Last week we were very pleased to present Tom Hurley with his shodan grading certificate and black belt from Japan.
Tom graded to shodan earlier in the year after more than 20 years training with us. Tom is one of our longest training members and he’s still going.
To use his own words “it’s been a marathon, not a sprint”. In his time training with us, we’ve had the pleasure of teaching his whole family, including his wife and 5 kids (now adutls). There have been a lot of ups and downs and the journey for him. But in his reflections that he’s shared with us, “karate has been a rock”, when life thows challenges, karate has always been there to help keep him grounded.
It’s been an absolute pleasure sharing the journey with you Tom and we look forward to many more years to come.