Stewart Armotrading 4th Dan is one of Future Taekwondo Clubs’ two founders. He took up Taekwondo at the age of 16 and over the years developed into one of Britain’s best known fighters.
Stewart held many National and International titles, including being a British and European medalist in 3 weight categories, where he stayed for 10 years undefeated. He also held the Welsh and Irish championship titles. Stewart also had a natural teaching ability and combined this with his skill as a fighter began coaching in 1989. Although he had to pull out of the fights himself in 1996 due to injury Stewart has always stayed on the fighter’s circuit coaching his own taekwondo students to the numerous titles they have encountered. Future Taekwondo has been running successfully for over 15 years.
The club is open to all 3 times a week and we always welcome new starters both novice and experienced alike to take part with us. We have a solid structure and great staff that allow us to distribute our time and split the classes according to skill level so that all may prosper and move forward at their own pace. We also offer 4th class being operated on an invite only basis for our national fighters or for those wanting to progress into competition. Our classes have produced many great achievers, from World Champion entrants to British and European medalists. We pride ourselves for our great work ethic and family orientated approach allowing all to feel welcome. Due to his reputation Stewart has been offered many coaching roles, including:
- Coached the Queens’ Guards at Knightsbridge
- Coached the Welsh National Team
- Coached the British National Team
- Coached the Irish National Team
- Produced over 25 British Champions
Stewart now teaches 3 times a week at the Local Future TaeKwonDo School. Where at any one time you can see at least ten or twelve past and present British champions, who are often helping out with the newer students. The training standards are very high which allows the Club to reach children of all levels. Some will come along one or two nights a week for the discipline and the fitness. Whilst the Squad will train up to four times a week preparing for competition. No matter what level you are taking it at, the benefits are great. Taikwondo gives you focus, discipline, understanding, protection, fitness, stress relief and when properly instilled, a respect for all. Stewarts’ 26 years in the Sport has given him an immense wealth of knowledge, trophies and respect, he is a well-liked and respected member of the community. He has dedicated the last 16 years to the community and people rely on him to be there for another 16 years. The club also boasts a strong coaching staff that have all had a minimum of 5 years coaching experience.
About the class
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. In ‘tae’ means “to strike or break with foot”; ‘kwon’ means “to strike or break with fist”; and ‘do’ means “way,” “method,” or “art.” Thus, ‘taekwondo’ may be loosely translated as “the way of the foot and fist” or “the way of kicking and punching.” Taekwondo is the world’s most popular martial art in terms of the number of practitioners. Its popularity has resulted in the varied development of the martial art into several domains: as with many other arts, it combines combat techniques, self-defense, sport, exercise, meditation and philosophy. Taekwondo is also used by the South Korean military as part of its training. a type of sparring, has been an Olympic event since 2000. Formally, there are two main styles of taekwondo. One comes from the Kukkiwon, the source of the sparring system ‘sihap gyeorugi’ which is now an event at the summer Olympic Games and which is governed by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). The other comes from the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) Separate from the various taekwondo organizations, there have been two general branches of taekwondo development: traditional and sport. The term “traditional taekwondo” typically refers to the martial art as it was established in the 1950s and 1960s in the South Korean military forces; in particular, the names and symbolism of the traditional patterns often refer to elements of Korean history.
Sport taekwondo has evolved in the decades since then and has a somewhat different focus, especially in terms of its emphasis on speed and competition (as in Olympic sparring), whereas traditional taekwondo tends to emphasize power and self-defense. The two are not mutually exclusive, and the distinctions between them are often blurred. Although there are doctrinal and technical differences between the two main styles and among the various organizations, the art in general emphasizes kicks thrown from a mobile stance, employing the leg’s greater reach and power (compared to the arm). The greatest difference between various styles, or at least the most obvious, is generally accepted to be the differing styles and rules of sport and competition. Taekwondo training generally includes a system of blocks, kicks, punches, and open-handed strikes and may also include various take-downs or sweeps, throws, and joint locks. Some taekwondo instructors also incorporate the use of pressure points, known as ‘jiapsul’, as well as grabbing self-defense techniques borrowed from other martial arts, such as hapkido and judo. Contact Stuart 07774295165