School News

The boys and girls from the Friday’s Tiger class took part in the Athlone Fun Challenge before the Easter holidays. The competition had children from Athlone, Galway and our own school Senior Master Howard’s Dojang.

We got the bus to Athlone on the Sunday morning from the Maple Centre and all the boys and girls (and parents) were very excited about our first away competition.  The tigers competed in three events; 4-step punch, flexibility and team sparring.  The event gave the children a chance to meet and compete against their Taekwon-Do cousins from Athlone and Galway.  All of the children did very well and got a chance to put their Tiger Goals into practice at some stage of the day and showed respect by bowing to the judges when they collected their medals.

In total the Tiger class took home 5 gold, 5 silver and 14 bronze medals in individual events. While our four Cabra Tiger teams won 1gold, 2 silver and a bronze in the team sparring.   Well done to everyone who took part in the Fun Challenge.

Special thanks to all the parents for giving up their time to travel with the children and make the day a great success.

The next Tiger event is the grading for their next stripe.  It’ll be in June but the date needs to be confirmed with the examiner.

Congratulations to the members from Master Howard’s Dojang who competed successfully at the 2011 ITF-Ireland Cup in Athlone last Saturday. Competitors from 16 Taekwon-Do schools from across the country competed in the day’s events. Three members of our school took home 6 trophies between them.  Mr Leon McSherry won a silver in the Black Belt Patterns. Wojciuch Pawlak won gold in the red belt power, silver in sparring and bronze in the red belt patterns. While Arno Denne took home a silver in both the blue belt patterns and veteran sparring. Well done to all.  Our instructor Senior Master Howard was there as special guest  and Master Howard was chief umpire for the event.  The next competition is the Irish Open on the 3rd of December.

For a full report, photos and results see



Our recent Fun Challenge was a great success and all the Tigers and Dragons performed brilliantly. The competition was held in our dojang and the boys and girls competed in several events. Technical (punching and blocking), sparring, and we had a stretching event. Congratulations to all the boys and girls for practicing so hard and trying their best.  Also a special thanks to the umpires who gave up their time to judge. There are some photos on the gallery. If any parents have photos of the night could they email them to Master Howard please.

The Tigers are now in training for the Fun Challenge in Athlone on the 17th of April.

Master Robert Howard VII was interviewed by the Irish Times for a special supplement on Science in Sport.

In the interview, which appeared on the February 16th issue of the newspaper, Master Howard (who is also a Doctor of Physics) explains the theory of breaking in Taekwon-Do. To read online, click here.