Fun Challenge 2015

Fun Challenge Results

 

There was great skill and effort on show at this year’s Grandmaster Howard’s Fun Challenge on the Navan Road. Fifty students from Blanchardstown, Castleknock, Cabra, Finglas, Navan Road and Phibsboro converged on St Joseph’s School for Deaf Boys, Navan Road, Dublin 7, for a day of fun and Taekwon-Do.

 

The morning saw the younger Tigers group (6-8 years old) put the results of all their practice into effect in a high standard Taekwon-Do display. The Tigers had four events to perform in; 4-step kick, flexibility display, nopi chjagi and team sparring. The students wowed their parent and umpires alike with their advanced flexibility, jumping skills and footwork in sparring.

 

It was the turn of the older Dragons (9-11 years) in the afternoon to show off their skills and they did not disappoint.  Again the high level of flexibility and fantastic jumping (180 cm turning kick at age 9) resulted is rapturous applause from the audience.

 

“The students have been really practicing hard for this event” said Master Howard. “I was delighted to see that their footwork in the sparring was so good. They’ve been really working hard on that all term”, he added.

 

A big thanks to the umpires from across some of the RITA’s Dublin schools and GM Howard’s School for giving up their time to help run the event; Mr N. Fox, Mr Hennigan, Mr Barber, Ms Kenrick, Mr McCormack, Mr Walsh, Mr McSherry, Mr A. Fox, Mr Choi, Mr Malone.

 

Also a big thank you to our colour belts volunteers who helped keep the day running smoothly. Especially; Derek, Lee, Marta, Finn.

 

Next up on the tigers and dragons calendar is their grading in June. So more focussed practice over the coming weeks on 3-step and Korean words will help them prepare for that big day.

 

Finally thanks to all the parents who supported the event and really helped to create a nice relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere for the children to perform in.

 

Results for Fun Challenge below

 

                               Taekwon-Do Tigers (6-8 years)

 

Event

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

4-Step Kick

1st – Cian M

2nd – Libby

3rd – Cillian H

3rd - Onri

1st – Caolan

2nd – Daire

3rd – Fionn

3rd - Seamus

1st – Niamh

2nd – Paul

3rd – Hazel

3rd - Ruairi

Stretching Display

1st – Cian M

2nd – Jack

3rd – Neasa

3rd - Onri

1st – Cillian H

2nd – Caolan

3rd – Tymoteusz

3rd - Eoin

1st – Daire

2nd – Ruairi

3rd – George

3rd - Libby

Twimyo  Nopi Chagi (Jumping High Kick)

Winner at 150 cm

Cian M

 

Winner at 157 cm

Jack

 

Winner at 167 cm

Cian O’S

 

Team Sparring

Boys Teams

1st – Team Earth

2nd – Team Water

3rd – Team Wind

3rd – Team Fire

 

Girls Teams

1st – Team Ice

2nd – Team Fire

 

 

 

                              Taekwon-Do Dragons (9-11 years)

 

Event

Group 1 – Chon Ji

Group 2 - 4-Dirn Punch

Group 3- 4-Dirn Punch

Patterns

1st – Emily

2nd – Zoe

3rd – Chris

 

1st – Arthur

2nd – Juliet

3rd – Ciara

3rd - Sara

1st – Adam H

2nd – Daragh

3rd – Luca

3rd - Jack

Stretching Display

1st – Emily

2nd – Daragh

3rd – Zoe

3rd - Christian

1st – Oliwia

2nd – Juliet

3rd – Arthur

3rd - Luca

 

Twimyo Dollyo Chagi (Jumping Turning Kick)

Winner at 180 cm

Daragh

Winner Chris

 

 

Team Sparring

Boys Teams

1st – Team Ice

2nd – Team Fire

Girls Teams

1st – Team Ice

2nd – Team Fire

 

 

 

ITF Ireland Cup

          

 

Great Day at ITF-Ireland Cup, Tallaght

 

It was another great day for the Grandmaster Howard’s and Master Howard’s students at the recent ITF-Ireland Cup in Tallaght, Dublin 24. The competition which was hosted by St Mark’s Taekwon-Do School and run by the RITA attracted 230 competitors from around Ireland and the UK.

 

It was just a short journey for our students from Blachardstown, Cabra, Finglas, and the Navan road to the Tallaght Leisure centre, but it was well worth the trip. With our 18 competitors taking home 23 medals between then. It was an extra special day as it marked the 60th anniversary of the naming of Taekwon-Do by its founder Gen Choi Hong Hi (11th April 1955). All the competitors received a lovely anniversary Taekwon-Do bag from Master V Keane, the chief instructor of St Mark’s Taekwon-Do School, while Grandmaster Howard and Master Howard received beautiful framed pictures of Gen Choi. All of this added to the great atmosphere as members from different schools and associations mixed and competed in the spirit of Taekwon-Do.

 

As special well done to Mr McSherry for doing a great job on his first tournament as the new RITA Tournament Director. Everyone commented on how well it was run and let’s not forget Master Howard as the Chief Umpire.

 

We’re already looking forward to the RITA’s Irish Open in the National Basketball Arena, Dublin on Saturday the 21st November 2015.

