Drogheda Taekwon-do School News

INTA International Open Kilkenny March 2014

Great work from all Drogheda TKD students at the INTA International in Kilkenny over the weekend. A great day was had by all of our 5 competitors on Saturday March 1st. Gold in red belt sparring, well done Olivia. Silver from Pauline also in yellow belt sparring and very big well done to Letitia for her first competition as a blue belt and getting her bronze in sparring. Thanks to Mrs Pauline Connor and James Crosby for coaching on the day. Good job everyone. Well done everyone. Your instructors , Drogheda TKD.

Well done to all clubs both at home and across the water that competed at the second day of INTA International at the Watershed in Kilkenny. Mr Matthew Gorman 1st Degree from Drogheda TKD won his first fight but lost out on the next and was just out of contention for the medals and the same for our senior black belt Mr David Knowles 1st Degree. Both put up some great fights and they did the club proud. Well done to all. Your instructors are very proud to have had very brave students enter on both days!! Well done. Until next time! Great job everyone! Drogheda TKD.

Drogheda TKD Club Grading December 2013

Drogheda TKD had its December grading on Saturday 21st December. Well done to all who graded. Still some work needed on step sparring and self defence for the higher grades. A list of all who were promoted is listed below.

Patrick Owen Promoted to 9th Kup
Jack Leong Promoted to 9th Kup
Orestas Jautusenka Promoted to 9th Kup
Kayley Leddy Promoted to 9th Kup
Noel Flood Promoted to 9th Kup
Ryan Thornton Promoted to 9th Kup
Deirdre Flood Promoted to 9th Kup
Niamh Coogan Promoted to 9th Kup
John Gallagher Promoted to 9th Kup
Bolu Ogumjimi Promoted to 8th Kup
Louise Connor Promoted to 8th Kup
Letitia McDonnell Promoted to 4th Kup
Ola Ogumjimi Promoted to 2nd Kup
Olivia Morgan Promoted to 2nd Kup

International Instructors Course 2014

The Irish National Taekwon-Do Association has the honour to invite you to an International Instructors Course in Ireland. After holding successful International Instructors Courses in 2005 and 2008 we hope that you will be able to join us again for the next event in 2013. Anyone interested can fill in the registration form on the INTA website.

Congratulations!!!

A big well done to Mr Fearghal Gorman who was promoted to 2nd Degree black belt grading on the 30th November 2013. He was very focused on the day and was very impressive. He did the club and his instructors proud.

Metafit Classes have arrived at Drogheda TKD.

Anyone interested in a great workout to boost Metabolism, improve core muscles and over all fitness while still burning fat! All adults welcome to this Metafit class, 11.00am to 11.30am every Saturday morning. €5.00 per class. Mr Raymond Connor IV Degree is a fully certified Metafit instructor. If you are interested in some Taekwondo kicking techniques and other Taekwondo applications after the Metafit class from 11.30 till approx 12.45 all are welcome.

Drogheda TKD has a visit from a Master!

Many thanks to Master Brendan O'Toole 8th Degree who visited our club on Saturday 10th 2013. It was a great day Master O'Toole demonstrated some good sparring techiques and went through patters with all our students. Thanks Master O'Toole for visiting our club>

Drogheda TKD Bring home the Black Belts!

Well done to all from Drogheda TKD who graded on Sunday 16th June in Cork at the INTA Blackebelt Grading. Mr Ken Gorman achieved 2nd degree today , Mr Fearghal Gorman just missed out but will be ready to rock again in December!! Congrats to Mr Anthony Maguire, Mr Caelum Connor, Mr David Beirth and Ms Pauline Connor who achieved 1st Degree blackbelt well done to all. Thanks again to Mr Connor Junior for the extra classes on Saturday mornings these played an integral part in achieving the new black belts, the club is very proud of all the students that took part.

