Grand Master Robert J Howard

Grand Master Robert Howard
9th Degree Black Belt
President RITA
President of the
National Governing Body
for the ITF in Ireland

Welcome to the Republic of Ireland Taekwon-Do Association web site. The RITA was Established in 1972 to spread Taekwon-Do throughout Ireland. We are the National Governing Body for the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) in Ireland.

Contained within our site is all the latest news from Ireland and the ITF, Information for beginners, all relevant member forms to download and helpful reference material for Instructors and Students.

If you require further Information contact the National Secretary or visit your local Taekwon-Do School.


Upcoming Events
Female Training with Master Valerie Keane

RITA Female Training

Dear Grand Master, Senior Masters, Masters & Instructors
            
Dublin North East Taekwon-Do School cordially invite your female students to attend this year’s  annual 1 day Female training conducted by Master Valerie Keane 7th Dan Irelands senior female Instructor on 24th April 2016.
This year the female class is being hosted by Dublin North East Taekwon-Do School at Our Lady of Consolation G.N.S, Collins Avenue, Dublin 5. The class will run from 11am – 5pm with a 1 hour lunch break. Please note there are limited food facilities available, a packed lunch is recommended.
All Junior & Senior females are welcome to attend. Instructors please circulate the forms to your female students and encourage them to attend and take advantage of this opportunity to meet and train with their Taekwon-Do sisters.
Thanking you in advance for your support.

Yours in Taekwon Do

Jennifer McCormack
Assistant Instructor
Dublin North East Taekwon-Do School

Application Form

ITF Patterns & Power Seminar

Dear Grandmaster, Senior Master’s, Masters & Instructors,

St. Mark’s Taekwon-Do School cordially invite you and your students to attend the annual RITA “ITF Patterns & Power Seminar” conducted by ITF 9th Degree Grandmaster Howard & ITF 8th Degree Senior Master 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 & Senior Master.

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

Closing date for application forms & fees is Monday 2nd May (Cheques payable to St. Mark’s Taekwon-Do School please)

Thanking you in advance for your continued support throughout the years we all look forward to another very successful “ITF Maters Patterns & Power Seminar”

Yours in Taekwon-Do
Master Valerie Keane
Senior Instructor

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Recent News
New RITA Master at Black Belt Grading

The RITA would like to congratulate Master Martin Murphy, Senior Instructor to Enniscorthy School, on his promotion to 7th Degree Master Black Belt. It was also a special day for Mr. Tim Collins from Galway School who was promoted to 4th Degree Black Belt. Well done to all our newest black belts on receiving the coveted rank. All the years of hard training and dedication has paid off.

Details of promotions
Mr Martin Murphy promoted to 7th Degree Master - Enniscorthy School
Mr. Tim Collins promoted to 4th Degree Galway Taekwon-Do School

Promoted to 1st Degree

John Coe Blessington Taekwon-Do School
Saoirse Ni Thuathail Blessington Taekwon-Do School
Alison Connolly Galway Taekwon-Do School
Alex Onofrei Galway Taekwon-Do School
Brandon Finnegan Old Bawn School
Cathal Melon Whelan Stillorgan Taekwon-Do School
Breda O'Donoghue GM Howard's Dojang
Derek Brady GM Howard's Dojang

National Umpire Seminar

Well done to all the black belts who took part in the RITA's National Umpire course.There was great participation and...

Posted by Republic of Ireland Taekwon-Do Association on Sunday, February 28, 2016
 
Good day for RITA Colour Belt Squad at the National Championships

Congratulations to the RITA’s colour belt squad members who performed so well at the INTA’s National Championships in the NBA, Dublin.

The squad of 20 performed well across patterns, sparring and special technique and reaped the rewards of their hard training.  It was nice to see that the squad members putting their training (with coach Mr Fox) into practice. Senior Master Howard and Mr Leon McSherry were stand-in coaches on the day and helped to steer the young competitors through many rounds and into the medal places. The message of the day was “give a good performance and the medals will follow”, and they did indeed, 24 in total.  Some won medals and some didn’t, but the overall their coaches were happy with the performances and effort showed by all the RITA competitors. Thanks to Master O’Doherty for umpiring during the event.

The event attracted 450 competitors from across Ireland and further afield and there was some good talent on display. The RITA would like to thank Senior Master O’Toole, Senior Master Douglas and Mr Jeroen  Wezelman for the warm welcome and well organised competition.

