Putting aside Master Sykes' appearances in the Mid 70's to early 80's in the GBR Taekwondo squad, including World and European championships in Ecuador and Holland, and his own national and international gold medals and trophies. It could arguably be said that his greatest Taekwondo success' have come as both a club coach and national coach.

Master Sykes has managed to introduce an unprecedented number of people to Taekwondo in his 30+ year career. A substantial number of these went on to become English champions. Names such as Adele Deaks, Clare Deaks, Peter Adamson, Kathy Walker (Barlow), Wayne Green, Cheryl Anderson, Dave Baugh, Sara Boughen, Sara Stevenson, Amanda Broadbent, Darren Coleman....and many more all owe their success to master Sykes and his teachings.

Kathy Walker (Barlow), Peter Adamson, Wayne Green all went on to start their very own academy's in and around the South Yorkshire areas. They in turn produced a whole host of black belt instructors. And so due to Master Sykes introducing Taekwondo to South Yorkshire in the early 80's it has grown into the popular sport that we know and enjoy today.
Not to be dismissive of the fighters that bring in great and regular degrees of success for master Sykes and the Allstar Academy, perhaps the most successful of his members have been Amanda Broadbent whom took Bronze medal honours in the 1996 Olympic Games (Barcalona) and Sarah Stevenson who has achieved stardom as National Champion, European Champion, Common Wealth Champion, World Champion, and double Olympian, and all at the tender age of twenty three years of age. When you consider that Sarah started her training at the young age of seven years old, in a little church hall in Hyde Park, Doncaster, you can appreciate that she truly is home grown talent under the watchful eye of master Sykes.

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