Black Belt Grading in Cork

Drogheda TKD has 4 students grading for 1st Degree Black Belt on Sunday in Cork Pauline Connor, Anthony Maguire, David Beirth and Caelum Connor. Our two assistant instructors Mr Ken Gorman and Mr Fearghal Gorman are garding for 2nd Degree Blackbelts also. The very best of luck to all grading on Sunday. Some black belts were brought home to Drogheda TKD at Christmas 2012 and we will be doing the same now on Sunday. All students have put in plenty of hard work over the past two years with extra training on our new Saturday classes hopefully the results on Sunday will reflect all the hard work. C'mon Crogheda TKD!

First of our Little Cubz!!

The first Tiger Cubz class was held on Saturday April 13th 2013, thanks to the our first young cubz that came to the class. The class was held by Mr Connor Junior IV Degree and assisted by Mr Ken Gorman I Degreee and one of our red belt students Anthony Maguire, all had fun as they were introduced to some basic Tae Kwon Do. I think the ladder was the favourite excerise done by our new cubz! Well done everyone.

Drogheda TKD March Grading 2013

Drogheda Taekwon Do had its March grading on Saturday 30th March. Well done to all who graded. Mr Ken Gorman put the students through a quick warm up to get everyone loosened up before the grading began. The Students were then put through their paces by both Mr Connor Senior and Mr Connor Junior. A marked improvement was observed by all instructors, keep up the good work everyone and yet again we will all step it up a gear for the next grading in June for our club colour belt grading and the black belt grading. Yours in Taekwon Do, Drogheda TKD. All who were successfull at the grading are listed below.

Ryan McGahey Promoted to 9th Kup
Pauline Maguire Promoted to 9th Kup
Adam Everitt Promoted to 9th Kup
Bolu Ogunjimi Promoted to 9th Kup
Gabrielle Duffy Promoted to 9th Kup
Ryan Duffy Promoted to 7th Kup
Oran Connor Promoted to 7th Kup
Jade Dyas Promoted to 6th Kup
Letitia McDonnell Promoted to 6th Kup
James Crosby Promoted to 5th Kup
Olivia Morgan Promoted to 4th Kup
Ola Ogunjimi Promoted to 4rd Kup
Alan McDonnell Promoted to 3rd Kup

Well done all who entered the INTA International Open over the weekend in Kilkenny. A great weekend was had by all from a sparring and pattern perspective and from our Umpires and Referee's. Mr Ken Gorman and Mr Fearghal Gorman took to the ring as centre referee's for the first time, both were nervous to begin with but soon took it in their stride, well done. Mr Connor junior and Mr Connor Senior also enjoyed their day as Umpires on Saturday. Thanks to James Crosby and Mr Ciaran Kenny for coaching over the weekend. Big congratulations to our competitors, 7 entries and a total of 10 medals for the club. They did themselves and the club proud. Looking forward to the nationals in October.

C'mon Drogheda TKD School!!

Drogheda TKD School have 6 entries in the INTA Open in The Watershed in Kilkenny over the weekend of the 9th and 10th of March 2013, best of luck to all, your instructors have been well impressed with your preperation for the the Open, good luck to Umpires Mr Tommy Connor V, Mr Raymond Connor IV, Mr Ken Gorman I and Mr Fearghal Gorman I. Thanks to Pauline Connor and Ciaran Kenny for volunteering as coaches.

Pattern Videos available under Patterns Menu

All Drogheda TKD students please be aware under the Patterns menu now I have videos of all the patterns up to black belt, now you have the theory plus a video demonstrating how the pattern is executed.

Saturday Classes at Drogheda TKD!

Drogheda TKD is now holding classes on Saturdays from 11.00am to 1.00pm. All Drogheda TKD members are welcome. Saturday classes will consist more of fitness and circuit training, after circuits all patterns will be gone through, usually followed by bag work and some sparing plus some of Mr Connor Juniors favourite fitness techniques, regular Saturday class members will know what I mean!! These classes will be very beneficial to anyone going into competition or going for a grading. Yours in tae kwon-do. Drogheda TKD.

Welocme back all Students for 2013!

Welcome back to all our students for the first class of 2013 Looking forward to a busy 2013 for Drogheda TKD. Just to remind all students 15 euro membership renewal fee for the year is required by the end of January, all fee's to be given to Mr Connor Senior. If students require access to the handbook a password is available from your instructors. Any student without access to a computer or the internet handouts can be supplied as allways.

