ITF Taekwon-Do Classes in North East England, taught by International Instructor & Examiner, Mr William McElhone (IV). He teaches in Newcastle, Gateshead, Durham, Northumberland, North Shields and South Shields areas. Classes are suitable for all ages. Beginners always welcome. Family discounts available.
CONTACT Mr McElhone (IV) at williammcelhone@yahoo.com or 07971 818 282 (no voicemail). 
LIST OF CLASSES (please scroll down):
4:00pm-5:00pm:            Jubilee Hall, Bridge Street, Rothbury, Northumberland. NE65 7SD. 
5:30pm-6:30pm:            Village Hall, Drummonds Close, Long Horsley, Northumberland. NE65 8UR.
7:00pm-8:00pm:            Willowburn Leisure Centre, Willowburn Avenue, Alnwick, Northumberland. NE66 2JH.
8:00pm-9:00pm:            Willowburn Leisure Centre, Willowburn Avenue, Alnwick, Northumberland. NE66 2JH.
6:30pm-7:30pm:            Mortimer Community Association, Reading Road, South Shields. NE33 4UG.
7:00pm-8:00pm:            The Holy Family Church (next to Cherry Tree Pub), Riversdake Avenue, Stakeford Lane, Stakeford, Choppington, Northumberland. NE62 5JZ.
5:00pm-6:00pm:            Newburn Leisure Centre, Grange Road, Newburn, Newcastle. NE15 8ND.
6:00pm-7:00pm:            The Hardman Centre, Dryden Road, Gateshead. NE9 5HP.
7:30pm-8:30pm:            Park View Community Centre, Church Chare, Chester-le-Street, Durham. DH3 3QA.
6:30pm-7:30pm:            The Church of Venerable Bede, West Road (beside Benwell Grove), Newcastle NE4 9PR.
8:15pm-9:15pm:            Coxlodge Community Centre, 9 Jubilee Road, Coxlodge, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3UR. (ADVANCED CLASS)
7:00pm-8:00pm:            Newburn Leisure Centre, Grange Road, Newburn, Newcastle. NE15 8ND.
10:30am-11:30am:        Mortimer Community Association, Reading Road, South Shields. NE33 4UG.
11:30am-12:30pm:        Newburn Leisure Centre, Grange Road, Newburn, Newcastle. NE15 8ND.
3:00pm-4:00pm:            Gateshead Leisure Centre, Alexandra Road, Gateshead. NE8 4JA.
5:00pm-6:00pm:            Barley Mow Village Hall, Bedford Avenue, Barley Mow, Birtley. DH3 2AJ.
10:30am-11:30am:        Balkwell Community Welfare Association (The Hut), Heaton Terrace, North Shields, NE29 7LY.
1:00pm-2:00pm:            Hadrian Leisure Centre, St. Peter's Road, Wallsend. NE28 7LQ.
5:30pm-6:30pm:            Ponteland Leisure Centre, Callerton Lane, Newcastle. NE20 9EG.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR EXISTING STUDENTS: Please click onto the website logo "Taekwon-Do North East with Mr William McElhone" at the top right of this page to reload the page. The sidebar menu will then allow you access into The Student Zone. All pages are printable.
TESTIMONIALS : What the students have to say...

“Mr McElhone certainly has a way of getting the best out of people. His classes are never the same - week in, week out! He varies things all the time, so it makes you want to do Taekwon-Do all the time! He is brilliant and makes the all kids feel 10ft tall! They all love the class! I feel very lucky to have him as my teacher!"


-Sean Brown


“Mr McElhone’s knowledge in the different aspects of the martial art is extremely good and he passes this on to his students in his classes. Even the self-defence work is kept simple but very effective, especially in this day and age. He has a good rapport with his students and they can confide in him, if anything is troubling them. Mr McElhone understands the idea of family importance. He is always aware of this in the class and the team-building amongst his students is second to none. The benefits you gain in Taekwon-Do is comradeship coupled with a sense of both group and individual confidence and self-achievement. His lessons encourage self-improvement, confidence building and developing a willingness to help others. We liked the family feel and the participation in the classes. Whether father and son or mother and daughter, everyone enjoys themselves and it is always heart-warming seeing them all working hard together.


The best thing about Taekwon-Do and having Mr McElhone as a teacher is that he sees no barriers to our learning. He will always endeavour to help and guide you along the way of achieving your own goal, no matter how big or small it is. There is no age barrier and it does not discriminate anyone with disabilities. Taekwon-Do is open to everyone."


-Helen Goldsmith.


“Mr McElhone has remained true to the teachings of General Choi, the founder of Taekwon-Do and he is a dedicated member of the ITF. I began training in Taekwon-Do for various reasons including self defence, fitness and enjoyment. I feel Mr McElhone's teaching methods are safe and effective for both adults and children alike. He is respected by his students for his knowledge and commitment to the art of ITF Taekwon-Do.”

-Philip O'Halloran.


