Instructors

Brighton Marital Arts and Self-defence fitness classes, The Choi Foundation, Robert Tanswell

Robert Tanswell, Chief Head Instructor International Instructor and Examiner

Sa Dan 4th Degree Black Belt Student

“Born and bred in Brighton I started my Martial Arts Adventure in my early teens first with Karate where I was introduced to the holistic or wellbeing side of life, then like every teen who watches movies like Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, captured my imagination of Martial arts. At the age of 16 I became a practitioner of T.M to help better understand the holistic or wellbeing of life, shortly after I followed the art of Tai Chi & Wing Chun, as I became older I moved into Kickboxing, Judo, Krav Maga and Brazilian Jitzu. I discovered Choi Kwang Do in 2007 where I found my local school after reading about the work of Grand Master Choi. I have not looked back since. Drawing on my long experience of the other martial arts. I was promoted to Assistant Instructor 2008, I Gained my IL Dan Black Belt and Instructor’s uniform in 2009. Presently I hold the rank of Sa Dan – International Instructor & Examiner. It’s the holistic and wellbeing nature of Eastern life and martial arts that has held my fascination for so long. The way that training is about so much more than sport or physical fitness, founded, as it is, on ancient philosophies that train the mind as much as the body. In Choi Kwang Do (CKD) I found a practise that reinforces ancient tradition with 21st century science. Every technique has been based on up-to-date research to prevent muscle and joint injury, making it suitable for all ages and abilities. I thoroughly enjoy teaching a mixed class, it is incredibly rewarding to help students, no matter what their age, gender or ability, move from self consciousness white belts to roaring black belts and more moving through the ranking system, each week gaining more in terms of fitness, techniques and self-confidence and wellbeing. Once again, it is the philosophy behind Choi Kwang Do that has inspired me. Choi Kwang Do is unusual among martial arts in that it is non-competitive. It is not about being better than anyone else. It is about being the best you can be. It isn’t ego-driven. It is based on self-empowerment and respect for others.” Says Robert

Brighton Marital Arts and Self-defence fitness classes, The Choi Foundation, Robert Tanswell

Sarahjane Jackson, Assistant Instructor

IL Dan 1st Degree Black Belt Student

“I have been a student since 2008 and achieved my Black Belt in 2014. It took me about a year to get into the habit of attending classes but now it’s a part of my life. Choi gives me the feeling of achievement as well as the exercise. Classes are about leaning and improving your techniques. I also really enjoy the camaraderie with the other students, of all ages. Helping each other to learn and grow, adults and kids! I can only describe Choi as a bit like dancing, it’s a set of moves (patterns) you learn with every belt and combining them together to create your own set of drills (punching and kicking). I recommend Martial Arts to everyone who need to de-stress from life for an hour an evening. Robert has been a real inspiration to get me where I am today as a Black Belt and Assistant Instructor.” Says Sarahjane

Brighton Marital Arts and Self-defence fitness classes, The Choi Foundation, Robert Tanswell

Sue Middleton, Assistant Instructor

IL Dan 1st Degree Black Belt Student

“As a child I loved playing sport, especially hockey, cricket and fencing. Perhaps naturally I became a P.E. teacher but after several injuries I had to stop sport. Sitting at home one summer holiday a leaflet came through the door telling be about Choi Kwang Do classes taking place at a local school. I thought it sounded interesting and perhaps a way to improve my fitness, so I joined the group. That was in 2009 and seven years on I am a Black Belt and  Assistant Instructor. I had no previous experience but with the expert guidance of Robert Tanswell, our Chief, and the encouragement of my fellow students I have made progress, made new friends and certainly improved my fitness levels. As well as physical fitness, the different patterns and speed drills we have to learn has also helped my mental fitness. De stressing, improved fitness, developing new skills and supportive friends has certainly made a difference to my life and one I would recommend to others.” Says Sue

Brighton Marital Arts and Self-defence fitness classes, The Choi Foundation, Robert Tanswell

Renata Koch, Assistant Instructor

IL Dan 1st Degree Black Belt Student

“I enjoy Choi because it is a great exercise for all ages and it is also a good place to make new friends.” Says Renata

Brighton Marital Arts and Self-defence fitness classes, The Choi Foundation, Robert Tanswell

Carol Bullock, Assistant Instructor

IL Dan 1st Degree Black Belt Student

“I still can’t believe that I am a Black Belt! I also don’t believe that anyone other than Rob would have had the patience, persistence, endurance, innate teaching skills and good humour to have got me here. As someone who used to loath doing any sort of sport, I’m amazed (and so are my friends and family) at how much I look forward to classes twice week. For me, Choi is a great fun way to boost confidence, boost energy levels and to do sport without realising it.” Says Carol

Brighton Marital Arts and Self-defence fitness classes, The Choi Foundation, Robert Tanswell

Lucien Ruffell, Assistant Instructor

Black Belt 1st Degree Dan Student

“I like Choi Kwang Do because it gives me the self-confidence I needed as a child and into adolescence. I have been doing martial arts for 13 years with no signs of stopping!” Says Lucien