Martial arts in new home

Three year old Niamh Addison in a training session with Timmy the mascot
Three year old Niamh Addison in a training session with Timmy the mascot

MARTIAL arts instructor Charlie Featherstone has made all the right moves – and his academy now boasts its own specialist facility.

The 47-year-old has been teaching martial arts for more than 10 years but took voluntary redundancy from his job in civil service last year to teach full time.

His club, North East Tang Soo Do Academy Family Martial Arts and Fitness, has gone from strength to strength over the last year and on Monday will hold its first classes in its new base, in Greatham Street.

Charlie, who qualified as a Master Instructor in November last year, said: “Over the last 12 months our academy has grown that popular we were finding that the two venues we have been using just weren’t big enough.

“We wanted to offer more classes but we also wanted to offer them in a specialist facility and all under one roof.”

Charlie has done exactly that.

The new facility, Unit 1 at Belle Business Park, will now hold up to 20 classes every single week starting at 2pm and for everyone from children aged as young as three.

The club already has 130 active members, but Charlie is expecting even more through the doors in the coming weeks.

“I have worked hard to get this set up but it’s so much easier now that I’m full time and I’m not spending all day at work and then coming home to plan for the academy,” added Charlie, who lives in the Rift House area of Hartlepool.

“We are quite lucky in Hartlepool in the way the town has some good martial arts groups.

“We are extremely family orientated, for people of all abilities and I’m sure we’ve got a great future ahead,” he added.

Those wanting to take part in the classes should contact Charlie and book a spot in advance.