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The 2014 ITA Dublin Open took place in the National Basketball Arena, Dublin on the weekend of the 5th & 6th of April. The tournament was made up of 621 competitors from Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Canada, Czech Republic and Italy. The tournament began on Saturday with competitors aged 14 – 17 and seniors competing across 6 rings in patterns, sparring, special technique and power-test. There was very high standard on the floor with many World & European champions and established competitors including Hong Looi, Louise McCagh, Luke Woods, Stephen Ryan, Gilles Brown & Dylan Fitzgibbon.  

The competition was run in a very professional manner, at the start of the day each competitor received a sticker with their competition category, ring & start time, each ring was run with the electronic scoring system, increasing the efficiency of the event and making it more exciting for spectators. The sparring sections where run on a pool & requalification system, meaning each competitor had a number of rounds, after they were eliminated from the main draw they entered another draw where they competed for bronze. The standard of competition was very high, with many top level athletes taking part in each division, it made for an excellent tournament that was very entertaining for spectators and all involved. The best overall blackbelt competitor awards were awarded to:

     Best Overall Senior Male: Eddie Dillon
     Best Overall Senior Female: Not Awarded (as many competitors tied)
     Best Cadet Male: Michael McRoberts, Scotland
     Best Cadet Females: Anne-Marie Torsney and Marthe Klungerbo

Sunday was the day for competitors aged 13 & younger. As always there was a very high standard on the floor in the patterns, sparring & special technique sections. The competition was run across 8 rings with over 60 umpires & officials in attendance. There were fantastic performances on the day from many competitors including Leah Ring, Isabel Lehane, Fionn Hagon, Finn Martin, Eve Ince & Cian Ince who all took 2 Gold medals from the event.

The 2014 Dublin was the largest to date, with the most international competitors in attendance. Gratitude must be expressed to the ITA tournament committee of Mrs Laura Ryan, Mr Mark Buckley, Master Pat Barry, Mr Stephen Ryan & event organiser Mr Stephen Cooley for their work in the lead up to the tournament and over the weekend of the Dublin Open. We would also like to thank our international friends for helping to make it such a great tournament and we look forward to welcoming you all back to Ireland in the near future.  The next ITA tournament is the 15th Irish Cup which takes place in the University of Limerick on the 15th & 16th of November (Information can be found here).


Top Ten Teams at the ITA Dublin Open 2014

Club

Points

1

IMMA

97

2

Newlands TKD

73

3

Blanchardstown TKD

67

4

NTN Team Central Norway

64

5

Cork ITA

56

6

TKD Club Brno ITF

50

7

NTN Team East Norway

47

8

Killester

41

9

Quin TKD

31

10

Cork Taekwon-Do

28 

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Full Results

Report by Mr. Carl Smullen, IV Dan, ITA PR Officer.

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 08/Abr/2014, 12:15
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Dear Masters, Instructors, Competitors and Friends,

Hereby we would like to invite you for participation in the fourth edition of the "Open Dutch” Championships 2015. This year the same location for the tournament, also this year into 2 hall's! Last year we had 750 competitors from 18 different country's.

(See the A.E.T.F. report: http://www.itfeurope.org/NL2014-01-19.html )

The competition will be held on 18th of January 2015 in sports hall "Naestebest" in Best, the Netherlands. 

The tournament is open for kids, juniors and seniors, who will have the chance to compete in patterns and sparring and high jump only for B-class.

In 2014 we has from competitors from the following country's: Germany, Belgium, England, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Scotland, Spain, Slovenia, Uzbekistan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Canada, France, Wales, Finland, Portugal, Norway and the Netherlands. We got a special guest in the person of Grandmaster WimBos from Italy who will also be present at the tournament.

Deadline for sending the entry forms is on Sunday the 8th of January 2015.

For all info you can look at the website follow this link: www.open-dutch.nl.  (updated soon!)

Looking forward to seeing you in the Netherlands!

Master Willy van de Mortel


Organizer "Open Dutch Championships"

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Lisa Dennis, ITF World Champion, has achieved a New Guinness World Record, for breaking an amazing 1,000 roof tiles in 84 seconds. Congratulations Lisa from all your ITF friends and colleagues for this inspirational achievement. 

Watch the BBC report here: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-26798506 

Watch the Youtube documentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyvzgNIqKkk 

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AXA ITF TaeKwon-Do, Anguilla, recently hosted Master Ruben Suarez who conducted a Training Seminar and Promotion testing. The Seminar was held on Friday 14thand Saturday 15thMarch and covered all aspects of ITF TaeKwon-Do. Also present for the Seminar was Michel Wouterse from St. Maarten who was promoted to 1stDegree Black Belt just one week prior, by Mr. Gregory A. Permuy.

On Sunday 16th March, Master Suarez conducted an exam for AXA ITF TaeKwon-Do’s Instructors where Assistant Instructor Mr G. Vidal Permuy was promoted to 3rdDan and Chief Instructor Mr Gregory A. Permuy was promoted to 5thDan. This Promotion Exam began at 10am and covered all aspects of ITF TaeKwon-Do before successfully concluding at 3:30pm. 

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The 33rd term of Afghanistan ITF Taekwon-Do Senior and Junior National championship was held at Kabul city Olympic on the 25th-26th of March 2014. There was 130 participants at this championship from several provinces of Afghanistan. This championship was at two parts 1-Sparing 2- Pattern. The supporter of this championship Was the NOC of Afghanistan and ITF Taekwon-Do Federation of Afghanistan.

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Date: 27/Mar/2014, 12:53
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