Our highly experienced instructors are fully qualified, insured, and DBS checked. We are registered with the United Kingdom Taekwon-do Association, International Taekwon-do Fedaration, and the British Taekwon-do Council that is recognised by the UK Sports Council as the only governing body for Taekwon-do in the United Kingdom.

Mr Christopher Black

V Degree International Instructor and Chief Instructor NEST

Mr Black has over 30 years experience training and teaching Taekwon-do and is a European and World champion. With a successful international career competing for Wales, having earned many National, International, European, and World medals, including European 2017 double Bronze Medallist, and World 2018 Gold Medallist.

Mr Paul Bateman

II Degree Assistant Instructor

Mr Bateman is our North Yorkshire instructor, having established several successful classes across North Yorkshire.

Mr Rick Bairstow

I Degree Assistant Instructor

Mr Bairstow is an assistant instructor for NEST and assists with teaching at many of our venues across Teesside. Having joined NEST in 2013, Mr Bairstow achieved his I Degree Black Belt in 2018 and in 2021 established his first class in Redcar. Mr Bairstow also assists Mr Black with the management of NEST, and previously helped to run and instruct at our Teesside University classes.

Nest Blackbelts

  • Ms Jasmin Kelly (I Dan)
  • Mr Shay Barritt (I Dan)
  • Mr Richard Lucas (I Dan)
  • Mr Michael Adetunji (I Dan)
  • Mr Kieran Bairstow (I Dan)
  • Mr Marc Matthews (I Dan)
  • Mr Kian Kane (I Dan)
  • Mr Alex Esplin (I Dan)
  • Ms Marina DeBathe (I Dan)
  • Ms Nicole Olagesin (II Dan)