National Coach – Mr. Mark Boydell

ITF Scotland wish to announce the recent resignation of Mr. Mark Boydell V Degree, from his current role as Head Pattern & Pre-Arranged Sparring Coach of the National Team.

Mr. Boydell has been an integral part of the coaching team in Scotland for the past 12 years, having coached numerous individual competitors and teams over his multiple terms as coach of the national team. During his tenure Mr. Boydell has been at the forefront of Team Pattern competition steering teams to multiple European & World Championships success in both Team Pattern and Pre-Arranged Sparring events. Not forgetting coaching many of his individual competitors to medal success too.

ITF Scotland and it’s board of directors would like to thank Mr. Boydell once again for his endeavours as part of the coaching team, and wish him all the best for the future.

Grand Master Gordon Wallace IX Degree

ITF Scotland would like to announce the prestigious promotion of Grand Master Gordon Wallace, who was promoted to 9th Degree by the ITF Grand Masters Promotion Committee on Friday 3rd June 2022.

Grand Master Wallace started his Taekwon-Do career in 1977 in Elgin Scotland, and has dedicated the last 45 years to Taekwon-Do.

Today reaching the pinnacle we all strive towards.

On behalf of ITF Scotland, its Board of Directors and Membership we wish to express our sincere congratulations to Grand Master Gordon Wallace on his recent promotion to Saseong.

2022 National Championships Success

ITF Scotland held their first national championships in two years, over the weekend of 21st & 22nd May 2022.

The national event was the first since the end of the pandemic and attracted some 507 athletes from 28 clubs across Scotland and 6 clubs travelling from England to compete at the event in Motherwell.

In advance of the championships ITFS Umpire Committee held two refresher training events for our umpires, the first of their kind.  The first was a dedicated Centre Referee training hosted in Aberdeen, with the attendees being put through training by International Umpire’s Master Alexander Dunbar VIII Degree, and Mrs. Jacqui Wallace IV Degree.  This event allowed four hours of dedicated match time experience for a small team of 20 Centre Referee’s some of whom had many years of previous experience, as well as a new generation of aspiring Centre Referees.  

The second course was held online via Zoom the week prior to the championships, with Grand Master Gordon Wallace IX Degree, head of ITFS Tournament Committee.  With 71 attendees covering the rules of the championships as well as the rules of ITF competition, that would be in place for the championships.

Both courses received positive feedback and will be a main stay in advance of future championships.

In preparations for the championships Sportdata was used to facilitate the entries, as well as live at the event, with for the first time in four years, that we had all 6 pattern & sparring rings running electronic scoring systems, as well as laptop recording results over 3 special technique and power rings.  This new fully electronic system was managed over the weekend by ITF Scotland’s team of IT specialists; Mr. Craig Rennie I Degree, Mr. Chris Forbes I Degree, and Mr. Keith Graham, who were on hand to keep the system running flawlessly throughout.

Saturday saw the 13 years and under competitors take to mats across 3 disciplines: Pattern, Sparring & Special Technique.  This was the first year that coaches were only permitted to be coloured belts, to facilitate a growing competition, and requirement for more experienced umpires.  The event finished on the first day around 4pm.

On Sunday it was the turn of competitors aged 14 & over, as well as those with Additional Support Needs.  It was encouraging to see the growth in the ASN categories with no less than 7 clubs entering competitors into the divisions.

For the second event in a row, the T & U Committee added an open weight sparring category for black belts aged 14-17 and 18 years plus.  These were again received very well, with several highly competitive bouts being played out to have an overall sparring champion.

This year was also the first year there was a split in the Overall medal tables with the addition of an Overall Association, adding to the already Overall Club Title from previous years.

On behalf of ITF Scotland and its Tournament & Umpire Committees, we’d like to thank those Black Belts who gave up their time over the weekend to Umpire, and ensure the event ran as smoothly as it did. 

OVERALL CLASSIFICATIONS

Overall results from the event can be found below.

Congratulations to Braveheart Martial Arts Overall Club Champions 2022, and winners of the Mr. Paddy Timoney Memorial Plaque this year.

OVERALL CLUB

1st Place           Braveheart Martial Arts                      22 Gold, 17 Silver and 9 Bronze

2nd Place          MWBA                                                  20 Gold, 18 Silver and 21 Bronze

3rd Place          MH Taekwon-Do                                 13 Gold, 14 Silver and 21 Bronze

OVERALL ASSOCIATION

1st Place           GMAC Martial Arts                             44 Gold, 40 Silver and 53 Bronze

2nd Place          Northern Taekwon-Do Academies     30 Gold, 31 Silver and 30 Bronze

3rd Place          TKD Scotland                                       24 Gold, 25 Silver and 40 Bronze

OVERALL CHAMPIONS

OVERALL ASN <13 yrs CHAMPION

            Thomas Reape            GMAC Livingston                    1 Gold and 1 Silver

OVERALL ASN >14 yrs CHAMPION

            Claire Hislop                Glasgow East                           2 Gold

OVERALL <7 yrs MALE CHAMPION

            Nikodem Borciuch      GMAC Livingston                    2 Gold and 1 Silver

OVERALL <7 yrs FEMALE CHAMPION

            Tied – No award

OVERALL 8 – 10 yrs MALE CHAMPION

            Thomas Hill                 MH Taekwon-Do                     2 Gold and 1 Silver

