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

 

Fun Challenge - Dragon's Homework

GRANDMASTER HOWARD’S TAEKWON-DO SCHOOL

 

Presents

 

Cabra Fun Challenge 2015

Sunday 19th April 2015

St Joseph’s Hall, Navan Rd

Tigers: 10-12pm, Dragons: 12.45-3pm

 

                                                                                                                                                                    

Special events for boys and girls of the Taekwon-Do Tigers & Dragons

 

All Spectators Welcome

 

www.grandmasterhoward.com

 

 

 

Home Practice for Fun Challenge for the Dragon Class

 

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. It will be held in the St Joseph’s Hall, Navan Rd.

 

Events

·        Pattern (of their grade, 4-directional punch, or Chon Ji)

·        Stretching routine –15 seconds to impress the judges with your flexibility.

·        Jump turning kick to a pad.

·        Team sparring

 

Safety Equipment

 

All children will be sparring and will need to bring their gums shields. Boys will need their groin guards.

 

Your child will be put on a team for the team sparring. If they can’t attend please text me to let me know so I can rearrange the team

 

Looking forward to seeing you there.

 

Thanks

 

Instructor

Master Robert Howard

087-56987624

 

Cost: As this special class has grown in recent years we now need to charge a small fee (€5) to cover the cost of the hall and the medals. Maximum €10 per family.


Application Form- please return to Master Howard byTuesday 31st March

 

Child’s Name:                                                              ; Age                  

 

Belt:                               Please circle your child’s class: Tigers  or Dragons

 

My child can attend the fun challenge and I enclose €5 for this special class.

 

Parent’s signature:                                                    

 

Fun Challenge and other important dates

Fun Challenge and other important dates

 

Dear Parents,

As mentions in class we are having your annual Fun Challenge on Sunday 19th April 2015. This is a special class to allow your child to show their new skills and develop their competition skills in a fun and safe environment. There will be four events; stretching, 4-step kick (4 directional punch for Dragons), jumping kick, and sparring. Please see pages for more information.

The event will take place in St Joseph’s School, Navan rd, (Tigers, 10 am- 12.30 pm, Dragons (1 pm – 3.30 pm).

To cover the cost of the medals and trophies etc, there is a charge of €5 per child with a maximum of €10 per family.

 

Other important dates

Due to Easter and other events, there will be a few days with no classes in April.

17th March – St Patrick’s Day (no Tuesday class)

21st March – Saturday -Dragons class is 10 am to 11am just for this day, as your instructors (and other students) are going to the English Taekwon-Do championships.

3rd April – Good Friday – No class

4th April - Easter Saturday - No Class

7th April – No Tuesday class.

11th April – ITF Ireland Cup Tallaght (open to yellow tag Dragons,) – No Saturday class.

19th April – Fun Challenge

 

 

Taekwon-Do Tiger’s & Dragon’s Code

  • I will practice the goals of Taekwon-Do.
  • I will respect my teachers and parents
  • I will never misuse Taekwon-Do.
  • I will always do what is right.
  • I will make the world a better place.

Patterns: video and information sheets on the Dragons 4-Directional Punch and Chon-Ji tul are on www.grandmasterhoward.com. Go to members area; username: Dragons, password: training

Tigers 4 STEP Kick (Yearly Cycle C)

Start: sitting ready stance

Moving to the right

1)      Bring the left foot to the right foot, lift the right knee, do a right leg side kick with right high punch (left hand on the left hip) land in Sitting Stance

2)      Bring the left foot to the right foot, lift the right knee, do a right leg side kick with right high punch (left hand on the left hip) land in Sitting Stance

3)      Bring the left foot to the right foot, lift the right knee, do a right leg side kick with right high punch (left hand on the left hip) land in Sitting Stance

4)      Bring the left foot to the right foot, lift the right knee, do a right leg side kick with right high punch (left hand on the left hip) land in Sitting Stance

Moving to the left (turn face to the left)

1)      Bring the right foot to the left foot, lift the left knee, do a left leg side kick with left high punch (right hand on the right hip) land in Sitting Stance

2)      Bring the right foot to the left foot, lift the left knee, do a left leg side kick with left high punch (right hand on the right hip) land in Sitting Stance

3)      Bring the right foot to the left foot, lift the left knee, do a left leg side kick with left high punch (right hand on the right hip) land in Sitting Stance

4)      Bring the right foot to the left foot, lift the left knee, do a left leg side kick with left high punch (right hand on the right hip) land in Sitting Stance

 

 

With practice you should be able to.....

  • have the kicking leg fully straight at the end of the kick
  • pull the top of your foot back so that you kick with the side of your foot
  • turn your standing foot in the opposite direction to your kicking leg
  • do a high punch while kicking and put the other hand on your hip

 

 

 

Fun Challenge - Tigers Homework

 

GRANDMASTER HOWARD’S TAEKWON-DO SCHOOL

 

Presents

 

Cabra Fun Challenge 2015

Sunday 19th April 2015

St Joseph’s Hall, Navan Rd

Tigers: 10-12pm, Dragons: 12.45-3pm

 

                                                                                                                                                                    

Special events for boys and girls of the Taekwon-Do Tigers & Dragons

 

All Spectators Welcome

 

www.grandmasterhoward.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Practice for Fun Challenge for the Tiger Class

 

 

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. It will be held in the St Joseph’s Hall, Navan Rd.

 

Events

·        4-Step Kick

·        Stretching routine –15 seconds to impress the judges with your flexibility.

·        Jump overhead kick to a pad.

·        Team sparring

 

Safety Equipment

 

All children will be sparring and will need to bring their gums shields. Boys will need their groin guards.

 

Your child will be put on a team for the team sparring. If they can’t attend please text me to let me know so I can rearrange the team

 

Looking forward to seeing you there.

 

Thanks

 

Instructor

Master Robert Howard

087-56987624

 

Cost: As this special class has grown in recent years we now need to charge a small fee (€5) to cover the cost of the hall and the medals.


 

 

Application Form- please return to Master Howard byTuesday 31st March

 

Child’s Name:                                                              ; Age                  

 

Belt:                               Please circle your child’s class: Tigers  or Dragons

 

My child can attend the fun challenge and I enclose €5 for this special class.

 

Parent’s signature:       _________________________________________________

 

 

Colour Belt Squad Selection

 

Congratulations to the members of Grandmaster Howard’s Taekwon-Do School who were selected for the RITA’s national colourbelt squad. The squad will represent Ireland at the UKTA’s English Open on 21/22nd March, in Guilford.

Head coach of the colourbelt squad development programme, Mr Adam Fox, announced the squad on Sunday after the Scion Open tournament in Cork. He said that he picked the squad not based on talent but based on hard work and improvement. He told the selected members “you worked hard to be good enough to be picked, but now you need to work harder and improve further”.

The RITA’s colourbelt squad is a development programme aimed at raising the standard of its competitors and giving them more practice and experience at tournaments. Next Colour Belt squad training is in Carrick-on-Suir on Sunday 22nd February (11-2pm).

 
Students were selected from four RITA schools; Carrick-on-Suir, GM Howard’s, Kilmacow, and Stillorgan.

The students from GM Howard’s school selected are list below and come from are from Cabra, Navan rd, Castleknock and Blanchardstown;

Emmet O’Rourke
Eoin McLoughlan
Finn Howard
Joyce Yu
Max Cleary
Sofia Hu

 

See www.rita-itf.org for a full list of the students selected