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About Quest Taekwondo

Mike McKenzie

Quest Taekwondo was founded in 1988 by Master Mike McKenzie (7th Dan) and is an established and renowned club throughout the UK. With over 35 years experience, including most notably as Technical Operations Manager for the London 2012 Olympic Games Taekwondo Event, Mike McKenzie offers an exceptional training experience for students.

Quest’s lead venue is the Quest Taekwondo Centre based at Oxspring (Nr Penistone), South Yorkshire. However, there are venues in several convenient locations throughout the UK, including Baildon, Boston, Hull, Lincoln and Liverpool.

For more information on Quest clubs, including class times, click here.

We host regular seminars, with our previous headliners including:

  • Double Olympic Champion, Jade Jones
  • Olympic Bronze Medallist and World Champion, Bianca Walkden
  • Olympic Silver Medallist, Lutalo Muhammad
  • Olympic athletes Mahama Cho and Martin Stamper
  • International Taekwondo personalities

We hold regular gradings and attend competitions both within the UK and internationally.

Working closely with the GB Taekwondo Talent Pathway, we have produced Cadet and Junior Team GB athletes, British Champions and international medallists.

The Quest Experience

The vision of the London 2012 Olympic Games was to "Inspire a Generation". Quest Taekwondo has been fully committed to carrying on this legacy, demonstrating the underlying belief that "great things can be achieved through the inspiration and power of sport".

Quest’s continued aim is to increase participation in Taekwondo: promoting fitness and keeping active for all ages, and encouraging families to engage in the sport of taekwondo together. Engendering a sense of belonging for all, regardless of level or capability, with a focus on developing students to reach their maximum potential.

Students achieve a sense of being part of a modern, professional and inspirational Taekwondo organisation that feels equally accessible to novices and those with no desire to pursue a competitive taekwondo path, whilst also offering the highest standard of training for the competing athlete.


We offer classes suitable for men, women and children (4 years+) of all abilities. Quest offers training suitable for students new to the sport, those returning to the sport, and from novice members through to accomplished athletes who compete at a national and international level. Quest offers a structured and progressive route for students who wish to participate at all levels.

However, Quest equally welcomes students whose main interest is to join a club where they can be assured of the best training available in order to reach their maximum potential, along with having fun, being part of a reputable club, and experiencing the other benefits that Taekwondo can bring.

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The Benefits of Taekwondo

The benefits of taekwondo are wide reaching and can include:

  • Improved health and fitness;
  • Increased self confidence;
  • Improved balance and coordination;
  • Improves focus and concentration;
  • Determination in working towards goals and achieving
  • progression;
  • Learning self defence skills;
  • Self discipline and control;
  • A sense of belonging to a club and/or team;
  • Making new friends and visiting new places
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