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2015 ITF Ireland Cup

Dear Instructors & Competitors,

On behalf of the R.I.T.A Tournament Committee, I would like to invite you to the ITF Ireland Cup 2015 to be hosted in the Tallaght Leisure Centre, Fortunestown way, Tallaght, Dublin 24 on what will be the 60th Anniversary of the naming of Taekwon-Do by our founder Gen. Choi Hong Hi.

The individual’s event will include:

  • Patterns and Sparring for all Junior, Senior and Veteran competitors
  • Special Technique will only be open for all Junior and Senior competitors
  • Power will only be open for Senior and Veteran competitors.

Please note that this is a pre-register only event. All entries should be made using the online ITF Ireland Cup 2015 Google Application Form (Link available on here) no later than Friday 3rd of April 2015. Please remember that accurate information is the responsibility of the instructor, any errors cannot be amended on the day.

If you have any questions in relation to this event, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Further details of the event are available belowin the Information Pack.
Look forward to seeing you at the event.
RITA Tournament Committee

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ITF and WTF sign a Historic Agreement

The ITF and WTF have signed a historic argeement which is great news for our international competitors. As NGB for the ITF in Ireland we can now look forward to exciting developments including the chance of Olympic qualifying for our members and participation at WTF international competitions. With our WTF friends now being able to take part in ITF World and European events there will be even greater competition for places so start training harder! To read a copy of the agreement click HERE

Dear all ITF NGBs,
Dear friends and colleagues,

I herewith send to your address the whole integral part of Protocol of Accord in its original version bilaterally signed by WTF President and ITF President and vice-versa, in Nanjing, China on 21st August 2014 under the presence of Dr. Thomas Bach, IOC President.
Words and expressions are lacking to interpret the historical significance of this monumental achievement. As first step taken, many tasks are ahead urging all of us to be more dynamic in our commitment, incarnation of 5 tenets of Taekwon-Do.

With best regards, I remain
Sincerely yours

Professor. Kim Sung Hwan
ITF Secretary General (EB Member)
Draugasse 3
1210 Vienna, Austria
Mobile:+43 699 112 243 33
Tel:        +43 1 292 84 67
Fax:       +43 1 292 55 09

2 Golds, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze at the 2014 Euros

Congratulations to the Irish representatives at the EITF European Championships on winning 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze. The team consisted of Umpires Senior Master Francis Barrett, Master Robert Howard and Master Floyd Keane, Competitors Mr Leon McSherry and Ms Patrice Conaty, and National Coach Master Stephen Doyle. They travelled to the Belarusian capital of Minsk to participate at the 29th Adult, 20th Junior, 6th Veteran & 4th Childrens European Taekwon-Do ITF Championships from 7th - 14th April. 525 competitors and 39 teams from 25 countries took part in a festival of Taekwon-Do.

Ms Patrice Conaty added to her previous Veteran World and European titles with Gold in Female 2nd Dan Patterns, Gold in -75kg Sparring and Silver in the Mix Self Degence routine (along with Master Doyle and Mr McSherry). Mr Leon McSherry won bronze in the Adult Male 4th Dan Patterns. Our Umpires were hard at work with Senior Master Barrett selected as Jury President while Master Robert Howard and Master Floyd Keane both were selected to be centre referees in many of the sparring finals including the Team events. Videos and photos from the event can been seen over on our Facebook page

Next years championships will take place in the south of Italy in May while Greece was selected to host the 2016 event.

ITF Ireland Selection for 2015 European Championships & Worlds


This is what the World Taekwon-Do Championships looks like. Top quality competitors, exceptional athletes. If any Taekwon-Do black belts wants to know if they really are the best in the world then they should start training now for the ITF World Championships in Bulgaria 2015. If you want to pit your skills against the best in the world from Korea, Russia, Ukranie, Bulgaria, Japan and more then you should be attending Squad training to show what you have.


Silver Medal for Mr Fox at the Euros


Congratulations to Mr Adam Fox on winning Silver in the Power event at the recent European Championships in Slovenia. The Power section was the last event of the week to take place and Mr Fox being third to attempt to qualify had an agonising wait watching the rest of the field try to beat his score. Only the Greek contestant was able to beat it by one point giving him the Gold while Norway finished one point behind to claim Bronze. This is Mr Fox's second time winning a medal in Power at the Europeans as he also won Silver in 2001 in Spain.

