We follow a set grading structure that allows steady progression through the art up to black belt level and beyond.
The club was originally started by Mr Garry Bradford, 5th Degree instructor. He trained for 19 years under Master Victor Leighton 8th Degree of the International Taekwon-Do organisation. Mr Bradford has been a grading examiner for a number of years and has also refereed in national competitions, having being trained in ITF competition rules. In 2017 Mr Bradford handed over day to day running of the club to Mr Jamie Cameron.
Jamie Cameron is a 3rd Degree instructor who has been training with Mr Bradford since 2003.
Instructors have indemnity insurance and are checked to enhanced disclosure level through the DBS (formally CRB).
We are a not-for-profit club and try as much as possible to keep training costs to a minimum. Family groups are encouraged to attend.
Our current fees can be seen here.
We collect payment monthly, in advance, via bank transfer. We ask students to commit to pay for the full month. This helps us manage the class size cost effectively, and regular attendance is essential to making progress. If you notify us of planned holidays we will not charge for those sessions.
Sparring equipment is essential for protection when you start sparring. Students are permitted to spar after successfully passing their first grading. See our equipment list for more information.
We strongly recommend purchasing gear from Academy Sports in Derby. When you visit Academy Sports please let them know you are attending Littleover Taekwon-Do so they know to provide the appropriate gear. We don’t receive any commission. If sparring kit is purchased from elsewhere we can’t guarantee it will be acceptable for use within LTKD. Please check with us first.
Doboks (the white suits we train in) are ordered via your instructor.
If you would like to join our club please print off and complete our Registration Form.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer a free trial lesson?
Yes we do. Please contact us first though to ensure we have capacity and we can book a mutually convenient date for your trial lesson.
What do I need to bring with me to a class?
To your first class please bring a bottle of water to drink during the session, as you can get hot and sweaty when running round. (Only water or squash please…No fizzy pop).
What do I wear?
For your first few lessons, you can wear jogging bottoms and a t-shirt (something easy to move in) with bare feet. After you have been for a few lessons and decide to continue attending you will need to purchase a dobok which should be worn every lesson with a belt.
Please note that no jewellery of any kind is permitted to be worn during training. If you have jewellery that can’t be removed it must be completely wrapped up.
What age do you have to be to start?
We take students from 8 years old up to any age. All we ask is that you are physically capable and able to concentrate. You do not have to be super fit to join, but you will get fitter if you do. (Mums and Dads have no excuse!)
How long does it take to gain a Black Belt?
It takes a minimum of three years to attain Black Belt and this is if you attend training on a regular basis and show a commitment to the martial art. Typically most students who get to Black Belt level take around four years.
Note the above is based on training at least twice a week. LTKD currently only runs a class once a week, so it will take longer unless students also train elsewhere. Please discuss this with us first though so we can advise.
How physical is the martial art?
Taekwon-Do is a contact art and is therefore quite physical however self-control is a big part of what we teach. A reasonable level of fitness is required to progress through the grades. Please bear in mind that although very rare, sometimes injuries can occur.
Is Taekwon-Do for me?
The only way to know this is to come and have a go but please accept that I will be honest and if I do not think it is for you we will tell you.