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About JSTKD Martial Arts & Fitness

JSTKD Martial Arts & Fitness was founded by Head Instructor Joseph Schembri.  Since it’s creation the club has grown in size and success. The instructors at JSTKD Martial Arts & Fitness are constantly improving the curriculum, creating a dynamic form of Tae Kwon Do and fitness. The result is true martial arts with no limits!

The vision of JSTKD is to inspire and excite people’s lives through martial arts, instill the life skills and character of a true martial artist while upholding important values like courtesy, patience, respect, self control, integrity and discipline.

Our students range from age three all the way up to adults.   We have students of all abilities from complete beginners to experienced Black Belts.

Some come for self-defence, some for fitness and others for fun. Each person is treated equally and is trained to the best of their own ability and potential.  A student is never compared to anyone else. Our instructors are there to guide, instruct, and motivate you to be the best that you can be.

We develop healthy children with healthy minds so they have the energy and fitness to be leaders and are prepared for success in later life. The rewards will last a lifetime once you begin your martial arts journey. For adults we offer the chance to challenge yourself to learn new skills (or improve and develop those you already have) in a welcoming environment and we have many families who train and learn together.

We are open Monday to Friday throughout the Vale with clubs at Barry, Dinas Powys, Sully, Wenvoe, Rhoose, and Llantwit Major. We also have sister clubs in Cardiff & Cowbridge.  Our classes are divided into age groups (including family friendly sessions) with the option of private tuition.

You don’t have to be in shape and there is no prior experience necessary.  I invite you and/or your child to come in and visit our school for your FREE TRIAL LESSON. You will have the opportunity to speak with the instructor and meet our friendly team. Through this free introduction, you and/or your child will get a first hand understanding of the excitement and energy of this Martial Art!


Menna Burmingham

Hi, I’m Menna and I’m an instructor at JSTKD. 

I’m a 2nd degree Black Belt and I’ve been training for 11 years. 

I initially started competing when I was 10 years old and found a passion for performing patterns. 

During my time as a colour belt, I achieved the best at grading award four times and student of the year three times. 

Throughout the 8 years as an active competitor, my highest achievements include a silver medal in musical patterns at the 2016 World Championships, two bronze medals in both patterns and musical patterns at the 2018 World Championships and a gold medal in patterns in the 2017 English Championships.

I’ve also won multiple medals for sparring including a bronze medal in the 2017 British Championships.

I aim to achieve my 3rd dan in two years and help students refine their techniques to make them more confident when performing their patterns.

menna burmingham
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