Mr. Richard Forde

(5th Degree Black Belt)


Mr. Richard Forde commenced training in Taekwon-Do in 1999 in North Mon Taekwon-Do Club, Under Mr. Pat Barry now 7th Dan Master. 

As a competitor Mr. Forde has held National Champion titles in Pattern, Sparring and Special Technique. He has competed successfully at International level since 2007 and has had huge success at ITF European and World Championships and ITF European & World Cups on several occasions. Mr Forde’s biggest achievements were winning both the European Championships and the European Cup in individual sparring as well as becoming a World Champion as part of the Irish Senior Team.

Mr Forde now focuses on sharing his knowledge of + 20 years to students of East Cork TKD. Mr Forde also shares his experience and knowledge around the world as part of TKDCoach Academy with Mr. Adrian Byrne; Youtube Channel 

Mr. Forde is a 5th Degree Black Belt.  He began instructing in 2006 in the North Mon, one of Ireland’s leading Taekwon-Do clubs. Since then Mr Forde has coached both kids & adults of all ages. Mr Forde has experience of instructing kids with both physical and mental disabilities and we at East Cork Taekwon-Do welcome everyone to try Taekwon-Do.

  • 1999- Started Training in North Mon Taekwon-Do
  • 2003- Best Grading Award North Mon TKD
  • 2005- Student of the year North Mon TKD
  • 2006- Promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt by Master O Toole
  • 2007- Member National Team at European and World Championships winning Bronze Medal at the Europeans in Slovakia
  • 2007- Began Assistant Instructing in North Mon TKD
  • 2008- Captain of Irish Junior Male Team winning Bronze Medal at the European Championships in Poland
  • 2008- Competed at The 3rd World Cup in Italy
  • 2009- Competed at The Viking Cup
  • 2009- Competed at European Cup in Poland winning Bronze in Patterns
  • 2009- Promoted to 2nd Dergree by Master O Toole
  • 2009- Completed Polish Summer Camp under Master Jedut
  • 2009- Began Instructing in North Mon TKD
  • 2010- Competed at European Championships in Sweden
  • 2010- European Champion +70kg Sparring
  • 2010 – European Silver Medalist Patterns
  • 2010- Bronze Medal in Team Patterns
  • 2010- Competed at the European Open Cup in Slovakia
  • 2010- Silver Medalist Patterns 2nd Degree at European Cup
  • 2010- Sport Star of the Year Award
  • 2011- Began Instructing in Cork Taekwon-Do Carrigaline
  • 2012- Completed TAB Introduction To Coaching Course
  • 2012- Completed ISC Code of Ethics, Best Practice for Childrens Course
  • 2012- Coach & Competitor ITF World Cup in Brighton England
  • 2012- Promoted to 3rd Degree Black Belt
  • 2013- Completed First Aid Course
  • 2013- Gold Individual Sparring  ITF European Cup in Samakov, Bulgaria
  • 2013- Carrigtwohill Sports Star Award 
  • 2013- Completed TKD KUBZ Instructor Course with Master Hutton
  • 2013- Completed Level 1 Coaching Course with IMAC
  • 2013- World Championships Benidorm, Spain
  • 2013- Irish Cup 3xGold in Sparring, Patterns & Special Technique. Best overall senior male
  • 2014- Silver European Championships Ricionne, Italy
  • 2014- Silver European Cup Budapest, Hungary
  • 2015- Gold ITF World Championships in Rimini, Italy
  • 2015- Silver ITF European Championships in Scotland
  • 2015- Promoted to International Instructor 4th Degree Black Belt
  • 2016- Winner of Carrigtwohill Community & Sports Star Award Of The Year Award 
  • 2016- Gold ITF Open Dutch Individual Sparring
  • 2016- Bronze Medal ITF European Championships in Sparring in Tampere, Finland
  • 2016- Silver Medal ITF World Cup Budapest, Hungary
  • 2017- Bronze Individual Sparring & Silver Team Sparring at ITF European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2018 – First group of student successfully graded to Black Belt
  • 2019 – Co Founder of TKDCoach Academy with Mr Adrian Byrne 
  • 2019 – East Cork TKD – Ranked 3rd Best Club Munster Open
  • 2019 – East Cork TKD – Ranked 3rd Best Club Irish National Championships
  • 2019 – First Student To Represent Irish National Team – Juliana Kovaliova (Bronze Medal World Championships Germany)
  • 2019 – Promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt
  • 2020 – 3 Students Selected For The Irish National Team (Euros Eventually Cancelled Due To Covid)
  • 2021 – East Cork TKD – Ranked Overall Best Club Irish National Championships
  • 2022 – East Cork TKD – Ranked Overall Best Club Irish National Championships
  • Garda Vetted
  • First Aid Certified
  • Child Protection Certified 
  • ITF Instructors Plaque
  • 3 Students Selected for Irish National TKD Team
  • World & European Championship Gold Medalist – Sparring
  • Completed Various Seminars by Masters and Champions Nationally and Internationally





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