Meet the team of experts that teach and run the New Plymouth Taekwondo & Hapkido Club

Asst. Instructors
Guest Instructors

Grandmaster Stephen (Steve) Drummond

Grandmaster Drummond (affectionately known as GMD) is a 7th Dan Black-belt and chief Instructor of NPTHC. He has held the position of head Instructor since  February 1994 when he took over from the previous instructor; whom moved onto run another club.

GMD is best known for teaching real, practical and proven self-defense techniques. He often says the safety of his students is most important thing to him.

in 1991 GMD achieved his Black-belt, and also Instructors Certificate, in Taekwondo; since then he has become a Fully Qualified Instructor in:

  • New Zealand Ju-Jitsu Federation (NZJJF)

  • New Zealand Hapkido

  • World Kido Federation/Haminjok Hapkido (WKF)

  • New Zealand Taekwondo Federation (NZTF)

  • World Taekwondo (WT)

  • Sport New Zealand level 2 coach

GMD's qualifications also include the following:

  • 7th Dan Black-belt NZTF / WT (presented by president Chungwon Choue)

  • 5th Dan Black-belt Kukkiwon Taekwondo

  • 1st Dan Black-belt WKF

  • 1st Dan Black-belt NZ Hapkido

  • Black-belt NZJJF

  • Coloured belts in Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate, Kendo, Iaido and Judo

  • Plaque of commendation awarded by the Prime Minster of Korea, President of the WKF, Mayor of Busan, Mayor of Chang-won city, and a South Korean Army General.

  • NZ First Aid level 4

  • Certificate in Tertiary level Teaching

  • Certificate in Management (NZ levels 4 to 6)


Master Jeff ("uncle Jeffy") Pardey

Master Jeff Pardey (affectionately known as "uncle Jeffy) is a 4th Dan Black-belt and senior Instructor of NPTHC.

Master Jeff has over 52 years of martial art expertise under his belt, and first started training because of Bruce Lee. He is actually the 2nd Instructor of NPTHC taking over from Great Grandmaster Lee Jung Nam in the mid 80s, until his departure in 1993s to start of his own style, Ken ashi do Karate; which is a combination of Taekwondo and Sushikai Karate.

In 2018, Master Jeff started training in Taekwondo again, and has gone onto achieve his 4th Dan Black-belt, and Masters grade, despite being in his 60s. Due to his health and other commitments Master Jeff only attends one training a week.

He is a Fully Qualified Instructor in:

  • New Zealand Taekwondo Federation (NZTF)

  • World Taekwondo (WT)

  • Ken ashi do Karate

Master Jeff's qualifications also include the following:

  • 4th Dan Black-belt NZTF

  • 2nd Dan Black-belt Kukkiwon Taekwondo

  • 5th Dan Dan Black-belt & Kancho (founder of the style) Ken ashi do Karate

  • Coloured belts in Judo and Sushikai Karate


Paul Cowan

Paul Joined NPTHC as a fun activity with his kids, and has gone onto to be a key member of the leadership team. He had a background in BBJ and Judo before joining NPTHC.

Paul is currently the Hapkido Syllabus coach for NPTHC and assistant to GMD.

Paul's qualifications include:

  • 1st Dan Black-Belt NZTF

  • 1st Dan Black-belt Kukkiwon

  • Black-belt in waiting Hapkido

  • NZTF qualified Instructor

  • NZJJF Assistant club Instructor

  • Sport NZ level 1 Coach

  • NZ Red Cross level 4

Instructor Paul

Stephanie Michel

Stephanie feels extremely passionate about empowering woman, but is also one of the most hard working members of NPTHC both in the Dojang and out.

She has ran multiple woman's self-defense courses and is very proficient at both self-defense and patterns.

GMD has appointed Stephanie the NPTHC Poomsae (Pattern) coach.

Stephanie's Qualifications include:

  • Black-belt in waiting Taekwondo

  • Black-tip in Hapkido

  • NZTF qualified Instructor

  • Sport NZ level 1 Coach

  • NZ Red Cross level 4

Instructor Stephanie