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Applications Invited - National Team Personnel

Applications Invited - National Team Personnel
The ITA Board of Directors invite applications for the following national team personnel positions. All applications are to be emailed to Mr Ryan, ITA Secretary General at by Friday December 8th. Applications must be accompanied by a written statement/cover letter, a CV may also accompany the application. A description of roles & the process is outlined below. 

Positions: National Team Director, Head coach, Coach, Assistant Coach, Manager, Assistant Manager. 

The following is an outline of the process by which we intend to appoint the officers/staff who will conduct the direction, coaching and management of the ITF Ireland National Team (hereafter National Team) commencing January 2018.

Stephen Ryan


Winter Black Belt Grading

Winter Black Belt Grading

Dear Instructor

The ITA Black Belt Grading will take place on Sunday December 10th in John Mitchels GAA clubhouse, Tralee. Please send applications of candidates & examiners to me with a copy to Master Wheatley by Sunday November 26th. Please use the form at this link;
More info here about the syllabus, fees etc;
Only complete applications will be accepted. Please ensure you spell the candidates name correctly (there were a number of errors in the last grading). If you do not supply a photo the certificate will be processed without a photo. Do not send large files as I will send it back to you to compress. 
I am working on getting all ITA clubs set up on the ITF online system before the grading date. If I get this done you will be then adding your candidates to the system and requesting the certificate using this method (more info soon). 
Master O'Mahoney has secured a rate with the Rose hotel (close to the venue) for those who either wish to arrive the night before or to stay on on the Sunday night, see below. 

Name: Irish Taekwondo Association – to be quoted when booking


Rates: Based on Bed and Breakfast (Breakfast served form 7am) 

Stephen Ryan


ITA National Championships 2017

ITA National Championships 2017

Dear Masters, Instructors/Coaches,

We have the pleasure of inviting you, on behalf of the Irish Taekwon-Do Association, to the Irish Cup “ITA National Championships”, which will be held in The University of Limerick, Sports Arena, on the weekend of the 11th and 12th of November 2016. This competition will include pattern and sparring for all grades, special technique for all blue belts and above from aged 11 upward and power test for black belts. Saturday 11th November is for all black belts as well as colour belts of cadet (14 -17 years), senior (18 to 34 years) as well as veteran (35 years+) categories and is open to yellow belts and above. Those 35 years and older may choose to enter the senior or veteran category. Veterans will compete separately for pattern and sparring divisions only (please make sure to email the weights of your veterans that are sparring in case we need to split categories).

Sunday 12th November is for the junior colour belt categories and is open to yellow belt to black tag aged 7 to 13yrs. Please note all black belts have now moved to Saturday regardless of age. Please note that all under 10 divisions will be limited to 16 competitors per division to give younger participants a greater chance of medalling.

Please email your entries to no later than Saturday, the 4th of November. Please note that this is a pre-registration only event. No club entries will be accepted after the 5th of November. All entries should be made using the Irish Cup “ITA National Championships” excel spreadsheet. Entries will be confirmed by return of email (within 24 hours). If you have not received a confirmation email, your entries have not yet been received. Completed hardcopy forms should be brought on the day of the event. Please remember that accurate information is the responsibility of the instructor. When submitting your competitor entries you must also send your umpire and coach list or the form will be returned to you as incomplete.


Sparring for Cadet and Senior Black Belts will be run using a pool & requalification system, guaranteeing more bouts for all competitors in those categories.


First, second and joint third place in each section shall receive an award, except for black belt categories of 4 competitors where there will be a 3rd place playoff. Additionally all juniors up to 10 years to green tag who are not placed will receive a commemorative medal.


Looking forward to seeing you at this event,

Master Mark Buckley VII Dan              Mr. Stephen Ryan VI Dan

ITA Tournament Director                    ITA Tournament Coordinator

On behalf of the ITA Tournament & Umpire Committee

Invitation & Info

Individual Entry for use in club

Excel entry for registering your team

Stephen Ryan


National Team Training Sept 30th & Oct 1st

National Team Training Sept 30th & Oct 1st

National Team Training Sept 30th & Oct 1st


Saturday Sept 30th  Team Patterns

Junior Team Patterns train in Quin TKD club, Quin Community Centre, Co. Clare 1pm

Senior Team Patterns train in Integrity Martial Arts, Ashbourne 2pm


Sunday October 1st Full Squad in attendance

Venue: Fingal Liam Rodgers Community Centre, Swords Enterprise Park, Feltrim Road, Swords.

All squad members to bring national team kit for photo

Sponsored equipment from Top Ten will be distributed at this session as well as team wear for those who ordered.


10:00-11:15  Team Pattern/ Special Technique / power

11:15- 12:45 Senior Sparring - Rounds/ Junior Individual Patterns

12:45- 13:15 Break

13:15- 14:45 Junior Sparring -Rounds/ Senior Individual Pattern

15 min break

15:00 – 16:15 Sparring (full group)
Briefing ahead of World Championships.
16:30 Finish

Stephen Ryan


Timetable National Team Sun 24th Sept - Cork

Timetable National Team Sun 24th Sept - Cork

Date: Sun 24th Sept
Venue: North Mon, Cork
9:30 Arrival, mats, fees, weigh in
10:00 Special tech
10:00 Individual Pattern
11:00 Break
11:15 Sparring 1
12:45 Lunch
13:15 Sparring 2 / Power / Ind Pattern
14:15 Break
14:30 Team Pattern
16:30 Finish

Stephen Ryan


National Team Sept 9 & 10

National Team Sept 9 & 10

Details of squad training Sept 9 & 10 - please read carefully.

Saturday 9th September Team Patterns only
Junior male & female team pattern to train in Quin Community Centre, Quin Co. Clare 12 noon to 3pm
Senior Male & Female team pattern to train in Integrity Martial Arts Academy, Ashbourne 12 noon to 13.30 and 14.15 to 15.30pm

Sunday 10th Sept, FULL SQUAD, 

9.30am arrival, set up, lay mats, weight check & coach/management meeting
10-10.30am warm up (team building game focus)
10.30-12 Sparring
12.00 - 13.00 individual patterns
13.00 - 13.45 Lunch
13.45 - 15.00 Sparring with team focus
15.00 - 16.30 team pattern, individual pattern and special technique

Stephen Ryan