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About Carlton Arena Taekwondo

The Club

As the name indicates, the Carlton-Arena Taekwondo Club started in Carlton, Nottingham, around 1980, then in 1995, the original founder of the club Mr F Brown, decided at the young age of seventy four to finally retire from Taekwondo. After some convincing from Master Ray Lightfoot - 6th Dan, the club was taken over by Guy and Norma Châtel, who are the present owners. Guy is also the Chief instructor and Norma is in the position of Administration Manager.

Eventually expansion was able to take place with the opening in 1997 of the branch at Rushcliffe Arena in West Bridgford, Nottingham, and the name was changed to "Carlton-Arena Taekwondo".

The Chatel Family

The Chatels: Norma, Sophie, Guy, and Natalie

Further expansion has taken place over the years as the club has built on it’s success, in May 1999 Gamston hall was added.

Total membership now orbits around about 140 students - including 40 Black belts from 1st Dan to 6th Dan, training throughout the club structure at different venues.

Club Instructors

Head Instructor

Head instructor Master Guy Chatel 5th Dan

Master Guy Chatel 6th Dan


Sophie Hirst (née Chatel) 4th Dan Poomsae technical coach

Sophie Hirst (née Chatel) 4th Dan Poomsae Technical Coach

Natalie Wilcox (néeChatel) 3rd Dan

Natalie Wilcox (née Chatel) 3rd Dan

Mike Sosin 3rd Dan

Mike Sosin 3rd Dan

Luke Prout 4th Dan

Luke Prout 4th Dan

Mike Mannion 2nd Dan

Mike Mannion 2nd Dan

Club Officials

Below are people who have volunteered to take on extra responsibility within the club.

Please feel free to contact them at any time if you feel you have concerns within their field of office, they will be only too happy to discuss any area for clarification, alternatively contact Guy or Norma directly.

Club offical - Norma

Norma: Club Secretary and Administrative





Child Care Officer

Mrs Ketki Nandha

Mrs Ketki Nandha’s telephone number is on our web site

or contact Norma for details.

Training Venues

GAMSTON: Community Hall, Gamston

Tuesdays: 6.30pm to 8.00pm

Thursdays: 6.30pm to 8.00pm

Sundays: 4.30pm to 6.00pm

Page last updated : 23th June 2024