Master Barry Cook

Master Cook is a Chung Do Kwan 7th Dan, graded by his instructor (and our Patron) Grandmaster Chris Davies 9th Dan and was signed by the president of Chung Do Kwan Grandmaster Park Hae Man (co-creater of the Taegeuk Poomse). Master Cook has more than 39 years of training and competing in the Martial Arts, the last 25 years being in Taekwondo. Since forming our club in 2003, he has gone from strength to strength in his development of Taekwondo, not only within the UK, but across the world. He travels to the United States each year to attend international forums and assemblies in order to maintain a high standard of Taekwondo knowledge to bring back to the UK and to the school. Master Cook is a former reserve member of Team GB's Technical Squad and has competed at both National and International competitions.


Master Cook is a published author and has a new book on the way. He is the former southern freestyle technical champion and is respected around the world for his incredible dedication and commitment to Taekwondo, and has been awarded many accolades including a lifetime achievement award, a special commendation from the president of the world Taekwondo headquarters (Kukkiwon) and is inducted into the renowned International Black Belt Hall of Fame. Master Cook is part of a high level International organisation of Masters and Grandmasters and trains with many of Hollywood's outstanding Martial Arts Actors, Directors and Stunt Choreographers, he also has many commendations and letters of gratitude from around the world for his tireless efforts and service to the Martial Arts.

Basic History

  • Began training in the Martial Arts in 1979
  • Southern Freestyle Poomse technical champion 1999
  • Former reserve TeamGB technical team member 1998-2000
  • Senior Dan Individual Poomse Champion 1st BTA Championships 2005
  • Commendation from the Kukkiwon for services to Taekwondo 2012
  • Lifetime achievement award for the Martial Arts 2012
  • Inducted into the international black belt hall of fame 2014
  • Currently holds a Shotokan Karate WUKF 6th Dan attained in 2016
  • Currently holds a Taekwondo Chung Do Kwan 7th Dan attained in 2018
  • Registered trainer of CPD awards and qualifications
  • Underwent registered nurse training at the University of Central Lancashire


Master Cook is an Ofqual registered trainer, assessor and internal quality assurer with 1st4Sport Qualifications, which is a brand of Coachwise Ltd, the trading arm of UK Coaching (formerly Sports Coach UK) and the UKCC who lead the development of sports coaching and qualifications.