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ITA Cork Open 2016 - Deadline Approaching

ITA Cork Open 2016 - Deadline Approaching


Dear Masters, Instructor/Coaches,

We have the pleasure of inviting you, on behalf of the Irish Taekwon-Do Association, to the ITA Cork Open Championships, which will be held in Neptune Stadium, Cork, on the weekend of the 13th and of 14th of February 2016. This competition will include pattern and sparring for all grades, special technique for all blue belts and above from aged 11 upward and power test for black belts. Saturday 13th February is for all black belts (All ages: Please see amended categories for junior and cadet black belts in the information below) cadet (14 -17 years), senior (18 to 34 years) aCork OPs well as veteran (35 years+) categories and is open to yellow belts and above. The divisions for veterans will be decided based on entries received, those 35 years and older may choose to enter the senior or veteran category. Veterans will compete separately for pattern and sparring divisions only.

Sunday 14th February is for the junior colour belt categories and is open to yellow belt to black tag aged 7 to 13yrs. Again please note all black belts have now moved to Saturday regardless of age.

Please email your entries to no later than Saturday, the 6th of February. Please note that this is a pre-registration only event. No club entries will be accepted after the 6th of February. All entries should be made using the ITA Cork Open 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.


Sparring for Cadet and Senior Black Belts will be run using a pool & requalification system, guaranteeing more bouts for all competitors in those categories.


First, second and joint third place in each section shall receive an award, except for black belt categories of 4 competitors where there will be a 3rd place playoff. Additionally all juniors up to 10 years to green tag who are not placed will receive a commemorative medal.


This event is open to all Taekwon-Do Associations.


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


Looking forward to seeing you at this event,

Mr. Mark Buckley VI Dan                    Mr. Stephen Ryan VI Dan

ITA Tournament Director                    ITA Tournament Coordinator


On behalf of the ITA Tournament & Umpire Committee


Individual Entry (for use in club) (Updated)

CLUB ENTRY FORM (Updated Jan 26th)

Stephen Ryan


Euros - Umpire Applications

Euros - Umpire Applications

Those wishing to apply to umpire at the Euros in Finland please see info below and email Mr Ryan at for the application form.


AETF HQ would like to ask the AETF Member Countries to complete and to send the country application of Umpires wishing to referee during the upcoming 31st Senior and 22nd Junior European Taekwon-Do Championships held on 28th April to 1st May, 2016 in TampereFinland.


We ask the National Associations in Europe to select the umpires, to complete the application and to send it attaching also a current photography (passport size, min. 300 dpi) before or on 14th February 2016 to Mr. Attila Solti - Member of the AETF T&U Committee at the following (and a copy to the AETF HQ (


By February 28th 2016, the AETF T&U Committee will select 50 umpires from those who will apply. The selected umpires will have covered the accommodation and board and will receive salary for their work at the Euros 2016 from AETF.

All Umpires who will not be chosen by the Committee will be able to come to Finland and to help at the Euros if they wish, but at their own or their association’s expenses and will not receive salary for their work from AETF.


Below you can read the excerpt from the invitation referring to the umpires at Euros 2016.

“• Umpires must arrive before or on Wednesday 27th of April 2016 before 13.00 and depart on Monday 2nd of May, 2016.

• ITF Taekwon-Do Finland will pay a 6 days/5 nights hotel accommodation including full board (beverages not included) from Wednesday 27th of April to Monday 2nd of May 2016 for a maximum of 50 umpires.

• Umpires will be accommodated in twin/double (2 persons) rooms.

• Umpires wishing to share a room with another person than the one assigned by the organizer (example spouse), will be required to pay 63 € (economy), 75 € (half board) OR 94 € (full board) in accordance with the VIP accommodation pricing.

• Umpires wishing a single room shall pay 40 € per person per day.

• Umpires not selected, but wishing to participate and approved by the AETF Tournament & Umpire Committee, must cover their hotel accommodation according to above mentioned arrangements and will not receive any expense reimbursement by the AETF.

• Umpires must attend the Umpire meeting on Wednesday 27th of April, 2016 from 15.00 – 17.30 in the Hakametsä Stadium.


• Umpires not present at the above mentioned umpire meeting shall be removed from the umpire list and shall pay their own accommodation expenses.”

Stephen Ryan


National Team Training Jan 31st

National Team Training Jan 31st

National Team Training Schedule January 31st 2016

Venue; North Mon AG, Cork

09:30 - Arrival, registration and payments. Lay mats. Warm up for pattern.
10.00 - Patterns (individual patterns & group practice)
11.30 - Patterns - focusing on team units. Those not involved in team pattern selections continue with individual pattern work.
13:00 - Lunch and coaches meeting
13.30 - Special technique warm up, physical evaluation, conditioning 
14.00 - Special technique 
14:45 - Begin power test. Those still involved in special can join in as they finish 
15:45 - Discussion & feedback - finish of session

Stephen Ryan


ITA Annual General Meeting 2016

ITA Annual General Meeting 2016

The Annual General Meeting of the Irish Taekwon-Do Association took place in the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Co. Tipperary on Sunday 17th January. The AGM opened with a review of 2015, a very successful year on all fronts for Irish Taekwon-Do. Among the topics discussed on the day were the ITA's hosting of an ITF international umpire course in 2016 and the ITF World Championship in 2017.

Carl Smullen


New Committees Appointed

New Committees Appointed

The ITA Board are happy to announce the appointment of two very important new committees for the association.

The Expansion and Merger Committee will comprise: Mr Mark Buckley VI Dan, Master Paul Delea VII Dan, Master Tim Forde VII Dan, Mr Ken Leahy VI Dan and Mr. Niall Jones VI Dan

The Special Needs & Inclusion committee will comprise; Master Pat Barry VII Dan, Master Tim Forde VII Dan, Mrs. Laura Ryan IV Dan and Mr. Rodney Connolly III Dan.

We are looking forward these two committees having a very active role in our development.

Stephen Ryan


ITF World Championships - Applications Invited for Officer Positions

ITF World Championships - Applications Invited for Officer Positions
The organising committee for the ITF World Championships 2017 would like to invite applications for the following positions. Applications must be sent to with a cover letter and CV outlining your suitability for the role by February 13th 2016. We will arrange a 1 day meeting in the first half of 2016 for all the selected officers to be trained in their roles and to start planning in detail for the 2017 World Championships. Our aim is to make this the best ITF World Championships ever organised, to achieve this goal we need to put a key team in place and we are looking forward to receiving many high quality applications.
  2. Accommodation Officer
  3. Visa officer
  4. Transportation Officer
  5. PRO
  6. Security Officer
  7. Volunteer Officer
  8. TV/Media Officer
  9. Congress Officer
  10. Entertainment Officer
  11. Opening Ceremony Officer
  12. Weight Control Officer
  13. Referee/Umpire Officer
  14. VIP Officer
  15. Arena Officer

Stephen Ryan