Taekwon-Do is suitable for all ages and abilities, regardless of whether you are a total beginner or you have previous experience in another martial art.  As well as the self defence aspect of Taekwon-do, there is also a sport side where students can compete against other practitioners. Here you can not only learn excellent kicking and punching technique, you will also get fit, have fun and make new friends.

RAM Taekwon-Do Academy is affiliated to the UKTA, the original Taekwon-Do Association in the UK.


Master John Reilly


Master John Reilly is the founder and head instructor at RAM Taekwon-Do Academy. He started training Taekwon-Do in 1989 with Mr. Kris Ram and he was awarded the rank of Master (7th dan) in Pyongyang, DPRK at the 2017 World Championships.

Master Reilly is a European medallist, a former coach of the Scotland National Team and is currently one of the most respected umpires in the world.

His true passion lies in teaching his students traditional ITF Taekwon-Do. He originally founded the club in 1993 before opening a full time martial arts and fitness centre in 2018.

Mrs Kirsty Reilly

V Dan

Kirsty is a 5th Degree Black Belt and she is Master Reilly’s wife. She began her training in Taekwon-Do with Master Reilly’s instructor, Kris Ram in 1998.

Since beginning training she has made great progress, achieving the rank of 5th Degree Black belt and has been representing Scotland at World and European Championships since 2009 achieving medal success across all disciplines in both individual and team events.  Kirsty has a keen passion for fitness and enjoys pushing herself to reach new levels in training. She regularly trains to make sure she’s always in good shape.
Kirsty also runs some of our circuit classes.

Mr Malcolm White

IV Dan

Malcolm is a 4th Degree Black Belt and an assistant instructor at RAM Taekwono-Do Academy. He began training at the end of 2011 and changed his life through Taekwon-Do. Under Master Reilly’s guidance he began training hard and competing regularly in both Taekwon-Do and kickboxing, eventually earning his black belt in under 3 years.

He is a current member of the ITF Scotland team and the WKA Scotland Kickboxing team, winning medals at national and international level in both disciplines.

Since beginning his martial arts training Malcolm has turned his life around, getting himself fit and even started his own personal training business. It was a dream come true to be able to help Master Reilly with the opening of RAM Martial Arts and Fitness Centre.


Little Rams (Age 3-6)

Little Rams – Ideal for pre-school kids to mix with other children and learn basic skills while having fun. Here we teach basic technique, play games to help them develop essential motor skills but also so they are able to learn while having fun. As the children reach school age they “graduate” into our Kid’s Combat programme where they start on the Taekwon-Do syllabus.


Kids Combat (Age 7-12)

Kids Combat – This is our children’s Taekwon-Do programme aimed at Primary school aged children. In Kid’s Combat the children learn the full Taekwon-Do syllabus from white to black belt in a fun, safe environment.

Whether your child’s goal is to one day be a black belt, or perhaps to win a Gold at the Olympic games, we’ll do our very best to help them in their quest!


Senior Taekwon-do (Age 13+)

The senior Taekwon-Do class is for our teens and adults. Here you will be taught the full ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) syllabus from white to black belt. Through these classes you will learn self defence techniques, punching and kicking technique to be used in self defence situations, sparring or competitions.

Physical fitness plays a big part in martial arts so we perform exercises that strengthen the body so we are able to perform our techniques to the best of our ability.

Many RAM students have competed both nationally and internationally with many medalling at European and World Championships. If competition is your thing, we can give you the platform to get involved.

If competition isn’t your thing then we equally cater for those who wish to train and promote. Do you want to be a Black Belt?