Clevedon Tang Soo Do est. 1992,
over thirty years of martial arts for all the family.

Grandmaster Fred Adams and Black belts

Grandmaster Fred Adams

For our 30th Anniversary we would like to highlight the contribution of Grandmaster Fred Adams, a long standing friend of the Chief Instructor and supporter of the club since 1994.

In 1994 Grandmaster Adams came down to act as a Technical Committee to officiate Dan gradings on behalf of the Amateur Martial Art Association. He also ran a Hapkido seminar, an art which the Chief Instructor would later study for over 25 years.

In 1996 he returned to officiate the Chief Instructor’s own First Dan grading, who then began training in Hapkido under Grandmaster Adam’s guidance.

Grandmaster Adams would return regularly throughout the 2000s helping members of the club progress with their training, and running many one-on-one sessions for the Chief Instructor. Grandmaster Adams was always willing to give training, encouragement or advice to those that needed it.

He performed his last grading for the club 2011.

Sadly, Grandmaster Adams passed away in 2013.

He was truly legendary and a great friend.

Grand Master Adams had a long and distinguished career in martial arts and was a pioneer of the early martial arts movement in Britain in the 1950's, 60's and 70's, some of his many achievements are listed below:

  • 8th Dan Hapkido
  • 5th Dan Tae Kwon Do
  • 4th Dan Karate
  • Chairman of the Amateur Martial Art Association
  • Appointed to the Steering Committee of the Martial Arts Commission
  • Established the Great Britain Hapkido Association in 1971 (the oldest of its kind)
  • First to bring Hapkido to Ireland, and has taught Hapkido around the world including America and Australia.

Fred Adams