30th March – Took part in my first ever taekwondo class. It was at Great Sankey Forum in Warrington with Grandmaster Shin (Mr Shin at the time!). I was 18.
Grandmaster Shin had started a class at Norton Recreation Centre in Runcorn. I took over as instructor in the summer of ’82, I was a 2nd kup red belt at the time. When I took my 1st kup black tag grading later that year in Manchester, I had six of my own students taking their first grading.
Central celebrated its 26th birthday with a mass training session on 28th November 2019.
On Saturday 11th May Central Academy hosted a fantastic seminar with the President of British Taekwondo and Olympic medalist Sarah Stevenson MBE and GB Taekwondo Olympic Team Coach Steve Jennings.
The 15 strong squad for the World Championships has been announced and we are proud to say that two of the 15 players are from Central Academy. Jordyn Smith -46kg and Hassan Haider -58kg, will both compete on the first day - 15th May 2019. Everyone at Central is very proud of our two full time athletes and wish them every luck in their quest to be Senior World Champions!
Neve Hogg, 14 from Larbert, has made an incredible start to the year and is following in Jordyn’s footsteps. She travelled to Ljubljana for the Slovenia Open, where she was representing the GB Development Squad. It was a fantastic event for Neve!