Mr Henryanto achieves 3rd Dan

Please join me in congratulating Nicholas Henryanto on achieving the rank of 3rd Dan. he was graded by the Global Taekwondo International Black Belt grading panel. The GTI Black belt grading panel for this grading consisted of 

  • Master Tony Sewell 8th Dan (Derby)
  • Master Paresh Bhadeshia 7th Dan (Cheltenham)
  • Mr Jason Burgess 6th Dan (Wells)

He, like all other previous North London Taekwondo (NLTKD) Black belts, are the best and keep the original NLTKD martial arts standards. A martial arts belt costs £2 but it is the skills and attitudes learnt that are much more important and Nicholas has both in abundance.

Nicholas Henryanto has trained with the NLTKD from a young child and has much as he has learnt Taekwondo, i have learn as an instructor. But a lot of credit must also go to his parents who have always supported and encouraged him and his sister, catherine in there training. 

Catherine could have graded and done equally as well but the GTI have different Black belts for juniors and seniors. Catherine, decided to wait till she is a senior, has Nicholas did, before taking her 3rd Dan grading. It would be good to she her get her 3rd dan, as a senior with the NLTKD

Mr Pat Houlihan takes over NLTKD Tottenham

It is with great sadness and reluctance that I have to stop teaching at the Tottenham branch.

I have been struggling for years with instructing 4 nights a week while doing a day job as a property developer. Also, I have TKD injuries on both legs from teaching 4 nights a week. I tried to have an existing Black Belt run the Tottenham club but I was unable to find anybody willing to commit to running the branch full time.

I have therefore asked Mr Pat Houlihan, who is a good instructor and ex-NLTKD member to take over the NLTKD Tottenham branch. He has an existing GTI club in Newhan, East London and a GTI squad member

The Tottenham branch is an active club and Mr Houlihan is experienced enough and has the time to improve the club more than I can. Over the last 3 lessons I have introduced the students and parents to the Mr Houlihan and from next week he will take over at Tottenham and no longer be a part of the NLTKD.

Other points.

  • I will continue to run the Leytonstone branch. 
  • Mr Houlihan lives very near to Tottenham branch, so easy for him
  • Mr Houlihan is known to Gladesmore school senior staff members
  • The Leytonstone venue booking is not easily transferred.
  • I work in east London so easy to reach the Leytonstone branch
  • My family normally meet at my mums on Friday evening for dinner and I would like to start attending.
  • I will have more time to simply maintain our NLTKD website which is always out of date.

I will miss not getting the senior student at Tottenham to Black belt after all the stresses they put me through but hope they continue training with Mr Houlihan and get their Black Belts for themselves. All fees will now have to be made payable to Mr Houlihan but you are welcome to train at the Leytonstone for free, especially during the school holidays.

Major Feature looking for Males to play Soldiers – can you help?

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We are looking for males to play soldiers for a major comedy action feature film, which we thought would be of interest to you and your group –

  • You must have experience in one of the following: Acting, Stage Combat, Martial Arts, Boxing, or any Military Experience.
  • You must be male aged 16-25.
  • Pay Rate: £118 per day (which may rise on the filming day and is subject to our standard Terms and Conditions for extras and the FAA agreement).
  • Filming Location: London (you must have easy access to and from London to apply).
  • Filming Dates: Various dates in February, March and April 2018 dependant on the role.
  • Catering is provided

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New Year’s Resolution 2019 and GTI Tournament

Training has resumed after the holiday break. We often get more enquiries about Taekwondo classes, than usual, from people who may have a New Year resolution to be more active in 2019. Many will ask lots of question which are already on our FAQ,  with many promising to come to our next class. Some are even ex NLTKD students. Many will text me repeatedly to state they are coming and re-confirming basic information like address and time details etc. but never turn up.

If this is you, I do understand the big decision and nerves in starting martial arts, but as you have probably realised, the hardest part is simply turning up. Even I, as instructor, have to make the effort to turn up and teach 4 nights a week after working all day. But that is the difference between a Black belt and keyboard warrior. The lessons themselves are fun, energetic and will improve you and make friends. Otherwise, our club would be dead long ago.

So if your New Year resolution is to start Taekwondo (or other get fit classes) no need to repeatly call, text, question the club instructors etc. Put down the phone and make your way to your local club. Then repeat regularly.

I hope the 2 nervous teenage girl who tried out today come back for more. 🙂 I don’t bite on Thursdays and we have many other teenage girls (and boys) training

Bleep Test

I stopped doing the bleep test awhile ago, because it took too long and the app we used was not being updated. Our hall is small so finding a decent app with a 15 meter is difficult. Anyway the old app still works and the students love it. They say they hate it but they lying. 👿 Also I decided to make our own version and share it online. It is designed to be used with a small Bluetooth speaker and a mobile phone.

