin training again. By then the school had moved to S-Chanf and Ardez and the number of students had grown to around 40 or 50 students.
Fernando had invited me to continue to train with him and I remember how motivated he was to see me succeed in Karate. He gave his time generously to help prepare me for exams, helping also with German and always encouraging me to focus on a obtaining a driving licence. On the evening before my last exam in Trimmis, Fernando was working until the early hours of the morning, and he still came with me early in the morning to offer support in the exam.
There is a saying in the English language, ‘a person has large shoes to fill.’ This is a reference to the challenge of taking on a new role when the predecessor has done such as excellent job. I will always be grateful to my dear friend Fernando for all his help and support. I know I speak for all of us when I say we wish him lots of happiness for the future and a sincere thank you.
I hope to continue, along with Natalia to work hard for our karate school and to keep improving in the spirit of Kyokushin. Osu.