Taylor Boyd

October 1, 2018

I started Taekwondo when I was 7 years old. Since then I have grew to love the sport! I love both sides of Taekwondo, sport (sparring) and the traditional side (poomsae).  After 3 years of hard work I achieved my Black Belt and later went on to become a 2nd Black Belt at age 12.

In 2011 I was accepted on to the Great Britain Cadet Development Squad as well as the GB Poomsae team, becoming British Champion in both disciplines.  I decided to focus my training on sparring and began travelling internationally to competitions.  I medalled in various countries such as Portugal, Holland, Spain and Belgium!

Through the years I transitioned from the Cadet Squad to Juniors and in 2015 I was asked to become a Full Time Great Britain Athlete at age 17.   This was always the dream as it was the path to European, World and Olympic Games!
Shortly after joining the academy, I attended the Junior European Championships in Latvia where I became European Bronze medalist.
During my time in the academy I fought in Poland and France and even got to represent Great Britain at the World Taekwondo Grand Prix event in October 2017.
Unfortunately due to injury I had to retire from the World Class Taekwondo Programme in 2018 and have began studying to become an accountant.

I am now back at home and help out at Whiston Taekwondo.  I enjoy passing on my knowledge and experiences to the younger generation of athletes.  Not only do I love assisting with the fight training but traditional sessions too, where I can help fine tune the skills that the children have already learnt.
Although Sport Taekwondo is increasingly popular I still find it important to teach the youngsters to be disciplined, well-rounded Taekwondo students!