The drive began in not the most wonderful weather, rain hammered down on the windscreen and I was designated by mum - the navigator.
So we followed the instructions and we were having difficulty getting to the leisure centre due to the rush hour traffic and the one way system in the city of Gloucester. We pulled over in a tiny car park where mum asked for directions from a loud but chatty gloucester man, Josh and I giggled at the loud voice echoing across the car park in a thick gloucester accent and we thought how funny it would be to put someone from the black country with someone from gloucester and see if they could undertstand a word they said to each other.
We who live 20 miles south of Birmingham have - as voted by the uk poll- the worst accent in the whole of the stretch of Great Britain.
Enough had been said so we eventually found the leisure centre with 30 minutes to spare, by a small miracle we managed to find a place to park, and mum commented that why do they have such a small car park if its such an up to date centre.
Ineed it was 3 floors of : gyms, pools, training halls.
So we sat down and waited....
10 minutes before the class was due to start, my nerves were making me as anxious as Prince Charles is before making a public speech - minus the cuff fiddling. I shook off the thoughts of perhaps it wasn't on, as I trusted Marc whole-heartedly and he would of told me this morning if it had been cancelled. Not a second later a young man came up and said that ninjutsu was not on as he has checked the database. This made my heart sank as the long journey we had taken to get here and how I had looked forward to seeing them again and had waited patiently for 5 long weeks.
As a last ditched attempt to prove my doubts; i punched the numbers into the keypad of my mum's mobile.
I desperately asked where they were. She replied outside in the car park.
My spirits shot back up as fate had smiled on me once more.
After a quick dash and a change into my long black training suit
I saw Marc-sensei.
Unchanged at all since the last time I had seen him, as friendly and understanding as he always was.
Well one thing was different, he had slightly shorter hair due to Michelle making a mess of it and having a hairdresser save the rest of his dignity. But then again Marc did lose Michelle's expensive camera so I suppose they are both even in that respect.
It was one of those moments where you wait for something and you're in a state of shock that you are very slow in your reactions.
He ambles over and gives a warm cuddle as he promised he would and says he was delighted to see me and my mum and Josh.
I was a little nervous at the start but that soon diasappeared and I had a wonderful time of training and laughter- with sensei always helping me with any techniques I didn't understand.
I also gave Michelle a hug ,as I had promised to give them both giant hugs when I saw them next as I had missed her and Marc dearly.
It's my nature I am a very huggy person as it were ^_^ They are both lovely company as I put it.
Expertise was given by Bernie; a 72 year old grandmaster in his own unique style - very similar to ours- with his 60 years of martial arts wisdom we learned amazing new techniques.
I was also surprised to see Kev-sensei, i found out later that he departs to Chicago on saturday but it was lovely to see him and he added jokingly 'you can teach this on saturday'.
Time really does fly by when you are having fun. In a blink of an eye it was time to leave. I was a little saddened as I would not see them for another month until warrior wales on the 4th of October!
So I gave sensei his present; which was a mug that said 'legend' in his grand old age of 51 he thought it said leg-end lol.
Also he gave words of engouragement for sixth form- which starts tomorrow 0_0
There are so many things I wanted to say but I don't have the verbal powe to say thank you for everything and all your help etc.
So I couldn't help but just keep hugging him ^_^
I am incredibly nervous about sixth form but I should be fine.
So yeh we got slightly lost on the way back but managed to get Josh home, as i am writing this he is back in school ^_^
I miss Marc & Michelle already...
ah I can't wait for warrior wales when they come back with daring deeds and tales from Japan!
Post again soon and in the words of Sensei 'a new chapter is about to unfold'
We shall keep the moob flag flying lol
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