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

Three New Master’s

ITF Scotland have three new Master’s!

Master Eric James (Nairn), Master John McIlvaney (Livingston) and Master Douglas Scott (Nairn) were promoted to VII Degree at an examination held on Saturday 11th December 2021 in Livingston.

The examination panel consisted of Honourable Grand Master Thomas MacCallum IX Degree (Scotland), and Grand Master Frank Vanberghen IX Degree (Belgium).

On behalf of ITF Scotland Board of Directors and its memberships we wish to congratulate all three on their promotions.

2022 ITF Scotland National Championships

As we begin to see Taekwon-Do events re-starting across Europe, we also begin our preparations for our own national championships in 2022.  

The date for this has been re-scheduled due to the ongoing vaccination centre used within Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.  Therefore our National Championships will now be held on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd May 2022.

More information and invitation will follow in due course.

New School – Drumchapel

ITF Scotland would like to wish Mr. Ethan Donnelly (II) all the very best as he opens his first school this week in Drumchapel.

A link to his school website can be found here.

National Squad Training Dates Sept – Dec 2021

The remaining National Squad Training Sessions dates for 2021 have been confirmed as follows:

  • 26th September 2021 – Venue: Laurencekirk
  • 10th October 2021 – Venue: Livingston
  • 31st October 2021 – Venue: Laurencekirk
  • 21st November 2021 – Venue: Livingston
  • 28th November 2021 – Venue: Laurencekirk
  • 16th January 2022 – Venue: Laurencekirk
  • 30th January 2022 – Venue: Livingston

Bookings for these sessions can be made via the following link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/itf-scotland-34058603957

New Regional Group – STA

ITF Scotland Board of Directors would like to welcome the following instructors and schools who have affiliated to ITF Scotland as a new regional group Scottish Taekwon-Do Association (STA) as of 24th August 2020:

  • Inverness: Master Alexander Dunbar – VIII Degree
  • Forres: Master Alexander Dunbar – VIII Degree
  • Linlithgow: Master Derek Gilmour – VII Degree
  • South Queensferry: Ms. Julia Cross VI Degree
  • Nairn: Mr. Douglas Scott – VI Degree
  • Buckie: Ms. Katja Hansen – V Degree
  • Leith: Mr. Robin Coltman – V Degree
  • Keith: Mr. Steven Thain – III Degree
  • Alness: Mr. Andrew O’Hare III Degree

Getting a Kick with Zoom

On Saturday 27th June, the third instalment of ITF Scotland’s Zoom sessions was lead by Mr. Ross Penman IV Degree. The focus of the session was Kicking Development.

After a warm up to loosen everyone during which Mr. Penman explained the importance of doing dynamic stretching for the warm-up compared to static stretching.

The session was once again split in to three distinct sections, with participants initially being led through a number of kicking development drills, with the focus being how to train your kicking by strengthening the muscles, flexibility and balance. That then led into concentrating on technical kicking for patterns. And the final section being dynamic kicking for sparring drills and pad work.

To round off the hour long session, all 50 plus participants were led through some static stretches focusing on hips, glutes and splits.

ITF Scotland would like to thank Mr. Penman for leading the weekend’s session.

Online Seminar with Mr. Ross Penman IV Degree – 27th June 2020

Dear Masters and Instructors,

We are pleased to invite you to the next instalment of our ITF Scotland Online Seminar’s.  The next seminar will be led by Mr. Ross Penman IV Degree.

The session will run on Saturday 27th June 2020, from 13:00 hrs – 14:00 hrs and focus on Dynamic Kicking Techniques & Development.

Instructor’s have been sent the Login Information for the session via email.

Virtual Sparring Session with Miss Carr

Today saw the second of our Zoom Seminars take place. 106 participants from across Scotland tuned in via the online platform to take part in the Sparring Session ran by current World Champion, and four times European Champion Miss Katrina Carr III Degree.

Miss Carr began the session with a brief introduction of her, and her achievements in both her Taekwon-Do and academic career to date. The 45 minute session was broken in to 3 distinct parts, beginning with a warm-up to ensure everyone was prepared, leading the participants through two relatively short but dynamic warm-up circuits that she uses as part of her preparations in her regular training routine.

The second part of the session focused on sparring drills and techniques that can be used firstly in a defensive scenario, as well as in a more attacking scenario. Throughout these, Miss Carr built the drills from the initial basic technique, in to drills consisting of up to 7 techniques. During which she highlighted the importance of dynamic movement and positioning in each section part of the routine. Each participant was tasked with working though these for set time frames, allowing for further direction and advice from Miss Carr.

After the physical part of the session, there was an opportunity to pose some questions to Miss Carr, most of these were sent in prior to the session, allowing for an interview style format. From the questions, Miss Carr discussed her journey in Taekwon-Do since starting at aged 8, touching on her normal weekly training sessions with her own instructor and coach Mr. Boydell, as well as the beginnings of her competitive journey. She went on to discuss some of her preparation processes for both Pattern and Sparring events, and spoke about some of her standout moments as a National Team member, highlighting amongst others memorable moments of winning European & World Titles in her own career. It was also humbling to hear her speak highly of her fellow team members, and the standout moments they shared together as a team. To end we heard some words of encouragement from her to those embarking on their own competitive Taekwon-Do careers.

We’d like to thank Miss Carr for taking the time to run today’s session.