INTA National Black Belt Examination
On Saturday 4th of December, the INTA hosted its National Black Belt grading in the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.
30 candidates presented themselves for the grading with 17 candidates testing for 1st degree and the remainder testing for 2nd through to 6th Degree Black Belt. 26 candidates tested successfully.
Those testing for 1st degree were testing in one room under a grading panel of
- Master Donnelly 7th degree( Acting President)
- Master Fagan 7th Degree
- Master Troy 7th degree
- Master Hannigan 7th Degree
- Mr Tony Mc Donagh 6th Degree
Those testing for higher dan grades were tested simultaneously in another room under a grading panel of
- GM O'Toole 9th degree
- GM Douglas 9th degree
- Master Martin 8th degree
Due to the current covid 19 restrictions the grading had to be adapted to suit the current guidelines. Candidates were tested in fundamental movements ,patterns ,socially distanced 3, 2 and 1 step sparring and free sparring. After this candidates were quizzed on theory and then had to perform the power test.
After each group had finished their test they were given their results and exited through the back door of the room.
Congratulations to all those who promoted successfully.
A special Honorary 4th Degree was also presented to Mr Liam Carberry for his long and distinguished service to the INTA.