Wessex Taekwondo Association was established in Dorset over 20 years ago.
Over those years many students have trained at the club with many going on to obtain Black Belts. The club has had many students compete in various competitions throughout the years, and have had many British Champions, and a European Medallist, with students representing their Country on many occasions. The club currently has students of all ages (ranging from 5 years old to people in their 50's), genders and abilities, including various family groups.
World Taekwondo Federation
The club is part of WT (World Taekwondo) Your membership provides you with:
- Membership to the National Governing Body of the Olympic sport of taekwondo in the United Kingdom
- Membership to World Taekwondo along with 60 million other members worldwide
- Annual insurance
- Access to seminars, courses, competitions and grading’s both locally and nationally
- The potential to become the next Olympic Champion.
Master John Harrison 6th Dan
Wessex Taekwondo Association was founded over 20 years ago by Master John Harrison, 6th Dan. Master Harrison since 1998 has been The Royal Navy Team Coach and is now the UK Armed Forces Team Coach. John started Taekwondo in 1989 and has been teaching in Poole since 1995 he has taken many of his students to top competitions both in the UK and in Europe collecting many Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. In his opinion he now teaches probably the most dedicated team of people in the country with players both at National and International Status along with Students that have represented the National Team on Numerous Occasions. He is both an experienced Coach and Instructor in both the sport and more traditional aspects of Taekwondo.
Cedric Chan 4th Dan
Cedric has trained with Master Harrison for over 12 years, he has a strong base in Traditional Taekwondo. He works closely with Master Harrison and assists with most sessions that Master Harrison takes. Cedric now heads the Saturday Classes at Rossmore Leisure Centre. He helps with the Military Taekwondo when he can and enjoys all aspects of Taekwondo and is a valued asset to Wessex Taekwondo.
Melissa Lamb 3rd Dan
Melissa has been training in Taekwondo for over 12 years from the age of 9 and has been an instructor for over 3 years. Initially she got involved in Taekwondo purely for self defense. Melissa has fought in many competitions around the country and in many A class tournaments internationally. She has fought for her country on many occasions and in 2009 she attained the European Junior Bronze medal and was national Champion from 2006 through to 2012. Melissa heads the Monday classes at The Church of the Holy Angels in Lilliput.
Reece Chan 3rd Dan
Reece has been training in Taekwondo for over 12 years from the age of 4 and has been a fantastic student and has always been willing to help in class. Reece is now an invaluable asset to Wessex as he assists both John on a Thursday at Rossmore and his Dad Cedric on a Saturday also at Rossmore. Reece is hoping to start his own classes in the future and we are sure he will make a great Instructor.