I've got one more class to give this week, and have cancelled all my other taekwondo classes for the next month while I'm off to Italy for a holiday! Woo hoo!
I thought to post on a friend of mine Stuart Anslow 4th Dan who I think is doing one heck of a fantastic job making waves in the Taekwondo world. Chief Instructor of Rayners Lane Taekwondo Academy, Stuart and I met online in 2003 during the formative stages of IAOMAS, a free martial art student support organisation he founded.
It wasn't easy to blow Stuart off as a just another Taekwondo instructor. In all our early exchanges and since then, Stuart shows great passion for martial arts, Taekwondo in particular. More so than that, he is intelligent, well read, articulate and generally knows his martial arts stuff very well.
While I have had a high regard for him from our online exchanges and from my visit to the quality school he runs at Rayners Lane, the most profound development attributed to him is the book he wrote titled Stuart Anslow's Chang Hon Taekwondo Hae Sul. This is perhaps the most important book that has come out for Taekwondo ever - given the overall lack of resources in the Taekwondo world.
Contents of the book show a man who is driven to bring value to Taekwondo. This guy has really done his research folks! I was extremely impressed with the breadth of material he covered, and I have never failed to compliment him on this work.
I have called Stuart Anslow a "martial arts personality," and Taekwondo's "poster boy," but the truth is he is a credit to the Taekwondo world at large.
I cannot more highly recommend another all rounded instructor.
Let's see if we can get him on here to answer a short interview ...
Stuart Anslow's Rayner's Lane TKD Academy
About Stuart Anslow
Stuart Anslow Debunks Taekwondo Myths on Iain Abernathy's Blog
Stuart Anslow Writeup on Samurai Sword 4u
Stuart Anslow's Chang Hon Taekwondo Hae Sul
Stuart Anslow's Martial Arts in Harrow Website
Stuart Anslow Writeup on Black Belt International