We are all saddened to hear of the untimely passing of our good friend, colleague and student of Taekwondo Tyrone Mitchell. In addition to all the tributes being posted on Facebook, I wanted to share some of my memories of Tyrone for people who may not be on Facebook but who knew the big guy with an even bigger smile.
Tyrone trained and competed for Kingston University LLTKD club and St Katherine’s TKD club for over 20 years.
He successfully represented the club and University setting the standard for the other students that followed.
Tyrone was a very serious and enthusiastic student who was very focused on perfection of techniques and fighting skills. As a black belt in the Kingston uni club he would always get the class started if I was late and would take time to help students who were struggling with their techniques.
Tyrone was a University champion and as well as being successful in many domestic tournaments he also competed at the highest level domestically in the British Championships.
Tyrone travelled with his fellow students to Hungary, training like a champion and enjoying the fun, laughter and camaraderie with everyone.
Tyrone was always available to help out. He supported the University Taekwondo committee and helped with organising club events.
Tyrone had an infectious smile, warm wholehearted laugh and good sense of humour. But as with most of our University students, they move on with their lives, move out of the area, get jobs, start families and so we didn’t see Tyrone as often in the last few years as when he was a student.
Nevertheless, he was always present at any key event and we had a great evening training and eating at Lee’s birthday earlier in the year.
We’re all in shock over the tragic news of his passing and so within the club we will be looking to pay our own tribute to Tyrone. If you’d like to be involved, please contact us.
Right now our thoughts and condolences goes out to his wife and family at this sad time. Tyrone will be greatly missed but never forgotten by those who knew him. RIP.