Hi, my name is Russell Bromage and I'm the senior and founding instructor at Coventry School of Taekwondo. I have been practising taekwondo since 1999 and have obtained the rank of 4th degree International Instructor Level Blackbelt with the Taekwondo Association of Great Britain (TAGB). I undertook my training at the Nuneaton School under the instruction of two former world champions and former Great Britain team captain. I regularly participate in the regional and national championships where I have picked up numerous medals in sparring and I am currently the 2017 Welsh Executive Blackbelt Heavyweight Champion, I have also taken part in 5 world championships. I am first aid trained and fully DBS (CRB) checked and have full insurance.
The aim of the club is for it to be a family friendly club which encourages participation from all age groups from 5yrs upwards. I truly believe that taekwondo is a great all round art which offers a wide range of benefits including: improves fitness, confidence, flexibility and self defence. For those that enjoy the sparring and the contact aspect we have regular championships throughout the UK that are run fantastically well, which group students together according to their grade and weight / height, everyone from a beginner to a seasoned veteran can take part. For those who are not so inclined towards the contact side of the sport, being a martial art, an important element of the training are the patterns. These are pre-arranged movements of which there are 24 to learn throughout your journey up to 5th Dan and each one is required to be learnt as part of the continual grading system. Done correctly undertaking patterns can a great all body workout with the emphasis placed on technique and power. Each grading is attended by our regional Masters who grades each student. These Masters are the original people that set up the TAGB and were some of the first students to train in taekwondo when it came to this country and are held in high regards throughout the world.
The Tae Kwon Do Association of Great Britain (TAGB) is a nationally recognised Tae Kwon Do organisation.
It was formed in 1983 and has since become the founding member of the British Tae Kwon Do Council (BTC) which is recognised by the United Kingdom Sports Council.
TAGB instructors are highly qualified, accredited individuals with many years' experience in teaching mixed classes which often include young children and disability groups. Training in Tae Kwon Do can start at any age. TAGB members start as young as five and recently one of our members gained his fifth dan black belt on his 70th birthday! Because of its high-kicking, fast-paced style Tae Kwon Do is a thoroughly modern way of getting fit.
The TAGB is a great advocate of fun and fitness at an early age and TAGB instructors often work with local schools to teach self-defence.
As the largest martial arts organisation in the world the TAGB has over 25,000 accredited members, 600 schools, and organises seminars with World Masters, demonstrations, and national, regional and international championships every month of the year.
The TAGB is not just concerned with its own development. That is why it has played a leading role in the reunification of British Tae Kwon-Do into one body. In 1988, the TAGB helped found the British Tae Kwon-Do Council (BTC), this being the only governing body of Tae Kwon-Do to be recognised by the Sports Council. The TAGB also helped found Tae Kwon-Do International, the object of which is to bring together Tae Kwon-Do practioners throughout the World. Tae Kwon-Do International is non-political and it doesn't attempt to dictate to member countries how they must run their affairs. Since its foundation in 1993, Tae Kwon-Do International has grown to become one of the biggest World Tae Kwon-Do bodies. Its World Championships are amongst the largest and best organised and it draws its participation from every continent.
Tae Kwon Do training is about learning to discipline your mind as well as your body and TAGB instructors always include elements in their teaching which help their students to develop mentally as well as physically.
With clubs throughout the country the TAGB is the ideal organisation for learning a martial art that has evolved through a 3,000 year history to become the newest Olympic sport.
GM Dave Oliver, 9th Dan, Chairman of the TAGB, BTC Chairman, President of Tae Kwon Do International