About Us


South Bank Taekwondo

Qualified Instructors

Qualified Instructors

We are a London club practicing the Korean Martial Art of Taekwondo, including Olympic and traditional Kukkiwon Taekwondo.  

We are full members of Taekwondo Chungdokwan Great Britain (TCGB) and members of British Taekwondo.

Regular gradings, seminars and competitions.  We have been operating in London, UK since 1999.


Qualified Instructors

Qualified Instructors

Qualified Instructors

All our instructors are:

- Kukkiwon black belt certified.

- British Taekwondo approved.

- insured with British Taekwondo.

- registered with British Taekwondo to teach WT Olympic and traditional Kukkiwon Taekwondo.

- enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) cleared.


Our Philosophy

Qualified Instructors

Our Philosophy

We train our body and mind to be the best we can be.   The philosophy of Taekwondo seeks to bring students to a level of consciousness known as “Present Time".  This occurs when one is completely in tune with oneself and nature to the degree that ones actions and reactions are always perfectly coordinated with the forces in life whether that be in the sparring ring, in a social setting or even when alone. 




Martial arts are the grafting of mental concentration into physical movement aimed at instilling a unified body and mind.  Therefore, Taekwondo training is ideal for health, fitness, relaxation, self-defence and sport, regardless of age or sex. A master of the art should also be a master of her/himself.

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art literally translated as “kick-punch-way”.  To characterise Taekwondo as just a combative sport is simply not true, it is a martial art first, which through practice and study, brings about positive changes in the human character.

Over the years Taekwondo has increased in popularity both as a martial art and as a combat sport. More recently, World Taekwondo (WT) is now an official Olympic sport. The main distinguishing feature of Taekwondo is the variety of dynamic kicking techniques, using the whole body to repel the opponent. The combining of sharp, strong linear movements with free-flowing circular movements produce a balance of beauty and power. 

South Bank Taekwondo was named after the university the lead instructor Master Richard Lymer (6th Dan) attended back in 1999.  He first taught and created the club whilst studying for his BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science at South Bank University.   He has more than 20 years experience of teaching and is a qualified kyorugi and poomsae judge.  South Bank Taekwondo are a London club practicing the Korean Martial Art of Taekwondo, including WT Olympic and traditional Kukkiwon Taekwondo.  We utilise training and protective equipment to allow full-contact sparring. You will receive WT / Kukkiwon qualified black-belt instruction at this friendly London club.

The club is a full member of Taekwondo Chungdokwan Great Britain (TCGB), which has been recognised by the late Grand Master Uhm Woon Kyu (former Chungdokwan President) and Grand Master Park Hae Man as the official organisation of the Chungdokwan in Great Britain.

Chungdokwan or Chung Do Kwan was created by Won Kuk Lee in 1944 and is one of the first of nine schools or kwan teaching Tang Soo Do.  Later the school began to teach what came to be known as Taekwondo.  In turn, TCGB is a group member of British Taekwondo – the National Governing Body for Taekwondo in Great Britain.

According to World Taekwondo

"Taekwondo is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts, that teaches more than physical fighting skills. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training our body and mind." 

Today, Taekwondo is the most recognised of the Korean martial arts and in the past 50 years has developed significantly into one of the world’s most effective styles of unarmed combat.  Taekwondo is not only in Korea but internationally as well with currently 208 member nations, approximately 80 million practitioners worldwide.  It’s evolution and scientific development both as an art form and Olympic sport still continues...