Team Ireland Hanley Energy 2019



Grandmaster Howard’s students compete at the European Taekwon-Do Championships, Rimini, April 2019

Six members of our school represented Ireland at the 2019 European Taekwon-Do Championships, in Rimini, Italy.  Well done to the following GM Howard students who competed so well for Ireland:

Ms Carla Kelly, Adam Hu, Mr Max Cleary, Mr Finn Howard, Mr  Emmet O’Rourke, Mr Leon McSherry, Master Robert Howard (coach).

Special congratulations to Mr McSherry who took home silver in the Male 5th Degree patterns.

Team Ireland brought 11 competitors, 2 coaches and 2 international umpires to the European Taekwon-Do Championships in Rimini this month. The team which consisted of 8 juniors and 3 seniors were drawn from Taekwon-Do schools in Dublin, Tipperary and Galway. This was a relatively small squad compared to the European power houses of Russia (147 competitors), Ukraine (127) and Greece (125). However the team performed well and there was a clear improvement in Team Ireland’s standard. The incremental improvements were noticeable in both the patterns event and the sparring event.

Most of the team Ireland’s competitors got through at least one round in both patterns and sparring. The highlights were Mr Leon McSherry (Dublin) taking silver in the male 5th degree patterns event and Mr Alex Byrne (Dublin) winning a bronze in the junior male black belt  -69kg sparring event. These performances gave Ireland a final ranking 17th out of 30 countries.

The team bonded well together and supported each other every day and the support from the parents made the coaches jobs easier and everyone was assigned jobs and monitored the rings and the timetable over events. This allowed the coaches to concentrate on preparing the competitors for their next match.

The improvements in the sparring event was as a result of the coaches bringing in former European and World Champion, Mr Konstantin Yurikov from Russia, as a consultant to our sparring development programme.

The next immediate goal is to prepare the team for the World Championships in Bulgaria in August 2019. The next phase of the development over the next 12 months is to continue the  incremental improvement of the whole team and to target ‘A class’ tournaments to test the team’s improvements. The 2020 European Championships will be held in Prague, Czech Republic.

The coaches and team Ireland would like to thanks Hanley Energy for their support this year, without which this development and success would not be possible.

Cabra Fun Challenge 2019


                                       Grandmaster Howards Dojang

                                          Cabra Fun Challenge 2019

Sunday 19th May 2019

St Joseph’s Hall, Navan Rd

Tigers: 10-12.30pm, Dragons: 1pm-3.30pm

Looking forward to seeing you there. Home Practice Sheet Available HERE


ITF Ireland Cup


Dear Grand Masters, Masters, Instructors & Competitors,

On behalf of the R.I.T.A Tournament Committee, I would like to invite you to the RITA ITF Ireland Cup 2019 to be hosted in the Neptune Stadium, Cork

The individual’s event will include:
− Patterns and Sparring for all Junior, Senior and Veteran competitors
− Special Technique will only be open for all Junior and Senior competitors
− Power will only be open for Senior and Veteran competitors.

Please note that this is a pre-register only event. All entries should be made using the Excel entry spreadsheet and returned to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Link available on no later than Saturday 23rd March 2019. Individual forms must follow and be scanned or posted to arrive no later than Friday 29th March. Postal address available by return of entry spreadsheet. Please remember that accurate information is the responsibility of the instructor, any errors cannot be amended on the day.

If you have any questions in relation to this event, please do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Further details of the event and Link to the application form are below.

It is the participants’ responsibility to have full insurance coverage for all eventualities. The organising committee will not be responsible for any injury or loss for participants before, during, and after the Tournament howsoever arising.

We look forward to seeing you at the event.

RITA Tournament Committee

Information Pack Available HERE

Individual Application Form Available HERE

RITA National Black Belt Class

Dear Grandmasters, Masters & Instructors,

Attached please find the official application form to attend the forthcoming RITA National Black Belt Class, on Sunday 28th April, conducted by GM Phelan and hosted by St Mark's Taekwon - Do School.

The application form for the class can be downloaded here

National Black Belt Class


Dear Grandmasters, Masters, Instructors & Black Belt members,


Firstly I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break, on behalf of the

RITA Masters Council may I take this opportunity to wish you and your

family a very


"Happy, Healthy & Peaceful" New Year, may all your dreams come true in 2019.


Attached please find the official application form to attend the RITA

National Black Belt Class & 4th Degree and above Class on Sunday 27th

January hosted by Grandmaster Howard's School, we strongly recommend all

Black Belts to attend.


This letter will be sent to all RITA registered Black Belts by email

that are on record with the National Secretary. Should any of your

student Black Belts not be included on this list please advise,

including their email address at your earliest convenience.


Thank you for your continued support, and look forward to seeing you on

the 27th January.


Yours in Taekwon-Do


Master Valerie Keane VII Degree


R.I.T.A National Secretary


The application form for 4th Degree and above can be found here

The application form for 1st to 3rd Degree Degree and above can be found here