Ireland only other competitor Mr Leon McSherry lost out in the quarter finals 3-1-1 to the eventual Gold medalist from Russia in the IV Dan patterns.

Our three selected Umpires also had a good championships with Senior Master Barrett being selected as Jury president and Master Howard and Mr Keane selected to be centre referee for many of the top matches. In particular Mr Keane had the honour of being selected for both the adult male and female team finals.

Success at the World Championships for the Irish

The 10th Junior & 5th Veteran ITF Taekwon-do World Championship held in the Estonia Capital Tallinn were highly successful for the Irish contingent. Not only did they win three Gold and three Bronze medals but also Master Valerie Keane received her Certificate at Congress from the ITF President Chang Ung.

The first day saw Ms Audrey Condon from Kilmacow win Gold in the 4th Dan Veteran Silver Class Female Patterns followed by Gold for her student Ms Patrice Conaty in the 1st Dan Veteran Silver Class Female Patterns. Ms Conaty who is also the European Champion beat Argentina and Northern Ireland to face the reigning World Champion from North Korea in the final. Lauren Bradshaw from Red Star was in a tough division of 31 countries for her Junior Female 1st dan Patterns. She beat Mongolia in round 1 and then lost out to Bulgaria.

Day two saw the sparring sections begin. Ms Condon won her second Gold in the -61kg Silver Class Female division. She beat the Argentine competitor with a commanding second round after being behind from round one. Two more bronzes followed with Ms Conaty losing out to England in her semi final and Lauren Bradshaw losing to Bulgaria in the junior division.

Ireland secured their final medal on the evening of day two in the Veteran Female Power division. Both Ms Conaty and Ms Condon made it through the elimination. After the second round England had won the gold but Ms Audrey Condon was tied with Russia and North Korea for Silver or Bronze. Three more rounds of breaking later Russia won Silver leaving Ms Condon against the North Korean for the Bronze medal. One more round of board breaking saw the Korean eventually beaten giving Ms Condon the Bronze medal.

The team including Irelands ITF invited Umpire Master Robert Howard and National Coach Mr Stephen Doyle were greeted by RITA President Grand Master Robert Howard and a cheering crowd at Dublin Airport on their return. The RITA would like to congratulate everyone for their hard work and dedication.

EITF European Championships Success

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Congratulations to the ITF Ireland team who had a successful European Championships in Bulgaria with 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze.

Day one started off with Mr Mark Pollock winning Bronze in the Veteran male 3rd dan patterns followed up with Ms Patrice Conaty winning the Gold in the veteran female 1st dan patterns. There was disappointment for Hannah Eade and Roisin O'Neill who lost out in their quarter finals to the eventual winners in Child red belt and Junior black belt pattern divisions. Kia Conaty-Carley also had a great performance in the Red Belt child patterns.

Day two saw Ms Patrice Conaty winning Silver after losing out in Sudden death golden point in the +75kg Veteran Female Sparring Final to England. Mr Mark Pollock went though to semi finals of veteran +90 sparring after a tough match against Czech Republic. Kia and Hannah had tough starts to their International sparring careers with both getting a Russian in the -165cm female child sparring divisions. The more experience Russians won but both Irish girls showed great potential for the future.

Day three had a great start with Mr Pollock moving into the Final against Serbia after his Bulgarian opponent withdrew. He then went on to win in a hard match with the Serbian. This was quickly followed up by another Gold with Lauren Bradshaw showing great skills to beat her Russian opponent in the Final of the 14-15 Female +70kg Sparring. Lauren had earlier won against Greece and Bulgaria to get to the Final. Unfortunately there were no more medals but some brave performances in sparring from Dylan Russell, Roisin O'Neill, Leon Brennan and Lauren Russell. Great experience for the future.

Ciaran Pollock and Neidin Coulihan were the only Irish competing on Day Four but lost out to very experienced fighters in the 16-17 +75 kg male sparring and -75 Kg Adult Female Sparring respectively. The new exciting team sparring event of "Power Taekwon-Do" was demonstrated with Russia winning the full contact matches against Croatia and Bulgaria.

Day 5 was a great end to the European Championships with Ms Neidin Coulihan winning the Silver in Female power breaking. Earlier in the day Ms Patrice Conaty won Gold in the Mixed Veteran Self Defence Routine with Mr Adam Fox and Mr Mark Pollock. Mr Pollock then won bronze in the Male Veteran Self Defence with Mr Adam Fox, Dylan Russell and Ciaran Pollock.

