GTUK Senior Instructors
GM Roy Oldham IX
Mr Richard Auciello VI
Mr Paul Burgess VI
I have been training since 1976 and my first club was in Rugby in 1980 and then in 1985 I moved to Cornwall and set up 12 clubs including a Jeegoo. I have been in numerous tournaments, won some and lost some. I have dedicated my life to Taekwon-Do and it has made me a better person and has given me confidence. All my promotional tests have been under First Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha, Grand Master Park Jung Tae, and Grand Master Oldham.
I have been with Grand Master Oldham from the start, in the UKTA, GTF, ITF and now GTUK and I have seen a lot of members come and go.
Its been a great journey over the years, and I feel we as an association are stronger now than ever before. Thank you Master Oldham for your dedication and hard work......
Mr Steve King VI
I started Taekwon-Do in December 1984 in Wellingbrough and the club had only been going for nine months when I was told to take over the training at red tag and I have been running the club ever since. I took my 1st Degree Black Belt in 1988 with Grand Master Hee Il Cho (TAGB) I have started clubs at Olney, Leicester, Kettering and a few more besides.
I joined the GTUK in 1991 and currently hold 6th Degree Black Belt and the main Instructor at Wellingborough. I am also the Senior Instructor for Northants and have taught at the Northants JeeGoo club since 1997. Upon joining the GTUK I am now the only one left who took their 4th degree test with Grand Master Park Jung Tae in Scotland at the European Championships in 1996 along with Mr Ridley, Mr Archer, Mr Cunningham, and Mr Iqbal. The test was the hardest physically I have every taken lasting more than four hours. Grand Master Oldham and Master Andresen (Norway) successfully passed their 7th degree tests at the same time. This promotional test is still talked about to this day.
I have won many medals in the past 26 years including British, Scottish and International Championships together with some team medals. I have always believed an Instructor should compete in competitions, so I regularly took part from yellow belt until 2009 when I was Hong Kong Champion at the age of 48. I am Proud to be a member of the GTUK.
Mr Darren Holmes V
I enjoyed a very active coloured belt training and successful tournament history before gaining my 1st Degree in 1994, under the instruction of then 4th Degree Mr Clive Daffey, a former student himself of Grand Master Oldham.
After spending a couple years around Manchester promoting and teaching Taekwon-Do around Salford University and UMIST I moved back to my original home in North East Lincolnshire. Based there I set up clubs at Hull University, Cleethorpes and Loughborough University.
My daughter was born in May 1996 and with my brother now having achieved his black belt I was able to rely on Andrew to take the Loughborough club forwards to growing success.
My work commitments later brought me down to Derby where I was able to train regularly with Grand Master Oldham in Coventry and later set up the club in Chellaston. Saw success at many GTF and BTC national tournaments as a black belt and later represented the national team at international events between 1998 and 2005.
Passed my 4th Degree in 2003 under an ITF Masters panel in Norway. Work opportunities took me to Hong Kong in 2006 where I helped promote and organise ITF style Taekwon-Do in the Hong Kong and China region. Back to the UK in 2009, I graded to 5th Degree later that year and I’m now concentrating on regional JeeGoo training, Squad coaching and the general GTUK growth and success.
Mr Andrew Holmes V
I started Taekwon-Do in 1993 whilst I was studying at Loughborough University. Before I went to university I had done some Karate and been a member of a local “freestyle club”. I was instantly impressed by the structure and discipline of the Martial Art. At the same time my brother had started training at a club at Salford University with an instructor who was under Grand Master Oldham. I used to travel to visit my brother quite often and I would also train there too.
In 1995 my brother and I set up our own club at Loughborough University. I got my Black Belt in 1996. I can still remember the feeling of putting it on for the first time… It was a mixture of relief for all the previous hard work and excitement for all the years that were to come. I focused my efforts into running my Taekwon-Do clubs and training hard for the competitions that I was keen to win as a black belt.
In 1998 I was part of the England team that went to Germany for the European Championships. We had a great time and went on to win gold in the destruction event. This was the real start of my competing career and I continued competing until May 2010. At this time I was about to take my 5th Degree and I felt it was time to retire from competitions. I am now very privileged to be part of the England Squad coaching team and I am able to see the same fears and rewards that I had, in the eyes of the young and old members who train as part of the England Squad. Here’s too many more successful years of Taekwon-Do in the GTUK.
