About Darwen Martial Arts
Chief Instructor Mr Elliott S Walker – 5th Dan Black Belt
Mr Walker began training in TaeKwonDo in 1989 aged 15 with Mr Brian Williams 7th Dan Black Belt at the North West TAGB Clubs. He achieved his 7th Kup before he joined the British Army. After this he trained at various clubs and associations in the UK including the UKTA, BUTF, GTI and WTF clubs. He graded with the TAGB until his 1st Kup, during this time he was graded by such examiners as Master Ron Sergiew, Master Kenny Walton, and Dorian Bytom at his academy.
Mr Walker achieved his Black Belt with North West TaeKwonDo, Mr Brian Williams’ new association. After this time Mr Walker began instructing and has continued to grade, achieving his 5th Dan Black Belt with Mr Williams. Mr Walker was posted to Germany whilst in the Army, here he trained with a WTF club learning the different kicking techniques which the WTF utilise. Mr Walker also trained in Canada during his time in the Army.
In the forming of the Army Martial Arts Association, Mr Walker was selected for the British Army TaeKwonDo Team, and was present in the team until he left HM Forces. During that time Mr Walker was British Army Patterns and Sparring Champion. Mr Walker also contributed to the Army becoming Inter Service Champions on numerous occasions. Mr Walker now focuses on passing on his vast experience to his students and has also been asked to appear in TKD patterns books, and has trained numerous champions at local, national and world level competitions.
Mr Ian Westby
1st Dan Black Belt
Instructor for Darwen Martial Arts
Mr Ian Westby has been training with NWTKD for over 5 years. Mr Westby regularly takes training and oversees the development of the junior grades.
Mr Westby has continued to develop the family environment fundamental to the ethos of Darwen Martial Arts.
Mr John Hicks
2nd Dan Black Belt
Mr Hicks has been training under Mr Walker for over 5 years. Mr Hicks has been fundamental to the development of Darwen Martial Arts helping create the family environment.
Mr Hicks helps teach the classes in Darwen.
Miss Chloe Bevan
3rd Dan Black Belt
NWTKD Child Development Officer
Miss Chloe Bevan has been training under Mr Walker for over ten years.
Miss Bevan regularly competes at National and International Level. Miss Bevan has been a World Sparring Champion on two occasions.
Miss Bevan holds professional qualifications for teaching children.