Allen Taekwondo Academy

Forming Champions since 2000

Hard Work & Dedication

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Taekwondo Basics 5-6pm



Taekwondo Mixed Skill 6-7.30pm



Taekwondo Beginners and Children 1.15-2pm Taekwondo Advanced 2-3pm Adults Only 3-4pm





Registration and insurance are mandatory to participate in the classes organised by the club. Students without valid licence and insurance invalidate a whole club insurance. They will not be admitted, without refund of any paid fees. Children affiliated with school clubs, who would like to expand their training beyond the Schools Program, need to be re-registered with the main club. Please note that the normal membership fee packages will apply. Become a member of the Allen Taekwondo Academy club in 3 easy steps.

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Bronze Plan

  • 2x/ week training (Wed, Fri or Sat)

Silver Plan

  • 3x/ week training (Wed-Fri-Sat)
  • ATA logo T-shirt
Since 2000, we provide an exemplary level of teaching which enables our students to achieve maximum results. We will always give you our best, regardless of whether you just simply want to get fit, learn self-defence, aim to become a gold medallist or even have Olympics aspirations.
Our Instructors are top-level athletes, who have represented Great Britain internationally.

Through taekwondo you can improve your fitness, flexibility and confidence whilst learning self defence through a fun exercise alternative. As it provides a full body workout, taekwondo is favoured by many and practised by people of all ages.
We are inclusive for people with disabilities.

The Club works closely with British and GB Taekwondo to help our students reach the country athletes' elite.
In 2015, British Taekwondo awarded Allen Taekwondo Academy with the Best Performing Club award.

The club frequently hosts seminars and workshops featuring taekwondo practitioners from Great Britain, Europe and the World.
For latest information about upcoming events follow us on Facebook , IG @allentaekwondoacademy_uk or Twitter @AllenTkd.

Allen Taekwondo Academy empowers students to develop strategic thinking and sharp decision-making skills based upon confidence in their own ability and intellect. We encourage managing conflicts and challenges with positive outcome solutions, putting own and others’ well-being and safety first.

Master Richard V. Allen

Founder - Fighters & Poomsae Coach

With his fast and furious training scheme, Richard has had the honour of coaching many of today’s champions and has helped many students achieve an array of titles at both national and international level.

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Stephanie Allen

Team Development Executive & Lead Safeguarding Officer

Beside leading London Team, she is a coach and mentor to the ATA club members.

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James Allen

Club Development Director

Through his own conduct he's a role model for the youth and as a black belt also mentors lower grade students.

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Mahama Cho

Team Development Adviser

2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Team GB representative, 2016 Rio Olympic Games Finalist - Mahama is advising on the latest technical skills and standards that competing students must meet in order to succeed.

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Daniel Oluwatoyin

Fighters Team Coach

Daniel started his Taekwondo adventure at the age of only 2! His characteristic power and determination, allows him to be very succesfull as a junior fighter. He's now a 4th Dan Black Belt, as well as Team GB member.

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Sam Oluwatoyin


Multiple British National Champion and GB representative, he has trained with Master Allen since the age of three. He is renowned for his strength, speed, technical execution, and precision. He leverages his quiet composure what makes him an unpredictable opponent in the ring.

Tricia Hopkins

Poomsae Coach

Tricia is involved with the club for greater part of its history. She started as a student and evolved to 4th Dan Black Belt, and now also owns own club. She continues close cooperation with Allen Taekwondo by coaching Poomsae techniques.

Emilia Zabrzanska

Junior Poomsae Coach

3rd Dan Black Belt holder, Emilia has many successes in Poomsae competitions in the UK and internationally.

Nicola Taylor

Safeguarding Officer

Nicola is British Taekwondo-certified Safeguarding Officer. She also has experience in safeguarding in KS education. She ensures safety and wellbeing of all club member, specifically the youngest ones.

Nathan Bennett, Adam Ekrich, Abdallah Grayson Cadogan

School Clubs Assistant Coaches

Taekwondo provides an alternative form of exercise that engages children both mentally and physically, helping them develop strength, flexibility, and endurance.

