This year saw the Midleton Taekwon-Do Club celebrate its tenth anniversary. Founded in 2009 with less than 20 students, 10 years later the club now has more than 200 people training every week. Running six days a week in its full-time hall in Market Green Shopping Centre, the Midleton Taekwon-Do Club has had many high points over the years, such as: training more than 33 students to black belt level; winning multiple local, national, and international competitions; bringing home countless European and World medals, as well as claiming three ITF European Championship titles and three ITF World Championship wins.
The club started in 2009 with Taekwon-Do Ninja classes for ages four to seven. Run by Mr James Dwyer and Mr Paul Manning, the classes began in the Old School Building on Church Lane, before moving to the Community Centre in Market Green. Mr Dwyer then went on to open the Taekwon-Do Club for older students of ages eight and up, as well as training teenagers and adults in the hall in the Midleton Rugby Club. The next year, in 2010, Mr Manning and Mr Dwyer won the Midleton Taekwon-Do Club’s first world medals, with Mr Manning winning bronze in the ITF World Championships in Korea, and with Mr Dwyer winning bronze in the same event fighting as part of the Irish team and going one step further to win gold in his individual section becoming the ITF Adult Middle Weight World Champion.
In 2011 the club continued to grow and moved their classes to the hall in St John the Baptist National School, before getting too big again for that and finally leasing out their own full-time unit in Knockgriffin Industrial Estate in 2012. It was 2012 where the club achieved its second huge win on the world level, with Mr Paul Manning winning gold in Canada and becoming the ITF Adult Light Weight World Champion.
Read the full article inside this week’s Midleton & District News.