Oct 20

New STA Black Belts

14522968_1109475932470799_3618687272028138257_nSTA would like to extend their congratulations to Mr John Ricci on his promotion to 2nd Degree and Miss Lauren MacKay, our newest 1st Degree. We thought today’s Grading would be a quick affair, how wrong could we be with all grading and pre-testing candidates being thoroughly put through their paces. Now the hard work begins for our pre-testers.  Special mention for Mr Scott Fraser 2nd Deg & Mr Stewart Mellon 2nd Deg, who were exceptional on the mat during their pre test today. Well done to everyone who attended and took part on the Technical Seminar & Grading.


Mr. D. Lupton

on behalf of STA

Sep 26

New Black Belts at ABC

group-picCongratulations to Mr Gordon Philip and Miss Kayleigh Mankin who successfully promoted to 1st Degree Blackbelt.  Both were tested by the Aberdeenshire Blackbelt Clubs Examination panel on Sunday the 18th of September at Castelpark Community Centre in Ellon.

After a hard day’s work, ABC members and instructors joined the two successful candidates for a celebratory meal where they were presented with a ‘Blackblet’ cake to mark the occasion…it did not last long!

ABC plans to hold its next Blackbelt Grading in March 2017.


Sep 22

National Team Training 25/09/2016

National SquadNational Team Training will continue on Sunday 25th September as follows;

Venue: GMAC Martial Arts, Craigwillow Centre, Livingston, EH54 5DT

Time:  11am – 2pm

Cost £10.00

Sep 14

Updated Calendar of Events

2016calendarA number of updates have been added to the calendar of events recently for 2016/2017.

Please check regularly for details and the latest information.

Should you require to add details of events please email Mr. Condie or Mrs. McIlvaney.

Sep 12

Irish Cup 2016 Invite

14063836_1150797234958946_6732780955062854635_nDear Masters, Instructors/Coaches,

We have the pleasure of inviting you, on behalf of the Irish Taekwon-Do Association, to the Irish Cup “ITA National Championships”, which will be held in The University of Limerick, Sports Arena, on the weekend of the 12th and 13th of November 2016. This competition will include pattern and sparring for all grades, special technique for all blue belts and above from aged 11 upward and power test for black belts. Saturday 12th November is for all black belts as well as colour belts of cadet (14 -17 years), senior (18 to 34 years) as well as veteran (35 years+) categories and is open to yellow belts and above. Those 35 years and older may choose to enter the senior or veteran category. Veterans will compete separately for pattern and sparring divisions only (please make sure to email the weights of your veterans that are sparring in case we need to split categories).

Sunday 13th November is for the junior colour belt categories and is open to yellow belt to black tag aged 7 to 13yrs. Please note all black belts have now moved to Saturday regardless of age.

Please email your entries to entries@taekwondo.ie no later than Saturday, the 5th of November. Please note that this is a pre-registration only event. No club entries will be accepted after the 5th of November. All entries should be made using the Irish Cup “ITA National Championships” excel spreadsheet. Entries will be confirmed by return of email (within 24 hours). If you have not received a confirmation email, your entries have not yet been received. Completed hardcopy forms should be brought on the day of the event. Please remember that accurate information is the responsibility of the instructor. When submitting your competitor entries you must also send your umpire and coach list or the form will be returned to you as incomplete.


Sparring for Cadet and Senior Black Belts will be run using a pool & requalification system, guaranteeing more bouts for all competitors in those categories.


Please note we have added a new “Sudden Death Champion” event for black belts, with prize money for the winner. See info below.


First, second and joint third place in each section shall receive an award, except for black belt categories of 4 competitors where there will be a 3rd place playoff. Additionally all juniors up to 10 years to green tag who are not placed will receive a commemorative medal.


Looking forward to seeing you at this event,

Master Mark Buckley VII Dan              Mr. Stephen Ryan VI Dan

ITA Tournament Director                    ITA Tournament Coordinator

On behalf of the ITA Tournament & Umpire Committee




Sep 12

TAE Championships Invite

14022355_1826890357540072_3778646884596490992_nDear Masters and Instructors,

It is with great pleasure that you and your students are invited to the 8th Annual TAE Senior/Junior Championships, to be held on Saturday 19th November 2016 in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Please find attached all relevant documentation and instructions for this event.

The closing date for entries for this competition is 5th November 2016 and all school entry forms and payment must be received by this date.

We look forward to working with you all and thank you in advance for your support.


Yours in Taekwon-Do,

Mrs. Patricia Gray,


TAE (Taekwon-Do Association of England)

Web: www.tkdengland.com








Sep 12

Seminar with Master Jedut VIII Degree

master-jedut-2016Over the weekend of 6th & 7th August, we were lucky enough to host in Scotland, Master Jedut 8th Degree from Poland, world renowned coach, member of the AETF Board of Directors and friend.

Master Jedut has visited Scotland on many occasions in previous years (2003/2010/2011/2013/2016) all hosted at GMAC Martial Arts gym in Livingston.  With each seminar, so much is packed in to it, that it’s impossible not to go away, having learned multiple new ways to practice sparring exercises, kicking and technique for Patterns and basic movements. This year was to be no different…

During his short time in Scotland, Master Jedut took both a seminar for children under 12, and one for teens & adults.  Both were packed full of exciting new ideas and outlooks, varying pad-work exercises, and footwork drills but were mostly focused on sparring drills.

During both seminars the 50 plus participants, as well as Master Jedut himself, were so full of energy and enthusiasm that they ran on in order to include more Taekwon-Do.  The day started at 10am with 1 hour 30 minutes training for children (this turned in to 1 hour 50 mins), with the Teens & Adults beginning at 12, and continuing on just over two hours after its scheduled stop at 4pm, eventually finishing at 6.15pm.

