School News

April Online Grading Results

 

Congratulations to the students who passed our first online grading during the CoVid19 restrictions. The colour belt students were training towards their April grading but unfortunately, we had to stop training due to the crisis. Master Howard advised them all to keep training at home and that this was actually a great time to really improve their skills and flexibility.

The grading was rescheduled and done online with the help of WhatsApp and Zoom and parents operating the camera. Master Howard adapted the syllabus slightly to make the online environment work, but all the students showed that they had been practicing hard and were well prepared.

Hopefully we’ll be back in the dojang soon, but in the meantime we all need to set our realistic goals and plan how we will use this unique time effectively. Students often say that they don’t have time to stretch at home so now is a great opportunity to put the time in and develop the flexibility for when we get back into the dojang.   Depending on what happens in the future we might have another online grading.

 

First

Surname

Promoted to … kup

Hazel

Byard-Shaughnessy

3

Megan

Griffiths

3

Cillian

Howard

4

Corey

O'Reilly

4

Daire

Howard

4

Kevin

Loy

4

Luke

Meehan

5

Mark

McGuigan

5

Caoimhe

McGuigen

6

Vadym

Kustov

6

Saoirse

Nguyen

6

Brendan

McLoughlin

7

Kate

Conway

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are delighted to announce that  we are holding a sparring seminar with former World Champion, Mr Konstantin Yurikov (Russia). It is on the 22nd and 23rd of February 2020 in St Laurence’s Parish Hall, Lower Kilmacud Rd, Stillorgan. (Day 2 is in St Joseph’s, Navan Road, Dublin 7). This is a great chance to improve your sparring skills for gradings and competitions. This is and exclusive event for RITA members but numbers are limited due to space. You’ll need to book as soon as possible at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/konstantin-yurikov-sparring-camp-february-2020-tickets-91628520371    

This is an exclusive opportunity to train with a great World Champion, competitor and coach.

 

Master Robert Howard 8th Degree

Dear Masters & Instructors,

 

 

 

In Master Keane’s absence, and on behalf of the Umpire Committee, I’m emailing you regarding the upcoming National Umpire Course, hosted by UCD Taekwon-Do School on Sunday 16th February.

 

 

 

Application form is attached.  Please pass on to your Black Belt students and encourage them to attend.

 

 

Yours in Taekwon-Do,

 

 

 

Master Mark O'Donnell 

 

8th Degree Black Belt ITF

 

Senior Instructor Galway Taekwon-Do School

 

Application form available here

Dear Grandmasters, Masters, Instructors & Black Belt members,

 

I trust you are all keeping in good health and looking forward to Christmas.

 

Attached please find application form outlining full details to attend the RITA National Black Belt Class, hosted by Ms Mc Grath, Senior Instructor Tuam Taekwon - Do School on Sunday 26th January 2020 from 10am-12pm.

 

We encourage all Black Belt members to try their best to attend Black Belt Classes, and look forward to your support.

 

 

On behalf of the RITA Masters Council, may I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very "Happy & Healthy Christmas" followed by a Peaceful & Prosperous New Year.

 

Thank you for your continued understanding, assistance & cooperation throughout the years.

 

Kind Regards

 

Yours in Taekwon-Do

 

Master Valerie Keane VIII Degree

R.I.T.A National Secretary

Application form available HERE

 

 

RITA Steps Up at Slovenian Open

The RITA’s junior black belt squad took another step forward in its continuous development by performing to its current level at the Slovenian Open. The small group of four junior black belts coached by Master Robert Howard (8th degree) travelled to the scenic town of Zrece in eastern Slovenia to compete against athletes from 12 countries, including; Czech Republic, Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, and hosts Slovenia. The tournament is a recognised EITF A class event and it was a good test of the Irish squad to see where they currently stand against their European peers. The Irish competitors performed well and took home 2 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze in both patterns and sparring. It was a time to meet old friends and make new ones and the Irish competitors would like to thank Master Emin Durakovic and the members of the Slovenian ITF for their warm hospitality. The squad are currently preparing for the 2020 European Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. The RITA would like to thank Hanley Energy for its continued support.

 

Front row: L-R: Master Emin Durokovic (ITF Slovenia), Master Robert Howard, Mr Stefan Cresnar (ITF Slovenia),