West Riding Korean Karate (Tang Soo Do).

WRKK started at Horbury Sports Centre in 1993 as Wakefield Tang Soo Do. Apx 18 months later saw the formation of the Huddersfield Korean Karate Club in Lockwood and shortly after that the Mirfirld Korean Karate club was formed. The clubs became knows as West Riding Korean Karate (WRKK).

The Kirkheaton branch of WRKK has just celebrated its 7th birthday(January 2013). The class is held in the Parish Centre on Tuesdays from 6pm – 7.30. Please Note: from 7th November 2013 this class will move to The Church Hall (St Bartholomew Church) Grange Moor Thursdays 6.30 - 8pm.

Our classes are suitable for people of all ages from 5 years old, male and female.

Tang Soo Do is a traditional Korean Martial Art of self defence who’s techniques can be traced back over 2000 years. It was registered in Korea by Grand Master Hwang Kee in 1954. Tang Soo Do is very similar to Karate and Tae Kwon Do.

Tang Soo Do training is suitable for young and old alike. Some benefits of Tang Soo Do training include self defence, improved Confidence, Self Control, flexibility, coordination, concentration and increased speed and power.

West Riding Korean Karate (WRKK) is run by Master Ian Atkinson 5th Dan Black Belt who was formerly one of the senior students in the West Yorkshire region of the UK Tang Soo Do federation and the International Tang Soo Do federation (Moo Duk Kwan) where he successfully tested for the grade of 1st Dan Black Belt on the 31st August 1991.

Ian was awarded his 5th Dan (Master grade) on 31st January 2009 by Mater Richard Hopkins 7th Dan Black Belt and founder of The World United Martial Arts Federation (WUMA). At the same presentation evening Ian was also inducted into the WUMA hall of fame for a 2nd time when he was presented with the lifetime achievment award.

The club training is based on traditional Tang Soo Do but also teaches techniques from Karate (particularly Shuko Kai and Wado Ryu), Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido.

Students are taught to avoid conflict situations, Unfortunately this is not always possible, so we teach a variety of escape and control techniques (mainly from Hapkido) that can often be used effectively without having to punch or kick an assailant as that is always the last resort.

Students are taught Blocking, striking, kicking and punching techniques which they can then practise in the form of free sparing (fighting). We practise non contact (a bit like shadow boxing) and light contact sparring (wearing protective equipment). This enables the students to practise their techniques in a safe and controlled manner.

Students are also taught Hyungs or Forms. These are a series of moves where students are able to practise their techniques without the need for a partner. The forms get more complicated as the student progresses through the various coloured belts and they practise different stances blocks and strikes in a uniformed manner.

Besides self defence training we encourage students to participate in out of club activities which have included sessions at Lazer Quest, Ten pin bowling and SCUBA try diving sessions.

Over the years, club members have taken part in a variety of fundraising activities such as the Kickathon, where the children do as many head high kicks as they can in 1 minute. Family members and friends sponsor the children and the money goes to a worthy cause suggested by the students themselves. All children are encouraged to participate in this event. Our first kickathon took place at our old club at Horbury sports centre in December 1993.

As the chief instructor of WRKK I believe in leading from the front and setting a good example. As a result of this, my wife Karen and I have taken part in numerous sponsored walks and more recently the Leeds half marathon (which we have successfully completed 4 times now). Some of the organisations that have benefited from our fundraising activities have been Kirkwood Hospice, Guide dogs for the blind, the Yorkshire air ambulance and The Special Care Baby Unit at Huddersfield royal infirmary.

As well as the class in Grange Moor on Thursdays, we have classes in Mirfield on Monday and Wednesday, and in Lockwood on Thursday and Saturday.

New students are always welcome at any of the classes.

If you would like more information about West Riding Korean Karate please feel free to contact Master Atkinson on 07821759802 or by email: ianatkinson_wrkk@hotmail.com