At Widnes Martial Arts we pride ourselves on instuction at the highest level. Our Kuk Sool Won instructors are taught to lead by example and employ the latest scientific research into movement patterns and performance to get the best from every member. As you will note below in our instuctor bio section, all instructors are regulars on the tournament scene, celebrating success at all levels.

Rank : 4th Degree Black Belt

Title : Sa Bum Nim

Started Kuk Sool Won : 2003

Sa Bum Nim Karl trained in multiple Martial arts styles prior to Kuk Sool but on finding how comprehensive and extensive Kuk Sool is, decided to go all in back in 2003 when he joined with a friend.Sa Bum Nim teaches here 7 days a week but is also a keen Mountain biker, enjoys gardening and has 2 large huskies called Bruce & Brenda. He enjoys spending time with his wife Kyo Sa Nim Sarah watching TV, cooking, or doing any outdoor activity.

Black Belt Grand Champion Honours:

4th Dahn Competitions:

2019 Scottish Champion
2019 European Champion
2019 World Champion
2019 UK Champion

3rd Dahn Competitions:

2015 Scottish Champion
2015 European Champion
2016 UK Champion
2017 Spanish Champion
2017 Scottish Champion
2017 European Champion
2018 Scottish Champion
2018 European Champion
2018 World Champion
2018 UK Champion

2nd Dahn Competitions:

2014 Scottish Champion
2014 European Champion
2014 UK Champion

Rank : 2nd Degree Black Belt

Title : Kyo Sa Nim

Started Kuk Sool Won : 2007

Kyo Sa Nim Jake moved to us from another Kuk Sool Won school in 2014 and became a full time instructor here in 2015. He teaches here 5 days a week whilst working in the Liverpool Royal Court Theatre for the other 2 days.Kyo Sa Nim is a big music fan and has a wide taste ranging from the 1950s right through to modern day. Kyo Sa Nim also enjoys watching The Chase on TV.

Black Belt Grand Champion Honours:

2nd Dahn Competitions:

2018 European Champion
2018 World Champion
2018 UK Champion

1st Dahn Competitions:

2016 UK Champion
2017 Spanish Champion
2017 Scottish Champion
2017 European Champion

Rank : 2nd Degree Black Belt

Title : Kyo Sa Nim

Started Kuk Sool Won : 2009

Kyo Sa Nim Sarah entered her first tournament in 2009 and has entered every competition, every year since then winning hundreds of medals; often taking multiple Golds in every competition.Kyo Sa Nim Sarah entered the world Championships in Korea in 2013 winning 2 Golds and 2 Silvers as a Dahn Bo Nim.Kyo Sa Nim’s favourite food is Indian or a hearty Christmas dinner. Outside of Kuk Sool she enjoys cycling, baking and spending time with her 2 huskies and husband. Kyo Sa Nim Sarah is also a full time high school teacher.

Black Belt Grand Champion Honours:

1st Dahn Competitions:

2016 Scottish Champion
2017 Spanish Champion
2018 Scottish Champion
2018 European Champion

Rank : 2nd Degree Black Belt

Title : Kyo Sa Nim

Started Kuk Sool Won : 2010

Kyo Sa Nim Luke was one of the school’s very first junior students back in 2010 and has become part of our family both in and out of the Dojang.Ever present at tournament,Kyo Sa Nim was very successful in coloured belt competitions but has truly excelled since promoting to Black belt in 2015, winning 10 Grand Champion awards so far. Luke also competed in the 2018 World Championship tournament in Texas winning 1 Gold, 2 Silvers and 1 Bronze.Kyo Sa Nim is a big fan of superhero movies, comic books and TV series and is the go to knowledge base for all things Marvel.

Black Belt Grand Champion Honours:

1st Dahn Youth Competitions:               2nd Dahn Youth Competitions:

2015 UK Champion                                                          2019 UK Champion
2016 Scottish Champion
2016 UK Champion
2017 Spanish Champion
2017 European Champion
2017 UK Champion
2018 European Champion
2018 UK Champion
2019 Spanish Champion
2019 European Champion

Rank : 1st Degree Black Belt

Title : Jyo Kyo Nim

Started Kuk Sool Won : 2014

Jyo Kyo Nim Derek has been a successful tournament competitor throughout his time as a coloured belt competing in 3 competitions per year and often winning multiple Gold medals.Jyo Kyo Nim Derek is the newest member of our instructor team. Primarily a student of the adult morning classes, Derek has started to extend his lesson times to include junior and teen classes.Jyo Kyo Nim works with children and young adults with special needs helping them to use public transport and attain self sufficiency in their everyday lives. He is married with 3 children of his own and enjoys cooking, football, cycling and red wine.

Black Belt Grand Champion Honours:

1st Dahn Competitions:

2019 Scottish Champion
2019 UK Champion

Rank : 1st Degree Black Belt

Title : Jyo Kyo Nim

Started Kuk Sool Won : 2015

Jyo Kyo Nim Neil first joined Widnes Matrial Arts as a parent when his daughter joined the Little Vikings class.  After sitting on the sidelines for six months he started to train in Kuk Sool Won with his wife when she bought him some lessons as a birthday present.

During his time as a coloured belt he has completed in tournaments in England, Scotland and Spain often winning multiple gold medals and was extremely proud to promote the first degree black belt in June 2019.

A former offer in the British Army, Jyo Kyo Nim Neil now runs his own company providing IT systems to the health industry.  He his married to Jyo Kyo Nim Tracy and has five children.  He enjoys most sports, particularly rugby and football, and is an accomplished pianist

Black Belt Grand Champion Honours:

1st Dahn Competitions:

2019 UK Champion