School News

Dear Parents

Our last classes before Christmas are:

Tuesday 13th December, Friday 16th December, Saturday 17th December 2016.


We start back (new term)

Tuesday 10th January, Friday 13th January, Saturday 14th January 2017.

The children will have a New Year demonstration on Friday 27th January 2017 (7-9pm). Please mark it on your calendar.

They will have their Fun Challenge in March and their grading (test for belt/stripe) will be in June.

Thank you for your continued support during the year.

Happy Christmas from Grandmaster Howard and all the instructors


Master Howard

087 698 7624




Congratulations to our students who successfully passed their grading on the 6th December at the Cabra Parkside Community Centre, Ratoath Rd, Dublin 7. The martial artists who ranged in grade from beginner to red tag were tested by ITF examiner Master Robert Howard 8th degree. The examination covered all aspects of Taekwon-Do; patterns, sparring, breaking and theory, and showed the tested the necessary skills to move from one grade to the next.

Well done to Marian Smerea who received the grading award for his high standard and promotion to 9th kup.




Name and new grade

Joyce Yu - 2th kup

Leah Dunne - 3th kup

Jean-Baptiste Fiot - 5th kup

Catalin Balan - 7th kup

Maria Balan - 7th kup

Marcus Conroy - 9th kup

Ruairi Kilshaw O'Neill - 9th kup

Roger O'Neill - 9th kup

Aoife Raeside - 9th kup

Shauna Raeside - 9th kup

Marian Smerea - 9th kup

Bruno Uniante - 9th kup




Six students from Grandmaster Howard’s Dojang travelled to Guilford on the 11th November 2016 to compete in the UK Open. For many of these students it was an opportunity to compete at their new grades. Some had recently been awarded their Black Belt and others their red belt. We were joined at the competition by Abbey O’Neill from Carrick and Alex Byrne from Stillorgan. Some of students were also stepping up to higher age categories for the first time. Daire and Cillian Howard were official mascots, flag holders and cheer leaders for the event.

The change in grade did not affect the focus of our competitors. They adapted well and represented Grandmaster Howard’s school, their instructors and themselves impeccably. The calibre of the opposition was first class and provided quite a test for our students in all disciplines. The students acquitted themselves well and won 12 medals in total, 1 Gold 4 Silver and 7 Bronze.

A fabulous and successful trip and competition for all involved. We look forward to the next competition, the Irish Open on the 26th November in the National Basketball Arena.



Master Robert G. Howard



Konstantin Yurikov Sparring Seminar - 1 Day

This one day sparring seminar is great chance to bring you up to speed with the two previous training camps which Mr Konstantin Yurikov conducted in Ireland. It is a day after the RITA Irish Open where he will be observing RITA competitors competing and tailoring his sparring development plan to suit our needs. Mr Yurikov will also be competing at the Irish Open so you'll get to see him in action too.

The seminar is a must for all serious RITA Black belt & Colour Belt competitors as Mr Konstanin Yurikov (Russia) is a multiple ITF World and European Champion

This training camp is only open to RITA Instructors and students (members yellow belt and above).


You can only book your place on Event Brite at:


DATE AND TIME: Sun, November 27, 2016, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

LOCATION: St Joseph's School Deaf Boys, Navan Road, Dublin 7

On behalf of the RITA tournament Committee, please find the information pack outlining full details for the forthcoming Irish Open on the 26th November in the National Basketball Arena.

We encourage all Instructors and their Students to get on board and support our annual Irish Open Tournament.

The ITF Irish Open 2016 Information Pack is available HERE

Instructors Pack avaiolable HERE