Our martial arts school in London certainly had something to celebrate last night, as our KB Kung Fu members passed their new, shiny sashes.
Ahead of the events which were to unfold, there was much excitement in the school's WhatsApp group.
Along with words of encouragement for the Graders, many people shared their emotion. For example:
'So excited for tonight!!! Looking forward to channelling those grading nerves into the unique Grading dojo energy. Thank you for all the good wishes everyone,' wrote Frederike Beyer
'Good luck to all the new Graders tonight. Really looking forward to supporting and cheering ya'll tonight and celebrating the new sashes at the pub,' added Sue Pindar
Training in Kickboxing classes, Self-Defence classes and Kung Fu classes at KB Fitness means much more to everybody than just a fun way to keep fit. The camaraderie is palpable in every situation, in the London kickboxing dojo, at the gradings and now we can all gather again, at the pub.
The KB socials are a great way to get to know who the members are spending so many hours with of a week. It's where lifelong friendships are formed.
Kelly Fiestas Navas, the school's Administrator, said today:
"Everybody just loves kicking back after all their hard work and hanging out as a united team. We've not been able to relax in such a setting for so long, that I'd forgotten how great it feels! Thanks Kelly KB for providing the platform for us to connect in such a way."
Congratulations to everybody wearing their new sash today; you smashed it! Fancy finding a new place to get super fit, where you can meet great, supportive, new people too?