School News

 

Dear Instructors & Competitors,

On behalf of the R.I.T.A Tournament Committee, we would like to invite you to the ITF Ireland Cup 2014 to be hosted in the Kingfisher Club, Tramore Road, Waterford City on the 5th of April 2014.

The Individuals Events will include:

• Patterns & Sparring for all Juniors, Seniors and Veterans Competitors
• Special Technique will only be open for the Junior competitors
• Power will only be open for Senior and Veteran competitors.

Please note that this is a pre-register only event. Instructors must enter their students using the online entry form. All entries must be entered before the closing date of Sunday 30th of March 2014. Please remember that accurate information is the responsibility of the instructor, any errors cannot be amended on the day.

We would very grateful if all umpires wishing to umpire at the competition could please complete the online Umpire Form. This will allow us to have the ring councils set up prior to the event.

If you have any questions in relation to this event, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Students and instructors from Grandmaster Howard’s Taekwon-Do school put on a spectacular display of their Taekwon-Do skills at our New Year’s demonstration. The show took place at St Joseph’s School for the Deaf on the Navan road, Dublin 7, and was attended by guest of honour Grandmaster Howard.

After bowing to Grandmaster Howard and reciting the code the demonstration started with our youngest students, the Taekwon-Do Tigers (6-8 years) showing off their newly acquired skills. They performed their 3 step punch, basic blocks, pad work, and jumping kicks. They finished off with a fine display of their developing flexibility.

 

Next up were the Taekwon-Do Dragons (9-11 years). The white belts performed a lovely 4-directional punch as a team. The yellow belts showed the purpose of a pattern by performing Dan Gun against real attackers. There was excellent team pattern performance of Dan Gun by the yellow belts too. The children showed off their sparring skills with some lovely combinations. The Dragons wowed the audience with the height of their over head kicks and great improvements in their flexibility.

The children’s display really showed the development of their technique, flexibility and jumping ability. It was great that all the parents and relations who were in attendance could see the progression from Tigers to Dragons, and that the programme is all about developing the children over the long term.

 

After the young children it was time for our Taekwon-Do families. Families of parents and children who are training in our school took to the floor to show the joy of practicing Taekwon-Do together. They were followed by some of our teenagers and adults who showed off their breaking skills with both their hands and their feet.

 

After such a great show up to that point the black belts were under pressure to raise the bar. But there was no need to worry, as our black belts and instructors set out on a spectacular finale. A great team pattern display of Gae Baek was followed by an impressive jump over head kick by Mr Nowak. This was followed by a fast and furious display of tournament sparring which all the children in the audience loved.

Then the audience were treated to the highest level of breaking techniques. Mr McSherry performed a beautiful blindfolded jump reverse turning kick. Mr Fox showed why he has two European medals in power breaking by smashing his way through stacks of tiles with his forefist and back hand. The final break had the audience with their hands up to their mouths as Mr Fox broke timber with his finger tips.

 

The show ended with a huge wave of applause. There was great feedback from the families and friends and the path of progression and advancement in skills from white belt to expert was clear for all to see.

Well done to al the students of Grandmaster Howard’s Taekwon-Do School who took part in the demonstration.

Tyndall lectures 2014

 

 

The Physics of Martial Arts.

 

The Tyndall Lectures are held at various venues throughout Ireland at the end of January each year. 

 

Following in the tradition of the esteemed Irish physicist John Tyndall (1820-1893) who delivered hundreds of lectures at the Royal Institution in London, these IOP Ireland-sponsored lectures use demonstrations and interactivity to enthuse school children about the physics they are learning in class.

 

The 2014 Tyndall Schools' Lecture Series sees Master Robert Howard (7th Degree Master in Taekwondo) give a lecture on The Physics of Martial Arts. The lecture and demonstration is aimed at 5th and 6th year second level students and will explain the physics behind the breaking of wood and tiles with Taekwon-Do hand and foot techniques. 

 

Master Howard who also has a PhD in physics will be explain the concepts of; velocity, momentum, force and energy, while at the same time checking if his physics is correct by smashing timber and tiles.


                                                                        
The eight venues are Carlow, Waterford, Cork, Limerick, Derry, Belfast, Dublin and Galway.

Medal Success at Irish Open

Congratulations to all of Grandmaster Howard’s and Master Howard’s students who performed so well at the recent RITA Irish Open 2013 in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, Dublin. It was a difficult competition to pick up medals and many great performances were unlucky not to be rewarded with a medal. But that’s competition for you. The main thing from your instructors’ point of view was the high standard of your performance. Having said that 18 medals for the Cabra and Navan Road based students is a nice return. A special thanks to Derek Brady and Lisa Parsons for organising all the children with the school’s sparring equipment and for coaching them on the day when the black belts were busy umpiring.

It was also a great weekend for the Irish team and our own black belt and instructors, when Mr Fox and Mr McSherry helped the team win the 4 Nations. Also on the team were our guest black belts Mr Gerard Finn and Mr Patrick Choi from Carrick-on-Suir.  See full 4-Nation report on www.rita-itf.org. . There are also official photos of some of our students on the RITA website and at this link

http://www.masterhoward.com/index.php/news/260-irish-open-2013-pictures.html

 

Brona Kelly

Gold Sparring, Gold Patterns (Adult yellow belt female)

Kate Harold

Gold Sparring (11 years and under yellow belt, female)

Bradly Bailey

Gold (flyover side kick (nomo chagi) 11 years and under)

Christopher Parsons

Silver Sparring, Silver Patterns (12-14 years yellow belt)

Alek Nowak

Silver Patterns, Bronze Sparring, (Adult black belt male)

Emmet O’Rourke

Bronze Sparring, Bronze Patterns (11 years and under yellow belt male)

Lisa Parsons

Bronze Sparring, (Adult blue belt, female)

Sandra Curley

Silver Sparring, (Adult green belt, female)

Amelie NiRoibeard

Bronze Sparring, (11 years and under yellow belt, female)

Jack Galka

Gold Sparring, (12-14 years green belt, male)

Joyce Yu

Bronze Sparring, (11 years and under yellow belt, female)

Jodie Curley

Bronze Sparring, (11 years and under yellow belt, female)

Laura Donoghue

Bronze Sparring, (12-14 years blue belt, female)

Leah Dunne

Bronze Sparring, (12-14 years Green belt, female)