Meet Your Instructors

David Fairley - Owner & Senior Instructor

David is a 4th degree black belt in ITF Taekwon-do. He began training in February 2005 and has been running clubs since March 2014. Over the years, David has competed across the UK with honours including winning the English Championships. David still trains and competes with the fight squad. He has a degree in BSc | Sports Coaching and has a background in coaching other sports. David runs the advanced and adult Taekwon-do classes, along with the day-to-day of the club and co-owns TSX Martial Arts. 

Lauren Hughes - Ninja Cubs & Junior Instructor

Lauren heads up the Ninja Cubs programme for ages 3-6 years, and teaches the beginner Taekwon-do sessions. Lauren has a rich background in teaching both inside and outside of club sessions, with experience as a teaching assistant in schools and working with vulnerable children. 

Cliff Goldthorpe - Fight Club Coach & Kickboxing Programme Co-ordinator

Cliff is our head coach for the TSX Fight Club training, and is in charge of both preparing and developing our tournament team. Cliff is a 3rd degree black belt in ITF Taekwon-do and a 2nd degree black belt in Kickboxing, with backgrounds in kung-fu, karate and freestyle martial arts. He also has a masters degree in Sports Psychology and Sports Coaching. Cliff helps co-ordinate the Kickboxing programme and is our chief grading examiner for the programme. 

Wayne Bower - Kickboxing Instructor

Wayne is our Kickboxing instructor at the Thornton Academy. Wayne has a background in Kickboxing and Thai Boxing, including tournament experience and "fight night" competitions.