We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be restarting taekwondo classes on Wednesday 2nd September!
Classes will look very different from before the pandemic, so please read the updated Implementation Plan so that you know what to expect. Some of the main changes include:
Maximum of 8 students per class
All activities will be non-contact and students will be distanced by 2 metres
Classes must be booked and paid for online (first come, first served)
Class fees will increase to £4.00 per hour
No parents/guardians or spectators may enter the building (unfortunately, the back room will be unavailable)
The Saturday class timetable will change to include a Junior class, Senior class, Red & Black Belt class, and an hour-long online session
Coaches will carry out thorough cleaning of training areas and corridors/surfaces. Hand sanitiser will be available for students’ use on entry/exit
No new students accepted until further notice.
We realise that some of these measures are not ideal, but we hope you’ll understand that it’s the best we can do at the moment. We’ll keep government guidance under review, and let you know if we’re able to ease any of the restrictions.
Classes will be available to book online in the next few weeks. Students will be sent an email alert once bookings are open. We’ll also check for expired licences and get in touch with you if you need to renew (your licence should be valid before you book a class).
We look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks’ time (we still have certificates and belts for those who did the grading way back in March!). In the meantime, try to work on your fitness and go over your patterns; it will make the shock of returning to training a little easier! 🙂
You can also continue to join us on Saturday mornings throughout August for our free Zoom sessions (check your email for details!).
Please get in touch if you have any questions. See you soon!
We are currently working on a confirmed reopening date for our classes. In the meantime, please read our COVID-19 policies, so that you know what to expect when we return. Classes will be very different from before, and we hope you’ll understand that these measures are necessary for us to comply with public health and government guidance, and to ensure a safe environment for everyone.
If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch.
You may be aware that the latest government guidance indicates that we should be able to return to training at the end of July (hooray!).
We’re currently working our way through a LONG list of measures that we need to put in place before training can resume safely, so please bear with us. Classes are likely to be quite different from how they were previously, with physical distancing between students and limited class sizes. Once we have a confirmed reopening date and new COVID- related policies in place, we’ll let you know.
In the meantime, carry on kicking with us at 11:00am each Saturday for your FREE Zoom training session! Check your email for details.
Keep your legs strong, flexible and ready to kick with this little home workout! 💪 Be sure to send us a photo or video so we can see how you’re getting on with it!
Instructions: 🔹 10 x front rising kicks with each leg 🔹 10 x crescent kicks with each leg 🔹 10 x side rising kicks with each leg 🔹 20 x burpees 🔹 20 x sidestep squats (get low!) 🔹 20 x lunges (10 each leg) 🔹 20 x forward-backward-kick lunges (10 each leg) 🔹 10 x jumping squats 🔹 20 x squat thrusts Then have a good stretch, holding each one for at least 10 seconds.
How are you all getting on with taekwondo training at home? We want to see your training pictures & videos!
Try to stick to a routine and do some training on the days that you would normally come to class. That way, it won’t be such hard work once things get back to normal!
We’ve posted a home workout on our Youtube channel for you to try (has anyone done it yet?!). We’ve also posted some patterns videos, so that you can get a head start on your new patterns and stay on top of your old ones 🙂
It’s important to keep up with your fitness and flexibility, so here’s a little workout for you to do at home! 💪 Be sure to send us a photo or video so we can see how you’re getting on with it!
Instructions: Please warm up first to avoid injury! You can do this by jogging on the spot, stretching and going through the list of exercises and doing maybe six of each (do more if you feel like you need to). 🔹 20 x press ups 🔹 20 x sit ups 🔹 20 x squat thrusts 🔹 40 x lunges (20 each leg) REPEAT 3 TIMES! Then have a good stretch, holding each one for at least 10 seconds.
wanted to update you on what’s happening with the club in light of the coronavirus
Currently, classes are still running;
although we are monitoring government and public health advice on a daily
basis. If there is any change in official advice that requires us to suspend
classes, then we will communicate this to you as soon as possible. If schools
are ordered to close, then our classes will be suspended.
If you have an underlying health condition, or if you’re close to someone who is considered high-risk, then please follow official guidance to look after yourself and others. If there are any students who prefer not to attend training during these uncertain times, this is entirely your personal choice, and we will completely understand and respect your decision.