 

List of our school’s medals winners below

Chris

Yu

Gold patterns

Christopher

Parsons

Gold patters, Gold sparring

Derek

McLoughlin

Silver sparring

Emily

Harold

Silver patterns

Emmet

O'Rourke

Bronze sparring

Eoin

McLoughlin

Bronze patterns

Finn

Howard

Silver sparring

Istvan

Badics

Gold sparring, Bronze patterns

Jason

Kennedy

Silver sparring, bronze patterns

Joyce

Yu

Bronze patterns, bronze sparring

Kate

Harold

Gold sparring, bronze patterns

Lee

Parsons

Bronze patters, bronze sparring

Lisa

Parsons

Silver sparring

Max

Cleary

Gold patterns, bronze sparring

Mr Leon

McSherry

Gold patterns

Zoe

Higgins

Bronze patterns

 

ITF Ireland Cup 2015

 

ITF Ireland Cup 2015

Dear Students and Parents,

 

The RITA’s ITF-Ireland Cup on Saturday the 11th of April 2015. This is the first tournament of the RITA’s calendar and it also celebrates the 60th anniversary of the naming of Taekwon-Do (11th April 1955). It is in Dublin and it would be great to see a huge show of support from our school. 

 

The tournament is in the Tallaght Leisure Centre,Fortunestown way, Tallaght, Dublin 24. It’s a great venue and so easy to get to. (All tournament information and directions are on www.rita-itf.org)

 

Mr McSherry is now the RITA’s tournament director and it would be great to really support him in his first tournament.  As always it will be a very well run event and is a great opportunity to put all the recent hard training into practice. Grandmaster Howard’s Taekwon-Do School is the biggest school in the RITA and it is very important that we are there in big numbers.

 

Also, we want to make a great impression so I am asking all students to wear their Grandmaster Howard’s School tracksuit top at the event.

 

Please return the application form and fee to Mr McSherry by Tuesday 7th April.  To download form click HERE

 

Master Howard

25/3/2015

087-6987624

Grading Report March 2015

 

Congratulations to the all the students who passed the recent colour belt gradings at the Cabra Parkside Community & Sports centre. The first grading which was held on Tuesday the 24th saw students from yellow belt to red belt being tested. 10th and 9th kup students were tested on the following Thursday.

 

The Taekwon-Do students who graded were from Finglas, Blanchardstown, Navan rd and Cabra and train on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

 

The ITF examiner, Master Howard, was happy with the standard but told the students they still need to work hard to improve. He also commented on their recent successes at competitions “Congratulations to all of you who won medals recently. Competitions and sport are where you are compared to others, but Taekwon-Do is a martial art, and that is where you compare yourself to yourself. Ask yourself ‘am I now better? Have I worked hard to improve?’”.

 

Master Howard presented the two grading award over the two nights. The first went to Eoin McLoughlin for his improvements since the last grading. The second went to Madars Kuzis for his hard work and high standard in achieving his 9th kup.

 

The next colour belt grading will be in June 2015.

Results

Name

 

Promoted to (kup)

Lee

Parsons

1

Finn

Howard

4

Joyce

Yu

4

Max

Cleary

4

Alex

Petrisor

5

Aodh

O'Leary

5

Emmet

O'Rourke

5

Eoin

McLoughlin

5

Jason

Kennedy

7

Nadia

Corrigan

7

Seoidin

Douglas

7

Aoibhin

Ni Cheara

8

Mark

Donohue

8

Callum

Carroll

9

Carl

Ronan

9

Japhet

Ogu

9

Liam

Huynm

9

Madars

Kuzis

9

Max

Keating

9

Res  Angelo

Bundac

9

Sean

Oladele

9

 

Success at UKTA English Open

 

 

Congratulations to the students of Grandmaster Howard’s Taekwon-Do School who performed so well at the recent UKTA’s English Open Championships in Guildford. The six students; Emmet, Eoin, Finn, Joyce, Max, and Sofia, were part of the RITA’s colourbelt squad development programme and represented Ireland at the event.

 

All the students did themselves and their coach (Mr Adam Fox) proud and moved their performance up a level on the day. ‘They all listened to their instructions and often had to did deep to win. The sections were big, and it was great that they got 3 or 4 rounds of experience before reaching the medals’ said Mr Fox.

 

The young martial artists returned to Dublin with a total of 11 medals. The medals; 6 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze, were won across all three events (patterns, sparring and special technique).

 

The students, who come from Blanchardstown, Cabra, Castleknock, and Navan road, are still only 11 and 12 years old and showed that they are prepared to work hard and make sacrifices to improve their Taekwon-Do skills.

 

‘All six of them have come up through our Tigers and Dragons (children’s development programme) and have been training since they were 6 or 7 years old’ said Master Howard. ‘They have developed really well and being part of the colour belt squad has helped them to move up to the next level’ he added.

 

But as we know Taekwon-Do is more than about winning medals. It is about self-improvement and moral development. This is best summed up by what Mr Fox said to the squad at the end of the successful day. ‘What made me happy today was that the umpires and officials complimented you on your courtesy, respect and politeness. Your hard work, training and desire to be better were evident in your performances today. The medals were a bonus’.

 

Mr Leon McSherry and Mr Patrick Choi also competed at the weekend. Mr McSherry won silver in the 3rd/4th degree patterns. While Mr Choi won a bronze in the 2nd Degree patterns.

 

Mr Fox and Master Howard would like to thank all the parents who supported their children during the trip and over the months of preparation. They would also like to thank the tournament organiser Mr David Norris and the UKTA members for their hospitality and warm welcome over the weekend, and for hosting a tournament of the highest standard. Finally thanks to the National Team black belts who shared their experience and coaching skills with the squad members on the day

 

Results

Emmet O’Rourke

Gold Sparring, Bronze Special Technique

Eoin McLoughlin

Gold Special Technique, Silver Sparring

Finn Howard

Gold Special Technique, Silver Sparring

Joyce Yu

Bronze Sparring

Max Cleary

Gold Sparring, Bronze Patterns

Sofia Hu

Gold Sparring, Silver Special Technique