BOB & DIANNE RUSSELL
We are a strong and united
husband and wife team
With over 32 years combined Tae Kwon-Do experience, we share a deep passion for teaching Tae Kwon-Do
We welcome you to start YOUR journey with Lytham Tae Kwon-Do today
In today’s society it is prudent to ensure the safety of your child, therefore (as per all TAGB & British Tae Kwon-Do Council (BTC) instructors) we have been vetted by the Disclosure and Barring service (formerly CRB Check) for your peace of mind.
Bob began training in Martial Arts at the age of 12 in Scotland practicing Shukokai Karate, which he continued until he joined the RAF at the age of 18. Bob also practiced Aikido and Tai Chi for a short while.
It was while serving in the RAF for 22 years that Bob started his journey in Tae Kwon-Do in October 1996 under Master Richie Saunders in Chester, continuing through to 1st Dan black belt. Bob is currently a 3rd Dan black belt with over 20 years’ experience in the art.
Bob joined Lytham Tae Kwon-Do when it first opened in 2002 as a Black Belt and has been instructing and coaching since day one. Bob was responsible for introducing the competitive side of Tae Kwon-Do to the club, being an active coach who continues to encourage student participation.
As a competitor Bob has attained gold, silver and bronze medals at various regional, National and International Championships, notable achievements include a European silver medal, British silver medal and title of English Champion 2016. Bob has also competed in and refereed at several World Championships.
Bob is currently a 3rd Dan black belt, a fully qualified BTC & TAGB Tae Kwon-Do Instructor, Umpire, Referee and First Aider with full DBS clearance and professional indemnity insurance.
Dianne’s Martial Arts journey began with Judo in Preston when she was just 9 year’s old. This was followed by Shotokan Karate in her teens, then Wado-Ryu Karate in her twenties.
In her late 20’s Dianne had a horse riding accident in which she suffered a fractured spine and had a long road to recovery with months in hospital, weeks in a metal brace and time in a wheelchair. Dianne had to learn how to walk again but was driven on by the ambition to one day achieve her black belt.
Dianne was one of the first students through the door when Mr. Anthony Brocklehurst opened Lytham Tae Kwon-Do in 2002 and was the first student to achieve Black Belt status with the club. When Mr. Brocklehurst retired it was a natural progression for Dianne and Bob to take ownership of the club and take it from strength to strength.
Dianne is a keen coach and competitor, previous English, Welsh and European bronze medallist and current North Wales Champion 2017 in both sparring and patterns. Dianne has also competed in and umpired at several World Championships.
Dianne is currently a 2nd Dan black belt, a fully qualified BTC & TAGB Tae Kwon-Do Instructor, Umpire and First Aider with full DBS clearance and professional indemnity insurance.
Dianne has recently achieved the BTC Schools Teaching Qualification which now qualifies her to teach Tae Kwon-Do in schools as part of the Physical Education Programme at all levels.
Bob has recently attended the BTC Safeguarding/TTL Training Programme and is now a qualified Welfare Officer, accredited by the BTC and NSPCC.
Cristian loves it! He says the instructors are great and it's good to be part of a team. He enjoys learning the Korean numbers and is really focused on gaining his first belt.
I like Tae Kwon-Do because it improves my focus and concentration, which helps me at school. The instructors are really nice too.
I think Mr and Mrs Russell are fantastic instructors. They really know how to bring the best out of their students.
Since I started coming to Lytham TKD I have started to get slimmer and more confident.
If you are reading this and are daunted at the prospect of going to a martial arts class for the first time, I would encourage you to come along....you will soon discover that you are amongst friends.
My daughter is aged 6 1/2 years. When I first mentioned Lytham TKD to her she was very interested. She didn't know what to expect (neither did I!) but from the very first session, she was welcomed like a member of the family. She continues - 3 months on with the same enthusiasm - she loves it! She has already passed her 1st grading. The instructors and helpers are excellent and very knowledgeable.
Only my third lesson but i'm addicted! Great group of people.
I joined Lytham TKD to get fitter as well as learn self defence. Thoroughly enjoyed it although my legs will not thank me tomorrow after all that exercise.
Having never done martial arts before I gave Lytham TKD a go. Mr & Mrs Russell made me feel at ease straight away and everyone was friendly. Really enjoyed it and looking forward to my next class.