Martial Arts Illustrated Award 2016, for Outstanding Contribution to Martial Arts.
World Tang Soo Do Associations Master Chris Carter has received the Martial Arts Illustrated Award 2016, for Outstanding Contribution to Martial Arts. The award was presented at a function attended by over 300 different martial artists some who also have clubs locally.
Master Carter started his martial artist career in St.Ives in 1974. He initially joined to keep fit, learn self defence and gain knowledge of one of the oldest martial arts that originates from Korea. He then joined the World Tang Soo Do Association 10 years later in 1984 under the instruction of Master Khan, his mentor and good friend.
Master Carter worked his way up through the belts, training each week in St Ives with Master Khan. He attained the level of Master Rank in 1996 and was presented with his Masters Belt at The 1996 World Tang Soo Do World Championship in Las Vegas, U.S.A. He has dedicated over 40 years to the martial art of Tang Soo Do.
During the past 40 years Master Carter has not only worked his way up to a Master, but has also qualified as an International Judge, which he uses for Championships across the World, and he is one of the most Senior Instructor in Europe. Each week, Master Carter runs a training class in Grafham Village Hall on Wednesdays from 7:30-9pm, and often has students being tested for their next belt at each Grading Session.
Master Khan, (who runs classes in St Ives and Huntingdon), said "As a friend and mentor, Master Carter is a great asset to the World Tang Soo Do Association. After dedicating 40 years to the Association he really deserves this award for his sacrifice and commitment he has shown over the years".