Master Tim Forde VII Dan


7th Degree Master, Bachelor of Business Studies, IITD Trainer, Level 1 Coach, Class 'A' Umpire, Occupational First Aid Certified, IOSH Managing Safely Certified, Child Protection Certified, Garda Vetted.

 Position in Organisation: 

Chair of Business Development Committee

 Previous roles:

Secretary General 1987-97, IMAC Representative.

 Contribution to Organisation:

Organised on behalf of the Board, the 'Business & Technical Seminar' presented by Master Per Andresen, 8th Degree. With over 50 attendees, some travelling in from abroad. Member of the Organising Committee responsible for the 'International Umpire Course' held in University Limerick, Ireland 2012. Makes the Forde Institute of Taekwon-Do facility available to fellow black belts to do additional training and also to our international competitors for tournament preparation.


Mr. Aidan Walsh 6th Degree


Owner/Instructor of the Forde Institute of Taekwon-Do, Founder of the Clare TKD Schools, (Shannon & Ennis), now known as the Mid-West TKD schools.

Competition Career:

World Cup medalist 2012, 2 x Gold Team, 1 x Silver Individual Patterns

Represented Ireland Internationally in Sparring & Patterns, Teams & Individuals at European & World Championships.

National and Provincial Titles in Sparring & Patterns

Full Contact Provincial Champion

All Styles Point & Continuous Sparring Titles

Courses & Events:

5/6 April 2014            ITA Dublin International Open-Umpire

2 March 2014                         Master Andresen Business & Technical Seminar - Organiser

15/16 February 2014 ITA Cork Open - Umpire

26 January 2014         AGM - Re-elected Chair of Business Development Committee

7/8 December 2013     ITA Winter Black Belt Test - Examiner

16/17 November 2013            ITA Irish Cup International 

22 September 2013                 National Technical Seminar

14 September 2013                 ITA Tri-Nations International Match - Umpire

1September 2013                    Sabum Sunday - 4th - 7th Degree Workshop

12-15 July 2013                      ITA Summer Camp

7-9 July 2013                          Polish TKD Association Summer Camp - Biala Podleska

15/16 & 29/30June 2013         Irish Sports Council Level 1 Coaching Course

9 June 2013                             ITA Summer Black Belt Test - Examiner

25 May 2013                          ITA Examiners Conference 

28 April 2013                                     ITA Dublin Open - Umpire

16/17 February 2103              ITA Cork Open - Umpire

25 January 2013                     ITF IIC 78-33 Tralee Ireland

13 January 2013                     AGM - Elected Chair of Business Development Committee 

8/9 December 2012                 ITA Winter Black Belt Test - Examiner

17/18 November 2012            ITA Irish Cup International - Umpire

4-8 October 2012                    IV ITF World Cup - Brighton UK - Triple Medal Winner

15 September 2012                 ITA Examiners Conference 

1 July 2012                             ITF IUC 9-92 Limerick Ireland

16/17 June 2012                      ITA Summer Black Belt Test - Examiner

27 May 2012                          National Technical Seminar

19/20 May 2012                     ITA Dublin Open International - Umpire

18/19 February 2012              ITA Cork Open - Umpire

21/22 January 2012                Irish Sports Council - Intro to Coaching Course

15 January 2012                     AGM

19 November 2011                 ITA Irish Cup International - Umpire 

11 September 2011                 1st ITF Convention - Benidorm, Spain

9 September 2011                   ITF IIC - 60-096 Benidorm Spain

3July 2011                              ITA Strategic Planning Day

29 May 2011                          ITA Examiners Conference

30 January 2011                     ITF IIC 60-096 Tralee Ireland

30 March 2008                       IIC GM Choi Jung Hwa Ireland

5 October 2002                       IIC GM Kim Yong Ho UK

21 February 1997                   IIC GM Ki Ha Rhee KHR-2 Ireland

23 February 1997                   Qualified ITF International Instructor No. 914

June 1995                                Seminar GM Kwang S. Hwang Ireland

May 1993                               Seminar Master So See Cho, Ireland

1987-1997                               Seminars GM Hee Il Cho Annually

1980                                         Commenced training 


Awards & Honours:

Presented with an award from the Executive Board in appreciation for my outstanding contribution to the development of the All Ireland Taekwon-Do Association, now known as the Irish TKD Association, during the 1980's and early 90's. Making it Ireland's largest and most influential Martial Arts Organisation at that time.

Honoured with an introduction to her Excellency the President of Ireland, Mrs. Mary Robinson, in recognition of my work with the youth of County Clare.


Additional Information: Employed by the Local Government Authority as General Manager with responsibility for all Sports, Leisure & Recreational Facilities in the County's Capital. Director/Chair of Skills ACIST Ltd. A voluntary training network organisation with over 100 member Companies, dedicated to providing organisations with 'best in class' training solutions for the CPD of all members employees.


Highlights: Featured in a locally produced book promoting Sports & Leisure as a means of good health and well being. Personally requested by local children’s charity, The Clare Crusaders, to prepare & train 30 competitors for a fund raising 'Fight Night'. First ITA Instructor to design & implement a training program to meet the needs & challenges of children with Dyspraxia & Autism. Featured in the Irish secondary school syllabus for the Irish Language, an article discussing Taekwon-Do with photo. In 1994, launched an Annual Sponsored Charity Walk to raise funds for the 'Crumlin Hospital for Sick Children' in Dublin, this event continues to this day and has raised in excess of €75,000 for research.