Recommendations and Student Letters
Thank you very much to all those people who have allowed us to use their letters for this page, and thank you for your kind comments.
I would like to thank you, on returning to your class this evening after many years it is brilliant to see that your training remains to such a great standard, the students are all very welcoming and polite, there is an atmosphere of mutual respect and that is something that reflects through your training,
You remain as passionate as ever about teaching as well as knowing your students, really excited to come training,
Hi Mr FarnhamI just wanted to say how much I am enjoying tkd, how through it I am making new friends and how it is making a huge difference in my life as a result. Which is all thanks to you!I appreciate that you must have put all your heart and soul into what you do so I thought the least I could do is tell you of the difference you have made and how thankful I am and I am sure I am not the first!
Lady Student - July 2014
I was rubbish at school sports although I did dive at county level. I was a slow but strong distance swimmer and was a lifeguard in the Royal Life Saving Society for many years. I became one of their instructors and eventually the only female top grade examiner for the RLSS in East England. I was a competant and confident black run skier until 8 years ago when, after a couple of nasty breaks and onset of osteoporosis diagnosis, I decided to do something a little less extreme - Street dance! Five years ago I won a competition becoming the East Anglian Adult Freestyle Champion!
Then I discovered Tae Kwondo!
This is more than just exercise, more than merely self defence. I really get the philosophy and have experienced patience, determination, respect and acceptance through observing and interacting in class. Tae Kwondo has taught me that I can push the boundaries of my perceived limitations, exeed them, and in doing so, achieve more than I thought myself capable.
I want you to know that I am an achiever and determined despite the odd blip/injury/health issue. They will not get in my way. I will become a black belt. Realistically, third dan is perhaps a little beyond my reach but I shall certainly strive towards it!
Thank you for having faith in me and I hope you will continue to encourage me to progress and help me achieve my goals.
Hi Mark I just really wanted to say Thank you to both you and Amanda who have helped and aspired my son to achieve his blue tag. Today he walked to school with his head held high to show his teacher his new belt. Tae Kwan Do has helped with his self esteem, his gross motor and fine motor delay and his concentration. He has made new friends and found role models in his instructors. Just really wanted to say thank you as I know that as parents we don't say that enough and that you and all of your instructors work extremely hard to provide a high quality service to all of your students.
Hi, I spoke to you yesterday and took my daughter to the martial arts class in Bury. Would just like to say how impressed I was. The instructor was brilliant and the other children were so friendly and welcoming to my daughter who was very nervous. There a real credit and my Alice is very keen to continue. Thank you.
Sent by Text
Over the last couple of years, City of Ely Community College has introduced Taekwondo, through Mark Farnham, into its PE curriculum which has been a huge success! Students in Key Stage 3 have been introduced to Taekwondo and gained a great understanding of what Martial Arts really is all about. It has been good to see the enjoyment on the students’ faces and enthusiasm while learning. Students in Key Stage 4 have had Taekwondo introduced as an option, which many students have opted to take on a half term basis. We hope to continue our great Partnership with Mark over the coming years.
City of Ely Community College
I am just writing to thank you for running the New Opportunities Funded Tae Kwon Do classes at The Park High School for the past three years. I can’t believe how quickly the time went.
Yours sincerelyMrs.Andrea Glover
“Thomas Clarkson Community College is proud to work alongside the Mark Farnham School of Tae Kwon-do. We have successfully introduced the sport into the curriculum and now offer an after-school club. We will continue to work with Mark as he offers a great personal touch to his service.
Head of P.E.
THOMAS CLARKSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Wisbech.
My eight year old son suffers with asthma, he takes an inhaler twice a day, and peak flow, which checks his lung capacity.
My eight year old son suffers with asthma, he takes an inhaler twice a day, and peak flow, which checks his lung capacity.Three years ago he took up Tae Kwon-Do, training twice weekly. His breathing has drastically improved over this time.
My eight year old son suffers with asthma, he takes an inhaler twice a day, and peak flow, which checks his lung capacity.Three years ago he took up Tae Kwon-Do, training twice weekly. His breathing has drastically improved over this time.On his last six monthly doctors check-up, he registered 350 on his peak flow, a boy of his height, age and weight according to the doctor should register 220.
The doctor informed me this was down to his training.
Mr S - Kings Lynn
Just a quick note to say thank you. I've just got my dream job working with disabled kids. I'd never had the confidence in my phsical abilities to apply without the Tae Kwon-Do.
Anyway thanks for your time and patience. I may not make the world championships but at least I'll be doing a job I've always wanted !
Mrs R - Ely
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your help to date, I think your classes are fantastic and the associated schools that I have been attending have maintained that high standard, which is a reflection of your commitment to Tae Kwon-do and all your students. It is not often that one finds something to fire the interest and keep one motivated, I have and I just want to express my appreciation for all your and your fellow instructors hard work in helping not just me but others to achieve their goals.
Just a quick note to say that Chloe started learning last week and I was really pleased with her class. She came to your class today (I was the pushy mother who wanted to stay! - sorry!) and I was amazed. She absolutlely loved it- all she talked about was obtaining her belts and getting better and better. You talking to her and saying "well done" to her has increased her confidence and concentration 10 fold and she tells everyone that you said this when it was only her second lesson. She has told me that I cannot come to future lessons as I might be a distraction!. I am totally amazed and take my hat off to you!
Many thanks and we look forward to futhure classes.
Adam Everett – Age 7 – Ely Class
Martial start left me in pain
LIKE many young lads, I always wanted to give karate a go when I was growing up.
And now, for some poetry......
20 years must have gone so fast
Thank you Mark
Thank you mark,
Your jokes and stories,
Remember that Christmas party,
We'll never forget you mark,
Tae Kwon Do is the best,