The ITA Technical Committee (Master Kenneth Wheatley VII Dan, Niall Jones VI Dan and Stephen Ryan VI Dan) conducted a technical seminar in Donnycarney Community Centre, Dublin on Sunday May 18th. The Seminar was hosted by Mr. Fran Plunkett VI Dan and Mrs. Eileen Plunkett IV Dan. 50 ITA members from blue belt to 7th Dan attended the event. Over the course of the seminar the committee covered all 24 patterns in detail, step sparring as well as some fundametal excercises for free sparring. The participants were divided into 3 groups; ble and red belts, 1st to 3rd dans, and 4th to 7th Dans in the second part of the seminar so that the committee could go more in depth on the patterns specific to their grade. It was also a great opportunity for the senior grades who were preparing for promotion at the 92nd IIC the following weekend to get in some final preparation and training. The feedback from the participants was very positive and we look forward to the next ITA technical seminar which takes place in Ennis, Co. Clare on October 19th....Read more
TKD Champions League is an event organized every year by PUMA Club Sibiu, and is dedicated to performance in Taekwon-Do ITF. At this event participants are male Taekwon-Do fighters. Every one of them gains points in sparing, tull, power breaking and special techniques. The best sportsman is the one who gains the higher number of points at all four probes. For the second time, the champion was Tatu Sabin form West Team Oradea who won our consideration and an amount of money.
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On April 5th 2014 was the 11th time our city hosted international championship Best of the Best. This year we had record number of 16 participating clubs from Slovenia, Czech Republic and Slovakia. 150 participants measured their power in 83 categories of patterns, special techniques, power breaking, self defense and matsogi. Also this year were present classic categories of Best of the Best in patterns without technical difference and matsogi without weight difference. In category of Best of the Best matsogi won Michal Machota. In category Best of the Best matsogi women won Veronika Balažováform Slovakia, who also won Best of the Best category in patterns. For the first time in 11 years of Best of the Best were introduced professional match Master league between champion Milan Zach and champion from Slovakia Marcel Petro. This duel won south Bohemia champion Milan Zach, Master League is sponsored by Hayashi and winners of the category were financially honored.Thanks to support of city Říčany we were able to prepare professional conditions for participants, referees and visitors at new sport centre.
Herby Czech Taekwon-Do Federation and organizing committee, we shall gives many thanks to our sponsors and partners, representatives of Říčany, middle Bohemia and all participantsof the 11th Best of the Best.
On behalf of Czech Takewon-Do Federation Vladimir Machota
Senior vice president
Over the weekends of March 8th/9th and May 10th/11th a Level 1 (Assistant) coaching course was run in Blanchardstown Taekwon-Do Club under the auspices of the Taekwon-Do Advisory Board and the Irish Martial Arts Commission. 14 ITA coaches attended with 10 completing all of the course requirements and assessments.
The Level 1 coaching certificate is the minimum qualification required of instructors by the Irish Martial Arts Commission before an individual can be the lead instructor in a Taekwon-Do Club, and is accredited by Coaching Ireland and the Irish Sports Council.
Coaches are educated in a range of topics including; Ethics, Pedagogy, Long Term Athlete Development, Mental Fitness, Flexibility, Teaching Skills, Teaching Tactics, Inclusion, Facilitation, Planning and much more. This is achieved through a blend of facilitated coaching and debriefing, distance learning tasks, home study and lectures.
The feedback from the coaches, as always, will be used to improve all future iterations of the course but the highlights included:
"Reflective practice is not something I'd used before following my training sessions, I'll certainly be doing this in future! I didn't realise how much valuable feedback I was missing out on."
"It's only when you go through the process of planning and reviewing a series of sessions that you really realise how much you achieved or failed to achieve. I feel like I'd been working in the dark."
"The tutors managed to balance the coaches varied coaching philosophies (more competitive, more traditional) without imposing their own preferences too much, most of the time ;) When it came down to it though the knowledge and expertise was evident"
The following have successfully completed the course and will be receiving their certificates from Coaching Ireland in the coming days:
Mr Ken Leahy
Mr John Murphy
Mr John Moriarty
Mr Eoin O'Connor
Mr Gerry Mooney
Ms Teresa Keith
Mr Dave Lynch
Mr Eddie Dillon
Mr Rodney Connolly
Mr Paul Shannon
Our thanks to Mr Gerry O'Rourke, Blanchardstown Taekwon-Do Club for the use of their venue and the support of their young athletes during the practical assessments.
Photos of the course: https://picasaweb.google.com/IrishTKD/Level1CoachingCourse2014...Read more
On Saturday, May 17th, 2014, the City of the Eternal Spring, Cidra, Puerto Rico, was the meeting point for the 3rd Technical Workshop conducted by Master Ruben Suarez, VIII Dan. This workshop was organized by the Asociación Nacional de Taekwon-Do de Puerto Rico, and had a participation of 100, including 15 international instructors.
The workshop with Master Suarez was described as a total success, since as usual exceeded the expectations from all the participants. We want to congratulate all the participants who joined us in this event. Then, on Sunday, May 18th, 2014, Master Suarez conducted a special training for black belts Instructors covering technical aspects of black belts patterns. At the end of the training, he presided over a black belt testing for 5th Dan to Mr. Saul Pacheco.
A lot has been said about the loyalty from the student to the Master, but very little has been said about the loyalty from the Master to the student. His knowledge, technical level, and human quality, make him the loyal master, which inspires you, motivates you and teaches you without any reservations.
We want to thank Master Suarez for his commitment in helping with the development of Taekwon-Do in Puerto Rico. We are very honored to have him so close and we want to thank him for the invaluable commitment to Taekwon-Do in Puerto Rico.
L. Gato-Gato, President
Asociación Nacional de Taekwon-Do Puerto Rico...Read more