Next trip for the CBS is to The Netherlands for the Open Taekyon toernooi  on the 29th of November.
Results from the INTA National Championships

There are more photos over on our Facebook page

First Name

Surname

Belt Colour

Results

Ciara Melay Red Gold Sparring
Maebh Keogh Green Bronze Sparring
Eilish Keogh Blue Gold Sparring
Aine Curtin Blue Gold Sparring
Queenie Loo Green Bronze Sparring
Michaela Phelan Green Bronze Sparring
Muireann Shortiss Day Green Silver Sparring
Abbie O'Neill Red Bronze Patterns
Anna Fleming Green Bronze Patterns
Shane Rice Green Gold Patterns, Bronze Sparring
Eoin McLoughlin Blue Bronze Sparring
Finn Howard Blue Silver Spatterns, Bronze Sparring
Max Cleary Blue Gold Patterns
Trivo Tijanic Blue Gold Sparring, Gold Special Technique
Wayne Gill-O'Loughlin Red Bronze Patterns
Cillian Ward Yellow Bronze Patterns, Bronze Sparring
Philip Kinsella Red Gold Sparring, Silver Patterns
Darragh Power Blue Silver Sparring, Bronze Patterns
Black Belt Grading

The RITA would like to congratulate everyone on successfully passing the Black Belt Grading today. Well done on your promotions!

Promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt

Mr Rama Block Stillorgan Taekwon-Do School
Mr Jason Zaidan Stillorgan Taekwon-Do School
Mr Andrew Johnson Galway Taekwon-Do School
Mr Grzegorz Jacak Carrick-on-Suir Taekwon-Do School

Promoted to 4th Degree Black Belt
Mr Martin Mahoney Galway Taekwon-Do School

Promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt
Mr Leon Mc Sherry GM Howard's Dojang

World Championships Report

The historic town of Plovdiv in Bulgaria was host to the 19th ITF World Championships & 25th Congress and for the Irish delegation it was a momentous occasion with awards and promotions. To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Taekwon-Do the ITF chose to honor sixty people from around the world for their contributions and loyalty to General Choi's ITF. RITA/NGB President Grandmaster Robert Howard, RITA/NGB Vice president Senior Master Anthony Phelan, Senior Master Francis Barrett and RITA National Secretary Master Valerie Keane were all presented with awards by the outgoing ITF President Prof. Chang Ung. Then it was announced that Master Robert Howard was promoted to 8th Dan Senior Master. Next Mr Donal O'Doherty was given permission by the ITF to grade for his 7th Dan Master which he successfully did under Senior Grandmaster Hwang and Senior Grandmaster Kim at a special Masters Grading after Congress. Congratulations to the new Senior Master Howard and Master O'Doherty! Also the ITF elected a new President with Master Ri Yong Son taking over from Prof. Chang Ung and it was announced that the 20th World Championships would be held in Pyongyang, DPRK in 2017 with Andria, Italy being chosen to host the Junior & Veteran Worlds in 2016.

87 Countries took part in the festival of Taekwon-Do that is the World Championships and the event was the first to be held in the brand new Velodrome arena. There was also a special treat for everyone when the Team Sparring Finals were held outside in the amazing 2000 year old ancient amphitheater with Senior Master Howard and Master Floyd Keane being selected to umpire at the live televised event. Senior Master Francis Barrett, Master Donal O'Doherty and Ms Deborah Manning also umpired throughout the Championships and were selected for many of the Finals. During the Opening Ceremony Grandmaster Howard was presented with an award by the host country.

Representing Ireland as competitors were Mr Leon McSherry from Grandmaster Howard's Dojang and Mr Martin Mahoney from Galway with Master Stephen Doyle as Coach. Mr McSherry was fulfilling a lifelong ambition to compete at the adult World Championships and after his bronze at the Euros in April there was high hopes of progressing through a few rounds in the 4th Dan Patterns Division. Unfortunately in a very talented section he was handed a tough draw of Ukraine in the first round. After a close first pattern he was just pipped in the designated pattern losing out by a few points to the Ukrainian. Mr Mahoney had a solid start to the 3rd Dan Patterns division with a win over Canada. He then lost by a narrow margin to the Czech in the next round. Mr Mahoney then was drawn against Bulgaria in the toughest quarter of a huge -71kg Sparring Division which included the European Champion, North Korea and nine Europeans! After the first round there was only a couple of points between the two but during the second round the Bulgarian cheered on by the huge home crowd scored some decisive points to take the match. Both Mr McSherry and Mr Mahoney showed good improvements from the Euros in April and their hard training and dedication was appreciated by the National coach.

Next up for the Irish Team is the 4 Nations on Saturday 28th November in Liverpool. All eligible Black Belts are encouraged to attend the next squad selection as without support there can be no Teams.

