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Centre Of Excellence Officially Opens

Saturday’s official opening of the new Centre of Excellence in the heart of Redruth was a resounding success, with people of all ages and backgrounds filling both studios over the course of the day.

Despite the horrible weather outside, people still came to have a look at the newly refurbished academy as the students and instructors put each other through their paces with demonstrations of sparring, kicking, board breaking, forms, self-defence and everything in-between. Plenty of hot tea and coffee helped keep spirits high and hands warm.

The amount of interest from the local people surpassed even our own high expectations, and parents especially were glad to see the emphasis of our teaching on the traditional aspects of our martial arts; respect and discipline.

We love the new T-shirts!

We were lucky enough to have the mayor in attendance to come and see the results of our hard work and long hours spent getting the building ready, and after some kind words (not to mention a few punches thrown by the mayor himself!) we now feel firmly a part of the town and local community.

New students are already coming through the door, with more set to join them in the very near future. If you want to see what the fuss is about, get fit, and learn some valuable life skills, why not come and give it a go yourself? Your first time is free so you’ve got nothing to lose, why not head over to our contact page and take that first step?


Grand Opening – Saturday 24th September

After months of hard work and effort by the students, instructors and friends of the clubs, the new academy will be officially opening its doors to the world on Saturday 24th September.

The day is going to be an Open Day, starting with the official opening by the Mayor of Redruth at 11am, and offering demonstrations, meet and greet sessions and a chance for anyone who wants to get on the mats to give it a go!

Located in the town centre, next to a large car-park, it’s the ideal place for anyone looking to get into martial arts or trying to find something different to keep fit. We’ve got two custom-fitted studios with safe, matted floors, qualified instructors and loads of padded training equipment. Come along and try traditional Korean karate (Tang Soo Do), modern freestyle kickboxing, and soon many other classes too.

We’ll be around until about 5pm on Saturday, so if you’re curious and want to see what all the fuss is about, ask some questions, or just have a cup of tea and a chat, feel free to come and meet us. We’re located directly above Wilkinsons in the middle of Fore Street in Reduth, right next to the large council car park. We hope to see you all there!


World Champions!

ISK Martial Arts sent a well trained team to compete in the World Wide Tang Soo Do Family World Championships, held in Florida, USA. Well, the team has just returned home after their 2 week adventure with outstanding results.

The club did fantastically, with 9 gold medals, 6 silver and 6 bronze, meaning that we not only came home with a grand total of 21 medals, but also with 9 World Champions! These medals were won across all levels – gup grade, dan grade and masters, and in all disciplines (forms, sparring, team competition).

It’s not uncommon to see martial arts competitions billed as ‘World Championships’ and end up with a smaller number of competitors than some local ones, but the level of achievement here shouldn’t be underestimated. Hundreds of competitors from all over the world were in attendance, and bringing any kind of medal home was an achievement, never mind actually winning some categories!

The EMTF competitiors and instructors get together

Master James says after the competition ‘We trained the team hard, and the results reflect this. A lot of time and effort was put into the planning of the trip and the preparation of the students and I’m extremely proud of the results, Europe really came together in this event and we have cemented our relationships with the rest of the EMTF contingent. We truly were one big family out there and looked after each other, it was a fantastic success all round.’

The jet-lagged team now have a couple of weeks off before training starts again towards the British and European Championships, with an eye on continuing ISK’s winning streak.



We’re Off To The Worlds!

Over the course of the next few days, a large contingent of ISK Martial Arts’ students and instructors are flying out to Florida to take part in the 2nd Biennial World Wide Tang Soo Do Family International Championship.

Representatives from all of our local clubs are heading out to represent ISK, Cornwall, Team GB and Europe as a whole, as a part of the larger EMTF squad.

A massive GOOD LUCK to all those taking part, regardless of where they come from or who they represent (but still try to bring us home some silverwear eh guys?)

For those of us enjoying(?) the Cornish summer while the rest are away, we’ll be running a combined schedule of normal training at the new Academy in Redruth. Please contact your instructor to find out times and locations.


A New Beginning

The new ISK Martial Arts academy opened its doors for training for the first time yesterday, the end result of a solid week of hard graft by the instructors and students.

