Instructors

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.

Clubs registered under: Master Dean Gibbs: Godstone, Wallington and Coulsdon
Examiners:Master Jay Patel, Master Dean Gibbs and Master Mark Drury
Instructors:Master Dean Gibbs, Master Mark Drury, Master Jay Patel, Mr Connor French, Mr Winston John, Mr Roger Gittens and Mr Zac Kellaway
Welfare Officers:Carrie Tate, Mandy Wilson and Nicola Stewart de Paguay (Visit our Welfare page for more information)
Sparring Squad Development Coaches:Master Dean Gibbs, Master Jay Patel and Mr Zac Kellaway
Poomsae Squad Development Coaches:Mr Connor French, Mr Tom Collingwood and Mr David Lazare
Poomsae (Pattern) Referees:Level 2: Master Dean Gibbs and Master Jay Patel

Level 3: Master Mark Drury, Mrs Katherina Gross-Gibbs, Mr Tom Collingwood, Mr Connor French, Mr Winston John and Mr David Lazare.

Freestyle: Master Dean Gibbs and Master Jay Patel
Dan Grades:6th Dan: Master Mark Drury

5th Dan: Master Dean Gibbs

4th Dan: Master Jay Patel

3rd Dan: Mrs Katherina Gross Gibbs, Mr Connor French and Mr Tom Collingwood

2nd Dan: Mr Winston John, Mr Zac Kellaway and Mr David Lazare

1st Dan: Mr Roger Gittens
Read down for more information about our team and club

Master Dean Gibbs

5th Dan Instructor / Examiner

Master Gibbs started training in 1989, leads both our adults and kids classes and also holds the position of Education officer for Taekwondo Chungdokwan Great Britan (TCGB)

  • British Taekwondo DBS Certificate
  • First Aid Qualified
  • Level 2 Qualified Instructor
  • Level 2 National Poomsae Referee
  • National Freestyle Poomsae Referee
  • CYTA Sparring Development Coach
  • 5th Dan Taekwondo / 1st Dan Hapkido

Chung Yong Taekwondo Academy is registered under Master Dean Gibbs with British Taekwondo and TCGB with clubs in Godstone, Wallington and Coulsdon.


Master Mark Drury

6th Dan Instructor / Examiner

Master Drury started training in 1986 and gained his black belt in 1991. Master Drury famous in CYTA for pushing all students to give and achieve their best in every class.

  • British Taekwondo DBS Certificate
  • First Aid Qualified
  • Level 3 National Poomsae Referee
  • 6th Dan Taekwondo / 1st Dan Hapkido


Master Jay Patel

4th Dan Instructor / Examiner

Master Patel started training in 2006 and is well known on the sparring competition circuit for being entertaining and exciting to watch as he leads our students both in training and by example.

  • British Taekwondo DBS Certificate
  • First Aid Qualified
  • Level 2 Qualified Instructor
  • Level 2 National Poomsae Referee
  • National Freestyle Poomsae Referee
  • CYTA Sparring Development Coach
  • 4th Dan Taekwondo

Mr Connor French

3rd Dan Instructor

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

  • British Taekwondo DBS Certificate
  • First Aid Qualified
  • Level 3 National Poomsae Referee
  • CYTA Poomsae Development Coach
  • 3rd Dan Taekwondo

Mr Winston John

2nd Dan Instructor

Mr 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 achieving his black belt in 2018, Mr John has already settled into a senior role running classes and leading by example.

  • British Taekwondo DBS Certificate
  • First Aid Qualified
  • Level 3 National Poomsae Referee
  • 2nd Dan Taekwondo

Mr Roger Gittens

1st Dan Instructor

Mr 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 support to our members.

  • British Taekwondo DBS Certificate
  • First Aid Qualified
  • 1st Dan Taekwondo


Mr Zac Kellaway

2nd Dan Instructor

Mr Kellaway started training as a junior in CYTA and 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 determination to win, Mr Kellaway is a tough competitor and great example to our members.

  • British Taekwondo DBS Certificate
  • CYTA Sparring Development Coach
  • 2nd Dan Taekwondo

Mrs Katherina Gross-Gibbs

3rd Dan Black Belt

Grading to 1st Dan 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 poomsae and sparring to the benefit of all our members.

  • Level 3 National Poomsae Referee
  • ILS (Intermediate Life Support) trained by profession.
  • 3rd Dan Taekwondo

Mr Tom Collingwood

3rd Dan Black Belt

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 Collingwood has also completed the British Action Academy Warrior Masterclass

  • Level 3 National Poomsae Referee
  • First Aid Qualified
  • CYTA Poomsae Development Coach
  • 3rd Dan Taekwondo

Mr David Lazare

2nd Dan Black Belt

Mr David Lazare began Taekwondo in the pursuit of an engaging way to stay fit. Since then Mr Lazare 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.

  • Level 3 National Poomsae Referee
  • CYTA Poomsae Development Coach
  • 2nd Dan Taekwondo

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.