IIC Great Success

IIC Great Success

  The IIC hosted by the Irish Taekwon-Do Association (ITA), in Tralee, Ireland from January 28th – 30th was a great success. 138 people took part in the course from red belt to 8th Dan, including 50 4th Dan and above and 5 masters. Participants came from 9 countries; Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Ukraine, Spain, Jamaica, Belgium and Norway. The course was conducted by the ITF technical committee of Grandmaster Marano, Chairman of the technical committee, Grandmaster Trajtenberg acting President of the ITF and Grandmaster Bos, Secretary General of the ITF. The Grandmasters did an excellent job over the three days of the course. They displayed fantastic knowledge that left participants with no doubt about the technical aspects of Taekwon-Do, inspired the participants with their passion and knowledge, and motivated everyone to train hard, stay in shape and always strive to put on the dobok and improve. 


Arrival of participants

 

Upon arrival all participants were greeted by the organising committee and as they registered received their ID cards, free t-shirt of the IIC and free pen as well as an info pack containing information on the IIC and the local area.

 

The venue

 

The venue for the IIC was the Brandon Hotel, Conference and Leisure Centre, in the heart of the town of Tralee. Having the IIC and accommodation in the same building made the course more enjoyable and convenient for everyone. The IIC hall was very well decorated with banners of the ITF & AETF logos, pictures of the founder and of GM Tran, and large banners showing different aspects of Taekwon-Do. Outside the Conference Centre a large banner hung so that passers-by could take notice of the prestigious Taekwon-Do event being held in the town.

 

Opening ceremony

 

As part of the opening ceremony the organising committee wanted to make the Grandmasters feel at home so the mayor of the town officially welcomed the Grandmasters to the town of Tralee and presented each of them with the medal of the town, gold with the official town emblem engraved on it.

 

The course

 

The IIC promised to be a great event and the Grandmasters did not disappoint. Over the three days all aspects of ITF Taekwon-Do were taught and every participant put in a big effort in their training, motivated by the Grandmasters. Some participants described the atmosphere during the IIC as “a family atmosphere” and the Grandmasters added to this by being very approachable and willing to answer questions and clarify any doubts. Grandmaster Marano astounded participants with his knowledge of the patterns as he referenced pictures and pages from the encyclopedia verbatim. Grandmaster Bos, as always inspired participants with his excellent physical shape, his motivating teaching style and innovative ideas on teaching all aspects of Taekwon-Do. Grandmaster Trajtenberg exudes positivity and wisdom and with his anecdotes of times with General Choi clarifies every question with technical and background information.

 

Examination

 

On the Saturday afternoon there was a promotional examination conducted by the ITF technical committee. Five people took part in the exam of which four were successfully promoted. Among them was a new Master for the ITF and Ireland, Master Patrick O’Rourke, who has been practicing Taekwon-Do since 1974.

 

Name

Surname

Nationality

Grade promoted to

Master Patrick

O’Rourke

Irish

VII

Mr. Robin

Blair

Scottish

VI

Mr. Donal

O’Donoghue

Irish

V

Mr. Oleg

Solovey

Ukrainian

V

 

Banquet

 

The banquet was attended by 114 people who enjoyed a three-course meal and had the opportunity to experience some of Irelands unique culture. A group of young and very talented musicians entertained the crowd with some traditional Irish music, dancing and singing. The crowd really enjoyed the entertainment and there was plenty of clapping, cheering and singing along with the music. 

 

Closing ceremony

 

The IIC was officially closed on Sunday afternoon. During the closing ceremony the organising committee presented the technical committee with some gifts, including the IIC t-shirt, Official CD of the course (500 photos) and a very special gift of a personalized bottle of 12 year old Jameson reserve Whiskey. Each bottle was specially commissioned with the name of the Grandmasters engraved on the bottle.

 

The ITF Children’s program

 

During the IIC Master Donato Nardizzi from England and Mr. Fabian Izqueirdo from Argentina worked on the official ITF childrens programme. On Sunday afternoon they made a presentation to the Grandmasters of their work on the programme.

 

Feedback from participants

 

The feedback from the participants was extremely positive and all were complimentary of the work from the organising committee and the ITF Technical Committee.

 

A selection of photos

 

List of participants (in order of registration)

 