Studio One - The first thing you see when entering the academy

There was a bit of last-minute fiddling to finish the matting and make sure it was ready to train in, but we’re delighted to say we’ve had our first lesson with students from all over the county.

The view walking into Studio Two from Studio One

In typical fashion, we chose one of the hottest evenings of the year to train, but what better way to ‘wet the baby’s head’ than to work up a proper sweat and get the place used to the sort of effort it’s going to see day in, day out for the next few years. Tang Soo Do has come to Redruth and it’s not going anywhere.

The view back across towards the door to Studio One

The people of Redruth have a new noise to listen for in the evenings now, the sound of dedicated martial artists bellowing kihaps out. We’re here to stay, so come and join us, meet some of the nicest people you’re ever likely to, get fit and have a great time.

Hot, sweaty, tired, and very happy. The first class in the new academy pose for the camera.

We’ll be holding an ‘official’ opening and open day sometime in the coming weeks, once a few last things behind the scenes are finished, more details as and when we have them.

Tang Soo!


Academy Renovations – Progress!

The work and improvements are continuing in the new academy at a frightening pace, you wouldn’t recognise it as the same building we took the keys to a week ago.

Walls all white, much brighter and cleaner

The two-tone mixture of navy and aqua-blue that was painted on nearly every surface is gone, replaced by coat after coat of fresh, white paint. Even without electricity (which is another story altogether), it’s already a lot brighter and looking a lot bigger.

That dingy back room looks a lot better (despite the rubbish phone camera photo)

We still plan to get in for an inaugural session this Wednesday, and despite it possibly being by candlelight at this rate, it should be a good turn-out and a great way to celebrate a lot of hard work and pulling together to make it all happen.


The Re-Fit Continues…

The hard-working students and instructors were back in the new academy on Wednesday evening to continue the renovations.

Work on what’s become known as ‘Studio 1′ was still the main focus, as we want to be able to train in the new building as soon as possible. The walls are now all scrubbed and sanded clean where necessary, any holes filled, and everything washed clean. Those aren’t fun jobs at the best of times, but while we’re still waiting for the electricity and water to be provided, they take on a whole new level of annoyance. Still, spirits were high and the strong work ethic instilled through our training meant that everything got down quickly, and done well.

Walls prepared and ready for a couple of coats of paint

In the area behind reception, which will become a sort of ‘lounge’ area, work continued on the floors and walls, but because of the lack of windows and electricity, everything was done by the light of some headlamps!

Tim beavering away in the darkness

Along with the hard work in the building itself, another team had the less-than-envious task of moving the rest of the matting and equipment over from our second storage area in Falmouth. A massive pile of tatami and a lot of effort later, and we finally have everything we need to get started.

Tatami and crash mats, along with the dismantled wooden screens

There’s still a lot more to do but we’re all pulling in the same direction, and with a lot more hard work and a little luck, we should be able to have our first session in there next week.

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We Have a New Academy!

That’s right, after finally signing the lease and officially making it ours, ISK Martial Arts is over the moon to announce that it has a new, permanent home in the middle of Redruth.

We left our previous home in Pool a few weeks ago after three great years, having outgrown it, and now have almost double the floor-space in two separate studios.

The new building is the venue of what was “Body and Soul”, a gym that was well known in the local area for years, itself having now moved on to new premises. Sadly the building isn’t in a great state of repair, and there’s a lot of work needed between now and our grand opening later in the summer. So last night a team of students and instructors from the club, armed with buckets, brooms, scrapers and ladders headed over to start the re-fit.

As you can see from the pictures, we’re still waiting on the electrical work to be completed, hence the darkness, but that didn’t stop the team going to work and getting a lot of the preparation started, including:

  • Dismantling some unnecessary screens
  • Tearing up the old carpets
  • Scraping a lot of old, nasty wallpaper off the walls
  • Repairing some holes in the wall
  • Transferring the matting from the old academy
  • Removing the radiators name but a few jobs!

There’s still a lot to be done, but we’re martial artists, and not to be put off by the thought of a bit of hard work!

More updates to come this week, and soon a date for the grand opening.


