Instructors / Coaches and Volunteers


Steven Johnson

BTS Chief Instructor / BTS Principal Team Coach
ETU Coach

Steve trains and coaches the elite squad at BTS and is responsible for the sports development programme within BTS including feeding talented players into the GB development programme based in Manchester.  He runs 3 squad training sessions per week and coaches his team at top class tournaments around the world including in Serbia, Croatia, United States, Spain, Germany, Turkey, Austria, Netherlands and many more.

Steve joined BTS at the age of 5 and has trained and competed for the club ever since under the guidance of Joe Brown and Gareth Brown.  A truly loyal member of the team, he has won numerous national and international medals and titles along the way.  As a coach, Steve will now share his passion for the club and the sport with his students.

Steve is available for private tuition sessions in sport taekwondo, traditional taekwondo, self defence and strength and conditioning.

Level 2 National Coaching qualification

Tel: 07772 476329
Twitter: @TKD_BTS

Master Joe Brown

BTS Principal 

Level 2 National Coach (Sport Tae Kwon Do) & 6th Dan Master (Traditional Military Style Self Defence)

Kup Grade Registered Examiner (certificate EX4 053)

6th Dan Master Joe Brown is an ex-British serviceman for HM forces. He began training in Taekwondo in 1973 whilst serving with British Land Forces in Gun Club Barracks, Kowloon, Hong Kong where he earned his Black Belt and has kept up his training ever since. Upon returning to the UK in 1975 Joe began training with 6th Dan Master Vincent Chung and Chung Do Kwan in London. He found a club in Southampton where he worked (Southern Martial Art Centre, Chung Do Kwan under Instructor To Men Ken) Joe lived in New Milton and so opened his first club in his hometown under Chung Do Kwan.  Joe has an extensive career as a professional bodyguard for VIP's such as Cynthia Rothrock (Hollywood Martial Arts Superstar), World Champion Kickboxer Bill "Superfoot" Wallace and Andra Franett (World Karate Champion). Joe was the Founder and Chief Instructor of British Taekwondo South (laterly British Taekwondo schools) which he established in 1981, the club is still going strong to this day. He has trained and coached many athletes to medal positions, that include National, International, European, World and Olympic medallists.  Amongst them are juniors/seniors Jemma Johnson (Bronze medal at junior world championships), Aaron Cook, Gareth Gurd (Bronze medal European Championships 2001), Louise Gill (European Champion 1997) and his son Gareth Brown to name but a few.
Master Joe is one of the most experienced coaches in Great Britain having coached at World Olympic selection/qualifying for the 2000 Olympic Games in Croatia, Women's Europa Cup team which won bronze in the team event (for example, Joe Brown has coached  World Champion and Olympic medallist Sarah Stevenson in both finals of the Woman's Europa Cup in Finland and Izmir Turkish International 2001 as a prelude to the Olympic Games and coached Paul Green (Silver Medallist World Championships, Germany 2003). Joe coached Paul to a Gold Medal in the Sardinian Open International in 1998. He also coached all Junior / Senior European and World Championships since 1995 for BTCB and UK Sport Taekwondo. Joe was the BTF National Team Coach 1985-1994, BTCB Principal National Team Coach from 1994-2002, Regional Centre of Excellence National Team Coach 2002-2006 and the BTCB Combined Services Military Team Coach Great Britain 2005-2008

BTS Child protection Officer (Fully qualified social worker and 17 years experience working with children/adolescents)

BTS Coach coordinator and point of contact for GB Taekwondo

Brief outline of Curriculum Vitae:


·         Military (1969-1975)


Infantry Soldier

NCO Section Commander

Mountaineering and outward bound (Eskdale Mountain School) Certificate number E216

NCO cadre training

Urban warfare training

Jungle warfare training

Survival training

Escape and evasion training

Parachute training

Specialist sniffer team

Small arms coach

Long range navigation and patrolling Canada

Exemplary military record (various decorations)


·         Civilian


CSS modules and qualifications from Southampton and Bournemouth Universities in working with people (28/04/81)

o   Management administration skills

o   Counselling and behaviour management/psychology

o   Education for competence and other techniques for changing behaviour

o   Group work (Group dynamics & styles of leadership).

