Taekwondo Classes & Affiliation with the L.T.S.I.

 

L.T.S.I. Quality Taekwondo classes and event providers since 2004

 

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Value for money

Competitive pricing set across the board. The L.T.S.I. prides itself on providing the best at every level.

The key to quality

No compromise on quality training, with a syllabus admired by many worldwide.

24/7 Website Support

Training tips and videos on our site 24 hours a day to help you on your journey. 

Multiple Locations

We have full time Instructors and affiliate schools with us. We also welcome all U.K. groups and schools into our family as of January 2024.

To reap the best benefits from martial arts, they should be taken as long term activities rather than short term.  Given this suggestion, one should not just simply walk into the closest martial arts studio and sign up right away without doing some research.  Not all martial arts are alike and not all schools or studios are alike either.   Therefore, it is important to really think about what your own needs are with respect to martial arts training.

Which Martial Art club

The discussion of which martial art style to take is too extensive for this article.  So what I will say here is that there are differences in the various styles of martial arts which may result in some being more suitable for certain individuals compared to others.  Do some research on the different styles and do visit the classes of different studios that teach different martial arts if possible.  But more important is each individual school’s approach to teaching their martial arts.  Many martial arts schools teach only techniques and forms (set routines) that are specific to a traditional style.  These schools follow the ways that the original founders of each martial art style developed and they have continued with minimal variance over the years.  Other studios like to borrow techniques from a variety of martial art disciplines and integrate a mix into their programs.  Some schools are non-traditional and adopt a more open free style system which incorporates traditional martial art techniques with gymnastics and open choreography of forms.  There are many clubs that do both traditional and open styles.  Each school will claim that their martial art style and method of teaching is superior to others.  Prospective students must not take these claims too seriously and choose an approach that would be best suited for them on an individual basis.

Clubs advertising

Many advertisements for martial arts schools push the backgrounds of their higher ranking instructors as a way to attract students.  It is important to realize that the more degrees (or dans) a particular black belt has don’t always mean that the individual is a better instructor.  This is the same with instructors who have very successful competition records.  There is no correlation to the number of world championship titles won with how good an instructor is.  The term ‘master’ should also be taken with caution.  A master doesn’t always make an excellent instructor.  The teaching style of different instructors can vary.  Some use the old Asian masters’ approach where discipline is strictly enforced much like in the military.  While general discipline is actually a good attribute to learn from martial arts training, some of the old ways of teaching, particularly reprimanding students vocally or physically for incorrect techniques may be considered a bit harsh for  today’s society.  This is why it is important to watch classes of prospective martial arts schools you are interested in. You want to see the teaching style of an instructor to determine if it’s a style that would be compatible with you or not.  Ask questions after instructors have finished teaching.  If you have the gut feeling that certain instructors will not be right for you, move on to find another club. Most legitimate schools will allow prospective students to witness or even try out a class for free before joining.

Related to teaching styles, some instructors emphasize safety more than others.  The use of protective equipment and certain rules while sparring are factors.  In addition to asking instructors, also ask other students about injury rates and their general feedback about the classes (ideally when they are outside of their schools).  Another point on the students is that some schools attract a certain type of student profile.  Observe the other students and decide whether these are people you would like to train with.

Some schools are very much into competition with active encouragement of students to participate in tournaments.  In fact, some schools even make this a requirement in order to advance through the different levels.  Other schools have been known to restrict competition only within a particular circuit.  For example, many tae know do clubs only participate in tournaments that are strictly Olympic style tae kwon do and never go to events that are open to all martial arts styles.  There are schools in the complete opposite end where they do not believe in competition at all and pretty well keep to themselves without any interaction with other martial arts clubs.  Many Chinese kung fu clubs do not compete and some styles of martial arts such as aikido do not offer any competitive outlet.  Many martial arts schools choose to have a relaxed position towards competition where they leave it up to individual students to choose whether they want to participate in tournaments or not.  Some schools have special competition teams where additional training is available for those students who wish to compete.  So as a prospective student, you should consider what involvement you would like in competition if any.  If you know that you never want to compete, you should not get locked into a school that requires tournament competition.  If you have a desire for competition, don’t join a studio that shuns competition.

Some martial arts schools teach in community centers, school gyms and even church basements.  Some have bare bones studios with outdated equipment.  Some schools have the latest martial arts and fitness equipment with sparkling clean change rooms and facilities.  All of these will factor into the membership fee of each school.  You have to determine what you are willing to pay for and what type of environment you will feel comfortable training in.

Many schools require annual contracts while some are on a month to month basis.  There could be initiation fees.  There could also be testing or grading fees for advancement.  All of these extra costs will add up.  Ask what happens if you have to freeze your membership due to extended illness or injury.

