National Taekwon-Do Alliance UK

Head Office, Ground Floor, Literary and Social Institute, Queens Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 1BG.

Associated Schools

Tel: 01342302192

Welcome to NTA UK

National Taekwon-Do Alliance UK

The mission of NTA UK is to provide a service for ITF Taekwon-Do Schools, Instructors and Members.

NTA UK provide Licencing, Certification, Instructors Insurance & DBS Checking, Policy & Procedures; advice and guidance for Instructors to establish professionally run schools. We conduct Instructor Courses (Safeguarding recognised by Sport England & First Aid Training) and host Gradings, Competitions, Seminars, Summer Camps, and Squad Sessions for members to fulfil and enhance their ITF Taekwon-Do journey.

NTA UK offers members opportunities to become the next generation of talented and dedicated ITF Taekwon-Do Instructor; providing the appropriate training, guidance and ensuring the Taekwon-Do moral culture is at the heart of their teaching. Our members will be guided to observe the ‘Do’ following the tenets and oath of ITF Taekwon-Do.

‘Our endeavour is developing and supporting dedicated Instructors to teach General Choi’s ITF Taekwon-Do to students in safe, happy and healthy environments, without discrimination on any basis; this includes race, religion, sex, sexual orientation and political beliefs’

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Founder of Taekwon-Do

NTA UK honour and promote the legacy of the Founder Grand Master General Choi Hong Hi 9th Dan ITF Taekwon-Do. This piece is found at

General Choi Hong Hi was born in November 1918 (or December according to western calendars) in northern part of Korea before Korea became two nations. His early life was peppered with incidents that demonstrated his determination and rebellious nature against the occupying forces of the Japanese nation, one such example was his expulsion from school at age 12 for leading a protest against the Japanese.

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Taekwon-Do History

Technically, 1955 signalled the beginning of Taekwon-Do as a formally recognized art in Korea. On the 11th of April 1955, a special board was summoned by General Choi to decide on the unified name of Taekwon-Do. After much debate, the five major Kwans, Chung Do Kwan, Oh Do Kwan, Song Moo Kwan, Chang Moo Kwan, Ji Do Kwan, and Moo Duk Kwan accepted the name because it closely resembled the name of the ancient Korean martial art, Tae Kyon. This single unified name of Taekwon-Do replaced the different and confusing terms, such as Dang Soo, Gong Soo, Taek Kyon, and Kwon Bup.

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Why Taekwon-Do?

Taekwon-Do is a modern day martial art; it is dynamic, diverse and disciplined. It isn’t about learning to fight, to the contrary, it is about not having to fight. This may seem strange to the lay person and we shall endeavour to explain.

The word Taekwon-Do literally translated is:
• 'Tae' stands for kicking, jumping, flying or smashing with the foot.
• 'Kwon' denotes the fist - chiefly to punch or destroy with the hand or fist.
• 'Do' means the art or the way - the right way built by Saints and Sages of the past.

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Our Team


Master David Hodson

Master David Hodson

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What People Say

"“Welcome to NTA UK ” Welcome to our new website and our new association. National Taekwon Do Alliance UK (NTA UK) is the result of our years of training and teaching Taekwon-Do. We (me, my wife Simone Hodson V degree and our Fortitude Team) have been running successful schools for the past 20 years. We have our main schools and our franchise schools now with around 1300 students training each week from the age of 3yrs to 60yrs+. It has always been a goal of ours to reach out to our communities and share the beauty and life changing potential of Martial Arts, in our case ITF Taekwon-Do. NTA UK has been put together to initially serve our instructors and students with all the courses, gradings and competitions required to continue to run successfully and professionally. NTA UK supplies first aid, safeguarding, instructor training, risk assessment, health and safety courses for all our affiliated instructors. We work with and alongside NEST and offer the latest in all government guidelines and criteria for running safe, compliant classes. We also offer our students Black Belt gradings and certificates officially recognised by ITF HQ Korea the home of Taekwon-Do. WE FOLLOW THE TENETS OF TAEKWON DO INSIDE & OUTSIDE OUR DOJANGS We see this as just our beginning with NTA UK and it is our aim to continue its growth to become a leading recognised association within the UK. I had the greatest honour and privilege of training under the founder Grand Master Choi Hong Hi on two occasions performing both Yul Gok and Do san in his presence I will never forget those experiences and what they meant to me. We cannot have those experiences again sadly however it is our desire to share his teaching with as many people as is possible and in doing so go some way in promoting Gen Choi’s legacy and ultimately to build a more peaceful world. It is when we are on a path to reaching our fullest potential that we become happier healthier and of a greater service to our communities and therefore humanity as a whole."

Master David Hodson VII

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