Summer Camp Report

Summer Camp Report

The ITA Summer Camp took place from Friday July 12th to Monday July 15th in Newtown School, Waterford City. This year the camp took place in a new venue, which saw major improvements in terms of accommodation, food, facilities and training space. 130 people attended the camp from ITA clubs across Ireland ranging from yellow belt to 7th Dan Master and from age 10 up to the oldest participant, showing great indomitable spirit by completing all training sessions at the age of 72. The camp participants were divided into 2 groups, with those aged 12 and under in one group and those 13+ in the other. The training started on Friday afternoon with sparring sessions being led by Mr. Stephen Cooley VI Dan and Mr. Mark Buckley VI Dan, who had the senior group, with Mr. Adrian Byrne V Dan assisted by Mr. Luke Laffan II Dan teaching the junior group. In the evening Mr. Stephen Ryan V Dan taught a class to seniors on technical kicking and ITF Patterns while Mr. Niall Jones VI Dan taught the same topics to the junior group. In the evenings the camp participants had the opportunity to work one on one in consultations with the camp instructors and despite the heat and tough training during the day there was plenty of demand for the evening workshops.


This year we decided for the first time to invite a special guest to our summer camp and Saturday morning saw the first sessions under the tuition of Mr. Stephen Tapilatu V Dan. Mr. Tapilatu is one of the great icons of ITF Taekwon-Do having won the World Title in ITF 2 times, King of Taekwon-Do title 2 times and also a silver medal in the WTF World Championships. Mr. Tapilatu led 2 sessions with the seniors on both Saturday and Sunday and 1 session with the junior group each day. The camp participants were put through their paces in the intense heat but all thoroughly enjoyed the training with Mr. Tapilatu over the 2 days. The feedback from the camp participants was very positive, with each group commenting on how they came away with lots of new ideas and how they really enjoyed Mr. Tapilatus training philosophy. In between the sessions with Mr. Tapilatu each group trained in other areas of ITF Taekwon-Do with Mr. Byrne and Mr. Jones leading a session with the seniors on Team Pattern and Ms. Kinsella V Dan and Ms. Cullen IV Dan leading team pattern with the junior group. The senior group also got to enjoy the junior groups performances at the end of their team session. Each group also had an extra session on patterns and kicking with Mr. Ryan and a self-defence class with Mr. Cooley and Mr. Carl Smullen focusing on breakfalls, rolling, tumbling and defence against various chokes. The juniors also enjoyed a special technique class where the emphasis was on kicking targets with two feet simultaneously, resulting in some very spectacular techniques.

In between the training sessions the camp participants had the opportunity to use the sports facilities on campus such as the tennis courts and all weather football pitch but the swimming pool proved to be the most popular way to cool down between training. The pool, which had qualified lifeguards on duty, also has a diving board, which was in constant use by participants of all ages.

The ITA would like to thank all of those instructors and students who attended the camp, to the camp organisers Mr. Mark Buckley and Mr. Stephen Ryan and of course to our special guest Mr. Stephen Tapilatu for the excellent training sessions he conducted. The presence of Mr. Tapilatu really added a new and exciting dimension to our camp and we intend to keep the tradition of inviting a special guest going next year.

Next years camp will take place in the same venue and details will be available soon.

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List of participants: 

 

 

NAME

SURNAME

 

