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54 Promoted at Winter Black Belt Test

54 Promoted at Winter Black Belt Test


The ITA Winter Black Belt Test took place on Sunday Dec 3rd 2016 in Ennis, Co. Clare. The ITA structure their black belt gradings to be a centralised exam twice per year for all candidates in the organisation seeking promotion to 1st degree and above. The minimum age for 1st degree in the association is 13 years old and all candidates must first pass a preliminary black belt test in their own region before qualifying for the centralised national black belt test. The ITA also structure the black belt test with 2 grading panels working simultaneously and with separate examiners for power test, special technique and for theory. Due to Ireland being a relatively small country geographically (you can drive from one side to the other in 2 hours or less) it means that we can work quite easily with all regions across the country bringing benefit to all events such as black belt tests, seminars and championships. It also helps to maintain a good standard by ensuring no club is left working on their own. 

 
The implementation of higher standards at the regional preliminary tests in the last few gradings has led to a higher pass rate at the centralised exam due to the level of student coming to the exam being more prepared than before. For the second central black belt test in a row the pass rate was 100% with all 54 candidates being promoted. It is worth noting that several candidates from each region did not pass the regional preliminary exam to qualify for the central test. 
 
The following is the list of examiners and promoted candidates:
 
Examiners:
 
Panel1  
Master Tim Forde VII
Master Mark Buckley VII
Master Adrian O'Mahoney VII
Carl Smullen V
Anne Marie Kinsella VI
   
Panel 2  
Master Pat Barry VII
Master Stephen Cooley VII
Niall Jones VI
Adrian Byrne VI
Brian Coughlan VI
   
Theory  
Master Kenneth Wheatley VIII
Stephen Ryan VI
   
Power/Special Technique  
Master Patrick O'Rourke VII
Derek Hanlon IV
   
Grading Narrators  
John Moriarty III
Jack Sheehan III
 
 
Promoted Candidates:
 
Name Surname Club Promoted to
Ka Lok Tsang Blanch 1
Kevin Kapunan Blanch 1
Andrea Crncevic Blanch 1
Aaron Hollywood Blanch 1
Uisce Hagon Cork ITA 1
Eoghan Myers Cork ITA 1
Hollie O'Sullivan Cork ITA 1
Sean Andrews Cork TKD 1
Colin Fennessy Ennis 1
Jake O'Loughlin Ennis 1
Shona Duffy Ennis 1
Chou Nam Lin Ennis 1
Thomas O'Luanaigh Ennis 1
Clodagh Monahan Ennis 1
Liam Moran Ennis 1
Ben Harnett Ennis 1
Amr Sayed Ennis 1
Gary Heslin Ennis 1
cian douglas inspiration taekwon-do 1
OISIN MURRAY KINGDOM TKD 1
Leard Xheladini Newlands 1
Erin McBride Newlands 1
Kerrie Keenan Northstar 1
Brian Daly Northstar 1
Jessica Williams Shannon 1
Lee Deegan Shannon 1
Jack Martin Shannon 1
Zoe Merriman Shannon 1
Ellie Pyke Shannon 1
adam hassett waterfordtipperaryitf 1
Adam Elder Rivervalley 1
Ben O'Brien Rivervalley 1
Craig Walsh Rivervalley 1
Ben Keogh Donabate 1
Claire Roseingrave Barefield TKD 2
Aoife Omahony Cork ITA 2
Fionn Hagon Cork ITA 2
Dean Carthy North Mon TKD 2
Philip O' Gorman Northstar 2
Shane Tuite Quin 2
Aidan Morris Quin 2
Joanna O'Sullivan Quin 2
Adam Merriman Shannon 2
Michelle Pyke Shannon 2
Ching Man Shannon 2
Teresa Keith waterfordtipperaryitf 2
Helen G Finglas Rivervalley 2
Ciara Fitzsimons Rivervalley 2
Federico Mazzola Rivervalley 2
Shane Diffley Rivervalley 2
Eoin O'Connor Dalkey 3
Gerard O'Rourke Blanch 4
luke laffan waterfordtipperaryitf 4
Laura Ryan Quin 5

09/12/2016
Stephen Ryan

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National Team Training & Selections

National Team Training & Selections

The National Team training & final selections for Euros 2017 will take place on January 7th & 8th. The venue is LIT (Limerick Institute of Technology), Moylish, Limerick. 
The sessions will be from 10am to 4pm each day. Detailed schedule to follow. The 2 day camp will focus on all disciplines, finalising selections and working on team events. All those currently selected and those in contention for selection must attend.

The full calendar of squad training and other events can be viewed here; http://www.taekwondo.ie/even…/ita_calendar_of_events-95.html

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Winter Black belt Test Info

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The ITA Winter Black Belt test will take place on one day, Sunday December 4th, in Ennis National School, Ennis, Co. Clare. All candidates testing for 2nd degree and higher are asked to register between 8.30am and 9am. The test will start by 9.15am. All candidates testing for 1st degree are asked to register at 12 noon with the test stating asap after registration. There are 57 candidates testing on the day. 

23/11/2016
Stephen Ryan

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ITA Irish Cup & National Championships 2016

ITA Irish Cup & National Championships 2016

The ITA Irish Cup & National Championships took place in the UL Arena, Co. Limerick on the 11th & 12th November. The tournament was the biggest ever ITA competition with almost 800 athletes competing in Sparring, Patterns, Special Technique and Power-Breaking.

As with all ITA competitions there was a high calibre of competition on display, and as the tournament formed part of the selection process for the 2017 European Championships, all sections where very highly contested. This was very much the case in the senior sparring sections, where members of the Irish female teams, who took Gold & Bronze at the recent ITF World Cup as well as the Gold-and-Silver winning male teams were competing, hoping to be selected for the next European campaign.The first Male sparring medal went to Thomas Fogarty in the -57kg section, while in the -63kg Section Ryan Shelley took Gold ahead of Luke McGrath. In the final of the -70kg Blackbelt division current World Champion Adam Shelley faced off with 2009-World-Champion Luke Woods, with Mr Shelley taking the Gold.

22/11/2016
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National Team Winter Camp

National Team Winter Camp

Please inform your members that the national team Winter Camp will now take place over 2 days; January 7th & 8th 2017. The venue is provisionally Ashbourne Community Centre, but we need to confirm this. The national team coaches will be announcing some selections for Euros 2017 in the coming days and offering places and the remaining slots will be decided by the end of the Winter camp. The winter camp is also for the coaches to begin the campaign working with the selected squad in all disciplines and to start work on team events such as team pattern. More details will follow asap. 

17/11/2016
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