December 2007 FreeForm Australia.com STEVE’S ADDRESS find that he wakes up and everything is still the s same. He becomes extremely cynical to those Dear Student/ Parent, around him, but as each (same) day unfolds he finds he has no choice but to accept his lot. He This year is slipping by and before we know it eventually starts to embrace his world and as he Christmas will be on us. It doesn’t seem to matter does he has a dramatic shift in his attitude. In the how hard we try to hold onto each moment, to end he becomes the golden boy in the truest sense savour it or even endure it, the next moment is of the word, everyone finds him extremely helpful, upon us. What was important is gone even when his knowledge of things is extraordinary, as it we wish with all our might for things to stay as they would, if you had to do the same things over and are, they slip by and whether we are happy, sad, over again. angry, disappointed or even indifferent with any outcomes, we are forced to accept the next moment. It is sometimes good to have stress in our Our character, who, started as a bit of a villain, lives (stress can make us stronger); however, how eventually wakes up with the spell finally broken. and why we got into stress in the first place may He gets up and runs outside to embrace a new and need to be looked at. One of the problems we totally fulfilling attitude to living life in the moment continually face is the lack of acceptance to what is (he does get dressed first). His lesson was one of happening now. Not what could or should have embracing that exact moment with the right been, or even will be. It is the very thing we are attitude, in the right spirit, and that is to live life and holding onto at this moment, the net result of our embrace life being mindful to where he is and what last action and nothing more. he is doing then and there, and then moving on without leaving a mess for someone else to clean up. If our last action was one of uncertainty or confusion, anger, frustration or disappointment we will be left with a residue of negative thinking, We all have the capacity to live in the moment. In attitude and action. As a consequence we will feed other words we can move through life with an ourselves with this residue, and it doesn’t usually attitude where we accept our lot and actually taste that good. The question is, how can we move improve it by being mindful of what we are doing, forward to embrace the next moment without creating and leaving as a residue. Our movie bringing any negativity or unnecessary expectation character took the whole movie to realize the value through with it? How do we move forward to the in having the right attitude to what is actually taking next moment with a fresh new mind or more place; we have a bit longer, or do we? importantly, a fresh new attitude to engage our world? One of the philosophies of FreeForm is to practice living in such away that we start to embrace our life If you are not sure what I am on about have a look as one of balance, so that we meet our world of at the movie “Ground Hog Day”. In this movie the experience with the right attitude, right central character has to live the same day over and understanding of who we are and what we are over and over and as much as this movie is a type doing here and now. When we do this we become of light comedy it has a very profound significance. accustomed to dealing with that moment and Every day our star (character) has to relive his leaving it in such a way that we move forward with actions, he does the same things, meets the same a “clean plate” as the saying goes. What FreeForm people and makes the same mistakes. In time he (through balance) is on about, is attitude, not result, even tries to manipulate things to suit himself as he because not everything goes exactly the way we is aware that he is reliving the same day. But may have planned or we may even have to because he continues with the same things over approach a problem again and again (as our movie and over he gets very depressed and eventually character did). However, if we approach everything tries to end his life (time and time again) only to with a fresh view we will move forward without FF_CONN_050803 living in the past, no going back. Our character capacity, we are now only running classes on two realized that his life and therefore his experience nights in Lilydale and on one in Healesville could be met by being mindful to the consequences (although we are still very active in corporate team of his actions, he chose, through being aware and development and school programs). In some ways mindful of what he was doing and creating to live FreeForm, or more to the point, I have been in with the right attitude, and the only thing he left survival mode because of the fire and the ongoing behind was a positive experience for everyone. struggle in the aftermath. Enduring struggle and rebalancing is one of FreeForm’s philosophies so everything is in the right place and my attitude is When we discover a balance within us we must be still very positive about what this Martial Art aware that it is in a constantly moving state, it is not provides, having said that, FreeForm is expanding static and therefore we are always adjusting by and with the help of David Antrobus (who is a bit of rebalancing. This constant change is part of life a wiz kid with computers) we are going to use the and in some ways we are in our own movie, FreeForm web site (FreeForm Australia.com) to playing our part. Unfortunately we haven’t got the convey more of what we offer. luxury of watching our own lives like the movie “Ground Hog Day” or any other because we are living it here and now, we are playing our role, our We are going to use this space as a medium for part. However, unlike the movie on the screen people to enquire about us; we will put parts of the which can be turned off, we are in it and there is no books on line as well as Connections, including this escape. When we are in balance we embrace life issue. So please check it out and get into the habit without looking back, our freedom of choice of looking up FreeForm online. From my own expands and we approach our life in the right spirit. perspective I see