Posts by Billy Deakin


25th Anniversary Celebrations

To mark 25 years of Cornwall Tang Soo Do, founding instructor Alan Fry travelled back to Cornwall to teach the Korean martial art to a new generation of students.

Though he hadn’t taught a Tang Soo Do class in some years, Mr Fry quickly fell back into his teaching role and covered a great range of skills and drills in the two hour seminar hosted at Redruth School.

Accompanying the current students, a number of ex-students were invited along for the day, some taking part while others were happy just to watch.

The day started with Master Robert James taking the students through a warm-up and stretch and introducing Mr Fry, who first introduced him to Tang Soo Do in 1992, four years after founding the first Tang Soo Do club in the county.

After giving a brief history of Tang Soo Do, and saying that he was very pleased that the club had retained the Cornwall Tang Soo Do title, Mr Fry demonstrated a number of traditional martial arts techniques and managed to pack an enormous amount of content into the seminar.

To round the day off, the celebrations were continued with a party held in Mr Fry’s honour at the Lowenac Hotel in Camborne.

The club presented Mr Fry with a plaque to commemorate all his work for the club over the years. Ben Leonard, who recently attained the grade of 3rd Dan black belt, was also presented with a certificate for reaching his new grade, the highest so far awarded by the club.

Master Robert James, 5th degree black belt and founder of ISK Martial Arts (incorporating Cornwall Tang Soo Do) said that he was reminded of how important Tang Soo Do is.

He said:

How important the past, present and future is, how everyone is important on this journey and how incredibly proud and lucky I am. It was a very emotional and equally brilliant day with my Cornwall Tang Soo Do family. Thank you Alan Fry for the seminar and party. And to all the students who work so hard and make me look so good. I couldn’t ask for a better bunch.



Winter Grading ’13

Just two weeks after the inaugural ISK Interclub tournament, barely enough time for sore muscles to heal, today saw ISK gup students congregate back at Redruth School once again for the ISK winter grading. Students from all ISK clubs, in Redruth, Truro, Falmouth and Penryn came to test for their next rank. For many, this was their first taste of an ISK grading, as 10 beginners in white belts took their first ever gup test to earn their yellow belts. At the other end of the scale were 4th gup students testing for red belts.

Standards were extremely high, and the tests were tough as usual, but the students rose to the challenge with exceptionally high marks across the board. After 3 hours of testing, Master James gave a Tang Soo Do class for all students to round the day off with a real mixture of techniques from strikes, to kicks to pressure points and more. Everyone left with a few bruises, a few sore muscles but a sense of achievement and big smiles all round!

Thanks to Redruth school for the use of their excellent facilities once again.



ISK’s First Interclub Tournament a Success

ISK Martial Arts hosted our first ever interclub tournament yesterday to resounding success. With over 45 competitors from ISK clubs across mid-Cornwall, the hall at Redruth school was packed with martial artists young and old, and a fantastic level of support from many spectators created a fantastic atmosphere.


Categories included children’s forms, one-step and sparring, adults forms, traditional points fighting and light/semi contact kickboxing, and of course the hotly contested black belt categories.

For many competitors this friendly tournament was their first taste of competitive martial arts, while for others it was a chance to hone their skills and continue their training towards next year’s British and European Championships. Several black belts competing this Sunday were on the British team at the Tang Soo Do World Championships in Rotterdam last month.

Master Robert James, 5th degree black belt and founder of ISK Martial Arts, said that there was “A great atmosphere throughout the competition and a fantastic standard of Forms and Sparring performances. What was especially nice about this event was the absence of any ego or aggression, everyone competed with an essence of friendship, upholding the morals and ethos of the club. A huge success for the club and the first of many to come.”

Rebecca Busby, winner of the children's sparring

Rebecca Busby, winner of the children’s sparring

This tournament is the first of what will become a regular event for ISK Martial Arts, with the next one planned for next April as a warm up for next year’s British and European Tang Soo Do Championships.