On behalf of GMAC and my students, I would firstly like to thanks Master Jedut for taking the time during his very busy summer schedule to come to Scotland.  The week previously he was guest at the ITA Summer camp in Ireland, and first thing on the Monday morning, he headed south to conduct a series of seminars across England.  A final thank you to those who came along and took part.


 Participants – Children’s Seminar


Adam Weir GMAC
Cameron Holmes I-Kick
Gray Nisbet GMAC
Junior Bett GMAC
Kaity Weir GMAC
Kera McLeish GMAC
Kyle Lynch GMAC
Lauren Kee I-Kick
Lewis Millan I-Kick
Lewis McIlvaney GMAC
Logan Devlin GMAC
Mhairi Crookston GMAC
Monique Zaharia GMAC
Nathan Cowan GMAC
Oliwia Loza GMAC
Sami Save-Kimmings GMAC
Sophie Niezbcka GMAC
Tiaa Clark GMAC


  Participants – Teens & Adults Seminar

Aidan Timoney Glasgow East
Annie Morrison Dunbar BBA
Anton McMenemey GMAC
Ben Melrose GMAC
Brian Penman I-Kick
Christopher Ritchie Derek Gilmour BBA
Des Athanasiadou GMAC
Donatella Fargnoli GMAC
Elaine Easthope Scotia
Erin Timoney Glasgow East
Ethan McKenna GMAC
Gary McAvoy GMAC
Gary McAlister GMAC
Hayden McAvoy GMAC
Iain Banks Derek Gilmour BBA
Iain O’Hare GMAC
Jaimie Singleton GMAC
James Hilley Glasgow East
Jason Munro GMAC
Jay Jervis GMAC
Joe Faulkner GMAC
John Munro GMAC
John Melrose GMAC
Jonathan Marsella GMAC
Kerris Melrose GMAC
Kirsty Zaharia Scotia
Megan Brown GMAC
Ross Penman I-Kick
Ross Cowan GMAC
Scott Crookston GMAC



Sep 12

2nd STA Junior Tournament

Sunday the 21st of August 2016 saw the 2nd Annual Scottish Taekwon-do Alliances junior Taekwon-do Championships.
This event was held for the second year running at Armadale Academy, West Lothian.
This was the very first competition held by a member of ITFS to run entirely online.
The Kihapp. competition software was used to create a simple and easy registration and payment system not only for the competitors, but also for the coaches and instructors. This system is used in competitions all over the world and helps the event to run on time and as efficiently as possible.
We were delighted to welcome competitors, coaches and officials from all over Great Britain. There were also some new schools and clubs who were competing for the first time at an ITF Scotland members event. They were made very welcome and we hope to see them again in the near future.
The competition attracted a total of 97 competitors competing in a total of 276 categories (patterns, sparring & special technique).
A total of 133 medals were won by our junior competitors, and we are sure everyone went home feeling very proud and satisfied after a great days competition!
We would like to congratulate the United Taekwon-do Federation and their competitors for topping the medals chart with an impressive 8 golds, 15 silvers and 14 bronze medals.
Thank you to all the hard working officials who gave up their Sunday to ensure this competition was a big success.
And finally, congratulations to all the competitors for stepping up and having the confidence to step onto the mats.
Well done and we look forward to seeing you all next year!
Mr. D. Lupton V Degree
For and on behalf of the Scottish Taekwon-do Alliance.

Sep 11

NECC Report 2016

The 2016 North East Challenge Cup (7th NECC) was hosted by Northern Taekwon-Do Academies (NTA) at the Aberdeen Sports Village, Aberdeen on Saturday 3rd September. This was the second year that this event was held at this International Venue. 2016 also boasted its largest participants with 315 Competitors in 121 active divisions, 38 Umpires, 36 Coaches with around 200 Supporters cheering them on. Taking part this year were 19 groups, schools and clubs competing in Pattern, Sparring, Pre-Arranged Free Sparring, Power Test and Special Technique. The Tournament was held over seven rings with one additional emergency ring for Special Technique on standby.

It was very nice to see old friends again from Inverness, Nairn, Forres, Buckie, Whitburn and new ones from Monaghan TKD in Glasgow, and United Taekwon-Do from the Central Belt. Also returning to the event was Mr Brett Stronach with his team from the North East of England.

With the introductions completed at 09:45, the tournament began with Pattern for under 9’s, Power test for Adults kup grades and Special Technique for Teen kup grades. The tournament was well contested with strong divisions in the under 9 and 9-12 categories.

The tournament continued right up until most of the under 9’s completed their sparring and all patterns for kup grades had been concluded. The Umpires broke for lunch of home-made soup and sandwiches to prepare them for the long afternoon session.

At around 15:00 the arena was changed down to three matted areas as many of the Umpires were blackbelt competitors. The teens red/black belt divisions were very well attended and this provided a good training run for those going to the World Cup in October.

The atmosphere throughout the day was friendly but competitive and the Umpires were kept happy by filter coffee on tap along with a selection of tasties.

The event closed at 18:45 and a host of helpers cleared the hall and stored all equipment within the hour, so it was off home us and a wave cheerio to all the travellers from up North and down South.

Northern Taekwon-Do Academies would like to thank everyone for their support and look forward to next year.


Sep 05

2016 Annual General Meeting


Dear Masters, Instructors and plaque holders,


ITF Scotland will host its 2016 Annual General Meeting on Saturday 5th November from 12 noon to 4pm.
King Robert Hotel
Glasgow Road
Full details and agenda will be forwarded to plaque holders in the coming weeks.
We look forward to seeing you then.

ITF Scotland Board of Directors

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