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.
Laura Goldthorpe - Ladies Only Instructor
Laura is our ladies only instructor, and assistant coach to the other programmes. Laura has a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwon-do, a 1st degree black belt in kickboxing and experience in kung-fu. Laura is also a university professor, who has pioneered research in the field of Taekwon-do and has an array of coaching qualifications and expertise.
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.