On Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September took place in the town of La Nucia (Spain) an impressive Sparring seminar with Master Willy van de Mortel. 
It was a success both in participation and in learning and good atmosphere that was experienced during the seminar where the teacher with his teaching methods made ​​it very enjoyable. With his charisma and accessibility to which we are accustomed it was easy to learn the techniques. 
We saw once again the experienced Master, techniques and ways of teaching various forms of sparring, and no need to remember his trajectory in coaching competition in several countries, and is currently coach of Norway and coach of Tomaz Barada. 
At the end of Sunday, the  organizer  Mr. Vicente Ibáñez  gave to Master Willy Van de Mortel a plaque in recognition for his work and friendship of over 25 years, when he taught in Spain.  
We would like to acknowledge the participation of José Ramón Viudes Master, Master Juan Ferrando, Maestro Alberto Gonzalez, International Instructors: José Luis Diego, Alejandro Banega, Andreu Martinez, Paco Ferrando, Carracedo Pastor, Juan Carlos Rocca, Sergio Matias Picallo and Bitca.
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Author: S Ryan
Date: 16/Spt/2014, 13:41
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The FITAE-ITF Veneto Committee took part in the 4th successful edition of Sappada Summer Campus in the North of Italy.

Several FITAE members joined  sure that  they were going to spend a joyful and relaxing week thanks to the activities that make this project special. As usual, a consolidated representation of Tuscany lead by Mrs. Grazia Nenciati and Mr. Graziano Bucci took part in the event.

This project was born in 2011 thanks to Mr. Canteri, Carli and later Mandosio that always believed in its importance. Everyday all the participants could enjoy the mix of trainings and fun activities: morning awakening, kayak, self-defence, excursions and the recreational group works for young and adults in the evening.

Though weather conditions were unfavourable, during the week the enthusiasm in the group, well guided by Mr Carli and Mr. Mandosio, who are the real motor of the event, has gradually grown; half a day in an adventure park for everybody’s joy, a walk along the Auronzo Lake and an Aqua-Gym lesson, conducted by the instructor Umberto Manellino, which was an happy surprise also for the building’s guests, are examples of a week spent surrounded by serenity and friendship.

The main activities were clearly the outdoor athletic trainings and indoor Taekwon-Do technique in the morning, followed by the fights sessions in the afternoon. All the theachers could compare with the others and lead and involve the future champions in their trainings with a great mix of physical activity and smiles.

According to tradition the conclusion of this experience was the lunch in a local refuge which is well-known for its tasty and large meals.

So ….. a smile for everyone and a great experience which has already collected a lot of confirmations for the next summer.

We hope a lot of new partipants  will consider this venture as a possibility to grow in full respect, cordiality and collaboration.

See you next Summer 2015 in Sappada!


Have a look at our pictures!

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 15/Spt/2014, 13:40
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There were 137 participants on the ITA Summer camp this year. The main camp organisers were Mr. Mark Buckley VI Dan and Mr Stephen Ryan VI Dan. The camp was divided into 3 groups; black belts aged 13 and above (with over 70 in the group from 1st to 7th degree and with several of ITA’s masters actively training on the camp), colour belts aged 13+ and children aged 10 to 12. Each group had three training sessions per day, with the opportunity for individual and small group consultations each evening. In their off time participants could make use of the swimming pool and sports facilities or just relax. The classes were conducted by some of ITA's most senior instructors and focusing on all aspects of Taekwon-Do; some of the ITA instructors were: Master Wheatley, Mr Stephen Cooley, Mr Stephen Smullen, Mr Adrian Byrne, Mr Niall Jones, Mr Stephen Ryan, Ms Anne-Marie Kinsella, Ms Laura Ryan, Mr Stephen Ryan, Mr Mark Buckley, Mr Luke Laffan. This was the second year we have invited a special guest (last year was Sabum Stephen Tapilatu) and this year was Sabum Tomaz Barada. Mr Barada conducted 2 classes with the black belts each day, 2 classes with the colours belts aged 13+ and one class with the kids group each day. Therefore all groups really had the opportunity to to progress under several hours of tuition form one of the leading coaches in ITF. Mr Barada often let the classes run over time so that he could spend more time with the groups to impart his knowledge. The feedback from all participants was excellent and everyone was really happy with all classes. Next year we will be inviting another well known ITF instructor/master as our special guest and details will be announced soon on For some photos and video clips of Mr Barada in action visit the ITA facebook page: “

The following video was shot on the kid’s group, on a training conducted by Mr Barada:

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 11/Spt/2014, 19:24
End date11/Spt/2014, 19:24
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Dear Respected GMs, Masters, Instructors & Students:

The Original Taekwon-do Federation of America [OTFA] and I cordially invite you to the 2014 OTFA OPEN Taekwon-do Tournament on Saturday, October 4, 2014 to be held at the DURANGO HILLS YMCA located at 3521 N. Durango Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89129.

This second annual competition is open to all ITF style schools and practitioners regardless of affiliation. It is the hope of the OTFA to build this event into one of the largest ITF competitions on the West Coast, as well as a venue to bring together all ITF practitioners in the spirit of Taekwon-do.

The event contact and Tournament Director will be Master Cody Springsguth. If you have any questions or concerns, he can be reached at or (619) 993-5425.

For your convenience, we have implemented an online registration and payment page, which can be accessed at• All tournament Rules & Scoring Procedures can also be accessed on this page.

All competitors that register by September 27, 2014 will receive a free 2014 OTFA OPEN T-shirt.


We have secured the beautifulMONTE CARLO LAS VEGAS RESORT & CASINOlocated at 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109 for those that need a hotel or would like to stay to enjoy Las Vegas after the competition at a special rate of $145.00 + taxes per night.

Rooms can be booked online at or by calling (866) 562-3472 using the Promo Code:GOTTAto receive the special rate. Rooms must be booked by 9/22/14 to receive this special rate.

Your participation in this event continues to support the worldwide effort to keep alive the legacy of General Choi Hong Hi, the Founder of TKD.

Yours in Taekwon-do,

Master Vincent A. Affatigato

OTFA President 


Invitation and information

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 08/Spt/2014, 19:09
End date08/Spt/2014, 19:09
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ITA have the pleasure of inviting you to the ITA Irish Cup Championships, which will be held in The UL Sports Arena, University of Limerick, on the weekend of the 29th and 30th November 2014. This competition will include pattern and sparring for all grades, special technique for all blue belt and above from aged 11 upward and power test for black belts. Saturday 29th November is for the cadet and senior categories and is open to yellow belts and above aged 14 and over. Sunday 30th November is for the junior categories and is open to yellow belts and above aged 7 to 13yrs.

Please email your entries to no later than Saturday, the 22nd of November. Please note that this is a pre-registration only event. No club entries will be accepted after 22nd of November. All entries should be made using the ITA Irish Cup excel spreadsheet. Entries will be confirmed by return of email (within 24 hours). If you have not received a confirmation email, your entries have not yet been received. Completed hardcopy forms should be brought on the day of the event. Please remember that accurate information is the responsibility of the instructor and any errors, which require correction on the day, will incur a fine as detailed below. 

Sparring for Cadet and Senior Black Belts will be run using a pool & requalification system, guaranteeing more bouts for all competitors in those categories. This event is open to all Taekwon-Do Associations.

If you have any questions about this event please email me at the above address.

Looking forward to seeing you at this event,

Mr. Mark Buckley VI Dan       

ITA Tournament Director

Invite and Info Pack

Individual Entry (to be used by instructor in club)

Club entry (to be sent to by 22nd November)

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 07/Spt/2014, 17:03
End date07/Spt/2014, 17:03
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