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BTS Southampton Tigers - Return to training in August 2020 at our Westend venue!

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BTS takes our best haul ever at the 2018 British National Championships! 

1st place team - novice winners (day 1)

1st place team - advanced winners (day 2)

1st place overall team winners!

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Sharissa Gannaway, representing Great Britain, takes home the Silver at the 2017 Junior European Championships in Cyprus.

Sharrisa stormed through to the final of the Junior European Championships 2017 in Cyprus, in her semi-final beating Croatia on golden point! Sadly Sharissa lost in the final against France (20-14) and therefore proudly took home the Silver medal for Great Britain. "what an achievement, well done Sharissa, from Joe & Steve".

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BTS had an amazing medal haul at the 2017 British Taekwondo National Championships

An amazing time had by all and what fantastic results for BTS. 1st place team trophy overall, 1st place advanced, and 3rd place novice categories. Thank you to everyone - athletes, coaches, parents, photographers, officials, and of course Yan!
Medal winners over the full weekend are listed on our Team Results page. Well done everyone!



Joe Brown has successfully completed the HM Government Prevent e-learning course. This course covers the risks of radicalisation and the role we can play in supporting those at risk.

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We had another weekend of bag packing, this time thanks to Sainsbury's at Lordshill. We raised a fantastic £379.67. Thanks to all BTS members and parents that came along to support us.

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We are pleased to announce that British Taekwondo Schools are now Clubmark accredited

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Joe Brown has succesfully completed the Continental licence Coach training course in Athens with the European Taekwondo Union.

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Fantastic result for BTS at the G1 Austria Open 2017.

Phoenix Goodman - Gold

Chloe Roberts - Silver






Well done to everyone who took part in the Southampton ABP races on Sunday 23rd April 2017. Don't forget to hand in sponsorship forms with all monies raised as soon as possible. Well done everyone, you were all amazing!

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We are pleased to announce that our GB Talent Club status has been extended for another 2 years!

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Well done to everyone that came along to help with bagpacking at Tesco, Milbrook in March. We raised an amazing £341.25. Well done BTS!! 

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Well done to all BTS athletes that took part in the Dutch Open.



Congratulations to BTS members Issac and Ismailo Gezer on winning the #BN2016 'Design a Sign' competition. Well done! 



Congratulations and thank you to Alex, BTS General Secretary, who completed the Salisbury Half Marathon on 6th Ocotber and rasied £135 towards the Team Fund. 



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We would like to say congratulations to all 43 BTS athletes (North and South) that took part in the 2016 British National Championships hosted at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. The team came away with 1st place advanced team trophy and 2nd place overall team trophy.  For more pictures from througout the weekend see our gallery pages or visit



21 August 2016 - BTS hosts a British Taekwondo Matt Seminar

Thanks to BTS parents for giving up their time to help out and for donations of cakes and rolls etc - we raised £98.49 towards the BTS Team Fund.  Well done!



25.07.2016 Note to all BTS members:

For all training sessions and tournaments athletes must wear WTF approved protective equipment purchased from BTS coaches.  This ensures effective insurance cover and removes any risk of an athlete wearing non-WTF approved kit.

Clothing:  For training BTS t-shirts or hoodies must be worn with either white TKD trousers or tracksuit trousers below the knee.  No shorts allowed.

At all tournaments athletes must compete in a BTS printed dobok.

Uniform rules apply from September to give everyone a chance to purchase the correct kit.

Many thanks, Joe Brown (Principal team coach)



UTF London International Open, August 2016

BTS takes 1st place team trophy with a fantastic medal haul of 13 gold, 7 silver, and 10 bronze.  What a great way to break for Summer before we get back to training later this month to prepare for the British National Championships.



Gareth Brown (pictured on the right below with Paul Green) has arrived in Rio!! Gareth is at the 2016 Rio Olympics in his role as GB Tae Kwon Do High Peformance Coach.  Joe Brown (BTS Principal Team Coach) and all at BTS wish the GB athletes best of luck and most importantly sincerely hope they all enjoy themselves!  




We are pleased to announce that Joe Brown (Principal team coach) has secured an agreement with Ki Martial Arts that for every piece of equipment bought through BTS coaches/instructors, Ki Martial Arts Ltd will donate up to £2 to the BTS Team Fund.  Thank you all at Ki Martial Arts!


Well done to Jacob Martin for standing proud among men, women, and children with cancer. Jacob conquered the clippers and has raised in excess of £300 for Macmillan charity! 



British International Open, June 2016: The BTS team secured a fantastic medal haul winning 4th place team trophy with a very small team of just 19 in comparisson to the winners who had 53 athletes. Well done to everyone who took part.  


Our proud parents jostling for a photo of the team with their medal haul at the British International Open 2016


04 June 2016: Our BTS technical kicking fundraiser was a huge success!  Many thanks to all who helped out on the day and to those that took part.  Together we raised an awesome £434.45.  Special mention to our young members Lily, Leona, Holly and Phoenix for their stalls and creativity. Well done everyone.