Full team selection for the European Championships:

Umpires: Senior Master Francis Barrett, Master Robert Howard and Mr Floyd Keane

National Coach Mr Stephen Doyle
RITA Colour Belt Coach: Mr Paul Tobin
RITA Assistant Colour Belt Coach: Mr Adam Fox

Mr Mark Pollock (Stillorgan)
Ms Patrice Conaty (Kilmacow)

Mr Adam Fox (GM Howard)
Ms Nadine Coulihan (Red Star)

Ciaran Pollock (Stillorgan)
Roisin O'Neill (Carrick-on-Suir)
Leon Brennan (Red Star)
Dillon Russell (Red Star)
Lauren Russell (Red Star)
Laura Flynn (Red Star)
Lauren Bradshaw (Red Star)

Kia Conaty-Carley (Kilmacow)
Hannah Eade (Carrick-on-Suir)

ITF Ireland CUP 2012 Results

With over 220 competitors the ITF Ireland Cup was a great success. There were 27 Schools taking part from all over the country making it an enjoyable and competitive event. The RITA would like to thank Mr Donal O' Doherty and the Cork Taekwon-Do School for hosting the event, the Tournament committee for organising it and all the Umpires who made it run smoothly.

The overall Junior award went to Alex Nowak from Grandmaster Howard's Dojang and the Senior winner was Magdalena Michalewska from St. Marks Taekwon-Do School. A full list of results can be found on the RITA Tournaments page.

Keep an eye on the facebook page for Videos and Photos.

10th Junior & 5th Veteran ITF World Championship

Tallinn, Estonia will play host to the 10th Junior & 5th Veteran ITF World Championship from the 20th – 26th of August, 2012. It will take place in the impressive Saku Arena.

Those interested in being selected should contact Mr Doyle. Squad training has already begun and the next trial will be at the ITF Ireland Cup in Cork on the 31st March.

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Well done to everyone who took part in the recent ITF Irish Open. The event attracted competitors from both North and South of the Island and was an enjoyable day for all taking part. The RITA would like to thank Mr Barber and Ms Kendrick for organising the event and also a big thank you to all the Umpires for helping to make the day run smoothly.

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Full results can be seen on the RITA Tournaments page plus there are some videos on the Facebook page.

EITF European Taekwon-Do Championships

Congratulations to the Irish Team who won 2 Gold and 5 Bronze plus the Overall veteran award for Mr Mark Pollock at the European Championships in Tallinn, Estonia. The team also won 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronze at the International Martial Arts Games.

The Irish Umpires of Senior Master Barrett, Master Howard and Mr Floyd Keane worked tirelessly for 5 days and were chosen to be Chief Umpires in all their rings.

Full results: Euros.
Gold in Veteran Silver Class 2nd Dan Patterns -Mark Pollock
Gold in 6th Dan Patterns - Stephen Doyle
Bronze in Veteran Silver Class +90kg Sparring - Mark Pollock
Bronze in Veteran Self Defence - Mark Pollock, Martin Mahoney, Conor Dunne, Tim Collins
Bronze in Veteran Breaking - Mark Pollock
Bronze in +85kg Sparring - Krzysztof Misiewicz
Bronze in Team Sparring

Full results: IMAG.
Gold in 6th Dan Patterns - Stephen Doyle
Gold in Cadet Self Defence- Roisin, O'Neill, Martin Mahoney, Tim Collins
Silver in Cadet 1st Dan Patterns - Roisin O'Neill
Bronze in Cadet -55kg Sparring - Roisin O'Neill
Bronze in +85kg Sparring - Krzysztof Misiewicz
Bronze in -85kg Sparring - Tim Collins
Bronze in Team Sparring

Next up for the Irish Team will be the Adult World Championships in North Korea

2010 ITF Ireland Cup

Students from the RITA, ITA, Red Star and Elite Taekwon-Do Academy competed in the recent ITF Ireland Cup which was hosted by Waterford Taekwon-Do School. Winning the Overall School award was Carrick-on-Suir while the Overall Senior went to Mark Pollock from Old Bawn and the Junior was Oliver Daly from Athlone.

For a full list of winners visit the RITA website. Photos will be online soon.

