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About Us
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Welcome to Long Eaton Family Martial Arts Academy. 

 

We're a family run martial arts club specializing in Freestyle Taekwondo and Judo. We offer a range of different classes, for people of all abilities, from the age of 3. 

To find out more about who we are, take a look below. 

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

 

Ms O'Connell opened the club in 2008, with the help of her children Caine and Kira - who still teach today. Back then, we didn't have an academy of our own, so we taught in leisure centres and school halls across the county. 

In 2012 we opened our own fully equipped academy with two dojos, a gym and state-of-the-art equipment. But one thing is still the same - family is at the heart of what we do. Our club welcomes families of all shapes and sizes, is friendly and supportive and has helped many people with both their physical and mental health.

Join our family today.

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OUR INSTRUCTORS
CHEIF INSTRUCTOR
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                          Dawn O'Connell

                             Dawn O'Connell is our                                     head instructor and

                             opened the club back in                                 2008. She teaches the 

                             adult classes, weapons

courses, Judo and PYT. Ms O'Connell is a 2nd Dan Black Belt and has been training for 44 years. As a teenager, she was chosen to be on the Olympic Judo Team but had to pull out due to lack of funding which drives her passion to provide martial arts for all. 

Favourite kata: Hwa Rang

SENIOR INSTRUCTORS
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Tracy Brown

Tracy joined the club in 2009 and began instructing in 2010. Formerly a qualified Nursery 

Practitioner, Tracy teaches our Punchin' Pandas and Junior Dragons. She's great with the little ones and has the patience of a saint! 

Favourite kata: Kwang Gae

INSTRUCTORS
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                          Stuart Mathews

                              Stuart started training                                      with us in 2016 after                                        watching his son Oliver in                                the Panda class. He                                          achieved his instructor status in 2020. Stuart teaches in all of our classes, and is particularly skilled with weapons!

Favourite kata: Toi Gye

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                          Kira Rouse

                              Kira has been training                                      since  2005. She got her                                  black belt in 2012 and has                                been helping teach since                                  the club opened in 2008. Kira often teaches all the different groups, but she particularly enjoys Judo. 

Favourite kata: Kwang Gae

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTORS
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                          Owen Hutcheson

                              Owen has been training                                    with us since he was                                        seven. Now 17, Owen is a                                Black Belt who became an                                instructor this year. Owen often helps out in the kid's classes and is especially good with our Pandas.  

Favourite kata: Choong Jang

CLASSROOM ASSISTANTS
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Karla C

Favourite kata: Dan Gun

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Oliver M

Favourite kata: Toi Gye

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Sophie F

Favourite kata: Won Hyo

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Adam H

Favourite kata: Do San

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Freya C

Favourite kata: Dan Gun

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