Black Belt Grading Report
The ITA Summer Black Belt Grading took place on Sunday June 9th 2013 in Tralee, Co. Kerry, hosted by Mr. Adrian O'Mahoney VI Dan. 20 candidates presented for the testing out of which 15 were successfully promoted. The candidates were divided into two groups, the first group was made up of those testing for 1st Dan and the second was those testing for 2nd and 3rd Dan. The examiners panel of Mr. Paul Delea VI Dan, Mr. Mark Buckley VI Dan, Mr. Kevin Kinsella V Dan, Mr. Jamie Rigney V Dan and Ms. Laura Cullen IV Dan tested those going for 1st Dan while the panel testing those for 2nd and 3rd Dan was comprised of Master Kenneth Wheatley VII Dan, Pat Barry VI Dan, Tim Forde VI Dan, Adrian O'Mahoney VI Dan and Niall Jones VI Dan.
The candidates were tested in groups in the areas of pattern, free sparring, fundamental movements, kicking, step sparring and self defence. The students also tested in rotation for theory, special technique and power test. Ms. Annie Kinsella V Dan and Mr. Declan McMullen V Dan were the examiners responsible for testing power, theory and special.
During the weekend of the testing the ITA technical and instruction committee of Master Kenneth Wheatley VII, Mr. Niall Jones VI and Mr. Stephen Ryan V also had the opportunity to meet and discuss updates to the ITA Dan grade syllabus following decisions taken at the recent examiners conference and also to develop some step sparring examples for instructors to use in their schools which will be issued soon.