Another big success, more than 120 participants...
From Friday April 20th to Sunday April 22, 2012 the 72nd International Instructors’ Course was held in Richmond, (a suburb of Vancouver) British Columbia, Canada.
Hosts were Hal Lipscombe/Pacific Rim Institute of Taekwon-Do and Kurt Ottesen/Freedom Taekwon-Do Schools.
The seminar was conducted by the International Taekwon-Do Federation’s Technical Committee, lead by Grand Master Marano, Chairman of the Technical Committee and Grand Master Bos, member of the ITF Technical Committee, along with their special guest Master Norman President of the Canadian Taekwon-Do Federation, International.
The seminar hosts’ special guest was Master Pierre Laquerre, 8th Dan and Technical Director of the Canadian Taekwon-Do Federation International.
In total there were 123 participants at the course. In keeping with the truly international scope of the ITF participants came from Canada (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia), Anguilla, Argentina, Bahamas, Italy, and Jamaica.
97 of the participants were members of the ITF of B.C.
As always the Grand Masters and Masters were in top form seamlessly guiding the participants through Chon- Ji to Tong IL. They provided detailed analyses of the movements and application of techniques within the patterns as well as reviewing the most common mistakes in Color Belt patterns. Step Sparring, Sparring Techniques, and Sparring received a lot of attention and Grand Master Bos reviewed recent changes in Tournament Rules which was very beneficial.
The participants were inspired by the Grand Masters and Masters´ knowledge and skills. It was a great pleasure for all involved to have the benefit of these fine gentlemen’s expertise.
On Saturday evening a Banquet was held in honor of Grand Masters Marano and Bos, Masters Laquerre and Norman.
Special gifts were presented to the seminar instructors as a thank you for their excellent instruction during the IIC.
On Saturday testings were held for 2nd to 6th Degree Black Belt with the following results:
Promoted to 6th Degree - Mr. Corey Schellenberg from Port Coquitlam B.C. ,Mr. Rod Johnson form Vancouver, B.C. and Mr. Carlyle Gray from Jamaica
Promoted to 5th Degree was 74 year old Mrs. Mary Pitsch from Castlegar B.C.
Promoted to 2nd Degree was Mr. George Dunbar from Calgary Alberta
At the end of the IIC on Sunday testings were held for promotion to 7 & 8 Degree Black Belt.
Promoted to 8th Degree was Master Clint Norman of Regina Saskatchewan
Promoted to 7th Degree was Mr. Sant Saran of Sparwood B.C. and Mr. Philip Nguyen of Ottawa Ontario
Congratulations to All.
We all would like to thank Grand Master Marano and Grand Master Bos for their expertise as well as their quest Master Norman.
We would also like to thank Master Laquerre for being in attendance and assisting,
Below are a number of comments from the participants which only confirms what a great time all had.
This was the greatest seminar I have ever attended. The Grand Masters and Masters were professional and very knowledgeable. Mr. Peter Claire 6th Degree
I really enjoyed the course. I learned a lot of useful techniques. It was very fun. Everyone can benefit from attending an IIC. LizAnnie Yanes- Garcia Black Stripe (age 15)
I would go to another IIC- the self defense class was great. The IIC was very fun. Karlos Witter Red Belt (age 11)
It was a fantastic learning experience. The atmosphere was very friendly making the seminar fun, and enjoyable. I hope to attend another IIC. Mr. Samuel Yin 2nd Degree (age 16)
Fantastico. Piacevole di visitare il Canada ed assiste a un IIC. Mr. Dimitri Pilichi IV Degree Italy
Attending the IIC was a wonderful experience. It fulfilled all my expectations. The teaching was very, very good. I enjoyed sharing Taekwon-Do with so many new people. Soy complacido muy, feliz y afortunado. Ms. Sabina Donadio IV Degree Argentina
It was a pleasure to train at the IIC. The Grand Masters and the Masters brought an exciting level of energy to the seminar. Throughout the weekend their passion for Taekwon-Do was obvious. Their instruction and attention to detail will inspire me in the future to always strive for perfection. Mrs. Pam Stoelwinder 3rd Degree.