Black Belts for Stillorgan

Stillorgan Taekwon-Do School saw the birth of its first two Black Belts this month. John Byrne (15) and Richard Barber (17) from Stillorgan are the first members of the martial art school to receive the coveted rank of 1st degree Black Belt.

The two martial artists were awarded their Black Belts at a recent grading of the Republic of Ireland Taekwon-Do Association (RITA). The grading was probably the toughest they had to date and tested them on patterns, sparring and power breaking. As well as the physical aspects of Taekwon-Do, John and Richard were thoroughly examined on their technical and historical knowledge of the Korean art of self-defence. The school's two instructors Floyd Keane (4th degree) and Fiona Lyng (2nd degree) were delighted with the results. 'The two lads did very well, it's nice to see two of the original members of the school achieving their goals' said Fiona. However, with the rank comes more responsibilities and both John and Richard must now reflect the high standards of courtesy and respect which are expected from Taekwon-Do black belts. The new black belts are now helping their instructors in St. Laurences Community Centre, Kilmacud, on Tuesdays (7-8pm) and Saturdays (11-1pm).

(June 2000, LifeTimes)

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