Our club is based at Redbridge Community School, Southampton. We are looking to expand to other venues in the area and will keep you updated as the club develops. You will then be able to train at any or all of the sessions included in your monthly enrollment fee.
I'm Richard Monkcom and I have been training in the art of Tae Kwon-Do for the past 18 years. I am a third degree Black Belt, qualified TAGB umpire, referee, first aid qualified and enhanced DBS checked. I have looked into other martial arts but always came to the same decision that TKD has everything and is without doubt the martial art for all - young and not so young, men and women and in fact all the family.
Our classes will not just teach you self defence, but how to apply the values of TKD to your everyday life. Each session is varied and allows all ability levels to practice together. We focus on keeping fit with warm up and cool down exercises, whilst the core elements of the classes include line work & patterns (learning sequences of moves), light contact sparring, games and you will even learn some of the Korean language that we use in class.
We will prepare you for gradings so that you can move up through the levels and be awarded new belts on a regular basis. The more you train, the more successful you will be. Each level comes with new patterns and moves that will improve your muscle memory and self defence skills. When you achieve a high level of excellence, you will be allowed to practice breaking where we use small sheets of wood.
My aim is to make you competent in a self defence situation and to recognise the signs of a potential threat. If there is no way of avoiding the threat, to teach you how best to defend yourself from an array of attacks including weapons.
Following your 2 free beginner sessions, when you join us you will be provided with a TAGB uniform, your white belt, a license to practice the Martial Art and a guide book that has all the information about the patterns, moves, terminology and values of TKD.
I have been training for over 18 years and teaching for over 16 years, starting with helping out in class and later taking full classes of all ages and levels of ability. Giving back the knowledge I have acquired so far is my goal and to continue to learn and progress for my own self improvement. My mission is to make you the best martial artist and practitioner of self defence that you can be.