What is the BCTA?

The Barry Cook Taekwondo Academy (BCTA) is an independent Chung Do Kwan/Kukkiwon style Taekwondo school for training in authentic, modern Korean Taekwondo. We have no interest in impressing anyone, nor do we train to put on a show, we train for health, for knowledge and for defence.

Are BCTA Instructors well trained?

Yes. We ensure that all instructors have the highest Martial Arts Qualifications available. We have a uniquely comprehensive Instructor training programme that utilises formal QCF/RQF teaching qualifications registered with Ofqual and with CPD accreditation. We also have a comprehensive master insurance policy.

Is the BCTA a Governing Body?

We run as an independent Taekwondo school, but we also hold selected memberships of national and international groups in order to maintain knowledge, further development and to create lasting friendships.

What shall I wear for the class?

You can come to your first class in normal sports clothing, (T-Shirt and Tracksuit Pants) and when you join we will give you a FREE uniform.

How much are the lessons?

Your first lesson is free and we do not charge membership fees or joining fees, students simply pay:

  • An annual Taekwondo participation insurance fee of £30.00 (under 16) or £35.00 (16+)
  • A monthly lesson fee of £35.00 (family discounts apply to people from the same household)
  • A belt promotion (grading) fee of £25.00 (if you choose to participate in any of the 4 tests per year)

Do I get a licence when I join?

Yes, when you join, you get:

  • A free fully embroidered Martial Arts uniform (worth £37)
  • A Certificate of Membership to the BCTA
  • A Licence and Grading Book to hold all of your grading signatures and stamps

Can I have private lessons?

Yes, we offer private lessons to all students who might not have the time to train at class due to work or family commitments. Please contact us for more details. Private lessons can be taught at any location of your choice, at home, or work, or you can come to our Dojang in Hutton, Preston. We also teach private party bookings for sectors such as retail, healthcare and business.

What age can I join the BCTA?

We accept students from 4 years old and have no upper age limit. We believe that Taekwondo is for everyone who is willing to learn.

Can I view the BCTA Policies?

Yes. We have over 40 individual policies that help us to maintain the highest standard of Taekwondo that we can: policies


If you have further questions, please feel free to send us an email or call us to discuss them. Details can be found on our contacts page.