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13 May 2016: BTS attends GB Taekwondo National Training Centre where existing and new Talent Clubs were presented with their Talent Club status certificates!


May 2016: The start of something new, BTS South & North.  Joe Brown and Dave Maddocks seal it with a handshake after welcoming the Southern team to Maddogs Martial Arts in Stoke-on-Trent for a test match day.

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December 9th: BTS Team Fund to benefit from DVD sales

BTS has received the first batch of DVDs after John Street agrees to supply the club at no cost.  The sets of 5 DVDs cover the taekwondo teaching syllabus including patterns, kicking technique and self defense.  They will be sold with all proceeds going directly into the Team Fund for the benefit of our aspiring young athletes.



December 7th: Great results at the Park Cup in Germany

BTS had 7 players in Germany this weekend for the 30th edition of the Park Cup.  The team had a fresh look to it with 3 members travelling with the squad for the first time.  Tegan Paynter, Zoe Ratcliffe and Jaden Cullen made the most of this opportunity and respectively claimed gold, silver and bronze.  Tegan dominated her weight group winning her 3 fights by points gap while Zoe showed her more experienced team mates how to do a reverse turning kick taking the gumshield out of her opponent's mouth and sending it flying across the ring!

The more experienced players were not to be outdone though with Kara and Jeamy winning gold while Owen claimed silver.




November 30th: GB Taekwondo confirm BTS's talent club status

The club's hard work has been recognised as GB Taekwondo has confirmed the club's status as a talent club.  You can read GB Taekwondo's article by clicking here.

Thank you to Alex and Joe for their hard work on that one!


November 22nd: Test match day with Black Widow Tkd


BTS travelled to Wakefield today to get some match practice with Black Widow Taekwondo club.  Test match days are an opportunity for coaches to share their knowledge and learn from each other while also providing players with different sparring partners to the ones they train with every week.  Richard Fairhurst (Black Widow Tkd) and Steve liaised to arrange this day and we look forward to welcoming Black Widow for another training day in Southampton in the new year.

If any other clubs would like to work with BTS please contact Yan (Team Manager) on 07977 468717 or Steve (Team coach) on 07772 476329.




November 11th: Southampton Test MP Alan Whitehead visits BTS


Alan Whitehead took the time to come to the club to find out for himself why the club is so successful after hearing about the club's impressive recent results and track record. 




A report of his visit can be found on the Alan Whitehead's website by clicking here.


October 28th: Halloween grading


£103.89 has been raised for the Team Fund at the club's halloween grading.  Thank you to all the parents/members who donated cakes and to the volunteers on the day.



October 16th: BTS is on hand to help out WTF TV at the Manchester Grand Prix

Watch the interview by clicking here.


October 10th: Daily Echo report on the National Championships



October 8th, 2015: New addition to the BTS family


Better late than never (I wonder where he got that from???), not so little (9lbs 4oz) Archie Paul William Brown is finally here!  No doubt a future BTS champion.  Best wishes to Gareth and Sarah from everybody at BTS.




September 13th, 2015: Amazing National Championships for BTS

8 National Champions, 2nd place team for the advanced category and 3rd place overall team trophy.  Well done BTS, this has been an amazing performance.

Our 6 advanced 2015 national champions are: Leona Cullen, Tegan Paynter, Jeamy Navarro-Schrank, Georgia Appleby, Ben Haines and Darin Waldock.

Our 2 novice 2015 national champions are: Phoenix Goodman and Sharissa Gannaway.


BTS is now the team with the highest number of advanced national champions of any team in the country.


Advanced team (minus Ben, Fran, Daniel and Josh):


Novice medalists:


3 happy coaches with the 2nd place advanced team trophy:


The weekend was really positive for the team both on and off the mats but a couple of special mentions are in order:


- Zoe Ratcliffe: very unlucky for having to retire through injury while 4-0 up in the final. 

- Owen Pepper: for his fantastic performance in his final and his lovely black eye.

- Phoenix Goodman: 53-2 is more often seen on a rugby pitch than on a taekwondo ring, but there it was!

- Ben Haines:  thank you for being loyal to BTS despite having the choice of competing under UK Sport this weekend.

- Archie Waldock: for not recording Darin's brilliant knock out chop kick!

- Dona Paynter: for not putting our midwifery skills to the test!



September 1st, 2015: Darin Waldock is presented with his kukkiwon certificate



June 26th, 2015: Australia Open medals for Ben and Max


Former BTS players Ben Haines and Max Cater came up with the goods for GB at the Australia Open both bagging a bronze medal, some valuable ranking points... and a cuddly toy!



