Meet Your Instructors
David Hughes - Owner & Chief 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 & Head Instructor
Lauren heads up the Ninja Cubs programme for ages 3-7 years, and teaches the beginner & intermediate 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.
Wayne Bower - Kickboxing Instructor
Wayne is our Kickboxing & ladies only instructor at the Thornton Academy. Wayne has a background in Kickboxing and Thai Boxing, including tournament experience and "fight night" competitions.
James Laycock - Assistant Instructor
James is our assistant instructor in ITF Taekwon-do, who helps run the sessions in Wrose and on Saturdays in Thornton. James also competes and trains regularly with the tournament team.
Luis & Evangeline - Chief Junior Instructors
Luis and Evangeline are our chief junior instructors, assisting and helping at classes across our venues, and leading by example for our junior members to follow.