Ed Calland – Head Coach at Whiston Taekwondo

October 1, 2018

I started taekwondo 10 years ago  in 2008 after watching my twin boys training.  I sat and watched for 6 months and then started joining in for fitness, then low and behold I got the taekwondo bug.
I went from being a sit on the side parent to competitor and then on to coach at Halewood Taekwondo, the club we were training at.

As a student I competed in numerous ITF tournaments and won many titles at various events including the Scottish Open, British Open ,Midlands Open and competed in the world championships.

With the help and advice from my coach and his wife, we formed North West Spirit Taekwondo, soon after I then opened the club in Whiston and started off still doing ITF as a 2nd Dan.  One of my sons decided to switch to WTF and I started taking him to competitions and training camps.  I noticed that style difference and there were many more opportunities for the younger students.  This meant that as a cadet or junior my boys could represent GB, unfortunately ITF didn’t offer the same opportunities.

I decided to switch styles from ITF to WTF and started on the path we are on today.  In 2016 I took over an established WTF club in Runcorn and we have continued to strive forward and during the same year I successfully achieved my 3rd Dan in WTF.

In 2017 I coached 3 students who won the European selection tournament and 3 Cadets went to compete at the European championships in Budapest.

I like to encourage not just fighting or poomsae (patterns), but also healthy living, self-control, confidence and self-worth, as I find that these are the most important things that we don’t consider.
I love coaching the students and helping them achieve their potential, I believe we all need goals and dreams to strive for in life, no matter how big or how small.

We are a family based, family friendly club and would encourage any person who would like to give the wonderful art of taekwondo a go.