The 38th term of Afghanistan ITF Taekwon-Do Senior and Junior National championship was held at Kabul city municipality gymnasium on 22-23 January 2015. There was 100 participants at this championship from herat province of Afghanistan. This championship had 2 disciplines, patterns and sparring. The supporter of this General Directorate of Physical Education And Sport of Afghanistan and ITF Taekwon-Do Federation of Afghanistan and also municipality, this championship was broadcasted in all media of Afghanistan.

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 30/Ene/2015, 18:15
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When the tournament starts there were 630 competitors from 18 different country’s! Organizers Mr. Henny van Zon and Master Willy van de Mortel were proud on this.

This Open Dutch in the same location as last year in Best, close to Eindhoven with a beautiful sports hall “Naestebest”.

The head referee Master Coos van den Heuvel together with Ron Dijkhuizen where leading more then 80 referee’s over the 10 area’s!

Further a warm welcome to our special guests, GM Wim Bos from Italy, Master Per Andresen from Norway and many other Masters where present!

After the opening speech GM Wim Bos gives the 8thDegree certificate to Master Coos van den Heuvel from his grading at the IIC in Treviso November 2014.

We invited AETF reporter Norbert Erseki from Hungary to come over and have the possibility’s to do some interviews and reports during the weekend.

Competitors from Belgium, Scotland, Italy, Germany, Norway, Ireland, Slovenia, Finland, Suisse, England, Sweden, Poland, Spain, Luxemburg, France, Nepal, Uzbekistan and Netherlands. There were competitors from National, European and World level present at this competition.

This year we had the chance to use on two squares a new wireless electronic system. Master Harry Vones from Germany came over with his system to use it at this tournament. And so to have the chance to develop it, and to found out the reactions of umpires for example. But also for most of the umpires it was their first time working with this equipment, that results in a slow start of the tournament!

All draws where a couple of day’s before the tournament starts already online and coaches and competitors could print them out.

Good matches in Tuls with great competition between competitors from Italy, Norway, Scotland, Ireland, France and the Netherlands. In sparring Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Norway, Poland, Ireland and the Netherlands fought for the titles.


In 4thtill 6thDegree Female pattern the final was between Silvia Farigu from Italy and Carly Wilson from England with Silvia took the gold.

Maxine Pura from the Netherlands took the 3rdplace.

In 4thtill 6thDegree Male pattern the final was between Lylian Doulay from France and Mikhail Vorontsov from Italy with Lylian as the winner. The same as last year! From Italy Massimo Persia became 3rd.


In the junior male divisions where winners as Alen Preloznik from Slovenia Luke McGrath from Ireland. Amin Al Rmadan from Germany and best junior of the tournament same as last year Michael McRoberts from Scotland.

He won pattern as sparring like last year!

In the female divisions we got winners from different country’s Norway, Scotland, Ireland and the Netherlands.


In the female sparring we saw national team members from their country’s winning the divisions.

Like Asmara Pattipeiluhu from Netherlands, Sarah Lehane from Ireland, Hannah Withaker from England, and Nina Meppelder from the Netherlands.


In -57 kg was it Jamie Williams from Ireland who won the final from Joshua Wadey from England. Italian Tiziano Trimboli took 3rdplace.


In -63 kg male was the final between Italian Simone Oliva and Domen Kugl from Slovenia who took silver, 3rdplace was for Boonyarit The Chaiyong from the Netherlands.

The division -70 kg was a very strong one with a very high standard, winner in the final was Nejc Gazvoda from Slovenia. He beat in the final from the local club Brian v/d Brand. In the -78 kg was it from Norway Ludvig Saele who won from Francesco Milli from Italy.

Tim Kool -85 kg from the Netherlands stays in the final against Mats Myrland Olsen from Norway and took the 1st place.


The +85 kg final was a Polish final between Mateusz Kaminski who won the final over Mateusz Mroz.


There was this time a area where several martial arts suppliers has a stand, as Top Ten, Mightfist, Nikko but also Black Belt program from Lukas Grygel.

For the first time the stand from Print Station where you could get your photo for example on all gadgets etc.


The winners in the A class sparring and Tul got all a T-shirt from the competition.


The new form of team-sparring whas interesting, fast & exiting till the last moment!

Best male team senior was Puma wo beat Team West Norway in the final.

Best female team senior was Koguryo wo beat Difesa Sports, both Netherlands. Junior male team winner was ASD FITAE Italy they won from Difesa Sports Netherlands.


Strong country’s were Italy, Ireland, Slovenia, Germany, Finland, Norway and Netherlands.                

For all photos and videos visit the webpage:



By Jurgen Spierings.

By Duncan Epping.

