Summer Holidays 2016

During the school holidays the Tottenham branch in Gladesmore will close. We ask all the Gladesmore students to attend the Leytonstone branch until it reopens.
I know many students will be travelling away but we will keep the Leytonstone branch open so long as we have student attending to make classes viable.

Also fellow GTI club, Manor Park Taekwondo, run by Mr Houlihan, will be closing for August so we are welcoming their student to train with us. We have also received a few inquiries from people visiting London from abroad asking if the can train with us. Guest are welcome to train for free.


Last lessons we had 7 Black belts attend training which means class nearly run themselves and standards are high.We will therefore rotate the instructors amongst the adult Black belts in the club for variety. All lessons will be mainly cardio/fitness, bag or focus pad work, light sparring and generally the fun stuff.

The Tottenham Branch will reopen on Tuesday 6th September for regular training.

Minimum age requirement

The minimum age for a student to join the NLTKD is 11 at the moment. This is a relatively new rule brought in because we simply cannot cater for both under 11 who will be nursery and primary school children and maintain the tougher physical standards required by the over 11 who will normally be moody secondary school teens to adults within the same class. And we simply do not have enough time to run separate junior classes. We may in future look into setting kiddie taekwondo classes up in future.

A loophole for a child, under 11 years old but older than 9 to join the NLTKD is if they have previous martial arts experience (in any discipline)  or have a parent and/or older sibling already training with us. The older family member will then help control the young child but the lesson will still be aimed at the older students. The highest grade a younger student can attain is a blue belt while under 11 year old.

While we accept there are many highly talented 3-8 year old Black Belts, we prefer our Black Belts be older physically and mentally and at least be able to walk to school on their own.


Old school Taekwondo style

NLTKD practices the original ITF syllabus using the old style. That means we use the pattern KoDang and not the newer Juche. Also we use the original “hip twist” style and not the newer sine wave. This video shows the KoDang pattern how it should be done

Feature film casting for Oriental Men to play warriors – Can you help?

We get these emails occasionally. seems legit



I am writing from Uni-versalEXTRAS Ltd – a company that places people as extras in paid roles for Film and TV across the UK. You can visit our website to see just some of the productions we have worked on.

For a major new feature film we are looking for males with an oriental ethnic background e.g Mongolian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean etc.

The Requirements:-

  • You must be male, aged between 18 to 45 years old
  • You must be of oriental decent. You must have a height between 5’9″ and 5’11’’
  • You must have a chest size between 34inches to 40inches
  • You must have experience in either of the following fighting (martial arts or stunts or boxing etc) OR gymnastics OR acrobatics OR stage combat experience.
  • You must have easy access to London.

Filming dates: Friday 6th May, Monday 9th May & Tuesday 10th May.

Pay Rate: FAA Union Pay Scheme (payments may rise in line with the Union pay rates and are subject to Uni-versalEXTRAS Terms & Conditions which can be found on our website).

Catering is provided.

Taking Part

If you fit the requirements and would like to take part, please email the following information ASAP to

Subject:  Warrior

  • Full Name:
  • Age:
  • Location:
  • Contact number:
  • Height:
  • Basic measurements (Chest, Waist, Inside Leg, Shoe, Collar etc.):
  • Experience:

Attach Photos: a current head-shot full length photo of you, taken with a digital camera to ensure high quality (mobile phone pictures are not acceptable); in front of a plain background such as a white wall in your house.

If you have any questions please call us on 0845 0090 344.

By sending in your details you are confirming that you agree to Uni-versalEXTRAS Terms and Conditions.

Kind regards,
Casting Team

Uni-versalEXTRAS Ltd

No. 1 for supplying Supporting Artistes across the UK and Ireland

Tel. 0845 0090 344 | Email. | Website.

Paul Williams

Mr Paul Williams has been training with us since 2013, but was actually an original member of the original NLTKD under Mr Albert Williamson-Taylor. When I joined the original NLTKD back in the early 1990’s, Mr Paul Williams was a very useful Red belt whilst I was a shiny brand new white belt. I looked up to Mr Paul Williams and all the other senior belts.
Fast forward to present day, when he now comes into class I feel like a white belt again and I insist on calling him “Sir” but he insists I am now the “sir”. To solve the problem of who is the “Sir”, I have been calling all members of the NLTKD “sir or “ma’am” regardless of rank.
Like I have surpassed Mr Williams in grade, I sincerely hope some of my student will surpass me in grade too. Many have already surpassed my achievements and rightly deserved to be referred to as “Sir”.
Mr Paul Williams and I