Master Jim Hogan - 8th Degree
Master Jim Hogan (8th Degree) - Chief Instructor and Examinor ~ Hogan's Institure of Taekwon-Do
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 with Mr Home.
Mr James Home - 5th Degree
Mr James Home (5th Degree) - Instructor and Examiner
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 Andy Taylor - 4th Degree
I have been training and various martial arts for over 25 years, and Tae Kwon-Do for over 15 years and hold a 4th Degree Black Belt in ITF Taekwon-Do. I have over a decade of experience in the security industry, working as a door supervisor in a variety of clubs during the 1980’s and 90’s.
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 have achieved a 4th Degree 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
There I was, at the age of 41 and a half daydreaming about not being the Pillsbury doughboy, on my way to an uninspiring session at the gym and I was intrigued to see that a new class had started up in the studio. A 10 week class at the gym to attract new recruits to Tae Kwon Do.
I had never heard about Tae Kwon Do; I had heard of many others but I knew nothing about this Korean martial Art.
'Give it a go' I thought to myself and found myself drawn in from the beginning, despite getting punched in the face by an equally green member from the gym who had come along to try.
Nothing's changed, I still get punched in the face, but I have graduated to 3rd Dan black belt.
The point about my abiding interest in TKD is an unremarkable upbringing
- Never had a fight since junior school
- Never bullied in my life
- Relatively fit but never motivated to do more than necessary
However, and these are the most important aspects of my 10 year association with TKD
- I lacked confidence
- I was inexperienced in social situations
- I was unsettled in most environments
Since beginning I have realised what a difference training has made. I have no problem with challenging situations, I am more relaxed in any environment than at any time previously, I enjoy meeting a challenge and most importantly I love passing on this experience to anyone who will listen.
Mrs Lenka Kruse - 1st Degree
I started Taekwondo in 2008. Initially my children did judo which started my interest in martial arts. After looking at a few options, I wanted to try TKD, I was hooked right after the first lesson.
My initial interest was driven by the fact that the physical and technical demands of TKD were a great way to get a break from my daily routine. I was challenged with learning new movements and understanding the underlying theory of martial arts, and saw my fitness improving quickly. Along the way I realised that there is so much more than just learning new skills or improving my fitness. I also explored many aspects of TKD including more self defence and also representing my club at competitions. I learned a lot about myself, getting a closer look at my strengths and weaknesses.
While there is always something to learn about TKD, I also enjoy sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm in such a great club with good friends and a wonderful atmosphere.