This page contains news articles from all of our Taekwon-Do schools across North London, Rickmansworth and Stoke Poges.

On 21 January, TOTAL TKD members from Southgate, Hadley Wood, Croxley Green and Chorleywood took part in the first CDP session of 2018.


The session focused on footwork, sparring drills, punching drills and the mental approach to competition. All of the students worked hard and will be now preparing for the first National event of the year. Thank you to Miss Wilson and Mr Hourican for your assistance. Well done and good luck for 2018.

On the 25th of November, members of Southgate based Taekwon-do club Total TKD attended the first ever British Open Taekwondo competition in Crawley, Sussex.

With over 450 competitors coming from all the Home Nations as well as countries such as Ireland, Holland, Portugal and Norway. The standard was high, with many competitors also being on the national teams of their countries. Total TKD sent 5 competitors and returned with 10 medals including 2 Golds. 2 Total TKD competitors - 2nd Dan Black Belts Laura Jones and Maia Harrison - now hold both the English and British titles in their Categories. Laura and Maia also competed at the England Open and national team trials, winning their categories and becoming England Champions. Laura for patterns (age 16), and Maia for -55kg sparring (age 15). This adds to the list of the girls’ achievements, which include their spots on the England National Team.

Congratulations to Laura Jones on winning 2 gold medals in Patterns and Sparring at the UK Open competition.


On Sunday 5th November, 32 members of TOTAL TKD attended York House School for the Autumn seminar with Master Symonds.


The 3 hour seminar focused on competition sparring and drills in the first part and then patterns and fundamentals in the second part. The time flew by with all participants having fun and learning new skills.

On Saturday 4th November Master Symonds was invite to Chorleywood Taekwon-do school to conduct a grading for the students of Mr Hourican and Miss Kelly. The grading saw 34 students testing over a 3 hour period, focusing on Patterns, step sparring, fundamentals and theory.


On the weekend of October 28th and 29th October, ITF England held the national championships at the Royal Masonic Girls school in Rickmansworth.


The event was hosted by Master Symonds in his capacity as ITF England Tournament Director and was attended by 80 black belts and 180 colour belts all seeking to become National Champion. TOTAL TKD had 55 members taking part in the event winning 8 gold, 15 silver and 24 bronze, ultimately finishing 3rd overall out of 22 associations which is a huge achievement.

Well done to all that took part and congratulations to our gold medalists for winning their divisions.

Congratulations to Miss Carly Wilson, Mr Nathan Smith, Miss Laura Jones, Miss Maia Harrison and Mr Troy Sampath on representing ITF England at the World Championships in Dublin.


The competition was attended by 1200 competitors from 61 countries and was of an exceptionally high standard. Sadly medals were hard to come by but the experience was invaluable, we wish them well for future competitions.

On Sunday 8th October, more than 20 members of TOTAL TKD attended the Autumn black belt grading at Southgate Taekwon-do School.


The grading was conducted by TOTAL TKD chief examiner Master Symonds along with Mr Ayman 4th degree and Mr Hourican 3rd degree who were responsible for pre-testing next years black belt candidates.

The grading was a strong test for all those taking part offering good feedback for all that took part. we wpould like to congratulate the following members on their promotion:

  • Mr Paul Carter - 2nd degree
  • Miss Rea Goapul - 2nd degree
  • Mr Ishan Gopaul - 2nd degree
  • Mr Brayden Man - 1st degree
  • Mr Jamie Ling - 1st degree
  • Mr Selim Eris - 1st degree
  • Miss Rana Hassanzadeh - 1st degree
  • Mr Efe Kok - 1st degree

I am pleased to announce that 5 members of TOTAL TKD - Southgate, have been selected to represent ITF England at the forthcoming World Championships in Dublin.


The championships will take place from 11 - 15th October. Congratulations to the following members on your selection);

  • Miss Carly Wilson - 4th - 6th degree patterns
  • Mr Nathan Smith - minus 70kg Sparring
  • Miss Laura Jones - minus 50kg sparring, Power test and 2nd degree patterns
  • Miss Maia Harrison - minus 55kg sparring and Special technique
  • Mr Troy Sampath - 1st degree patterns

On Friday the 7th July-9th July, 10 members of Total TKD took part in the international Instructors Course (IIC) in Manchester.


The course was conducted by Grandmaster Marano, Grandmaster Lan and Master Pierre Le Querre. It was very informative and primarily focussed on Step Sparring, free Sparring, self defence, patterns, warmups and stretching techniques. Well done to all of those who participated.

On 6th May, nearly 100 TOTAL TKD students came along to York House School to take part in two special seminars with one of the most highly respected Grand Masters in ITF Taekwon-Do.


Grand Master Lan took the students through a series of fun warm up routines, followed by funcdamental exercises, patterns and self defence. One of the highlights of the day was understanding GM Lan's mental approach to Taekwon-Do which was invaluable to all those who attended.

All of the information was well received by the TOTAL TKD instructors and black belts and we hope to welcome GM Lan back to England again in the future.

To see the pictures from the event please visit the gallery.

Reported by Master Symonds

On Sunday 29th April TOTAL TKD Instructors met at Croxley Taekwon-Do school to take part in this years instructors course and meeting.


On the day Master Symonds covered Patterns and working on different techniques to teach patterns to the students. We looked at designing a new one step sparring syllabus which will be brought into the group this year as well as reviewing the two and three step sparring to ensure standardisation across the group.

The instructors meeting followed this training session. At this meeting we congratulated the following for their work within the group this year.

  • Mr Kubicki for opening TOTAL TKD Watford
  • Mr Hourican for opening TOTAL TKD Chorleywood (Adults)
  • Mr Ayman for the success of the ACE/Elite program
  • Miss Wilson for improving the website
  • Mr Chapman for TOTAL TKD publications

On Sunday 2nd April, 26 members of TOTAL TKD arrived at Southgate Taekwon-Do School to participate in the Spring Black Belt grading.