Colour Belt Grading December 2012

Drogheda TKD had it's last colour belt grading of December 2012. The grading was held by Mr Connor Junior under the watchfull eye of Mr Connor Senior. Well done to all who graded see list below of who was promoted. Roll on 2013 for yet another great year for Drogheda TKD!

Daniel McQuillan Promoted to 9th Kup
Fergus McQuillan Promoted to 9th Kup
Gabrielle Duffy Promoted to 9th Kup
Christina Dunlevy Promoted to 9th Kup
Nikita Leslie Promoted to 9th Kup
Oran Connor Promoted to 8th Kup
Ryan Duffy Promoted to 8th Kup
Orla Reynolds Promoted to 8th Kup
Katie McGuirk Promoted to 8th Kup
Olivia Morgan Promoted to 5th Kup
Ola Ogunjimi Promoted to 5th Kup
Alan McDonnell Promoted to 3rd Kup

INTA Black Belt Grading 8th December 2012

Well done to all who attended the INTA Black Belt Grading on the 8th December. Congratulations Jade and Ciaran, a great achievemnet and another two black belts for the school. Congratulations also to Abbie Everard who was promoted also to 1st Degree, David Beirth worked very hard but just missed out, we'll look forward to June 2013 at the next grading where i'm sure more black belts will be obtained.Photo gallery can be seenhere.

INTA Umpires Course

Three of our blackbelts Mr Paddy Hinds, Mr Ken Gorman and Mr. Fearghal Gorman were successfull in completing the INTA Umpires Course held in Portarlington TKD School. The Course was run by Mr Nigel Stobie and Mr David Elson, all students who attended were taken through the new ITF rules which were debated about intensively at times. All students were then taken through the practical end of things from scoring to centre refereeing. A good day was had by all. All were successfull in passing the final exam. A well informed course was run by both Mr Stobie and Mr Elson.

September 2012 Colour Belt Grading

Just some photos taken of the September 2012 Colour Belt Grading. Well done to all who graded, looking forward to the next one.

September 2012 Technical Seminar

A good day was had by all at the Technical Seminar in Maynooth. Well done to all who attended.

Jade, Ciaran and David are nearly set now for their Black Belt Grading in Cork on the 8th December 2012, best of luck

June 30th 2012

Well done to the School's students who were promoted at the recent colour belt gradings. A total of 15 students will receive their certificates from Mr. Connor. Those who were promoted are listed below.

Aldrin Connor Junior Promoted to 1st Kup
Ciaran Kenny Promoted to 1st Kup
Jade Connor Promoted to 1st Kup
Alan Mc Donnell Promoted to 5th Kup
Reece Maguire Promoted to 5th Kup
Olivia Morgan Promoted to 7th Kup
Summer Morgan Promoted to 7th Kup
Letitia McDonnell Promoted to 8th Kup
Jade Dyas Promoted to 8th Kup
Niall Seery Promoted to 8th Kup
Darragh Murray Promoted to 9th Kup
Ellie Kierans Promoted to 9th Kup
Orla Reynolds Promoted to 9th Kup
Ryan Duffy Promoted to 9th Kup
Orla Gartland Promoted to 9th Kup

May 19th 2012

Drogheda Tae Kwon-Do School was represented today in the I.T.A. Tae Kwon-Do Dublin Open by Summer Morgan, Ciarian Kenny, Alan McDonnell & Caélum Connor.

Alan started of being narrowly beaten in the final of the 14-17 year old by a much older opponent to win silver medal.

Ciaran had three very hard fights and was unlucky not to get into the medals.

Caélum won bronze in the patterns but unfortunately there were no opponents in the sparring at his weight division. So he could not get a fight where the club had high hopes of another medal.

Summer Morgan was in her first competition as a yellow belt she done us proud to get bronze medal 3rd place as she was fighting against a green belt two Grades higher than her grade.

Well done to all also well done to Ken Gorman who done a great job as their coach.

March 31st 2012

Well done to the School's students who were promoted at the recent colour belt gradings. A total of 13 students will receive their certificates from Mr. Connor. Those who were promoted are listed below.

