About Us

It takes a lot of people to run a club like ours and here at CYTA we have a hard working team of instructors and a fantastic volunteer management committee helping out with the day to day activities that you see and many of the background tasks that you don’t.

Below you can see the members of our team along with the tasks they undertake. Please feel free to talk to these people should you need help or advice, but also please do respond to them if they contact you. Hover over the image of our team member to find out a little more.


Our Examiners & Instructors

Master Dean Gibbs

Master Dean Gibbs

Instructor / Examiner (5th Dan)

Master Gibbs started training in 1989, leads both our adults and kids classes, is a Level 2 qualified instructor, a registered examiner with British Taekwondo and is also the sports development officer for Chungdokwan GB.

Master Dean Gibbs

Instructor / Examiner (5th Dan)

Master Mark Drury

Master Mark Drury

Instructor / Examiner (6th Dan)

Master Drury started training in 1986 and gained his 1st Dan Black Belt in 1991. Master Drury is a registered examiner with British Taekwondo and is famous in CYTA for pushing all students to give their best in every class.

Master Mark Drury

Instructor / Examiner (6th Dan)

Master Jay Patel

Master Jay Patel

Instructor / Examiner (4th Dan)

Master Jay Patel started training in 2006, is a qualified Level 2 Instructor and is well known on the tournament circuit for being an exciting and entertaining competitor to watch as he leads our team both in training and by example.

Master Jay Patel

Instructor / Examiner (4th Dan)

Mrs Katherina Gross-Gibbs

Mrs Katherina Gross-Gibbs

CYTA Black Belt (3rd Dan)

Grading to 1st Dan Black Belt in the DTU (Deutsche Taekwondo Union - Germany) Mrs Katherina Gross-Gibbs joined CYTA in 2006 and has since progressed to 3rd Dan whilst bringing a high standard in both sparring and pattern competition experience to CYTA.

Mrs Katherina Gross-Gibbs

CYTA Black Belt (3rd Dan)

Mr Tom Collingwood

Mr Tom Collingwood

Assistant Instructor (2nd Dan)

Mr Collingwood started training in 2001 and is an all round action hero in his acting career, is a climbing instructor and scuba dive master. Mr Collinwood has completed phase 3 of the British Action Academy Warrior Masterclass

Mr Tom Collingwood

Assistant Instructor (2nd Dan)

Mr Connor French

Mr Connor French

Assistant Instructor (2nd Dan)

Mr Connor French started training in 2010 at the age of 10. Since then he has developed into one of CYTA's rising stars and holds a high standard in all aspects of the martial art as well as showing a natural talent for teaching and leadership.

Mr Connor French

Assistant Instructor (2nd Dan)

Mr Winston John

Mr Winston John

CYTA Instructor (2nd Dan)

Mr Winston John brings a positive and fun attitude to every class he is involved in and can be seen at almost every event either taking part or supporting. Since gaining his Black belt in 2018, Mr John has already settled into a senior role supporting the students of CYTA

Mr Winston John

CYTA Instructor (2nd Dan)

Mr Roger Gittens

Mr Roger Gittens

CYTA Instructor (1st Dan)

Mr Roger Gittens, one of our longest training members, started training in 2007 in our Mitcham class and has remained dedicated to the club ever since. Mr Gittens embodies the indomitable spirit CYTA believes in and is always on hand to offer advice and motivation to his fellow students.

Mr Roger Gittens

CYTA Instructor (1st Dan)

Mr David Lazar

Mr David Lazar

CYTA Black Belt (1st Dan)

Mr David Lazar began Taekwondo in the pursuit of an engaging way to stay fit. Since then Mr Lazar has worked to understand the technical side of martial arts and works well with our lower grades to help them understand how they can improve their own technical skill.

Mr David Lazar

CYTA Black Belt (1st Dan)

Mr Zac Kellaway

Mr Zac Kellaway

CYTA Sparring Coach (1st Dan)

Starting as a junior in CYTA, Mr Zac Kellaway has progressed to be one of the most active members on the competition circuit and is a valuable member of our team. With a good mix of skill and determination to win, Mr Kellaway is a tough competitor and motivating coach.

Mr Zac Kellaway

CYTA Sparring Coach (1st Dan)


Our Volunteer Management Team

Mandy Wilson

Mandy Wilson

Management Committee Member

The CYTA management committee works hard to keep the club running and progressing, undertaking the general admin that goes with every lesson and event as well as fundraising, organising and supporting all our members.

Mandy Wilson

Management Committee Member

Nicola Stewart

Nicola Stewart

Management Committee Member

The CYTA management committee works hard to keep the club running and progressing, undertaking the general admin that goes with every lesson and event as well as fundraising, organising and supporting all our members.

Nicola Stewart

Management Committee Member

Carrie Tate

Carrie Tate

Management Committee Member

The CYTA management committee works hard to keep the club running and progressing, undertaking the general admin that goes with every lesson and event as well as fundraising, organising and supporting all our members.

Carrie Tate

Management Committee Member


A Brief History of CYTA & Our Affiliations

CYTA stands for Chung Yong Taekwondo Academy or, in English, Blue Dragon Taekwondo Academy and is one of two Chung Yong groups in the UK. The second group is Chung Yong Taekwondo (an intentionally subtle difference) who are based in Scotland. We view ourselves as one Chung Yong family and the only reason for the two different groups is to allow us each the freedom to align with the best associations and provide the best support and opportunities to our students for our respective geographic locations.

Master William Rose

Chung Yong itself was originally formed in 1982 by Master William Rose who, with an active military career himself, chose the name in respect of the historically renowned 2nd Marine Division of the Korean army known as the Blue Dragons. Chung Yong was set up with clubs in England and Scotland and initially taught Taekwondo to Adults only. In 1988 the first Chung Yong kids class was opened in the Cannons leisure Center, Mitcham, Surrey which was the club Master Dean Gibbs, one of the chief instructors of CYTA, started in at the age of 6 years old.

CYTA is a member of Taekwondo Chungdokwan GB (TCGB) an network of clubs in England and south Wales. CYTA has a long history with TCGB and its senior instructors who provide a wealth of experience and worldwide connections. TCGB run regular seminars, courses and Dan gradings which CYTA play an active role in both delivering and supporting.

CYTA is also a member of British Taekwondo the NGB for Taekwondo in the UK and the only group with the Olympic mandate. Our membership to British Taekwondo ensures all our students have training insurance, we are backed up by a strong H&S and safeguarding body and that we have access to all the talent pathways to national academies and teams.

To learn more about these organisations, visit our Useful Links Page.