Black Belt Grading Information

Black Belt Grading Information

The Irish Taekwon-Do Association (ITA) Summer Black Belt grading will take place on Saturday the 26th & Sunday 27th of June 2010. According to Irish Taekwon-Do Association policy, the region with the highest number of candidates applying to take the examination has the responsibility for hosting the grading and the associated technical seminar. Some of the benefits of this policy are that the majority of students will not have to make a long journey to take the exam and that the various regions have the honour of having a major event in their school/region. This year the summer grading will be hosted by Quin Taekwon-Do Club, Quin Community Centre, Quin, Co. Clare. Click "more" for directions and additional information.


The Midwest region has the majority of applicants following preliminary examinations with 10 followed by the Southern region with 9 applicants and Dublin with 3 applicants.

Directions to Quin Taekwon-Do Club:

Coming from Limerick side:
•    From Limerick head in direction of Ennis/Galway on N18/M18
•    Pass Shannon
•    Leave the M18 at junction 11, then at Dromoland West roundabout take the 3rd exit, then at Dromoland East roundabout take the 1st exit onto the L3148 (signposted Quin)
•    Continue on this road until you reach Quin
•    Turn right into centre of village, Quin Community Centre on left at bridge before church

Schedule for 2 days:

Saturday 26th June
11.00am – 2.00pm – National Technical Seminar
2.30pm Degree grading for 1st to 2nd degree and 2nd to 3rd degree

Sunday 27th June
11.00am – Degree grading for 1st Kup to 1st degree

Items to bring to grading:

Hard copy of detailed black belt grading application form
Fees (see below)
See info on hosting a black belt grading for additional information (copy available on request from secretary general)

Please ensure the following fees are paid to the ITA treasurer on the day of the grading in cash or cheque/draft made payable to ITA:

1st Dan = 80 Euro ITF certificate fee + 50 Euro Grading fee = 130 Euro
2nd Dan = 120 Euro ITF certificate fee + 50 Euro Grading fee = 170 Euro
3rd Dan = 160 Euro ITF certificate fee + 50 Euro Grading fee = 210 Euro
4th Dan = 240 Euro ITF certificate fee + 50 Euro Grading fee = 290 Euro
5th Dan = 320 Euro ITF certificate fee + 50 Euro Grading fee = 370 Euro

Examination panels & narrator:

Narrator will be Ms. Anne-Marie Kinsella IV Dan

Grading panel for Saturday will be Master Wheatley VII, Mr. Buckley VI and one other TBC.
Grading panel for Sunday will be Master Wheatley, Mr. Byrne, Mr. Ryan, Mr. O'Donoghue and Mr. Looi.
Examiners who wish to conduct the grading sheet in electronic format please bring your laptop!

Dress code for Degree grades:

All Degree grades attending in an official capacity should dress formally. 1st to 3rd Dan should wear a blue tie, 4th - 6th Dan a red tie and Master a golden tie. All to wear the official ITF pin.

Accommodation in the locality: Quin is in close proximity to both Ennis and Shannon where there are plentiful options for hotel and B&B.

Posted by Stephen Ryan