Note : – All L.T.S.I. Schools offer month to month terms – If you decide to leave simply cancel your DD and leave. Our members are NOT locked into any contracts as most of our schools are community ran on a voluntary basis.

If one doesn’t really know whether martial arts is an activity for them in the long run, the option of taking short term courses such as those offered by community centers may be a viable alternative to making a full commitment to a dedicated martial arts club with its own studio space.  But do be aware that although martial arts can be very enjoyable from the first day you put on a karate uniform, it is a long term activity and one must have patience in order to benefit the most from martial arts.  Fortunately, there are many options in the form of different martial art styles and schools to choose from in the market today.  Just make sure that you do some preliminary research before committing to any particular club.

Why join or affiliate to the L.T.S.I.

Top class events / awards as standard

Since 2004, the L.T.S.I. has hosted events in the U.K. that facilitate I.T.F. and independents from all over the four nations. The events have rules that suit both sides, meaning our opens are the fairest on the market. Profit is not our goal, unity and networking is. The awards we offer are amongst the best around - FACT!

No compromise on standards or dress code 
Dress code is one of our top priority. All our Black Belts are required to attend all events in full official attire as above. There is NO compromise on how we conduct ourselves.
Certification and Licensing

One thing for sure, you will not find another U.K. group or body offering what we do. From license books for colour belts to Black Belt license books and status cards, we offer it all! We also provide International ITF Union certification as well.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

Quality across the board

Value for money always

Traditional values always

Fully insured schools of Martial Arts

All grades fully verified

Many events hosted yearly

Our next main event

We host a number of events every year, weather it is open Taekwon-do championships that are trusted and proven or have an interest in seminars and courses we have you covered. Our affiliates have 100% freedom and we never interfere.

 

We've got you covered all the way

Whether it's insurance, recognition in a national group or looking for international recognition under an ITF body, we can help. Join us as a fully fledged member, or just affiliate to us....the choice is 100% yours with no hard sell.

 

What do I need to do if I'm interested?

Simply fill in the online form. All enquiries are 100% confidential, so no bridges will be burnt. We tend to get back in touch after we have done some research on you - this usually takes about 24 hours.

What happens if I join as a full member then want affiliated membership?

We are not an organisation that rules on fear (you know, the ones that attack you just because you decide it's not for you). Let us know and that's it. To be honest, we often say affiliation is best, then go full member after if you like. Again, there's no pressure.

Can I keep my own identity?

If you join fully, you gain many benefits, but it means using our suits etc. If you take affiliation, nothing changes and you can get access to everything we use at cost. We don't control anyone - all we ask is you follow correct timelines on exams and never put our group into disrepute online.

Can I grade my own students?

The rules are set by ITF Union for all full members and affiliates -

  • Only 4th Degrees that have been on IIC's can examine members
  • 4th and 5th Degree can grade up to 2nd Degree
  • 6th Degree can grade up to 3rd Degree
  • 7th Degree can grade up to 5th Degree
  • 8th Degree can grade up to 7th Degree (7th is by permission of ITFU Promotion committee)

When you join, we will request proof of your promotions unless we know you already.

Do you have a constitution?

The L.T.S.I. sees constitutions as a way to enforce rules set by the organisation. We have a very basic Charter that works. No Board of Control, just an administration that looks after daily activities. 

Full benefit information is only available to full members. 

 

 

Our club was a full member of the L.T.S.I. in the start. We left to be part of another ITF body and chose to come back. We are now affiliated -  no fuss, no pressure. We enter their events and love them. Highly recommended by Berkhamstead TKD

 

 

Tom Brennan IV

 

 

I've been a student of Master Snow's since 1996. I choose full membership as it works for my clubs and I have no interest in the politics, No stress, no pressure. The administration is on point and events are pretty classy.

 

 

Stuart Smith VI

 

 

We were affiliated to the L.T.S.I. for a number of years and never had any issues. Sadly, after Covid-19 my clubs folded, but I can verify their admin is pretty top notch. It's worth a punt if you want freedom.

 

 

Gary Garner IV

 

Seminars with World class Masters and Grandmasters

 

The L.T.S.I. is led by Master Snow, 8th Degree

Despite our group head having one of the highest level degree belts in Taekwondo, we have a philosophy to provide the best Masters around for a given field. Whether it's sparring, patterns or technical, you can be sure the L.T.S.I. will always give you the best money can buy and make it competitive.

Grandmasters of the highest creed

We know our limits - getting a Grandmaster in from a reputable organisation gives our membership and attendees the best low cost experience money can buy. 

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