Congratulations to Chief Instructor David ‘Digger’ Barnes who was inducted into the Martial Arts International Hall Of Fame this weekend at the awards in Kensington, London (England) this weekend.
The International Hall Of Fame Awards was founded back in 2006 by Grandmaster Gary Wasniewski.
Gary was a world champion level competitor for the Amateur Karate Association from 1979 to 1985. Gary was a senior member of English Karate Council, English Karate Board, English Karate Governing Body, Karate England, English Karate Federation, World Karate Federation which he currently holds 8th Dan WKF/EKF rank. In 2005 he was invited by Sport England to help create a new English Karate Governing Body.
The awards were founded to recognise outstanding martial artists from across the globe and to raise money for Cancer Research.
At the 2019 awards Digger was awarded the ‘Instructor’ award for the development of the Fight SMART System and for delivering outstanding quality within his 5 Storm Family Martial Arts academies in Windsor, Maidenhead, Bracknell, Warfield and Wokingham.
Storm Family Martial Arts teach Kickboxing, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Fight SMART System, Muay Thai, Kali, Eskrima, Jeet Kune Do and self defence to over 200 students every week.
“I’m honoured and delighted to receive this amazing award. I’m supported by a coaching team of 15 hard working coaches and 17 junior classroom assistants (our ‘A-Team’) and they also deserve to share in this award as they ensure every lesson is of the highest quality” stated Digger after receiving his award.
The International Hall Of Fame Awards honoured some very big names in the industry, most notably Samuel Kwok, one of the best know Wing Chun instructors in the world.