About Us

The Academy was founded in Spetmeber 1999 by Master Derek Sumner. Since then Livingwell has grown into a nationally and internationally recognised club, renowned for its' performance on both a regional and national level.


Now boastig over 250 members at some of the most desirable locations in the south-east, Livingwell is continuing to grow at an astonishing rate.


Master Derek Sumner has over 25 years experience in matial arts and fitness training and is now a full time instructor. Livingwell Taekwondo Academy now has over 20 approved instructors and numerous fully qualified First Aiders



Livingwell TKD is a club with a long tradition. For us, it's not all about serious training: we love it when our teams win, but we're just as enthusiastic about our groups that simply meet for fun.


We don't differentiate between our members. Anyone is welcome to join us. Our qualified trainers are team members just like anyone else and will be happy to tell you more about the sports activities we offer and help you find the place that's right for you.


We're always happy to welcome new members who are interested in joining in with club activities, helping us organise events or excursions and being part of our community.



Livingwell Taekwondo Academy is probably the businest and most professional martial arts club in the south-east.


Taekwondo, however, is not just for the physically fit and isn't only suited to one section of the comunity. Taekwondo is an all-inclusive sport and martiall art, suited to virtually everyone. Whether you're a parent looking for an activity for your child or just looking for a fun activity yourself, age, fitness level, even disability is no boundary. As long  as a student can listen, understand and do, then Taekwondo may just be for you.



At Livingwell Taekwondo Academy we pride ourselves on the level of tuition we offer, constantly developing, changing and adapting the way we teach and run the club, always for the better. If you have a problem, whatever it may be, talk to us, we will always try to help. Your feedback is always important and beneficial.


We will welcome anyone through our door who wants to train, no matter your capability. Even if you have a pre-existing medical condition we will adapt and work within your limits because anything is achievable.


As with many sports, students love to compete and show what they can do. We thrive on those who want to exercise their talent and compete both Nationally and Internationally.


As a registered club we regularly take part in national competitions and events where you can perform in front of professional World Taekwondo judges and referees. We also take part in open demonstrations to crowds of people at festivals and fairs where we can show much more of what we do.


Taekwondo is about having discipline, etiquette and spirit It is also about enjoying the sport you do and having fun along the way...


Master Derek Sumner & Grand Master Ansar Mahmood

Grand Master: Ansar Mahmood - Club Patron 


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