About Us...About The Manchester School of Tae Kwon Do

The Manchester School of Tae Kwon Do was founded by Master Richard Higgins in 1997. MSTKD teaches methods and techniques according to the principles of General Choi, regarded as the founder of modern Tae Kwon Do. Techniques are based on current International Tae Kwon Do Federation (ITF) standards. Classes are taught in a traditional non-contact environment with respect and discipline.  We are located at 270 Amory St (Gosselin Plaza) in Manchester, NH

Head Instructor


Master Richard Higgins began his training in 1975 under the instruction of Master James Glenn at Glenn's Tae Kwon Do in Hudson New Hampshire. Thanks to the excellent instruction provided, he successfully tested for and recieved his 1st degree black belt in 1978.

Master Higgins continued his training under GrandMaster Ron Bastien of the Tae Kwon Do Karate Club in Manchester, NH, where he was afforded the opportunity to become an instructor and pass the knowledge given to him on to others.

Master Higgins became head instructor and was ultimately awarded a rank of 6th degree Black Belt by GrandMaster Bastien.
He continued under GrandMaster Bastien until 1997 when Higgins decided to launch the Manchester School of Tae Kwon Do.

"I remain humbled and forever grateful for the training and mentorship I recieved while under the instruction of Master James Glenn (RIP) and GrandMaster Ronald Bastien. The lessons learned from these outstanding teachers have been invaluable, and continue to serve me each day."

-- Master Richard Higgins

Mission Statement


The Manchester School of Tae Kwon Do is committed to keeping the study of Tae Kwon Do both available and affordable to all who share the willingness to learn and persevere.

We have many options available for both current martial artists and new students, including adult classes, children's classes, weapons instruction, and self defense seminars. We invite you to explore the site, and welcome your interest and feedback regarding our programs....

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