ABOUT THE BIRMINGHAM TAEKWONDO CLUB
The Birmingham Taekwondo club was established in Birmingham over 40 years ago. Over those years many hundreds of students have trained at the club with many going on to obtain their Black Belts and establish their own clubs throughout the country. The club has also had many students compete in various competitions (both Taekwondo and all styles of Martial Arts) throughout the years and all over the globe, and can boast British, European and World Champions. The club currently has students of all ages (ranging from 5 years old to people in their late 60’s), genders and abilities, including various family groups.
The club is part of the TAGB (Taekwondo Association of Great Britain), one of the largest Martial Arts organisations not only in the UK but also Europe. It has well over 30,000 members training in over 400 clubs throughout the country.
The TAGB is also part of the BTC (British Taekwondo Council) and also TI (Taekwondo International), a global organisation set-up several years ago for Taekwondo organisations throughout different countries to come together to help promote Taekwondo worldwide.
Grand Master Donnelly
Grand Master Paul Donnelly is a 9th Degree Black Belt and founded the Birmingham Taekwondo club over 40 years ago. He was one of the founding members of the TAGB and has many roles within the organisation, including being the liaison officer and a grading examiner.
He has well over 40 years experience in Taekwondo and he is recognised throughout the world as one of the most skilful Taekwondo practitioners of his generation – a fact demonstrated by his inclusion in the World Masters Taekwondo demonstration team that was formed by General Choi several years ago that toured many countries. As well as winning numerous titles at various competitions, he has also trained multiple British, European and World Champions.
Master Paul McGrath
Master McGrath has been training in Taekwondo for over 30 years and has been an instructor for over 20 years. Before this he studied for several years in Wado Ryu Karate.
He competed for many years throughout colour belt and black belt, and won several medals in domestic competitions.
He has also coached many students to national, European and World championships.
All Birmingham Taekwondo Club instructors have to undertake intensive training and pass various tests in order to become a fully qualified Taekwondo instructor. As well as this, they are regularly DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service, formally known as CRB) checked, are First Aid trained, and have full public indemnity insurance.