Welcome to Des Schools of Tae Kwon-Do, a family orientated martial arts group with academies in Midsomer Norton and Keynsham.

DES TKD was founded on 12th September 1994 by its senior instructor Mr Derek Skidmore - 4th degree black belt.

DES TKD is a member of P.U.M.A (Professional Unification of Martial Arts), Europe's largest and fastest growing I.T.F Taekwondo group and one of the most respected martial arts organisations in the world.

Achievements & Social

Our academies boast many achievements since the schools inception, including National, European, and World  Martial Arts Champions.

However, this is not the only reason behind the success of our schools, it is also based on its reputation to provide the highest quality of martial arts tuition available and also by the students and instructors that make up its membership.

We also have a fantastic social aspect aside from the martial arts training with many annual functions including:

• Summer Family Fun Day
• Autumn Camp
• Annual Party and Awards Presentation

Making our DES TKD martial arts family the envy of all our competitors.

Instructor - Derek Skidmore

"Every time a student excels at a tournament, it's a success we all share. Every time someone passes a Black Belt grading we all share with them that Special Achievement. That's what makes me proud"

Started Taekwondo Training: 1984

1st Grading: 31st March 1985

1st Degree Black Belt: 30th September 1990

1st Degree Black Belt AIMAA (USA): 1990

2nd Degree Black Belt: 30th October 1994

3rd Degree Black Belt: 26th October 1997

4th Degree Black Belt: 30th April 2006

Qualifications Assistant Instructor: 9th May 1993

Instructor: 3rd October 1993

Umpire: 14th March 1992

Referee: September 1995


Certified ITF 169th International Instructor Course: 10th September 2000 (Under Major General Choi Hong Hi - 9th Degree, Founder of Taekwondo)

Certified ITF Instructor Seminar: 20th July 2002 (Under Master Choi Jung Hwa - 8th Degree, Son of the founder of Taekwondo)

Awards National Black Belt Weapons Champion English Destruction Champion English Destruction Champion Record Holder Services to Taekwondo and P.U.M.A

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