All the Instructors are very highly qualified. As well as years of experience teaching Taekwondo, they have all complete a British Taekwondo (BT) Level 2 Instructors course.

The BT instructors course includes training in Safeguarding, Health & Safety, First Aid etc… To register as a Taekwondo Instructor all applicants have passed a Enhanced DBS. Master Naraine has also Graduated from the ‘Kukkiwon’ (World Taekwondo Headquarters in Seoul, Korea). This blend of Qualifications and Experience is not matched by any other club in the country.

Master Darren Naraine

7th Dan Kukkiwon, 7th Dan Chungdokwan
Role: Club Chairman & Chief Instructor

Trained: +35 years | Teaching: 22 years
Biggest successes: WT International Referee – 1st Class
Kukkiwon Masters Certificate Level 3 (2004)
Kukkiwon Masters Certificate Level 2 (2017)

Competed Nationally and won several medals in Sparring (Kyorugi) and Patterns (Poomsae)
GB Poomsae Team 2021 2022

Talk to Darren about: General Club Enquiries, Dan Gradings and Coach Development

Tom Ahnstrom

2nd Dan
Role: Instructor | WTTU Moo Duk Coaching Instructor

Trained: 8 years
Biggest successes: Achieving my black belt with WTTU Moo Duk Taekwondo, and competing around the world

Talk to Tom about: Poomsae Development Classes

Reza Rahimi Rahbar

5th Dan
Role: Assistant Instructor

Trained: 30+ years (Originally in Iran. Joined DTA in 2017)
Biggest successes: Ran clubs in Iran and Competed Nationally and Internationally

Talk to Reza about: Fighting spirit

Chris Samuels

3rd Dan
Role: Ferndown Club Instructor

Trained: 24 years (previously trained in other martial arts)
Biggest successes: Founding the Ferndown club and coaching his students to achieving their black belts

Talk to Chris about: Training at Ferndown and General Fitness

Cassidy Maidment

3rd Dan
Role: Ferndown Club Assistant Instructor

Trained: 13 years
Biggest successes: Being able to teach others what I’ve been taught.

Talk to Cassidy about: Ferndown classes and general fitness

Paul Western

3rd Dan
Role: Assistant Instructor | Poomsae Judge

Trained: 12 years
Biggest successes: Passing 3rd Dan

Talk to Paul about: Clubmark, Club Policies and Procedures

Marina Malaffo

3rd Dan
Role: Assistant Instructor & Safeguarding Officer

Trained: 16 years
Biggest successes: 2 weeks training camp in Korea. Developed the Kickstars Program across DTA.

Talk to Marina about: Our junior classes for 5-7 years (Kickstars)

Master Mustafa Efezeybek

5th Dan
Role: Instructor

Trained: 28 years
Biggest successes: Medals in Patterns & Sparring. Training both his children (now grown up) to also achieve Black belts

Talk to Mustafa about: After School Classes at Stourfield school


If you have any Safeguarding / Welfare issues or concerns please speak to your club instructor.

You can also speak to our club safeguarding officer: Dr Marina Malaffo – 07460 696403