Unite Martial Arts was founded in 2005 by Master Dan Thomas (6th Dan) and is an established and renowned club throughout the UK. With over 35 years experience.

Unite Preston was founded by Coach Stewart Howard (1st Dan) in 2018. With over 15 years experience in the sport.

Unites lead venue is Unite Southport based on the coast of southport in the northwest. However, there are venues in several convenient locations throughout the UK, including Southport, Preston, Formby, Ormskirk, Lancaster, Tarleton, Lydiate, Leyland.

We hold regular gradings and attend competitions both within the UK and internationally.

Working closely with the GB Taekwondo Talent Pathway, we provide the GB Academy with a stream of students in Cadet, Junior and Senior Categories for the development to one day be in the olympics and or world championships.

The benefits of Taekwondo are wide reaching and can include:

  •  Improved health and fitness;

  •  Increased self confidence;

  •  Improved balance and coordination;

  •  Improves focus and concentration;

  •  Determination in working towards goals and achieving

  • progression;

  •  Learning self defence skills;

  •  Self discipline and control;

  •  A sense of belonging to a club and/or team;

  •  Making new friends and visiting new places


Taekwondo as a sport has over 60 million practitioners in 184 countries. It originates from South Korea where the world governing body, the World Taekwondo (WT), is currently based.

The modern form of Taekwondo was not agreed until 1955, but the sport has its roots in various Korean forms of martial arts stretching back more than 2,000 years.

The name Taekwondo literally translates as the way of the foot and the fist.

‘Tae’ means to break or attack with the foot, ‘kwon’ means to break with the fist and ‘do’ translates as the art or way.