Dear Grandmasters/masters/instructors/competitors,

Through this letter the first update for the “Open Dutch” Championships which will be on the 18th of January 2015 in Best, Netherlands. (closing date 5th of January, be aware of the Christmas holiday’s!) Important is to make clear that nobody can enter anymore after the closing date! This because draws will be made in advance and put on the Open Dutch website. So it means that if competitors are over their registered height or weight on the day of the competition he or she can not take part at the item of the competition! So coaches check the children’s height or weight! So that they not get disappointed at the day of the tournament!

The organization announce that we found Master Coos van de Heuvel from the Netherlands available to do the job as head umpire. With his experience at EC and WC will that not a problem.

This year we have again the tournament into 2 hall’s like previous year.

We found Master Harry Vones (ITF-Germany) available to check everything with electronic scoring system and draws.

We have the honour that Grandmaster Wim Bos (Chairman of the International Competition Course) is again present at our tournament with the Italian delegation. My Slovenian friend Tomaz Barada also a colleague of the ICC committee is present too.

On this link you go to the tournament website: or go to our Facebook pagina: Open Dutch Championships 2015. This year we have of course a nice t-shirt for all winners in the A-category.

But we have now also a t-shirt for those who like to buy it as a souvenir from the tournament. This can only through order in advance, for details look to the website.

Hope to see you all in January.

Master Willy van de Mortel

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 21/Dic/2014, 16:25
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From the 18th to the 19th of  December 2014 the 36th National ITF Taekwan-Do Championship to place in the Ghazni Province. There was 130 participants at this championships. The organizer and supporter of this championship was the Afghanistan ITF Taekwon-Do Federation and Ghazni sport directorate. At the end of this championship the medals were distributed by sport officer of ghazni province and we received  very warm encouragement from the Ghazni people.

Best regards
Shoaib Rahmani
President ITF Afghanistan
Vice President - Asia

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 21/Dic/2014, 16:18
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One of the highlights of any Taekwon-Do student’s year is grading and adding a stripe or different coloured belt to their Dobok.  It can be a nerve-racking experience for many, but the sense of achievement seen afterwards in a student’s eyes is palpable.  We are all familiar with the scene – you wait at the back of the Dojang, your name is called, you run to the allotted spot on the floor, you strut your stuff, perhaps answer a few questions, and then return to the back of the room.  All the while, the examiner is casting their eye from student to student and furiously writing notes.  And you think ‘wow that examiner must know a lot!’

Actually, that examiner does know a lot.  But to become an examiner in New Zealand requires an instructor to pass a rigorous set of conditions and examinations, and these qualifications need to be renewed every two years.  The primary reason for this is to maintain high standards and consistency amongst examiners and gradings; In 2014 alone there were 96 Gup gradings and 6 black belt gradings in New Zealand – a formidable load for any group of examiners.

Mr Gwyn Brown (5th Dan) was part of a group of 15 senior instructors who recently attended a formal ‘Examiners’ Course’, run by New Zealand’s chief examiner Master Paul McPhail (8th Dan).  Gwyn notes that “In NZ, becoming a 4th Dan does not give you the right to examine Gup students; that right has to be earned by passing the examiners course. Before you can even apply for the course, you have to first obtain several other qualifications including a first aid qualification, an international instructor certificate, hold a current ITF plaque, and have attended an IIC within the last 2 years.” 

Having these prerequisites in place and being at least a 4th Dan, you can now attend the course.  However, the course is not a casual jaunt through a few coloured belt patterns – it is a full day of rigorous testing, with only a few short breaks.  Mr Brown again  “Firstly, Master McPhail outlines what he sees as the important things to look for when examining students. We learn to write shorthand, as normal writing simply isn’t fast enough to cover all students on the floor, especially when gradings can have 130+ students. We learn techniques for watching everyone, how to split up the ranks, and how to lift the energy on the floor if it’s lacking. After all, no one wants to fail and no examiner wants to fail any student. “

A general outline of the examiner’s course is as follows:

1      A practical grading assessment that includes shorthand note-taking, video role-plays and quick-fire questions from Master McPhail – from Mr Brown’s perspective “Master McPhail called out what was happening at a theoretical grading in real time. We had to write down as much as possible and then answer questions afterwards based on what we wrote. There were 5 students in this scenario and we covered all grading aspects. For example, one student performed Won Hyo but their back leg collapsed in a walking stance, the side kick wasn’t straight, and the L Stance was wide but only on their left side.”

2      Syllabus training and awareness; it goes without saying that an examiner must know this back to front.

3      General procedures (including etiquette)  and administration of a grading;

4      Examiner responsibilities and other administrative duties.

A minimum pass mark of 70% is required at all stages of the examination.  After a full day at this level of examination intensity, it isn’t surprising that most participants were tired.  Of course, all New Zealand Taekwon-Do students, whether they know it or not, are grateful for their dedication.

And the last word from Mr Brown “At the end of the day I was exhausted, but positive. I did ok in the theory exam and also the two practical tests. I made one bad mistake in the video grading and gave a student an A pass that, with the benefit of the video rewind button, wasn’t correct. Hopefully that won’t count too heavily against me!

Brian Ricketts and Gwyn Brown


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The Group of Fifteen; from the left: Mr Peter Graham, Mr Kane Raukura, Mr Tim Couling, Dr Thu Nguyen, Mr Vince Pygott, Mr Shaun Tolley, Mr Hayden Breese, Mr Mark Banicevich, Mr Gwyn Brown, Mr Darren Ward, Mr Grant Eccles, Mr Richard Iotua, Mr Andrew Salton, Ms Rose Cherrington, Mr Lawrence Mantjika, Master Paul McPhail (Chief Examiner), and Master Mahesh Bhana (observing examiner).

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 17/Dic/2014, 13:29
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On the 23rd November 2014 took place a competition of exhibits from different schools that make up the Guatemalan Association of Taekwondo ITF. This activity was a platform for coaches and students to demonstrate their skills and abilities as well as the perfection of technique and involved about 120 children belonging to different schools across the country, with more than 300 people in the public.

The event was opened by the General Secretary of the Guatemalan Association of Taekwondo Sabum Thelma Ayala who was commissioned to inform attendees of the projects that have such entity 2015, narrating that this art also improves the quality of life of  Guatemalan citizens, encouraging attendees to practice this sport.

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 15/Dic/2014, 14:22
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The Afghanistan ITF Taekwon-Do Federation held an Umpire "B" Seminar from 11-12 December 2014 at Kabul City with 30 participants. The organizer of the seminar was the Afghanistan ITF Taekwon-Do Federation and the GENERAL DIRECTORATE OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORT OF AFGHANISTAN. The aim of this seminar was to show and teach the new umpiring techniques of ITF Taekwon-Do to our members. At the end of this seminar the Afghanistan ITF Taekwon-Do federation granted the "B" degree certificates. It was a great experience for Afghanistan ITF Members. Participants came from Kabul City clubs.

Best regards
Shoaib Rahmani
President ITF Afghanistan
Vice President - Asia

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 15/Dic/2014, 13:22
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