Master Kenneth Wheatley VIII Dan

I started my Taekwon-Do training in September of 1979 in a small function room in the town of Greystones located approximately six miles from my home town. As over forty people attended to try out this new martial art we were split into two groups and took turns on the floor. It was obvious many people wanted to experience Taekwon-Do as it had not been seen in our area before.


I had no previous knowledge of Taekwon-Do, or indeed any other martial art and was very curious as to what it would be like, I did try one Karate class several months earlier but found it was not to my liking. Indeed this was my first time to stand close to someone who wore a black belt around their waist and the occasion was made even more intriguing when I recognised one of the Instructors as my cousin, Robert Wheatley.

The Greystones School of Taekwon-Do was soon established and regular training began at the St. Kilian hall. We attended class diligently and prepared for our first Kup testing with Master Ki Ha Rhee as Examiner, thirty nine students from the Greystones School undertook their test and all were successful.

 The next time I was tested by Master Ki Ha Rhee was in 1983 at the Taekwon-Do centre in Dublin. I was, along with several others from our school, testing for my first degree black belt. Thankfully Master Rhee was satisfied by our performance and we were promoted to the rank of black belts.

During the following years Mr Wheatley travelled to America several times, eventual he decided to emigrate to America and our school was left in the charge of one his associates and fellow Instructor. Several months later the instructor informed us that he could no longer teach at our school and suggested four of the school’s black belts, including myself, took charge of the school and continued with our training.

During the years which followed there was transition within Taekwon-Do in Ireland, additional associations were formed and the AITA, All Ireland Taekwon-Do Association began. Our school was, by default, a member of the AITA. I continued with my training and after several years I became the principle instructor at our Taekwon-Do school, the other black belts took different paths in their lives and I was fortunate that my path allowed my continued involvement with Taekwon-Do.

I attended an IIC, International Instructors Course, during 1992 in Dublin; it was a five day course and was led by our founder, General Choi Hong Hi. It was here I first met General Choi and was inspired by his passion and knowledge. I could hardly believe I was being taught by the founder of Taekwon-Do, some among us have trained for years and had never even seen General Choi, and it was, at that time, the highlight of my Taekwon-Do involvement. Over the next seven years it was my good fortune to be in attendance at several other IICs which were led by General Choi and also to play host as association President, to General Choi, Master Choi Jung Hwa and Master Mc Callum in 1999 when our association hosted an IIC in Dublin. 

Following the great loss of General Choi in 2002 there was much turmoil in our Taekwon-Do world, even in Ireland. Many people among us sought to move their allegiance from our ITF to elsewhere. There were outside influences trying to persuade and lead us to other so called ITF groups. However, I as President of our group urged a time of calm and held fast to the allegiance to our ITF. My patience and non-volatile actions were rewarded a hundred times over when in March of 2003 I travelled to Scotland to attend an IIC which was being led by the Technical Committee of the ITF and Master Trân Triêu Quân VIII degree President of the ITF. I had travelled from Ireland with an anxious heart as this was my first time to experience the leadership and knowledge of the ITF Technical Committee. However, my apprehensions were very quickly dispersed when Master Hector Marano VIII degree, Master Pablo Trajtenberg VIII degree and Master Wim Bos VIII degree displayed infallible technique and knowledge of all aspects of our beloved Taekwon-Do.  This was also my first time to meet Master Trân Triêu Quân our President and the new leader of our ITF. I was inspired as I listened to his teaching on the Do of Taekwon-Do, before this time I had no real understanding of the moral culture in our Taekwon-Do and having listened to Master Trân I felt that a whole new aspect to Taekwon-Do now lay before me to be learned and understood.

It was at the IIC in Scotland that I tested for VI degree black belt and was fortunate that the Examiners found my performance to be acceptable and promoted me accordingly. However, it was not my promotion which brought such overwhelming joy on my return to Ireland. I had experienced the new technical leadership of the ITF and listened to our new President and was very happy that I had made the correct decisions as to which ITF we should have loyalty with, both for myself and the association which I led.

I continue to train in my Taekwon-Do and always try to learn, I believe there is so much more for me to learn both technically and philosophically. When attending the Leadership Camp and International Workshop on teaching of the Do, in Spain during 2006, I realised the ITF has a good plan in place to promote the philosophical aspects of Taekwon-Do and I look forward to understanding and teaching it.


TAEKWON-DO

1979: Commenced training Taekwon-Do in the Greystones School of Taekwon-Do, with Instructor Mr R Wheatley, II Degree Black Belt.

