46 candidates promoted at the ITA Winter Blackbelt Grading
The Irish Taekwon-Do Association held its winter blackbelt grading on the 6th & 7th of December in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. The event was hosted by Mr Carl Smullen & Mr Stephen Smullen of Newlands Taekwon-Do Club and was attended by 50 candidates from around the country testing for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Degree Blackbelt.
The first day was for those testing for 2nd Dan and above. 14 candidates tested under a panel of Master Patrick O’Rourke, Master Pat Barry, Master Terry Donnelly, Master Tim Forde and Mr Niall Jones, with Mr Stephen Ryan conducting the examination of breaking & special technique, while Master Kenneth Wheatley tested the candidates on theory of Taekwon-Do & Mr Jack Sheehan acted as narrator. Of the fourteen candidates tested, ten where successfully promoted to their new grade.
On Day two, 36 candidates went forward to test for 1st degree blackbelt, a major milestone in the training career of any Taekwon-Do student. The grading took place in two testing rooms with panels made up of: Master Pat Barry, Mater Terry Donnelly, Mr Adrian O’Mahoney, Mr Mark Buckley, Mr Stephen Ryan, Mr Brian Coughlan, Mr Kevin Kinsella, Mr Declan McMullen & Mrs Laura Ryan. Master Tim Forde & Mr Ken Leahy tested theory and Master Patrick O’Rourke & Mr Hong Looi tested power-breaking & special technique. While Ms Anne-Marie Kinsella & Mr Jack Sheehan were the narrators.
Candidates where tested on fundamental techniques, kicking techniques, patterns, self-defence, step sparring, free sparring, special technique, power-breaking and the theory of Taekwon-Do. The increasing standard of ITA members was highlighted by the fact that all 36 candidates where successfully promoted to 1st Dan on the second day of testing.
Posted by Carl Smullen