this as an absolute necessity if If we can do this we won’t leave a dirty plate for we are going to get our message across. To think someone to clean up. Even though we may that FreeFrom should only stay in this area is doing struggle at times and have to repeat some things, all of us a disservice. The art of balance as a the benefits we will leave will have an ongoing philosophy and more importantly the practice of positive effect on all those around us and to those balance must be conveyed to as many people as who follow. possible. There is one thing we will have to repeat time and THE BOOK OF FREEFORM time again, like Mr. Ground Hog and that is, we will have to keep on training day after day until we get I have been promising to deliver a précised part of it right. Unfortunately fitness and strength, good the FreeForm manual (which is called “The Lion attitude and even leaving “a clean plate” doesn’t Tamer”) to you all and I haven’t forgotten my just happen by itself, it needs us to be pro active in promise, in fact it will be delivered in some format our own development. We need to train over and to all FreeForm students very soon. Please be over and we need to maintain our discipline and patient as getting FreeForm out of my head and right attitude to the things we have gained there is onto paper has been very interesting. Sometimes I no other way. In fact this is perfect as it puts us have to hold myself down or tie myself to the chair directly in touch with us, we realize what we have in front of my computer, for as much as this Art has done to get to this place, this level and what we consumed me for many years; I personally want to feed on is good honest training, enjoy your meal, get it right, as it will represent a lot of people who Bon Appetit! have supported this philosophy and practice. Cheers SUITS FREEFORM’S FUTURE We are sorry for the delay with new suits, getting these special small orders made is always a One of the things FreeForm is trying to do is to hassle. We are only a small fish so to speak and as expand so that more people have access to these much as I ring up, jump up and down (if that would teachings (the art of balance). It appears we have help) or complain, small special orders are placed contracted a little since we lost the centre, where at the back of the line. They have been ordered once we were operating every day in some and I am assured that they are on their way, so if you want to jump up and down also we understand. Good luck to all those who are grading this year We have tried to get them manufactured elsewhere and especially good luck to those who are going for but no one in Australia seems too interested, their black belts. At this stage Aaron Noyes and unless you want a thousand or more. Mark Romei are the only two, although there are quiet a few waiting and training for next year. Callum Murray was going to grade for his Fifth FITNESS Degree but decided that he wants to be even better. This type of attitude keeps our very high Congratulations to all those dedicated students and standard exactly where it should be, it tells us that fitness fanatics who have just kept on keeping on. even at the top levels there is a drive to improve. With your continued effort these classes have been fantastic. In turn, we have kept them challenging, hard and fun. FreeForm thanks you, for you are the backbone (and other body bits) of where we stand ILLNESS/ INJURY today, you have been great, thanks again for your If you have an illness or injury that may inhibit your support; we hoped you liked our double trouble training during class, you must let your instructor (Rob and Steve). know before the start of each class and you must also let reception know so we can record it on your file. Again this is required for duty of care, and will STUDENT CORNER be for your benefit. Talking about students let me tell you a story about one of our young Martial Artists. Lachlan Stevens (aged 9) who suffers from Tourettes Syndrome, END OF YEAR CLASSES Intellectual disability and Neurological disorders Classes will finish in Healesville on Thursday the and needed a place to train and meet other people. 13th of December and resume on the first Thursday His mother had tried different clubs but was in February, 2008. Lilydale will finish on Tuesday rejected every time. Eventually she came to us, the 18th of December and we will inform you to its which was nearly twelve months ago. Today you restarting date well before we close. will see Lachlan training every week as a yellow belt. He passed his first grading with flying colours and his mother and I (Steve) were very moved to CHRISTMAS BREAK-UP see him perform. In fact his neurologist was so impressed with his progress in balance and The Lilydale centre will be used by the school coordination that he wanted to see what we do. parish for its own break-up and unfortunately we This is a recommendation of the highest order. This will have to move to another location for one night. is great story, but Lachlan is not alone, there are However if we use that night for a mass club lots of different stories of achievement here. In fact training/ break-up it would be a bonus. The night in nobody here passes through unnoticed, everyone question is Tuesday the 11th of December and who trains here has a special place, from our hopefully you agree that to have a fun and fitness highest degree Black Belts, to our smallest night and a bit of a drink/barby would be good students, to our dedicated (and fun) fitness people. value. We would use the Melba Park as we have Next year will come and go and the year after and done for the last couple of years and start the so forth and FreeForm will be here developing, fitness/fun at 6.30pm and the food (byo) at 7.30pm helping, exploring and adapting to whatever the to about 9.30pm, if you are ok with this please world needs. FreeForm will go the distance. inform Nicole Murray (at Lilydale) and Nicole Kirby (at Healesville) and we will gather numbers and get it on. GRADING The final grading this year will be held in Healesville, the date is Saturday the 15th of December. See your instructor if you think you are ready and if so collect your grading application from our staff.