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

ITF V Degree, International Instructor, International A Class Umpire, Examiner & Chief Instructor and Founder of NEST TKD

Mr Black has over 35+ years experience training and teaching the Korean art of Taekwon-do and is a World champion and Multi European Silver/Bronze medalist. He continues to successfully compete as an International competitor representing Wales now for over 25 years, having earned many National, International, European, and World titles.

Mr Paul Bateman

ITF II Degree, National ‘C’ Class Assistant Instructor

Mr Bateman is our North Yorkshire instructor, having established several successful classes across North Yorkshire. He is also an England Squad member and aiming to be selected to represent England in future European and World Championships.

Mr Rick Bairstow

ITF I Degree, National ‘C’ Class Assistant Instructor

Mr Bairstow is an assistant instructor for NEST and assists with teaching at all of our venues across Teesside. Having joined as a beginner in 2013, Mr Bairstow successfully achieved his I Degree Black Belt in 2018 and now in 2021 he is the main instructor alongside Mr Black for our NEW 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

  • Mr Paul Bateman (II Dan)
  • Miss Nicole Olagesin (II Dan)
  • Miss Jasmin Kelly (I Dan)
  • Mr Shay Barritt (I Dan)
  • Mr Richard Lucas (I Dan)
  • Mr Michael Adetunji (I Dan)
  • Mr Perrie Osborn (I Dan)
  • Mr Richard Bairstow (I Dan)
  • Mr Kieran Bairstow (I Dan)
  • Mr Marc Matthews (I Dan)
  • Mr Kian Kane (I Dan)
  • Mr Alex Esplin (I Dan)
  • Miss Marina Leiper (I Dan)
  • Mr Henry Leiper (I Dan)
  • Mr Cole Addison (I Dan)
  • Mr Fraser Black (I Dan)