1983: Promoted to I degree black belt (certificate Number : IRL-83-1-10).  Examiner: Master Ki Ha Rhee, VII degree black belt.

1983: Assumed the role of co-instruction at Greystones School of Taekwon-Do.

1983: Completed All Ireland Taekwon-Do Association Instructor’s Course in Cork.

1985: Assumed the role of Instructor at Greystones School of Taekwon-Do.

1985: Promoted to II degree black belt (certificate Number : I0203).  Examiner: Master Hee Il Cho, VII degree black belt.

1986: Completed CQB (self-defence) Courses with Mr Brian McCarthy, Ninjitsu Master.  Awarded 1st Level of Competence.

1988: Promoted to III degree black belt (certificate Number : I-104). Examiner Master Hee Il Cho, VIII degree black belt.

1989: Completed National Coach Award - NVQ 3 with Mr A Gummerson, Sports Psychologist for the British Olympic Team.

1992: Completed the International Taekwon-Do Federation International Instructor’s Course, Dublin, with General Choi Hong Hi, President and founding father of Taekwon-Do.  (Certificate Number  41-43).

1993: Completed the All Ireland Taekwon-Do Association Instructor’s Course (including a course in First Aid), with Mr Aidan Walsh, V Degree Black Belt & Chief Instructor of the AITA, and Mr Henk Meyer, VI degree black belt.

1993: Promoted to IV degree black belt (certificate Number : I014).  Examiner: Grandmaster Hee Il Cho, IX degree black belt.

1993: Granted Examiner Status by the All Ireland Taekwon-Do Association.

1995: Opened Dalkey School of Taekwon-Do at Dalkey village Co. Dublin.

1995: Completed the International Taekwon-Do Federation’s 108th International Instructor’s Course with General Choi Hong Hi, President and founding father of Taekwon-Do (Certificate Number : 108-18).

1995: Qualified as an International Taekwon-Do Federation International Instructor. (Certificate number 844).

1995: Qualified as an International Taekwon-Do Federation International Umpire. (Certificate number 661).

1996: Completed one-day ITF technical seminar with Master Robert Howard VII and Master Anthony Phelan VII.

1996: Completed Umpire and Referee course hosted by Master Howard VII and Master Phelan VII. (Certificate number 96-215).

1996: Completed national technical seminar with Master Robert Howard VII and Master Anthony Phelan VII. (Certificate number IRL-033)

1996: Promoted to V degree black belt Examiner: Master Robert Howard VII degree black belt. (Certificate IRE-5-10).

1996: Completed Instructor seminar with Master Robert Howard VII and Master Anthony Phelan VII. (Certificate number NGB-020).

1997: Completed Instructor seminar with Master Robert Howard VII and Master Anthony Phelan VII. (Certificate number NGB-125).

1998: Completed the International Taekwon-Do Federation’s 146th International Instructor’s Course with General Choi Hong Hi, President and founding father of Taekwon-Do (Certificate Number : 146-5).

1999: Hosted and completed, in conjunction with the Executive of the AITA, International Instructor Course at Trinity College Dublin, with General Choi Hong Hi, President and founding father of Taekwon-Do, Master Choi Jung Hwa VIII degree black belt and Master Tom Mc Callum VIII degree black belt & Secretary General to ITF.

2001: Completed Umpire and Referee course hosted by Master Howard VII degree black belt and Master Phelan VII degree black belt. (Certificate number IRL-20-01).

2002: Completed Umpire and Referee course hosted by Master Howard VIII degree black belt and Master Phelan VII degree black belt. (Certificate number IRE-013-02).

2002: Completed International Instructor Course with Master Rhee Ki Ha IX degree black belt. (Certificate number RKH 24-23).

2003: Completed 189th International Instructor Course with Master Trân Triêu Quân VIII & President of  ITF,  Master Pablo Trajtenberg VIII & Senior Vice President of ITF, Master Hector Marano VIII & Chairman of Technical & Instruction committee of  ITF, Master Wim Bos VIII & Umpire Chairperson of ITF. (Certificate number 189-21).

2003: Promoted to VI Dan Black Belt by Master Trân Triêu Quân VIII & President of  ITF,  Master Pablo Trajtenberg VIII & Senior Vice President of ITF, Master Hector Marano VIII & Chairman of Technical & Instruction committee of ITF, Master Wim Bos VIII & Umpire Chairperson of ITF. (Certificate number IRE-6-10).

