- What do we do? we welcome people from all walks of life looking to better themselves through Taekwon-Do.
- Who do you train with? We are directly affiliated to the ITF, all black belts and instructors have undertaken courses in first aid and undergone instructors courses as well as being certified to Enhanced DBS standards .
- Why Taekwon-Do? The disciplined nature of learning Taekwon-Do, intense training both physically and mentally, and a sense of achievement and pride means the art cultivates the mind whilst instilling confidence in the student. Success in Taekwon-Do requires commitment, perseverance, indomitable spirit and self belief.
Mr M Carr 3rd degree black belt instructor - Consultant instructor to Shaftesbury Taekwon-Do Club
1st Dan ITF certificate number - GB-1-3316
"Tae Kwon Do has played a large role in my life ever since I began, in 1996. Throughout my time as a TKD student, I have never needed it as a self defence, but it has offered me great confidence, perseverance and played a large part of my life. I know that I have trained with, been taught by and have been graded by an excellent selection of instructors and I know I can say I have earned my grade. I aspire to continue my studies of TaeKwon-Do as far as possible, and teach it to the best of my ability."
Trained with: Grandmaster Rhee Ki Ha, Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa, Grandmaster Mel Steiner, Grandmaster Paul Cutler, Master John Williamson, Master John Taylor, Master Trevor Nicholls Master Robert Wheatley, Master Gary Miller, Master Andy Whiteley, Master Michael Wood, Master Tony Vella, Master Ian Lawes, Master Paul Knighton, Master Tadeusz Loboda, Master Jerzy Jedut, Master Paul Harris, Master Peter Mcanna Mr Jaroslaw Suska.
1996 - White belt
1998 - Silver medallist in UKTF English championships
1999 - Best tenets
2000 - Silver medallist in ITF Welsh championships
2003 - 1st Degree black belt
2004 - Bronze medallist UKTA British Championships
2007 - 2nd degree black belt
2009 - "C" class instructor
2009 - Took over running of Shaftesbury TKD club
2009 - Hosted interclub competition
2010 - Silver Medallist Welsh Championships
2010 - 3rd Degree black belt
2010 - Ireland TKD Camp
2010 - 'International course' with Grand Master Rhee Ki ha
2011 - Silver medal ITF Welsh championships
2012 - Gold medal ITF midland open
2012 - Presented with the Rob Thompson award for service to the Shaftesbury Youth club
2013 - Poland TKD Camp
|2014 - Switzerland TKD Camp|
Mr S Booth 2nd degree black belt instructor
We teach at the shaftesbury youth club in Tranmere.
60 Mendip Road,
The large hall we train in can be fully heated, the floor is coated with a medium friction plastic which is absolutely ideal for Taekwon Do as it enables your feet to stick when you need them to, and slide when you want them to.
There is an extensive amount of equipment used during training, this includes:
2 x Multi kick & punch stations Golds speedball and punchbag station
Body Armour target pads Kickbag station Agility Hoops 2 x Stretching machines.
Large Kick pads for practising powerful techniques
Small focus pads for accurate punches and kicks
Foam batons to practise blocking
Board holder/flip board combo constructed from steel: for breaking boards and practising jumping kicks up to ~10 foot off the floor.
To earn your next belt in TKD, you must be examined in a grading.
Gradings test your knowledge practical ability in TKD.
The highest possible title in Taekwon Do is grand master, to gain this honourable title you must pass many gradings and become a 9th degree black belt!