Black Belt Grading Report

Black Belt Grading Report

On Saturday the 5th of February, the Irish Taekwon-Do Association winter black belt grading took place in Cork. This grading had been organized to facilitate the students of some of the new clubs who had their black belt grading cancelled in December due to adverse weather conditions. The examination was hosted by Mr. Wayne Delea in his Togher School of Taekwon-Do and Mr. Delea had a super-efficient team to organize this event. The panel of examiners was led by Master Kenneth Wheatley 7th Dan, president of the Irish Taekwon-Do Association and included Mr. Paul Delea 6th Dan, Mr. Stephen Cooley 6th Dan, Mr. Mark Buckley 6th Dan and Mr. Ken Leahy 5th Dan. Narrator for the day was Miss Olwyne Lewis of Togher School Of Taekwon-Do.

List of those promoted

Ger O'Mahony

II Dan

Nicole O'Donavan       

II Dan

Peter Golden

I Dan

Alan Donnelly

I Dan

Luke Foley

I Dan

Philip O' Gorman

I Dan

Seamus Lehane

I Dan

Conor Hanlon

I Dan

Emmet O'Connor

I Dan

Deborah Keary

I Dan

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On Saturday the 5th of February, the Irish Taekwon-Do Association Cork winter black belt grading took place. This grading had been organized to facilitate the students of some of the new clubs who had their black belt grading cancelled in December due to adverse weather conditions. The examination was hosted by Mr. Wayne Delea in his Togher School of Taekwon-Do and Mr. Delea had a super-efficient team to organize this event. From early morning Mr. Delea had his team working and they had everything organized and ready from mats for the candidates to pens for the examiners before the grading commenced.

 

The panel of examiners was led by Master Kenneth Wheatley 7th Dan, president of the Irish Taekwon-Do Association and included Mr. Paul Delea 6th Dan, Mr. Stephen Cooley 6th Dan, Mr. Mark Buckley 6th Dan and Mr. Ken Leahy 5th Dan. Narrator for the day was Miss Olwyne Lewis of Togher School Of Taekwon-Do. 

Starting with traditional hand techniques the candidates moved up and down the floor to the commands of narrator Miss Olwyne Lewis, who did a fantastic job and each and every command clear and precise. There were three groups on the day and one by one they completed hand and foot techniques followed by patterns, step sparring, self-defense and free sparring. A little break was then the order of the day and as the examiners stretched their leg and the candidates prepared for free sparring or in the case of the first degree black belts, two on one sparring. Following the free sparring the candidate lined up for special technique, power and theory where they again were put through the rigors of the panel.

 

In total 12 candidates presented for testing, and, after a rigorous process 10 students were successfully promoted. 

We would like to congratulate the candidates who were successful on this occasion and encourage those who were not to persevere with their training, bearing in mind that June 2011 is not too far away.

A special thank you must go to Mister Wayne Delea and his team for a professional layout and spread, which made for a very comfortable environment for both examiners and candidates. The hard work and efforts of his team has raised the bar for standards in grading venues going forward. 

Posted by Stephen Ryan