Ash Sanchez
3rd Dan Black Belt

Head Instructor of Taekwondo X

Ash started training in Taekwondo at the age of 12 and continued her training in her 20’s. She started teaching in 2016, becoming a fully-qualified instructor in 2018.

Ash continues to develop her own training with the objective of becoming a 4th Dan Taekwondo Master as well as passing on her skills to her students.

She opened Taekwondo X in 2020.

She created a small yet strong competitive team which in 2023 qualified to the GB MAT selection and for the European Games taking place in 2024.



  • Member of the National Martial Arts Committee of Great Britain
  • Former member of the U.K TDC National Team
  • 3rd Dan Kukkiwon black belt
  • Child and adult work force Certified Instructor
  • Taekwondo corner and centre referee course
  • 2 times Gold Medalist International Champion



Ash has competed in both Sparring and Poomsae, achieving numerous medals in both disciplines. She has been International Champion two times in Sparring and once in Poomsae. In 2019 she joined the U.K. TDC National Team.


Experience Teaching


Competitions won in the last 5 years


Gold Medals

Master Michaela Pinkavova

4th Dan Kukkiwon Instructor

Michaela has been training in martial arts for over 25 years. Asides from being a 4th Dan Kukkiwon Master in Taekwondo she also has an extensive background in karate and kickboxing.

She has won numerous competitions in her home country of the Czech Republic as well as in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Michaela was a member of the Czech National Team between 2010 – 2013.



  • 4th Dan Kukkiwon Master
  • Former member of the Czech National TKD Team
  • Competed in many international tournaments including Dutch Open, Croatia Open, Spanish Open and the Belgium Open.
  • Awarded International Championship after winning Gold in Sparring, Gold in Poomsae and Best Athlete Overall in all Categories (Male and Female) at Manchester Open 2022
  • Competed in European Championships 2010 and the Olympic Qualifiers ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.
  • Senior Grading Examiner for Taekwondo X

Coach Maria Cheng

3rd Dan Kukkiwon Instructor

Maria Cheng holds a 3rd Dan Taekwondo Kukkiwon black belt and has been training in martial arts for more than 20 years. In the past 15 years, Maria has taught Taekwondo to children and adults, served on numerous grading panels and helped co-ordinate competitions, including coaching and refereeing. 

As a journalist, Maria covered the martial arts competitions at the London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. She continues to train towards her objective of becoming a 4th Dan Taekwondo Master.



  • 3rd Dan Kukkiwon Black Belt
  • Experience of organising and running high-level international Taekwondo competitions and events
  • Grading examiner for multiple organisations and Senior Grading Examiner for Taekwondo X