“What struck me about Mr McElhone is his flair for teaching and his willingness to engage directly with his students so that they can improve themselves both in proficiency and in spirit. He is creative with his teaching methods, which is refreshing to see, especially in the context of such a traditional martial art. Classes are varied yet challenging. We are all encouraged to undergo both physical and mental training in a thorough and profound manner. He is an inspiring individual – always positive and motivational. He displays a sense of strength, both internal and externally, that commands the respect of those fortunate enough to train with him. He is hard-working and reliable, forever committed to furthering the art of ITF Taekwon-Do, so that others can reap the rewards just as he did all those years ago.


UKTC North East consists of a dedicated student group made up of individuals, both young and old, from beginner to Black Belt. Some of his students travel from afar just for the privilege to be taught by him, which is testament to his abilities as a teacher. I can strongly recommend him for any opportunity where he is able to offer his skills and expertise in ITF Taekwon-Do. As a 4th Degree Black Belt International Instructor and Examiner, he has a wealth of experience as both practitioner and teacher. Mr McElhone has also trained a number of his students to become successful medal winners at British Championship competitions."


-Pui Lee.



 "I’ve been training with UKTC North East under Mr McElhone for over 9 years. To me, our group is a BIG team which eventually turned into a BIG family. Mr McElhone has the true heart and soul of a Martial Arts Instructor. Keep up the great job Sir!"

-Jimmy Mukangara.


"I can honestly say it has been a great pleasure to have been taught by Mr McElhone for the past 9 years. His classes are varied and cater for children and adults of all ages and abilities. Mr McElhone is very professional and teaches to a very high standard, having the ability to make classes an enjoyment due to his jovial manner and good sense of humour. Over the past 20 years, I have had several different Taekwon-do instructors with Mr McElhone being one of the best and I would definitely recommend coming along to his classes."


-Gail Jackson.


"I started training in this martial art to gain more confidence, help focus myself or should I say, give me something to focus on, and also to help with weight loss. One other problem is street crime etc and I would like to be able to defend myself and others should I need to in a self defence situation. Taekwon-Do has done a lot for me so far. It has helped my confidence, I have lost some weight, I have made new friends (both young and old) and it has taught me discipline.

His ability in this respected martial art are to a high standard of which I had expected from a teacher. He knows what he is doing and performs with proficiency and appropriate impact. His character is of a great one - kind, thoughtful, considerate, respectful, happy and disciplined. He helps as much as he can, whenever anyone is stuck or confused and he always praises the good work, which is a great confidence boost for us. He is a great pleasure to train with and be a part of the team with him. -An all round great teacher and a great person to be taught by!”

-Jamie Hepple.


"I really enjoy training with this club. Mr McElhone clearly has a lot of knowledge of Taekwon-Do, which is evident in the classes, which are structured really effectively. Every class is different, which is great and it keeps it interesting. I always feel as though I have learnt a lot from each class, and just cannot wait for the next one!

As a parent, I can understand that keeping the young children engaged and interested is not always easy. Mr McElhone, however does a great job at encouraging them to practise technique and also gives them fun things to do so that they are kept interested and always want to come back.

Having trained at other organisations before, Mr McElhone is by far the best Taekwon-Do instructor I have trained with. I feel very lucky to be able to train at his club - you never want the session to end because it is always so amazing.”

-Laura Nicol.


"Taekwon-Do has taught me perseverance and how to have fun with the best form of exercise, building up my confidence and progress. Mr McElhone has a very approachable demeanour. He is very thorough with his instructions and will clarify anything that is not understood. There are many different facets to Taekwon-Do, which is sure to appeal to an individual in some way or form. He has the ability to differentiate the classes according to ability, age and rank and knows how to praise for the children and adults alike, so that they may stay motivated and focus on improving themselves.

I have complete respect for Mr McElhone. Even now, he still continues to impress me with his knowledge and skill of the art of ITF Taekwon-Do. This includes knowledge of the history and philosophy of the art-form, his technical proficiency and a clear understanding on the application of the techniques and how they work on a scientific level. Importantly, he never asks of his students what he is not prepared to do himself.

One of his main strengths is his passion for what he teaches. He is always inspiring and encouraging with his words of enthusiasm. He has great skill and a high level of fitness, with an ability to communicate well with everyone. Mr McElhone has principles, morals and ethics to which he abides by. He is kind, generous, respectful, polite and thoughtful. Also, he has a great sense of humour and a strong devotion to Taekwon-Do, which shows through his way of life and happy nature.

My family has greatly benefitted from the classes that Mr McElhone has provided over a number of years. We have achieved a great standard of fitness and confidence – the type of which I think we may never have achieved if we had never been privileged enough to be students of his.

Taekwon-Do has been a source of pleasure for us for many years now. My children and myself will continue to practise Taekwon-Do indefinitely. I strongly feel that we are so privileged to have such an honest, dependable, reliable and great teacher in Mr McElhone.”

– Jill Summers.


“I am a 1st Degree Black Belt and I have been training with Mr McElhone (IV) for 10 years now. I began training for self-defence purposes and I have a younger brother who also trains under Mr McElhone. I find his teaching style both enjoyable, informative and rewarding. I feel like I learn something new every class.

Training in ITF Taekwon-do has given me the strength to realise my own potential and I would recommend Mr McElhone to anyone as a teacher.”

-Stephen Williams.