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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, Sex Offender Manager, 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.

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Jenny French

1st Dahn Black Belt & Programme Director

Jenny keeps everything running smoothly and helps all students get the most out of their training. She is a safer schools police officer based at the Thetford Academy.
Jenny figured out a long time ago that if she wanted to spend more time with her husband she would have to become a part of the Kuk Sool family. Since seeing her husband’s enthusiasm and positive influence in teaching his students she has also become a student herself.
With the arrival of their first child in March 2015 Master Kris and Jenny fully embrace family values and the family ethos of the World Kuk Sool Association and treat each and every student like a part of their family.

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Becca White

1st Dahn Black Belt

Becca started Kuk Sool Won aged 9, and promoted to 1st Dahn Black Belt in June 2007, aged 14. She decided to leave the martial art a year later. Becca missed training so much over the next few years, but always let nerves at the idea of restarting get the better of her until finally making the decision to take the martial art up again in January 2018. Seeing an advert on Facebook, she joined Kuk Sool Won of Thetford and has not regretted the decision: working her memory way up from the beginning again was daunting at first, but the perseverance has paid off, and she has found some great friends along the way.

Becca works as a TA in a secondary school, and loves working with all ages of learners using her humour, patience, and enthusiasm to get the best out of every student where possible. She transfers these traits over to her help in the junior and senior classes, and always enjoys the days where she can get to the ‘Tiny Tigers’ classes too.

Some students in the club may regard Becca’s warm-up routines as rather gruelling; however she likes to think of them as energising and fun, and enjoys looking up new exercises to try out in class! Becca also really enjoys working on the acrobatic side of Kuk Sool Won, developing strength and flexibility, as well as kicks, weapons, and techniques. Her favourite aspect of the martial art is sparring though, and Becca and JKN Dani can often be seen battling it out in the sparring court in friendly competition whilst always encouraging each other to improve.
Kuk Sool Won is a great way to stay fit, but Becca also finds that it has been so beneficial in her personal life for developing her confidence, which can sometimes be lacking, and she has also found it to be a wonderfully supportive environment that helps her manage an anxiety disorder and help her to push herself and feel immensely proud of her achievements.

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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.