The Irish National Taekwon do Association held the 18th Open International ITF Taekwon do Championships on the 4th & 5th of February 2017 at Aras Preston Gormanston sports complex, County Meath, the longest running ITF tournament in Europe. The whole event was a huge success with more than 600 competitors from Ireland, Scotland, Belgium, Norway and USA competing over the two days.
The event started on Saturday at 10am with 450 children up to 15 years competing in 7 rings with special technique (Overhead kick) for 12 and younger then moving to patterns and sparring competition.
On Sunday it was time for the senior competition, more than 150 competitors including all black belts and colour belts from 16 years and older compete in Patterns, Sparring & Veterans (40+) sparring divisions and Power competition in six rings.
It was also a great privilege for the INTA to have a great number of grandmasters and Masters attend as special guests at our championships. On Saturday evening the INTA hosted a private dinner with our special guest Grandmasters, Masters and visiting senior Instructors. This was a great opportunity to socialise with old friends and to make new friends.