 

 

The Amazing Ancient Amphitheatre

 

ITF Award for RITA members

On the 11th April 1955 General Choi introduced Taekwon-Do to the World, as we continue to celebrate the 60th Anniversary, Professor Chang Ung ITF President, nominated & highly recommended by General Choi to take his place as ITF President after his death in 2002, has selected 60 Loyal, dedicated & true Martial Artists & followers of General Choi's wishes from around the world, to a very special awards ceremony at the ITF World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, in August 2015.

The RITA are honoured to be recognised by the ITF with 4 of the 60 selected members are humbled to accept this invitation, Grandmaster Robert Howard, RITA/NGB President,Senior Master Anthony Phelan, NGB Vice President/ Treasurer, Senior Master Francis Barrett & Master Valerie Keane NGB National Secretary.

 
Bronze Medal at the Euros

Congratulations to Mr Leon McSherry who won bronze at the European Championships in Italy. After his Bronze medal in 2014 he was seeded into the quarter-finals where he faced Sweden. In an impressive display which included the technically difficult Juche as a designated pattern he beat the Swede 5-0. Mr. McSherry then faced Greece in the Semi but just lost out in a very tight match.

The morning session at day one of the euros saw our three juniors in action in their pattern divisions. Caoimhe Keogh had a win against Spain but narrowly lost to England in the quarters of the II dan division. Hannah Eade beat Bulgaria then lost out to Russia by a point on the judges scorecards in the I Dan division. Shane Grehan had a tough start to his first Euros by losing out to the Czech in the I Dan section. The afternoon session saw the adults competing in patterns where Mr Patrick Choi lost out in the quarter finals of the II Dan patterns to the Czech after beating Latvia and Mr Martin Mahoney lost out to Wales in the III Dan section. It was the first time the patterns scores were displayed on the ring screens which showed how close international competition is.

On day two of the euros there was heartbreak for Shane Grehan in the sparring, after being awarded a win against Bulgaria in a tough fight which went 3 rounds it was then declared a draw following a protest by the Bulgarians for an incorrect warning. There was then a further 6 minutes of golden point sparring where both fighters thought they had it until the Bulgarian finally got two judges decisions to end it. Hannah Eade also had a battle with a Bulgarian in her first bout but after leading during round 1 she narrowly lost out in the end in a spar that could have gone either way. Later Caoimhe Keogh and Mr Mahoney lost tough bouts against Greece and England respectively that gave them valuable ring experience for the future.

The Juniors of Shane, Hannah and Caoimhe at their first black belt Euros showed they belong on the international stage and the future of the RITA National Team looks bright.

With ITF England's successful bid for the 2017 Euros in Liverpool it will be an exciting opportunity for us to send a large team. We hope that some of the colour belt squad will be able to travel with the Black Belt Squad to the Euros in Thessaloniki, Greece next year to compete in the Child section (10-13 years) as red belts then move in to the Junior (14-15, 16-17) division as black belts for 2017. Competing at this level requires a lot of dedication but the RITA coaches will offer all the support and training possible plus watch out for special training sessions with International coaches/competitors. Remember the Euros has Child, Junior, Adult and Veteran divisions so age is no barrier to compete. We will be looking at all the members who show potential at squad training and competitions so make sure you attend!

We would like to thank The Audi Centre (www.audisouthdublin.ie) for their kind sponsorship donation.

Irish Squad travel to the European Championships

We would like to wish the Irish Squad the best of luck at the EITF European Championships. The team head off on Monday to compete against Europe's best at the Championships in Andria, Italy. The squad will be accompanied by the National Coach Master Stephen Doyle and by the EITF selected Umpires Master Robert Howard, Master Floyd Keane and Mr. Donal O'Doherty.

Representing Ireland will be:
Mr. Leon McSherry (GM Howards Taekwon-Do​)
Mr. Martin Mahoney Galway Taekwon-Do School​
Mr. Patrick Choi Carrick-on-Suir Taekwon-Do School​)
Ms. Caoimhe Keogh (Galway Taekwon-Do School)
Ms. Hannah Eade (Carrick-on-Suir Taekwon-Do School)
Mr. Shane Grehan (Carrick-on-Suir Taekwon-Do School)

We would like to thank The Audi Centre (www.audisouthdublin.ie) for their kind sponsorship donation.

