Tae Kwon Do
Tae kwon Do is a Korean Martial Art and an Olympic Sport. It has been taught at King’s for over 8 years and, in that time, we have had a wide range of students enjoy the club and achieve significant success. It has been good to see all ages and genders mix so well and work together to help each other out.
The students enjoy a variety of training, ranging from pad work, traditional forms and of course sparring. All of which is conducted in a safe environment and run by Mr. M. Ward who holds a 3rd Dan Black belt and is a fully insured Martial Arts instructor with over 25 years’ experience in the sport.
We have entered both regional and national competitions and have gained medals at these. Most notably was Harrison Quinn who took a Silver Medal at the World Kickboxing Council’s Open Championship in Manchester in 2015. Harrison then went onto represent England at the World Championships in Portugal in August of that Year.
One particular highlight has been a training session run by Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze medallist Bianca Walkden. The session was incredibly useful and gave the students an insight into the level required to be an Olympian.
King's is a member of the Cobra Martial Arts Association (CMAA), which is a national supporting body allowing us to break from the rigid and limiting syllabus that was imposed on us. Furthermore, Mr Ward is now on a National Register of Black Belts and students have a more robust and nationally recognised martial arts licence.
We are also grateful to the Friends of King’s Association for their kind donation, which allowed us to purchase useful training equipment including chest protectors for sparring and focus pads for kicking.