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Recent News


We had a very successful weekend at the UKITF Championship in Bath.


Joshua Byrne promoted to 2nd Degree and Daniel O'Sullivan promoted to 3rd Degree. Club instructor Paul Manning also promoted to 5th Degree.


Gary Sesaldo receiving his 1st Degree Black Belt certificate this week from club instructors Paul Manning and Tom Burns. Gary is the 3rd member of the Sesaldo family to achieve the rank of Black Belt.


Gold for Paul in middle wight and silver for Daniel in heavy weight at the 10th Catalunya Open in Barcelona. 3 fights each. Got a great welcome from our Spanish friends. Very enjoyable competition.

ITF World Championships 2016, Brighton UK - A new world champion from Blackrock!

A great week at the ITF World Championships in Brighton. Over 1000 competitors, from 45 different countries. Daniel O Sullivan took a gold medal in the Senior Black Belt middle weight sparring division. He faced Argentina in the first round followed by Brazil in the second round.

Black Belt Grading 2016

We have 7 new Black Belts in the club. Congratulations to Daniel Crowley, Isabel Sesaldo, Katarina Sesaldo, Danny Foley, Sean Tuohy, Emma McCarthy & Chloe Mcgrath who passed their test for 1st Degree.

ITF World Cup - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - November 2015

Club instructor Paul Manning wins gold in sparring (-64kg Light Weight) at the 3rd ITF World Cup in Rio De Janeiro Brazil.

UKITF British Championhips 2015 - October 2015

Club instructor Paul Manning wins gold in sparring (-70kg welter-weight) at the UKITF British Championships in Crawley UK

Rory McCarthy - Taekwon-Do Irelands Junior Competitor of the year 2015

At the Annual Taekwon-Do Ireland dinner dance & Awards night, Blackrock's Rory McCarthy was named as Junior Competitor of the year. Rory has been one of TKDI's best Junior fighters for the past few years. He is unbeaten in Ireland in the past 12 months.In June last year he fought in his first international tournament "The Holland Cup" in the Netherlands and brought home a bronze medal. He has a very bright International future ahead of him. Some of his Irish results this season:

We have 2 new Black Belts

Congratulations to Jessica Daly and Rory McCarthy on sucessfully passing the Black Belt grading on May 16th and being promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt. Both have worked extremly hard for the past 2 years and are a great example to all of our club members. 

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