Daventry TKD

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Who are we?

Mark Robson

Mark Robson Instructor

Mark Robson

Mark is a 3rd 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 17 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 3rd Degree black belt, and has been training in Tae Kwon-do since 2006. 

She has been a Fully Qualified Instructor since 2014.


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 un-turned in Daventry TKD!  She also has considerable experience as a lecturer in legal matters and 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!

Sarah Robson

Sarah Robson Instructor

Wayne Kent

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

He is a Fully Qualified Instructor.

Tim Kennedy

Tim is a 2nd Degree black belt.

He qualified as an Assistant Instructor in June 2017.

He qualified as a Referee in May 2017.

Tim is very enthusiastic about being a part of our Club.  He's great with children and is a great asset to the Club.

Tim Kennedy

Qualified Assistant Instructor

Helen Kennedy

Qualified Assistant Instructor

Helen Kennedy

Helen Kennedy is a 1st Degree Black Belt.

Qualified Assistant Instructor - June 2019. 

Fully Qualified Umpire - Oct 2019.


Helen is also an excellent theory instructor, with a very broad knowledge.  Students can arrange theory classes directly with her.

Jacqueline Lewington

Jacqui Lewington is a 1st Degree Black Belt. 

Qualified Assistant Instructor - June 2019.

Jacqui Lewington

Qualified Assistant Instructor

Nathan Chettle, Qualified Assistant Instructor

Nathan Chettle

Nathan Chettle is a 2nd Degree Black Belt. 

He qualified as Assistant Instructor in June 2018.


Oh yes, and he can fly:

Nathan in flight

Emma Read

Emma Read is a 1st Degree Black Belt. 

Qualified Assistant Instructor - June 2019.

Fully Qualified Umpire - May 2018.

Qualified Assistant Ref - Feb 2019.

Emma Read

Qualified Assistant Instructor

Junior Instructors

In March 2014, Mark initiated a Junior Leaders Course at Daventry Tigers to develop young leaders from the older children who had graduated from Tigers to the adult classes. The course they undergo lasts six months during which the children 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 selected for this training must have attained above average results in their own belt gradings, be at least Blue belts and must be training regularly with with adults to continue their own Tae Kwon-do development.

Megan Free, Junior Instructor

Megan Free

Qualified Junior Instructor - Oct 14

Current belt - 1st Degree Black Belt

Daventry District Young Leader of the Year 2017

Runner-up, Northamptonshire Young Leader of the Year 2017

British Champs Patterns Finalist

Kes Bryce, Junior Instructor

Kes Bryce

Qualified Junior Instructor - Oct 14

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

Daventry District Young Leader of the Year Runner Up

Midlands 2020 Champs - Silver Team Patterns

William O'Toole, Junior Instructor

William O'Toole

Qualified Junior Instructor - Oct 14

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

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 - 1st Degree Black Belt - 3rd Star

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.

Sam Green, Junior Instructor

Sam Green

Qualified Junior Instructor - Nov 15

Current belt - 1st 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 - Red Belt

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

Lauren Hughes, Junior Instructor

Lauren Hughes

Qualified Junior Instructor

Current belt - Black Tag

Tiger Legend - All 9 colour belt gradings at A*

Current Individual Patterns Midland Champion, English Champion, British Champion and World Champion

2020

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

2019

Midlands - Bronze medal Individual Patterns

English Champs - Gold medal Individual Patterns

BTC Champs - Gold medal Team Patterns

British Champs - Gold Individual and 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 medal Individual Patterns, Bronze Tag Team Sparring

English Champs - Bronze medal Individual Sparring, Silver medal Team Patterns

British Champs - Silver Individual Patterns, Bronze Team Patterns

World Championships - Gold Team Patterns

2017

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

Trainee Junior Instructors

Alex Cartwright


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

Selina Yildirim


Current belt - Red belt