A family that kicks together sticks together

Pat and Sam CaseyStillorgan Taekwon-Do School is keeping it in the family with 7 families currently training in the Korean art of self-defense.  Father and son, Pat and Sam Casey (Blackrock), are a typical example and have been training for a year and a half.  Although Pat and Sam train at St Laurence's Community Centre twice a week, they are also expected to practise at home.  Training with a family member has the added advantage of always having someone to practise with.

"Taekwon-Do is a great activity for getting families to spend more time together" according to Pat.

Other families training at Stillorgan Taekwon-Do School are brothers, John and Kevin Byrne and Gareth and Jonathon Lyons, twins Tina and Judy Kavanagh, and sisters, Deirdre and Denise Hogan.  Its no wonder that so many families are involved as the School's founder Robert Howard, 5th Dan, is son of Master Robert Howard, 7th Dan, the highest rank in Ireland and President of the Republic of Ireland Taekwon-Do Association (RITA), while the School's Instructor Floyd Keane, 4th Dan, is son of Valerie Keane, 4th Dan, the highest ranking female in Ireland and RITA National Secretary.

With today's demand on both parents' and children's time many families are discovering the benefits of training together in Taekwon-Do.  As well as the obvious benefits of quality time spent together, the families also reap the rewards of self defense, discipline, self confidence, fitness and flexibility. 

Beginner Classes for adults and children (12+ years) will commence on Saturday 30th September at 11 am at St Laurence's Community Centre.  For further information contact Fiona at 8686220.

(September 2000, Southside People)

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