As the last clap for NHS staff comes to an end (for now). I started to reflect on my own unsung heros. People who help me out on a day to day basis without any fuss. They do it just because!
I also started to think about Chesterfield TKD and the help and support that I have from those around me to help make it the success that it is! So here are just some of the unsung heros at Chesterfield Tae Kwon Do.
I have no doubt when I say that I could not run my TKD School without the help and support of my mum and dad. They do all the behind the scenes work. Paper work, fetching and carrying, ordering, engraving trophies, washing me suits….you name it, they do it! On a TKD training night, they are always there with smiles on their faces to help meet and great and create the family orientated martial arts school that Chesterfield TKD is. During lockdown, they have continued to support me (and Chesterfield TKD), joining in challenges, contacting students by phone and Dad has even done some training!
Next in line for a huge thank you is Mr Dale Hubbuck (3rd Degree) Assistant Instructor. Along with his family, he attends every lessons and is always one of the first to offer to give his time to help teach junior grades. He has a depth of knowledge and his patient manor with students encourages them to learn and succeed. He attends area squads, gradings and senior grade training sessions- again, always willing to give up his time to help. When unable to attend a class, he willingly instructs of my behalf. Thank you Sir!
Mr Paul Phillips (3rd Degree) is another huge assets to Chesterfield TKD. He has for many years assisted with Little PUMA lessons and taught lessons when I am not there. An invaluable help! Similarly in TKD he is always keen to help others and offer support and advice. Again Mr Phillips is always willing to help cover lessons when I am unable to attend.
Mr Hubbuck and Mr Phillips are highly thought of and respected by myself and students at Chesterfield TKD.
Mr Thomas Bailey (2nd Degree) although now relocated and training in the south deserves to be mentioned. He continues to update the Chesterfield TKD website (entirely instigated and developed by himself) and is always at hand to offer technical support with the use of Facebook groups etc. This form of communication, again initially set up by him has proved to be of great value during this lockdown period. Thank you!
There have been many other students over the years (some of whom are still with us and some of whom have moved on) that have helped shape Chesterfield School, who have inspired others to step out and their comfort zone and encouraged others to be the best they can be. You know who you are!
Finally, I want to say a big THANK YOU to all my loyal and dedicated students who attend lessons, travel to competitions, support local and National PUMA events and train with a smile on their face. You all contribute to Chesterfield TKD and make the school what it is! Honoured to be a small part of the chain!!