The First Qualifying 2013 World Championship ITF Umpire Course took place on January 26th and 27th, 2013, in Queens, New York, USA. This ITF Umpire Course was organized by Master Ruben Suarez, VIII Dan and President of the National Taekwon-Do Association – ITF, Inc. in the USA, and was conducted by the ITF Umpire Committee Member, Master Kurt Ottesen, VII Dan from Canada.
The ITF Umpire Course was a great success with a participation of 68 black belts, coming from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The purpose of this course was to educate members on the new rules recently implemented by the ITF and to qualify ITF Umpires who are willing to officiate on the paramount event of ITF competition, the 2013 World Championship in Benidorm, Spain.
Master Ottesen covered areas such as the new point deductions system for Patterns, the new electronic system, team sparring new point system and the new rules and regulations for ITF competition. Due to the overall enthusiasm of the participants, the course was extended to cover other areas of interest from the participants.
At the end of the event, Master Suarez was very grateful to Master Ottesen for his commitment and dedication, and all the participants were very supportive and enthusiastic about all the information obtain during this ITF Umpire Course.
MASTER RUBEN SUAREZ