School News



We are delighted to announce that we are hosting another Sparring seminar with Mr Konstantin Yurikov of Russia. This two day seminar with the multiple European and World championship gold medallist in on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October. Saturday is in our training hall at the Cabra Parkside Sports Centre, Ratoath Rd, Dublin 7. While the Sunday session is in St Joseph’s School Hall, Navan Rd, Dublin 7.

Tickets only available on-line at


Tickets are limited so book now.

Summer Training weekend: We are holding a training weekend on Saturday and Sunday 12th/13th August 2017. This year’s topics will be 'Patterns', 'Sparring', Self-Defence' and 'Power Breaking',  and will be conducted by Master Robert Howard (8th Degree) , Master Mark O’Donnell (7th Degree), and Mr Leon McSherry (5th Degree).

Master Howard and Master O’Donnell have decades of experience instructing Taekwon-Do and umpiring at European and World Championships.  Mr McSherry is 2016 European Champion in 5th  degree patterns, and 2017 vice-champion. Between them they will help you identify what you need to do to excel at the art.  

What to bring: Dobok, water bottle, packed lunch, sparing pads (can be supplied if necessary).

This Training Weekend is open to RITA black belt and colour belts (yellow belt and above) and is only €75. (€60 Early bird special, book by 31st July 2017)

Book now on

Places are limited so book early and don’t miss out. 

Grading for Tigers and Dragons

June 2017 – St Joseph’s School for the Deaf, Navan Road, Dublin 7

Dear Parents,

The final event in your child’s Taekwon-Do development programme for the year is their grading (exam) for their stripe or new belt. The grading’s will be held during your child’s normal class time apart from the Dragons which will take place on a Friday evening. The grading times are arranged according to their class group and are shown below. There will be no classes during these times.

If this is your child’s first grading can you please give Master Howard two passport size photographs (name on the back) and the grading fee of €25 by Saturday the 3rd of June?

If your child has graded before can you please give Master Howard their licence (green grading book) and the grading fee of €25 by Saturday the 3rd of June?

I have given your child a sheet with everything they need to know for the exam. They will need to be able to perform the physical aspects of the test and know all their Korean words, goals and the code. Please help them to do a little bit of practice every evening.

Grading times




Tuesday 13th June 7pm-8.15pm

Tuesday evening Tigers class

St Joseph’s

Friday 16th June 3-5pm

Friday afternoon Tigers class

Cabra Parkside (The Bogies)

Friday 16th June 7-9pm

All Dragons

St Joseph’s

Saturday 17th June 10-11.30 am

Saturday morning Tigers class

St Joseph’s


Please note the following

Wear a clean ironed dobok for your test. Only wear a white t-shirt or vest underneath (no colours).

Arrive 10 minutes early.

As this is an exam you will need to be quiet while the other children are being examined. It may not be suitable to bring younger siblings to the exam as they will be expected to sit still and be quiet for a long time.

Finally, classes will continue until Friday 23rd June. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Master Howard



High Standards at the Fun Challenge

Our annual Fun Challenge for our young Tigers and Dragons Taekwon-Do students took place recently in our Navan road (Dublin 7) venue. The event was aimed at developing the children’s competition skills and is an integral part of the RITA’s Children Development programme. We were delighted to share the event with the Tiger and Dragons from Dublin North East (Donnycarney) and their instructors.

The day started at St Joseph’s School for the Deaf with the younger Tiger students (6-8 years). There were about 30 students competing in four events; Technical (4-step punch), stretching routine, jumping kick and team sparring. The Tigers wowed the judges and audience with their advanced stretching routines and showed great enthusiasm in all of their events.

The Dragons (9-11 years) took to the mats in the afternoon and showed really high technical skills in the patterns event. Their advanced skills in flexibility, jumping ability and sparring were also on display as they impressed the umpires and parents.

Thank you to all the umpires from Grandmaster Howard’s school and Dublin North East for giving up their day to judge at the event.

The next event on the Tigers and Dragons programme is their grading in June.

Photos and videos of the event are on our Facebook page:



Tigers (6-8 years)

4-Step Punch

Group 1

Gold - James

Silver - Kerry

Bronze – Bobby and Arran


Group 2

Gold - Phong

Silver - Alex

Bronze – Emile and Conor


Stretching Routine

Boys Group 1

Gold - James

Silver - Arran

Bronze – Michael and Leo


Boys Group 2

Gold - Phong

Silver - Donnchadh

Bronze – Conor and Callum



Gold - Claudia

Silver - Holly

Bronze – Kerry and Julianna


Jumping  High Kick – Nopi Chagi


Gold – Kerry

Gold – Holly


Gold – Arran

Silver - Mihn

Gold – Oscar

Gold - Michael


Team Sparring


Gold – Dangerous Tigers

Silver – Taekwon-Do Sparrers

Bronze – The Duck Butts & Gecko Spinners



Gold – Golden Potatoes

Silver – Awesome Team






Dragons (9-12 years)


10th Kup – 4 Directional Punch

Gold - Kevin

Silver - Daire

Bronze – Cillian H and Emily J


9th Kup – Chon Ji

Gold - Hazel

Silver - Albert

Bronze – Ciara and Julia


8th Kup – Dan Gun

Gold - Adam

Silver - Oliwia

Bronze – Niamh and Luca


Stretching Routine

Boys Group 1

Gold - Daire

Silver - Kevin

Bronze – Albert and Luca


Boys Group 2

Gold - Adam

Silver – Cillan H

Bronze – Gerry and Corey



Gold - Oliwia

Silver - Hazel

Bronze – Libby and Ciara


Jumping  High Kick – Nopi Chagi


Gold – Oliwia

Gold – Hazel


Gold – Corey

Gold – Adam

Silver - Gerry


Team Sparring


Gold – The Fudge Nuggets

Silver – Superstars

Bronze – Taekwon-Do Champs & Sparring Sparrows



Gold – Sparring Squad

Silver – ITF

Bronze – Number 2 & Taekwon-Do Kickers







Cabra Fun Challenge 2017



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.



Sunday 14th May 2017

St Joseph’s Hall, Navan Rd

Tigers: 10-12.30pm, Dragons: 1pm-3.30pm


Information and application form available here