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Henry honoured with new award in his memory

Gary Oliver, left, receives the first ever Nash Award for Dedicated Students from chief instructor Chris Allen, right

Gary Oliver, left, receives the first ever Nash Award for Dedicated Students from chief instructor Chris Allen, right

The memory of a former martial arts instructor was honoured at the first presentation of a student award in his name.

The Nash Award for Dedicated Students was presented to Gary Oliver at the Tring Martial Arts end-of-year graduation ceremony on Friday evening.

The accolade was conceived by the friends and students of former kickboxing and Krav Maga instructor Henry Nash who died in October last year.

Henry was well-liked in the Tring community and the town went into mourning following his sudden death.

He was an account executive at Grass Roots in Wendover and worked part-time at FW Metcalfe and Sons on the High Street, as well as volunteering at the Court Theatre.

Chris Allen, chief instructor at the academy on Akeman Street, said: “It’s been just over a year since Henry passed away, and his friends and students got together with me to think of some way we could recognise and remember him.

“We wanted to give inspiration to someone who showed Henry’s sort of attitude towards martial arts and being genuine to the fellow man.

Winner of the award Mr Oliver – in his 40s and from Berkhamsted – is a student at Tring Martial Arts and does a lot of filming for the club.

Chief instructor Chris Allen said: “Gary gives a lot – he’s always at every event helping out, and he trains between five and six times a week. That’s dedication.

“He extols the values and virtues of the martial arts training we provide here.

“We’re about respect, honesty, humility and integrity. He’s the perfect recipient for the first award.”

Also on the same evening, six students were awarded black belts – instructors Chris Allen and Katie Brown, and students Daniel Simmons, Matthew Davies, Ismaeel Khalid, Ian Connor, Bruno Silva and Jacqueline Binning.

 

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