International Umpire Course

Dear Grandmaster/Master/Instructor

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the first ITFHQ Europe Umpire Course. This course will be certified by ITFHQ-Korea and will be conducted by the ITFHQ European Umpire Committee, headed by Master S. Fitzgibbon, of Ireland.
Course aim:

The purpose of the Course is develop existing and potential umpires to International level. Depending on experience, grade & competence, participants will have the opportunity to get certified as one, or more, of the following (in line with ITFHQ-Korea rules and regulations):

  • Sparring corner judge
  • Sparring centre referee
  • Patterns judge

Technical/Power breaking will be taught at a separate course, we aim to empower all participants, so they will feel confident exercising what they learn. It is not enough to know the rules. Umpires must have the confidence to apply them.


The location for this landmark occasion will be European Capital City of Culture 2020 – Galway, Ireland. Come and spend a weekend of learning, and sight-seeing in the fabulous West of Ireland city. See for more about Galway, and what this wonderful city has to offer.

The Umpire Course will be taught in Master Fitzgibbon’s Dojang – Connacht Taekwon-Do Academy. The full address is:
Connacht Taekwon-Do Academy, Unit 7 Glenrock Business Park, Ballybane Industrial Estate.

Google maps link is:


Saturday 22nd February

  • 1pm: Arrival/Registration
  • 1.30pm: Introduction
  • 2-6pm: Course Part I
  • 8pm: Meal  2-5pm


 Sunday 23rd February

  • 9am: Arrival/Registration
  • 9.30am: Introduction/Recap
  • 10am-1pm: Course Part II
  • 1-2pm: Lunch (not provided)
  • 2pm -5pm: Course Part III
  • 5-6pm: Assessment & Presentations



DRESS CODE: Dobok & Tracksuit



Please complete the accompanying registration form and make payment via the PayPal links below, no later than January 15th. Email the form to
Prompt registration will ensure your certificates arrive from Korea in time for the course. Once payment and registration form is received, access to the online section of the course will be provided. The Theory study & assessment can all be completed prior to the weekend of the course.

Course RatesCostLink for Payment
1st to 2nd kup75 EurosLink to payment
1st to 6th Dan125 EurosLink to payment
7th to 8th Degree80 EurosLink to payment
9th DegreeWelcome with Compliments

Special Dinner on Saturday night

We have planned to have a meal for all the participants on the Saturday evening, at the Menlo Park Hotel. Attendance is optional, though advance booking is required. This will be a great opportunity for everyone to network, make friends and get to know each other. Dress code is Smart/Casual. The cost of the meal is €30. You can register your attendance at the same time as registering for the course, but payment won’t be collected until the Saturday afternoon.


Participants are free to stay in whichever Hotel or B&B they wish. However, we have arranged reduced rate accommodation in two nearby 4* hotels – Menlo Park Hotel and Maldron Hotel. Feel free to contact the hotels directly, and quote ITFHQ to receive the discounted rates for single/double rooms. The group meal will be held in the Menlo Park Hotel on Saturday evening.

Menlo Park Hotel

Maldron Hotel


Galway is served by 3 airports. They are listed in order of proximity:

There are frequent bus routes between each airport, and Galway. For Shannon and Knock, see Bus Eireann

However, from Dublin, there is an Express bus option direct to Galway city, with Citylink. See


If you need any assistance, or have any questions, feel free to contact ITFHQ Umpire Committee chairperson, Master Shane Fitzgibbon, VII dan.


Insurance & Disclaimer

Each participant is responsible for ensuring they are covered by their own Insurance policy. The Course organisers accept no responsibility for any injury or loss sustained by any participant during this course. Payments are non-refundable. Registration, and attendance at this event implies agreement to this disclaimer.