On Sunday January 13th I.T.F. Netherlands celebrated her 25th anniversary in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands. Over 150 black belts were present at this event, listening to the official opening of the event by the president of I.T.F. Netherlands ,Master James Tjin-A-Ton. To celebrate this event with us there were two special guests present: I.T.F. Netherlands honorary member Grand Master Wim Bos from Italy and Sabum Roy Rolstad from Norway.
After the opening, the day started with a 2 and a half hour training session led by Grand Master Bos. Even though it was an intense training session, displaying Grand Master Bos’ amazing flexibility and fitness, there were many interruptions during which Grand Master Bos told those present stories about his personal and the ITF history, often in a humoristic manner. Next to fitness and stretching, some basic movement and pattern exercises were performed.
After the training session there was some time for pictures with GM Bos, followed by the lunch. An excellent opportunity for everybody to come together and catch up with the other I.T.F. Netherlands members.
The lunch was followed by a unique question & answer session by GM Bos. The Grand Master was very open, and told many interesting funny, but also moving and touching stories. This was the first time a session like this was ever done by GM Bos, and both himself as the I.T.F. Netherlands members enjoyed it a lot. The session was followed by presenting the I.T.F. Honorary umpire award, which was given to Master James Tjin-A-Ton for his years of effort in national and international umpiring. Other I.T.F. Netherlands that had already received this award include Sabum Kiet Tjon-A-Pauw, Master Coos van den Heuvel and Sabum Harry van Schaik. Master James was very surprised, but of course happy to receive this award.
The afternoon programme had two more important items. First, a presentation was given by Boosabum Martijn van de Velde and Sabum Pattrick den Hoed on the new I.T.F. Netherlands instructor course, which is recognized on a national level and focuses mainly on didactic and not Taekwon-Do skills. The presentation was followed by the last item on the agenda, the “Radix” programme. This is a unique programme designed by Sabum Roy Rolstad and Robert Boer that focuses on alternative self defence applications for techniques from tul. For many of the present black belts this was an eye-opening programme, which crated awareness for the unlimited number of applications for certain techniques.
The day ended by presenting gifts to all those who helped organizing this memorable event. Again, thanks go to the organizing committee (Sabum Jantien Lindeboom, Boosabum Wouter Meijer and Martin de Vries), Sabum Robert Boer and Roy Rolstad, Boosabum MArtijn van de Velde and Sabum Patrick den Hoed. Finally, thanks go to Sabum Ron van der Lee, who designed some of the graphics and a nice banner for GM Bos. Our sincere gratitude goes to GM Bos, taking his time to teach us on this memorable 25th anniversary from I.T.F. Netherlands.
“International Instructor Professionals” project
I.T.F. Netherlands is happy to report that it will start researching a new project named “International Instructor Professionals” or in short “II professionals”. This project is a model in which plaque holders and International Instructors actively contribute to the organization I.T.F. Netherlands, which will be rewarded by receiving a percentage of the income they generate for the organization I.T.F. Netherlands. Other countries like Norway and Argentina already have similar models.
We are proud to report that Sabum Harry van Schaik, who is a member of the ITF development committee among other positions, will be the project leader. Sabum Harry will investigate the possibilities for implementation of this model in the Netherlands, and whether clubs and International Instructors in the Netherlands are interested. If the model is interesting enough and financially sound, I.T.F. Netherlands hopes to implement per the 1st of January 2014. Sabum Harry can be directly contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org, or questions can be directed to email@example.com. I.T.F. Netherlands wishes Sabum Harry the best of luck.