Health and safety at work study day 1987

Child care legislation 1987

Communication with children 1987

Equal opportunities seminar (codes of practice / forms of discrimination when working with people) 1988

Supervision / team building 1989

Practice teacher in supervision techniques (Wessex Regional Practice Teacher course, Portsmouth Polytechnic - June 1989)

Race culture / Child care practice (King Alfred College - Winchester) 1991

Anti racism training 1991

Team Leader Counsellor for the first Gulf War crisis

Certificate / Diploma in personnel management (Portsmouth Polytechnic - 25/01/91)

Independent Security Services: certified to undertake bodyguard / close protection (06/03/95)

SITO (Security Industry Training Award) – 01/04/98


·         Taekwondo


Best Senior Fighter Award (London Taekwondo Division) - 28/11/81

Between 1985 and 1994 Joe Brown was selected by the then British Taekwondo Federation to train in Korea at two specific venues (Kukkiwon and Korean National University for Sport).  The aim was to learn training and coaching methodology for sport taekwondo.  He spent 3 months there.

British Olympic Association (BOA) Team management seminar (13/03/97 - London)

Loughborough University for sport (BOA) coaches training day "setting goals for athletes", 2003

British Olympic Training Camp (Lofer, Austria) in 2004

Royal Yachting Association  Team GBR Coaching professional development / assessing coaching styles (March 2005)

British Taekwondo Control Board / UK Sport Taekwondo certificate in coach and athlete development (July 2008 -  Manchester and October 2008 - Manchester)

British Taekwondo Council School Teaching qualification (March 2010) - UK Sport

Hampshire County Council School teaching recognition (December 2010)

Numerous international championship diplomas for coaching Great Britain Teams (junior and senior)

Various first aid and sports injuries certified courses

Various and numerous corner judge and referee courses up to class 1 national referee

Level 2 National Coaching qualification (July 2014)

Safeguarding & Protecting Children (07/06/2015)

Sports Coach UK Fundamentals of Movement, Portsmouth University (19/01/2016)

British Olympic Academy Coaching Development Day (March 2016)

International / European Sports Coaching Qualification For Olympic Tae Kwon Do (25 April 2017, Athens)

HM Government Prevent Radicalisation e-learning course, 8 September 2017

BTCB Membership Number: BTC/20030642
Criminal Records Bureau Ref :00143412022



Craig Roppolo

BTS Head Coach

Craig joined BTS in 2003 and worked his way to his black belt in 2005.  He took part in his first ever tournament in 2006 as a veteran and has since won a number of veteran medals and titles including a silver medal at the National Championships in 2011.
Craig started covering classes for BTS as an assistant instructor in 2008 and in 2010 became involved with training the elite squad as well as coaching at competitions.  In 2013 Craig was in charge of the team at the British National Championships and managed to clinch the 2nd place team trophy.

Level 2 National Coaching qualification

Instructor no: BTC20051383
CRB ref: 001448869583 

Dave Maddock

BTS Maddogs Instructor

Dave Maddock

Dave Maddock joined BTS in 2016.  Dave originates from a kickboxing background and formed Maddogs Martial Arts in 1999.  Dave is three times world kickboxing champion and was head junior coach for the World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO) for 11 years, the pinnicle of his career being the WAKO Junior World Championship finals where he led the Great Britain team to the final.  Dave manages our BTS Stoke on Trent venue.  Dave coached his daughter Charlie Maddock (7 world kickboxing titles) before she made the transition to Taekwondo where she won the Commonwealth Championships and European Games during her first year.

Adam Harris

BTS Damerham Instructor / Coach

 Adam joined BTS when he was 8 years old and is currently 3rd Dan working towards his 4th Dan. Level 2 National Coaching qualification and CRB checked. 


BTS Wales Instructor / Coach
BTS Wales

 BTS Wales opened its doors in 2018 headed up by Noel Pahimna (aka Daryl), 3rd Dan. CRB checked.





Alex Cullen: General Secretary/Welfare Officer 

1st Dan. Alex and her family joined BTS in 2013 and she took up her voluntary role as BTS General
Secretary in 2015.  Tel: 07713 274794.


Stig: Team Manager
Yan is a volunteer member of the team and dedicates his time to supporting all coaches and athletes by managing all competition attendance and more, we could not be without him!  His qualifications include BSc (Hons) Sports Management. Tel: 07977 468717.


Sharon Monk - Volunteer Welfare Officer


Sharon is a volunteer member of BTS and is also a registered First Aider.