Master Russ Martin, 6th Dan Instructor
Master Russ Martin is a sixth Dan black belt with the Tae Kwon-do Association of Great Britain. He has been a full time professional instructor in Bristol for 27 years.
Mr Martin is a fully qualified instructor with the T.A.G.B. and a qualified coach with the National Coaching Federation, whose qualifications are recognised by the Sports Council of Great Britain.
For a three year period, he was the competition coach for the Bristol Academy of Tae Kwon-do during which time they won the English Championships each year. Also, on many of their visits to compete in Great Britain, he has coached the South African International squad.
To date, he has taught over a hundred and thirty men, women and children to black belt level and a few beyond.
In recent years Mr Martin has specialised in ‘Applied TaeKwon-Do’, which is the practical application of TaeKwon-Do techniques for real life self-defence. He has a reputation as being the man to ask when you want to know applications for any of the TaeKwon-Do techniques!
His favourite colour is green. He likes large motorcycles. Black ones.
Ms Emma Lloyd, 3rd Dan Instructor
Emma came to our clubs as a black belt in Shotokan Karate – even so she started again with us as a white belt, she is a fully qualified instructor, and has recently been promoted to Third Dan. She often assists within the Bristol South clubs; occassionally teaching whole classes to cover for Mr Martin. Emma can often be seen either officiating or competing at both local and national TAGB events – often bringing home medals for the club!
Mr Luke Parker, 2nd Dan Instructor
Luke is a 2nd Dan black belt and fully qualified instructor. He has been assisting teaching the children’s classes and helping with adult beginners in Southville for some time. He is an enthusiastic coach and a good and clear communicator.
Mr Mike Chapman, 2nd Dan Instructor
Mike is a 2nd Dan black belt and a fully qualified instructor. He has been a black belt since 2009 and started assisting before then! He is a highly valued member of our instructing team. Mike generally teaches in the Bradley Stoke club (although he often trains at the Southville club too).
Mrs Diana Weare, 2nd Dan Instructor
Di is a 2nd Dan black belt and fully qualified instructor. Whilst Di may have only recently qualified as a TaeKwon-Do instructor, she had previously been a trampolining instructor and a swimming coach – and her experience at passing on knowledge to our students is proving invaluable. Di generally teaches at the Southville and Bradley Stoke clubs. Di’s son Charlie is also a black belt at the club.
Mrs Rachel Styles, 1st Dan Instructor
Rachel is a 1st Dan black belt and fully qualified instructor. Rachel generally teaches at the Bradley Stoke club. Rachel’s son Robert also trains at the club.
Mrs Sam Parker, 2nd Dan
Sam is a recently promoted 2nd Dan black belt who often assists at the Southville club – she also happens to be married to Luke Parker, another instructor at the club!
Mr Craig Noble, 2nd Dan
Craig Noble is a 2nd Dan black belt and often assists at the Hengrove club. Craig is especially good at teaching the youngsters at the club – they seem to understand his Bristolian better than I do!
Mrs Lily Hutchinson, 1st Dan
Lily is a 1st Dan black belt who trains and assists at all three clubs! Known by many names, she is a fearsome warrior who has brought back many medals and trophies from tournaments both local and national! Lily is very dear to all of our hearts…
Miss Lauren Macauley 1st Kup
Lauren Macauley (AKA Legs MacTally for obvious reasons!) is a 1st Kup red belt. Lauren trains and assists mainly at the Southville club. We are very much looking forward to seeing her tie a black belt around her waist! Lauren is an awesome competitor – she is the current reigning world champion at light heavyweight sparring, and she has medals and trophies from just about every TAGB competition, both local and national, over the past three years! Definitely one to watch…