Irish Open 2016

On behalf of the RITA tournament Committee, please find the information pack outlining full details for the forthcoming Irish Open on the 26th November in the National Basketball Arena.

We encourage all Instructors and their Students to get on board and support our annual Irish Open Tournament.

The ITF Irish Open 2016 Information Pack is available HERE

Instructors Pack avaiolable HERE

Training Weekend and Summer Camp

Training Weekend and Summer Camp

Don’t miss the Taekwon-Do highlight of your summer; A full on Taekwon-Do weekend followed by a full week on our Taekwon-Do summer camp.

Training weekend: We are holding a training weekend on Saturday and Sunday 6th/7th August 2016. This year’s theme is ‘Taekwon-Do Competition – Raising your Game’, and will be conducted by Senior Master Robert Howard, Master Mark O’Donnell and Mr Leon McSherry.

The Saturday will focus on raising the level of your patterns to be successful at competitions. Mr McSherry is 2016 European Champion in 5th  degree patterns, and SM Howard and Master O’Donnell have years of experience umpiring at European and World Championships.  Between them they will help you identify what you need to do to compete to your highest level.

Day 2 (Sunday) will focus on Competition Sparring and will focus on the sparring drills, techniques and tips from the recent Mr Konstantin Yurikov seminars. This a great chance for all RITA students and instructors to raise the level of their sparring skills.

For the Training Weekend flyer click here

The training weekend open to RITA black belts and colour belts (yellow belt and above) and is only €75 (€60 early bird rate).

Booking starts at 9am on Friday 24th June. We are using Eventbrite so click here to book your place.

Summer Camp: The summer camp runs from Monday (8th) to Friday (12th August) and is a chance to practice your competitions skills over a longer period of time. The camp runs from 10 am to 4 pm each day except for Thursday (10am to 12pm) and covers patterns, sparring, special technique (flying kicks) and self-defence routine. What to bring: Dobok, water bottle, packed lunch, sparing pads (can be supplied if necessary).

For the Summer Camp flyer click here

The summer camp open to black belt and colour belts (yellow belt and above) and is only €75 (€60 early bird rate).

Booking starts at 9am on Friday 24th June. We are using Eventbrite so click here to book your place.

Special combination offer Training Weekend & Summer Camp only €120 (€95 early bird)


Places on both events are limited so book early and don’t miss out.

Looking forward to seeing your there.

Master Howard


Ireland has a New ITF Grandmaster


Congratulations to Grandmaster Anthony Phelan on this promotion to 9th Degree. Grandmaster Phelan is Vice-President of the Republic of Ireland Taekwon-Do Association and is the second most senior Taekwon-Do practitioner in the Republic of Ireland.

GM Phelan who is currently in DPR Korean celebrating the 50th anniversary of the International Taekwon-Do Federation, was promoted by President of the ITF Prof Ri Yong Son and the ITF promotions committee. Also attending the celebrations from Ireland are Senior Grandmaster Howard, Master V Keane and Mr Martin Roe.

GM Phelan is a student of FGM Rhee and has been instrumental in the development of Taekwon-Do in Ireland. He introduced the art he loves to Waterford and continues to teach Taekwon-Do in the Ballyfermot/Clondalkin area of Dublin. Over the years he has trained many students to black belt including Senior Master Francis Barrett and Senior Master Brendan O’Toole (INTA).


All the students of Taekwon-Do in Ireland send their best wishes to Grandmaster Phelan on his wonderful achievement.

Summer Grading Results

Summer Grading Results

Congratulations to all those who passed the colour belt grading on the 21st of June 2016. It was a small grading this time and there were one or two Tigers and Dragons being tested too. The advantage of the small grading was that the ITF examiner Master Howard (8th degree) was able to spend time with each student, giving them advice and feedback on what they need to work on to improve their Taekwon-Do technique and skills. Master Howard discussed the importance of flexibility, especially for any student wanting to be a red belt and perform the high kicks in Hwa Rang, break successfully and kick high in sparring.  

Very well done to Neasa Britton who was presented with the grading award by Master Howard. The Taekwon-Do grading was held at the Cabra Parkside Community Centre, Rathoath Road, Dublin 7.

There will be a preliminary grading at the end of August for those wish to grade for their black belt at the RITA’s national September Black Belt grading.

The next adult and teen colour belt grading will be in September, so start preparing now.



Promoted to / kup



10th* black stripe



10th* blue stripe



















*Tiger Programme

Colour Belt Grading



A date for the next Colour Belt grading has been set for Tuesday 21st June 8-10pm in the Cabra Parkside Centre, Cabra, Dublin 7 (the Bogies).

You must have your instructors permission to grade, so please ensure you ask before making an official application and paying your grading fee.

For those grading pass your License and grading fee of €25 to your instructor on or before Thursday 16th June 2016.

On the night of the grading, be in the Dojang 15 minutes before the grading starts and make sure your Dobok is washed and ironed.


Senior Master Robert G. Howard