Junior students

I like helping out and setting up before the class and learning new moves. I really like getting a new belt and playing the games that we do!

Sam Barratt, age 7, May 2019

I started TKD because I was immature and little self control. TKD has made me more disciplined and has also improved my flexibility. I enjoy it very much and would encourage others to give it a go!

Paul Greasley, Age 11, May 2019

The first time I tried TKD was when Mr Shillabeer came to my school to teach us. We played lots of games and I really enjoyed it, so we decided to join the club and have looked forward to the lessons ever since. I have learned a lot more since joining and I am currently practicing to take part in my first ever grading. My favourite moves are blocks and punches. I feel very proud of myself every time I learn something new and have lots of fun doing it! Mr Shillabeer is a kind and patient teacher and I would definitely recommend joining the club!

Oliver Varley, age 8, May 2019

I joined DS TKD because it made me feel like I could escape from the real world. Now I have more confidence and feel like I can just be myself instead of having to impress everyone around me. Mr Shillabeer is very helpful and supports us a lot. I’d say if you are thinking about giving it a go just do it because I love going every lesson and I’m sure you will too!

Jess Saunderson, age 12, May 2019

I think DS Taekwondo is good because it combines discipline and fun and teaches me self control.

Matthew Belk, age 10, May 2019

I like TKD because it could save my life by defending myself from bad people. I started because I wanted to make new friends. I want to achieve a black belt. I think TKD is good for children of all ages!

Joshua Lee, age 9March 2018

I like TKD because you have fun while learning new moves and self defence skills. I started because if you get attacked you can do your moves and stay safe. You learn new moves at each belt and I am trying to learn ‘straight finger tip thrust’ which is hard. I would say to other people they should come and try it because its great fun and learn self-defence.

Tille France, age 8March 2018

I like that taekwondo can teach you to defend yourself. I started because It looked good when I tired it at ARCHIE Camp. I would like to get my black belt. I have also made some nice friends. I really enjoy doing Taekwondo!

Jacob Firth, age 8March 2018

I love TKD because when we learn and practice our moves we do it in a fun way. I started because Mr Shillabeer came to our primary school and a load of my friends joined I tried it too. I have learnt lots of things like how to be safe and how to defend myself. I would like to earn a black belt and higher! The club is really good and I recommend the club to other people as its useful if anyone attacks you and the achievement you feel when you get a new belt is great and you feel proud. I like the fact it makes me stronger and fitter.

Thomas France, age 11March 2018

I really enjoy Taekwondo and the reason I started was so I could learn to defend myself. Plus it is good fun and I could help others to defend themselves. I’ve also made new friends!

Maddie Thompson, age 9March 2018

Khalid Ali, 14

I first started TKD when I was 10 when a leaflet came through the door and my brother wanted me to go with him. From Taekwondo I have learnt to always be courteous and to persevere as the tenets of TKD encourage you to do. My favourite parts are patterns, sparring, gradings and competitions. After 4 years of training I achieved my black belt and now I want to work towards becoming an instructor. Its worth doing TKD because you meet new friends, you learn how to defend yourself and you get fit too. I really like Taekwondo and I want to keep doing it as long as I can!

Archie Twigg, 10

Taekwondo has been my favourite hobby for the last 9 months. The main reason I joined was because I was getting bullied at school. I think Taekwondo has improved lots of things for me, like self control and focus. It is very good for getting fit and making new friends.


Joshua Sutton-Sprenz, 6

One of my friends was already doing Taekwondo so I wanted to give it a try. I was a bit nervous before my first lesson but really enjoyed it! I am hoping to get my black belt one day so I am working hard. Taekwondo is cool and good fun. You might be a bit scared before your first lesson, but once you are doing it, its great!

Samuel Lee, 14

After getting my Black belt I felt a lot more confident in than I ever have before. DS Taekwondo gave me the opportunity to make new friends, and it also keeps you healthy.



Zane Polin, 7

I wanted to join a Taekwondo club because I had a friend who did it who said that it was good. I also wanted to do different exercises to what I already do and I wanted to gain higher belts. DS Taekwondo is fun and friendly. After my first lesson I wanted to join. I enjoy doing pattern work and games at the end of the lessons, also I’ve made lots of new friends. My fitness has got better since being at TKD and I feel happy and proud because I’ve passed my first grading and got a new belt. In the future I would like to enter competitions and get higher belts. I would say to anybody thinking about joining, come and do it! It’s great!

Connie Morris, 4

I like Taekwondo it makes you feel happy and the exercise is fun and makes you stronger. I’m really proud of myself because I can remember my patterns. You should try it because it is really good.


Daisy Morris, 6

After my first few lessons I felt happy because I had been exercising. I started because I liked learning the new moves and theory. I think its helped me because I can use it for self defence or to help my little sister. We have learnt how to deal with bullies without having to use Taekwondo too.


Matthew Bergmann, 7

I wanted to start because it looked good. I wanted to try and get belts in Taekwondo. I really like the games we do.



Jensen Harrison, 6

I like patterns and fun warm ups and games at the end is my favourite part!



Ali Asker, 11

I love Taekwondo!




Asa Gudmundsdottir, 13

I enjoy Taekwondo because it’s fun, a good workout and you meet lots of new friends!



Anna Stieberova, 8

I like Taekwondo because you learn how to defend yourself



Megan Lewis, 12

I think Taekwondo is really fun to learn. It makes you stronger and and is very useful for self defence.



Ella Stenton, 11

It’s a really fun thing to do and I have learned loads!




James Fawcett, 13

I started Taekwondo because my dad used to do it and he suggested I tried it.

After the first few lessons I loved it and carried on!


Cameron and Saskia Sime, 9 and 12

We like Taekwondo because it is an interesting martial art and you learn how to defend yourself



Corey Tillock, 13

I started Taekwondo because I saw a demonstration at my school and I though it looked good. I’ve now been training a year and a half, I’m current World Champion and it’s still really good!