Kettering Tang Soo Do Association is a club ran by it's members, for it's members. It offers classes and training in a traditional Korean martial art.
We promote the core values of respect, dignity and discipline in our quest for perfection, at the same time developing strength, flexibility and self-confidence within a supportive and friendly club.
Tang Soo Do is suitable for all ages and abilities, and combines traditional skills with practical self-defence techniques.
As a 3rd Dan, Master Thomas formed Kettering Tang Soo Do Association. Kettering Tang Soo Do then became a member of The World Dang (Tang) So Do Union, with Master Thomas becoming their UK representative.
Master Thomas was awarded both his 4th and 5th Dan and master instructor's certificate by Grandmaster Song Ki Kim Of the World Dang Soo Do Union.
In 2007 he saw a poster in a shop's changing room and spoke to the manager. The manager was Jambie, our sadly departed friend, who explained the art and talked about the friendly but focused club. Mr Latham went along to a training session and his Tang Soo Do journey had begun.
He was awarded his 2nd degree Black Belt by Grandmaster Song Ki Kim of the World Dang Soo Do union in October 2015 in Tucson, Arizona.
The world of the martial arts was first shown to me in the 80’s with Jackie Chan, Jean-Claude Van Damme and the Ninja Turtles. But I was only able to start my martial arts journey in 1998 with Shotokan karate, achieving my 1st Dan in 2002. Due to moving around,
I had to change associations and two years later I was awarded my 2nd Dan.