Meet the Instructors
Master Thomas (5th Dan)Master Thomas started training in martial arts aged 18 and over the years has studied various arts, including Wado ryu, Aikido and Tae kwon Do before settling on Tang Soo Do. He began his Tang Soo Do training with Master Barrie Tomkins when he started a class in Kettering (Master Tomkins was a 1st Dan at this time). Master Thomas was awarded his 1st Dan by Grandmaster Lee Kang UK of the International Tang Soo Do Federation. He then moved with Master Tomkins to the Traditional Tang Soo Do Association with Master Kumar when Master Kumar formed that association. Master Thomas was awarded both his 2nd and 3rd Dan by Master Kumar.
As a 3rd Dan, Master Thomas formed Kettering Tang Soo Do Association. Kettering Tang Soo Do then became a member of The World Dang (Tang) So Do Union, with Master Thomas becoming their UK representative. Master Thomas was awarded both his 4th and 5th Dan and master instructor's certificate by Grandmaster Song Ki Kim Of the World Dang Soo Do Union.
Master Thomas also qualified as a control and restraint instructor under the Home Office. Over the years master Thomas has been privileged to train with many talented and outstanding martial artists, both in Tang Soo Do and other styles.
Mr Latham (2nd Dan)Mr Latham always wanted to learn a martial art but admitted that he was either too busy or too nervous to do anything about it. Then in 2007 he saw a poster in a shop's changing room and spoke to the manager. The manager was Jambie, our sadly departed friend, who explained the art and talked about the friendly but focused club. Mr Latham went along to a training session and his Tang Soo Do journey had begun. He was awarded his 2nd degree Black Belt by Grandmaster Song Ki Kim of the World Dang Soo Do union in October 2015 in Tucson, Arizona.
Mr Latham believes that Tang Soo Do has taught him much more than a few kicks, blocks and punches. Like many people, he has a fairly stressful job and he passionately believes that the traditional martial art of Tang Soo Do helps him to face the day to day issues, deal with them and then recover afterwards. On tough days, the discipline of attending and participating in formal classes is preferable to sitting on the sofa watching TV.
Mr Webb-Cornell (2nd Dan)Kettering Tang Soo Do association is a small yet complete club in so many ways. I have been a member for a number of years now. I first trained with another Tang Soo Do club for about 9 years, but due to a change of circumstances I stopped about 15 years ago.
In the time I have been with the club, after a lot of hard work, time and determination I was awarded my 2nd Dan by Grandmaster Song Ki Kim of the World Dang Soo Do union in October 2015 in Tucson, Arizona. I am teaching at the Saturday morning class in Kettering.