Happy New Year!  I wanted to start the new year with an update from the Black Belt Test last month.  Congradulations to Mariah Tamanaha for passing her Black Belt Test and being our newest Black Belt!  I am sure you all are happy for her and let her know the next time you see her.  Ms. Tamanaha will be helping from time to time as an assistant Instructor.

On January 14th we will be hosting the Minneapolis Police Academy between 12:00 Noon and 4:00 PM.  As usual, we will be starting in the ring and then moving to the mat.  Anyone wishing to help out please feel welcome to join us.  Lately I have seen several of our past Police Cadet students on the local news.  It would seem many of them are doing very well as Minneapolis Police Officers.

We have set Friday February 6th as the date for our annual New Years/Holiday Party.  We are looking at starting around 5:00 in the afternoon.  As in the past, it is a "Pot Luck" event and we appreciate everyone bringing something especially your "specialties" to share with everyone.  We will set up around 4:00 PM and be ready to go no later than 5:00 PM.  I hope to see you all there even if you can only stop by for a little while.  It is always good to see allot of you we never see otherwise.  Friends and family are all welcome.

In closing, I am looking forward to a great year ahead of us.  I appreciate everything you have done in the past and look forward to working with you all in the future.

Tim Mullin