Nov 5 2010 by Andy Galloway, Lennox Herald (main ed)
TAE KWON DO king Stephen Rooney, senior instructor at the Alexandria and Dumbarton schools, has just been awarded the coveted rank of master instructor.
The title is awarded to instructors who reach the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt in ITF tae kwon do.
Master Rooney opened the Dumbarton School of Taekwondo in 1999, running classes at the Meadow Centre, and opened the Alexandria club a year later at the Vale of Leven Swimming Pool.
His successes as a coach include his students winning national, European and World Championship titles, including his sister, Liane Rooney, 2010 Double World Champion.
Master Rooney said: “I have been extremely fortunate to have trained with and coached some of the finest students and instructors in the world.
“My own instructor, Senior Master Peter Harkess, introduced me to the idea of becoming an instructor. I have tried to pass on what he has taught me.
“I am very proud of all the successes of the students and instructors, past and present, who I have taught.
“I hope to continue developing and promoting tae- kwondo in the years to come, and hopefully watching my students follow the same path to Master level. That would be special.”
Master Rooney's daughter, Taylor, 12, and his son, Zack, 10, also are involved in Taekwondo, currently studying for their green belts at their local club.
As well as his Taekwon-Do activities, Master Rooney is the co-founder of the 'Little Tiger Cub' training programme for kids aged three to five.
Both the Alexandria and Dumbarton clubs run Little Tiger Cubs classes.
Taekwondo classes are suited for all ages, male and female, with classes for children from five years old, youths and adults.
The local clubs run at:
Vale of Leven Swimming Pool: Monday, 7.30pm-8.30pm; Thursday, 4.50pm-5.50pm and Saturday, 10am-11am
Dumbarton Meadow Centre: Monday, 6pm-7pm; Wednesday, 4.45pm-5.45pm and 8pm-9pm; Thursday, 6pm-7pm and Friday, 5pm-6pm.
Both clubs have a limited number of spaces available. Full details can be found at www.master-rooney.com
AS a special offer to all readers of the Lennox Herald, anyone wishing to join one of the local UKTC Taekwondo clubs or Little Tiger Cubs classes will receive a free trial lesson and a free training suit.
To reserve a free trial lesson, simply call the UKTC head office on 01786 845060.