The 2013 Dublin Open was hosted by the Irish Taekwon-Do Association in the DCU Sports Complex on April 28th. The tournament began promptly at 10am with a full-house of competitors & spectators there to witness the action taking place across 8 rings. This was the largest one-day tournament ever run by the association with 522 competitors, junior & senior taking part over 8 rings with 75 umpires on hand to ensure the day ran as smoothly & efficiently as possible.
This tournament was exclusively for colour belts as the ITA will host a Blackbelt Open Championshipsin June and the level of competition on display in all age groups was extraordinary with many competitors needing to win four rounds or more to reach the medal stages of their sections. The tournament ran ahead of schedule finishing early at 4pm, an excellent achievement on behalf of the organisers considering the number of competitors involved.
Blanchardstown Taekwon-Do Club, from Dublin, finished asthe best overall club with 14 Gold, 7 Silver & 5 Bronze medals; Integrity Martial Arts placed second while Cork ITA, Newlands Taekwon-Do & Greystones rounded out the top five respectively.
As always credit must be given to the ITA tournament& umpire committee of Mr Adrian Byrne, Mr Stephen Ryan, Mr Mark Buckley, Ms Laura Cullen & Mr Niall Jones as well as the tournament host Mr Stephen Cooley and the volunteers from local clubs who helped to set up the venue for the event.
The next tournament to be hosted by the Irish Taekwon-Do Association will be the ITA Blackbelt Open Championships in June, followed by the ITA Irish Cup which takes place in Limerick in November