This is NOT the version we use in our classes. The timing we use is not standard but we are used to it. The above is the standard multistage fitness test (MSFT) intervals by police recruitment etc. and we may switch to it.

2019 GTI English Open Taekwondo Championships

The next tournament is on Sunday, 27 January 2019 in Cheltenham.

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Events will include:

If you are thinking of join our classes, please don’t let the tournament scare you into not joining. Be brave.

  • patterns
  • point-stop sparring (for yellow/green belt juniors only)
  • continuous sparring (for all other juniors and adults)
  • destruction (blue/red/black belt adults only).

Entry fees: £20 for GTI members; £25 for non-GTI entrants. All registrations/entries and payments will be processed online via

Tournament rules are available online here:

If you are a novice and thinking of join our classes, please don’t let the tournament scare you into not joining. Be brave. Everyone was a novice at some point

2018 Student of the Year.

My criteria for Student of the Year is simple otherwise I would have to give too many awards out.

  • Only 2 winners.
  • One Male and One Female
  • One from Tottenham and one from Leytonstone
  • Ideally between blue and red belt, if I had a choice
  • Under 18 if I had a choice
  • Has improved a lot during the year. Tournaments don’t count

We have few ladies at Tottenham, so I had to choose the male from Tottenham and female winner from Leytonstone.

Amongst the guys at Tottenham, V Nyugen is probably the amongst most skilled student and could probably pass a Black Belt grading in 3 months, if he knew the patterns. N Zimmerman is the fittest and very mature student, they kind of boy parents want as a son.

But, the male Student of the Year is D Lardner.

I cannot believe I am awarding D Lardner the Student of the year as there was I time I wanted to kick him out of the club due to his attitude. But in many ways, he reminded me of myself at his age, ie full of . . . baloney.

I, also an old skool expert in baloney, I recognise and understood good baloney and felt he was sent to me as punishment for the baloney I gave my teachers and parents when I was younger. I grew out of it, and Dexter has finally outgrown that stage in his life and become good young man that we can be proud of proud of. Just. He might even become a role model for the younger ones in future, but I am going to pick on him for the stress he gave me in the beginning.

We have a lot of good female students at Leytonstone.

M Tapper is highly skilled, athletic and motivated. She has done previous martial arts before she joined us. I Coleman, is a fighting prodigy. If I can get her to Black belt, she will be unbeatable. When I get the chance, I like to pair her with Catherine even though she is only a green belt. And A Bejenariu too. Lots of choices

But the Female Student of the Year is R Grigaliunaite.

When students join my club, I like to guess how long they would stay before they give up. I gave R Grigaliunaite a month. She has now been with us over a year and is one of the best students. And sadly I don’t tell her that often enough. Her patterns are good but as we are a “fighting” club, I was worried how she would fare in sparring. Whenever I ask, how she is doing, her standard reply is a “thumbs up”. I particularly worry when she spars with Nicholas, but she digs deep and hangs in there. True fighting spirit.

Now both Ms Grigaliunaite and D Lardner have improved and grown significantly over the last year that they deserve “Student of the Year, But, the NLTKD is blessed with abundance of highly skilled students and we have no bad students. I know I don’t say it often enough, but I am very proud of each of you. Most of you have very high fitness level and skills. Next year I hope we have more female students at Tottenham so that the guys at Leytonstone get a chance.

And for the record the previous winners are

  • 2017 L La Crette and V Vasiura
  • 2016 C. Craig-Mellentin and T. Truong
  • 2015 Oliver Charles and Catherine Henryanto (Student of the years because the were both the GTI Competitors of the Year. A very tough award to get.
  • 2014 Cannot remember?? if you do let me know. also let me know of typos 
Is this 2013 or 2014 ?? Thanks Mr Houlihan for the find

Holiday closing dates and Social media

Below are the Christmas and New Year closing dates,

Tuesday 11 December 2018 – Tottenham Open
Thursday 13 December 2018 – Leytonstone Open
Friday 14 December 2018 – Tottenham Open
Monday 17 December 2018 – Leytonstone

Tuesday 18 December 2018 CHRISTMAS PARTY at Gladesmore school Tottenham.

From 7th January at both Leytonstone and Tottenham at usual dates and times.


Also the pictures / gallery section of our website is no longer regularly updated as most pictures and videos are posted on social media sites like
YouTube –
TikTok – @nltkd