David Beirth Promoted to 1st Kup
Pauline Connor Promoted to 2nd Kup
Aldrin Connor Senior Promoted to 2nd Kup
Caélum Connor Promoted to 2nd Kup
Anthony Maguire Promoted to 2nd Kup
Catherine Killeen Promoted to 4th Kup
Alan McDonnell Promoted to 6th Kup
Richard Moore Promoted to 8th Kup
Olivia Morgan Promoted to 8th Kup
Summer Morgan Promoted to 8th Kup
Niall Seery Promoted to 9th Kup
Jade Dyas Promoted to 9th Kup
Letitia McDonnell Promoted to 9th Kup

March 11th 2012

The 13th I.N.T.A. Open I.T.F International Taekwondo Tournament, was held on Saturday and Sunday the 10th and 11th of March 2012 in the Watershed, Kilkenny.

The competition runs under A.E.T.F. rules, with divisions for male and female, senior and junior, colour belt and black belt. Drogheda Tae Kwon-Do School would like to congratulate Alan McDonnell Silver in Sparring, Ciaran Kenny Bronze in Sparring, Caélum Connor Bronze in Sparring and Anthony Maguire Bronze in Patterns. Well done to Ellen Killeen and Pauline Connor who also took part.


Mr. Tommy Connor V Degree( Umpire), Mr. Matthew Gorman I Degree (Umpire), Alan Mc Donnell, Ciaran kenny, Caélum Connor, Pauline Connor, Anthony Maguire, Catherine Killeen (Coach), Mr. Ken Gorman I Degree (Umpire) and Mr. Raymond Connor IV Degree (Umpire).


March 2012

Members of Drogheda Tae Kwon-Do School March 2012


March 2012 - Father and Son Sparring

Mr. Ken Gorman V Mr. Matthew Gorman under the watchful eye of Mr. Raymond Connor


March 2012 - Black Belt Pattern

Mr. Raymond Connor, Mr. Fergal Gorman, Mr. Ken Gorman & Mr. Matthew Gorman


December 17th 2011

Well done to the School's students who were promoted at the recent colour belt gradings, 17th December. A total of 11 students will receive their certificates from Mr. Connor. Those who were promoted are listed below .

Ciaran Kenny Promoted to 2nd Kup
Jade Connor Promoted to 2nd Kup
Aldrin Connor Junior Promoted to 2nd Kup
Pauline Connor Promoted to 3rd Kup
Aldrin Connor Senior Promoted to 3rd Kup
Caélum Connor Promoted to 3rd Kup
Anthony Maguire Promoted to 3rd Kup
Ellen Killeen Promoted to 4th Kup
Alan McDonnell Promoted to 7th Kup
Richard Moore Promoted to 9th Kup
Oliva Morgan Promoted to 9th Kup
Summer Morgan Promoted to 9th Kup

September 24th 2011

Well done to the School's students who were promoted at the recent colour belt gradings, 24th September. A total of 9 students will receive their certificates from Mr. Connor. Those who were promoted are listed below .

Ged Duffy Promoted to 1st Kup
David Beirth Promoted to 2nd Kup
Aldrin Connor Junior Promoted to 3rd Kup
Pauline Connor Promoted to 4th Kup
Jade Connor Promoted to 3rd Kup
Aldrin Connor Senior Promoted to 4th Kup
Anthony Maguire Promoted to 4th Kup
Catherine Killeen Promoted to 5th Kup
Ellen Killeen Promoted to 5th Kup
Alan McDonnell Promoted to 8th Kup

July 26th 2011
The Drogheda Taekwon-do School wishes to extend its gratitude to the Louth Local Sports Partnership, for their recent generous grant to buy training equipment. Pictured below, with some of the School's students, is Ms. Mary Browne, Coordinator of the Louth Local Sports Partnership.

June 25th 2011
Congratulations to Orla Clarke, 4th Kup, who travelled to Colorado, USA, for the USTF International Taekwon-do Championship and returned with a Bronze medal in Sparring. Mr. Connor and Orla with her bronze medal are pictured below.

