Photo by Mick Ryan
BORN: April 1984
GRADE: Black Belt 4th Dan
Chris began training in tae kwon-do at the age of 12, and quickly fell in love with the art. He dedicated much of his youth to training, gaining experience of both ITF and WTF (Olympic) styles of tae kwon-do, and he achieved his 1st Dan Black Belt at the age of 16.
Over the years, Chris became an avid and successful competitor, winning many regional, national and international titles. Highlights of his competitive career include winning a bronze medal at the 2002 TKDI World Championships; and winning gold and silver medals at the TAGB 20th Anniversary Team Championships in 2003, where he fought as part of the Great Britain squad.
In 2007, Chris opened Halewood Tae Kwon-Do Club in Liverpool. The club quickly gained popularity, eventually growing into the diverse team of dedicated students that exists today. His teaching style mixes high standards of performance with discipline, love of the sport and a fun attitude. Chris loves to help students improve and reach their potential, pushing them beyond their expectations. He takes huge satisfaction from seeing his students' confidence grow, and in helping them persevere to achieve their goals.
Chris has coached many Halewood students to success, on both the 'art' and 'sport' side of tae kwon-do. His students regularly achieve regional and national titles, and three junior students achieved international success in 2010 to become World Champions. Chris encourages his students in their tae kwon-do studies, and has coached a growing number to black belt level - including three 9 and 10-year-olds, who became the club's youngest ever black belts in 2012. Chris has also inspired several students to become instructors themselves, and supports their ambitions by providing valuable advice and teaching experience.
Chris is dedicated to keeping tae kwon-do affordable, inclusive and available to all. He supports both able-bodied and disabled students, and encourages participation by holding tae kwon-do taster sessions in community schools and youth groups. He also gives up his free time to support tournaments through umpiring and refereeing, and helps to raise money for his students by participating in sponsored events.
In 2010, Chris was honoured at the Knowsley Sports & Physical Activity Awards ceremony, where he was named the winner of the prestigious Coach of the Year award. Halewood Tae Kwon-Do Club was also named Club of the Year, and went on to win Club of the Year at the Merseyside Sporting Champions award ceremony. Chris also achieved a 2nd place runner-up award in the Coach of the Year category at the Knowsley Sports & Physical Activity Awards event in 2012.
2nd Place Runner-Up - Coach of the Year
Knowsley Sports & Physical Activity Awards 2012
1st Place Winner - Coach of the Year
Knowsley Sports & Physical Activity Awards 2010
QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING:
Fully qualified Tae Kwon-Do Instructor
Halewood Tae Kwon-Do Instructor since 2007
Qualified Assistant Instructor since 2002
Qualified Tae Kwon-Do Umpire & Referee
Qualified First Aider
Completed Child Protection Course
Completed 'Coaching Disabled Performers' Course
Completed 'Equity In Your Coaching' Course
BTEC National - Sports Development & Fitness
BTEC First Diploma - Sports Science
NVQ L2 Teaching Circuits
NVQ L2 Gym & Weights
Many years' experience working in the fitness industry.