Level 1 Coaching Course

News Story, 04.04.2019

1st ITF Coaches' Conference

News Story, 16.03.2019

Summer Camp 2019

News Story, 13.03.2019

National TKD Seminar

News Story, 23.02.2019

Leinster Open 2019

News Story, 14.02.2019

Updated Black Belt Syllabus

News Story, 29.01.2019

Intro to Coaching ITF Taekwon-Do

News Story, 10.01.2019

Happy Christmas

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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 11th/12th May and 25th/26th 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 Sport Ireland accreditation. This is the Assistant Coach award on the TAB Coach Development Framework. The course will take place in:
St Joseph's Boys School
Boot Rd.
Dublin 22
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.

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 25th/26th 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.

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Stephen Ryan


Huge Success of ITA Leinster Open 2019

Huge Success of ITA Leinster Open 2019

The Irish Taekwon-Do Association Leinster Open International took place on the 23rd & 24th of March with 880 competitors taking part from clubs all over Ireland as well as athletes from Norway, Sweden & Scotland.
Day 1 of the Championships was for seniors and included many top class competitors including current world champions including: Jamie Williams (Ireland), Niklas Marmheden (Sweden), Ciara Fitzsimons (Ireland) as well as 2-time European Champion Gilles Brown (Scotland) who took gold in absolutely stacked heavyweight sparring division. Best overall senior competitor was won by Thomas Fogarty from Cork who won Double Gold in Patterns & sparring

The junior day saw almost 600 junior athletes, up to age 13 compete in sparring, patterns & special technique. The level of competition on display points to a very bright future for Irish Taekwon-Do

"This year was the biggest Leinster Open ever and the talent on display was fantastic from the extremely talented juniors right up to the international class athletes from around Europe. Next year we hope to grow the championships again with even more countries coming in to face off with the top Irish competitors” - Mr Carl Smullen ITA tournament committee

The ITA has continued to grow as Ireland and the world's leading Taekwon-Do Association establishing this year's Dublin Open as one of Europe's leading tournaments in ITF Taekwon-Do. 

Stephen Ryan


1st ITF Coaches' Conference

1st ITF Coaches

The 1st ITF International Coaches’ Conference, will take place in the University of Limerick Ireland from June 28th to 30th 2019.

This event will bring together well known expert coaches and competitors from within ITF as presenters as well as experts from other relevant Sports fields including Olympic level coaches and University Professors.

This event will give ITF coaches, instructors and athletes the opportunity to come together to further their eduction in areas such as; Sports Psychology, Plyometrics training, Nutrition, Biomechanics, Performance Planning, Specific training methods to prepare athletes at elite level in Sparring, Patterns, Special Technique & Power Breaking, ITF competition rules, developing a community of coaches, the future of ITF competition, Inclusion of those with Special Needs in ITF.

This event is the first of its kind for ITF and will give you a unique opportunity to openly discuss and share ideas while furthering your learning. It will also be a great opportunity to network and socialise with your peers in ITF.

More information coming soon

Learn, Share, Discuss, Enjoy!


Organising Committee

Grandmaster Willem Jacob Bos, ITF Director

Adrian Byrne, Irish Taekwon-Do Association

Stephen Ryan, Irish Taekwon-Do Association

  1. 1st ITF Coaches Conference – Invitation & Information Pack
  2. 1st-ITF-Coach-Conference-Registration-New-1
  3. Detailed Programme 1st ITF Coaches Conference

Stephen Ryan


Summer Camp 2019

Summer Camp 2019

The TKD Summer Camp covers all aspects of Taekwon-Do training such as sparring, patterns, self-defence, team pattern, physical conditioning etc. It is also a great social occasion and students always make great friends from all over the country.

We will announce our full instructor line-up soon through the ITA website (www.taekwondo.ie) and social media

The total cost of the camp is €155 per person including, training, meals and accommodation. Please pay this fee to your instructor ahead of the camp. A €50 deposit is required up front when registering. The final balance must be given to your instructor at least one week prior to the camp.

On arrival at the camp one representative from each club (usually the instructor) should pay the camp fees to the organisers at the registration point and they will then be assigned their room(s).

Places are filled on a first come, first served basis. Register early to avoid disappointment as this camp always reaches capacity early.

This camp is open to yellow belt and above aged 10 years+

Students will be divided into classes based on age, grade and level of advancement. The camp is suitable for kids, teens and adults of all ability levels and you will be assigned to a group best suited to your level. We usually divide into 3 groups; 1) Black Belts, 2) Colour belts 12+ and teen/adults, 3) colour belts 11 and under

Invite and details

Individual application (for use in club)

Club application (to be sent to tkdsummercamp@gmail.com)

Stephen Ryan


National TKD Seminar

National TKD Seminar
The next National TKD Seminar will take place on Sunday April 7th in Holywell Community Centre, Swords. The seminar will be conducted by the ITA technical committee. The committee will cover all aspects of the updated black belt syllabus, ITA colour belt syllabus, ITF patterns from Chon-Ji to Tong-il, kicking and physical progressions, step sparring and free sparring exercises. 
Yellow belts, 15 Euro, 10am to 1pm
Green belt+, 30 Euro, 10am to 4pm
The groups will be divided according to grade and level from the start of the day to ensure grade specific material is covered with each group. 


Register in advance by emailing sryan@taekwondo.ie 

Stephen Ryan


Leinster Open 2019

Leinster Open 2019

Dear Grandmasters, Masters, Instructors, Coaches,

We have the pleasure of inviting you, on behalf of the Irish Taekwon-Do Association, to the Leinster Open, which will be held in National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, Dublin, on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of March 2019. 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 23rd March 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 and all 11-13 Blue/Red Belts that are sparring in case we need to split categories). The 15 and under black belt division is designed as a developmental division for younger black belts not yet ready to make the step up to a more elite level. Please note those aged 14 and above wishing to be considered for the national team should compete in the 15 to 17 years black belt divisions. Please note that the weigh in will close at 10am.

Sunday 24th March is for the junior colour belt categories and is open to yellow belt to black tag aged 7 to 13yrs. Please note that the height check for those not doing patterns will close at 11am.

Please enter your competitors on the event page on the Sportdata website. Entries will open on Saturday February 16th and will close on Saturday the 16th of March at 23.59. Please note that this is a pre-registration only event. No club entries will be accepted after the 16th of March. 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 submit your umpire and coach list or the entries 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 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

Mr Carl Smullen V Dan                       Mr Stephen Smullen V Dan

ITA Umpire Chairperson                     ITA Tournament Administrator


Individual Registration (for use within club)



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Stephen Ryan