June 25th 2011
Well done to the School's students who were promoted at the recent colour belt gradings, 25th June. A total of 15 students will receive their certificates from Mr. Connor. Those who were promoted are listed below .

Ciaran Kenny Promoted to 3rd Kup
David Beirth Promoted to 3rd Kup
Caelum Connor Promoted to 4th Kup
Aldrin Connor Junior Promoted to 4th Kup
Jade Connor Promoted to 4th Kup
Aldrin Connor Senior Promoted to 5th Kup
Anthony Maguire Promoted to 5th Kup
Pauline Healy Promoted to 5th Kup
Catherine Killeen Promoted to 5th Kup
Ellen Killeen Promoted to 6th Kup
Colin Rock Promoted to 8th Kup
Bernadette Carroll Promoted to 8th Kup
Kieran Rock Promoted to 8th Kup
Darren Mahon Promoted to 8th Kup
Alan McDonnell Promoted to 9th Kup

June 12th 2011
Congratulations to Mr. Niall Reynolds who was promoted to 2nd Degree, and to Ms. Joan Wyseman, Mr. Ken Gorman, Ms. Laura Clinton and Mr. Matthew Gorman who were promoted to 1st Degree, at the Black Belt Gradings in Dublin, on Sunday 12th June. This is a great achievement - well done!

June 7th 2011
Sinn Féin Councillor Dom Wilton, along with his daughter Sola, present Mr. Connor with speed ladders for the School. The School would like to thank Councillor Wilton for his generous offer of equipment to assist the students in their training sessions. The equipment will be put to very good use! Photos taken on the night can be seen here.

May 15th 2011
Well done to Caélum, Ciaran and Orla who brought home 6 trophies (1 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze) from the JeeGoo and Brooklodge Annual Tournament, held in Little Island Cork, 15th May. Photos from the tournament can be seen here. Thanks to Mr. Tom Connor and Mr. Raymond Connor for their support on the day.

April 2nd 2011
In attendance at the INTA Technical Seminar, held in Maynooth, 2nd and 3rd April, were nine members of the Drogheda Taekwon-do School. The two day seminar was instructed by Master Brendan O'Toole (8th Degree) and Master Val Douglas (7th Degree). Photos from the seminar can be seen here.


March 26th 2011
Well done to the School's students who were promoted at the recent colour belt gradings, 26th March. A total of 12 students received their certificates from Mr. Connor at the Tuesday night class. Those who were promoted are listed below
 
Gerard Duffy Promoted to 2nd Kup
Orla Clarke Promoted to 4th Kup
Ciaran Kenny Promoted to 4th Kup
Caelum Connor Promoted to 5th Kup
Jade Connor Promoted to 5th Kup
Aldrin Connor Junior Promoted to 5th Kup
Anthony Maguire Promoted to 6th Kup
Aldrin Connor Senior Promoted to 6th Kup
Catherine Killeen Promoted to 6th Kup
Reece Maguire Promoted to 6th Kup
Ellen Killeen Promoted to 7th Kup
Darren Mahon Promoted to 9th Kup

February 23rd 2011
The Drogheda Leader Newspaper featured Mr. Connor's recent promotion to 5th Degree. Click the image below to view the article.

February 6th 2011
Congratulations to everyone who competed in the 12th Open ITF International Tournament Feb 5th and 6th. The School brought home 4 Gold, 1 Silver and 5 Bronze. Well done to everyone and thanks for all of the extra training and to Ken for coaching us all on the day. Click here for the photos. Congratulations to Meath TKD and Mr. Keith Matthews for their medal-winning performances also.

January 26th 2011
In attendance at the 60th International Instructors Course, under the I.T.F. Technical Committee of Grandmaster Marano, Grandmaster Trajtenberg and Grandmaster Bos, were Mr. Tom Connor, Mr. Paul Floody and Mr. Ray Connor. The event was also attended by Master O'Toole and Master Douglas. There were over 50 participants over 4th degree taking part.

January 16th 2011
Congratulations to Mr. Tom Connor who was promoted to 5th Degree at the January Black Belt Grading in Cork. Mr. Connor was featured on the INTA website as a special tribute. Click here for the article.