Mr Vikram Gautam, 4th Degree
Mr Gautam started Taekwon-Do when he was just aged 10 years old (in 1991). As a child he trained with Mr Anslows instructors Master. David Bryan, (then a 5th Degree) and Mr. John Pepper, 2nd Degree at Wembley Taekwon-Do School, which was part of the BUTF (British United Taekwon-do Federation).
He continued to train at Wembley Taekwon-Do School for the next 9 years achieving his 1st degree in 2000. Following his 1st degree he began assisting Mr Anslow at Rayners Lane Taekwon-Do Academy and eventually started training there full time due to university making it impossible to train at his former club due to conflicts in times. Mr Gautam is an full instructor at Rayners Lane Taekwon-do Academy.
He graded for 3rd degree black belt in 2010 and took his 4th degree black belt in 2023. He has over 30 years training in Taekwon-do, a high level of competition experience and has won many medals in his time, including a World gold medal in 2012.
Having come up through the same lines as Mr Anslow they share common principles of what is, and what is not Taekwon-do.
Both likeable and approachable, he is often found teaching alongside Mr Anslow, as well as training with the Academies students. Mr Gautam is an exceptional technician and fighter in his own right, but manages to encompass the aims of the Academy (that of being an all rounder, in all areas) both in himself and his teaching.
His classes are fun, enjoyable, taxing but rewarding and his position is highly valued within the Academy. In October 2010, Mr Gautam graded for 3rd degree under legendary pioneering Master, Willie Lim, (then) 8th Degree and in 2023 took his 4th degree under Master Harris (who was graded to Master himself, by Grandmaster Willie Lim, 9th Degree).
Mr Gautam is also featured in a number of Mr Anslows books - Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-do Hae Sul: Real Applications to the ITF Patterns, Vols 1 & 2, as well as The Encyclopedia Of Taekwon-Do Patterns: The Complete Patterns Resource For Ch’ang Hon, ITF & GTF Students Of Taekwon-Do Vols 1, 2 & 3.