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National Championships 2018

National Championships 2018

Dear Masters, Instructors/Coaches,

We have the pleasure of inviting you, on behalf of the Irish Taekwon-Do Association, to the ITA National Championships “Irish Cup”, which will be held in UL Sport Arena, Limerick, on the weekend of the 10th and 11th of November 2018. 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 10th November is for all black belts as well as colour belts of cadet (14 -17 years), senior (18 to 34 years) as well as veteran (35 years+) categories and is open to yellow belts and above. Those 35 years and older may choose to enter the senior or veteran category. Veterans will compete separately for pattern and sparring divisions only (please make sure to email the weights of your veterans that are sparring in case we need to split categories). The 15 and under black belt division is designed as a developmental division for younger black belts not yet ready to make the step up to a more elite level. Please note those aged 14 and above wishing to be considered for the national team should compete in the 15 to 17 years black belt divisions. Please note that the weigh in will close at 10am.

Sunday 11th November is for the junior colour belt categories and is open to yellow belt to black tag aged 7 to 13yrs. Please note that the height check for those not doing patterns will close at 11am.

Please email your entries to no later than Saturday the 3rd of November. Please note that this is a pre-registration only event. No club entries will be accepted after the 3rd of November. All entries should be made using the ITA National Championships “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. When submitting your competitor entries you must also send your umpire and coach list or the form will be returned to you as incomplete.


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.


Looking forward to seeing you at this event,

Master Mark Buckley VII Dan                 Mr. Stephen Ryan VI Dan

ITA Tournament Director                    ITA Tournament Coordinator

On behalf of the ITA Tournament & Umpire Committee

Invitation & Information

Registration form (to be emailed to by November 3rd)

Individual form (to be used in clubs to gather competitors info)

Stephen Ryan


ITA Continues to Grow

ITA Continues to Grow

The ITA is continuing to grow in a sustainable way, with now over 100 clubs across the country as we expand into new areas all the time. The ITA board, in accordance with our constitution and bylaws approves new clubs opening internally where instructors have an ITF black belt, ITF plaque, have completed the ITF Taekwon-Do specific level 1 coaching course, have an up to date 1st aid certificate and a child safe guarding course and are a member in good standing. Those joining from outside the ITA must meet the same requirements however they have a probationary period under which to do so and are assigned a mentor to work with them. 

With continued growth we do from time to time, lose some people along the way. Not everyone shares our vision of being the standard setter in terms of instructor qualifications in line with best practice and government policy, not everyone wishes to follow a model with structure, democratic and transparent procedures, annual elections of the board & committees, a clearly defined constitution, minimum ages for black belt, national black belt tests, a qualification system for national team, coach education courses and other instructor requirements & responsibilities, training for umpires, technical seminars, ITA national championships with over 800 competitors, IMAC membership etc.

In fact, some may be intimidated about being in ITA, or becoming irrelevent in a large organisation. We do not expect people to meet our requirements overnight, however, we can guarantee that those who choose to be part of our Taekwon-Do family will be welcomed, given opportunity to grow, learn, evolve and improve whatever their pathway may be; as a student, an athlete, an instructor, umpire or master. Those who are active and ambitious also have the opportunity to be elected to committee and board level and give back to improving the association and ITF Taekwon-Do in this country. 

Our vision is for the long term, we produce and welcome instructors who share our vision and want to be the best they can be. We work with those coming from the outside to help them integrate and meet the requirements & standards in place. It is by no coincidence, that we have become the largest and most successful Taekwon-Do organisation in Ireland. For those with a shorter-term vision, we wish them well on their journey; our door remains open as we continue on our path in the pursuit of excellence and the development of ITF Taekwon-Do in Ireland. 

To apply to open an ITA club or enquire about joining with your school, email our Secretary General at  for advice in confidence.

