25th Anniversary Celebrations

To mark 25 years of Cornwall Tang Soo Do, founding instructor Alan Fry travelled back to Cornwall to teach the Korean martial art to a new generation of students.

Though he hadn’t taught a Tang Soo Do class in some years, Mr Fry quickly fell back into his teaching role and covered a great range of skills and drills in the two hour seminar hosted at Redruth School.

Accompanying the current students, a number of ex-students were invited along for the day, some taking part while others were happy just to watch.

The day started with Master Robert James taking the students through a warm-up and stretch and introducing Mr Fry, who first introduced him to Tang Soo Do in 1992, four years after founding the first Tang Soo Do club in the county.

After giving a brief history of Tang Soo Do, and saying that he was very pleased that the club had retained the Cornwall Tang Soo Do title, Mr Fry demonstrated a number of traditional martial arts techniques and managed to pack an enormous amount of content into the seminar.

To round the day off, the celebrations were continued with a party held in Mr Fry’s honour at the Lowenac Hotel in Camborne.

The club presented Mr Fry with a plaque to commemorate all his work for the club over the years. Ben Leonard, who recently attained the grade of 3rd Dan black belt, was also presented with a certificate for reaching his new grade, the highest so far awarded by the club.

Master Robert James, 5th degree black belt and founder of ISK Martial Arts (incorporating Cornwall Tang Soo Do) said that he was reminded of how important Tang Soo Do is.

He said:

How important the past, present and future is, how everyone is important on this journey and how incredibly proud and lucky I am. It was a very emotional and equally brilliant day with my Cornwall Tang Soo Do family. Thank you Alan Fry for the seminar and party. And to all the students who work so hard and make me look so good. I couldn’t ask for a better bunch.