I recently turned 45 years old. That's not in itself big news, of course. But it will become relevant in minute. For I have also decided to let my eldest daughter take her martial arts training to the next level and allow her to join the Tournament Team (aka Team Douvris). And she wanted me to join the team with her so we could train and go do tournaments together. It doesn't matter how fit you think you are, this kind of training is a bit of a shock to ye old carcass. But I am delighted that my daughter is keen to spend a great deal of time with me, and I am not the kind to pass up such a wonderful bonding opportunity. For I believe that the better the relationship with the relatively young child, the better the relationship with the eventual teenager. And that's worth a few bruises.

It's a big challenge, but we kind of like those. (Wish us luck...)