New IPMF Self Defence Program Proposals Put to the Harrogate Mayor

Master Ali, European International Police Martial Arts Federation President, invited the CEO of IPMF, Grandmaster John Deuk Moo Hur, to Harrogate to hold an official meeting with the Harrogate Mayor, Bernard Batemen, and Mayoress Linda Batemanregarding proposals of the introduction of IPMF self defence program to North Yorkshire Police, local security forces and branches of the armed forces within North Yorkshire.

Meetings were held at the Harrogate Council on Friday 23rd of November and were also attended by IPMF Vice President Grandmaster Don Wortman, who had travelled from Los Angeles, United States to support the proposals been presented by Master Kambiz and Master Hur (who had also himself travelled to Harrogate from South Korea) in hopes expanding the IPMF Self Defence program to the UK.

The proposals presented to the Mayor regard the introduction of proficient military grade self defence to North Yorkshire police and local branches of the Ministry of Defence in order to improve the standard of personal protection skills among local law enforcement and armed forces. If successful IPMF Programs will come to such organisations and enable military and law enforcement to receive more extensive training in the crucial skills of personal protection.

Registration Open for 1st Lanarkshire Open!

Registration for the first Lanarkshire open Poomsae and Kyerugi championships is now open. We look forward to welcoming you all to Wishaw for our first ever Lanarkshire open championships.

19 Jan 19 Poomsae and GM David Bailey is Judges Director
20 Jan 19 sparring and Master James Lewsley and s Referees Director

Register here

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First European IPMF Seminars

We have had a fantastic couple of days training at the first International police martial arts federation self defence seminar in Harrogate & London. We would like to give huge thanks to GM Hur and GM Don for coming from the US and South Korea to teach this amazing seminar. We would also like to thank our dear mayor and mayoress for attending the seminar and kindly presenting the awards and certificates to those training at the seminar. We have really enjoyed the opportunity to practice with the best in self defense.

In addition to the two seminars, we have met with Harrogate Borough Council and Andrew Jones MP to discuss expansion of the IPMF curriculum across the UK – watch this space for more details!

Fantastic Grading & Performance at the Bradford 1-2-1 Event

Earlier this month, KTA hosted a grading which included a whole host of new students grading from white belt. Everyone performed very well and passed on a day which was followed by more success at the Bradford 1-2-1 event.

All our fighters won, with Jacob & Miles winning gold and Maksymilian, Ben, Maxence, Alex, James, Charlotte & Tyler won silver, all showing grit and determination in all their fights.

Success in Portugal for Team GB & KTA

Team GB, recently went to the 3rd Open TKDSAC Championships & had a spectacular performance. Master Kambiz won a silver in U50 Dan Pair and +31 Dan Team Events for Team GB. Aaron Leith also won a bronze in the 18+ freestyle Poomsae event for Harrogate KTA. To top it all, Overall Team GB came 1st, making them the overall champions at this event, Team GB also secured the Trophies for top Dan Male Poomsae Player and top Dan female Poomsae player.

Success at 1st Manchester Open Poomsae Championships

Last weekend, Master Ali took Aaron, Oscar, Amelia and Alex to Manchester to compete in the first UTA Manchester Open Poomsae Championships.

The team returned with 2 Gold and 3 Silver medals, and also helped out at the event by refereeing throughout the day.

The team are now looking to prepare for the National Championships in December, held in London, as the club would like to take the biggest, strongest team possible to defend their ongoing success on the national stage.

KTA Open Week September 2018

Harrogate KTA are proud to announce their first open week for martial arts classes in Harrogate.

There are 5 class times running for new students (both kids and adults) between the 15th and 30th September:

Friends Meeting House, 12a Queen Parade, Harrogate, HG1 5PP

  • Monday 5-6pm
  • Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm

Rossett Sports Centre, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate, HG2 9JP

  • Saturday 10-11am
  • Saturday 11-12 noon
  • Saturday 12-1pm

If you sign up from our open week, we will offer you:

  • Free drink
  • No sign up fee
  • Free taster session
  • Half price uniform


Saturday 15th Sep 10amSaturday 15th Sep 11amSaturday 15th Sep 12pmMonday 17th Sep 5pmWednesday 19th Sep 6:30pmSaturday 22nd Sep 10amSaturday 22nd Sep 11amSaturday 22nd Sep 12pmMonday 24th Sep 5pmWednesday 26th Sep 6:30pmSaturday 29th Sep 10amSaturday 29th Sep 11amSaturday 29th Sep 12pm

Harrogate KTA at the 2018 Taekwondo Hanmadang – Jeju, South Korea

Over the Summer break, Master Ali, Ghazal and Aaron traveled to South Korea to compete in the 2018 Taekwondo Hanmadang.

The three met up in Seoul, after Master Ali visited the Kukkiwon headquarters, and then traveled on to Jeju a day before registration to enjoy the island.

Once registered, the team ate dinner on the eve of the opening day with other competitors, notably the President of Belgian Taekwondo.

During the 4 day competition, Master Ali competed in the Individual Poomsae & Knife Hand Break, narrowly missing out on the final of both events.

Aaron also missed out on the finals in the Knife Hand Break, and the High Jump Kick Break; as did Master Chris Maguire in the Speed Hand Break event.

Ghazal unfortunately had to pull out of the finals for the All Round Breaking & High Jump Kick Break through injury.

After the competition concluded, Aaron returned home and Master Ali and Ghazal continued on to Japan for their well-deserved holiday.

Below are a selection of the photographs taken by the team.

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