The Mark Farnham Schools of Tae Kwon-Do have had much success at Black Belt gradings in Bristol with local members among the 470 passes.
There are now 14 schools throughout East Anglia with hundreds of students training every week. Most of the Schools have produced Black Belts over the years, including two 5th Dan grades, which is the highest physical grading level.
It takes at least three-and-a-half years of hard work and dedication to reach 1st Dan Black Belt and the higher Dans take considerably longer.
Each Dan grade takes a minimum of that number of years to achieve i.e. a 3rd Dan will take a minimum of three years’ training after you have achieved 2nd Dan.
All students perform in front of a panel of Masters and the results from local schools are as follows.
Results for Lynn School: Black Belt 1st Dan (1st Degree) Jonathan Mendes, Harry Russell. Downham School: Black Belt 1st Dan (1st Degree) Eavie Whitehead. Swaffham School (Mildenhall instructor): Black Belt 4th Dan (4th Degree) Larry Day, 59 years old.