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Kris French

5th Dahn Black Belt - Master.

Kris started Kuk Sool Won™ at the age of 9. After 25 years training he received his 5th dahn black belt in June 2013 from Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh. He spent 16 years working as a Child Safeguarding detective, defensive tactics instructor and firearms officer for Norfolk police, before pursuing his dream and putting his time and energy into making this martial arts school a success.

Kris spent his childhood trying to find his “thing,” a hobby that he really loved. He tried football and rugby, even BMX racing, but for some reason he could not get passionate about these activities. For a long time he begged his parents to let him try martial arts but they thought it would just be another “fad”. When they relented and took him to his free trial class at Kuk Sool Won™ in Lowestoft, Suffolk it was the puzzle piece that fitted into place instantly. From then on Kris poured his heart and soul into Kuk Sool and completely believes that every future success in his life is a direct result of the training he received from Master Martin Ducker and his wife Master Alison Ducker. Kris dedicates his own school, Kuk Sool Won™ of Thetford , to them and strives to have the same positive effect on all his students, as they have had on him.

Designated Safeguarding Lead. Contact: 07984494146 / kjn.kfrench@kuksoolwon.com

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Daniella Dunsmore

1st Dahn Black Belt

Daniella promoted to 1st Dahn Black Belt in November 2018 and has been with the Kuk Sool Won of Thetford school since August 2015. Daniella teaches across Key Stages 2-5 at the Thetford Grammar School where classes are held. As an enthusiastic teacher, speaker and writer, Daniella loves working with a wide age range - promoting teamwork, resilience and self-confidence through a good-humoured, tailored and understanding approach to learning.

Daniella immersed herself in Kuk Sool Won after years buried in academia. She wanted to build her physical fitness while having goals to aim for - one of which was to be a 'kick-ass RE teacher!' Kuk Sool Won has particularly helped Daniella with her confidence and coordination, as well as her fitness. She particularly enjoys sparring, tournaments and weapons training and is in a unique position in being thrown about by her own school pupils!
Daniella has seen the benefits of Kuk Sool Won in her own pupils (in the classroom!) she trains with, and assists in the 13+ adults class. Memory work, coordination, confidence, team-work, self-defence etc. are all such transferable skills but the most valuable thing for Daniella is helping the confidence grow in those who walk through the dojahng door for the first time.

Deputy Safeguarding Officer. Contact: 07557 338349 / daniella.dunsmore@teachfirst.org.uk