School News



Happy Christmas to all the members of Grandmaster Howard’s Taekwon-Do School and to their families. The last class was Tuesday 20th December and we start back training on Tuesday the 3rd of January 2012. The Friday Tigers class will start back the 6th of January. We’ll be having a New Year Demonstration on Tuesday 24th January and starting Adult and Teenagers beginners classes on Tuesday 31st of January. Have a great Christmas and we’ll see you in the new year.






In recognition of his promotion to 9th degree and his dedication to Taekwon-Do the students of GM Howard’s Dojang presented Grandmaster Howard with a beautiful piece of engraved glass. The glass had a picture of GM Howard in the centre and it was surrounded by the place and year of all his black belt promotions, from 1st degree (Oxford 1971) to 9th degree (Pyongyang 2011).  Grandmaster Howard was genuinely surprised and delighted when he received the award from the students.

Also on the night, Senior Master Anthony Phelan (RITA Vice-President) officially presented GM Howard with an embroidered IX degree black belt. Senior master Phelan said ‘Traditionally Grandmaster Howard would present his new 1st degree black belts with their first black belt. But his instructor First Grandmaster Rhee lives in Glasgow, so behalf of the RITA and the Cabra students I’d like to present you with this embroidered 9th degree black belt.’

The Cabra members would like to thank Mr Tobin from Carrick on Suir for organizing the embroidery


Congratulations to all the beginners who passed their first grading under ITF Examiner Senior Master Anthony Phelan (8th degree). All the beginners were successfully promoted to 9th kup (yellow tag). SM Phelan was very pleased with the standard and gave some useful advice and tips to each member grading. Two members from the main class were also promoted; Arno Denne to 1st kup (black tag) and Greg Costello to 6th kup (green belt).

Full list of results below.


Arno Denne 1st kup
Greg Costello 6th kup
Tommy McCluskey 9th kup
Rory Callan 9th kup
Kevin Dunne 9th kup
Alex Petrisor 9th kup
Judy Chen 9th kup
Katie Callan 9th kup
Simon Palmer 9th kup
Aodh O’Leary 9th kup


Grandmaster Howard’s students had success at the ITF-Irish Open Taekwon-Do Championships in Tallaght recently, when they took

home 4 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze between them.

In the black belt division; Mr Leon McSherry took silver in the 3rd/4th degree pattern, while Mr Adam Fox smashed a total of

10 boards to take the gold in the Power event.

In the colour belt sections; Alex Nowak swept the board with gold in patterns, sparring and special technique, while

Laura O’Donoghue took home a bronze in her sparring event.

Well done to all those who took part. The next event is the ITF-Ireland Cup on the 31st March 2012 in Cork city. Hopefully

we’ll have a large number of competitors from the our dojang.

Full results and some video clips on the RITA site and facebook page

Master Robert Howard (7th Degree) will be giving a lecture on 'The Physics of Martial Arts' as part of National Science week at the Dublin Institute of Techology. The lecture and demonstration is aimed at 5th and 6th year second level students and will explain the physics behind the breaking of wood and tiles with Taekwon-Do hand and foot techniques. Master Howard who also has a PhD in physics will be explain the concepts of; velocity, momentum, force and energy, while at the same time checking if his physics is correct by smashing timber and tiles.


Venue: Gleeson Theatre, Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin St., Dublin 8
Contact: Miriam/Michele School of Physics

Telephone:01 4024559      

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Date: Wednesday 16th Nov.