History of Northern Taekwondo
On a Sunday evening in October 1992, nineteen year old Lee Heyes welcomed nine students to his first club opened at a local church hall in Hambleton over-wyre. Over the years, this village club has accommodated many students and to date has successfully nurtured several Instructors and Black Belts.
November 1995 saw a handful of students arrive to join a new club started by Lee at the Penwortham Leisure Centre. Lee's training methods soon became very popular, attracting members from all over the Preston area and two and a half years later in April 1998, the Penwortham club proudly announced its first Black Belt
Kirkham appeared on the map in July 1999, Penwortham. In November 1999 the clubs owned and instructed by Lee Heyes amalgamated to form 'Northern Taekwondo'.
Since then Northern Taekwondo has expanded further opening clubs in Blackpool, Thornton and proving that Lee's (and his instructors) teaching methods continue to be as enjoyable and popular as ever. Northern Taekwondo also runs after school/ Breakfast clubs Taekwondo clubs in several schools in Blackpool. Northern Taekwondo now also specialises in breakfast club and after school classes. We teach in over 10 schools throughout the North West.
In addition to first class tuition, regular Kup (coloured belt) Gradings and (Black Belt) Gradings, Northern Taekwondo is able to provide access to a wide range of fighting and traditional technique competitions. As well as Referees courses and Master Seminars and is able to obtain Kukkiwon certification for Black belt gradings. Northern Taekwondo is now a full independent member of the BTC which is recognised by Sports England as the National Governing Body for Taekwondo in Great Britain.