The club was founded in 1997 by Master Gerry Reilly. Gerry is a 7th Dan Black Belt with Taekwondo Chungdokwan Great Britain. Prior to founding Overton Tae Kwon Do in 1997, he trained under Master Pat Donnelly of Westbourne Tae Kwon Do, and Grandmaster Mark Biddlecombe of Southampton City Tae Kwon Do. He has had the privilege of also training under many senior instructors including Grandmaster Park Hae Man, Grandmaster Cha Sok Park, and Grandmaster Vincent Cheong. Gerry completed the 12th Class 3 Foreign Instructors Course held at the headquarters of Taekwondo, The Kukkiwon, in Seoul, Korea in July 2006.
All our instructors are registered and insured through British Taekwondo and hold enhanced DBS checks. The club's approach is expressed by our vision:
'to be a centre of excellence for the Korean Martial Arts by continually striving to provide the best teaching, facilities and instructor development'
Our team of instructors are:
Master Gerry Reilly, 7th Dan
Master Gerry Reilly started training with Southampton City Taekwondo Club under GM Mark Biddlecombe in 1988. After moving from Southampton he launched Overton Taekwondo (later to become Overton and Basingstoke Taekwondo and now running as the separate clubs of Bluewave Korean Martial Arts and Overton Taekwondo) in 1997. He has overseen the development of the club from its inception in 1997 to currently being a strong technical and competition club with the some of the best facilities in Hampshire. Gerry passionately believes in continued personal development and still trains regularly seeking out opportunities to further his own and the clubs progress. He is currently a 7th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo and also holds a 1st Dan Black Belt in Hapkido with Red Tiger Academy / Ki Do Association of Korea. Gerry is also a qualified Level 3 Personal Trainer.
Master Lynne Firth, 5th Dan
Master Lynne Firth started her training in 1987 with Southampton City Taekwondo Club under GM Mark Biddlecombe. As well as her training with the club and Southampton City Taekwondo Club, Lynne also trained with Master Graham Jones at Southampton University Taekwondo Club. Lynne has continued her own personal training though her Taekwondo career remaining an active Poomsae competitor, successfully grading to 5th Dan Black Belt in 2014 and is a British Taekwondo Qualified Level 2 Coach. She has also played a central role in the development of the club in particularly around the progress of our facilities and first class administration. Lynne is a member of British Taekwondo's Membership and Development Committee. Lynne leads the club's specialised programme for our youngest students and works closely with coaches from outside of Taekwondo to develop effective drills and coaching methods especially for the younger ages groups. In addition to being a qualified British Taekwondo coach, Lynne is a qualified Para Taekwondo Coach and holds a Level 2 award in MultiSkills for Sport. Lynne holds a B.Sc. in Sports Injury and Treatment.
Master Coleen Reilly, 5th Dan
Master Coleen Reilly was a founder member of the club as a 7 year old in 1997. Coleen has developed alongside the club being the first student who started with the club to gain 1st Dan Black Belt in 2001 and then to progress to her current grade of 5th Dan in 2017 and is a British Taekwondo Qualified Level 2 Coach. She has developed a strong technical base across Taekwondo which is further strengthened by her BSc in Sport Science. Coleen continues to personally compete in Poomsae at National Level and now leads the development of the club's Poomsae competition squad which saw a record success of 5 medals at the 2015 British Taekwondo National Poomsae Championships and 14 medals at the 2015 Taekwondo Chungdokwan GB Championships. In 2016, Coleen was appointed to be a Coach Tutor for British Taekwondo. Coleen is also the 2019 Basingstoke and Deane Volunteer Sports Coach of the Year.
In addition to our instructors we have an enthusiastic group of black belts who play an active role in the club through their own training and assisting the team of instructors. The full list of active black belts in instructors are:
7th Dan - Master Gerry Reilly
5th Dan - Master Lynne Firth, Master Coleen Reilly, Master Zoe Hewitt
4th Dan - Master Jonny Hainsworth
3rd Dan - Sian Reilly, Corey Payne
2nd Dan - Joy Stirk
1st Dan - Rachel Harman, Sam Stone, Pradeep Lalung, Jonathan Paduanelli, Darren Miller, Ahan Sen, Sirsendu Sen, Giordano Baquero-Easton
The club's Health and Safety Officer is Master Coleen Reilly
The club's Welfare Officers are Sian Reilly and John Fidgett