Historic agreement between ITF and WTF signed

The ITF and WTF have signed a historic argeement which is great news for our international competitors. As NGB for the ITF in Ireland we can now look forward to exciting developments including the chance of Olympic qualifying for our members and participation at WTF international competitions. With our WTF friends now being able to take part in ITF World and European events there will be even greater competition for places so start training harder! To read a copy of the agreement click HERE

Dear all ITF NGBs,
Dear friends and colleagues,

I herewith send to your address the whole integral part of Protocol of Accord in its original version bilaterally signed by WTF President and ITF President and vice-versa, in Nanjing, China on 21st August 2014 under the presence of Dr. Thomas Bach, IOC President.
Words and expressions are lacking to interpret the historical significance of this monumental achievement. As first step taken, many tasks are ahead urging all of us to be more dynamic in our commitment, incarnation of 5 tenets of Taekwon-Do.

With best regards, I remain
Sincerely yours

Professor. Kim Sung Hwan
ITF Secretary General (EB Member)
Draugasse 3
1210 Vienna, Austria
Mobile:+43 699 112 243 33
Tel:        +43 1 292 84 67
Fax:       +43 1 292 55 09
E-mail: director-gen@itfhq.org

RITA YouTube Channel

RITA YouTube

Check out our YouTube channel for all the recent media appearances for the 40th Anniversary plus some vintage films from the last 40 years! Also in the playlists section you can view some International Tournaments. Videos are regularly added.

RITA 40th Anniversary featured in the National Media

The 3rd and 4th of May was a busy time for the RITA as we were featured on RTE, TV3, Today FM, 98 FM plus the Irish Times and Irish Daily Mail newspapers!

First off was the feature in the Irish Daily Mail about the Three Generations of the Howard family. Click here to view a scan on our facebook page.

Next was Grand Master Howard, Senior Master Phelan and Master Howard on Dermot & Dave, Dublin’s 98FM doing a live interview & tile breaking. Click here to view the video

Friday started with an appearance on TV3's Ireland AM with First Grand Master Rhee breaking a brick live. Click here to view it on the TV3 website. There are also a couple of photos on our Facebook page

Then it was on to RTE to record a piece for the 6.1 News news. Click here to view the video on our YouTube page.

It was a quick photshoot for the Irish Times then it was off to Today FM for an interview with Matt Cooper for the Last Word. Click here to view that video.

The RITA would like to thank the Senior members who gave up their time to help out.

RITA 40

RITA Celebrating 40 Years

The RITA Would like to thank Mr. Gerard Byrne for designing our 40th Anniversary logo. His hard work is very much appreciated. We would like all our Schools to use it in promotional material so if you require a high resolution copy for print please contact Mr Doyle.

Also as part of the 40th Anniversary we will be uploading Photos and Videos from the last 40 years with some special ones to come soon. In the meantime have a look at the video from our 25th Anniversary back in 1997 and see if you recognise some young faces! Apologese for the quality as its from a very well used VHS.

Check out the Youtube and Facebook pages for more

Grand Master Robert J Howard

RITA President promoted to Grandmaster

Senior Master Robert J. Howard, was promoted to Taekwon-Do Grandmaster, 9th degree black belt, at the 17th ITF World Championships in Pyongyang, North Korea. 

Grandmaster Howard received his new rank (Sasung, Korean for Grandmaster) from the president of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), Professor Chang Ung, at the 17th World Championships. The RITA’s president has just returned from the North Korean capital city and his family and students throughout Ireland are already celebrating the fantastic news. He is the first European to be promoted by the Professor Chang Ung and the ITF and, according to the ITF’s website (www.itftkd.org), makes him the 8th worldwide. Also promoted in North Korea to the coveted rank of Grandmaster was Senior Master Phap Lu (Canada), SM Hwang (ITF and Czech technical director), SM Kim (Technical director to Bulgaria).

On his promotion Grandmaster Howard said "I'm so honoured to be promoted to Grandmaster by the ITF. When I started in Taekwon-Do back in the sixties I never thought I’d be still training today, and still with my original instructor First Grandmaster Rhee Ki Ha. Perseverance is one of General Choi’s five tenets and I’ve always tried to live by them.’

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Upcoming Events 2016

 

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Squad Training
ITF Ireland Team

For more information please contact the National Coach Master Doyle. Email coach@rita-itf.org

Colour Belt Squad

With the European Taekwon-Do Championships 2017 being in Liverpool we are looking for the next stars of Irish Taekwon-Do to represent your country at the highest level. The colour belt squad is specifically designed to spot potential talent and give young competitors invaluable experience before they move up to black belt.

This training is open to all RITA colour belts, male and female, junior and senior including veterans. For more information please contact Mr Adam Fox Coach on 0864172569 (cbsquad@rita-itf.org)

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In Memoriam

Gen Choi Hong Hi
Founder of Taekwon-Do
1918 - 2002
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