I have been training in martial arts since the age of eleven. I first started practicing Judo at my local youth club, which I studied
for 5 years, gaining my Brown Belt while also enjoying an active competitive career. Unfortunately, after many years my local club
had to close and I was unable to continue.
Therefore, I decided it was time to try something different, over many months I tried many different classes which included Karate, Kung-Fu and even a class of Ninjitsu! But unfortunely, I found that I couldn't quite bond with each respective style. Then finally, while playing badminton with a friend at a local sports centre I came across an ITF Taekwon-Do class. I stayed and watched the remainder of the class and liked what I saw, so decided to give it a try and absolutley loved it.
I have now been practicing ITF Taekwon-Do for over Thirty years and I can truly say that attending my first class was the best thing I ever did. The benefits of the training over the years have kept me fit, flexible and motivated in all aspect of life. ITF Taekwon-Do is in my opinion a complete martial art and practical self-defence that has many additional benefits.
I started teaching classes in 2005 in the United Kingdom, where I built a successful school, guiding many students to their Black Belts and beyond. I also coached many students to competitive success on the local and national competition circuit. In addition I have also trained and mentored Black Belt students to open and run their own schools.
I was a member of the England Taekwon-Do Association, where I held positions on the organisations technical committee and Black Belt Grading Panel. In addition I was also part of the coaching team who conducted training seminars and Instructor courses during the year.
U.K.T.F English Championships 1989 - Destruction Gold
U.K.T.A English Open Championships 1990 - Sparring Gold
British Taekwon-Do Championships 1990 - Sparring Silver
U.K.T.F English Open Championships 1991 - Sparring Silver
British Championships 1991 - Sparring Silver
R.A.F Henlow Championships 1992 - Sparring Gold
R.A.F Henlow Championships 1992 - Patterns Silver
British Open Championships 1992 - Black Belt Team Gold
English Open Championships 1993 - Sparring Silver
English Championships 1995 - Sparring Bronze
English Open Championships 1996 - Patterns Bronze
TKD Impact English Championships 2003 - Sparring Silver
TKD Impact English Open Championships 2005 - Sparring Bronze
TKD Impact English Open Championships 2005 - Patterns Bronze
I now teach here in Sydney and have had the pleasure to introduce many more students to the wonderful art of ITF Taekwon-Do.
Contact us now and book in for your free trial class, new students are always very welcome.
We look forward to meeting you soon.
ITF International Instructor
“My son loves it! Friendly and professional instructor, fantastic family atmosphere. The instructor is always patient, caring and encouraging. My son has grown so much in confidence. I highly recommend it to anyone.”
“"Thank you for being an amazing support and teacher to my boys, they have excelled under your teaching and always leave your classes with a smile on their faces."”
“My daughter enjoys going here for her Taekwon-Do classes and looks forward to it every week. Marc is a very professional trainer and works with the parents too, to ensure the kids achieve their full potential. This is an excellent activity for kids to build their confidence, socialise with other children and get good exercise, all while also building an integral life skill.”
“"Starting to train in martial arts when you are 25 is scary, intimidating and seems almost impossible at first, but Marc made me not only believe in myself, but also feel very comfortable in every class. I could see my own progress straight away because of what a great instructor he is."”
“My daughters have both been training for the past year with Marc at Parallax Taekwon-Do. Marc is extremely professional, knowledgeable and definitely has a great rapport with all of the students. My girls have both enjoyed the training sessions and vastly improved with both fitness levels and skills. They have learned self discipline, improved their confidence, strength and coordination. It has been very rewarding watching them achieve their grading to the next levels. They have loved the experience too. We were beginners with no prior Martial arts experience. Great value for money. NSW Active Kids vouchers accepted too! A+ all round.”
“"You have been the best teacher I have ever had and probably will have for a long time. Marc helped my self-confidence and his teaching and guidance have helped me with the bullying I've been through. I will never forget how much help he has been and will always be grateful."”
“I did Taekwon-Do back in America. I really enjoyed the experience, however I never met a teacher who such patience with his students. If you want to learn Taekwon-Do from someone, I believe Marc would be the best person to do it.”
“"Thank you so much for all your patience. You have been wonderful! You gave both our children the love of Taekwon-Do."”
“I have had children go to Mark for a year and am truly pleased with his interaction and patience with his students .The children have progressed in their ability and knowledge and love going every week. It is a wonderful way for children to improve their self discipline and confidence in themselves and is truly rewarding to watch when they get it right and achieve a grading to the next level which they know is earned by them. The children go twice a week for an hour and it is very good value for money for the parents. Highly recommended to any parents. See for yourself and be the judge.”
“""Being a member of your Taekwon-Do school has had a significant effect on my life. It has given me confidence, both physically and mentally, as well as strength and a sense of inner calm. These elements are associated with, and tied into, the ethos of Taekwon-Do but there is no way I would have stuck to it without your tutelage."”
“Fantastic & rewarding experience training in ITF TKD under a professional & attentive instructor like Mr Marc Fitzsimons. Thanks to his coaching skills, Marc helped me to grow in my martial art journey from a "eager to learn white belt" to a "confident 2nd degree Black belt". Loving every session !!”
“My daughter and I started learning Taekwon-Do with Marc five years ago. Whilst my daughter has developed a lot of confidence and self-control, I was taken by surprise that I could also practice such an intense sport. But above all thanks to you it has become a real passion.”
“Returning to the Dojang after a period of not training is never easy, especially when starting at a new school as a senior grade. I still remember the first time I attended one of your classes. The welcoming, friendly atmosphere and the lack of political boundaries made this effortless. I felt accepted from the beginning.”
“I joined this club very recently, and even though my training is WTF, Marc and the rest of the team made me feel very welcomed and helped me become part of the team. My time spent in this club has been very enlightening, Marc helped me to focus on the detail and improve my technique.”
“I turned up at your classes on a promise to a friend. I stayed because I loved the club. Marc has a knack of guiding you to slow but real improvement, he has attracted a great group of people to his classes.”
“your teaching has made me feel stronger than ever. Your gentle approach to training has a clear influence on the ethos and community you have established in your Taekwon-Do school.”
“Thank you so much for all your patience. You have been wonderful! You gave both our children the love of Taekwon-Do.”
“At your classes, I found not only many friends, but also a positive and inspiring environment: all of this was possible thanks to Marc, a great teacher and a wonderful person!”
“It's been an absolute pleasure to attend your classes! Thank you for your time, effort and patience to teach me all the basics.”
“Marc is an approachable, patient and dedicated teacher who is keen to develop his students to reach their maximum potential. He ensures that the classes are varied in terms of activity and that they cater for different levels of ability and fitness.”
“Marc is a fully qualified International Taekwon-Do Federation Instructor with over 20 years of experience in Taekwon-Do. He is really patient, dedicated and always motivating his students to achieve their level best.”
“Marc made each and every class feel like a family get together. His belief in his students, his kindness and an inspiring can-do attitude was what made me fall in love with Taekwon-Do.”