Hi, my name is Daniel Lammin and I’ve been involved in martial arts and Taekwon-Do in particular for around 20 years. As a child I had always wanted to take up a martial art but never had the confidence to do so. Aged 17 I finally plucked up the courage to attend my first Taekwon-Do class and have been hooked ever since. In September 2014 I was promoted to the rank of 6th degree black belt by a grading panel which included Master Raymond Gayle 8th Degree and Master Mark Ogborne 7th Degree.
I started training in order to improve my confidence, learn to defend myself and lose weight but over the years Taekwon-Do has given me so much more than I ever imagined it could. It has had a massive impact on my life and played a large part in shaping me into the person I am today. I have been the instructor of the Bournemouth Taekwon-Do School since May 2003, taking over from my then instructor a few days after passing my 3rd degree black belt. It is with great pride that I have watched my students’ progress and achieve their individual goals. Over the years I have learned/gained so much from my training and I feel that it would be a waste not to pass this knowledge on to others. This is now my biggest motivation within Taekwon-Do and martial arts.
I have always enjoyed the physical training and have constantly tried to broaden my horizons as a martial artist, training with different instructors and attending seminars in both Taekwon-Do and other martial arts whenever possible. When P.U.M.A. was founded in the year 2000 the first thing that they did as an organization was to host a 3 day seminar with the founder of Taekwon-Do, General Choi Hong Hi 9th Degree. This was the last time that General Choi would visit this country before he passed away on June the 15th 2002 and remains one of the biggest highlights of my training to date. I have also been lucky enough to get the chance to train with a number of martial arts legends including Neil Adams (Olympic Judo Medalist and Coach), Bill “Superfoot” Wallace (Kickboxing) and one of Bruce Lee’s instructors Guru Dan Inosanto (Jeet Kune Do and Eskrima) to name but a few.
Over the years I have been heavily involved in the competition circuit, initially as a competitor and more recently as a coach. Competition isn’t for everyone but has always been an area that I have enjoyed and has provided me with some fantastic experiences and opportunities to travel. As a competitor I represented England for around 10 years, captaining the team on a number of occasions. Personal highlights include being undefeated at Clash of the Titans for 3 years running, reaching the quarter-finals of the 2000 World Championships and winning numerous national titles. Since 2006 I have been involved with coaching the P.U.M.A. national squad and in June 2009 was promoted to the role of head coach. Early in 2014 I was invited to be part of the ITF England National Coaching Team, a fantastic honour and opportunity. The P.U.M.A. squad has enjoyed great success over the past few years and I hope to continue to build on this and pass on the benefit of my experience to ensure that a new generation of P.U.M.A. and ITF competitors reaches their full potential.