ITA Open Dutch Success

ITA Open Dutch Success

A big congratulations to all athletes who participated in the recent Open Dutch on 19th Jan 2013.

Another well organised tournament held by Master Willy van de Mortel and Mr. Henny van Zon. This year was the biggest entries with 750 competitors from 18 countries in comparison to last year’s 2013 edition of 648 competitors from 14 countries. There were competitors from national, European and World standards from our very own Ireland, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain and Wales and as far as Canada and Usbekistan. We had a big team from Ireland, with 30 competitors from Killester, IMAA, Cork, Shannon and supporting parents.


The competition was held in the same location as the past couple of years "Naestebest" stadium, very close to Eindhoven airport. There were 77 referees helping the day to run smoothly in two big halls over 11 rings led by head referee Master Coos van den Heuvel. We were also greeted by our special guests, Grandmaster Wim Bos from Italy, Grandmaster Lan Ung Kim from Germany, Master Sandy Dunbar and Master Gordon Wallace from Scotland. This year, we also had the chance to view two of the rings tested using the new wireless electronic Bluetooth system, for a test run for the upcoming European Championship in Italy in May 2014.

In Tul, Ireland showed a high standard where Mr. Hong Looi V Dan, battled through 3 rounds in the 4th Dan and above patterns, losing narrowly to eventual winner, Lylian Doulay from France. Ms. Sabina Mason III Dan, showed good strength and power in her patterns, going through 2 rounds, losing to the winner from Italy. Jamie Williams obtained a well-deserved silver medal after battling through 3 rounds in the 2nd Dan patterns.

Ireland also showed an extremely high standard in the sparring divisions. In the senior male section -57kg, Jamie Williams won his section after 3 rounds of sparring, beating finalist from Italy. In the same section, Eddie Dillon lost narrowly to the finalist from Italy. In the -63kg, Jonathan Duggan had 2 great bouts. In -78kg, Hong Looi went through 5 rounds, including a close fight with Philip O’Gorman in the quarterfinal, eventually beating Gilles Brown from Scotland (2013 European Champion) in the final. In the -85kg, Richie Forde obtained a well-deserved silver medal after 3 rounds, losing narrowly to hometown favourite Tim Kool. Colm Carroll had 4 rounds of sparring in this -68kg, beating the finalist from Poland.

In the female section -62kg, Sarah Lehane won her section after 3 rounds of sparring. In the -68kg, Sabina Mason, also won 3 bouts in her -68kg sparring, before losing in final to Germany. In the same section, Sarah Barry went through 1 round of sparring, before losing to Belgium. There were many more great results.

A special mention to 1st time colour belt competitors, who did extremely well for their first international competition: Donnachd Seward, Brian Reville (3rd in patterns), Dean Carthy and Patrick Ring.

A massive thanks to the competitor’s supporting parents and coaches. A special thanks to organiser Master Willy van de Mortel and Mr. Henny van Zon for their invitation and warm hospitality. We are already looking forward to the Open Dutch Championship 2014.

-Mr. Hong Looi V Dan and Ms. Sabina Mason III Dan.

Posted by Stephen Ryan