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IUC June 2016 - Deadline Approaching

IUC June 2016 - Deadline Approaching

Dear Grandmasters, Masters, Instructors, Students and Friends,

We have the honour to invite you and all ITF members 1st Kup to 9th Dan Black Belt, to the ITF International Umpire Course to be held in the Citywest Hotel, Conference and Leisure Centre, Dublin, Ireland on Saturday June 4th & Sunday June 5th 2016.

As well as being open to 1st Kup and above this is also a “Qualifying” IUC for those wishing to officiate at the World Cup in October 2016 in Budapest and at the ITF World Championships to be held in this very venue in October 2017. During the IUC you will have an opportunity to tour the World Championships 2017 arena (right beside the hotel and IUC hall). We have arranged a special rate with the Citywest Hotel for all IUC participants and we have held a number of rooms for the event, however please book your place fast to avoid disappointment.

It is also an ideal opportunity to extend your stay and take a holiday in Ireland’s beautiful capital city.

We hope that you can join us in the beautiful Country of Ireland for this exciting event.

On behalf of the organising committee of the Irish Taekwon-Do Association,


Master Kenneth J. Wheatley                       Mr. Stephen Ryan

7th Dan Black Belt                                      6th Dan Black Belt

President                                                  Secretary General

Invitation and information pack

Registration for IUC, Accommodation and Banquet

Stephen Ryan


ITA Dublin Open Report

ITA Dublin Open Report

The ITA Dublin Open took place on the 16th & 17th April in the National Basketball Arena, Dublin. The tournament was attended by a record number of participants with almost 750 competitors from Ireland, England and Scotland taking part in the two day event.

Day one was made up of senior, cadet and veteran competitors taking part in individual patterns, sparring, special technique & power breaking across 5 rings. Many international competitors used this tournament as a final test before the European Championships in Finland at the end of April.  All rings ran using the ITF electronic scoring system. Master Harry Vones, VIII Dan from Germany, a member of the ITF tournament committee was a special guest for the competition and present to help train our umpires on the set up and use of the system.This year saw the introduction of a new team sparring style competition with teams putting forward three competitors who came to a maximum weight-limit. Each team then sent out their fighters from lightest to heaviest for a 2 minute spar with the total score accumulated over the six minutes deciding the winner. This new format proved very exciting to all in attendance and was a great way to end the day of competition.

Carl Smullen


National Team April 24th

National Team April 24th

Venue; Rivervalley Community Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin

Technical Session
11 to 12.30 Team pattern (those involved in individual pattern may practice at this time also)
12.45 to 14.15 Individual Pattern
15.00 to 16.00 Team Pattern - review of patterns and matches

Stephen Ryan


Level 1 course 2016

Level 1 course 2016

The Taekwon-Do Advisory Board will be running a Taekwon-Do Specific Level 1 Coaching Award on the weekends of 7th/8th May and 21st/22nd May. This course will be run by TAB Tutors and on successful completion, coaches will be awarded a Level 1 Coaching Certificate with IMAC and Coaching Ireland 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 29th April.
Application Form

Key areas covered on this programme include:
        • Session planning
        • Skill development and progression
        • Coaching and learning styles
        • 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. If you have not yet completed either First Aid or Child Protection Awareness we will accept evidence that you will be attending a course prior to the weekend of 21st/22nd May with your application. An email confirming this from the course coordinator would suffice. You will not receive your certificate under any circumstances until all the listed requirements are met.

Application form

Stephen Ryan


National Team Sun April 10th

National Team Sun April 10th

Venue: North Mon AG, Cork

10 Euro

Open to red belts also

Arrival 9:30
10:00 - 12:00 Team Pattern
10:00 - 12:00 Individual Pattern (those not on teams)
11:00 - 12:00 Special Technique
12:00 - 12:15 Break
12:15 - 13:45 Sparring (Scenarios and Drill)
13:45 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 16:00 Sparring (2x2 Rounds and Mismatches)

Stephen Ryan


Dublin Open 2016 - Updated Registration Form Now Included

Dublin Open 2016 - Updated Registration Form Now Included

Dear Masters, Instructor/Coaches,

We have the pleasure of inviting you, on behalf of the Irish Taekwon-Do Association, to the ITA Dublin Open Championships, which will be held in The National Basketball Arena, Dublin, on the weekend of the 16th and of 17th of April 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 16th April 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 17th April 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 email your entries to no later than Saturday, the 9th of April. Please note that this is a pre-registration only event. No club entries will be accepted after the 9th of April. All entries should be made using the ITA Dublin Open 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.

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

Please note we have added a new team event for black belts, see the information in the invite/info pack.

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.

This event is open to all Taekwon-Do Associations.

If you have any questions about this event please email us at the above address.


Looking forward to seeing you at this event,

Mr. Mark Buckley VI Dan                    Mr. Stephen Ryan VI Dan

ITA Tournament Director                    ITA Tournament Coordinator

On behalf of the ITA Tournament & Umpire Committee

Invite & Info Pack

Individual Entry Form for registering in clubs



Club entry form (to be sent to - to follow asap

Stephen Ryan