6th September 2017

World Champion set to discover and inspire Plymouth’s next generation of Taekwondo stars

Discovery Martial Arts Academy Plymouth (DMAA), is celebrating its latest coup after Taekwondo World Champion Tate Budge officially joined its team of heavyweight instructors.

Third degree black belt Tate Budge, who  has just turned 18 and already has two ITF world championship, 18 National championship and five overall UK titles to his name, has officially joined Instructors Kevin Hamill, Gary Burdock and Sam Norton at Discovery Martial Arts Discovery Plymouth.  In his new role, he will help coach 4 yr. olds, juniors and adults in the club’s training sessions across Plymouth in a bid to discover, inspire and develop future medal winners amongst our City’s hopefuls whilst keeping training sessions fun and meaningful.

“Tate has dedicated his whole life to Taekwondo and wants to start giving back to the sport and community which has given him so much,” says Gary Burdock from Discovery Martial Arts Academy who has coached and mentored Tate since he was a four year old child.  “His boundless energy and enthusiasm for Taekwondo is infectious.  Together with his competitive mind-set and positive training philosophy, it will provide the perfect starting point for the next generation of Taekwondo athletes coming through the ranks,” he adds.

champ01“Gary is the reason I have stuck at Taekwondo.  The way he teaches definitely got me through all the times in my early teens when I wanted to give up the sport.  Now is the time for me to pass on what I’ve learnt and give others the opportunity to excel and progress in Taekwondo or to just simply enjoy it,” says Tate.  Currently training towards his 4th degree black belt with the UK ITF and winner of this year’s Devon Sports Awards for performance in community sport Tate wants to continue with the martial arts discipline once he secures his heart’s goal – a career in the RAF as a Personal Training Instructor.   “Taekwondo has definitely seen me through all the tough times and by training in a club which feels more like family you can build so much more than physical fitness.  It’s made me the person I am today,” he adds.

When asked what he would say to those, young and old, considering taking up the martial arts discipline, Tate says:  “People take up Taekwondo for many different reasons but it’s definitely worth giving it a go and then never giving up!  There will be days when you’re stood at the back of the class, wondering whether you’ll ever reach the front but things take time and you have to be patient.  Champions aren’t made overnight and even if that’s not your ultimate goal, gearing up for competitions, taking part and achieving personal goals will always give more meaning to your training,” he adds.

As a highly experienced international competitor willing to share his passion for the fast growing combat sport, it looks like the future of Taekwondo at local club level in Plymouth is in good hands