March 28th, 2015: BTS Technical Championship

This year's technical championship was by far the best to date.  Strong competition didn't stop Fran Watson retaining the overall title in the pattern competition while Jeamy Navarro-Schrank took the inaugural technical kicking title.  A big thank you to all the parents who helped with catering and cakes on the day to make this day extra special and raise over £400 for the Team Fund.  A special mention and thank you has to go to Phoenix Goodman and Holly Pepper for their fund raising initiative.  Make sure to check the pictures in the "photo gallery" section of the website.



March 13th, 2015: Dutch Open medals


Georgia Appleby and Jeamy Navarro-Schrank both fought their way to a bronze medal at the very well attended Dutch Open this year.  The weekend was also very important for the less experienced members of the squad: Kara Jonsson, Jasmine Cooke and Ryan Simpson put in good performances in what was their first ever G-class Open event.



February 1st, 2015: Huge weekend for BTS in Belgium


BTS took 21 players to Belgium for the Keumgang Open on Saturday and the Hanguk Cup on Sunday.  Two tournaments in one weekend was a first for the club and the objective was to give our young ones as much competition time as possible.  The team, which was for the biggest part very inexperienced, came back with a huge haul of medals and the 2nd place girls team trophy (Sunday)!  Well done to everybody.


February 1st, 2015: Former BTS players lead the way for GB


Not one, not two but three former BTS players medalled for GB this weekend in Bosnia.  Read GB Taekwondo's report by clicking here.


December 8th, 2014: Park Cup, Germany


2 gold medals at the Park Cup in Germany for the final tournament of 2014 and a first international tournament for Jasmine.  Bring on 2015!



July 27, 2014: Taekwondo Friendship Championship


BTS took a very young team to the Friendship Championship in Reading this weekend.  Our players may have lacked some experience (this was the first ever tournament for a number of them) but they certainly didn't lack the talent and enthusiasm coming back with 2 gold and 4 silver medals.



Lilly put in a good performance and won 2 fights to win her gold medal.

Daisy Mae showed showed she isn't scared of anything fighting 2 weight groups above her own and bringing back silver.

Holly had a brilliant first tournament winning her first fight before missing out in the final to take home silver.

Owen also won his 1st fight and got silver.

Leona put in a good effort in her first ever tournament to take home a silver medal.

Jayden is clearly a girl on the move up as she knocked out her 1st  opponent in the first round before winning her final and taking gold.


Daisy Mae was the performance of the day but well done to the whole team.  The future of BTS is secure!


June 21, 2014: BTS technical championship


Fran Watson takes the overall title at the 2014 BTS technical championship in a very close affair.  She beat 2013 champion Natasha Earwood by just 0.5 points.  Well done to all who took part.



June 18, 2014: BTS player will represent GB at the cadet world championships in Baku, Azerbaijan


Jeamy Navarro-Schrank has been selected as part of a 12 strong team to represent GB at the upcoming inaugural cadet world championships which will be held in Baku (Azerbaijan) from July 24th-27th.


May 21, 2014: ABS-CBN cover BTS player Spanish Open win


ABS-CBN have published an article on their worldwide news feed about Jeamy's win at the Spanish Open.  Click here to read the article.


May 19th, 2014: Dan Grading


Congratulations to Keisha Fletcher who passed her 1st Dan this Saturday.  



On Sunday BTS showed it has strength in depth as Sean Wilson (3rd from left) passed his second Dan, Hubert Dutkiewicz (4th from left)  passed his third Dan and Rowan Snell (1st from left) passed his fourth Dan.


May 19th, 2014: Spanish Open success


BTS once again placed a player on the top step of the podium at the Spanish Open.  Jeamy took gold this year after 4 fights against Germany, Spain and 2 french players including the recent Dutch Open winner.





















March 31st, 2014


BTS is now on twitter.  Follow the team @TKD_BTS



December 18th, 2013: Archie Waldock selected


GB Taekwondo have today announced that Archie Waldock has been selected for the Junior World Championships and the selection tournament for the Junior Olympic Games.  Both events will be held in Chinese Taipei in March.  Congratulations Archie!

This selection comes on the back of very impressive performances and results at the recent selection events including Gold in Serbia and Gold in Croatia.  Archie is one of only 2 club players who will represent GB at the qualification tournament for the Youth Games.


November 2013: Esso Exxpress publication (November issue)


October 1st, 2013: ABS CBN News


ABS-CBN News continue to follow BTS player Jeamy Navarro-Schrank and publishes a 6th article.  You can read the latest article by clicking here.


September 27th, 2013: Junior European Championships


Georgia Barnes has today become the first British fighter in 14 years to claim the title of Junior European Champion!  Georgia joined BTS when she was 7 years old and has trained with the club ever since (last 10 years).  This was Georgia's last tournament before leaving for Manchester next week where she has been invited to join the GB Academy full time.


Georgia and her gold medal with GB Development coach Gareth Brown in Portugal



September 8th, 2013: British National Championships


Day 1 (advanced categories) of the National Championships in Manchester yielded 4 gold medals for BTS.  Archie Waldock, Mollie Schofield, Jenny Marjason and Jeamy Navarro-Schrank are the new National Champions in their respective divisions.  A few very close calls could easily have strengthened this tally with Max losing on golden point and both Hannah and Will losing out on referee decision. 