EMTF British Championships 2011

Our intrepid bunch of 20+ students and instructors hit the road on Friday and made the long trip up to Bedford, before nipping across to Northampton the next morning for the competition. We met with old and new friends, and were lucky enough to have Grandmaster Salm in attendance before heading into the day’s competition proper.

Across the ten mats it was time for the months of preparation and training to come to the fore, with ISK’s competitors represented in the vast majority of categories. To say they did well wouldn’t be doing them justice, they far exceeded our expectations, and their own in many cases. We firmly believe that trophies are a result of hard work put in by everyone in the club; competitor, teacher, fellow students – they all have a part to play in that success, so rather than listing everyone’s names we’ll simply give an idea of how well we managed to perform on the day.


Girls 3rd – 1st gup sparring
Girls 3rd – 1st gup traditional hyung
Womens 8th gup sparring
Mens 7th – 6th gup sparring
Mens 1st dan chil sung hyung
Womens 1st dan traditional hyung
Womens 1st dan chil sung hyung
Masters sparring


Mens 10th – 8th gup sparring
Womens 3rd – 1st gup sparring
Wonens 3rd – 1st gup tradtional hyung
Womens 3rd – 1st gup chil sung hyung
Mens 7th gup sparring
Mens 3rd – 1st gup sparring
Mens 3rd – 1st gup chang bong hyung
Mens 3rd – 1st gup traditional hyung
Mens 1st dan chil sung hyung
Mens 2nd dan dangum hyung


Girls 3rd – 1st gup sparring
Womens 3rd – 1st gup chang bong hyung
Mens 3rd – 1st gup sparring
Junior 3rd – 1st gup sparring
Junior 3rd – 1st gup chil sung hyung
Mens 1st dan sparring
Mens 1st dan traditional hyung
Womens 3rd – 1st gup tradtional hyung
Womens 3rd – 1st gup chil sung hyung
Womens 1st dan chil sung hyung
Womens 1st dan chang bong hyung

There may be a couple of others which slipped through the net, but we were lucky enough to walk away with the men’s Grand Champion award (and very nearly the women’s). All in all, it was a great event with some fantastic performances – especially in the Masters division – and the perfect preparation for the World Championships in Florida this summer.

Many thanks to Master Kumar for once again hosting and organising a great tournament, and to all the clubs represented over the weekend, our extended family continues to grow.


Summer Grading Results

ISK flag closeup

Sunday saw the Summer gup grading for ISK Martial Arts, once again setting the standards for Tang Soo Do in Cornwall. Students from all over Cornwall gathered at the Falmouth Dojang to be pushed physically and mentally, in a celebration of everything learned and practised since their last grading.

Expectations and nerves were running high after the Spring grading, when not everyone passed, and a sticky, humid day did nothing to help. From the first group on the mats though, it was clear that not even a single person had been complacent, and the extra training put in by many of the candidates was apparent from the outset.

Those same standards continued as the small group of green belts took the mat, albeit for a sterner test of their fitness and ability (not to mention knowledge). Being a school which teaches not only the traditional and Chil Sung hyungs, but also weapons, meant that a wide scope of skills were put to the test. However, the extra weight of responsibility and expectation on those hoping to progress closer to the senior ranks did nothing to dampen their spirit or affect their performances.

Finally one brave soul took the mat on his own, hoping to progress to the last of the junior grades – 1st gup. Taking a higher level grading is daunting enough on its own, but doing it in front of a large bench and even larger group of fellow students only adds to the pressure. Proud instructors looked on as he sweated and gasped his way through a long and difficult test.

After all was said and done, everyone successfully passed their grading without a single referral! Below are the names and new grades of all the successful students:

Karl Shaddick – 8th Gup
Billy Hodgson – 7th Gup
Sam Inglis – 7th Gup
David Carey – 7th Gup
Dominic Flint – 7th Gup
Irmina Krezlewicz – 7th Gup
George Reith – 7th Gup
Daniel Andrew – 5th Gup
Lara Winsloe – 3rd Gup
Katherine Perkins – 3rd Gup
Aaron Dee – 1st Gup

Massive congratulations to all of you, Tang Soo!