New Wave AC, A Very Brief History!
New Wave Academy of Martial Arts will be twenty years old Christmas 2015. However, through Master Phil Somerset & Instructors Alex & Cliff Edwin the club has existed in one guise or another for over forty years!
Master Phil Somerset (6th Dan in Tae Kwon Do and a 4th Dan in Hap Ki Do) started training in Tae Kwon Do and Hap Ki Do whilst in the army in 1968. After leaving the army Master Somerset was one of the first to start teaching TKD in London and opened various TKD classes throughout South East London and Kent. In 1975 he opened a class at Silverlock Tenants Hall in Bermondsey, where in 1978 a young teenager came under his tutelage. Master Phil describes him as, ‘having watched one or two, too many Bruce Lee movies,” but says, “I soon cured him of that!’ Thirty-seven years later Alex Edwin now holds a 4th Dan in Tae Kwon Do and 3rd Dan in Hap Ki Do.
In 1984 Cliff Edwin (3rd Dan Tae Kwon Do and 1st Dan Hap Ki Do) followed his brother and began to practice Tae Kwon Do under Master Somerset. However, in 1987 Master Somerset and his family decided to move south to of all places Somerset, where they reside to this day. Between 1987 – 1995 the club underwent many changes, as Alex & Cliff took over the running of it, however at its heart has remained the teachings and principles instilled by Master Somerset.
In December 1995 Alex & Cliff Edwin established New Wave Academy of Martial Arts, with Master Somerset as the Chief Instructor.