About us

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Learning Taekwon-Do should be an enjoyable experience. It should be challenging, rewarding and lifelong.
  • Where?  We are based within Shaftesbury Youth Centre 60 Mendip Rd, Birkenhead, Merseyside CH42 8NU.
  • What do we do? we welcome people from all walks of life looking to better themselves through Taekwon-Do
  • 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 4th degree black belt instructor - Consultant instructor to Shaftesbury Taekwon-Do Club 


1st Dan ITF certificate number - GB-1-3316  

2nd Dan ITF certificate number - GBR-2-1272
3rd Dan ITF certificate number - GBR-3-2065
4th Dan Rhee Ki Ha certificate number - RKH-4-54
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Trained with: Grandmaster Rhee Ki Ha, Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa, Grandmaster Mel Steiner, Grandmaster Paul Cutler, Grandmaster Ray O'Neill, Grandmaster John Williamson, Grandmaster John Taylor, Grandmaster Trevor Nicholls, Master Robert Wheatley, Grandmaster Gary Miller, Master Derek Blackburn, 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, Master Ian Britton, Master 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

2018 - Cyprus training camp 
2019 - 4th Degree black belt  



  Mr S Booth 3rd degree black belt instructor


Mr Booth joined Shaftesbury TKD in 2008 as a 2nd Dan. In 2019 he promoted to 3rd degree.
 Mr J Kelly - Club patron 
Mr Kelly has been at the club since 1982 and is probably the longest serving instructor on the Wirral


Training hall


We teach at the shaftesbury youth club in Tranmere. 


Shaftesbury Youth Club

60 Mendip Road, 




CH42 8NU


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.

Jigsaw style interlocking mats, the same used by the World Taekwondo Federation in the olympics.


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!

Gradings are held approximately once every 3 months.


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