It was so nice to spend time with each other at our annual Christmas event! The party was a unique chance to talk among ourselves about all of the competitions and events that happened during the last year. The record-breaking tournaments, the incredible Expo and Camp MSK summer events, the trip to Missouri, CTI Picnic and so on. The party was also a fun opportunity for our parents, family members and friends to interact with the students and instructors at a CTI social setting - without uniforms on!
Hundreds of CTI students, instructors, family members and friends of all ages attended the annual CTI Christmas Party on December 21st! The farthest traveled this year was Mr. Brian Steward, 4th dan, who came all the way from New York City to be at the party.
Everyone brought delicious food, in addition to some fantastic homemade cakes handcrafted by some of our CTI friends! Among the many things that happened at the CTI Christmas Party, a special booth was set up and run by red belts, and CTI Elves in charge of Photography, Vivi Brown and Adam Harkins.
Moo Sul Rock, our own black belt band, performed for everyone with special guests Alice Meyung, Katie Dahle, Mindy Sautel and the CTI Ukulele Band. The CTI Ukulele Band was composed of CTI 4th, dans and higher. They performed two numbers to the delight of the crowd, one accompanying singer Katie Dahle, 1st dan.
Santa couldn't make the party being so close to Christmas, so the Grinch filled in as the CTI Christmas Party special guest! Throughout the evening, the Grinch was his old self, stealing gifts, causing bedlam and staying one step ahead of the crowd. But by the time the evening ended, the Grinch was happy, dancing and part of the festive CTI crowd. He was overcome with holiday cheer and returned the many Christmas gifts he took without permission, well, most of them anyway.
Special thanks to everyone who helped stage this year's CTI Christmas Party!