Our Schools

Welcome to DES Schools of Tae Kwon-Do, a family orientated martial arts group with academies in Midsomer Norton and Keynsham.

Training Times

Midsomer Norton
Venue: Norton Hill School Sports Centre, Charlton Lane, Midsomer Norton. BA3 4AD

Little Puma's 5.30pm - 6pm
White Belts - Blue Stripes 6pm - 6.45pm
Blue Belts -Black Belts 6.45pm - 7.30pm

Orchard Vale Community Hall, Orchard Vale, Longvernal, MSN. BA3 2RA

Little Puma's 5.45pm - 6.15pm
White Belts - Blue Stripes 6.15pm - 7.15pm
Blue Belts - Black Belts 7.15pm - 8.30pm


Venue: Wellsway School Leisure Centre, Chandag Road, Keynsham, BS31 1PH


White Belts - Blue Stripes 6.45pm - 7.30pm
Blue Belts -Black Belts 7.30pm - 8.15pm

Little Puma's 9.30am - 10.15am.
White Belts - Blue Stripes 10.30am - 11.30am
Blue Belt - Black Belt 11.30am - 12.30pm

Midsomer Norton

Monday @ Norton Hill School Sports Centre, Charlton Road, Midsomer Norton, BA3 4AD

Friday @ Orchard Vale Community Hall, Midsomer Norton, BA3 2RA

Senior Instructor of DES Schools of Tae Kwon-Do (DES TKD), Mr Derek Skidmore 5th Degree introduced Tae Kwon-Do to the Norton Radstock area on the 12th September 1994. He is a former sparring and weapons champion and currently seven times Black Belt National Destruction champion and UK record holder.

During DES TKD’s long history it has grown in strength producing many dozens of Black Belts and over 3000 Regional, National, European and World Champions in Tae Kwon-Do and Kickboxing.

The school still leads the way since its inception when Tae Kwon-Do was first introduced to the area with the TAGB and now with one of Europe's largest and most respected International Tae Kwon-Do Federations (ITF) groups the Professional Unification of Martial Arts (P.U.M.A)

The schools are affiliated to and recognised by the ITF to instruct Tae Kwon Do in Norton Radstock and Keynsham, with the Instructors and students grades recognised worldwide.

On the 1st September 2000 P.U.M.A. was formed, led by two of the biggest names in the Martial Arts, Master Raymond Gayle 8th Degree and Master Mark Ogborne 7th Degree. Today, PUMA is not only one of the biggest names in British Tae Kwon Do, but one of the most respected in the UK and Europe.

Tae Kwon-Do was invented by General Choi Hong Hi and the International Tae Kwon Do Federation. Being part of the ITF ensures our students receive the very best tuition in Tae Kwon Do as we are the only school authorised by the International Tae Kwon Do Federation in the Norton Radstock area to teach true traditional Tae Kwon Do following General Choi's philosophies.

Little Puma's were introduced to Midsomer Norton in April 2007and is aimed at 4-6 year olds. PUMA bought the concept back from America in 2000, originally called Little Ninja's it was renamed to maintain its own identity and to stop the confusion with other schools using different teachings under the same name.

Little Puma's teach the basics of Martial Arts, Courtesy, Respect and Discipline and Life Skills, but in a fun and enjoyable environment.

Our family classes are for 7years +, and here we have children training together alongside their parents and even grandparents in one class.This creates a special bond and is truly amazing and inspiring to see.


Sunday@ Wellsway School Leisure Centre, Chandag Road, Keynsham, BS31 1PH

September 2001 saw the opening of our second school of Tae Kwon-Do in Kingwood and WarmleySince its inception it has grown to become the largest of the schools within DES TKD. This success is based on its reputation and the quality of the teaching through its Instructors.

As the Grange school in Warmley closed, we were forced to find new premises and are now based in Keynsham.

Many of the Instructors who started as students with Mr Skidmore remained loyal andare still with him today. The school membership continues to increase whilst maintaining its traditional Tae Kwon Do values and high standards demanded by and demonstrated by the students. The school consistently strives to produce high quality Martial Artists and along with its sister school in Midsomer Norton has one of the highest pass rates in the UK.

Mr Skidmore encourages his students to partake in competitions having done himself in the past, being a former Sparring andWeapons Champion and he is currently 7x National Black Belt Destruction Champion and UK record holder. In his 38 years of martial arts Mr Skidmore has produced over 3000 Regional. National, European and World Champions in both Tae Kwon Do and Kickboxing. 

Three of our students competed on the England squad in the 2006 & 2007 World Championships, each bringing home medals.

The school has a very committed team of Instructors who create a great club spirit. The students also play a big part in this, supported strongly by their parents and family who are always welcome and enjoy many of our social functions we have outside of training such as,


Little Puma's were Introduced to the Keynsham school in April 2007, this is a program for 4-6 year olds and follows a unique syllabus. The children have a fantastic time learning about the Martial Arts, valuable life skills, maintaining discipline and respect and all in a fun environment.

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