In recognition of his promotion to 9th degree and his dedication to Taekwon-Do the students of GM Howard’s Dojang presented Grandmaster Howard with a beautiful piece of engraved glass. The glass had a picture of GM Howard in the centre and it was surrounded by the place and year of all his black belt promotions, from 1st degree (Oxford 1971) to 9th degree (Pyongyang 2011). Grandmaster Howard was genuinely surprised and delighted when he received the award from the students.
Also on the night, Senior Master Anthony Phelan (RITA Vice-President) officially presented GM Howard with an embroidered IX degree black belt. Senior master Phelan said ‘Traditionally Grandmaster Howard would present his new 1st degree black belts with their first black belt. But his instructor First Grandmaster Rhee lives in Glasgow, so behalf of the RITA and the Cabra students I’d like to present you with this embroidered 9th degree black belt.’
The Cabra members would like to thank Mr Tobin from Carrick on Suir for organizing the embroidery