Master Kevin Hannigan VII Degree
President of the Irish National Taekwon-Do Association
Kevin Hannigan started his training in 1983 under (now) Master Val Douglas in Santry, Dublin. He started Taekwon-Do because a school friend was attending the club at the time and he was curious to see what was involved. After being promoted to 8th Kup, the Santry club closed and Kevin transferred to the nearest club in Beaumont under the instruction of (now) Master Gerry Martin who he continues to train with and under to this day in the Beaumont club.
During his long career in Taekwon-Do, he has had the privilege of working under and learning from instructors and coaches such as Frank O’Reilly, Jim Faulkner, Master Terry Donnelly and Master Brendan O’Toole.
In his competitive career, Kevin served as Irish Team Captain from 2001 – 2007 inclusive and during this time led the Irish team to numerous World and European medals including two World Championship Gold at the 2003 World Championships in Warsaw. He was Irish Champion six times as well as winning Open Championships in the UK and Belgium.
On the administrative side of Taekwon-Do, Kevin served two terms as INTA Treasurer and also served as Director of Coaching for the Irish team from 2009 – 2012.
1983 – Commenced Training
1987 – Promoted to 1st Dan under Master Hee Il Cho
1990 - Promoted to 2nd Dan under Master Hee Il Cho
1994 - Promoted to 3rd Dan under Master Hee Il Cho
1998 – Completed IIC under General Choi Hong Hi and Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa
1998 - Promoted to 4th Dan under Master Robert Howard
1999 – Completed IIC under General Choi Hong Hi and Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa
2003 – European Championship Gold in Team Power
World Championship Gold in Team Pattern and Team Power
2005 - World Championship Silver in Team Pattern
2007 – Promoted to 5th Dan under Masters Brendan O’Toole, Val Douglas and Gerry Martin
2014 – Promoted to 6th Dan under Masters Brendan O’Toole, Val Douglas and Gerry Martin