are the instructors?
Stephen Martinez, V
"My first experience of Martial Arts was at the age of 9
when I began to train in Judo, winning Silver and then Gold in
consecutive London Open Championships. Unfortunately the class
closed down and I was unable to find another Art that suited me.
I tried Karate, but the teachers refused to explain any of the
movements and just asked me to copy them blindly without understanding
their purpose. I moved on to Boxing but again could not get on
with the class.
In 1988, I was lucky enough to find Norwood Taekwon-do and Mr
George Daley who in 3 years would guide me to my black belt. Since
then I have attained the rank of 5th Degree International Instructor
with the ITF. I have trained with General Choi Hong Hi, the Founder
of Taekwon-do, and Rhee Ki Ha - the world's greatest living Martial
Artist and the first man ever to be promoted to the rank of Grandmaster.
In accordance with the principals of Taekwon-do, I have striven
never to be contented with what I have in terms of skills. To
this end I have become a master craftsman in joinery, a professional
standard musician and an IT systems engineer recognised by Microsoft.
I hope to instill in my students the same thirst for knowledge
that has driven me and to encourage them to dare to be great.
I have, to date, produced 9 black belt students of whom I am immensely
Mr Stephen Martinez, V Degree
Richard Walford, III Degree
I started Tae Kwon-do
at the age of 18, at Redhill with Mr Stephen Martinez. I knew
this would be the martial art for me after my first lesson,
and was keen to make this a part of my life. I had previsouly
tried a few other martial arts, but they were not for me.
I have now been training for 17 years and during
this time I have been fortunate enough to meet General Choi Hong
Hi and take all my gradings (with one exception) in front of Grand
Master Rhee Ki Ha.
As a member of our school, I have participated
in many competitions and have a showcase of 13 trophies - my most
memorable one being my first tournemont at the Scottish Championships
and winning the gold medal.
I am a 'C Class Instructor', and I am extremely
proud to have Mr Martinez as my instructor. Over the years, he
has shown me the way and passed on his knowledge, which in turn,
I can pass on to others.
Since recently promoting to 3rd degree, I'm currently learning new techniques for my future gradings, promoting the art of Tae Kwon-do and living life to the
Mr Richard Walford, III Degree
Mr Stephen Martinez
(Left) with student,
Emma, and Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha
Mr Richard Walford
knifehand strike on a brick
The students come from all walks of life. From youngsters to older
practioners. From seasoned Martial Artists to budding beginnners.
From the fitness fanatic to those looking to improve theirs. We
have fathers, sons, brothers, sisters, mothers & daughters.
Their jobs range from craftsman, military personnel, university
students, college students, school students, aircraft engineers,
retail supervisors, electricians, graphic designers, administration
assistants, software engineers, event operators and more. Their
interests range from gaming, skateboarding, reading, philosophy,
photography, writing, playing guitars, tattoos, travelling, basketball,
football, diving, climbing and more.
We welcome everyone and anyone with open arms
from all backgrounds, of any age, race or creed without prejudice.
Redhill Tae Kwon-Do prides itself on it's family-like community
and no lesson is complete without a chat and a catch up!
All instructors are fully qualified to teach
through the British Tae Kwon-Do Council (BTC), hold public indemnity
insurance and are CRB checked.
Where are the classes held?
The classes are held at:
Reigate and Redhill YMCA
When are the classes?
We currently train on:
Tuesday: 8.00pm - 9.30pm
Sunday: 10.00am - 11.30am
How much do the lessons cost?
A single session is currently £3.50 for Kids & Concessions,
and £5 for Adults.
If you train on the Tuesday and Thursday consecutively you get
the following Sunday absolutely free!
But remember, your first lesson is free - so
you have nothing to lose!