Happy International Men’s Day!

Today we celebrate International Men’s Day!

The aim of the day is to celebrate positive male role models and to raise awareness of men’s issues which are often overlooked. These include areas like mental health, toxic masculinity and the prevalence of male suicide.

Two of the key focuses for International Men’s Day are:

  1. To promote positive male role models; such as your male Taekwondo coaches!
  2. To celebrate men’s positive contributions to society and their local community.

British Taekwondo want to shine a spotlight on some of the male coaches who have been nominated by their members due to their hard work over the last, very difficult year; highlighting these positive role models and the contributions they make to their community and society as a whole.


First up we have Atief Arshad from Momentum Taekwondo:


“I’d like to thank my coach Atief Arshad on behalf of all Momentum Taekwondo students.

Over lockdown, Atief has worked non stop to deliver multiple zoom sessions a week, organise sport psychology & extra fitness training, and when the rules (for Scotland) allowed it, outdoor training sessions. Atief also managed to keep the club spirit alive by hosting zoom quizzes every week!

Whilst all of this was going on, Atief was working as a key worker, but still managed to find time to make sure we all had the best training possible.

The last 7 months have been tough with the limitations on contact sports, but because of our coach Atief, we have all still received the same high quality training we would have outside of lockdown.

So on behalf of all momentum students, thank you Atief for your non- stop hard work over lockdown. You have continued to deliver the same high quality training, and once competition starts back, I’m sure this will be evident in the ring!”

Elisha Shaw




Followed by Chris Wood from Creative Ways Taekwondo:


“I’d like to nominate Chris Wood from Creative Ways Taekwondo.

Immediately during lockdown no.1 he organised Zoom classes and hasn’t stopped since. He’s been continuously trying new ways of expanding and updating the functionality of the classes as well as other platforms to automate invitations, friendly workout challenges and has even hosted a Zoom grading which was superb.

In addition to this his unfaltering support of the British Taekwondo guidelines has been clear throughout and he’s been sure not to jump the gun when we were able to return to halls for a while.

All of this is also live streamed in the private club group on Facebook and accessible via the club website and Chris does it all himself.

Chris has even found the time to hand deliver training equipment from the club to the members to support their training from home, socially distanced of course.

He’s managed to retain a surprising number of students during this highly unusual time and even attract more providing a truly valuable service for so many in need of guidance and support.

Genuinely outstanding!”

Phillip Hendon



Mahatma Gandhi said, “We must become the change we seek.” It is only when we all, both men and women, lead by example that we will create a fair and safe society which allows everyone the opportunity to prosper.

It’s safe to say both Atief, Chris and many of our coaching network are positive role models for their members and have strived to make a positive contribution to society.


We would like to say well done and thank you to Atief, Chris and our entire coaching network for your hard work and dedication during this difficult year, we hope you can see the positive impact you are all having on your members physical and mental wellbeing!




If you would like to show some support for your coach, please send your message to media@britishtaekwondo.org.


Please Note: All of the above took place within the relevant COVID guidance at that time.