Ben Haines

October 1, 2018

I started Taekwondo when I was 11 years old.   Since my very first lesson, until now it’s become a way of life, a passion and my job!

My first step in WTF Taekwondo after coming from a ITA background was training with Gareth Brown, this was the person who ignited something inside me and planted the seed, which went on to be my main goal and dream in WTF which was to become World Champion.

After just one year of WTF training, I was accepted on to the  junior pathway.  I had the chance to learn off many different world class coaches and travel to many countries, including France, Switzerland, Korea, and many more.  The memories I created will never be forgotten!

In 2012 I was invited to train with the Great Britain Senior team 2 days a week.  During these two days I used every test match, training, match, coach and situation to develop myself in to the best fighter I could be.

In 2013 I was asked to join the Great Britain Olympic Taekwondo team, where I spent 4 years trying to achieve my dream.

I was lucky enough to be selected for the Senior Europeans in 2016 in the -68 category where I lost my second match to Servet Tazezgul 7-4. Unfortunately following this tournament I was involved in an accident where I was hit by a car and following two operations and needing further surgery, I was released from the world class programme.

I am now currently a practitioner who works full time with young carers and part time with disabled children, which is a majorly rewarding job.
Outside of this job I spend my time doing private tuitions and travelling abroad and nationally delivering Taekwondo training sessions for all ages and abilities.

I feel it’s majorly important and try to implement in all my training to allow young future athletes to be themselves both in and out the ring, No athlete, European, World or Olympic champion is the same, they are unique and need to stand out.  That goes for their personality both on and off the mat.  Along with such work ethics as passion, work rate, hunger, drive, goals, dreams and their technical and tactical ability.