Daventry Tigers & TKD

   

Who are we?

Taekwondo Instructor

Mark Robson

Instructor & Joint Owner

Mark Robson

Mark is a 4th Degree black belt, and has been training in Tae Kwon-do since 2006. 

He has been a fully qualified Instructor since 2010.

He qualified as a Referee in 2018.


Mark was a Royal Air Force pilot for 21 years before undergoing a major career change and now writes books for young people. He has about 18 books currently in print. Mark took up Tae Kwon-do as research for his book Imperial Spy and enjoyed it so much he has continued training ever since!


Having spent many years as a flying instructor and teaching creative writing in schools both in the UK and abroad, he is no stranger to teaching both adults and children.


Daventry District Coach of the Year 2019.

Sarah Robson

Sarah is a 4th Degree black belt, and has been training in Tae Kwon-do since 2006. 

She has been a Fully Qualified Instructor since 2014.  She qualified as a Referee in 2019.


By day she is a Barrister with Alpha Court Chambers.  As a stickler for rules and regulations, you can be sure that no Health & Safety stone is left unturned in Daventry TKD!  She brings an unusual balance of strict discipline and crazy fun to our classes.


Aside from Tae Kwon-do, she enjoys skiing, travelling and Thai food!

Taekwondo instructor

Sarah Robson

Instructor & Joint Owner

Qualified Assistant Instructors

Nathan Chettle

Qualified Assistant Instructor

Nathan Chettle

Nathan Chettle is a 3rd Degree Black Belt. 

He qualified as Assistant Instructor in June 2018, and as a fully qualified Umpire in February 2022.


Oh yes, and he can fly:

Nathan in flight

Wayne Kent

Qualified Assistant Instructor

Wayne Kent

Wayne Kent is a 2nd Degree Black Belt, and has been training for over 30 years.

He is a Qualified Assistant Instructor.

Emma Read

Qualified Assistant Instructor

Emma Read

Emma Read is a 2nd Degree Black Belt.


She qualified as an Assistant Instructor in June 2019, as a full Umpire in May 2018 and as an Assistant Referee in Feb 2019.

Jacqui Lewington

Jacqui Lewington

Qualified Assistant Instructor

Jacqueline Lewington

Jacqui Lewington is a 2nd Degree Black Belt.

She qualified as an Assistant Instructor in June 2019 and as an Assistant Umpire in May 2019.

Junior Instructors

Daventry Tigers run a Junior Instructors Course to develop young leaders from the Tigers. The course they undergo lasts over six months, during which they attend regular sessions on instructional technique and must complete a broad spectrum of teaching tasks (under supervision) before being assessed by an outside examiner.

All students are hand-picked for this training, must have attained above average results in their own belt gradings, be at least Blue belts and must be training regularly to continue their own Taekwondo development.

Megan Free

Junior Instructor

Megan Free

Qualified Junior Instructor - Oct 2014

Current belt - 1st Degree Black Belt

Daventry District Sports Awards - Young Leader of the Year 2017

Northamptonshire Sports Awards - Young Leader of the Year 2017 Runner Up

British Champs Patterns Finalist

William O'Toole

Junior Instructor

William O'Toole

Qualified Junior Instructor - Oct 2014

Current belt - 2nd Degree Black Belt

2022

English Champs - Silver Team Patterns, Gold Individual Sparring, Silver Tag Team Sparring


2018

English Champs - Bronze Individual Sparring

Lincolnshire - Gold Individual Sparring

Daventry District Young Leader of the Year

Northamptonshire Runner Up Young Leader of the Year


2016

Midlands - Gold Individual Patterns

N Midlands - Gold Individual Sparring

Mabelle Gwilliam

Junior Instructor

Mabelle Gwilliam

Qualified Junior Instructor - Nov 2015

Current belt - 2nd Degree Black Belt - 1st Star

Tiger Legend - all 9 coloured belt gradings at A* or A**

The only person ever in our club to get A**s.

