School News

4th April 2017


Dear Grandmasters, Masters & Instructors,



St. Mark’s Taekwon-Do School cordially invite you and your students to attend their annual  “ITF Patterns & Power Seminar” conducted by ITF 9th Degree

Grandmaster 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.

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


Closing date for application forms & fees is Monday 1st May (Cheques payable to St. Mark’s Taekwon-Do School please)


Thanking you in advance for your continued support throughout the years we look forward to another very successful event.



Yours in Taekwon-Do



Master Valerie Keane

Senior Instructor


Application form available here



New Umpires from our school

Congratulations to Mr Derek Brady, Ms Bróna Kelly, and Ms Breda O’Donoghue, who passed the recent national umpire course which was held in Galway. We’re all looking forward to seeing them representing the school at the ITF-Ireland Cup next weekend. Results below.




National Umpire level

Certificate Number

Derek Brady

Grandmaster Howard's



Bróna Kelly

Grandmaster Howard's



Breda O'Donoghue

Grandmaster Howard's



Colour Belt Squad Success at English Open 2017


The RITA’s Colour Belt Squad travelled to English Open 2017 last weekend, as part of the association’s development programme. The tournament was held in Guilford and run by our good friends in the UKTA. Some of the national squad black belts also attended as part of their preparation for the European Championships held in Liverpool in April of this year. 

The squad consisted of 14 colour belts and 5 black belts and their hard work and preparation was evident as they gave some great performances across patterns, sparring and special technique. Their hard work returned a total of 31 medals (13 Gold, 9 Silver, 9 Bronze).

Master Robert Howard, Mr Leon McSherry and Mr Adam Fox travelled with the squad and coached them over the weekend. We would like to thank the Grandmasters, Masters, Umpires and Mr David Norris of the UKTA for their warm welcome and for running another great event.  A special thanks to the parents who travelled too and supported the whole squad trough out the trip.



Yellow Belt:
Oliwia Swizdor - Gold
Adam Hu - Bronze
Chris Yu – Bronze


Yellow Belt:
Ciara Fitzgerald - Gold

Green Belt:
Emily Harold - Silver

Red Belt:
Joyce Yu - Gold
Shane Rice - Silver
Wayne Gill O'Loughlin – Bronze



Black Belt:
Mr Leon McSherry -Bronze
Ms Sofia Hu- Silver
Mr Max Cleary - Bronze
Mr Finn Howard- Bronze

Sparring results 
Adam Hu - Bronze
Luca Mesolella - Gold
Daragh OShea - Gold
Chris Yu - Silver
Oliwia Swizdor - Silver
Niamh Davis - Gold
Emily Harold - Gold
Eoin McLoughlin Gold
Wayne O'Loughlin - Silver 
Joyce Yu - Bronze
Shane Rice - Silver 
Ciara Fitzgerald – Gold

Mr Emmet O'Rourke - Gold
Mr Finn Howard-Gold
Ms Sofia Hu - Bronze
Kate Harold - Gold

Special Technique
Chris Yu Silver
Eoin McLoughlin Gold
Ciara Fitzgerald Silver


National Umpire Course

Oranmore Galway February 2017

On a wet and windy Sunday morning, Ms O’Donoghue, Ms. Kelly and I made our way from Dublin to Oranmore in Galway to attend a National Umpire course. The course was being presented by Master Robert Howard VIII Degree and Master Mark O’Donnell VII Degree.

It was a new experience for us. It was the first time we were stepping beyond the student and competitor role into one of the umpire. The course was well attended having ten attendees, so it was nice to know that this journey was not only new to us but also to catch up with familiar faces and colleagues against whom we had been competing for years.

The course was broken into two parts, a classroom session followed by a practical interactive session. Like most people who have competed and watched competitions, I believed that I had a decent understanding of what umpires are required to do, but as the old saying goes “You learn something new every day” and on this particular day there were a lot of new somethings.

The importance of impartiality and fairness is a key fundamental part of being an umpire. This was stressed on a number of occasions and every time a new competitor takes to the floor; they deserve your concentration and honest evaluation.

We started with patterns, what to watch for, scoring elements etc. We then watched videos of people performing their patterns and put what we had learned into practice.

We continued through the morning with practical assessments on how to umpire in all of the competition categories, special technique and power, finishing in the afternoon with practical umpiring at sparring.

It was an immensely enjoyable day and from speaking with all attendees I can honestly say we all left equipped with more information than we started with. For any new Black Belt’s , I would recommend their attending this course without any hesitation.

Many thanks to Master Howard and Master O’Donnell for putting together such a comprehensive and enjoyable course


Mr Derek Brady

1st Degree









Grandmaster Howard’s Taekwon-Do School is delighted to announce that it is hosting another high quality sparring seminar with Mr Konstantin Yurikov from Russia. This sparring camp is part of a series of excellent training weekends with the multiple World and European Taekwon-Do champion. The camp will build on the previous skills and techniques taught at the last training camps, but is accessible to new and experienced black belts and colour belts alike (yellow belt and above).


If you are interested in developing your sparring skills for both competitions and gradings then this event is for you.


Places are limited due to space, so book early and don't miss out. The last camp was fully sold out.

Book you place now on :


Note: The two days are at different venues:

Saturday is at the Cabra Parkside Sports Complex, Ratoath Rd, Dublin 7.

Sunday is at the St Joseph's School, Navan Road, Dublin 7.