How our academy builds self esteem in youths

How does training in Taekwon-Do help build self esteem in children? I see it time and time again, a shy young kid comes to our classes to gain confidence within themselves. It is great to see the transformation in children from when they first join to a few months/years later, it’s incredible. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Where does this develop from? Our programs are designed to continuously challenge students in a safe environment. With this comes evidence that they can overcome any challenge with the correct attitude and mindset. Confidence is essentially based on evidence. Those who consistently challenge themselves gradually build more self esteem to go conquer any challenge that comes their way. It’s fantastic to see the difference in some children who walk through our doors following this process and this certainly spills over into life outside the training hall. 👊💪⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Weekly Competition – Level Up Kicking Challenge


Weekly Challenge – Level Up Kicking Challenge🥋⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

This week’s online competition is a level up kicking challenge. You have the week to practice. Entries must be submitted on Sat 16 May via WhatsApp/Messenger.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


This competition is open to ALL East Cork Taekwon-Do students. Infants can use the wall if they wish, to help them take part 👍🏻👍🏻⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


We are extremely grateful to Tigon Sports for sponsoring prizes for our weekly challenges and competitions. We will have prizes for various divisions 🎁⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀



– Level 1 starts at hip level of the kicker⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

– 3 kicks = next level up⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

– Levels will increase by one glove/target up⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

– Foot & Knee must remain above hip at all times⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


Count your levels and try to get your highest score by Saturday! This competition will be based also on technique, effort & creativity 😉 have fun, enjoy practicing!

Covid-19 Online Patterns Competition

Hi everyone, hope you are good. So to keep everyone busy and engaged over the next while we are going to have an Online East Cork TKD Patterns Competition. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Prize: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Free Uniform ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Free Entry to the next ITA tournament⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Free East Cork TKD T Shirt⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Free Club Gearbag⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
How it works:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
– You have 2 weeks to prepare and practice. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
– You can send practice videos to Mr Forde to get feedback as often as you like (Whatsapp)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
– On FRI 1ST MAY everyone entering must send a video (Pattern of your choice) of their final version to be judged by our Black Belts⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
– Winner (s) will be announced ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Depending on the number of entries we will have multiple divisions. Any questions send us a message ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Good luck! Get practicing 👍👍🥋

ECTKD 2019-20 Highlights

It has been a busy start to the season so far for East Cork Taekwon-Do from grass roots level to the highest international stage in ITF Taekwon-Do. Here are some highlights!

ITF European Championships 2019

Two of our Black Belt students Veronika and Juliana Kovaliova were selected for the Irish National Team to represent Ireland at the ITF European Championships in Sarajevo, Bosnia. This competition had 1253 competitors from 30 countries across Europe at the highest level of ITF Taekwon-Do.

Redking Rumble 2019

Our team took part in the Redking Rumble in Cork and secured 29 Gold, 16 Silver, and 20 Bronze. A special mention to Henrique Hayashi, Ignacy Pasiecznik, and Conor McCarthy on winning double gold!

ITA Irish National Championships 2019

East Cork Taekwon-Do brought a team to the ITA Irish National Championships in UL, Limerick. After fantastic performances by all of our team, East Cork Taekwon-Do received the 3rd Best Overall Club at this year’s championships. This a huge achievement as our club is currently the 3rd best club in Ireland. As well as this, our club has 14 new national championships in various disciplines including sparring, patterns, and special technique.

Open Dutch Championships 2020

Congratulations to club Black Belt & Irish National Team fighter Julia Pasiecznik on securing a well-deserved Bronze medal in Sparring in the highly competitive Open Dutch in Eindhoven, Holland

Scion Open 2020

East Cork Taekwon-Do also competed at the Scion Open in Cork. Our team secured a massive haul of 40 medals in what was a wonderful team performance. A big well done to our junior coaches for the fantastic work they put in on the day.

ITA Munster Championships 2020

Our team took part in the ITA Munster Championships in Waterford over two days. Our competitors took over 30 medals with fantastic performances on the day. A special congratulations to Lauren O Flynn and Juliana Kovaliova who both won double gold. A big congratulations to Veronika Kovaliova who won the Best Junior Female Award for her fantastic performance.

Competitor of the Year 2019

Congratulations to Brajan Wojciechowski who was awarded East Cork Taekwon-Do’s competitor of the year 2019. Brajan achieved a massive success in 2019. Brajan is the Munster, Leinster & Irish National Champion 2019 winning Gold in Sparring at each of event. Brajan also secured 7 gold medals in a row in 2019. Aside from his huge medal haul, Brajan has an amazing attitude and work ethic. He has such an admirable attitude and is a fantastic example for all at East Cork Taekwon-Do at only 10 years of age!

5th Degree

Congratulations to East Cork Taekwon-Do’s Head Instructor Mr Richard Forde who was promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt in December 2019. This was a nice way to mark his 20th year in Taekwon-Do!

Carrigtwohill Sports Star

East Cork Taekwon-Do’s Kyle Kidney was named Carrigtwohill Sports Star of the Month for November. Kyle won the award after claiming the title of Irish National Champion 2019. Kyle showed great skill and composure to take gold in the highly contested Blue and Red Belt 11-13 years division. Kyle also experience continuous success throughout 2019.

ITF European Championships 2020

Three of our members have been selected to represent Ireland at the 2020 European Championships. Julia Pasiecznik, Juliana Kovaliova, and Veronika Kovaliova will represent Ireland for this campaign. These girls show great dedication to their training and are fantastic examples for the younger members of our club showing what can be achieved through hard work.

Anyone interested in joining the club, we have a full range of classes for beginners. Check out

East Cork TKD ranked 3rd Overall club in Ireland

Irish National Championships 2019 🇮🇪🥋⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We are delighted to announce our club was ranked joint 3rd Overall Best Club of 40🥉 in Ireland from this weekend’s National Championships!! Amazing achievement from our young club, taking on well established teams across the country. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Congratulations to everyone part of this huge team effort!! It’s a great achievement to be ranked in the Top 3 clubs both in the Munster & National championships in 2019 finishing off our competition season for 2019 in style.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Huge congrats to our medal winners especially our new National Champions 🇮🇪🥇. Special mention to Brajan Wojciechowski who won Gold in all 3 ITA events this year winning Munster, Leinster & Nationals.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We had fantastic performances across the board regardless of results. For those who didn’t medal this time remember those who preserve will be rewarded!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Thanks to every single person who contributed to our team be it competitors, coaches, umpires, supporters and of course all our supportive parents who make it happen! We are extremely proud of our team. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Congratulations to the ITA on a fantastic weekend with such a high level competition in terms of standards, organisation and professionalism!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