AGE

GRADE

CLUB/SCHOOL

1

Jamie

Rigney

f

28

5th Dan

Ballyea TKD

2

Mark

Cronin

m

14

1st Kup

Blanchardstown

3

Shantelle

Sheehan

f

11

Blue Belt

Cork ITA

4

Leah

Ring

f

12

Green Belt

Cork ITA

5

Becky

Buckley

f

14

Blue Belt

Cork ITA

6

Lilly

McGinley

f

14

Blue Belt

Cork ITA

7

Clare

Martin

f

15

Yellow Belt

Cork ITA

8

Aoife

O'Mahony

f

27

Red Belt

Cork ITA

9

Ruth

Whelan

f

43

Blue Belt

Cork ITA

10

Luke

Whelan

m

9

Yellow Belt

Cork ITA

11

Michael

Casey

m

10

Yellow Belt

Cork ITA

12

Eoghan

Myers

m

11

Green Belt

Cork ITA

13

AJ

Whelan

m

11

Green Belt

Cork ITA

14

Cian

O'Connor

m

12

Green Belt

Cork ITA

15

Conor

MacCarthy

m

13

Blue Belt

Cork ITA

16

Sean

Hurley

m

12

Green

Cork ITA

17

Adam

O'Shea

m

14

Red Belt

Cork ITA

18

Thomas

Fogarty

m

15

1st Degree

Cork ITA

19

Patrick

Ring

m

15

1st Degree

Cork ITA

20

Eddie

Dillon

m

20

2nd Dan

Cork ITA

21

Ferda

O'Corragain

m

24

Red Belt

Cork ITA

22

Mark

Buckley

m

42

6th Dan

Cork ITA

23

Dylan

Fitzgibbon

m

19

3rd Dan

Elite Martial Arts

24

Sami

Lamari

m

17

Red Belt

Elite TKD Academy

25

Doireann

Kinsella

f

11

5th Kup

Ennis

26

Aodha

Marrinan

f

12

3rd Kup

Ennis

27

Kate

Shaughnessy

f

12

4th Kup

Ennis

28

Anna

Severn

f

17

3rd Kup

Ennis

29

Anne-Marie

Kinsella

f

36

5th Dan

Ennis

30

Ciaran

Pfiffer

m

17

2nd Dan

Ennis

31

Naoise

Stack

m

17

2nd Dan

Ennis

32

David

Severn

m

51

2nd Dan

Ennis

33

Sarah Jane

O'Halloran

f

11

Red Belt

IMAA

34

Hannah

Hendrick

f

13

Red Belt

IMAA

35

Maeve

Magee

f

15

1st Dan

IMAA

36

Jenny

Lehane

f

15

1st Dan

IMAA

37

Anne-Marie

Torsney

f

16

1st Dan

IMAA

38

Luke

Doyle

m

11

Red Belt

IMAA

39

Kyle

Grace

m

12

Red Belt

IMAA

40

Dylan

Grey

m

12

Red Belt

IMAA

41

Joseph

Magee

m

13

Red Tag

IMAA

42

Carl

 Gerrard 

m

13

Red Belt

IMAA

43

Fredrico

Mazolla

m

13

Red Belt

IMAA

44

Adam

Mc Guirk

m

13

Red Belt

IMAA

45

Alex

Fogarty

m

14

Red Belt

IMAA

46

Luke

Mc Grath

m

14

1st Dan

IMAA

47

Eoin

 Clifford

m

15

Red Belt

IMAA

48

David

Wright

m

15

1st Dan

IMAA

49

Sean Paul

O'Halloran

m

15

1st Dan

IMAA

50

Adam

Hendrick

m

16

Red Belt

IMAA

51

Paul

King

m

26

1st Dan

IMAA

52

Stephen

Cooley

m

100 :-)

6th Dan

IMAA

53

Dervala

campion kennedy

f

15

1st degree

killester

54

Sabina

Mason

f

34

3rd Dan

Killester

55

Rosalie

O Rourke

f

72

7th kup

killester

56

John

O'Doherty

m

14

1st Kup

killester

57

robert

campion kennedy

m

13

1st degree

killester

58

Daniel

Hegarty

m

13

1st degree

killester

59

Ryan

Shelley

m

16

1st Dan

killester

60

Colm

Carroll

m

16

1st degree

killester

61

Philip

o gorman

m

18

1st degree

killester

62

Hong

Looi

m

33

5th Dan

killester

63

Niall

Jones

m

44

6th degree

killester

64

Lucas

O'Mahoney

m

14

1st Dan

Kingdom TKD

65

Adrian

O'Mahoney

m

41

6th Dan

Kingdom TKD

66

Aoife

Butler

f

11

Blue

Newlands TKD

67

Megan

McDaid

f

11

Blue

Newlands TKD

68

Daniela

Oana

f

12

Blue

Newlands TKD

69

Bartosz

Bien

m

10

Blue

Newlands TKD

70

Joseph

Butler

m

10

Green

Newlands TKD

71

Kamil

Falowski

m

11

Blue

Newlands TKD

72

Warren

Kiely

m

11

Blue

Newlands TKD

73

Adam

McEneaney

m

11

Blue

Newlands TKD

74

Seán

Molloy

m

12

Blue

Newlands TKD

75

Daniel

Ryan

m

14

Green

Newlands TKD

76

Reece

Byrne

m

15

Red

Newlands TKD

77

Mergyn

Frrokaj

m

17

Blue

Newlands TKD

78

Jack

Nolan

m

17

Blue

Newlands TKD

79

Stephen

Smullen

m

24

Black

Newlands TKD

80

Carl

Smullen

m

25

Black

Newlands TKD

81

Dante

Malinowski

 

11

Blue

Newlands TKD

82

Uisce

Hagon

f

10

Green

Quin TKD

83

Alice

Larkin

f

10

Green

Quin TKD<

Posted by Stephen Ryan