After School Club allows students to learn the fundamentals of Taekwondo, such as basic kicks, blocks and self-defence techniques, at a fraction of a regular club membership price.

To enrol your child into an After School Club, please inquire with the respective school's office or contact us directly.

Selsdon Primary School, South Croydon

Wed 3.30-5.00pm

Alleyn's Junior School, East Dulwich

Thu 3.30-4.30pm

St James The Great R C Primary, Thornton Heath

Tue 3.30-5.00pm

Howard Primary School, Croydon

Wed & Fri 3.30 - 4.30pm

St James' the Great Direct Debit

  •  21/01/2024 12:00 - 21/01/2024 16:00
  •   Thornton Heath Leisure Centre, 100 High Street, Thornton Heath, UK

ATA will be hosting a development seminar with Master Paul Jones! An amazing opportunity to meet, get advice and get inspired by the Taekwondo 6th Dan Master, World Team Champion, 2x World Sparring medalist, National and International Coach, former Head of GB Universities Kyorugi, experienced Closed Quarter Combat, Self defence, and MMA instructor working with military and special forces! Pen down the date in your diary and register today! Online registration and attendance fee - £25, or pay at the door on the day of event - £30 (cards and cash accepted). Dress comfortably in your usual training clothes for active participation in the event. Changing rooms are available at the venue.

  •  25/11/2023 13:30
  •   100 High Street, Thornton Heath, UK

Belt promotion exam.

  •  22/10/2023 09:00
  •   Thornton Heath Leisure Centre, High Street, Thornton Heath, UK

ATA will be hosting a development seminar with the Senior GB Taekwondo Athletes: Bradly Sinden, Rebecca McGowan and Martin Stamper. An amazing opportunity to meet, get advice and be inspired by the world-level athletes! Pen down the date in your diary! Online registration fee - £40, or pay at the door on the day of event - £50 (cards and cash accepted).

  •  23/06/2023 18:00
  •   Thornton Heath Leisure Centre, High Street, Thornton Heath, UK

Belt grading exam for ATA students Fri 23 June - start 6PM Sat 24th June - start 1.15PM Please read further requirements below.

  •  19/06/2022 09:00 - 19/06/2022 13:00
  •   100 High Street, Thornton Heath CR7 8RU, UK

Attend a skills development seminar with the 2x Olympian (Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020), World Championship medallist and World Grand Prix Champion - Mahama Cho. Get a free signed t-shirt if you register by 5th June!

  •  14/05/2022 13:15 - 14/05/2022 15:00
  •   100 High Street, Thornton Heath, UK

Grading Day - Spring/Summer Term 2022

  •  13/05/2022 18:00 - 13/05/2022 19:30
  •   100 High Street, Thornton Heath, UK

Grading Day - Spring/Summer Term 2022

  •  31/10/2021 09:00
  •   100 High Street, Thornton Heath, UK

Nationals' preparation test matches for all ages and all grade students. Event duration 5 hrs (9am-2pm). Entry Price: Novices without e-scoring - £15 | Higher grades with e-scoring - £25 | Pay at the door.

  •  27/02/2021 13:00
  • Online Event

Join us for a session with an experienced Yoga teacher, Angie Giorgio. Let's give our bodies some respite from hard physical trainings with gentle balancing and flexibility exercises. Together we will practice mindfulness and benefit from the balance it brings to the body and mind. Zoom access codes will be provided to registered participants via email or WhatsApp ATA Parents and Adults group.

Past Events

G2 WTF President's Cup Estonia26 Apr 2024Tallinn, Estonia
G1 Spanish Open05 Apr 2024La Nucia, Spain
ATA Black Belt Grading23 Mar 2024100 High Street, Thornton Heath, UK
ATA Kup Grading22 Mar 2024100 High Street, Thornton Heath, UK
G2 Belgian Open15 Mar 2024Sportveldenstraat 10, 3920 Lommel, Belgium
ATA Interclub Test Matches03 Mar 2024100 High Street, Thornton Heath, UK
Ali Dojang Competition18 Feb 2024University Way, London E16 2RD, UK
Survivors Inter-Club Sparring Day15 Oct 202332 Tangley Park Road, Hampton, UK