Mr. Brian Coughlan VI Dan

Mr. Brian Coughlan (V) commenced his Taekwon-Do training in 1993 & trained under the instruction of Mr. Kevin Kinsella (V). The majority of Mr. Coughlans gradings were under the supervision of Master Kenneth Wheatley (VII) Mr. Coughlan has completed many ITF International Instructor Training courses over the years including one memorable one with General Choi in Ireland in 1999 and also one with GM Rhee Ki Ha.

 Mr. Coughlan opened his first school in 2000 in Ballyea and continued teaching there until he handed it over to Mr. Rigney (V) in 2008. He took over the running of Barefield TaeKwon-Do School in 2003 and continues to teach there.

 Mr. Coughlan has previously held coaching positions in the former A.I.T.A and also has been a past member of the Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Examiners panel for the ITA and is one of the main examiners in the Clare region. Mr. Coughlan is a certified International Instructor & an International Class “A” Umpire. He is also 1st Aid qualified and is a Level 1 NCDP qualified Coach through the Irish Sports Council. Barefield TaeKwon-Do is also a recognized member of IMAC (Irish Martial Arts Commission) 

2009

Promoted to V Dan Black belt by ITF technical committee, GM Marano IX, GM Trajtenberg IX, Master Bos VIII

2009

Attended IIC under ITF technical committee in Benidorm, Spain

2008

Completed International Instructors Course under ITF Technical Committee - Master Marano, Master Trajtenberg and Master Bos, Dublin Ireland

2008

Completed ITF International Umpire Course under Master Katz VII, Master van de Heuvel VII and Mr. Otteson VI, in Cologne, Germany

2007

Certified as ITF International Umpire Class A

2007

Completed NCDP Level 1 coaching course, recognised by the Irish Sports Council

2006

Became member of ITA Examiners Panel & Technical Instruction Committee as well as the Midwest TaeKwon-Do regional testing panel

2006

Certified as ITF International Instructor

2006

Completed Umpire Course & Seminar, Dublin - Master Wim Bos VIII Dan

2006

Promoted to IV Dan Black Belt

2006

Completed International Instructor Training Course (England) under Master Hector Marano VIII Dan, Master Pablo Trajtenberg VIII Dan, Master Wim Bos VIII Dan, Master Tran Trieu Quan VIII Dan, ITF President

2005

Completed International Instructor training course under Master Hector Marano VIII Dan, Master Pablo Trajtenberg VIII Dan, Master Wim Boss VIII Dan, Master Tran Trieu Quan VIII Dan, ITF president, in Dublin

2005

Certified as ITF Umpire Class "B"

2004

Completed ITF International Instructor Training course in Rimini, Italy

2003

AITA South Eastern Championships - 1st place Pattern and 2nd place Sparring

2003

Promoted to III Dan Black Belt ITF

2003

Became Instructor of Barefield Taekwon-Do School

2002

AITA National Championships - 2nd place Pattern and 2nd place Sparring

2002

Galway Open ITF Championships - 1st place Sparring

2002

Inter Martial Arts Tournament, Clare - 2nd place Sparring

2002

RITA South Eastern Championships - 2nd place Sparring

2002

Completed International Instructor Training Course under Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha IX Dan in Dublin, Ireland

2001

Promoted to II DAN Black Belt ITF

2001

Opened Ballyea School of Taekwon-Do in Clare

2001

Elected AITA National Coach

1999

Completed International Instructor Training Course under General Choi Hong Hi in Dublin, Ireland

1999

Promoted to I Dan Black Belt ITF

1997

Cork Open Taekwon-Do Championships - 3rd place Sparring

1997

Munster Open Martial Arts Tournament - 3rd place Sparring

1995

Cork Open Taekwon-Do Championships - 1st place Sparring

1995

Open Taekwon-Do Championships, Baldoyle - 2nd place Sparring

1994

Received the Tralee Institute of Technology Martial Arts Student of the Year Award for commitment and training

1993

Commenced training