The following black belts have trained and graded at the Academy, but for one reason or another (one became a Hollywood star, others moved away and some retired) they are no longer training with us. You can view all of their Dan grading videos, at the videos link on this site or via our YouTube page.
Mr Dev Patel, 1st Degree
Mr Patel started training at Rayners Lane Academy in 2000. Being very active within all the classes, he passed his black belt grading on 11th March 2006, grading at 15 years old but at an adult grading. On the way to black belt Mr Patel competed regularly in both national and international championships, including a World Championships and has won over 37 medals, many of which are gold and are testament to his high standards.
Mr Patel is held in high regard for his consistant training and technical abilities by both younger and older students. In 2006 his acting career took off when he gained a part in the hit teen TV show Skins. The following year he gained a starring role in the hit movie Slumdog Millionaire and in 2009 both his acting skills and Taekwon-Do skillshelped him gain the role of Zuko in M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender, which was released in 2010. he has since gone on to make more films and star ina TV series in the US.
Despite filming and travelling around the world Dev still finds time to train at the Academy on occasion, so if you are lucky, you might find him there training. Now a high profile figure in Hollywood, Mr Patel often mentions his Taekwon-Do roots and his instructor in many of his interviews and remains as humble as ever.
Mr Patel is also featured in one of Mr Anslows books - Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-do Hae Sul: Real Applications to the ITF Patterns, Vols 1, which he helped with whilst he was staring in the UK TV show 'Skins'.
Mr Fahad Ahmad, 1st Degree
Mr Ahmad started his training in Afganistan gaining his black belt there. When he came to the UK he joined the Academy and has trained there since 2001. Sadly, a long term back injury (non-TKD related) means he longer longer trains with us at present, but we look forward to him starting back up again in the future.
Mr Ahmad is also featured in one of Mr Anslows books - Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-do Hae Sul: Real Applications to the ITF Patterns, Vols 1.
Mr Dave Harris, 1st Degree
Mr Tomaz Kubicki, 1st Degree
Mr Harris is presently not training due to work commitments,, but should return in the near future.
Mr Harris is also featured in one of Mr Anslows books - Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-do Hae Sul: Real Applications to the ITF Patterns, Vols 2.
Mr Sushil Punj, 1st Degree
Mr Punj started Taekwon-Do at the Academy in 1999 at just 8 years old. After achieving his 2nd Kup he took a hiatus from training, returning to take his 1st Kup, before taking his 1st degree in April, 2009 at just 17 years old.
He has competed in both national and international tournaments including a World Championships in 2004.As a child student, Sushil unfortunately failed his 2nd kup grading and stopped training, as many young students do after such disappointments, however, unlike others he showed true indomitable spirit by resuming training a few years later being older and wiser, with a brand new and intense focus taking him passed the grading he previously failed and to 1st degree.
Mr Punj's focus made him not only an excellent student and black belt, but also a great instructor.Unfortunatly, other areas of Sushils life have taken priority at present, so he is no longer in training, but we hope he will resume his training in the future.
Mr Punj also featured in a number of Mr Anslows books - The Encyclopedia Of Taekwon-Do Patterns: The Complete Patterns Resource For Ch’ang Hon, ITF & GTF Students Of Taekwon-Do Vols 1 & 2
Mr Kubiki started his Taekwon-Do career in Poland in 1994. His first club was called "Green Sport Club"- where he trained with many Polish World Champions.
He was a very active student, taking part in many competitions (Poland and England) and TKD boot camps - Taekwon-do was always big part of his life.In 1998 he started University where joined a Kick Boxing club and having an ITF background help him succeed in the many University Kick Boxing events, as well.After University he came to UK, first for a honeymoon, but then decided to stay and he joined Rayners Lane Taekwon-do Academy as a black tag (1st Kup).
Tomasz passed his first degree in 2006, grading along side movie star Dev Patel and others.After moving away from Harrow he started attending Spirit TK, but due to having children, he saw his spare time evaportaed and although he no longer attends any regular classes, he still remains active, trying to exercise in his own time as he found it extremely difficult to simply stop, after so many years of Taekwon-do.
Recently he took a part in Best of the Best seminar where he could develop his skills to Best of the Best standards.
Mr Kubiki is also featured in one of Mr Anslows books - Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-do Hae Sul: Real Applications to the ITF Patterns, Vols 1.
Mr Marek Hanzel, 1st Degree
Mr Richard Baker, 1st Degree
Mr Imran Zaman, 1st Degree
Mr Handzel began training at the Academy in 2005 after moving from another local club, where he had been dissatisfied with the level of training. He soon settled into life at the Academy, steadily making his way through the Kup gradings and attending various seminars and tournaments, achieving the rank of 1st degree in October 2011.
He has contributed to Totally Tae Kwon Do magazine in the past and features in some of Mr. Anslow's books on patterns.
Mr Handzel moved to the sunny climes of North Yorkshire in July 2012 with his family. Unfortunately, he has been unable to find a suitable Taekwon-do club in Harrogate. Nevertheless, he maintains a strong interest in Martial Arts in general, and currently studies Wing Chun, though can sometimes be found practising his patterns in his garage (when it's not too cold).
Mr Handzel is also featured in a number of Mr Anslows books - Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-do Hae Sul: Real Applications to the ITF Patterns, as well a Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-do Hae Sul 2.
Mr Baker trained at the Academy for a number of years, achieving his black belt in October, 2011.
His love of 'Traditional Sparring' and Hosinsul saw him move onto MMA and Krav Maga training.
Mr Baker is also featured in one of Mr Anslows books - Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-do Hae Sul: Real Applications to the ITF Patterns, Vols 2.
Mr Zaman started his training on the 14th April 2003 at the age of 8, at another taekwon-Do school. With regular training he went on to achieve his kup belts over the next five years. On the 3rd April 2008, aged twelve he became the youngest person within his club (not the Academy) to achieve his black belt.
After many years of dedication and training, Mr Zaman decided it was time for a change of direction, so on March 2009 at the age of thirteen Mr Zaman enrolled at Rayners Lane Taekwon-do academy. Since then, he has gone on to compete in both national and international competitions, where he has won numerous medals and trophies.
In 2011 he competed in the PUMA Black Belt World Championships where he obtained a gold medal for patterns. Mr Zaman, is sadly not presently training.
Mr Yll Kelani, 1st Degree
Mr Maciek Krychowski, 1st Degree
Mr Krychowski started Taekwon-do at the age of 7 in his hometown of Wigston in Leicester (training under Krystyna Sargent, then 2nd degree) and completing gradings under Grandmaster Rhee Ki Ha (who examined him up to 2nd kup). He passed his 1st kup while he was training at Aston University.
Following a short break, he resumed his training at Rayner's Lane in 2015, grading to 1st degree black belt in October 2018, as well as winning 'Student of the Year'.
He features in Mr Anslow's book 'Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-Do Hosinsul'.
Mrs Helen Krychowska, 1st Degree
Mrs Krychowska started Taekwon-do in 2005 whilst she was studying at Aston University (Training under Mr Neil Majhu, then 3rd degree). She continued her Taekwon-do studies on her year abroad in Germany (under Mr Thomas Flügel, then 5th degree), then took a break from training due to a repeating shoulder injury and following surgery. She resumed her training as a 3rd Kup (Blue belt/Red tag) at the Academy in 2014, winning 'Student of the Year' in 2017 and grading to 1st degree black belt in October 2018.