High Standard at Fun Challenge


High Standards at the Fun Challenge

Our annual Fun Challenge for our young Tigers and Dragons Taekwon-Do students took place recently in our Navan road (Dublin 7) venue. The event was aimed at developing the children’s competition skills and is an integral part of the RITA’s Children Development programme. We were delighted to share the event with the Tiger and Dragons from Dublin North East (Donnycarney) and their instructors.

The day started at St Joseph’s School for the Deaf with the younger Tiger students (6-8 years). There were about 30 students competing in four events; Technical (4-step punch), stretching routine, jumping kick and team sparring. The Tigers wowed the judges and audience with their advanced stretching routines and showed great enthusiasm in all of their events.

The Dragons (9-11 years) took to the mats in the afternoon and showed really high technical skills in the patterns event. Their advanced skills in flexibility, jumping ability and sparring were also on display as they impressed the umpires and parents.

Thank you to all the umpires from Grandmaster Howard’s school and Dublin North East for giving up their day to judge at the event.

The next event on the Tigers and Dragons programme is their grading in June.

Photos and videos of the event are on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Taekwon-Do-269597463114499/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1527472647326968



Tigers (6-8 years)

4-Step Punch

Group 1

Gold - James

Silver - Kerry

Bronze – Bobby and Arran


Group 2

Gold - Phong

Silver - Alex

Bronze – Emile and Conor


Stretching Routine

Boys Group 1

Gold - James

Silver - Arran

Bronze – Michael and Leo


Boys Group 2

Gold - Phong

Silver - Donnchadh

Bronze – Conor and Callum



Gold - Claudia

Silver - Holly

Bronze – Kerry and Julianna


Jumping  High Kick – Nopi Chagi


Gold – Kerry

Gold – Holly


Gold – Arran

Silver - Mihn

Gold – Oscar

Gold - Michael


Team Sparring


Gold – Dangerous Tigers

Silver – Taekwon-Do Sparrers

Bronze – The Duck Butts & Gecko Spinners



Gold – Golden Potatoes

Silver – Awesome Team






Dragons (9-12 years)


10th Kup – 4 Directional Punch

Gold - Kevin

Silver - Daire

Bronze – Cillian H and Emily J


9th Kup – Chon Ji

Gold - Hazel

Silver - Albert

Bronze – Ciara and Julia


8th Kup – Dan Gun

Gold - Adam

Silver - Oliwia

Bronze – Niamh and Luca


Stretching Routine

Boys Group 1

Gold - Daire

Silver - Kevin

Bronze – Albert and Luca


Boys Group 2

Gold - Adam

Silver – Cillan H

Bronze – Gerry and Corey



Gold - Oliwia

Silver - Hazel

Bronze – Libby and Ciara


Jumping  High Kick – Nopi Chagi


Gold – Oliwia

Gold – Hazel


Gold – Corey

Gold – Adam

Silver - Gerry


Team Sparring


Gold – The Fudge Nuggets

Silver – Superstars

Bronze – Taekwon-Do Champs & Sparring Sparrows



Gold – Sparring Squad

Silver – ITF

Bronze – Number 2 & Taekwon-Do Kickers







Cabra Fun Challenge 2017

Cabra Fun Challenge 2017



This is a special class to prepare your child for real tournaments in the future. It is a fun event and is designed to encourage your child to practice their Taekwon-Do at home.



Sunday 14th May 2017

St Joseph’s Hall, Navan Rd

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


Information and application form available here


New Umpires From Our School



New Umpires from our school

Congratulations to Mr Derek Brady, Ms Bróna Kelly, and Ms Breda O’Donoghue, who passed the recent national umpire course which was held in Galway. We’re all looking forward to seeing them representing the school at the ITF-Ireland Cup next weekend. Results below.




National Umpire level

Certificate Number

Derek Brady

Grandmaster Howard's



Bróna Kelly

Grandmaster Howard's



Breda O'Donoghue

Grandmaster Howard's



ITF Patterns & Power Seminar

4th April 2017


Dear Grandmasters, Masters & Instructors,



St. Mark’s Taekwon-Do School cordially invite you and your students to attend their annual  “ITF Patterns & Power Seminar” conducted by ITF 9th Degree

Grandmaster Phelan.


Enclosed please find the official application form, outlining full details of the event. We respectfully request Instructors to please circulate the forms to your students and encourage them to attend the Seminar and train with their Taekwon-Do

“Brothers & Sisters” with a fantastic opportunity to meet and train with our very own RITA Grandmaster.

Students from 10th Kup are welcome to attend (Junior & Senior). Please note No food facilities available, a packed lunch is recommended.


Closing date for application forms & fees is Monday 1st May (Cheques payable to St. Mark’s Taekwon-Do School please)


Thanking you in advance for your continued support throughout the years we look forward to another very successful event.



Yours in Taekwon-Do



Master Valerie Keane

Senior Instructor


Application form available here

English Open 2016

Colour Belt Squad Success at English Open 2017


The RITA’s Colour Belt Squad travelled to English Open 2017 last weekend, as part of the association’s development programme. The tournament was held in Guilford and run by our good friends in the UKTA. Some of the national squad black belts also attended as part of their preparation for the European Championships held in Liverpool in April of this year. 

The squad consisted of 14 colour belts and 5 black belts and their hard work and preparation was evident as they gave some great performances across patterns, sparring and special technique. Their hard work returned a total of 31 medals (13 Gold, 9 Silver, 9 Bronze).

Master Robert Howard, Mr Leon McSherry and Mr Adam Fox travelled with the squad and coached them over the weekend. We would like to thank the Grandmasters, Masters, Umpires and Mr David Norris of the UKTA for their warm welcome and for running another great event.  A special thanks to the parents who travelled too and supported the whole squad trough out the trip.



Yellow Belt:
Oliwia Swizdor - Gold
Adam Hu - Bronze
Chris Yu – Bronze


Yellow Belt:
Ciara Fitzgerald - Gold

Green Belt:
Emily Harold - Silver

Red Belt:
Joyce Yu - Gold
Shane Rice - Silver
Wayne Gill O'Loughlin – Bronze



Black Belt:
Mr Leon McSherry -Bronze
Ms Sofia Hu- Silver
Mr Max Cleary - Bronze
Mr Finn Howard- Bronze

Sparring results 
Adam Hu - Bronze
Luca Mesolella - Gold
Daragh OShea - Gold
Chris Yu - Silver
Oliwia Swizdor - Silver
Niamh Davis - Gold
Emily Harold - Gold
Eoin McLoughlin Gold
Wayne O'Loughlin - Silver 
Joyce Yu - Bronze
Shane Rice - Silver 
Ciara Fitzgerald – Gold

Mr Emmet O'Rourke - Gold
Mr Finn Howard-Gold
Ms Sofia Hu - Bronze
Kate Harold - Gold

Special Technique
Chris Yu Silver
Eoin McLoughlin Gold
Ciara Fitzgerald Silver