2010 European Championships

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Congratulations to the ITF Ireland members who won 4 Gold and 2 Bronze at the European Championships. The event took place in Barletta, Italy where 29 countries were represented. Ms Audrey Condon from Kilmacow picked up 3 Gold medals in the Silver Class Female Veteran division winning 3rd Degree Patterns, -61kg Sparring and Mixed Self Defence with Mr Martin Mahoney from Galway and Mr Gerard Byrne from Old Bawn. Also winning Gold was Mr Stephen Doyle in the 6th Degree Patterns. In the Male Silver Class Veteran division Mr Mark Pollock won Bronze in +90kg Sparring and Bronze in Self defence with Mr Doyle, Mr Mahoney and Mr Byrne.

Representing Ireland as Umpires were Senior Master Francis Barrett, 8th Degree, Master Robert Howard, 7th Degree and Mr Floyd Keane 6th Degree,

Next up for the Irish Team is the World Junior and Veteran Championships in Belarus at the end of August and the 4 Nations Challenge in Glasgow on October 16th.

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Revised ITF Tournament Rules

At the recent 19th Congress held in ST. Petersburg, russia on 13th October there have been some amendments to the current ITF Tournament Rules. These include clarification on Team patterns, new scoring and fouls in sparring and changes to the Power and Special technique formats.

Click here to download the full list of changes.

The XVI World Taekwon-do ITF Championships

Congratulations to all the Competitors who performed so well at the World Championships. Unfortunately no medals were won this time but everyone put in good performances against tough opposition. A total of 83 countries took part with DPR Korea dominating the Gold medals once again. There were 3 umpires representing Ireland with Master Howard being chosen to be one of the umpires for the Team finals on the last day.

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The XVI World Taekwon-do ITF Championships

World ChampionshipsThe XVI World Taekwon-do ITF Championships will be held in the city of Saint-Petersburg, Russia on October 12-17, 2009. There will be a Technical, Umpires and Masters Seminars on October 11-13, 2009 before the Championships. The ITF Congress will take place on October 13, 2009.

The Team chosen to represent the Republic of Ireland at the ITF World Championships in Russia are:

Martin Mahoney 2 Dan, Galway
Gerard Byrne 1 Dan, Old Bawn
Conor McCormack 1 Dan, Galway
John Egan 1 Dan, Old Bawn
Joseph Beadle 1 Dan, Master Howard Dojang
Krzyzstof Misiewicz 1 Dan, Galway

Accompanying the team will be:

NGB Officials:
Senior ITF Master Robert J Howard, 8th Degree, NGB President
Senior ITF Master Anthony Phelan, 8th Degree, NGB Vice President
Ms Valerie Keane, 6th Degree, NGB National Secretary

Master Robert G Howard, 7th Degree
Mr Mark O'Donnell, 6th Degree
Ms Deborah Manning, 4th Degree

Mr Stephen Doyle, 6th Degree

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3 Gold and 1 bronze at European Championships
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Congratulations to the Irish competitors who won 3 Gold and a Bronze at the European Championships in Slovenia. Ms Audrey Condon won Gold in the Female Veteran Silver Class -61kg Sparring, Gold in the Female Veteran Silver Class 3rd Dan Patterns and Bronze in the Veteran Female Power. The mix self defence team of Ms Condon, Mr Martin Mahoney and Mr Gerard Byrne also won Gold in their division. The competitors were coached by Mr Stephen Doyle 6th Degree. Senior Master Barrett 8th Degree led the Umpire delegation with Mr John Jacob and Mr Floyd Keane both 6th Degrees.

The RITA would like to announce the formation of a new acting body for the purpose of International Competition for students from ITF Registered Organisations and Schools within Ireland, as recognised by the International Taekwon-Do Federation. Membership is accepted freely for any Irish national body affiliated to the ITF, with Schools / Instructors operating in Ireland.

From 2009 any student who wishes to compete for the ITF Ireland National Team must register first. All forms and documention along with further information will be found on the new ITF Ireland website which will be online soon.

The Constitution was adopted at the 1st Annual General Meeting of ITF Ireland held on Saturday 27th September 2008 at the Lucan Spa Hotel, Dublin. With the first exceutive board comprising of the following members:

President – Senior Master Howard VIII Dan
Chairperson – Senior Master Phelan VIII Dan
Treasurer – Senior Master Phelan VIII Dan
Secretary – Ms Valerie Keane VI Dan
Head Coach – Mr Stephen Doyle VI Dan

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