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The Irish Taekwon-Do Association held its winter blackbelt grading on the 6th & 7th of December in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. The event was hosted by Mr Carl Smullen & Mr Stephen Smullen of Newlands Taekwon-Do Club and was attended by 50 candidates from around the country testing for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Degree Blackbelt.

The first day was for those testing for 2nd Dan and above. 14 candidates tested under a panel of Master Patrick O’Rourke, Master Pat Barry, Master Terry Donnelly, Master Tim Forde and Mr Niall Jones, with Mr Stephen Ryan conducting the examination of breaking & special technique, while Master Kenneth Wheatley tested the candidates on theory of Taekwon-Do & Mr Jack Sheehan acted as narrator. Of the fourteen candidates tested, ten where successfully promoted to their new grade.

On Day two, 36 candidates went forward to test for 1st degree blackbelt, a major milestone in the training career of any Taekwon-Do student. The grading took place in two testing rooms with panels made up of: Master Pat Barry, Mater Terry Donnelly, Mr Adrian O’Mahoney, Mr Mark Buckley, Mr Stephen Ryan, Mr Brian Coughlan, Mr Kevin Kinsella, Mr Declan McMullen & Mrs Laura Ryan. Master Tim Forde & Mr Ken Leahy tested theory and Master Patrick O’Rourke & Mr Hong Looi tested power-breaking & special technique. While Ms Anne-Marie Kinsella & Mr Jack Sheehan were the narrators.

Candidates where tested on fundamental techniques, kicking techniques, patterns, self-defence, step sparring, free sparring, special technique, power-breaking and the theory of Taekwon-Do. The increasing standard of ITA members was highlighted by the fact that all 36 candidates where successfully promoted to 1st Dan on the second day of testing.

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 10/Dic/2014, 11:14
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Last Saturday 29th of November, we performed the last Gup examination of the year. More than 90 students, coming from every Dojang in Santiago, (Chile`s capital), tested. The size of this examination, is the biggest exam recorded in the history of ITF-TKD in Chile.

I am very proud of the team of additional Sabumnims (one 5th, and three 4th) who helped the testing and feel extremely satisfied with the high technical level shown by the Gups on this historic examinations.

ONT Chile continues growing!!!

Sincerely,

Eduardo Oviedo S.

6º Dan

Federación internacional de taekwon-do en Chile

www.ont.cl

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 08/Dic/2014, 11:14
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On the 15th November 2014 in the Sports Center Na Fialce in Říčany took place the first round of the season 2014-2015 championship. This year it has been the 5th year of holding the Central Bohemian Taekwon-do Cup which is part of the competitions under the Czech Federation of Taekwondo ITF (ČTF).

This year a record amount of clubs and competitors from the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia and individual competitors from the USA joined the Cup. New members of the Czech Junior and Senior National team have introduced themselves when fighting for medal positions with their competitors from foreign countries as well as with their National team colleagues. For illustration we could have seen fights of Michal Zach (Borovany) with Denis Drapič (Ahac) from Slovenia. Furthermore we could have seen other strong fighters as Jakub Tomáš (Ge Baek Prešov) from Slovakia or Jan Ohem (Brandýs n.L.), who we know from this year’s European Championship, European Cup or International competitions as Best of the Best or Prešov Open.

A big comeback has shown a former Czech National Team member and a medallist from the World and European Championship Pavel Kupr (Pečky), who has shown himself in a top class form when gaining one gold and two bronze medals. The category of juniors has also been dominated by members of the national teams: Arso Ivoševič, Igor Zavadovsky, Michael Kupilík and Martin Jonáš. Denisa Stárková has shown her top form in her final fight with her national team colleague Lucie Staňková.
In category under 15 years the role of the favourite has defended Petr Pros when winning four gold medals and one bronze. Furthermore new serious competitors are being born in this category represented by Filip Žaloudek, Jan Zachrdla, Matěj Jirásek, Alex Vištal. In the girls category under 15 years the role of the favourite have defended Rozálka Pačesová, Bára Jílková and Štěpánka Říhová.
The medals may be the more precious as they have been received from the icon of Czech Kickboxing Miroslav Sobotka the owner of the company Hayashi TOP TEN and editor of Fighters magazine.
Fighters from the following clubs took part in the competition: Kobukson Mladá Boleslav, Milovice, Pečky, Brandýs nad Labem, Říčany, Babice, Ondřejov, Tehov, Stránčice, Fight club České Budějovice, Křemžtí draci-Křemže, Borovany, Ge Baek Prešov (SVK),TKD Clubs AHAC (SLO),Tiger Ljubljana (SLO) and fighters from the USA Kenneth and Denis Martins (USA).
The competition has been attended by six International Instructors (V. Machota 6. Dan, V. Drapič 5. Dan, M.Baltič 5. Dan, M. Novák 4. Dan, D. Mondschein 4. Dan, J. Gavura 4. Dan) who have shown a team Tull and an exhibition fight by Jan Gavura and Vahid Drapič.

