We will be "dining out" on the Ten Year Anniversary for some time, I am sure...
The first Wednesday of September is the Banstead TaeKwon-Do anniversary and this year we celebrate 10 years of our Martial Arts club.
I asked for all existing students, any historical students and some special guests to attend on Wednesday September 4th 2019 for a special celebratory class where we would look back on 10 years, spoke a little about what it took to get to 10 years and a bit of social time too.
Thank you to everyone that came along on Wednesday
Thank you to all the parents of the juniors who stayed, I know it was a school night and I know you probably needed to get back for bedtime routine.
Thank you to all the special guests that came along: past students, parents
Thank you to Steve Elliot (IV) who, since I moved back to Surrey, has always been the best of training partners and inspirations
Thank you to Master Dennis (VIII) who made a real special effort to come along on Wednesday. He arranged for someone else to run his usual Wednesday class in Dorking so that he could be with us.
Thank you to my wife for organising the "10" cake and all the other bits and bobs on offer that evening.
Thank you to all the Juniors who, for the first time ever, sat still and quiet for the entire duration of my 'too-long' speech.
Thank you to my students for organising a lovely signed card and gift to mark the occasion. I've not photographed that yet, I can get at least another piece of blog material using that ;)
I'll post a video of my long speech soon ;) so that you can all listen to it again and again.
I'll post a selection of the hundreds of photographs I prepared for the slideshow that evening, there are some really great pics and it's so cool to see that changes that people have been through.
In the meantime please have a quick look through some of the photos that were taken from the evening...