Name:  Senior Master Robert G. Howard

 

Taekwon-Do History

 

Senior Master Howard (8th Degree), who is the son of Grand Master Robert J. Howard 9th Degree, has been practising Taekwon-Do since 1979. He originally trained under Master Liam Dandy in his early years, and then Grand Master Howard.  During his early years he has also trained under SM Brendan O’Toole (in Green St) and Master Gerry Martin (in Green St and Beaumont).  He trains and assists with teaching in Grand Master Howard's School in Cabra, as well as being examiner to Athlone and Galway schools.

He has pioneered ITF Taekwon-Do in several areas of the country, co-founding the Galway & Athlone Schools in 1993 and 1998 respectively with Mr. O'Donnell as well as founding the Stillorgan Taekwon-Do school in 1994. Along with Master O'Donnell he was coach to the RITA Colour Belt Team.

He was a member of the Irish national team on several occasions, and represented Ireland on several occasions at European & World Championship level with great success, most notably winning gold medals for Ireland at the 1994 Four Nations Cup as well as a World Championship Team Power gold in Malaysia 1994.

Senior Master Howard is one of the RITA's most senior International Instructors, and has works tirelessly to promote General Choi's Taekwon-Do in Ireland. He was the driving force behind many of the RITA's recent initiatives and is a member of the RIA’s Masters’ Council.  He is the association’s Chief Umpire and is regularly invited to umpire at World and European championships. He is well respected in the international umpiring circuit and has won awards for umpiring at international events.

In August 201 he was protoed to Senior Master 8th Degree.

Senior Master Howard has taught Taekwon-Do to men, women and children for over 22 years. He has taught students of all levels and abilities, from beginner to black belts, novice competitor to international medalists. He now teaches the Taekwon-Do Tigers programme for boys and girls on Fridays in Grand Master Howard’s School (at the Bogies).

 

 

Master Howard's International Taekwon-Do Dan promotion details

 

Degree

Year

ITF Cert no.

Venue

Examiner

       8th 25/08/2015   Bulgaria  

7th

9/2/2008*

IRE-7-7

Leicester, England

First Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha

6th

23/3/2002

IRE-6-9

Dublin

Sen Master Howard, Sen Master Phelan, Sen Master Barrett

5th

29/3/1997

IRE-5-11

Dublin

Sen Master Howard, Sen Master Phelan, Sen Master Barrett

4th

25/9/1993

IRE-4-12

Waterford

First Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha

3rd

1/4/1989

IRE-3-14

Dublin

Sen Master Howard, Master Dandy, Sen Master Phelan

2nd

13/9/1985

IRL-85-11-2

Dublin

First Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha

1st

13/3/1983

IRL-83-1-3

Dublin

First Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha

* Note 1: Graded and promoted by First Grand Master Rhee in Leicester 2/9/2007 certified by the ITF Executive Board 9/2/2008

 

 

International Taekwon-Do Federation qualifications

 

  • International Umpire: ‘A’ Class, cert no. 536 date 9/10/92
  • International Instructor (Examiner):   cert no., 632, 9/10/92

 

 

International Taekwon-Do Federation Awards Received

 
  • Best Umpire Award ITF World championships Australia 2005
  • Best Umpire Award AETF European Championships Greece 2006

 

 

International Taekwon-Do Federation Courses and Seminars

 

Year

Certificate No.

Course Type

Conducted by

Venue

13/6/2010

pending

ITF International Instructor’s Course

Senior Master Francis Barrett

Dublin

14/9/2009

FB-2-1

ITF International Instructor’s Course

Senior Master Francis Barrett

Dublin

18/10/2008

FB-1-2

ITF International Instructor’s Course

Senior Master Francis Barrett

Dublin

31/8/2007

RKH-34-31

ITF International Instructor’s Course

First Grand Master Rhee Hi Ka

Leicester, England

7/10/2006

RKH-35-3

ITF International Instructor’s Course

First Grand Master Rhee Hi Ka

Naas

7/6/2004

LWM-2-2

ITF International Instructor’s Course

Grand Master Leong Wei Meng

Naas

27/10/2002

RKH-24-22

ITF International Instructor’s Course

First Grand Master Rhee Hi Ka

Dublin

3/6/2002

PJS-1-36

ITF International Instructor’s Course

Grand Master Park Joog Soo

Naas

25/10/1999

157-4

157th ITF International Instructor’s Course

Gen Choi Hong Hi

Dublin

22/9/1995

108-16

108th ITF International Instructor’s Course

Gen Choi Hong Hi

Dublin

9/10/92

41/10

41st ITF International Instructor’s Course

Gen Choi Hong Hi

Dublin

1987

uncertified

International Seminar

Master Park Jung Tae

Dublin

 

 

Experience at World, European and International Championships

 

Year

Tournament

Participated as

Country

1993

8th AETF European Championships

Competitor

Groningen, The Netherlands

1994

9th World Championships

Competitor- Gold Team Power

Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

1994

4 Nations

Competitor- Gold

Dublin, Ireland

2004

18th Senior & 10th Junior European Championships

VIP

Sofia, Bulgaria

2005

19th Senior & 11th Junior European Championships

Umpire

Dublin, Ireland

2005

14th World Championships

Umpire – Best Umpire Award

Caloundra, Australia

2006

20th Senior & 12th Junior European Championships

Umpire – Best Umpire Award

Thessaloniki - Greece

2007

21st Senior & 13th Junior European Championships

Umpire

Tallinn - Estonia

2008

22nd Senior & 14th Junior European Championships

Umpire

Porec, Croatia

2009

16th World Championships

Umpire

St Petersburg, Russia

2010

24th Senior & 16th Junior European Championships

Umpire

Barletta, Italy

 

 

Participation at ITF and AETF/EITF Congresses

 

Year

Congress

Participated as

Country

1994

AETF, Congress

NGB Delegate

Lublin, Poland

2005

ITF, Congress

NGB Delegate

Caloundra, Australia

2006

AETF, Congress

NGB Delegate

Thessaloniki - Greece

2007

AETF, Congress

NGB Delegate

Tallinn - Estonia

2010

EITF, Congress

NGB Delegate

Barletta, Italy