Day 1 Team with 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Lutalo Muhammad, GB Team member Andrew Deer and GB development coach Gareth Brown at the Manchester velodrome:


Day 2 (novice categories) was a little quieter but no less exciting for BTS who only had a team of 4.  Ryan Simpson put in a convincing performance to take gold.  Marianna Jabbar in her first ever outing for the club and Kara Jonsson fighting well out of her weight had to settle for bronze.


Day 2 team was well supported with 1 coach per athlete:


Over the 2 days the team returned 5 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze medals.


August 18th, 2013: First BTS inter-club technical championships



Natasha Earwood is crowned overall champion



July 4th, 2013: 2 BTS players selected for the Academy


Georgia Barnes and Ben Haines have been selected to train full time at the GB Academy in Manchester.  Part of a new intake in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, they will now train alongside the very best including Olympic medallists Jade Jones and Lutalo Muhammad.  A testament to the quality of the BTS club, this is the first time 2 athletes from the same club have been selected to join the Academy in the same year.  Only 4 athletes have been selected from WTF clubs and half of them come from BTS!  Georgia and Ben's dedication has paid off and we wish them all the luck and success they deserve.  We would also like to thank them both for the huge contribution they have made to the club over the last few years.  Make the most of the opportunity!



June 30th, 2013: Test Match day


Once again, clubs from across the South came together with the common aim of providing development opportunities for their players.  Gurumu (London), Southams (Plymouth), Dorset tkd and New Milton taekwondo clubs all joined BTS in Southampton for an intense training day: 2 hours of training in the morning and 3 hours of test matches in the afternoon using the Daedo electronic scoring system.  Thank you to all coaches for attending and contributing to this day.  The cooperation between the clubs is vital for the development of all players.  Let's keep it going!  If any other clubs would like to attend future events please email Yan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Southern clubs set the standard: 8 of the 47 players who attended the test match day will feature later this year at the cadet and junior European Championships.  Those players train with BTS, Gurumu and Southams.


June 13th, 2013: GB selection


3 BTS players have been selected to represent Team GB at the upcoming Cadet European Championships in Romania this August and Junior European Championships in Portugal this September.

Georgia Barnes has been called up again in juniors -49kgs after her great performance and bronze medal at the under 21 championships earlier this year.  Georgia was also part of the team for the junior european championships 2 years ago in Cyprus.

It is however a first call for Jeamy Navarro-Schrank (cadets -41kgs) and Mollie Schofield (cadets +59kgs).

Congratulations and good luck to all three!


June 2nd, 2013: Breakthrough for Hannah


The Austria Open in Innsbruck will be one to remember for Hannah Physick who had to go through 5 fights to get her silver medal and her best international result so far.  She had to beat fighters from the Czech Republic, Holland and Germany twice before losing out to a very experienced fighter from Croatia.

This last tournament of the season also saw Archie Waldock take silver.



May 25th, 2013: International Youth Cup


Jeamy wins gold at the International Youth Cup in Dormagen (Germany)



May 13th, 2013: Additional funding from Exxon Mobil


The Team Fund was given a boost today with a £1,000 grant from Exxon Mobil's volunteer involvement programme.  This will allow the club to purchase a set of size 2 Daedo electronic chest pads with transmitters and a receiver to complement the sizes 1 and 3  we already have.  Training on the now widely used electronic scoring system is essential for tournament preparation and Exxon Mobil's support over the last few years has greatly contributed to the very impressive results the club is achieving both at national and international levels.


May 12th, 2013: Capital Cup


16 players, 8 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals.  Fantastic results and performances for the club this weekend with 3players competing for the very first time (Billy Pragnell, Owen Sanders, Karlos Gregory) and 1 player competing in WTF taekwondo for the first time (Catherine Pearson).


May 5th, 2013: Archie wins gold at the Spanish Open


Archie Waldock was on form today at the Spanish Open beating a very competitive field to the gold medal.  Congratulations!


May 3rd, 2013: Gareth announced as high performance coach for GB Taekwondo


After many years coaching the BTS Team to successes around the world, Gareth has now been announced as high performance coach for GB Taekwondo.  He will be responsible for the development of the Junior and Cadet Teams, working within the Talent development programme funded by Sport England.  Gareth has been working with the GB development squads for 2 years but he will now be based full time at the Academy in Manchester.

BTS would like to thank Gareth for his devotion to the club and wish him all the success he deserves in this new challenge.

Steve Johnson will now take over Gareth's position at BTS as full time coach.