2022

English Champs - Silver Team Patterns


2019

Daventry District Young Sports Leader of the Year

English Champs - Silver Team Patterns

Welsh Champs - Silver Individual & Team Patterns

British Champs - Gold Team Patterns


2016

World Championships - Silver medal Individual Patterns

English Champs - Bronze medal Individual Sparring

Welsh Champs - Bronze medal individual patterns


Mabelle has many more medals and trophies to her name, but she's too modest to put them all here.

Mabelle in Flight...

Sam Green

Junior Instructor

Sam Green

Qualified Junior Instructor - Nov 2015

Current belt - 2nd Degree Black Belt

At 7' 4", he's a real life Giant.

Only kidding. He's really tall though.

Emily Easom

Junior Instructor

Emily Easom

Qualified Junior Instructor

Current belt - 1st Degree Black Belt

8 coloured belt gradings at A or above

2022

English Champs - Gold Team Patterns


2020

Midlands - Gold Team Patterns


2019

British Champs - Gold Team Patterns, Silver Individual Patterns, Bronze Tag Team Sparring

BTC Champs - Gold Team Patterns, Silver Individual Patterns

Midlands - Gold Individual Patterns, Gold Team Patterns, Bronze Tag Team Sparring

English Champs - Gold Team Patterns


2018

English Champs - Silver Team Patterns

British Champs - Gold Team Patterns

Daventry District Council Sports Awards -  Team of the Year

Emily with her 7 in a row trophy

Lauren Hughes

Junior Instructor

Lauren Hughes

Qualified Junior Instructor

Current belt - 1st Degree Black Belt

Tiger Legend - All 9 colour belt gradings at A*

As at 2021, Lauren held the gold medal in Individual Patterns in all 4 of the following:

  • Midlands; 
  • English; 
  • British; and
  • World. 

Tiger Legend

2022

English Champs - Silver Individual Patterns, Gold Team Patterns


2021

British Championships - Bronze Team Patterns


2021

South Midlands Winter Online Patterns - Bronze

National Winter Online Patterns - Silver


2020

Midlands - Gold Individual Patterns & Team Patterns, Silver Tag Team Sparring


2019

Midlands - Bronze Individual Patterns

English Champs - Gold Individual Patterns

BTC Champs - Gold Team Patterns

British Champs - Gold Individual & Team Patterns, Bronze Tag Team Sparring


2018

Daventry District Council Young Sportswoman of the Year and Team of the Year

Northamptonshire Sports Awards - Runner up Sportswoman of the Year

Midlands - Gold Individual Patterns, Bronze Tag Team Sparring

English Champs - Bronze Individual Sparring, Silver Team Patterns

British Champs - Silver Individual Patterns, Bronze Team Patterns

World Championships - Gold Individual Patterns

Daventry Tigers Club Awards - Runner Up Tiger of the Year


2017

British Champs - Bronze Individual Patterns, Gold Team Patterns


2016

Daventry Tigers Club Awards - Rising Star

Alex Cartwright

Junior Instructor

Alex Cartwright

Qualified Junior Instructor - Oct 2020


Current belt - 1st Degree Black Belt - 2nd Star


2021

South Midlands Winter Patterns - Bronze

Selina Yildirim

Junior Instructor

Selina Yildirim

Qualified Junior Instructor - Oct 2020


Current belt - 1st Degree Black Belt

Tiger Legend - All 9 coloured belt gradings at A*

Tiger Legend

2022 

English Champs - Gold Team Patterns


2021

South Midlands Winter Online Patterns - Silver

National Winter Online Patterns - Gold


2020

Midlands - Gold Team Patterns, Silver Individual Patterns, Silver Team Sparring, Bronze Individual Sparring 

ITC Online Championships - Silver Individual Patterns 

South Midlands - Silver Individual Patterns 


2019

Midlands Champs - Gold Individual Sparring, Silver Team Sparring, Gold Team Patterns 

BTC Champs - Gold Team Patterns, Gold Individual Patterns 

English Champs - Bronze Individual Sparring, Bronze Individual Patterns, Gold Team Patterns 

Grading Award Blue Belt

British Champs - Gold Team Patterns, Gold Individual Patterns, Bronze Team Sparring 