name

surname

nationality

Grade

Michael

Clune

Irish

II

Adrian

O'Mahoney

Irish

VI

Laura

Cullen

Irish

III

Stephen

Ryan

Irish

V

Patrick

Timoney

Scottish

IV

Jacqueline

Timoney

Scottish

IV

Garry

Shaw

Scottish

IV

Donal

O'Donoghue

Irish

V

Michael

Murphy

Irish

V

Adrian

Byrne

Irish

V

John

Burton

Irish

1st Kup

Angela

Keane

Irish

II

Anne Marie

Kinsella

Irish

IV

Kevin

Kinsella

Irish

V

Paul

Woods

Irish

2nd Kup

Daniel

Dillon

Irish

III

James

McCarthy

Irish

2nd Kup

Robert

Sullivan

Irish

II

Sinclair

D. Kingston

Irish

I

Alan

Higgins

Irish

II

Naoise

Stack

Irish

I

Nicole

Moriarty

Irish

I

Barry

O'Connor

Irish

I

Kevin

Burke

Irish

I

Ciaran

Pfiffer

Irish

I

Craig

Hancock

Welsh

III

Gemma

Thomas

Welsh

I

Christopher

Jermyn

Welsh

III

Hollie

Roberts

Welsh

II

Leanne

Casley

Welsh

IV

Paul

Jermyn

Welsh

V

Antony

Wilcox

Welsh

IV

Darren

Rigney

Irish

II

Jamie

Rigney

Irish

V

John Patrick

O'Rourke

Irish

VII

John

Corish

Irish

2nd Kup

Brian

Couglan

Irish

V

Michael

Dolan

Irish

I

Kevin

Bragg

Irish

1st Kup

Tim

Coote

Irish

1st Kup

Tom

Trench

Irish

1st Kup

Padraig

O'Brien

Irish

II

Paul

Floody

Irish

III

Alan

McDonagh

Irish

IV

Andrew

Maher

Irish

II

David

Clancy

Irish

I

Paul

Doherty

Irish

2nd Kup

Jonathan

Wallis

Irish

2nd Kup

Stephen

Kinsella

Irish

1st Kup

Niall

Corrigan

Irish

I

Declan

McMullen

Irish

IV

Master Kenneth

Wheatley

Irish

VII

John

McKissock

Scottish

VI

Raymond

Connor

Irish

III

Thomas

Connor

Irish

V

Leonard

Coughlan

Irish

III

Hannah

Bush

Welsh

I

Rhiannon

Ernest

Welsh

II

Ken

Leahy

Irish

V

Nigel

Stobie

Irish

V

Michael

O'Mahony

Irish

I

John

Ng

Irish

IV

Ronnie

Dewhurst

Scottish

III

Robin

Blair

Scottish

VI

Anthony

McKenna

English

VI

Sara

Dillon

Irish

I

Wayne

Delea

Irish

IV

Tony

MacDonagh

Irish

IV

Olwen

Lewis

Irish

I

Aoife

Barry

Irish

2nd Kup

Fiona

Bowdren

Irish

2nd Kup

Johnathan

Miloudi

Irish

II

Niamh

O'Sullivan

Irish

1st Kup

Pat

Barry

Irish

VI

Sarah

Barry

Irish

II

Paul

Delea

Irish

VI

Amy

Delea

Irish

I

Tim

Killen

Irish

I

Pat

Forde

irish

I

Terry

Donnelly

Irish

VI

Timothy P.

Forde

Irish

VI

Derek

Hanlon

Irish

III

Conor

Hanlon

Irish

1st Kup

Edward

Dillon

irish

I

Gary

Ingram

Scottish

II

Sarah

Moore

irish

I

David

McNairn

Scottish

VI

John

Moriarty

Irish

I

Shahbaz

Bokhari

Pakistani

1st Kup

Leanne

Egan

Irish

1st Kup

Mark

Buckley

Irish

VI

Philip

McAuliffe

Irish

II

Aine

Moroney

Swiss/Irish

2nd Kup

Andrew

Knox

Scottish

I

Connor

O'Donovan

Irish

2nd Kup

Jerome

Quill

irish

1st Kup

Katy

Laffan

Irish

I

Luke

Laffan

Irish

II

Taylor

Auckland

Irish

I

Tiarnan

Moriarty

Irish

I

Marcin

Oworuszko

Polish

IV

Sebastian

Dandoczi

Romanian

2nd Kup

Darren

Doherty

Irish

II

Jeroen

Wezelman

Dutch

I

Richard

Aboud

Irish

I

Christopher

Aboud

Irish

2nd Kup

Darren

Smith

Irish

IV

Claude

Chin

Jamaican

VI

Jason

McKay

Jamaican

III

Master Kim

Anderson

British

VII

Carl

Norman

British

II

Ozzie

Belazi

USA

I

Oleg

Solovey

Ukranian

V

Oleg

Petrovskyi

Ukranian

VI

Master Val

Douglas

Irish

VII

Master Brendan

O'Toole

irish

VIII

Master Mark

Hutton

Scottish

VII

David

Murphy

Scottish

VI

Daniel

McGhee

Scottish

II

Charles

McDonald

Scottish

V

Alan

Dunton

Irish

III

Cathal

McCarthy

Irish

III

Dylan

Fitzgibbon

Irish

II

John

Fitzgibbon

Irish

II

Nicole

O'Donovan

Irish

I

Emma

Justice

Irish

I

Luke Sebastien

Santarelli

Norway

I

Peter

Crosbie

Irish

IV

Irene

Greene

Irish

I

Claire

Colgan

Irish

1st Kup

Rodney

Connolly

Irish

I

Niall

Jones

Irish

V

Megan

Lynch

Irish

1st Kup

Emmanuel

Fantacci

Belgium

V

Adam

Grey

irish

2nd Kup

Gareth

Curran

Irish

III

Shane

O'Rourke

Irish

II

Matthew

Troy

Irish

III

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Posted by Stephen Ryan