April 21st, 2013: Under-21 European Championships


A huge well done to Georgia Barnes for winning a bronze medal on the last day of the under-21 European Championships in Moldova.  Georgia is the only GB player returning with a medal.  BTS was well represented within the squad with 2 players.  Ben Haines unfortunately exited the tournament in the preliminary rounds after being very narrowly beaten by Germany 16-17.  Congratulations to Georgia and Ben for representing the club so well at this major championship.


April 13th-14th, 2013: Dan grading


It was 100% pass rate for BTS students at the Dan grading this weekend in Mansfield with the club now having 3 more black belts as a result.  Max Cater, Owen Sanders and Will Martin  passed their first Dan on Saturday while Jeamy Navarro-Schrank passed her 2nd Dan on Sunday.  Congratulations!




April 7th, 2013: Belgian Open


Mollie Schofield wins the cadets +59 division at the Belgian Open and takes home a well deserved gold medal after a very mature performance.

This was also Steve Johnson's first outing as the BTS team coach and judging by the team performance it won't take him long to settle in the role.  Each of the 5 BTS players won matches and only some very close referee decisions denied the team a bigger medal haul.  The team is now preparing for the Spanish Open in Alicante early next month.


March 31st, 2013


Gareth Brown announces that he is no longer coaching the BTS Team.  The club structure between traditional taekwondo and sports taekwondo will remain the same with new club coach, Steven Johnson, taking over the full time role with support from other BTS coaches Craig Roppolo, Marcin Swedrzynski and Kate Swedrzynska.  The squad will continue to train as regularly as they currently do, with individual development PT sessions run by Steven Johnson.

Gareth would like to thank all the athletes involved at the club for giving him some very enjoyable and memorable moments in coaching.  He would also like to thank the other staff at the club for their support, and of course the parents for the challenges they provided him with!

Good luck to the new coaching team at the club, and continued good luck and hard work to ALL athletes! Something like this needs to go on!


March 25th, 2013: Under 21 European Championships selection


GB taekwondo have announced today the team for the Under 21 European Championships which will be run from April 18-21 in Moldova.  The team includes 2 BTS players: Ben Haines has been selected in the -80 kgs category and Georgia Barnes will fight the -49 kgs group.


February 24th, 2013


Today caps one of the busiest half term week the team has ever had. Although the whole team was at squad training on Saturday morning as usual, the schedule was anything but routine after that with cadet and junior national training camps in Manchester, US Open in Las Vegas and Luxembourg Open in... Luxembourg!

BTS had a record 6 juniors training in Manchester with the national squad after Sean and Georgia moved up from the cadet squad.

Ben made his coaching debut in Las Vegas steering Jeamy to a strong performance with 2 wins before narrowly missing out in the quarter final.

It was Steve's turn to make his coaching debut in Luxembourg where BTS sent 6 players for development.  The Team came back with 2 bronze medals for Georgia Appleby after moving up 2 weight groups to get some fights and Kyla Cacacho on her first international tournament.



February 11th, 2013: Trelleborg Open


Ben Haines had to go through 5 fights to win silver at the Trelleborg Open in Sweden beating Serbia, Holland, Kuwait and Israel in the process.  He also picked up the runner up trophy at the Portsmouth News Young Sports Personality Award ceremony tonight.

Georgia Barnes also turned heads this weekend picking up a bronze medal in Sweden in the senior division at the age of 16.


January 3rd, 2013: London 2012 legacy equipment competition


Back in November a number of BTS players entered the Olympic legacy equipment competition organised by British Taekwondo.  Jeamy Navarro-Schrank won one of the categories with her essay about how watching the olympic games inspired her.  As a result the club was given some equipment including 2 "London 2012" headguards signed by Sarah Stevenson, Jade Jones, Lutalo Muhammad and Martin Stamper.  Jeamy and Joe went to pick up the equipment this morning from British Taekwondo Chairman, Adrian Tranter.



November 21st, 2012: OCS Young Sports Person Awards


BTS player Jeamy Navarro-Schrank scooped the "Rising Star" award at this year's star studded ceremony held at BAFTA in Picadilly.  Amongst others Beth Tweddle (London 2012 bronze), Sam Oldham (London 2012 bronze), Katherine Grainger (London 2012 gold), Tim Baillie (London 2012 gold), Rory Underwood MBE, Mark Foster, Ade Adepitan and host Gaby Logan (BBC) were all in attendance.



Jeamy being interviewed by Gaby Logan:


November 11th, 2012: Croatia Open


Archie Waldock takes silver at the Croatia Open in Zagreb after 5 fights and only just losing in the final on golden point.  Fantastic work Archie!



November 10th, 2012: Black belt grading


It's a 100% pass rate for BTS students at this weekend's black belt grading in Mansfield which is a credit to Joe and Gareth's teaching standards and diligence when preparing their students.  Congratulations to Josh, Kyla, Joseph, Hannah and Sean who are now all black belts and a big thank you to Siva (Gurumu Team) for his support on the day.  Congratulations also to Jason (not on picture) who passed his second Dan.  Sol (not pictured) from the Portsmouth club also passed his first Dan



October 21st, 2012: Gold in Serbia for BTS


Georgia Barnes won 4 fights to take gold at the Serbian Open (A Class) in Belgrade this weekend.  Great performance, congratulations!