Miss Marie McAneny V
I started Taekwon-Do in 1992 and progressed through the belts, gaining my first Black Belt in 1995. Although reluctant at first about becoming an instructor, with the encouragement and persuasion from Grand Master Oldham, the first XS club was opened at Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld in 1995.
Taekwon-Do became my full time profession in 1997, by which time XS had already grown to 3 clubs. Being a full time instructor allowed me to concentrate on the coaching and nurturing of the young students who came through the doors of my clubs. My enthusiasm for teaching and running clubs grows stronger every day and there is no better feeling than seeing my students progress through the grades to achieve their first black belt. The “buzz” I get from hearing and seeing the young children full of excitement as they leave the dojang makes all the hard work worthwhile. I am extremely proud to be able to say that XS Taekwon-Do has students who have become International and World Champions.
XS Taekwon-Do / GT-Scotland continues to grow and I plan to open many more clubs in the future.
Mr Martin Harvey IV
I started studying Taekwon-Do in May 1974 with Mr Clive Neal, one of the ’12 disciples’ in Coventry. I did all my coloured belt grading’s under First Grandmaster Rhee and I took my 1st and 2rd degrees under Master Hee Il Cho.
Over the years I have also trained in other martial arts and have a 3rd Degree in two other styles as well. I joined the GTUK in the late 90’s and took my 3rd Degree in 2003 under Master Oldham and moved to Cumbria in November the same year. I took my 4th Degree in 2009.
Mr Clinton Gillett IV
Many people ask why I started martial arts, and the answer is quite simple. From the age of 4 I could not walk, suffering from Perthes Disease which means that the top the femurs do not form properly and consequently spent nearly 4 years in a wheel chair, callipers and plaster in order to correct the condition.
Spending all this time watching friends playing sports and being bullied led me to join every single sports team possible. At 12 years old being small and slightly formed I joined the local Karate club (Wada Ryu) and gained 1st black belt and a national championship by the age of 16. Fracturing a vertebra led to a break but at university I took up Saibuka and Kick boxing, teaching my best friend led to a love of instruction so when I became a teacher I decided to train in the world’s biggest martial art at the time Taekwondo.
In just one and half years I gained my 1st Degree and in 2000 was selected to compete in the World Championships in Rimini (Italy) Winning Silver in the sparring event was a career highlight but I still love to compete even now as it is great to challenge yourself, I also love long distance running and have completed 10 marathons and ultra marathons which helps maintain strength and stamina.
I am very proud to have achieved my 4th Degree and love running Bungay Taekwon-Do and Eastern JeeGoo, many of my students have become national champions which makes me immensely proud and we hope to grow in the East and contribute towards a resurgent GTUK!
Mr Gregg Simmons IV
I started training in 1984 at a local Judo club at the age of 5. When I was around 10 I started Karate and graded up to 1st degree. I trained for a short period at a Thai/freestyle kickboxing gym, and then when I was around 15 my Karate Instructor told me to seek out Taekwon-Do.
I took my first and every following grading under Master Oldham and never looked back. I began to compete internationally in 1999 and was very privileged to be selected for the England Team in 2000.
Fast forward a few years, I was encouraged to take the International Instructors grading (4th Degree) and the responsibility that comes with it. I believe it is now my job together with other Senior Instructors to promote and demonstrate the physical and mental benefits of the art we practice.
I am now assistant instructor to Grand Master Oldham at the Jee-Goo club run in the Birmingham area.
Mr Chris Peake IV
I have been training under Mr Burgess since November 1992. Had fun doing demo’s, tournaments and seminars throughout the coloured belt years. I took my 1st degree grading in June 1995 and the next day sparring in a tournament for the first time as a black belt against Mr Auciello, I saw stars that day, I can tell you!
I have been an Instructor in clubs down in Cornwall and a regular team member at the JeeGoo Championships. I got Black Belt of the Year award in 2001. Also, I was the Editor of the Association magazine (2001 – 2004), a great honour. I got my 4th Degree in October 2010 and I am loving the GTUK and all it stands for.