About Newlands TKD
About Newlands Taekwon-Do
Newlands Taekwon-Do was established in August 2008 by Carl & Stephen Smullen, 3rd Degree black belts, to bring ITF Taekwon-Do to the Clondalkin area. The club is a member of the Irish Taekwon-Do Association (ITA) and the Irish Martial Arts Commission (IMAC) and is affiliated to the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF). Carl & Stephen Smullen began their Taekwon-Do careers in 1995 in Clondalkin reaching the grade of red belt before joining Rivervalley Taekwon-Do Club under Mr. Stephen Cooley, where they obtained their 1st degree black belt in 2001, 2nd degree black belt in 2005, 3rd degree in 2008 & most recently 4th degree black belt in 2012. They were joined by their younger sister Caroline in Rivervalley Taekwon-Do Club in 2000 who has since reached the grade of 2nd Degree Black belt. Over the past number of years the Smullen’s have competed in numerous national tournaments all over Ireland & international tournaments throughout Europe. They have represented Ireland in competitions in countries such as Italy, Spain, Romania, Sweden, Holland, Germany & Finland with a high level of success. This success includes a silver medal in the 2006 European Championships, silver medals in the 2007 European Cup & silver & bronze medals in the 2006 World Cup.
During their Taekwon-Do career so far the Smullen’s have had the opportunity to train under some of the best Taekwon-Do Instructors in Ireland & throughout the World including: Mr. Stephen Cooley, Mr. Mark Hutton, Master Jerzy Jedut, Master Wim Bos, Mr. Tomaz Barada, Master Willy Van der Mortel, Mr. Aidan Walsh, Mr. Brendan Ryan, Mr Henk Meijer & Mr. Chiel Rombout. As well as holding 4th Degree black belts in ITF Taekwon-Do, the Smullen's also hold 1st Degree black belts in WTF style Taekwondo, a rare distinction amongst Taekwon-Do students.