Daventry District Sports Council - Young Sportsperson of the Year Award

Daventry Tigers Club Award - Tiger of the Year


2018

Midlands - Silver Individual Patterns 

Grading Award - Yellow Belt

English Champs - Silver Individual Patterns, Bronze Team Patterns 

Grading Award - Green Tag

World Champs - Individual Patterns Silver

Daventry District Sports Council - Team of the Year Award

Northamptonshire Sports Awards - Runner up Team of the Year Award

Daventry Club Comp - Gold Individual Sparring, Gold Destruction, Gold Individual Patterns 

British Champs - Gold Individual Patterns Gold, Gold Team Patterns Gold, Gold Team Sparring Gold

Daventry Tigers Club Award - Outstanding Achievement


2017

British Champs - Gold Team Patterns 

Daventry Club Competition - Gold Individual Patterns, Gold Destruction, Gold Individual Sparring 

Daventry Tigers Club Award - Best Newcomer

Lottie Babb

Junior Instructor

Lottie Babb

Qualified Junior Instructor - Nov 2021


Current Belt - 1st Degree Black Belt

Tiger Legend - All 9 coloured belt gradings at A or above:

Tiger Legend

Taylor Ridley

Junior Instructor

Taylor Ridley

Qualified Junior Instructor - Nov 2021


Current belt - 1st Degree Black Belt - 1st Star


2022

English Champs - Silver Team Patterns

British Champs - Bronze Team Patterns

Austin Beeson

Junior Instructor

Austin Beeson

Qualified Junior Instructor - Nov 2021


Current Belt - 1st Degree Black Belt


2021

South Mids Winter Online Patterns - Bronze 

Isabel McDowell

Junior Instructor

Isabel McDowell

Qualified Junior Instructor - Nov 2021


Current belt - 1st Degree Black Belt

Tiger Legend - All coloured belt gradings at A or A*


2021

South Midlands Winter Patterns - Gold


2020 

Midlands Champs - Gold Team Patterns


2019 

Midlands Champs - Gold Individual Patterns; Gold Team Patterns

English Champs - Gold Team Patterns; Bronze Individual Sparring

British Champs - Gold Team Patterns; Bronze Individual Sparring 

Daventry District Sports Awards - Team of the Year

 

2018

British Champs - Bronze Individual Patterns,  Gold Team Patterns


Tiger Legend Trophy:

Tiger Legend!

Kes Bryce

Junior Instructor

Kes Bryce

Retired Qualified Junior Instructor 

Oct 2014 - May 2021

Current belt - 1st Degree Black Belt - 1st Star

Daventry District Sports Awards - Young Leader of the Year Runner Up

Midlands 2020 Champs - Silver Team Patterns

Trainee Junior Instructors

In a change from previous years, we ran an open competition in 2022 for Tigers to "try out" for a place on the Junior Instructor course.  We had 17 people apply, all of whom were very good and we could have picked any of the entrants.  However, there was only space for a handful, and here they are:

Daventry Tigers Taekwondo Trainee Junior Instructor

Alara Yildirim

Trainee Junior Instructor

Alara Yildirim


Trainee Junior Instructor 2022 Course


Current Belt - Black Tag

2022

English Champs - Gold Individual Patterns, Gold Team Patterns, Gold Individual Sparring, Silver Tag Team Sparring

2021

Winter Patterns South Midlands Online - Silver 

Arnold Sports Festival Junior England Squad Girls - Gold

British Champs - Gold Individual Patterns, Gold Individual Sparring, Silver Team Patterns, Silver Team Sparring

2020

Midlands Champs - Silver Team Sparring, Silver Team Patterns, Bronze Individual Sparring 

