Not a martial arts post this, but an interesting bit of news about our Chief Instructor, Master Richard Olpin.
Yesterday he was tested for the IAM Roadsmart ‘Masters’ level driving test. This is recognised as the highest level of civilian driving in the world and is compared to ‘a Police advanced driver, without a blue light..’
Master Olpin was tested by a Police examiner on very challenging roads for nearly two hours, and just to make things interesting he also had the examiner’s boss in the back seat – who is head of driving standards for the whole of the UK. No pressure then!
After the test, which not only included driving at the very highest level but also a comprehensive examination of theory, Roadcraft and legal knowledge he was informed he’d not just passed the test, but had been awarded the highest level distinction, which is held by only about 380 drivers in the UK.
For a bit of perspective, there are around 36 million qualified drivers in the UK, so that means it’s that only about one in every 100,000 drivers have achieved this standard.
That’s an example of Black Belt Excellence. Never accept anything less than your very best. Whatever you do, aim for greatness!
Our chief instructor Master Olpin was branded a local hero this week after he stepped in to save two women and their dog from a ‘frenzied’ attack by a ferocious bull terrier.
Both the ladies were badly hurt needing hospital treatment, and their dog sustained serious injuries but thankfully Master Olpin was able to subdue the attacking dog and restrain it until Police arrived
The Academy has a summer break for two weeks from 14th – 28th August and no classes will run during these two weeks.
We’re still able to check phone messages and respond to emails during this time but please allow a little extra time for a response as we won’t be in the office every day.
A great little article in the Gazette this week about Master Olpin celebrating the Academy’s 20th Anniversary here in Cam.
It’s a little late as the actual anniversary was back in September, but the paper only just picked up on it recently..
In the photo with Master Olpin you’ll see our two leadership team assistants, Robbie Hirst and Shirley Williamson who are undoubtably the two most loyal students we’ve ever had, along with Shona Thornhill who was Master Olpin’s first black belt graduate back in 2000..
Here’s to the next 20 years eh!