13 candidates were going for promotion and 13 were pre-grading. All candidates were tested on patterns, sparring, step-sparring, self defence, breaking and theory. We are pleased to say that there were 9 successful candidates:

  • Nathan Smith promoted to 3rd Degree
  • Chris Hourican promoted to 3rd Degress
  • Joe Digweed promoted to 2nd Degree
  • Rhianna Dowdswell promoted to 2nd Degree
  • Chanelle Kelly promoted to 2nd Degree
  • Troy Sampath
  • Michael Siderides
  • Mahaajay Bhaga
  • Zach Browne

On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March members of TOTAL TKD attended the English Open Championships 2017 in Guildford. The event was, as always, well attended and the standard very high with many national team members competing.


The practice at the ACE & Elite training sessions paid off with medals being won in every discipline. A special 'well done' to Heemy for winning Gold for TOTAL TKD and those that competed for the first time. The success in the Sparring was down to the hard work of the students plus the coaching and encouragement of Master Symonds, Miss Wilson and Mr Ayman.

Medals were received by the following competitors: Mrs Rebecca Van Doimen (sparring), Miss Laura Jones (sparring), Mr Heemy Kalam (special technique), Mr Nicholas Ray (sparring), Miss Rea Gopaul (sparring), Bradyn Man (sparring), Sohaib Sirhan (sparring), Luicia Antoniou (sparring), Annabella Man (sparring), Rudra Dubey (sparring), Meyhir Johar (sparring), Akil Ogunlabi (special technique, sparring), Ayah Akunjee (sparring), Raya Akunjee (sparring) , Nussrah Akunjee (sparring), Imani Ogunlabi (sparring), Frankie Moody (sparring), Zakaria Bentaouti (sparring)

Sunday 5th March 2017, TOTAL TKD held its 4th session of ACE ELITE competitors training session at Wood Green Taekwon-Do School.


The session was led by Instructors & Coaches, Mr Malik Ayman 4th Degree and Mr Nathan Smith 2nd Degree,the session began with intense warm up full body drills, followed by leg drills kicking and stretching, which was followed by sparring pads on and drills combinations sparring in pairs and closed with continuous sparring drills - all members were tested to a high standard and some really good progress to develop was noted from the students by both coaches.

Mr Nathan Smith then closed the session with questions and answers allowing for the members to make notes and take insights from his journey to training for both local, national and International competitions and the requirements.

Our next competition is the UK Open Taekwon-Do competition which all students are looking forward to 18th/19th March 2017

Report written by Instructor Mr Malik Ayman 4th Degree

On Saturday 18th and Sunday the 19th February 11 ACE & Elite members of TOTAL TKD traveled to Swindon to compete at the PUMA International Championships.


The standard of the competition was very high and was a good test for the the students who competed in both Patterns and sparring. In the build up to the competitions the ACE & Elite members have been attending regular squad training with Master Symonds, Miss Wilson and Mr Ayman. It was clear to see that a lot of progress has been made by all members and some of the performances were outstanding. I would like to congratulated the following members that took part and those that went on to medal.

Black Belts

  • Laura Jones - Silver 2nd degree patterns
  • Rebecca van Doiman - Bronze patterns & Silver parring
  • Joe Digweed - Silver sparring
  • Adam Safi - Bronze sparring
  • Nicholas Ray - Silver sparring
  • Heemy Kalam - 4th in 1st degree patterns
Colour Belts
  • Frankie Moody - Silver patterns

Congratulations to the following for taking part - Lucia Antoniou, Ellie Weeks, Brayden Man, Annabella Man

Sunday 5th February saw 70 TOTAL TKD members coming to train at York House school for the 2nd ACE/Elite session and 1st Red/Black belt seminar of 2017.


The first session covered sparring and pattern competition fundamentals preparing students for upcoming competitions, and was delivered by the coaching team of Master Symonds, Miss Wilson and Mr Ayman.

In the following two hours, 50 red and black belts lined up for the first Red and Black belt seminar of the year conducted by Master Symonds. The session was well received and enjoyed by all. It was a detailed session covering pattern technique up to 4th degree. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the next event.

On 29th January 2017 Master Symonds was re-elected as a Director of ITF England.


This will be his 6th consecutive term having first become a director in 2006. The members and instructors of TOTAL TKD would like to congratulate him on this achievement.

On Sunday 4th December Instructors, black belts, students and spectators gathered a York Hose school Croxley green, for the TOTAL TKD Inter-club Competition/ Annual awards.


The competition was a great success with 80 students competing in Patterns, Sparring and Special technique. There were many good performances with competitors such as Lucia Antonio and Brayden Man winning 3 gold medals each. A special thanks is extended to the 25 black belt officials that ensured the smooth running of the event in a very professional manner. Thanks also to the 120 spectators that donated the £);3 spectator fee to our chosen charity, as we were able to raise over £);360 for cancer research in memory of Marcia Griffith.

Once the competing was over all competitors received their certificate of participation and the medals for each division were awarded. The student of the year awards were then presented to students from the following schools); Southgate, Croxley, Stoke Poges, Kentish Town, Wood Green, Wembley, Hadley Wood, Chorleywood and Finchley. Black belt certificates were presented to Mr Ayman, Mitchell Wiggins and Tom Campbell on there respective recent promotions. There were also three special awards that were presented by Mrs Griffiths (mother of Master Symonds)); Instructor of the Year Miss Kelly, Long service to teaching award for Mr Ayman and The Marcia Griffith award for outstanding contribution to TOTAL TKD for Miss Wilson.