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Winter Black Belt Test

Winter Black Belt Test

The ITA Winter Black Belt Grading will take place in North Mon AG, North Monastery Rd, Cork, on Sunday December 9th 2018. All applications to test and all examiners applications to be sent to Mr Ryan with a copy to Master Wheatley by Sunday November 25th. Only fully completed applications will be accepted so please ensure all tabs on the form are completed. For photos of candidates please keep in low resolution please. All information and forms can be accessed at this link

Stephen Ryan


National Championships a Huge Success

National Championships a Huge Success

The 19th National Championships "Irish Cup" was a huge success, with a record 830 competitors competing over the two days. On Saturday November 10th there were 300 athletes taking to the mats, with black belts vying for places on the national team as selections for the 2019 world championships were to be decided. There were many exciting bouts throughout the day and ITA's future looks very bright indeed. Black belts were also guaranteed multiple bouts as ITA use a repechage and pool system. Sport Ireland anti-doping staff were also present to conduct random tests and carried out their work in a very professional manner. On Sunday 530 competitors aged 13 and under took to the mats. The standard coming through accross all clubs was extremely impressive and speaks volumes about the level of progression and development right across the association. We would like to thank all clubs, instructors, masters, coaches, competitors, umpires, helpers, supporters and families for their support for what has been an extremely successful event. The atmosphere over the two days was something to be really proud of as an association. Congratulations to the top three clubs on the medal table with Rivervalley/Ashbourne in 1st place, Quin TKD Team in 2nd place and Cork ITA in 3rd place overall. The next championships is the ITA Munster Open, which takes place in Neptune Stadium on February 9th & 10th. 

Stephen Ryan


Record 830 to compete at National Championships

Record 830 to compete at National Championships

A record 830 competitors will take to the mats at this weekends National Championships, Irish Cup organised by the Irish Taekwon-Do Association in the UL Sport Arena, University of Limerick.

This event will see 300 athletes compete on Saturday November 10th, where the black belts will be competing for the first round of selections for the national team to compete at the ITF World Championships next April, in Inzell Germany.

As ITA is government recognised through IMAC and WADA compliant, Sport Ireland will also be present to conduct anti-doping tests at senior black belt level.

On Sunday 530 children aged 8 to 13 will compete from clubs all across the country.

We would like to thank the following clubs who have supported the event with competitors this year:

Ballincollig ITA
Barefield Tkd
Blanch TKD Academy
Chosun TKD
Clane Taekwondo Club
Connacht TKD
Dalkey Taekwon-Do
Donabate TKD
East Cork Taekwon-Do
Ennis TKD
Farranree TKD
Frank Murphy's TKD Schools
GMAC Martial Arts
IFSC Force
Inspiration TKD
Integrity TKD
KMA Killarney
Limerick ITA
Nio TKD Newbridge
Passage West
Shannon TKD
Sligo ITF
Forde Institute of TKD
Turners Cross Taekwon-Do
North-East Taekwon-Do
Westclare tkd
Whitehall Martial Arts
Cork ITA
Quin TKD Team
Cork Taekwon-Do North Mon-Carrigaline

We'd also like to thank all masters, instructors, umpires, helpers, coaches, parents and families for their support. Enjoy the weekend! 

Master Mark Buckley VII, Mr Stephen Ryan VI, Mr Carl Smullen V and Mr Stephen Smullen

ITA Tournament & Umpire Committee


Stephen Ryan


1st ITF International Coaches' Conference

1st ITF International Coaches

Dear ITF Community,

We have the pleasure of inviting you to the 1st ITF Coaches’ Conference, to be held in the University of Limerick, Ireland, starting on Friday June 28th until Sunday June 30th , 2019.

This conference is the first of it’s kind for the ITF and will offer a unique opportunity for ITF members to come together to learn in an interactive manner, discuss and share ideas and concepts, experience new training methods & tools from both ITF and non-ITF experts and enjoy a weekend of networking and social interaction together.

The event will take place in the University of Limerick, a state of the art educational and sporting campus, located just outside Limerick City, in the Midwest region of Ireland.

The theme of the conference is “Advances and Innovation in ITF Coaching” and over the course of the weekend we will explore a range of topics related to developing high performance athletes, sport psychology, plyometric training, nutrition, biomechanics, performance planning, specific training methods to prepare athletes at elite level in various disciplines, the future of ITF competition & competition rules, developing a community of coaches, inclusion of those with special needs in ITF and more.

Soon, we will announce the full list of presenters through the ITF website & social media. We guarantee you will not be disappointed!

We are looking forward to meeting you there,

Grandmaster Willem Jacob Bos IX

Sabum Adrian Byrne VI

Sabum Stephen Ryan VI

ITF Coaches’ Conference Organizing Committee

On behalf of the International Taekwon-Do Federation 

Invitation & Information Pack

Registration Form (Accommodation, Conference & Workshops)

Stephen Ryan


National Championships 2018

National Championships 2018

Dear Masters, Instructors/Coaches,

We have the pleasure of inviting you, on behalf of the Irish Taekwon-Do Association, to the ITA National Championships “Irish Cup”, which will be held in UL Sport Arena, Limerick, on the weekend of the 10th and 11th of November 2018. 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 10th 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). 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 11th November 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 email your entries to no later than Saturday the 3rd of November. Please note that this is a pre-registration only event. No club entries will be accepted after the 3rd of November. All entries should be made using the ITA National Championships “Irish Cup” 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 & Information

Registration form (to be emailed to by November 3rd)

Individual form (to be used in clubs to gather competitors info)

Stephen Ryan


ITA Continues to Grow

ITA Continues to Grow

The ITA is continuing to grow in a sustainable way, with now over 100 clubs across the country as we expand into new areas all the time. The ITA board, in accordance with our constitution and bylaws approves new clubs opening internally where instructors have an ITF black belt, ITF plaque, have completed the ITF Taekwon-Do specific level 1 coaching course, have an up to date 1st aid certificate and a child safe guarding course and are a member in good standing. Those joining from outside the ITA must meet the same requirements however they have a probationary period under which to do so and are assigned a mentor to work with them. 

With continued growth we do from time to time, lose some people along the way. Not everyone shares our vision of being the standard setter in terms of instructor qualifications in line with best practice and government policy, not everyone wishes to follow a model with structure, democratic and transparent procedures, annual elections of the board & committees, a clearly defined constitution, minimum ages for black belt, national black belt tests, a qualification system for national team, coach education courses and other instructor requirements & responsibilities, training for umpires, technical seminars, ITA national championships with over 800 competitors, IMAC membership etc.

In fact, some may be intimidated about being in ITA, or becoming irrelevent in a large organisation. We do not expect people to meet our requirements overnight, however, we can guarantee that those who choose to be part of our Taekwon-Do family will be welcomed, given opportunity to grow, learn, evolve and improve whatever their pathway may be; as a student, an athlete, an instructor, umpire or master. Those who are active and ambitious also have the opportunity to be elected to committee and board level and give back to improving the association and ITF Taekwon-Do in this country. 

Our vision is for the long term, we produce and welcome instructors who share our vision and want to be the best they can be. We work with those coming from the outside to help them integrate and meet the requirements & standards in place. It is by no coincidence, that we have become the largest and most successful Taekwon-Do organisation in Ireland. For those with a shorter-term vision, we wish them well on their journey; our door remains open as we continue on our path in the pursuit of excellence and the development of ITF Taekwon-Do in Ireland. 

To apply to open an ITA club or enquire about joining with your school, email our Secretary General at  for advice in confidence.

See the ITA Club Directory here

See the ITA Instructor list here

Stephen Ryan