Sept 27th, 2012: Only 24 spaces left for self defence seminar


There are only 24 spaces left for the self defence seminar on October 14th so make sure you book your space asap to avoid disappointment. The seminar will be held at the All Saints Church Hall between 1pm-4pm and is open to everybody, not just BTS members.  The seminar is also ideal preparation for all senior gradings.  See events/gradings section for more details.


Sept 26th, 2012: BTS player featured on ANC


A BTS player who was filmed at the national championships was featured this week on ANC.  You can watch the video by clicking here.


Sept 26th, 2012: Date announced for North v South Fight Night


The date for the next North v South fight night (to be held in the North this time) will be December 8th.  More details to follow.


Sept 12th, 2012: BTS Head Coach gets married!


On behalf of the whole club, heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for the future to Gareth and Sarah who got married today in Mauritius.  Thankfully BTS sent its very own paparazzi to the island and he came up trumps as we received this picture.



Sept 9th, 2012: British National Championships - Manchester


After some debate the club decided to send a team to the Nationals despite both Gareth, our head team coach and Joe, our chief instructor being away in Mauritius for Gareth's wedding.  The decision paid off and BTS came back with a haul of medals and an unexpected 2nd place team trophy on day 1 (Advanced).  They were some outstanding performances throughout the team including Jenny doing the double (gold in both juniors and seniors), Georgia (gold in juniors and bronze in seniors), Archie (Silver in Juniors), Georgia A (gold for her first tournament with BTS), Kara (Bronze in her first ever tournament)... Please see the results section for a full list.


These performances and results would not have been possible without the very generous help of a few key people.  On behalf of the whole BTS club a massive thank you to:

  • Craig Roppolo: Craig was in Southampton on Friday night to cover Joe's class, drove up to Manchester very early Saturday morning and coached an insane number of fights on the first day to steer the team to 2nd place (advanced categories).
  • Marcin Swedrzynski: Marcin backed Craig up and even interrupted his own warm up to coach.
  • Brian Tilley (Chi Taekwondo) for providing invaluable logistical help.
  • Dave Desforges Snr and jnr (Southams tkd) for coaching some of our players when we had four on at the same time.
  • Ruebyn for coaching Ben at very short notice.
  • Some of the parents for their help and support over the weekend including Sean, Wayne, Helen and Colin.

Craig with the well deserved 2nd place team trophy (for advanced categories)


August 25th, 2012: Black belt grading


Congratulations to Mollie Schofield who passed her black belt grading this weekend in Scotland.


July 29th, 2012: British Taekwondo Annual General Meeting


British Taekwondo President Adrian Tranter presented Joe Brown with a special Gold Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of WTF taekwondo in the UK.  Joe started taekwondo in 1973 while serving with British ground forces in Hong Kong and has been training ever since.   Joe took part in many tournaments representing London Taekwondo Division, Chung Do Kwan and on 28/11/1981 was awarded the best senior fighter trophy and his last national championships was in Aylesbury in 1983 (29 yrs old) where he fought lightweight.  He was the only fighter from the Southampton area.

Joe Brown was at the inaugural meeting of the British Taekwondo Control Board on April 24th, 1982 at the Birmingham Centre Hotel and was invited by the then President of the BTCB, Mr Oscar State, OBE, and the then General Secretary, Mr John Ingram.  This was initiated by the BOA (1-2 John Prince's St, London) on March 22nd, 1982.  Joe's club was then registered with the BTCB as club No 000036 and was acknowledged by R W Palmer who was then the BOA's General Secretary.






July 24th, 2012: ABS-CBN News


A BTS player is once again featured on the ABS-CBN Worldwide News network.  You can read the article by clicking here.


July 23rd, 2012: GB training camps


BTS has 6 players at the GB Academy in Manchester this week taking part in the junior and cadet olympic themed training camps.  Georgia Barnes, Jenny Marjason and Archie Waldock have met up with the Mexican National Team today.  They will be joined tomorrow by the cadets: Mollie Schofield, Sean Wilson and Jeamy Navarro-Schrank.


July 22nd, 2012: British taekwondo AGM


Joe and Gareth will represent BTS at the British Taekwondo Annual General Meeting in Nottingham on July 29th.


July 15th, 2012: British International Open - Crawley


BTS had a fantastic day at the British International Open in Crawley this weekend bringing home 7 golds, 4 silvers, 2 bronzes and 3rd place Team Trophy!  There were many really good performances on the day but special mentions go to Anne and Erika who worked their way to gold by showing huge improvements and great composure.  The credit for these improvements all round also has to go to Gareth and his outstanding professional skills.

This is how Gareth summed the day up: "It was really pleasing to see 11 players in the finals but even more pleasing to see that all players applied the key areas that have been worked on in training over the past few weeks".

