Carl Grimes, Mark Farnham and Hannah Smith lead the 30th anniversary celebrations.

MARTIAL ARTS: Members of the Mark Farnham Schools of Tae Kwon Do have been celebrating a remarkable success story.

The schools marked their 30th anniversary with cakes and reminisces of a hugely successful three decades.

During that time, students have collected 13,470 colour belt passes and 499 black belt passes

As well as that, there have been thousands of competition awards including many English, Welsh, Scottish, British, European and World titles.

Owner Mark Farnham described how the first school was started in November 1987 at the Providence Street Community Centre in King’s Lynn with only a handful of students.

Now there are more than 600 students in 15 schools throughout East Anglia, with more than 100 black belts in training who all started at beginner.

Farnham said: “There have been many memorable moments over the years, gaining our first black belts in 1992 and also in 1997 when Warren Vice won our first world title.

“Last year Warren Vice and Carl Grimes gained their sixth dan master levels, and I gained instructor of the year from a list of hundreds with the Tae Kwon Do Association of Great Britain.

“We have seen so many young children start with us and train for many years gaining black belts and turning into responsible, focused adults.”

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