The INTA held a very well attended and successful Instructors & Technical Course took place on Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th of April. The event was held in Firhouse, Dublin and was attended by students and instructors from all over the country.
Hosted by Mr Mark Pollock and under the expert guidance of Master O’Toole (8th Degree), Master Douglas (8th Degree) and Master Martin (7th Degree) the course involved a a number of practical and information sessions. In addition, Master Terry Donnelly (7th Degree) was in attendance and assisted in instruction throughout the weekend.
Day One was broken into three sessions. The first session saw a focus on the colour belt patterns. Practical applications, technical considerations and effective teaching methods were all topics discussed by the Master Technical panel.
The second session was the club development and protocol seminar. This seminar covered a variety of topics of relevance to instructors thinking of opening up new schools and for those instructors who wish to promote their classes and develop the business aspect of their clubs. This seminar then focused on effective implementation of club protocol and taekwon-do etiquette in students.
The final session required students to consider step sparring. Group dynamic and open forum discussions were used to break down the practical application of each of the attack and defensive movements.
Day two commenced at 10am. Split by grade, dual sessions were run throughout the day. Junior grades, who had finished their pattern and fundamental movements on the Saturday, had the opportunity to practice special techniques, self-defence and sparring drills while senior grades engaged in discussion on the sabum patterns.
The INTA Technical Committee would like to thank Mr. Mark Pollock and the Firhouse Taekwon-Do Club for the organisation and hospitality. A full compliment of photos are accessible via the INTA facebook page.