The Southwark club is located in the Tower Bridge and Bermondsey areas and we welcome adults and children aged 6 years and above.
The Southwark club instructors are Ms Jemima Kingsley, 3rd Dan (far left, below) and Ms Sarah Garrett, 2nd Dan (far right, below). Assistant instructor: Ms Louise Mayor, 2nd Dan (2nd from left, below). We look forward to meeting you!
We regularly run classes specially for new beginners. Your first two sessions are free, and it’s useful if you can let us know in advance if you’re coming by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next special sessions for beginners (adult sessions only):
- Tuesday 20th August
- Saturday 24th August
Parents, please note: Our kids classes are full and we have a waiting list. Please email us to be added to the list and we’ll get in touch when we have space again. Thank you.
Harris Academy Bermondsey, 55 Southwark Park Road, SE16 3TZ
No. 1 bus stops outside school gate, or a 12-minute walk to Bermondsey station
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Downside Fisher Centre, Druid Street, SE1 2EZ
12-minute walk to London Bridge & Bermondsey stations, next to Maltby Street food market
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Your first two sessions are free. After that, there is a monthly subscription of £45 per month.
There are also costs for your annual licence, dobok (uniform) and gradings, and these are easiest to explain in person when you come along.
What to expect in your first class
We always start with a group warm up and finish with a warm down. We train together, but may split into smaller groups to focus on particular techniques. You will begin by learning taekwondo etiquette and basic techniques.
We are a friendly club, and know from experience (we were all beginners once!), that it can be daunting walking into a room with strangers in martial arts uniform and some people wearing black belts! We will make every effort to make you feel welcome before the class starts and let you ask any questions you may have, so please pluck up the courage to come in!
What shall I wear?
Any sports clothing is fine to begin. If you decide to join the club we’ll arrange for you to get a dobok (white uniform). Normally people wear tracksuit bottoms or shorts and a t-shirt to their first few sessions. We train in bare feet, and there are changing rooms at our venues.
My child is not yet 6, can they join the club?
Sorry, no. The youngest age we accept is 6.
My child is a teenager. Which class is best for them?
Children from age 12 will be assessed to decide which class (children or adults) is best for them. Generally, children aged 13+ are best in the adults class, but we take it on a case by case basis.
If you’ve got any other questions, please do get in touch.
I can’t train twice a week, what shall I do?
We strongly recommend training twice a week, but if you have other commitments one session a week can work fine for the first 6 to 12 months of training.
For any Southwark enquiries, please email: email@example.com