South Midlands Online - Bronze Individual Patterns 

Taekwondo International - Gold Individual Patterns 

2019

Midlands Champs - Gold Individual Sparring, Silver Team Patterns 

English Champs - Gold Individual Sparring, Silver Team Patterns 

British Champs - Bronze Individual Sparring, Silver Team Patterns 

Team Sparring Bronze

BTC - Gold Team Patterns, Bronze Individual Patterns 

2018

English Champs - Bronze Team Patterns 

British Champs - Bronze Individual Sparring Bronze, Gold Team Patterns 

Daventry Tigers Taekwondo Trainee Junior Instructor

Jake Wadey

Trainee Junior Instructor

Jake Wadey


Trainee Junior Instructor 2022 Course


Current Belt - Black Tag


Daventry Tigers Taekwondo Trainee Junior Instructor

James Lewington

Trainee Junior Instructor

James Lewington


Trainee Junior Instructor 2022 Course


Current Belt - 1st Degree Black Belt

James is a Daventry Student, but works as a Junior Instructor at Banbury


Daventry Tigers Student of the Year 2021

Daventry Tigers Runner Up Tiger Cub of the Year 2017


2021

British Champs - Gold Team Sparring, Bronze Individual Patterns

2020

British Online Patterns Competition Gold

Midlands Online Patterns Competition Gold

'3 in a Row' trophy for coloured belt gradings at Grade A or above

Daventry Tigers Taekwondo Trainee Junior Instructor

Holly Howard

Trainee Junior Instructor

Holly Howard


Trainee Junior Instructor 2022 Course


Current Belt - Black Tag


Tiger Legend

2022

English Champs - Silver Team Patterns

2021

British Champs - Bronze Team Patterns

South Midlands Winter Online Patterns Competition - Bronze

2020

Midlands Champs - Silver Team Patterns, Bronze Individual Patterns

2019

English Champs - Gold Team Patterns

British Champs - Silver Team Patterns


Holly also now joins the elite group of Tiger Legends, having achieved all coloured belt gradings at grade A or above

Tiger Legend

Daventry Tigers Taekwondo Trainee Junior Instructor

Maizie Smith

Trainee Junior Instructor

Maizie Smith


Trainee Junior Instructor 2022 Course


Current Belt - Red Tag

2022

English Champs - Silver Team Patterns


2021

British Champs - Silver Team Patterns, Bronze Individual Patterns, Bronze Tag Team Sparring 


'3 in a Row' trophy for coloured belt gradings at Grade A or above 

Classroom Assistants

We have established a new role for the clubs of Classroom Assistant from 2022.  These students will help out the junior instructors and take on tasks like holding pads, checking temperatures at the door, and occasionally teaching one to one.

Daventry Tigers Taekwondo Trainee Junior Instructor

Harry McDowell

Trainee Classroom Assistant

Harry McDowell


Trainee Classroom Assistant 


Current Belt - 1st Degree Black Belt



Daventry Tigers Taekwondo Trainee Junior Instructor

Daniella Kaufman

Trainee Classroom Assistant

Daniella Kaufman


Trainee Classroom Assistant 


Current Belt - Black Tag

2022

English Champs - Gold Team Patterns, Silver Tag Team Sparring

Daventry Tigers Taekwondo Trainee Junior Instructor

Derin Yildirim

Trainee Classroom Assistant

Derrin Yildirim


Trainee Classroom Assistant 


Current Belt - Black Tag

2022

English Champs - Bronze Individual Patterns, Gold Tag Team Sparring

Daventry Tigers Taekwondo Trainee Junior Instructor

Louis Falkner

Trainee Classroom Assistant

Louis Falkner


Trainee Classroom Assistant 


Current Belt - Red Belt



Daventry Tigers Taekwondo Trainee Junior Instructor

Harriet Beeson

Trainee Classroom Assistant

Harriet Beeson


Trainee Classroom Assistant 


Current Belt - Red Tag



Daventry Tigers Taekwondo Trainee Junior Instructor

Madison Bull

Trainee Classroom Assistant

Madison Bull


Trainee Classroom Assistant 


Current Belt - Red Tag

2022

English Champs - Silver Tag Team Sparring

Daventry Tigers Taekwondo Trainee Junior Instructor

Oisin Adams

Trainee Classroom Assistant

Oisin Adams


Trainee Classroom Assistant 


Current Belt - Red Tag

2022

English Champs - Bronze Individual Patterns, Bronze Team Patterns, Bronze Individual Sparring, Gold Tag Team Sparring

Feb 2022 - Grading Award by Grand Master Oliver