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Instructor Training Day

Instructor Training Day

All ITA Instructors are invited to an Instructors Training Day, on Sunday August 19th. This will a good opportunity for our instructors to get together in Dobok for some informal training and also to socialise and network ahead of the new training season. 

The venue is, Unit 2, Kingdom Academy, Davcon Bus Ctr, Monavalley Ind est Tralee, Co Kerry

There is no cost for the event

The training will be from 10am to 4pm

Stephen Ryan


Summer Black Belt Test 2018

Summer Black Belt Test 2018

Dear Instructor

The Summer Black Belt Test takes place in Holywell Community Centre, Swords on Sunday June 10th. Applications for grading and for examiners panels must be emailed to Mr Ryan ( with a copy to Master Wheatley ( by Sunday May 27th. 
All info on costs, application forms etc are available here

Stephen Ryan


Ireland rank 4th overall at Euros 2018

Ireland rank 4th overall at Euros 2018

Congratulations to Team Ireland who ranked 4th overall at the ITF European Championships, held in Maribor Slovenia. The event was the largest Euros held to date with over 640 competitors from 30 countries taking part. Ireland finished the championships with 8 gold, 1 silver and 6 bronze medals, a solid performance for a team in transition from the last world championships with many new athletes on board, all gaining valuable mat time for the future. 


Jennifer Lehane, gold -56kg sparring

Aodha Marrinan, gold 3rd degree patterns

Sarah Lehane, gold -62kg sparring

Luke McGrath, gold -63kg sparring

Luke Moriarty, gold -68kg sparring

James Tuite, gold -56kg sparring

Cian Ince, gold -62kg sparring

Senior Female Team, gold team sparring

Luke Moriarty, silver 3rd degree patterns

Rachel McGrath, bronze -55kg sparring

Thomas Fogarty, bronze -57kg sparring

Rostik Ivanchuk, bronze -63kg sparrng

Junior Male Team pattern, Bronze

Alice Larkin, bronze -45kg sparring

Eoin O'Brien, bronze -68kg sparring

Coaches: Stephen Ryan, Master Stephen Cooley, Mr Adrian Byrne, Mr Gerry Mooney, Mr Paul King, Mr Stephen Smullen, Mr Luke Laffan

Managers; Master Tim Forde, Mr John Moriarty

Umpires; Master Pat Barry, Ms Rachel Kennedy

More info available here;

Thank you to our exclusive team Sponsors, Top Ten & Peter Krukenhauser and to the ITA board of directors for their support. 


Stephen Ryan


We are number 1 in the World of ITF Taekwon-Do

We are number 1 in the World of ITF Taekwon-Do

Looking back at the ITF World Championships, hosted by the Irish Taekwon-Do Association (ITA), in Citywest, Dublin in October 2017, described by many visiting countries as "the best ever ITF World Championships" we can proudly say that we achieved our dream of becoming number one country in the World of ITF Taekwon-Do. Ireland placed 1st out of 50 countries with 1,100 elite black belt athletes competing. Our medal tally was an impressive 10 Gold, 8 Silver and 10 Bronze medals. We would like to pay special tribute to our coaching team and managers and of course to the superb organising committee of Master Mark Buckley, Mr Stephen Ryan, Mr Adrian Byrne and Master Roy Baker and their team of excellent officers and volunteers who worked tirelessly. We would like to thank the ITA board as well as the board of ITF, visiting countries, VIPs, Grandmasters, Masters, Umpires, committees, volunteers, families, supporters and athletes for their support. A big thank you to our Flagship Sponsor Failte Ireland, without whom we could not have put on such a spectacular event and our team Sponsor Top Ten & Peter Krukenhauser and to the Citywest Hotel & Conference Centre management and staff for your professionalism and hospitality. This event is now part of our legacy and we are truly proud of what we achieved on and off the mats, our athletes were simply amazing and it was wonderful to see all their hard work come to fruition, for those crowned world champions and those that medalled it was truly a special moment to see them on the podium on home soil, supported by familiy and friends. 

You can relive some of the memories by visiting the ITF World Championships Facebook page for lots of great photos and the event website here


