Master Jim Hogan - 8th Degree
Master Jim Hogan dominated the UK tournament scene in the 1980's, winning numerous national titles in all disciplines (sparring, patterns and destruction). In 1984 he won a European title in sparring and then in 1990, after overcoming a serious knee injury, he won the prestigious Masters Cup in Stockholm.
A highly sought after teacher and coach since the early 1980s, Master Hogan has run numerous schools in the UK where he has coached many UK, European and World champions.
Master Hogan holds the rank of 8th degree black belt, gives special seminars in the UK and abroad and runs his own Taekwon-Do Association. Hogan's Institute of Taekwon-Do, with clubs in London and Surbiton, Surrey where he continues to train and teach.
Master Hogan has authored a number of highly sucessful books and applications with Mr Home.
Mr James Home - 5th Degree
I have had a life long interest in martial arts starting on my school Judo team before taking up Taekwon-Do in the 70s. I then trained a little in Lau Gar Kung Fu and in Shotokan Karate for some years before returning to Taekwon-Do, in which I now hold a 5th degree black belt.
In addition to training and teaching, I have, in collaboration with Master Hogan, written three books on Taekwon-Do and I am currently producing a series of apps for Taekwon-Do and related martial arts training.
All very interesting, but my passion remains, as always, training hard with good people.
Mr Colin Salmon - 4th Degree
A former competitive body builder and life long fitness fanatic, Colin has also studied Ti Chi Chung and Wing Chun and has a extensive training and knowledge of Self Defence.
Mr Salmon opened the Chigwell School of Tae Kwon Do in 2005 and is extremely proud of his students achievements and dedication. ‘For me there is nothing more satisfying than seeing people grow and develop under your guidance, that’s why I did this’.
Mr John Vernazza - 4th Degree
The bug has not worn off I still love to train myself and to coach others.
Theres still so much to learn, so I will try to improve and hopefully keep advancing.
Mr Samuel Brown - 4th Degree
I was a member of the England Taekwon-Do team and recently competed in the 1st Senior World Championships in South Korea July 2010. I won a gold medal and was crowned World Champion in the Senior Heavy-Weight sparring division.
I have previously competed in the 2006 European and the 2007 World Taekwon-Do Championships and have won numerous local and National Titles in Patterns and Sparring.
The most amazing thing about Taekwon-Do is that I love training and I am always feel that the learning process is never over and I still feel like a beginner with a lot of room for improvement. may the journey continue.
Mr Andy Taylor - 4th Degree
I’ve won a number of national competitions, winning patterns, destruction and sparring when I was actively competing in Taekwon-Do tournaments, as well as sparring (semi contact/light continuous) in Freestyle competitions.
Martial arts has given me confidence, discipline and focus, all of which are life skills that apply to all areas of life.
Taekwon-Do has given me so much, my wife and I decided to open our own school to allow us to give back what we learnt and continue to learn. We strive to continue to teach traditional Taekwon-Do keeping a high standard whilst also maintaining a family orientated environment.
All of our instructors continue to be taught under Master Hogan as we feel it is critical to continue to learn and improve if one has taken the commitment and responsibility to teach others.
Taekwon-Do has become an integral part of my life, something I hope will never change!
Mrs Jackie Taylor - 4th Degree
Taekwon-Do has been a part of my life now for over 15 years. I was hooked from the very first session and even though i was not a natural i reached my Black Belt at the age of 35 years. Now at the grand age of 44 i am approaching my 4th Dan Black Belt. Gradings are always a challenge but i believe we should strive to challenge ourselves and experience pressure to make us stronger.
At Blue belt i began assisting my instructor in teaching the class and by Red belt i was teaching my own classes under our club name. I have always enjoyed teaching as its a way to inspire young and old and hopefully leave some kind of legacy behind me. I am very passionate about the benefits Taekwon-Do has given me which include self confidence, flexibility, self defence, as well as the health benefits of a regular exercise regime.
After meeting my husband, also from a Martial Arts background, we decided to open a school of our own to bring to the wider community the benefits of the sport. We have been running the school for over 4 years now and we are very proud of how the school has progressed. We are unique in that our school is very family orientated, seeing many parents and children training together as a family. With busy lives and work schedules family time has become rare. Through Taekwon-Do we have brought many families together with a shared passion.
Mr Ian Smith - 3rd Degree
- Never had a fight since junior school
- Never bullied in my life
- Relatively fit but never motivated to do more than necessary
- I lacked confidence
- I was inexperienced in social situations
- I was unsettled in most environments
Mrs Lenka Kruse - 1st Degree
While there is always something to learn about Taekwon-Do, I also enjoy sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm in such a great club with good friends and a wonderful atmosphere.