Our Instructiors

At McGowan's Blackbelt Academy we are very fortunate to have full time instructors and assisstants. This enables us to dedicate a lot of time to the training and progress of our students and their long term goals. Potential is such an important word at our club and from our Kubz at 3 right through to our adult seniors we work very hard to help our students reach their best.


Our chief instructors both have over 25 years experience training and teaching in Taekwon-Do. We also have two fully qualified Personal Trainers at the academy. So, whether your goals are martial arts or fitness based we are very well equiped to get you there.


Mr Brian McGowan - 5th Degree International Taekwon-Do Instructor

Mr McGowan began his training over 25 years ago under the guidance of Master Mark Hutton and beacame an assistant instructor at his school. In 2010 he opened McGowan's blackbelt academy in Hamilton with his son Kieran (Mr McGowan Jnr). Through his 25 years in Taekwon-Do Mr McGowan has gained a vast amount of experience through his own training, teaching, competing and umpiring. He is also the cheif examiner at McGowan's Blackbelt Academy.


Mr Kieran McGowan (Mr McGowan Jnr) - 4th Degree Instructor

Mr McGowan Jnr began training at the same time as his father, over 25 years ago with Master Mark Hutton. In his early years of trainig Mr McGowan Jnr gained a lot of experience and success at junior competitions across the UK. A fully qualified personal trainer Mr McGowan Jnr offers 1-1 fitness training at the academy.

Mrs Nicole McGowan - 1st Degree Instructor

A fantastic role model for all our students, but especially our female students as she balances training, teaching, fitness coaching alongside being a fantastic mum.  Mrs McGowan has a great nature for working with the kids.  Mrs McGowan is also a qualified Personal Trainer and is acheiving great results with 1-1 and group fitness members of our academy. 

Lauren Connor - Black Tags - Academy Assistant Coach

Lauren first started helping with classes as part of her work experience for her Duke of Edinburgh Award. Since then she has been a tremendous support at the academy and is and excellent role model for the kids in our KUBZ, Moosas and Junior programmes. 







Morning, daytime and evening classes

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McGowan's Blackbelt Academy

Bertram Street





Tel: 07872129716