OVERALL 8 – 10 yrs FEMALE CHAMPION

            Tied – No award

OVERALL 11 – 13 yrs MALE CHAMPION

            Tied – No award

OVERALL 11 – 13 yrs FEMALE CHAMPION

            Sophie Heron              Braveheart MA                       3 Gold 

OVERALL 14 – 17 yrs MALE CHAMPION

            Joseph Burgess           Master Gilmour BA                 3 Gold

OVERALL 14 – 17 yrs FEMALE CHAMPION

            Amy McNair                NP Taekwon-Do                      3 Gold and 1 Bronze

OVERALL 18 – 35 yrs MALE CHAMPION

            Tied – No award

OVERALL 18 – 35 yrs FEMALE CHAMPION

            Jaimie Singleton          GMAC Wishaw                        3 Gold and 1 Bronze

OVERALL >36 yrs MALE CHAMPION

            Luke Thompson          Tunbridge Wells                      3 Gold and 1 Silver

OVERALL >36 yrs FEMALE CHAMPION

            Lynda Efstathiou         AETA                                       2 Gold and 1 Silver

ITFS Tournament and Umpire Committee

Grand Master G. Wallace IX

Master A Dunbar VIII

Master J McIlvaney VII

Mrs. G McIlvaney V

Spectator Tickets – Scottish Championships 2022

It is possible to purchase spectator tickets for this years Scottish Championships in advance. This will allow FastTrack entry to the event, and also save money verses on the door cost.

Fast tracks can be purchased in advance via your Instructor. In order to guarantee delivery in time for the event, these must be applied for on or before Sunday 15th May.

Information has been included in the Dropbox link available to all instructors.

Centre Referee Training Course

Further to the Online Zoom Umpire Refresher Course being held prior to the ITF Scotland National Championships.

ITFS are pleased to offer an additional course for those umpires who wish to specialise in Sparring Centre Referee at the championships.

This Centre Referee Training Course will take place in Aberdeen on Saturday 7th May, as detailed below:

This will be a practical session. The main purpose is to find a new generation of ITF sparring centre referees for Scotland, whilst providing refresher training for our current centre referees. This will give all attendees a great opportunity to review current ITF rules and best operating practices.

This will be a small group course with numbers limited to 20 attendees.

All applications should be directed through your instructor.

Candidates must be a degree holder.

All attendees will be expected to centre at the 2022 ITFS Championships, where they will be given match time experience.

The cost will be £30 payable in advance. This fee will be refundable with attendance at the ITFS Championship.

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Event Information:

Under the guidance from AETF Tournament & Umpire Chairman Master Alexander Dunbar VIII, this practical course will be expedited by current International Centre Referee Mrs. Jacqui Wallace IV. Both our presenters have a wide range of experience in controlling the skills and energies of the highest level of competitors in Individual and Team Sparring categories at ITF European, World Cup and World Championships.

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Should you wish to book your space on the CR Training Course please contact your Instructor in the first instance before completing your booking.

PLACES ARE LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS. PLEASE NOTE PARTICIPANTS OF THIS COURSE ARE REQUIRED TO CENTRE REFEREE AT THE ITFS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2022

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BOOKING LINK

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/…/itf-scottish…

Complimentary Online Umpire Refresher Course

A complimentary Online Umpire Refresher Course is being held online on Sunday 15th May 2022, prior to the ITF Scotland National Championships the following weekend.

This course is for all those who are umpiring are the ITFS Champs, open to 2nd Kup and above.

The Zoom course is being hosted by ITF Scotland’s Master Gordon Wallace VIII & Master Alexander Dunbar VIII, both of whom are highly experienced international umpires and members of the ITF Umpire Committee & Chair of the AETF Tournament Committee respectively.

You can now book online via the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/305104635177

National Championships Invite 2022

Dear ITF Members,

It is with great pleasure that you and your students are invited to the ITF Scottish Championships on 21st & 22nd May 2022, according to the following schedule;

Saturday 21st May

  • 13 years & under
    • Youth: 7 yrs & under,
    • Cadet: 8 – 10 years
    • Pre-Junior: 11 – 13 years

Sunday 22nd May

  • 14 years & over
    • Junior: 14 – 17 years
    • Senior: 18 – 35 years
    • Adv. Senior: 36 years & over
  • ASN Competitors
    • All ages

This competition is open to ITF Taekwon-Do students 10th Kup to 6th Degree. Please take the time to read the following information.


We look forward to seeing you and your students at the competition.

Yours in Taekwon-Do,
ITF Scotland Tournament & Umpire Committee

ITF Scotland Statement 1st March 2022

1st March 2022

Statement regarding the effects of Russian invasion of Ukraine on International ITF Taekwon-Do activities

The Board of Directors of ITF Scotland stands with Ukraine.  We wholeheartedly condemn the actions of the Russian military in their aggressive invasion of Ukraine, an independent and sovereign country.  

ITF Scotland appeals to the International Taekwon-Do Federation as well as All Europe Taekwon-Do Federation to acknowledge the situation, to take clear and defined action and measures as recommended by the IOC (IOC Statement 28/02/2022) to suspend the Russian Federation from all sporting events in the immediate and near future.

“I shall build a more peaceful world.”

ITF Scotland Board of Directors

8th Degree Promotion

On behalf of ITF Scotland Board of Directors and the memberships we wish to congratulate Master David McNairn on his promotion to VIII Degree at this weekends 151st IIC in Dublin, Ireland.

Additional congratulations to the other candidates including Master Jamie Campins VIII Degree also from Scotland on their respective promotions.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2022

We’d like to take the opportunity as 2021 draws to a close to wish all ITF Scotland’s members & families as well as the wider Taekwon-Do community a very Merry Christmas and Happy & Prosperous New Year 2022.

We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

ITF Scotland Board of Directors