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School that brought taekwon-do to Merseyside; MARTIAL ARTS TAEKWON-DO.

Byline: HELEN BENNETT

THE Shaftesbury TKD school in Tranmere, Wirral, can lay claim to being the longest running taekwon-do school on Merseyside.

TKD first arrived in Merseyside sometime in the 70s and, when two karate brown belt brothers saw it they decided to switch their allegiance and begin TKD instead.

After they achieved 1st Dan, their instructor at the time moved abroad leaving them to fend for themselves.

The two 1st Dans, Mr Dave Goat along with his brother Jimmy, went on to establish the Shaftesbury TKD club in Tranmere, they also had classes at Byrne Avenue Sports Centre, and night school classes in Liverpool.

A little later, classes also took place at the Birkenhead YMCA. Shaftesbury Taekwon-do club is still going strong some 35 years later, although Mr Goat no longer trains.

For many years the club was run by one of Mr Goat''s earliest students, James Kelly, before he passed it on to one of his students, Mike Carr.

Mr Kelly was the longest serving TKD instructor on Merseyside, up to his recent retirement, followed closely by another ex-Shaftesbury student Brian Crawley, who still teaches at St Jeromes Parish Hall in Formby.

Some of the best established TKD schools on Merseyside have sprung either directly or indirectly from Mr Goat and the Shaftesbury club.

As well as Formby Taekwon-do, both Wirral UKTA and Richard Saunders TKD school also have their roots in Shaftesbury.

Mr Goat''s first black belt students were James Kelly, Andy Abbott, Brian Crawley and John Hughes, who all started around 1982.

I began training with Mr Goat in 1986 and later went on to set up Wirral UKTA.

Mr Abbott also set up a school in 1988 where he taught Richard Saunders up to green belt before Mr Saunders moved on.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 22, 2014
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