See the ITA Club Directory here

See the ITA Instructor list here

Stephen Ryan


National Team Selections WC 2019

National Team Selections WC 2019

Dear Instructor,

At the following link you will find all the information pertaining to the selection process for the World Championships & Euros 2019; 
Please note that the deadline for expression of interest in selection for WC 2019 is September 14th. National Coaches need to be aware of the pool of people they are selecting from so please write to by this deadline with list of those going forward from your club and for what divisions they would like to be considered. 

Stephen Ryan


Venue Change - Instructor Day - Promo Video Filming

Venue Change - Instructor Day - Promo Video Filming
Please note the venue for this event has been changed to -  Shannon TKD Club, Unit M1A Smithstown Industrial Estate, Shannon, Co. Clare
At the upcoming instructors day on August 19th we have arranged for a professional video crew to film clips for an ITA Promo Video. This video will be an ITA branded video to promote our organisation to be used by all clubs but we will also be able to brand the video to include your own specific club info for each ITA instructor. We are calling on as many ITA instructors as possible to attend please. 
Reminder of Info for Instructors Day already sent on June 19th:
All ITA Instructors are invited to an Instructors Training Day, on Sunday August 19th. This will a good opportunity for our instructors to get together in Dobok for some informal training and also to socialise and network ahead of the new training season. 


There is no cost for the event

The training will be from 10am to 4pm

Stephen Ryan


1st ITF Coaches' Conference

1st ITF Coaches

The 1st ITF International Coaches' Conference, will take place in the University of Limerick Ireland from June 28th to 30th 2019.

This event will bring together well known expert coaches and competitors from within ITF as presenters as well as experts from other relevant Sports fields including Olympic level coaches and University Professors (the full list of names to be announced very soon).

This event will give ITF coaches, instructors and athletes the opportunity to come together to further their eduction in areas such as; Sports Psychology, Plyometrics training, Nutrition, Biomechanics, Performance Planning, Specific training methods to prepare athletes at elite level in Sparring, Patterns, Special Technique & Power Breaking, ITF competition rules, developing a community of coaches, the future of ITF competition, Inclusion of those with Special Needs in ITF etc.

This event is the first of its kind for ITF and will give you a unique opportunity to openly discuss and share ideas while furthering your learning. It will also be a great opportunity to network and socialise with your peers in ITF.

Learn, Share, Discuss, Enjoy!

More information coming soon here;…/1st-itf-international-coache…/

Kind Regards,

Organising Committee

Grandmaster Willem Jacob Bos, ITF Director

Adrian Byrne, Irish Taekwon-Do Association

Stephen Ryan, Irish Taekwon-Do Association

Stephen Ryan


ITA Summer Camp 2018 - TIMETABLE

ITA Summer Camp 2018 - TIMETABLE



Info Pack

Any cancellations need to be notified to today as all booked places will be charged in full. The Timetable will be published in the next couple of days. Only those staying on campus may access the canteen food, non residents training on camp must bring their own food and drinks. More info in the invite

The 2018 ITA Summer Camp will take place in Villers School, Limerick, from July 13th to 16th. The camp cost is 155 Euro for all training, accommodation and meals. See the info pack below for more info. Limited spaces, email to register now. 

The TKD Summer Camp covers all aspects of Taekwon-Do training such as sparring, patterns, self-defence, team pattern, physical conditioning etc. It is also a great social occasion and students always make great friends from all over the country.

Special Guest:

This year’s Special Guest Instructor is Master Brahim Triqui, 7th Dan from Germany. He has been national coach in Germany since 1987 and has trained multiple European & World Champions. He will also be accompanied by 3 of his top students, Al Amin Rmadan, Colin Adolfs & Anis Triqui (All European & World Medalists) who will be training on the camp.

As always we will have several ITA instructors training & teaching on the camp

Please note this camp will fill fast, there is limited capacity on site and we will take all registrations on a first come, first served basis. 

Invite and Info Pack

Application form (for use within club)

Club registration form (to be sent to 

Stephen Ryan