Our coaching staff


Wise Words

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"

Wise Words

"Life is not a race but a journey to be savoured each step of the way"

Wise Words

"Yesterday is a history tomorow is a mystery and today is a gift"

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"The gem cannot be polished without friction, not a man perfected without trials."

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"If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people."

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"Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he'll eat forever."

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"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere."

Philip Holmes Philip D Holmes 8th Degree
Senior Master

Master Philip has studied and practiced martial arts since 1964 and Kuk Sool Won since 1974. To broaden his knowledge and understanding of the martial arts, he has travelled extensively in the UK, Europe, USA and South Korea, and has had the privilege of training directly under the founder of Kuk Sool, Grand Master SUH, IN HYUK.

Since the mid-1970s, Master Philip has played a prominent role in helping to establish, develop, teach and ... read more
Robin Holmes Robin Holmes 4th Degree
Chief Instructor

SBN Robin formally started training in martial arts at the age of four and received his 1st Degree Black Belt in 2000 at the age of 12. He was awarded his 4th Degree Assistant Master promotion by Grandmaster SUH, IN HYUK in 2010

SBN Robin is a very accomplished martial arts student, and has achieved outstanding success in ... read more
Les Thurston Les Thurston 4th Degree
Deputy Chief Instructor

Sa Buem Nim (SBN) Les has studied and practised different disciplines of the traditional Oriental martial arts since 1972, which include: Wado Ryu (Japanese Karate), Wing Chun (Chinese Kung Fu) and Kendo (Japanese Sword). In 1995, SBN Les discovered Kuk Sool Won (Korean Martial Arts), and has practised this martial art ever since. Although having a great deal of experience and love of the many different aspects of martial arts training, he particularly enjoys archery, knife- throwing and unarmed combat ... read more
Julie Holmes Julie Holmes 3rd Degree
Senior Instructor & General Manager

Pu Sa Buem Nim (PSBN) Julie has studied and practised the Kuk Sool Won since 1992, and has trained both in the UK, Europe and USA. In June 2004, she was awarded her 3rd Degree Black Belt.

For many years, PSBN Julie has acted as the Martial Arts Centre – Eastbourne, Tournament Training Co-ordinator, and has coached many students with their ... read more
Martin Jenner Martin Jenner 3rd Degree
Senior Instructor

Pu Sa Buem Nim (PSBN) Martin first started martial arts training in Kuk Sool Won in 2000, and was appointed an Instructor at the Martial Arts Centre-Eastbourne in 2005. He enjoys teaching beginning students the fundamentals of martial arts training and watching them develop their skills, as they progress through the comprehensive Kuk Sool Syllabus.

Over the years, KSN Martin has won several medals in Kuk Sool tournaments at the coloured belt level. At the Kuk Sool European Championships in 2008 he won a medal at the 1st Degree level in straight sword form and in 2011... read more
Stuart Block Stuart Block 2nd Degree

As a teenager, Kyo Sa Nim (KSN) Stuart studied Shotokan (Japanese Karate) for several years, then after a break from training, in 2003, decided he wanted to do “something new” and discovered the traditional Korean Martial Art of Kuk Sool Won. After several years of training and single-minded commitment, KSN Stuart achieved his 1st Degree Black Belt in 2008 and in 2009, he was appointed as an Instructor at the Martial Arts Centre - Eastbourne.

KSN Stuart likes all aspects of martial art training, but really enjoys learning and applying ‘vital’ or ‘pressure’ ... read more
Elizabeth Edwards Elizabeth Edwards 2nd Degree
Instructor & Member Liaison Officer

Kyo Sa Nim (KSN) Elizabeth originally studied Wing Chun (Chinese Kung Fu) for two years, but in 2005, she discovered Kuk Sool Won, and has practiced the art ever since. In 2010, her many years of training saw her gain her 1st Degree Black Belt at the European Championships in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. In 2011, JKN Liz was appointed as an Instructor at the Martial Arts Centre-Eastbourne.

JKN Liz loves the many different aspects to Kuk Sool, and the fact that because there is such a vast and comprehensive syllabus, there is always something new ... read more
Noah Evans Noah Evans 2nd Degree

Kyo Sa Nim (KSN) Noah started Kuk Sool Won at the age of 5, and is now in his 9th year of training at the Martial Arts Centre – Eastbourne. He achieved the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt in 2010, and is now the youngest member of the centre’s Instructor team.

During his martial arts journey, JKN Noah has won 22 gold medals at International Kuk Sool events, including world titles in the USA. He currently holds British titles in two highly recognised ‘All Styles’ National Competitions. In November 2011, JKN Noah won the title of Grand Champion ... read more
Isabelle Ablewhite Isabelle Ablewhite 2nd Degree

Jo Kyo Nim (JKN) Izzy started her martial arts journey at the age of six, when she joined the Martial Arts Centre - Eastbourne, along with her parents, her uncle and aunt and two cousins. She has recently been joined by her younger sister, making it a whole family venture!

After seven years of training, in November 2010, JKN Izzy achieved her 1st Degree Black Belt in the art of Kuk Sool Won. Since that time, she has continued to train hard and in January 2012, she was appointed as an Assistant ... read more
KATIE RICH Katie Rich 1st Degree
Assistant Instructor

JKN Katie started training in Kuk Sool Won at the age of 9 with her younger brother. This was the first martial art she tried, and has loved it ever since. After several years of training, in May 2014, at the age of 16, she achieved her 1st Degree Black Belt at the Kuk Sool European Championships held ... read more