The first allocation of black belts that the Newtown school produced graded in December 1990, those students were myself (Chris McCabe) and John Eagers who was a junior at that time. Mr. Mick Whelan came along in 1988 to introduce his son James to Tae Kwon Do and decided to join up himself.
Mr. Whelan had a back ground in boxing and boxed for the Arklow boxing club at national level as a junior; Arklow’s loss became the Newtown Tae Kwon Do school’s gain. In the following years Stephen opened a Tae Kwon Do school in Rathnew, Co. Wicklow where I was handed the position of the main instructor, whilst in Newtown Mick took over the reins with the assistance of James. The Newtown school of Tae Kwon Do was and still is a tremendous training ground for the up coming student of the art. Mick and James Whelan have excelled in taking Tae Kwon Do in the area to a new level; bringing students continually to high class events internationally and nationally, with students placed constantly at 1st, 2nd or 3rd at such prestigious events. They also excelled in their work with all students for the betterment of the student in their Tae Kwon Do journey. Finally I would like to thank Mick and James for their friendship and help over my 25 years in Tae Kwon Do. I would like to thank Mr. Stephen White who inspired me as a young man in my years in Tae Kwon Do. The fact that I have reached 25 years in Tae Kwon Do does not compare at all to the time and effort put in by all our highly respected grades or Masters I know, but I’m happy just to be here participating at national, international level (tournament). Time flies, it only seems like yesterday I started in my Tae Kwon Do quest.
Here’s looking forward to the next 25 years!