On January 28, 2012, over 100 eager students gathered in Fall River, Nova Scotia excited to be receiving pattern instruction from Kwan Jang Nim Cariati. They represented local dojangs including Fall River Taekwon-do, Carr Taekwon-Do, Blue Taekwon-Do, Muise Taekwon-Do, LeBlanc Taekwon-Do, Stewart Taekwon-Do and Mr. McAvoy from the White Tigers in New Brunswick.
The students were not disappointed. The action-packed sessions left students feeling grateful, confident in their new skills, and maybe even a bit tuckered out.
To ensure personal attention, the full day event was divided into three sessions: white belt to green stripe, green belt to red stripe, and red belt and above. Master Cariati further broke these sessions into pattern-specific groups. Head instructors from the participating dojangs then focused on each group, leading them through the intricacies of their patterns. This educational format allowed the students take advantage of different teaching methods and styles. To enhance this experience, Master Cariati travelled between the groups offering instruction, correction, and encouragement. Many groups had the privilege of Master Cariati leading them step-by-step through their patterns.
For many it was their first time meeting Master Cariati. It is immediately obvious that Master Cariati is very approachable. He patiently responded to questions with descriptions and demonstrations ensuring that all understood. He was free with compliments where they were deserved and presented correction in a positive, non-threatening manner. He took the time necessary to make the students feel comfortable and ready to learn.
The day ended with Kwan Jang Nim Cariati announcing that during the weekend he had successfully tested the following: Mr. Darren MacLeod to 4th Dan, Mr. Kevin Cull to 3rd Dan and Mr. Devin Boudreau to 3rd Dan. Congratulations gentlemen, well deserved.
An amazing day!
Special thanks to Mr. Stoerig of Fall River Taekwon-Do for all the hard work that it takes to pull together an event like this and to Kwan Jang Nim Cariati for generously sharing his knowledge and experience.
Ms. Kathie Couture
1st Dan, Fall River Taekwon-Do