2004: Completed International Instructor Course with Master Trân Triêu Quân VIII & President of  ITF, Master Pablo Trajtenberg VIII & Senior Vice President of ITF, Master Hector Marano VIII & Chairman of Technical & Instruction committee of  ITF, Master Wim Bos VIII & Umpire Chairperson of ITF. (Certificate number 196-001).

2004: Completed National Umpire Course with AITA Umpire Chairperson. (Certificate number J-01-05).

2005: Completed Level Three Coaching Course in Martial Arts as part of the National Coaching Development Programme hosted by the Irish Martial Arts Commission. (Motivation in sport psychology, Nutrition, Long term athlete development, Youth protection in sport)

2006: Completed International Umpire Course with Master Wim Bos VIII & Umpire Chairperson of ITF,  Budapest, Hungary. (Certificate number 2-21).

2006: Completed 205th International Instructor Course with Master Pablo Trajtenberg VIII & Senior Vice President of ITF, Master Hector Marano VIII & Chairman of Technical & Instruction committee of  ITF, Master Wim Bos VIII & Umpire Chairperson of ITF. (Certificate number 205-96).

2006: Completed 1st International Workshop on Teaching of the Do, (Self Control – Level 1) with Master Trân Triêu Quân VIII & President of  ITF, Prof./Dr Janel Gauthier III degree black belt, Master Kim Lan Ung VIII black belt and Ms Joliette Tran VII degree black belt. (Certificate number 01- 011).

2006:  Completed 2nd International Taekwon-Do Federation Leadership training camp with Master Trân Triêu Quân VIII & President of ITF. (Certificate number ITF – LC002/010).

2006:  Completed Umpire and Training Seminar, Dublin Ireland, with Master Wim Bos VIII & Umpire Chairperson of ITF.

2007: Completed 208th International Instructor Course with Master Trân Triêu Quân VIII & President of ITF, Master Pablo Trajtenberg VIII & Senior Vice President of ITF, Master Hector Marano VIII Chairman of Technical & Instruction committee of  ITF, Master Wim Bos VIII & Umpire Chairperson of ITF. (Certificate number B-28-55).

2007: Joined the Executive of the Taekwon-Do Advisory Board to the Irish Martial Arts Commission, the government recognised commission for all martial arts in Ireland

2007: Became a member of the  Executive of the Irish Martial Arts Commission

2008: Completed   International Instructor Course with Master Pablo Trajtenberg VIII & Senior Vice President of ITF, Master Hector Marano VIII & Chairman of Technical & Instruction committee of ITF, Master Wim Bos VIII & Umpire Chairperson of ITF. (Certificate number B-28-55).

2008: Became a Director of the Irish Martial Arts Commission.

2008: Completed Child Protection in Sport Awareness Workshop as hosted by the Irish Martial Arts Commission in conjunction with the National Sports Council.

2009: Completed National Umpire Course with ITA Umpire Chairperson. National Umpire Class A.

2009: Completed the Level three Irish Martial Arts Commission continued education programme.

2009:  Completed   International Instructor Course with Grand Master Pablo Trajtenberg IX & Senior Vice President of ITF, Grand Master Hector Marano IX & Chairman of Technical & Instruction committee of ITF, Master Wim Bos VIII & Secretary General to the  ITF. (Certificate number 44 - 020).

2010:  Completed   International Instructor Course with Grand Master Pablo Trajtenberg IX & Senior Vice President of ITF, Grand Master Hector Marano IX & Chairman of Technical & Instruction committee of ITF, Master Wim Bos VIII & Secretary General to the  ITF. (Certificate number 49 - 096).

TOURNAMENT:

1989: Taekwon-Do Association of Ireland Championships: 2nd Place in Black Belt Pattern.

1991: AITA South-Eastern Championships:1st Place Black Belt Special Technique Power Test.

1992: AITA National Championships: 3rd Place Black Belt Pattern.

1993: AITA National Championships: 2nd Place Black Belt Pattern.

1994: AITA South-Eastern Championships: 2nd Place Black Belt Pattern. 1st Place Black Belt (male) Power Test.

1994: TAI “Best of the Best” Championships: 1st Place Black Belt Pattern Grand ChampioTaekwon-Do Pattern.

1994: AITA National Championships: 1st Place Black Belt (male) Power Test. 2nd Place Black Belt Pattern.

1994: TAI “Best of the Best” Championships II: 3rd Place Black Belt Pattern.

1995: AITA South-Eastern Championships: 1st Place Black Belt (male) Power Test.