The International Taekwon-Do Federation 63rd International Instructors Course held in Clearwater Florida was a great success. With approximately 110 in attendance, Led by GM Pablo Trajtenberg and GM Hector Marano, Special Guest GM Van Binh, President of ITF-USA. Master Peter Thibado, Host of the event, was elected to Vice President of the ITF-USA at a special Congress meeting held during the event.
Technical aspects of patterns, sparring, self-defense, step-sparring, were imparted with excellence and clarity as usual from the Grand Masters. The wisdom of these gentlemen came through their teaching of the philosophy of TaeKwon-Do. Demonstrating by their actions, thoughts and skills that Taekwon-Do is a way of life. Many participants expressed to me they could feel the sincerity and depth of the truth in the teaching. Clearwater Beach was a great setting for the event. The banquet Saturday night poolside at the beach with the sunset created a great opportunity for meeting new friends and reminiscing with old friends.
Eight Masters were in attendance including Master Thibado, Master Nunez ATFI President, Master Ruben Suarez Sr VP ITF-USA, Master DelCid, Master Candelario, Master Downey, Master Carrera, Master Primm.
The grading Saturday evening was private for Master Primm, with the Grand Masters presiding. Masters Thibado and Carrera presided over the testing of three 4th Dans one third Dan and two second dans. Promoted to 4th Dan were Orlando Millan, Peggy Allan, Edward Davila. To 3rd Dan Sam Kliensasser and second Dan Scott Maxwell and Alvin Ortiz. Harmony seemed to be the overall theme, harmony in your movement, in your body, in your relationships, and in your life!
Great Taekwon-Do Teaching, Thank You Grand Masters!
Master Peter Thibado
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