Robert James

Martial Arts & Fitness instructor

Based in
Redruth, United Kingdom
Also teaches in Covers all of Cornwall. Academy based in Redruth. Will travel anywhere to teach.
Robert James | Martial Arts & Fitness instructor

Rates: Standard tution is £5 per hour. Private tuition is £20 per hour per student, decreasing with each additional student up to a maximum of 20. Larger numbers can be accommodated - contact me for a quote.

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Our Kickboxing program is designed to give you a full cardio workout as well as instilling a great sense of achievement every lesson. The lessons are hard work but extremely rewarding and is always taught in a friendly, fun atmosphere.

Classes will consist of the following:

Circuit training
Sparring drills
Bag/Pad work

The syllabus is taught in small sections and theres no pressure to grade, its up to the individual. The belts are awared by continual assessment with the exception of the Black Belt making it a great program for those who are unsure about grading but would like to set realistic, small targets to measure their performance and skills progress. Its fast paced and will keep you on your toes from start to finish and is taught with high energy music to keep you going. Since its integration into the ISK Academy, ISK Kickboxing has become a very popular program so join fast as places are limited

It's a: 
ISK Martial Arts Academy
Redruth High Street. Above Wilkinsons, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
Every Friday at 7-8.30pm
£5 per session or reduced rates when registered for prepayment.

Traditional Tang Soo Do

Tang Soo Do is a Korean martial art whose roots can be traced back 2,000 years.

Literally translated, the word "Tang" means Tang Dynasty of China, which reflects the shared cultural background between China and Korea (617-907 AD). "Soo" means hands but it also implies fist, punch, strike or defense. "Do" means way of life or art.

Thus "Tang Soo Do" means the Korean classical martial art which legendarily was influenced by the Tang method of martial art. The exact origin of Tang Soo Do, as well as many martial arts, is obscure, but there are a number of historical theories. The most credible and traditional view though, is that martial arts originated not in any one country but in almost all parts of the globe, as they were needed by primitive peoples for survival.

Tang Soo Do is based on the principles of yielding, circular motion and penetration. Applications of these movements to a body’s weakest points or ‘vital areas’, will have no equal in power or effectiveness.

The reputation for superior kicking techniques and development of the legs is another proud asset of Tang Soo Do.

Initially students come to terms with using their own bodies as an effective self defense platform. As one progresses through the belt system, more and more exacting techniques and self defense applications enter the syllabus, including the use and mastery of various weapons. Initially students learn to respect and control the Bo staff, before moving on to bladed weapons.

Today, the techniques and philosophy of Tang Soo Do are still taught as they were in ancient times. Although the system has adjusted to the physical needs of modern lifestyles. With these skills, we guarantee a method of self defense that has no equal.

Most of all, Tang Soo Do is designed to develop individual character, mental strength, integrity and respect for others.

Our official club name is 'In Sung Kwan Tang Soo Do'. In Sung Kwan means 'School for personal development' and was chosen in recognition of the fact that each and every student training with us has a different reason for training and a different ambition they wish to achieve. With many schools now offering students a 'Black Belt' program or similar it is important for us to recognise that for many this may not be the primary reason for taking up the Martial Arts. It could be for self defence or fitness, or perhaps the reason is different but the focus should not always centre on the Black Belt - the Black Belt is an award given to those who have given the correct amount of dedication and effort within Tang Soo Do and should be treated with pride and honour, it is not something that can be 'Bought' or sold in a program with a set time in which to achieve it.

We are also known as 'Cornwall Tang Soo Do' we are proud of the fact that we can trace our lineage back to the first Instructors of the Art in the region, we are equally as proud of the fact that we can boast an unbroken line of teaching the Art in Cornwall. Our classes have always been here in one form or another.

Although we call ourselves In Sung Kwan our style of Tang Soo Do is still primarily Moo Duk Kwan.

It's a: 
ISK Martial Arts Academy
Redruth High Street. Above Wilkinsons, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
Every Monday at 7-8.30pm, and Wednesdays at 7-8.30pm
£5 per session or reduced rates when registered for prepayment.


Master James ( Sa Bom Nim )

Master James has been involved in the Martial Arts for over 18 years and has trained in Tang Soo Do, Soo Bahk Do, Freestyle Karate, Wing Chun, Taekwondo, Kickboxing and San Shou.

His first style was Freestyle Karate under Master G.Amenta. Although he progressed through the ranks in good time, unfortunately the class had to close due to the Instructors health. Although in years to come Master James convinced G.Amenta to start teaching him again, in doing so he also reunited many of the students that trained alongside him years earlier.

When the Freestyle Karate class ended the hunt for a new class began, the other Karate schools in the area offered nothing new and so a decision to find a new Art was made, it was found in the form of Tang Soo Do with Alan Fry at a local primary school. Instantly he was hooked, the strict but fun atmosphere coupled with the Instructors obviously indepth understanding of Tang Soo Do made a great impression and since then Master James has constantly trained in either Tang Soo Do or Soo Bahk Do, being the only person in the region to continue their training without breaks.

He has had the fortune to be part of many Associations which have allowed him to train with great Masters, such as Grandmaster Lee Kang Uk, Master Kumar, Master Johnson, Master Nar and Master Yap. But has now been allowed to settle with the EMTF headed in the UK by Master Kumar and is both happy and proud to be part of the group.

Master James' ultimate aim has always been to provide students with a great training facility and to produce quality Dan grades, in 2008 he accomplished both. His first batch of Dan grades that he had personally trained from White to Dan were presented with their new grades and he also opened the Centre of Excellence.

'ISK is never about getting quick grades, it is about getting quality grades. This is what makes us different. It will be hard work, there will be hard times, but the rewards will never be matched anywhere.'

Jan 2010


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

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