By Jos Klijn.




Open Dutch in figures


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Overall winner:

Van Buell Sports - Netherlands in B-class

Suokjang - Netherlands in A-class


Special thanks to all volunteers, first aid group, sports bar, sports hall and everybody who help us during this fantastic weekend.

Thanks to everybody special to our visitors from abroad and we hope to see you all at the “Open Dutch Championships 2016” at the 24th of January 2016.

Mr. Henny van Zon & Master Willy van de Mortel

Organizers Open Dutch Championships

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 29/Ene/2015, 13:37
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The Annual General Meeting of the Irish Taekwon-Do Association, the National Association for ITF Taekwon-Do in Ireland, took place in the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Co. Tipperary on Sunday the 11th January. The AGM was attended by 42 instructors from around the country.

During the AGM, the activities of the association in 2014 were reviewed. 2014 was a very successful year which saw the expansion of the association, record numbers in attendance at tournaments and more success at an international level for the Irish National team.

President’s Address by Master Kenneth Wheatley:

“On behalf of the Board of Directors I welcome and thank everyone for coming to today’s Annual General Meeting of the Irish Taekwon-Do Association. We welcome Master Frank Murphy who recently joined the ITA and is indeed flourishing with his new Taekwon-Do family. Welcome Sir.

Before we move into 2015 I feel we should reflect upon and of course celebrate the activities of 2014.

I will mention only some of the activities as there were so many during the year.

At the 92nd IIC in Dublin Mr. Kinsella, Mr. Ryan, Mr. Byrne, Mr. Rigney and Mr. Coughlan were all promoted to 6th degree. Our congratulations and job well done gentlemen.

At the same IIC Master promotions were awarded to Master Tim Forde, Master Terry Donnelly and Master Paul Delea. This promotion I would suggest to be the achievement of a lifetime in Taekwon-Do. Congratulations also to our new Masters.

At the ITA summer black belt grading 35 candidates promoted to their next levels and at our winter black belt grading no less than 46 candidates promoted with a 100% success rate achieved on the second day of testing. Quite an indicator of the level of competence attained by those who presented for their 1st degree promotions.

Another milestone achievement during the year for the ITA was the publication of the second edition of our syllabus manual written by Mr Byrne and Mr Ryan which gives our Instructors a very powerful tool to enhance the progression and education of their students.

Our tournaments have evolved and grown, with record attendances through the support of our instructors and their students. We are now also attracting international participants, again another indicator to the levels of professionalism achieved by the organisers and indeed everyone involved.

• The ITA Dublin Open 600 plus competitors with visitors from Norway, Scotland, Canada, Czech Republic and Italy. 
• ITA Cork Open 600 plus competitors from 35 clubs in Ireland and visitors from Scotland and Germany
• ITA Irish Cup UL 600 plus competitors and again with visitors from Italy, Netherlands, Spain and England.

Internationally our squads continue to excel winning many Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and with the Irish team ranking in the overall top places. Incredible results and the fruits of countless hours of dedicated preparation, our compliments to the competitors, coaches, managers and supporters. Also due to the success of the National Team we have attracted sponsorship at National Team level from both Top Ten and Mighty Fist, two of the approved vendors to the ITF.

With thanks to our business committee we were very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the Business Development & Technical Seminar with Master Per Andresen VIII Dan from Norway. A very informative seminar and interesting the approach to running an association and schools.

Our Strategic Plan comes to it’s end of term this year and I believe we have been very successful in achieving the goals set out thereupon. Many of the tasks have been completed and some are in process but will come to fruition during 2015.

As I mentioned earlier there were many events and activities during 2014, events and activities which have taken the ITA to new levels of competence and professionalism.

I am privileged to have the opportunity to commend the efforts and commitment of our Board of Directors and our working committees. The individuals involved offer their support and effort, give their precious time and proactively seek to continually improve the very existence of our association. Our professionalism, our growth, our individual and collective successes are not accidental; the activities, efforts and drive of our Board, working committees, instructors and individuals play a considerable role in getting us to where we need to be.

To those persons involved I offer my gratitude firstly as President and secondly as an individual whose fortune has placed them in what has evolved into the hugely progressive and successful Taekwon-Do association that it is today.

I am excited to welcome the coming year, as you will again see from our calendar of events 2015 will be a very busy year for the ITA, but with the support of our Taekwon-Do community, Instructors and Individuals I am of firm belief it will again be a hugely successful year for the ITA.

Thank you and I wish you very good fortune for 2015.”

