Carly Wilson

Girls Who Kick - a programme designed to engage women in ITF Taekwon-Do

Dear Members of ITF England, my name is Carly Wilson (5th Degree) and I have recently been elected as Technical Director for ITF England. One of my initiatives over the next two years is to raise the profile of women in Taekwon-Do by starting the Girls Who Kick programme. This is an area close to my heart as I believe that women in Taekwon-Do need a stronger voice and representation at a higher level to enable the next generation of female practitioners to pursue their dreams and aspirations in Taekwon-Do.

In my own association (TOTAL TKD) I have been fortunate enough to have the support of my instructor (Master Symonds) as well as inspirational women who have helped to support and shape me into the person I am today, namely Miss Marcia Griffith (4th Degree) and Miss Zorica Bowie (5th Degree) who have been steadfast since I walked into the dojang 18 years ago. In turn, I am now a constant source of support for the next generation of female TOTAL TKD members as they pursue their goals including those on the world stage.

I hope that through the Girls Who Kick programme we can ensure that all female practitioners, of all grades, will have access to this support, regardless of their location or affiliation.

The programme will focus on providing seminars and workshops across England. These events will be run by Girls Who Kick Ambassadors who will combine their knowledge and expertise to inspire female practitioners in ITF Taekwon-Do. These sessions will not only focus on the physical element of Taekwon-Do, but also the 'Do'.


The following people have been selected as ambassadors of the Girls Who Kick programme based on their experience and years in Taekwon-Do. We are very proud that our current ambassadors have competed at the highest level for England or have been Directors of the National Association.


Miss Carly Wilson

Founder and Ambassador


Mrs Patricia Gray



Mrs Alison Longhurst



Miss Zorica Bowie



Miss Izzy Brider



Miss Romy Mottershead



The Girls Who Kick programme organises seminars across England. These seminars will be open to female students of all ages and grades and will be conducted by the Girls Who Kick ambassadors. Seminars will cover a combination of patterns, sparring, special technique, power and self defence.

Our seminar dates for 2019 are:

Sign up to our first seminar on 7th July here:

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The Competitive History of Women in ITF England


Unfortunately there are no electronic records before 2013. The following successes took place in this time period, if there are any records missing then please contact us.


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European Gold: Lisa Pitman, Individual Power
European Gold: Senior Female Team Power
European Silver: Lisa Pitman, 75+kg Sparring


European Bronze: Carly Wilson, 2nd Dan Patterns
European Bronze: Faye Farthing, 3rd Dan Patterns


European Gold: Junior Female Team Power
European Silver: Fiona Gallagher-Payet, -63kg Sparring
European Bronze: Carly Wilson, Junior 2nd Dan Patterns
European Bronze: Junior Female Team Sparring
World Gold: Junior Female Team Power
World Silver: Junior Female Team Sparring


Bronze: Fiona Gallagher-Payer, -63kg Sparring


European Silver: Senior Female Team Pattern


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If you have any questions or are interested in joining the programme, please email us at