School News

‘Physics of Taekwon-Do’ Tour a Great Success

 

 

Grandmaster Robert J Howard and his son Master Robert G Howard, from Ireland, have just completed a very successful tour of Ireland giving public lectures on the ‘Physics of Taekwon-Do’. The duo were invited by Ireland’s Institute of Physics to give the lecture series as part of its promotion of physics to school children.

Master Howard (PhD) is a physics lecturer in the Dublin Institute of Technology and is well known for using his Taekwon-Do skills to help explain the laws of physics to his students. ‘Newton’s laws, velocity, momentum, force and acceleration are all physics concepts that we use in Taekwon-Do, and breaking wooden boards and tiles is a great way of getting the ideas across to the physics students’ says Master Howard.

The Institute of Physics (IoP) asked Master Howard if he would give his lecture to school children to help get them interested in studying physics. The tour was part of the annual Tyndall lecture series which the IoP promotes and saw Grandmaster Howard and Master Howard give nine public lectures to over 2000 students in seven colleges and universities around the country. The tour took two weeks and the Taekwon-Do experts covered 1,581 kilometeres, broke 30 pieces of timber and 160 tiles.

‘The audiences were fantastic’ said Grandmaster Howard (President of the Republic of Ireland Taekwon-Do Association), ‘They were in awe of what they were seeing, and both the physics and ITF Taekwon-Do were well promoted’ he added.

The lecture consisted of Master Howard explaining the forces required to break timber and tiles and then applying the theory in practice by breaking the materials. He explained how the founder GenChoi includes an explanation of the physics behind the theory of power in his 15 volume encyclopedia on Taekwon-Do.

Grandmaster Howard did the grand finale and showed at 75 years of age he still has his Taekwon-Do power. Every time he broke suspended tiles with a knife-hand strike the audience erupted into loud applause. At the end of every lecture the students and teachers were queuing up to get their photos taken with Grandmaster Howard and Master Howard. It was great to see so many students of Taekwon-Do and other martial arts as well as members of non-ITF Taekwon-Do groups all came down to shake their hands and say how much they enjoyed the lectures. There was great media interest in the talks too, and they were reported in Irish newspapers, radio and TV.

Grandmaster Robert J. Howard is president of the Republic of Ireland Taekwon-Do Association and has been practicing Taekwon-Do since 1968. Master Robert G Howard is an international umpire and has been practicing Taekwon-Do since 1979. He also holds a PhD in physics and lectures physics at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland.

Both Grandmaster and Master Howard teach Taekwon-Do classes for adults and children in Cabra and the Navan Road, Dublin 7.

 

Integrity paramount for RITA Umpires

 

Judging with ‘Integrity, Conscience and good Technical Knowledge’ was the key message at the RITA’s annual National Umpire course in Carrick on Suir last weekend. ‘The RITA has built up a very good reputation for having fair and unbiased judges at both a national and international level’ said Master Mark O’Donnell ‘We must keep working hard to maintain this reputation’ he added.

The course which was conducted by the Cabra and Navan Road instructor Master Robert Howard (Chair of the Umpire Committee) and, Master Mark O’Donnell (Vice Chair), was hosted by Mr Paul Tobin and the Carrick on Suir Taekwon-Do School. The morning was spent training the umpires on judging the different aspects of a pattern; Technical content, Power, Rhythm, Balance, and Breath control. Videos of patterns and an e-voting system allowed the new umpires to compare and discuss their scores. This was repeated until there was a convergence to a common score and the umpires could award the correct score to different standards of performance of the patterns.

The afternoon was spent concentrating on scoring in the sparring event and both the judges and competitors shared their opinion on what a valid point was until the judges were confident and competent in awarding valid points in a sparring match. The skills required to be a good centre referee were also developed. ‘You must know what you are doing’ said Master Howard. ‘But you must also look like you know what you are doing. That comes with practice at home and in your own dojang. Don’t come to the tournament to practice.’ he added.

The common mistakes or faults competitors make in the Power and Special Technique events were discussed in detail, and practiced until the new umpires were confident judging the events. The relaxed atmosphere meant that the new umpires were open and comfortable asking questions and joining in the discussions.

Master Howard ended the course by encouraging the new umpires to commit to attending and supporting all the RITA’s tournaments, especially the upcoming ITF-Ireland Cup in Waterford on the 5th of April. The new umpires will be ready to judge with ‘Integrity, Conscience and a good Technical Knowledge’.

 

 

DUBLIN NORTH EAST TAEKWON-DO

SCHOOL

(Established 1980)

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                             11/03/14

 

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 13th April 2014.

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 RITA registered female members Junior & Senior 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

 

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Directions to Dublin North East:

For anyone Travelling from South Dublin or from around the country here is some directions to our school:

·         Head for the M50 and travel northbound heading towards Dublin airport

·         You will pass through “eFlow barrier-free toll” which can be paid online or in selected newsagents

·         At Junction 3 (Junction with M1) branch left  then taking the right hand lanes, joining the M50 Motorway (signposted City Centre)

·         Leave the M50 at Junction 1, then merge onto the N50 (signposted N1)

·         Continue down the N1 heading towards Dublin City Centre, Be sure to stay left to AVOID entering the port tunnel.

·         Continue forward until you see a church on your left hand side (Whitehall Church),  take a left onto Collins Avenue at these traffic lights.

·         Once on Collins Avenue continue forward for approximately 5 minutes, you will pass a number of traffic lights.

·         You will come to a set of traffic lights in which you will see a church in front of you to the right (Donnycarney Church), continue straight through these lights and take the first right. (please be careful not to park in Le Cheile as clamping is in operation there)

·         Once you take the first right the gates to the school are on your left hand side (green railings) there is secure parking available here.

 

For anyone Travelling from Cabra (Grandmaster Howards School):

·         Take the North Circular road heading towards the city Centre

·         Take a left onto the N1 heading in the direction of the airport.

·         Once at the Junction of Whitehall Church, take a right onto Collins Avenue.

·         Once on Collins Avenue continue forward for approximately 5 minutes, you will pass a number of traffic lights.

·         You will come to a set of traffic lights in which you will see a church in front of you to the right (Donnycarney Church), continue straight through these lights and take the first right. (please be careful not to park in Le Cheile as clamping is in operation there)

·         Once you take the first right the gates to the school are on your left hand side (green railings) there is secure parking available here.

 

 

For anyone who has any queries about our location or directions please do not hesitate to call Jennifer McCormack on 085-7068433

                          

Eleven students from Grandmaster Howard’s Taekwon-Do School travelled to Carrick-on-Suir on Sunday (23 Feb) to take part in the RITA’s colour belt squad development programme. The eleven students ranging from yellow belt to red belt trained hard under the guidance of coaches; Mr Paul Tobin, Ms Audrey Condon and Mr Adam Fox. The training was specifically aimed at developing tournament skills with an emphasis on sparring and patterns.

The development programme is aimed at taking young students which show a good potential for international level competition and allowing them to train with their peers at a higher level. All three coaches have a wealth of experience at international events and know what is required to succeed at the very top. Master Howard was also in attendance and noted the comments the coaches made about which skills our students need to work on in class.

Thanks to all the parents who made the two hour drive from Cabra and the Navan Road to Carrick-on-Suir. Without your support the programme would not be as successful and the children would not reach their potential.