The competition has been held by the support of the city Říčany which has been represented by the present deputy Mayor Ms. Hana Špačková, Central Bohemian Region and our partners: company Hayashi, Miroslav Sobotka, ČEZ energie, M.K.M. M.Bruckner, OSRAM R.Ostertág, Pivovarská restaurace T.Jílek, Doprava L.Jirásek, Lékárna Zásmuky Mgr.Olga Bohabojová, Cotton clubs Říčany pan Ivkovič, Sportbar Reviera Říčany J.Wunsch, rodina Vištalova, Atlascopy A .Král, KSC Na Fialce, Hotel Pavilon A.Souček.

Because of all our partners we could have set the level of the competition again a bit higher and competitors earned valuable gifts and a small refreshment. All referees have received a two course menu and a fee. The competition has been visited by several important people well known from the media and politics.

A new competition drawing software has been presented on this Cup, which will be connected to the online registration system. During the introductory ceremony the president of ČFT Mr. Tomáš Lehovec has handed over training licences and promoting certificates to master degrees owners (Dan). The fifth Central Bohemian Cup has been followed by an After party in the Pivovarská restaurace (Uhříněves) in style of Saint Martin’s goose and for the public in Sport Bar Rievera, which has been a tradition in the past several years.

NOTICE: Organisator is member of highest Czech sport authority “ Czech Union of sports “ as is requested by ITF and AETF rules.

On behalf of organising committee
Int.instr.Vladimír Machota 6. Degree
Senior vicepresident of CTF

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 04/Dic/2014, 20:37
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The ITA Irish Cup took place on the 29th & 30th of November in the UL Arena at the University of Limerick. The event was attended by 623 competitors from Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and England. 

The Saturday was made up of those aged 14 & older both colour belt & blackbelt competing in patterns, sparring, special technique & power-breaking. There were many World & European champions & medallists, both Junior & Senior on display including in the senior -70kg sparring section where current senior European Champion Adam Shelley fought Killester club mate & current Junior European champion Colm Carroll in the final, with Shelley taking Gold. While in the -78kg final two experienced competitors did battle with Stephen Smullen taking victory over John Moffitt.In the -85kg section European Champion Tim Kool from the Netherlands, who brought his team to compete in Ireland, took Gold. Sarah Lehane took Gold in female -68kg sparring, where Sarah Barry & Katie Moriarty took Silver and Bronze respectively. In Patterns Philip McAuliffe of Cork ITA took Gold in the senior 2nd Dan section after a final match versus Eddie Dillon. 

The best junior female award was shared by Ellen Ince or Killester & Maeve Magee of Integrity Martial arts who had an even share of points, while Alex Plamadeala of Blanchardstown TKD won best junior male with an impressive haul of 4 Gold medals (Patterns, Sparring, Special technique & Breaking). In the senior categories Silvia Farigu & Daniele Vello from Italy were awarded the best overall female & male awards respectively.

On Sunday, the competitors aged 13 and under competed in Patterns, Sparring & Special Technique. As with all ITA tournaments, the sections were quite large with many medallists having to come through 5 rounds or more to claim a medal. The quality on display was once again very impressive and the juniors got a taste of international competition with many competitors from the Netherlands, England competing

The next ITA tournaments are the Cork Open & Dublin which take place in February & March next year, more information can be found here:

Cork Open
Dublin Open

 ITA facebook page

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 04/Dic/2014, 20:02
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Thursday the 27th of November was an historic day for the Taekwon-Do ITF in Israel, as it has been the first time that a World Cup champion and a representative of the Israel Traditional Taekwon-Do Federation ITF were received by the Minister of Culture and Sport, Limor Livnat.

The meeting was very nice, during the forty minutes reunion, the Minister has shown interest in the achievements of 13 years old athlete Ron Kolsky.

Ron competed in the World Cup in Jamaica in the +60kg sparring category for age 12-14, and achieved first place.

The Minister asked Ron about his training and for his school grades, and Ron’s mother, Dr. Yael Kolsky proudly answered that Ron has an average of 94/100. This detail was very important for the Minister to show that it is possible to be a good Taekwon-Do athlete while maintaining good grades.

Ron’s instructor, Sabum-Nim Leonardo Oros Duek, Secretary General of the Israel Traditional Taekwon-Do ITF, thanked the Minister for the time she had given for this meeting, and told her about a pilot project to start in February, thanks to the Strauss company, with which teens from internees will be recruited and offered to study Taekwon-Do, giving them the possibility to become athletes.

The Minister was gifted with an explanatory booklet of the 12 years in which the Israeli Association is working for the Taekwon-Do ITF in Israel. Sabum-Nim Oros Duek gifted her also with a book of his publishing of the various patterns.

With good sense of humour, the Minister performed a basic ready stance Narani Chunbi Sogi.

This meeting marks a before and after of the history of the Israeli Taekwon-Do, keeping in mind that only six months ago this association was recognized by the Ministry of Sports in Israel.

In the meeting was present the Vice-Director of the Secretary of Sports, Mr. Dudu Malka who congratulated Ron for his achievements.

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 01/Dic/2014, 19:56
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