A big thank you also to Jan Annis for representing BTS amongst the referees at this event.


May 16th, 2012: 16-21 European Championships


BTS player Ben Haines has been selected to represent Team GB at the 16-21 European Championships in Athens this June.  Ben has however declined the invitation as the tournament clashes with the Junior training camp in Korea.  It was a difficult choice but he has decided to focus on long term development and the camp in Korea will be more beneficial. Ben will still be young enough to be eligible for the same tournament in 2014. 


May 16th, 2012: Daily Echo


May 7th, 2012: BTS outing to the European Championships


A great weekend for the BTS Team who went to Manchester to watch the European Championships.  They witnessed a great performance from Team GB who took 4th place Team with 3 gold and 4 bronze medals.  Check out the pictures in the gallery section.  It was also an opportunity to learn from the best as the BTS squad members were given various performance analysis assignments.

A big well done to Hannah Physick who managed to talk the restaurant manager into giving the whole team free breakfast.  Your space is already saved on our next outing!


May 3rd, 2012: Update from Manchester


Unfortunately Jemma bowed out to France in the first round with a score of 6-4 in a very closely contested match.  Well done Jemma for the huge effort it took to prepare for those championships and a good performance on the day.


May 1st, 2012: 2 days to go...


BTS's Jemma Johnson will be in action in Manchester on Thursday at the European Championships.  She is featured on the GB taekwondo website today.  See it by clicking here


All 4 rings at the European Championships will be shown live on


April 22nd, 2012: NTC Open in Nottingham


Latest results from Nottingham are Gold for Archie, Mollie, Darin, Jenny and Ben, Silver for Sean, Hannah and Craig.  More results to follow...


April 18th, 2012: GB Taekwondo development plans


BTS head coach Gareth Brown is at the forefront of GB Taekwondo's development plans.  Click here to read more.


April 1st, 2012: Belgian Open


1 silver and 1 bronze for the BTS squad at the Belgian Open.


March 27th, 2012


BTS player Jemma Johnson has been selected for the Senior European Championships in Manchester this May.  Congratulations, the whole team will be cheering you on.


March 24th, 2012


March 22nd, 2012: "Aspire Coach" programme


BTS coach Gareth Brown has successfully enrolled on the programme to develop his coaching skills.  The programme is aimed at coaches who have the potential to coach at future Olympic and Paralympic Games so it is a great honour to have been selected.  Read the full story on the GB Taekwondo website by clicking here.


March 18th, 2012: Dutch Open 2nd day


Jenny got promoted to silver medal position after the winner of her category was disqualifed for violating the entry rules. 

Ben was competing in his first A Class tournament as a senior player and performed very well.  He beat Senegal, France and Italy before narrowly missing out in the quarter finals 2-3 to Holland.  Very promising for the future!

Jemma fought her way to the semi final by beating Holland and France.  A well deserved bronze medal!


March 17th, 2012: Dutch Open


Jenny beat Holland and Germany at the Dutch Open today to take a well deserved bronze.  She lost a closely fought semi-final 3-4 against Croatia.  Marcin lost 1-2 to Sweden in his first round match in what was his first major tournament in seven years!  Well done to both and good luck to Ben and Jemma fighting tomorrow.


March 14th, 2012: GB Taekwondo


BTS is featured on the GB Taekwondo website.  Click here to view.


February 28th, 2012: ABS-CBN News


A BTS player is featured on ABS-CBN News.  You can read the article by clicking here


February 24th, 2012


February 1st, 2012: Sportivate


BTS is involved with the "Sportivate" project which is a sports development initiative supported by Solent University, Southampton City Council and Sport England.  The scheme allows pupils from Southampton schools to get a free licence and train at a very reduced cost of £2 per session.  After 8 weeks they can also purchase a dobok at half price.  BTS is the only taekwondo club on the South Coast to be involved whith the project and Gareth has been busy delivering taster sessions at schools across the City.  The schools involved at the moment are St George, St Annes, Redbridge, Cantell, Regents Park and Upper Shirley.


January 29th, 2012: Inter-club training day


Coaches from accross the South of England have come together to organise a joint training day hosted in Southampton by BTS.  Nearly 70 athletes from the London, Plymouth, Poole, New Milton and Southampton areas have benefited from the forward thinking of the coaches and their cooperation.  Top marks and we all look forward to the next one...


December 12th, 2011: GB cadet talent squad


It is 5 out of 5 for the BTS cadets! All our players who attended the trials last month in Manchester have been selected for the GB cadet talent squad.  They will now be expected to attend the training camps at the Academy in February, April and summer.  Congratulations to Mollie, Archie, Adam, Sean and Jeamy.

December 11th, 2011: French Open


After Georgia and Ben were sidelined due to injury, Jemma Johnson was our only representative at the French Open in Paris this weekend.  She put in a very positive performance comprehensively beating Russia in the first round.  In the second round Jemma just lost to Turkey who went on to the final.  Well done for flying the BTS flag solo!

