Leafe talks over his Grand designs with Central TKD chief David Bailey

British Taekwondo has a new Chief Executive, Eighth Dan Grand Master Ian Leafe from Darlington, and he dropped in to meet Central TKD’s Grand Master David Bailey, at the end of last month.

Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 5:24 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 5:30 pm

GrandMaster Leafe hosted a training course in Carronshore at Master Bailey’s successful Carronshore-based club and spent some time talking over the future of the sport.

In his in-tray he says he wants to start talking to coaches and members more about what products, training programmes, training aids and club support tools can be created to help clubs thrive.

He also wants to start bringing people together more, by hosting inspirational events, seminars, training and learning opportunities across all Taekwondo disciplines.

Central TKD put on a display for CEO Grandmaster Ian Leafe. Picture: Michael Gillen

He added: “We have some amazing and talented Master grades on the Martial Art side and world class sport Taekwondo coaches – all with ambition to raise the standard, grow the sport and Martial Art.

“So let’s see what success we can achieve by collaborating and getting everyone training, learning and competing together.

“My approach will be to encourage, share ideas, help clubs to thrive and to retain and grow members where relevant.

“I believe that recognising and rewarding people is what it’s all about.”

Central TKD put on a display for CEO Grandmaster Ian Leafe. Picture: Michael Gillen

Prior his appointment, he was Head of Events at GB Taekwondo, successfully delivering multiple World Grand Prix Events, a European Championships, Para World Championships and most recently leading a team of staff, Taekwondo family and volunteers to host the spectacular World Championships at Manchester Arena.

He is available for telephone interview on Thursday afternoon and can be pictured at Central Taekwondo in Carronshore from 7pm onwards. Contact Alan Clark who will arrange.

Grand Master David Bailey said: “It was a pleasure and a privilege to welcome Grand Master Leafe to Central Taekwondo.

“I’ve known him for many years as we rose through the ranks together and I’m confident he’ll be a great CEO for our organisation.

Central TKD put on a display for CEO Grandmaster Ian Leafe. Picture: Michael Gillen

“He’ll be a breath of fresh air: he has a clear vision of the future and lots of exciting new ideas to take us forward.

“He took training the night he visited and our students loved his innovative approach. It was a fun and memorable night.”

Central TKD put on a display for CEO Grandmaster Ian Leafe. Picture: Michael Gillen
Central TKD put on a display for CEO Grandmaster Ian Leafe. Picture: Michael Gillen
Central TKD put on a display for CEO Grandmaster Ian Leafe. Picture: Michael Gillen
Central TKD put on a display for CEO Grandmaster Ian Leafe. Picture: Michael Gillen
Central TKD put on a display for CEO Grandmaster Ian Leafe. Picture: Michael Gillen