On March 8th 2014 took place in Sant Vicenç dels Horts - Barcelona the 3rd ITF BARCELONA FUJI MAE CUP 2014 with both national and international competitors
This year we had welcomed teams from Belgium, Netherlands, France, Norway, Scotland, Israel and England. Of course we also had competitors from all around Spain (Cataluña, Cantabria, Andalucía, Murcia, Comunidad Valenciana and Aragón). We would like to remark the huge participation and the technical and human quality of all competitors.
Our Sponsor was Fuji Mae as always, and I would like to thank them for the logistic and support to this event.
The competition day began at 7:00hs with the arrival of competitors to the sports hall. After the coach and umpire meetings, everyone went to their assigned areas to start working. At 8:30hs competition began with Individual Patterns followed by Team Patterns and Pre arranged Sparring. We could witness the extremely high level of the participants.
During the Opening Ceremony a Clubs Parade took part and an exhibition of HWA-RANG-DO School little students followed it. The children had the opportunity of being part of this big Taekwon-do Day.
Once the Opening Ceremony have finished, all competitors, coachs and umpires went for a “Friendship Lunch” were they could gather and share a good meal together, make new friends and meet old ones in a relaxed atmosphere.
At 15:00hs competition started again with Individual Sparring until the end of the event, keeping everyone amazed for the intensity and enthusiasm of the competitors.
We would like to thank local instructors John McKissock and Andreu Martínez for their help and Master Alberto González for his support to this event.
I would like to remark the participation two instructors, who are also good friends, Mr. Mario Múgica and Mr. Félix García, José Luis Diego whom brought teams with great competitors on national and international level.
This year we were delighted to welcome Master Frank Vanberghen and Instructor Annick Van Driessche from Belgium and Master Ray Nicolaisen from Norway. We also have the opportunity to welcome a big team from Israel with his Instructor Leonardo Oros Duek (AETF´s Board of Directors Member). And the presence of Master Ferrando Secretary General ITF.
Last but not least, I would like to thank all the schools that took part this year, I hope you have felt the essence of this event: gathering as a family, enjoying time together and feeling proud of our Martial Art. I look forward to welcome you next year for the 4thITF BARCELONA FUJI MAE CUP 2015.
Thanks to you all and see you next year!!!
José Carlos Revelles
VI Degree – Instructor Internacional
HWA-RANG-DO School Director