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Master Tammy Parlour – 5th Dan

Head Instructor, Tammy Parlour

I started Hapkido under Grandmaster Chang when I was 12 and have remained a loyal student of his for almost 35 years.  I set up Chang’s Hapkido Academy UK in the early 90s and run our London school.

Aside from the enjoyment I get from being physically active, one thing that draws me to Hapkido is the constant learning it provides.  It challenges me physically, but has also pushed me to grow and develop in every aspect of my life.  As an instructor I aim to create an environment which supports my students’ growth and encourages them to express themselves more fully.

I have written a book on Ki Meditation, hold a Master’s degree in strength & conditioning and have pursued post-graduate study into Applied Sport Psychology. My background is as a learning & development professional, and I currently act as joint-CEO of a national sports charity which I co-founded following the London Olympics. In my spare time I compete in Powerlifting as a masters athlete.

Read my blog here.  Listen to an excerpt from a lecture I did for the Wellcome Trust’s series on ‘Sport and the Mind’ and a podcast interview with ‘All Things’s Risk’ here. And join me on an exploration into performance by subscribing to my podcast here.

Dr. Michael Watson – 2nd Dan

Michael Watson, Lincoln Hapkido Instructor

Michael Watson runs our Lincoln school as well as lecturing in Public Health at Nottingham University.  He began training under me in 1996, having already achieved his black belt in TaeKwonDo.  When I moved to London, Michael took over the Lincoln school.  He is a committed, approachable and knowledgeable instructor.

Black Belts

Some of our London Hapkido black belts.

Being a black belt is about more than being physically proficient.  A black belt is a role model, a leader within the school and someone who gives back to others.  We have over a dozen black belts at the London Hapkido Academy who are always eager to help new students. Visit our list of black belts here.

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