List of those elected for 2015:

ITA Board of Directors:
President: Master Kenneth Wheatley VII Dan
Vice President: Mr. Mark Buckley VI Dan
Secretary General: Mr. Stephen Ryan VI Dan
Treasurer: Mr. Kevin Kinsella VI Dan
Director: Mr. Adrian Byrne VI Dan
Director: Mr. Stephen Cooley VI Dan
Director: Mr. Adrian O'Mahoney VI Dan
Director: Master Pat Barry VII Dan
ITA Committees and Officers:

Plans for 2015 were discussed and many proposals were brought forward and voted upon by the instructors in attendance. Among the changes voted through on the day, the ITA technical committee was expanded, with Master Kenneth Wheatley being elected as technical director with Mr Niall Jones, Mr Stephen Ryan & Mr Hong Looi also being elected to the committee. v The calendar of events for 2015 was finalised, a busy year which will include coaching courses, umpire workshops, three ITA tournaments, summer camps, technical seminars, national team training, World Championships and European Championships.

The membership once again returned the same board of directors to govern the association for 2015, with Master Wheatley elected as President of the association, Mr Mark Buckley as Vice-President, Mr Stephen Ryan as Secretary General and Mr Kevin Kinsella as Treasurer. Mr Stephen Cooley, Master Pat Barry, Mr Adrian Byrne and Mr Adrian O’Mahoney were also elected to the board.

The AGM concluded at approximately 5pm with a brief examiners meeting. Overall the AGM was a very positive meeting, and we look forward to another very busy year ahead.

Report by Mr. Carl Smullen IV Dan, ITA PR Officer

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Date: 23/Ene/2015, 13:00
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Dear Members,


We are experiencing discrepancies between the 100 IIC Organising Committee applicant records and the ITF Database applicant records.  We have many applicants who have not registered with the ITF Database but are registered with the 100 IIC Organising Committee and we also have applicants registered with the ITF Database, but have not registered with the IIC Organising Committee.

All applicants registering for the 100 IIC PLEASE REGISTER FIRST THROUGH THE APPLICATION ON, or using the application form in the 100 IIC Information Pack which can be downloaded from the ITF website and send to .  Once registered all applicants MUST REGISTER THEIR APPLICATIONS WITH THE ITF DATABASE.  This must be done through the country’s NA or AA.

Please can all existing candidates not registered with the 100 IIC Organising Committee please do so as soon as possible as there is vital information on the IIC application that we need in order to process your application.

Thank you for your assistance with our organising.

Best regards

 Master Wallace VIII

For and on behalf of

100 IIC Organising Committee

Numbers for the 100th IIC which takes place from the 13th to the 15th of March 2015 are growing fast. The hosts are receiving some incomplete applications however so please pay attention to the following request: 

We are experiencing some incomplete information from several applicants and also we still have many applications with subscription and banquet payments outstanding, so we would thank our applicants if they could help us with our administrations and please complete everything in full.

  • ·         The National Association is the ITF Governing Body for your country and not your schools eg. ITF Scotland, ITF England, ITA, INTA, FITAE etc
  • ·         You need to be aware of this as you MUST inform your NA as they MUST give permission, by registering your course application with ITF HQ in Spain, for you to attend the course and for us as course administrators, to ensure that all applicants are bonafide ITF members.
  • ·         Your ITF ID number is NOT your degree certificate and yes everyone has one.  If you do not have one please contact your NA to provide you with the details. Please do not send your application with “Don’t have one” or “Not Applicable”.
  • ·         Your ITF degree cert number will be country reference eg GB, followed by the rank 1, 2,3 etc, followed by the cert issue number 3345, 456 etc.

3.       For those who have already applied for the banquet, can you please look out for an email from our admin pertaining to the banquet food choices, so we can prepare these in advance.  The new applications will have the choices included in the banquet section.

4.       The banquet has been changed to the Friday Night, as we had to change venues due to large numbers attending.

5.       The banquet will be prepared in a totally Scottish evening and as hosts we will be in our traditional Scottish dress.  We will be going to a local formal dress hire company to see if we can negotiate a special “banquet” price for a complete highland dress hire for the evening.  These cost will be distributed and we will post an order/self measurement form for you to complete.  We will collect and return the dress hire for you before and after the event.

Please find the updated info pack here:

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Date: 07/Ene/2015, 16:37
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The 37th term of Afghanistan National Senior and Junior Championship was held at Kabul city in General Directorate of physical Education and Sport from 10-11 January 2015 in two disciplines: 1- Pattern 2- Sparring. In this championship we had 100 participants from Kabul and one province of Afghanistan: Maidan Wardak. The supporter of this championship Was the General Directorate of Physical Education And Sport of Afghanistan and ITF Taekwon-Do Federation of Afghanistan.

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 13/Ene/2015, 18:22
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