If you are planning on attending classes, we ask that you take the following precautions:
Check our website and/or social media pages beforehand, just in case we have to make any last minute class cancellations based on the rapidly changing government advice.
If you have even mild symptoms, or if you’re in close contact with someone who may have symptoms of COVID-19, please protect your fellow students by staying home. Official guidance on symptoms and what to do can be found here.
Please wash your hands thoroughly before and after class, and even during the class if necessary. We have soap and water on site, and you’re welcome to bring hand sanitiser if you wish.
Please avoid unnecessary physical contact with one another (eg shaking hands).
We will be
making an effort to limit activities that require physical contact between
students (such as self defence drills) and to focus on other areas of training.
We will also be doing our best to keep equipment clean and to restrict sharing
of equipment such as focus pads and sparring gear.
We’re absolutely delighted with our club’s success at the 2020 City of Liverpool Sports & Physical Activity Awards! The awards were presented on 9th March in a ceremony held at Liverpool Hope University, hosted by the Liverpool Sports Forum.
We’re proud to announce that our club had not one but THREE winners! An amazing achievement considering the high quality of all the shortlisted nominees.
Huge congratulations to: ⭐ Connor Murphy – winner, Young Volunteer of the Year ⭐ Callum Edwards – winner, Young Athlete Sports Bursary ⭐ Chris Davies – winner, Coach of the Year.
In order to give them the credit that they deserve, here are the full details of the nominations that we put forward. Well done, guys!
Connor Murphy – Young Volunteer of the Year
Connor is a 15-year-old
student and junior coach at North West Spirit Taekwondo Club. He volunteers his
free time several evenings per week and at weekends to help teach junior
students and beginners. He is enthusiastic about passing on his knowledge to
other students and helping them to achieve their own taekwondo goals. He has a
great rapport with students of all ages, and shows a huge amount of patience
with the young beginners, who can require a lot of one-on-one instruction. He
is firm but fair, and always friendly.
Since taking on the role of
junior coach, Connor’s confidence has grown noticeably. When he works in a
group with other junior coaches at the club, he can usually be heard taking
charge, coordinating the others and giving instructions to the students in a
clear, authoritative voice. This is a huge change from the shy boy who began
training with us years ago.
Connor also assists at the
club’s belt examinations: he helps students go through their techniques
beforehand; volunteers to be a sparring partner in the exam if needed; and also
helps with coordinating the administration side. This helps take the pressure
off everyone, from examiners to instructors to students, so is very much
As well as dedicating his
free time to volunteering at the club, Connor also likes to help coach the
club’s competitors at various tournaments across the country. He is a regular
competitor himself, so students respect his advice and encouragement. He also
helps with running the events, often volunteering to assist with timekeeping
Connor’s assistance in coaching at the club is a huge help to the instructors and students. When classes are busy, and especially when some of the senior instructors are on holiday, Connor’s help with coaching is absolutely essential to keeping things running smoothly. He has a hardworking attitude and is always good-humoured. He is a talented, patient coach who is able to work well with students of all ages. Connor’s commitment to volunteering is all the more remarkable as it has not impacted his dedication to his own taekwondo training. In fact, Connor has worked even harder in 2019, stepping up his training to become a serious competitor in the black belt division. In November, he trained hard for the World Taekwondo Championships in Scotland, earning a hard-fought silver medal in sparring as well as a gold medal in team sparring. Since then, he has set his sights high and started to attend national squad training, where he hopes to improve his fitness and fight skills, as well as having the chance to be selected for the England team.
Callum Edwards – nominated for Young Athlete of the Year; winner of £250 Sports Bursary
Callum is a dedicated, 15-year-old taekwondo student at
North West Spirit Taekwondo Club. He trains several times per week and always
puts 100% effort into every session. As a national squad member, he also
regularly travels around the country to train with the England team. He loves
all aspects of taekwondo, and his passion and determination have driven him to
Callum is among the top competitors nationally for his
category and in 2019, he took part in 8
tournaments and won 18 medals, 15 of which were gold. His tournament titles in
the last year include North West Champion, English Champion, British Champion,
UK Champion and World Champion.
