Our Martial Arts Instructors
All our instructors have passed a National Criminal History Record Check and/or Working with Children Check.
Head Instructor - David Cronin
David Cronin is a Head Instructor of Melbourne Taekwondo Centre - Ringwood Branch. He holds a 6th Dan (Kukkiwon) black belt in Taekwondo, a black belt in MMA, and brown belt in Hapkido. David has over 25 years experience in martial arts. is a State and National Poomsae champion many times over. Earlier in his career he competed in sparring at State level. In 2006 David represented Australia at the 1st World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Korea. In 2008 he won the Melbourne Taekwondo Centre Instructor of the Year award. David is also a nationally accredited coach, a nationally accredited poomsae judge and a qualified referee.
Senior Instructor - Paul Corrigan
Holding a 3rd Dan (Kukkiwon) black belt in Taekwondo, and a yellow belt in MMA, Paul teaches the Little Dragons, Musketeers, Juniors, Seniors, Black belts and Weapons classes on Thursdays and Saturdays, and assists other days. He is also a qualified Poomsae Judge, with aspirations of becoming a Sparring referee. Paul has competed in Taekwondo Sparring tournaments in New Zealand. Paul looks after the club's marketing, MTC app, newsletters, website, posters and Facebook page content, and is also an accredited knife fighting instructor in the FFS (Floro Fighting System).
Instructor - Dearne Mills
Dearne Mills is a Instructor of Melbourne Taekwondo Centre - Ringwood Branch. Dearne has been a Taekwondo practitioner for 13 years and holds a 2nd Dan (Kukkiwon) black belt. Dearne instructs the Poomsae class on Saturdays and assists with the Musketeers, Junior and Senior classes on Tuesdays. Dearne is a gold medal competitor in Poomsae at club, State and National level competitions.
Trainee Instructor - Ava Corrigan
Holding a 2nd Dan (Kukkiwon) black belt in Taekwondo, Ava is also a trainee instructor with a view to becoming a full instructor in 2018. Ava assists and teaches the Little Dragons, Musketeer & Junior classes on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. She also has a passion for learning different types of weapons and is a State Poomsae competitor.
Trainee Instructor - Tyler Marsh
Tyler is Master Jamie Marsh's son. Holding a 2nd Dan (kukkiwon) Black Belt in Taekwondo, and a belt in MMA, Tyler is an International sparring and National Poomsae competitor. He assists with the Musketeers and Juniors classes on Mondays & Wednesdays. He is working toward being an instructor for MTC Ringwood.
Guest Instructor - Bill Howden
Bill has over 35+ years’ experience in Martial Arts, and is a 6th Dan in Taekwondo, this is in addition to qualifications in Karate, Bonsul and several others. He has successfully competed in Regional, State, National and International; - Fighting, Poomsae, Breaking and Self-defence competitions. He is also a Regional, State, and National multi Gold Medallist.
Additionally, is also a NCAS Coach, 1st Class Referee, Poomsae Judge, and a National Referee Presenter.
Also, he holds a Level 1, 2 & 3 First Aid Certificates, and instructs and examines at several clubs.
Instructor - Julian Hertan
For many years my work has been office-based. I was doing very little physical exercise and as a middle-aged guy, was aware that I had to change my lifestyle or suffer the consequences. I met Jamie (Marsh) as an aviation trainer in the TAFE system, where we shared an office. His warm and engaging nature quickly drew people to him. We became good mates. When Jamie and David (Cronin) opened the club in my local area, it was a no-brainer for me to become one of their first students. After three years training under their guidance, I am significantly fitter, made tons of new friends and feel like I am part of an extended MTC family. My son (Brodie) also joined the club and trains with me twice a week, which I am loving! I have developed techniques in Taekwondo, Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts, which gives me an element of confidence and has provided many important life lessons. The club is family friendly and promotes avoiding conflict where possible and effective self-defence strategies, while working to your own potential and minimising the risk of injury. Completing my black belt grading (December 2015) was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. I owe my improved health and outlook to Jamie, David, Veronica and the gang at the Martial Arts Training Company/MTC Ringwood.
Instructor - Caroline Jones
Caroline Jones (CJ) is an instructor for the Musketeer and Junior classes. Sporting a wicked sense of humour and great attitude, she uses her comprehensive teaching skills to assist and instruct students in Poomsae patterns and kicking/striking techniques. CJ can also be found at the reception desk talking with parents and students to ensure they get the best deal from the club's syllabus, or providing the latest club information. She also holds a first aid certificate in levels 1 & 2 and has completed courses in anaphylaxis, diabetes and asthma. CJ is also a State and National Poomsae Gold medalist.
Instructor - Christian Ampongan
Christian coaches the Fight Class in MTC Ringwood. He is a 4th Dan black belt in Taekwondo (Kukiwon), a purple belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu and has trained in boxing. He has a Master’s Degree in Physical Education - Major in Sports Science from the University of the Philippines. Christian used to write and publish research papers on performance of Taekwondo athletes relating to stress and anxiety. He is an alumni and former batch leader of the Taekwondo Blackbelt Brotherhood (TBB) of the Philippine Taekwondo Association. Christian used to compete in Taekwondo at a collegiate and national level and was undefeated in the UAAP Taekwondo Championships. He has produced at least 10 champion teams in collegiate and national competition. Christian is currently working as a team leader and high school maths teacher.
Instructor - Michael Woodrow
Michael is a 3rd Dan black belt, and teaches Taekwondo and weapons on Tuesdays. With a strong background and experience in Martial Arts he has trained with Andy Martin before coming to MTC Ringwood. He has attended a number of Masters Competitions in Sparring, Poomsae and Self defence exhibitions and gained a number of medals. He trains in Boxing and MMA with Master Marsh and Master Cronin. He aspires to be a 4th Dan black belt by the end of 2017. He also trains in Haidong Gumdo with Derek Upward.