• Comp
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    廉耻 Integrity
  • Waist
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  • Sev
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    百折不屈 Indomitable Spirit

Winter Black Belt Grading 2019


The INTA Winter Black Belt Grading 2019 took place in the Maldron Hotel in Tallaght, Co. Dublin, on Saturday 7 December.

A team of five 7th Dan Masters graded the eleven candidates going for 1st Dan. These aspirant black belts were tested in groups of four or five for basic movements, patterns, self-defense and 1, 2 & 3-step sparring. The same groups were later called to the floor for sparring. After a short break, the candidates presented themselves individually for the theory and power test. All twenty-one applicants passed to first degree.

Grand Master O'Toole was flanked by Master Douglas and Master Martin, to form the grading panel for those going for 2nd Dan or above. A total of fifteen black belts hoped to promote to a higher degree. Unfortunately, two candidates didn't succeed.

At the presentation of the results, all who promoted successfully were presented with an INTA Black Belt Certificate; the official ITF certificate will be sent out at a later date.

The INTA congratulates all those who passed.


Tony McDonagh - 6th Degree
Lenka Marsikova - 5th Degree
John Moffitt - 5th Degree
Ciaran Clancy - 3rd Degree
Ciprian Paul Baciu - 3rd Degree
Denise Rise - 3rd Degree
Derek Calnan - 3rd Degree
Aoife Stobie - 3rd Degree
Abi Moore - 2nd Degree
Jordan Duffy - 2nd Degree
Aaron McDonnell - 2nd Degree
Sam Keogh - 2nd Degree
Veniamin Sahaidac - 1st Degree
Harry Hannon - 1st Degree
Igor Sahaidac - 1st Degree
Nuala O'Dea - 1st Degree
Rodney Cassidy - 1st Degree
Piotr Kwiatowski - 1st Degree
Emilia Zivkovic - 1st Degree
James Lennon - 1st Degree
Jack Shanahan - 1st Degree
Anastasia Syrbu - 1st Degree
Kiaya Doyle - 1st Degree
Eigardas Simanavicius - 1st Degree
Amy Carey - 1st Degree
Anna Nestor - 1st Degree
Aoife Considine - 1st Degree#
Eoghan Fitzgerald - 1st Degree
Jack Murphy - 1st Degree
Conor McDonagh - 1st Degree
Paul LaRocque - 1st Degree
Sanjay Magesh - 1st Degree