December 9th 2011

December 5th 2011 

7 BTS fighters returned to Southampton this morning after a successful weekend competing at the International Park Cup in Stuttgart (Germany) and bringing back 5 medals (3 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze).  BTS was the only British team who attended this very competitive tournament and finished 7th in the team rankings out of 116! More to follow…

November 26th 2011 

BTS entertained about 300 spectactors at the Sussex Sports Awards gala dinner held at the Hilton in Brighton last night with a fantastic display of pad work, sparring and destruction. Congratulations to Gareth, Archie, Ben and Jeamy for putting together a routine that drew a great reaction from the spectators who had been quite reserved up to that point. You were a great advert for the sport and a credit to the club.

November 24th 2011

Our very own Jan Annis is selected to work as a sports massage therapist at the Olympic test event from Dec 2nd to Dec 4th. Congratulations!


November 21st 2011 

With Gareth on National Team coaching duty in Manchester with the cadet squad, Joe took a small team to Coventry this weekend for the British Masters. The whole team performed very well with all 8 of our players bringing back a medal including gold for Erika, Ben and Georgia. Joe was very impressed with how much improvement the whole squad has shown, with particular mention to Joseph and Hannah. Joe said "Gareth's coaching and new regime of 3 weekly squad training sessions is fantastic and already showing results. Keep up the good work G!"

November 12th 2011  

Congratulations to Archie, Natasha and George who passed their black belt grading today! 

November 11th 2011  

The Daily Echo features the BTS trip to the Croatia Open



November 7th 2011 - Croatia Open

BTS was in Croatia this weekend with 3 fighters who all put in strong performances and returned with 2 bronze medals. Ben Haines managed to reach the quarter finals of the Juniors male -73Kgs, Georgia Barnes and Jeamy Navarro-Schrank both reached the semi final before losing to the eventual winner in the Juniors female -44Kgs and cadets female -33Kgs.

October 9th 2011 - Southern Counties Open 

BTS gets 1st place team trophy at our home tournament, the Southern Counties Open. A big well done to all our fighters! There were some great performances including many novices for whom this was the first ever tournament.

The competition this year was of exceptional standard with teams from Gibraltar, The Czech Republic, Denmark and Ireland as well as many English teams. Thank you to all those teams who have travelled to support our event, we truly hope you have enjoyed it.

Finally, a huge thank you to all the BTS volunteers who have helped on the day or in the days leading up to the event. Your support was invaluable and is greatly appreciated. The event was also kindly supported by Esso refinery at Fawley and by Roxan Construction.

October 2nd, 2011 

BTS have claimed 3 bronze medals from 3 fighters at the British International Open this weekend in what turned out to be a very competitive tournament. Well done to Jemma Johnson, Ben Haines and Jennifer Marjason.

Georgia Barnes and Alexandra Thomas are flying to Cyprus tomorrow to represent Team GB at the Junior European Championships. Good luck!

September 20th 2011 

Ben Haines has been selected by GB Taekwondo to receive the TASS award for the year 2011-2012. The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) is a government backed partnership between talented young athletes, educational institutes and National Governing Bodies of sport to provide a tailored support service package. Congratulations Ben!

September 10th 2011 

Both Alex and Georgia pick up silver at the Polish Open! Well done to both of you.

August 20th 2011

Congratulations to ALEXANDRA THOMAS and GEORGIA BARNES who have been selected to represent TEAM GB at the junior European Championships in Cyprus this October!!!!!

The Girls are currently in an intense training camp at the GB TAEKWONDO ACADEMY in Manchester, training and sparring with a junior Korean Team for 7 days!!!


Gareth Brown, who has been working along side Paul Green (high performance coach) at the National academy for the last 2 months, will be taking the GB junior team out to the European Championships as a coach along side Paul. Gareth says: "im very excited about the championships, we have some very good junior talent in our team and they are preparing in the best surroundings possible!!!" Good luck to you all!!!!

April 26th 2011 

Head BTS Coach, Gareth Brown, has been selected to work with GB TAEKWONDO as an assistant development coach for the GB JUNIOR TEAM (14-17). This envolves working along side the high performance Coaches at the national Academy in Manchester. ''Coaching the juniors in that environment is loads of fun!!'' Gareth has been working with the Juniors in a number of camps and there are more camps planned for this year. ''This is a really exciting time for Taekwondo in the UK, there are lots of opportunities for young taekwondo athletes in our country''.

June 20th 2011
Gareth has also been selected, after a long interview process, to take the Cadet national team (11-14) to the European Championships in Tibilisi, Georgia as a Coach for the National Team. ''Im very excited about this opportunity and proud to be coaching our future Olympians''.

BTS STUDENTS pass their black belt grading, at the BTCB National Dan Grading's 2011

Adam, Alex, Jenny and Jeamy...