Taekwondo club blossoms since move to Louth

A popular town taekwondo club has gone from strength to strength since relocating to Louth over the summer.

Kendojo students with chief instructor Paul Marshall (back centre).
Kendojo students with chief instructor Paul Marshall (back centre).

Kendojo Taekwondo was based at Manby’s Tedder Hall until they took the opportunity to relocate when East Lindsey District Council announced they would move to a new hub in Horncastle.

Their new premises at Fairfield Industrial Estate became available in March last year, and the club moved in August.

Paul Marshall is chief instructor of Kendojo, he said: “We took the opportunity to move as we’d invested in ourselves and our people’s lives, and we decided to go for it.”

Paul Marshall and Rick Parsons of Kendojo.

Since then, the club has doubled its weekly classes from three to six and has had a steady increase in numbers training in its classes, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and two on Saturdays.

Paul said that anyone from the age of seven upwards is welcome to come and try taekwondo at their club, as long as they are in reasonable health:

"We have a lot of families who train with us and its a good family unit,” he said, “Anybody is welcome to try it – as long as they are in reasonable physical health with no medical issues we can accommodate them.

"They don’t even have to be fit, we will work on the fitness with them.”

Matthew Barmby performs a flying kick.

A taster session with Kendojo will see the participant introduced to the lesson format and try some exercises and stretches, before trying out some traditional techniques under the guidance of one of Kendojo’s black belts.

To get involved at Kendojo, email Paul at [email protected] or visit www.kendojo.co.uk/

Keir Owen and Matthew Barmby sparring.