His impressive sparring skills have become well-known on the
tournament circuit, and in January 2020 he was awarded two Black Belt
Competitor of the Year trophies by Global Taekwondo International, as he had
been ranked first in both patterns and sparring categories for their 2018-19
tournament season. At his club’s annual Student Awards ceremony, Callum has
received the award for Best Junior Male Competitor for the last eight years running.
In 2019, Callum trained hard
for the World Taekwondo Championships, held in Scotland in November. He was in
a division of skilled young fighters, but his determined and skilful sparring
made him stand out above them all, and he was awarded the World title. Despite
being exhausted, he went on to compete in the team sparring event, where he
pushed himself to battle through several more rounds, eventually earning yet
another gold medal.
Although he can be a fearsome opponent in the ring, Callum
is also known for his sportsmanship and self-control. He can be a fierce
fighter when he needs to be, but he can also be controlled and respectful when
he knows his opponent requires a gentler approach (such as when he’s against
less experienced or less confident fighters).
As well as being dedicated to his own training, Callum also
volunteers as a junior coach at his taekwondo club for several hours per week.
His fellow students (both young and old) look up to him, and he often helps to
teach the younger, more inexperienced students and helps them to gain
confidence in their techniques. He also gives up his time to volunteer at local
belt gradings and national tournaments to assist with running the events.
In June 2019, Callum took part in a sponsored taekwondo
charity event, the ‘100 Rounds of Sparring,’ where he and his teammates completed
100 back-to-back rounds of sparring to raise £625 for Alder Hey Children’s
Callum is a dedicated student, whose talent and attitude is much admired by his fellow students, coaches and the wider taekwondo community.
Chris Davies – Coach of the Year
Chris is the Chief Instructor
at Liverpool’s North West Spirit Taekwondo Club. The club turned 12 years old
in 2019, and enjoyed one its most successful years.
In 2019, Chris coached many
students to success at both belt gradings and tournaments. His students
achieved 139 trophies and medals at local, national and international
tournaments. The biggest of these was the World Taekwondo Championships in
Scotland in November, where every one of his students won a medal, including
eleven World titles – ten of which were won by students aged under 16 years.
Before the World
Championships, Chris organised fundraising events, including a raffle and a sponsored
taekwondo ‘kick-a-thon’, which raised money to help each student with entry
fees, travel and accommodation. In June 2019, he took part in a sponsored
taekwondo charity event, the ‘100 Rounds of Sparring,’ where he and his
students completed 100 back-to-back rounds of sparring and raised £625 for
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Chris encourages all his
students to attend national squad training, where they can improve their
fitness and fight skills, and potentially be selected to represent their
country at international competitions. He has already had eight students
selected over the years, and in 2019 he added another student to the list,
selected to represent England at just nine years old.
Chris has continued to run
the club’s Junior Coach programme in 2019, giving a few trusted students extra
responsibility and the title of ‘Junior Coach’ in return for free training.
This gives the students a confidence boost and helps them to develop their
coaching skills under Chris’s guidance, as well as providing more coaching
staff for the students.
Chris is always looking for
new ideas and he researches drills and techniques on YouTube and Instagram to
keep his classes fun, interesting and challenging. In 2019, he attended a
Taekwondo Instructor’s Day, where instructors from around the country trained
together and learned from one another, benefiting from new ideas to take back
to their students.
Chris regularly travels
across the country to support his fighters at various events throughout the
year. Chris enjoys coaching, as well as volunteering to referee at national
tournaments. He helped to run a Referees Course in 2019, passing on his
knowledge to other taekwondo practitioners and encouraging them to get
Chris is passionate about
keeping taekwondo affordable and inclusive, so class fees have been kept at the
same low price since his club opened in 2007. This, plus a free trial lesson
for beginners, continues to encourage participation, and keeps classes
affordable for those with low incomes and for families with several members taking
Chris enjoys teaching both junior and senior students,
mixing high standards of performance with discipline, love of the sport and a
fun attitude. He has a great rapport with students of all ages and loves
helping students improve and reach their potential. He takes huge satisfaction from seeing his
students’ confidence grow, and by helping them persevere to achieve their