IRL Ireland 10 8 10

Carroll, Colm Individual Male Sparring, to 78kg, Senior GOLD

Fitzsimons, Ciara Individual Female Pattern, 2 Dan, Junior BRONZE

Fitzsimons, Ciara Individual Female Sparring, to 50kg, Junio GOLD

Hagon, Daniel Individual Male Sparring, to 68kg, Junior SILVER

Hagon, Fionn Individual Male Sparring, to 62kg, Junior BRONZE

Ince, Cian Individual Male Sparring, to 62kg, Junior GOLD 

Ince, Ellen Individual Female Sparring, to 62kg, Senio SILVER

Junior Male Team Male Sparring, Junior SILVER

Laffan, Katy Individual Female Sparring, to 50kg, Senio SILVER

Larkin, Alice Individual Female Sparring, to 45kg, Junio BRONZE

Lehane, Jennifer Individual Female Sparring, to 56kg, Senio BRONZE

Lehane, Sarah Individual Female Sparring, to 62kg, Senio GOLD

Magee, Maeve Individual Female Sparring, to 75kg, Senio SILVER

Mazzola, Federico Individual Male Sparring, to 56kg, Junior BRONZE 

McCagh, Louise Individual Female Sparring, to 68kg, Senio SILVER

Mooney, Rebecca Individual Female Sparring, to 45kg, Junio GOLD

Moriarty, Luke Individual Male Sparring, to 62kg, Junior BRONZE

Moriarty, Mikaella Individual Female Sparring, to 45kg, Junio BRONZE

O'Neill, Ciaran Individual Male Sparring, to 56kg, Junior BRONZE 

O'Sullivan, Joanna Individual Female Pattern, 2 Dan, Junior BRONZE

Potter, Joanne Individual Female Sparring, to 65kg, Junio SILVER

Senior Female Team Female Sparring, Senior GOLD 

Senior Female Team Female Special Technics, Senior BRONZE

Senior Male Team Male Sparring, Senior GOLD

Shelley, Adam Individual Male Sparring, to 70kg, Senior GOLD 

Shelley, Ryan Individual Male Sparring, to 63kg, Senior GOLD

Tuite, Shane Individual Male Pattern, 2 Dan, Junior SILVER

Williams, Jamie Individual Male Sparring, to 57kg, Senior GOLD

Coaches; Master Stephen Cooley, Mr Stephen Ryan, Mr Adrian Byrne, Mr Darren Smith, Mr Luke Laffan, Mr Niall Jones, Mr Paul King

Managers; Mr Jack Sheehan, Master Tim Forde

Umpires; Master Patrick O'Rourke, Master Pat Barry, Master Adrian O'Mahoney, Mr Declan McMullen

Officers; Sheena Butterfield PR, Pat Fitzsimons PR, Laura Ryan Accommodation & Transport, Jamie Rigney Security, Master Kenneth Wheatley VIP, Master Tim Forde VIP, Teresa Keith volunteers, Mark Smith VISA, Master pat Barry umpire liaison. 

Stephen Ryan


Level 1 Coaching Course

Level 1 Coaching Course

The Taekwon-Do Advisory Board will be running a Taekwon-Do Specific Level 1 Coaching Award on the weekends of 26th/27th May and 16th/17th June. This course will be run by TAB Tutors and on successful completion, coaches will be awarded a Level 1 Coaching Certificate with IMAC and Sport Ireland Coaching accreditation. This is the Assistant Coach award on the TAB Coach Development Framework. The course will take place in Shannon Taekwon-Do Centre, Smithstown Industrial Estate, Shannon, Co. Clare. This course is of 24 hours duration, split over the 4 days. Exact times for each day and directions to the location will be sent to coaches directly on application. Applications with payment and certificates as detailed below must be received no later than Friday 18th May

Key areas covered on this programme include:

• Session planning
• Skill development and progression
• Coaching and learning strategies
• Communication skills
• Key factors in coaching children aged 9-12
• Physical development of children aged 6 - 12
• Taekwon-Do skills to 3rd Kup
• Basic sparring skills and tactics
• Teaching games for understanding

There is a multi-part assessment of coaches on this programme. You will be required to complete:
• 4 Logged Coaching Sessions (Completed in your club and peer reviewed)
• Practical assessment (on course with children aged 9-12, preplanned topics)
• Full attendance during all presentations is mandatory

Candidates must be 18 years or older when commencing the programme
Candidates must hold 1st Dan or higher
A TAB Introduction to Coaching Certificate
First Aid Certificate
Child Protection Awareness Course attendance certificate

The cost of the course is €200 payable by cheque or order to Taekwon-Do Advisory Board. 

Bring Dobok, Training Shoes, Tracksuit and writing materials on all days

Application Form

Stephen Ryan


National Team March 31st

National Team March 31st
National Team Training - Sat Mar 31 - North Mon, Cork
9.30am arrival and set up - squad to lay mats 7x7 metre rings, coaches and management meeting
10am to 11.15am Team Patterns & Individual Patterns (Junior and Senior) - focus on competitive rounds with corrections as needed
10.30 begin prep for sparring rounds. Weigh in, register, warm up.
11.15am to 1.30pm Sparring rounds – group 1 to complete 5 x matches (2x2 mins), group 2 to complete 5 x matches (2 x 2 mins)
11.30am – managers and parents meeting
13.30pm to 14.00pm break
14.00 to 15.15 Sparring (team matches and first point sparring) and individual Pattern for pattern only competitors

Stephen Ryan