Beaumont Taekwondo Centre

Our Team of Instructors

- Master Gerry Martin 7th Degree Black Belt

- Ms Miriam Grogan 4th Degree Black Belt

- Ms Ann McCarthy 4th Degree Black Belt

- Ms Lucia McCarthy 4th Degree Black Belt

- Ms Cecilia Leonova 2nd Degree Black Belt

- Mr Derek O’Donoghue 1st Degree Black Belt

- Mr Asim Sheikh 1st Degree Black Belt

- Mr. Owen Kinsella Red Belt Black Tag

- Mr. Michael O’Sullivan Red Belt

- Ms Carmel Doyle Green Belt Blue Tag - Assistant & Club Admin

The chief instructor in Beaumont Taekwondo Centre is Master Gerry Martin who is supported by a strong panel of instructors who teach the classes with him. There is a wealth of experience in both training and teaching amongst this panel and the quality of the training experience is something we take very seriously. Getting that formula right is about the experience and personality of the instructors, as well as the a strong ratio of instructors to students, so that each student gets the attention they require. Our aim is to keep that ratio to a maximum of 15 students to one instructor, with biographies below and full CVs and credentials on www.inta.ie

Master Gerard Martin started training in Taekwondo in 1975, receiving his 1st degree black belt in 1979 and 7th degree Master black belt award in 2009. He has enjoyed a long and successful career competing at national and international level and winning an impressive array of titles and trophies along the way, including world champion gold medals in Argentina in 1981 and in Glasgow in 1984 and a European team gold medal in Naples in 1982. He spent many happy years teaching in the Taekwondo Centre in Dublin’s Exchequer Street with his friend and fellow instructor Master Brendan O’Toole, 8th degree black belt, with whom he co-founded the Irish National Taekwondo Association (INTA) in 1990. The fact that over 5,000 students passed through the club in Exchequer Street’s doors, many going on to open their own clubs, is a great source of pride to him. He has earned the reputation of being one of Ireland’s most complete martial artists, with the skill, patience, manner and disposition that have made him the highly respected examiner and instructor he is today. Master Martin has completed both a children’s officer workshop and a child protection in sport workshop and in 2012 he qualified at FETAC level 5 occupational first aid.

Ms Ann McCarthy commenced her training with Masters Brendan O’Toole and Gerry Martin in 1987, receiving her 1st degree black belt in 1992 and her 4th degree black belt in 2011. Over the years, Ms McCarthy has won an impressive collection of medals for sparring, power and patterns in competitions nationally and internationally in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands as well as participating in ITF workshops at home and abroad in umpiring, coaching, child protection and emergency skills training. Ms McCarthy co-founded North Circular Road Taekwondo in 1997 and co-founded Rush Taekwondo School along with her sister in 2007 and in 2012 she joined the panel of instructors at Beaumont.

Ms Lucia McCarthy commenced her training with Masters Brendan O’Toole and Gerry Martin in 1987, receiving her 1st degree black belt in 1993 and her 4th degree black belt in 2011. Like her sister, Ms McCarthy has won an impressive collection of medals for sparring, power and patterns in competitions nationally and internationally in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands as well as participating in ITF workshops at home and abroad in umpiring, coaching, child protection and emergency skills training and receiving a certificate in injury management and fitness in sport from the National University of Ireland in 2002. Ms McCarthy co-founded North Circular Road Taekwondo in 1997 and Rush Taekwondo School along with her sister in 2007 and was appointed to the board of INTA in 2008. In 2012 she joined the panel of instructors at Beaumont.

Ms Miriam Grogan commenced training in the Taekwon Do Centre with Masters Brendan O'Toole and Gerry Martin in May 2000, going on to achieve her 1st degree black belt in December 2004 and her 4th degree black belt in December 2011. Ms Grogan has won several trophies at national level for patterns and sparring, competing in the European Championships in Italy 2005 as part of the first Irish female team in the team patterns, as well as competing in Germany, Portugal and the US. She has attended a number of international instructor courses in Belgium, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands and in Ireland, and has done the INTA National Umpires course, a First Aid course and was a member of the board of the INTA from 2011/12.

Ms Cecilia Leonova commenced training with Master Martin in Lorcan Green Beaumont in 1980 aged 14. Ms Leonova went on to train in the Taekwondo Centre in Exchequer Street with Masters O’Toole and Martin, achieving her 2nd degree black belt in 1989 before moving to Moscow for 4 years. She returned to Ireland in 1994 and recommenced training in Exchequer Street, then taking a 10 year break from taekwondo in 2001 after the birth of her second child. Throughout her career Ms Leonova has won several Irish and international trophies during the 1980s and 1990s in Ireland and the UK and has attended a number of instructor, umpire and first aid courses. Today she trains and teaches in Beaumont Taekwondo Centre along with her two children.

Mr. Derek O’Donoghue started his taekwondo training in Exchequer Street with Masters Martin and O’Toole in 1987, attaining his 1st degree black belt in 1993. Mr. O’Donoghue continued his training up until 1996 when his focus switched to triathlons, 1/2 iron man and cycling which included him competing in Etape x 2, which is a stage of the Tour De France. He returned to Taekwondo in Beaumont in 2012 as instructor and student and continues his training programme with Master Martin, along with his two sons.

Mr. Asim Sheikh commenced his training with Masters Gerry Martin and Brendan O'Toole in 1986 at the age of 14 and subsequently trained in Spain with the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). Mr. Sheikh returned to training in 2007 in Exchequer Street where he stayed until that club there closed in 2010. He then continued his training regime in Beaumont Taekwondo Centre and is the first of Beaumont TKD’s students to reach 1st Degree Black Belt which he achieved in December 2012 in Cork.

Mr. Owen Kinsella started his taekwondo training in St. Paul’s School Beaumont with Mr. Ian Kelly and subsequently with Mr. Francis Plunkett, achieving his current Black Tag level within 5 years. Mr. Kinsella has done very well in national competitions achieving much success, including Silver in patterns and Bronze in continuous sparring in the 2001 World Championships in the Basketball Arena in Tallaght. He has participated in several technical seminars and first aid courses over the years and is currently training hard for his Black Belt Grading in June 2013 with Master Martin.

Mr. Michael O’Sullivan, Red Belt Michael started training in taekwondo in 2008, at the Taekwondo Centre in Exchequer Street Dublin, under the tuition of Masters Martin and O'Toole and he is currently at Red Belt level. He recently started taking part in national competitions, winning 1st place in patterns at the INTA National Championships in Watershed, Kilkenny in 2012.

Assistant instructor & admin Ms Carmel Doyle trained in the Taekwondo Centre Exchequer Street Dublin between 1990 and 1994, attaining Blue Tag Green Belt level before taking a very long break until November 2011 when Beaumont Taekwondo Centre was established by her husband Master Gerry Martin. Today Carmel assists with the junior classes and looks after the administration and PR side of the club including our website and Facebook.

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