In 1985 Mr Lyn Evans opened Newport school of TaeKwon-do, in 1986 Mr Burley took over the running of the club with about fifteen students. Since then the club has gone from strength to strength and now is one of the largest and most successful clubs within the T.A.G.B.
In 1988 the club had its first major success winning the overall shield in the Welsh Open Championships. Since then the club has won the shield a record nine times in 1988, 1991 - 1997 and won it again in 1998, the only Welsh club to achieve this.
In 1993 Mr Burley was awarded British Instructor of the year and this was the year that the club won the overall shield at the British Open Championships, for the first time. Since then the club has won the shield a record five times in 1993,'94,'95,'96 and in 1997, the only British club ever to do this.
In 1991 the club boasted its first World Champion in David Sheppard. Then in 1994 the club had its best World Championships ever, taking four individual gold medals and two team gold medals.
David Sheppard successfully defended his lightweight World title, David Thompson became light heavyweight World Champion, Riva Bassi became ladies middleweight World Champion and Pamela Glover became ladies destruction World Champion. Riva and Pamela also took gold as Riva captained the Welsh ladies team to victory.
In 1998 the World Championships were held at the National Indoor Area in Birmingham. Once again Newport school of TaeKwon-Do took top honours with two gold medals and five silver medals. Matthew Rosier became junior lightweight World Champion and also took silver in the patterns. David Sheppard took his third World title in destruction. Riva Bassi won silver in the middleweight sparring and silver in the ladies team. Marcus Twine won silver in the junior musical patterns and Charlene Jordan also won silver in the ladies team.
In 2005 Dave Sheppard again took gold in destruction to become World Champion for a unrivaled fourth time.
In 2007 a new breed of competition fighters has been groomed and it was their skill that was put to the test at the 8th World Championships. Again Newport came out with top honours, Ami Roche, Karlie Jones, and John Cregg all became World Champions at their designated weights. Dave Sheppard again successfully defended his title for destruction to become World Champion for a fifth consecutive time.
As a result of the growth and success of the Newport school of Tae Kwon-Do, many other clubs have been opened by instructors who have trained under Mr Burley, and now we have clubs in Cwmbran, Pontypool, Monmouth, Coleford, and Pontir.
Mr Burley's aims for the future are to continue teaching TaeKwon-Do and hopefully continue to have one of the most successful clubs in the T.A.G.B.
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