Last Saturday and Sunday, August 25th - 26th 132 participants from Argentina, Venezuela, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Chile attendend a full 2 day training course with the latest Rules for World Championships in effect as from January 1st 2013. It was organized by FETRA and Master Fabian Pini in CEDEM installations. Master Fabian Pini exceeded everyone expectations for his professionalism and kindness.
Saturday morning the course started with GM Trajtenberg and GM Marano opening speeches followed by Master Katz and Mr. Kurt Ottesen seminar on the new Rules. A new PowerPoint presentation was translated into Spanish and updated with all the changes. Ring councils were set (21) so people were grouped in the same manner as they would be in a World Championship. Participants were very interested in how new rules were going to be implemented and many questions were answered to a demanding audience .Procedures forrunning each event were described in detail.
The afternoon started with the Free Sparring chapter addressing to a hands on seminar: Master Katz described details and special considerations about warnings, points and fouls. Hard Contact was also discussed and practiced so participants were able to understand what was referred when light contact, contact, and hard contact was shown.
The first day session closed with 2 workshops running at the same time: The first part conducted by Master Katz where participants were able to practice learned concepts in tournament mode. The electronic system was set and each ring council practiced with free sparring controllers while center referees conducted each match. Everyone saw how scoring and results were displayed on the screen while 2 competitors were sparring in identical format as it is done in WCHs. The experience was great! Everyone had a chance to score and handle the electronic devices. The second part conducted by Mr.Ottesen showing hand signals for center referees and having also a hands on practice! He clarified each hand signal.
The second day started having Master Katz describing new rules for Individual and Team pattern and describing the new guideline with the code of points to discount in patterns scoring.
GMMarano took the lead and went into the qualitative part of patterns confronting points to be discounted according to the code of points in real time. He used videos and also made some participants to perform different patterns. This part of the seminar was very good indeed.
Master Katz explained Power and Special Techniques highlights. Some videos from last WCH were projected and finally Mr. Ottesen ended by showing the exact procedure for these events.
Overall this seminar exceeded participant’s expectations and everyone learned, practiced and had fun!!
Master Alberto Katz
Chairman of the ITFUmpire Committee