Your Instructor

My name is Wayne Sibthorpe (4th Dan black belt TAGB) the instructor for Witheridge Taekwondo club. I have over 25 years of experience in the martial arts and have run various martial arts clubs, courses and activities all over the world and hold grades, qualifications or experience in WTF Taekwondo, ITF Taekwondo, Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Shotokan Karate, Wado Ryu Karate, Lau Gar kung fu, Freestyle karate, full contact kick boxing, boxing, self protection and unarmed combat. I have also had a successful competition career fighting in Belgium, Germany, Holland, UK, Miami and New York and have been Bronze World medallist on two occasions.

The club has been running now for nearly 2 years and is a very active and successful club. My aim is to offer professional instruction and encourage my students to achieve a love and passion for the martial art of Taekwondo. The classes are suitable for any age from 4 upwards! So just come along and watch or join in I am sure that you will enjoy it! I will be presently be opening a second club in the neighbouring market town of South molton, watch this space!!

What is Taekwondo ? "Translated from Korean, 'Tae' literally means to jump, kick or smash with the foot. Kwon' means a fist - chiefly to punch or destroy with the hand or fist. 'Do' means art, way or method. Our organisation also practices the more modern development of semi-contact sparring, which is part of our regular tournament participation.