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About Us

Our company prides itself in its retention of students. We put the needs of our students first always trying to improve and innovate in the way we instruct. As a result of the commitment that we show a high proportion of our business comes from referrals. 

We also like to give our students the opportunity to take their training to the highest level with many of our students competing at ITF British, European and World Championships as well as the ITF England & WTF GB Olympic Trials. 

We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and help you achieve your fitness and self defence goals.

We are made up of an Academy, Clubs & Schools. The Academy is open full time. The clubs are in various rented venues and the schools are only open to the children of those schools. For more details on our venue please click here


I moved to Manchester in 1998 and started the first Trident Club in David Lloyd Trafford Park in 1998. 

We have gone from strength to strength with our excellent retention rates and results in competitions at all levels. We were part of the GTUK (Global Taekwon-Do United Kingdom) run by Master R Oldham (Now Grand Master). The GTUK was also part of the UK ITF and under this group in 2004 we went to the 1st ITF World Championships to be held in Korea. This was a great historic mild stone. I was coaching the UKITF female team and the Trident Group had great success with Claire Kershaw winning silver in heavy weight sparring, Emma Mulgrew winning bronze in middle weight sparring and Ben Noble being part of the Junior Male gold medallist team. 

We left the UKITF soon after the World Championships in Korea. Still part of the GTUK we have spent most of our time competing in the UK, Ireland & Norway. 

In 2011 we wanted to gain more International recognition and we wanted to give our students more opportunity. A group of us decided that we would leave the GTUK as they had no interested in being part of the ITF and we thought that it was the best way forward. In January 2011 we formed a new association called Taekwon-Do UK and under this name we joined the ITF.


James Miley who started training in Taekwon-Do in June 1985 with the UKTA (United Kingdom Taekwon-Do Association) up in Elgin, Scotland. My instructor was Mr John Williamson (3rd Dan black belt at the time now Grand Master).

I spent a lot of time travelling around as I was in the Royal Airforce. I finally settled in St Andrews, Scotland in the early 90's and started training seriously with the GTF (Global Taekwon-Do Federation). My instructor was Mr Alan Cunningham who's club was based in Cupar, Fife. Under his tuition I gained my 1st Degree Black Belt and with his guidance I opened my first club in St Andrews.

I was lucky enough to make the Scotland Team and entered the GTF European Championships in Glenrothes, Scotland in 1996 winning a gold medal in team power breaking. In 1997 I entered the GTF World Championships in St Louis, USA were I won a bronze medal in patterns.

In 1998 I moved form Scotland back to my home city of Manchester where I started to build the Trident Taekwon-Do Group. The first club was opened at the end of 1998 in Manchester Health and Racquets Club where I was a personal fitness trainer in Trafford Park (now David Lloyd Health Club).

Trident Instructors

James Miley - 6th Degree

Tim Warmingham - 5th Degree

Marc Kennan - 4th Degree

Phil Mottershead - 3rd Degree

Darren Eden - 2nd Degree

Dave McCallum - 2nd Degree

Havva Dervish - 2nd Degree

Trident Assistant Instructors

Noel Kivell - 4th Degree

Zac Dodoo - 2nd Degree

Anna Jones - 1st Degree

Trident Squad Coaches

James Miley

Noel Kivell

Phil Mottershead

Marc Kennan

Taekwon-Do UK

More to come soon.........

ITF England Team Members

ITF England Development Squad

Harry Payton

International Success

James Miley

1996 GTF European Championships, Scotland - Gold in Adult Black Belt Power Breaking

1997 GTF World Championships, USA - Bronze in Adult Black Belt Patterns

2004 Coach of the ITF Adult Female Team at the Korean World Championships

Claire Kershaw

2004 ITF World Championships, Korea - Silver in Adult Black Belt Sparring

Emma Miley

2004 ITF World Championships, Korea - Bronze in Adult Black Belt Sparring

Ben Noble

2004 ITF World Championships, Korea - Gold in Junior Team Black Belt Sparring

Bethany Hodkinson

Izzy Brider

2016 ITF World Cup, Budapest - Gold in Adult Black Belt Patterns

Lily Thompson

2016 ITF World Cup, Budapest - Gold in Junior Black Belt Patterns

Havva Dervish

2016 ITF World Cup, Budapest - Bronze in Adult Colour Belt Patterns

Trident Academy Location:

Trident TKD Academy

Sale Ruby Club,

Whitehall Road,


M33 3WJ

Trident Academy Opening Hours:

Monday: 4pm - 9pm

Tuesday: 4pm - 9.30pm

Wednesday: 4pm - 9pm

Thursday: 4pm - 9pm

Friday: 4pm - 7pm

Sat: 9am - 1pm

Sun: 4pm - 6pm