REPORT - International Umpire Course
It was held in the Congress Hall of the Gran Hotel Bali, Benidorm, Spain the International Umpire Course with the participation of 142 referees from 26 countries, coordinated by Gmaster Bos ITF Director and aptly led by Masters Katz and Ottensen and with collaboration of the ITF Umpire Committee and ITF Tournament Committee members Masters Coos Van de Heuvel, Vones, Suarez and Cecconato.
The development of the course was a success, with many participants who expressed their comments by saying that it was the best Umpire course they attended. The course covered all the changes, parameters and method of scoring of the different modalities of ITF competition in order to improve our events
Participants came from Poland, Russia, Ukaine, Finland, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, Portugal, Norway, Slovenia, Lebanon, Romania, Greece, Netherlands, Hungary, Belgium, Bulgaria, USA and Spain .
Master Ferrando Secretary General of the ITF informed about the situation of Suppliers Sponsors that have approved materials and the way of using the new brand in the events.
The members of the Umpire and Tournament Committees were received at City Hall by the Sport Council where was held a press conference in which Gmaster Bos explained details of the IUC.
The Umpire and Tournament Committee were in Benidorm present to meet and also in order to check the facilities of the Palace sports and hotels for the upcoming World Championships to be held on October 2013 in Benidorm, Spain.
A big thanks to GM Bos and Master Ottesen for easily the best IUC I have been to. So much explained and so very well conducted.
The TAG have been very busy this year already implementing plans for a lot of changes, the least of which are the new rules, so having some details explained by two of the main people responsible for the changes was awesome.
Master Ottesen started the day with theory and discussing various situations, rule changes to warnings and fouls etc, during which we all had a lesson in how to make calls as a referee. After a little practice on this, we all had a detailed lesson on how to enter and leave the ring, both for patterns and for sparring. Why did we spend a lot of time of this seemingly minor detail?
Well, the main theme of the day was that in order to have a safe tournament, you have to have professional officials that know what they are doing, and feel and look like they know what they are doing. Master O spent a great deal of time on what it means to be an official, and how to conduct yourself as one. And entering and leaving the ring is the start and especially the finish of this.
So, guess what NZ! That’s right, things are about to change for us. The IUC only reinforces my resolve after Brighton to lift the standard of officiating in NZ through higher detailed courses, the first of which is coming up in July, but more on that secret squirrel event later in the year.
The afternoon was spent going over the new patterns scoring system, more sparring, per-arranged, special technique and power. We covered it all, finishing at 6.30 after a very long and productive day. There are also major changes to the team sparring score system.
It was also great to see some of our top competitors there too, furiously writing down notes. You guys will have an advantage after attending the course, good move on your part.
So many changes which is the reason why the TAG is running a ‘C’ course in each region. As GM Boss pointed out to us, especially with ‘holding/grabbing’ now upgraded to a foul, these new rules will change how coaches teach and officials judge, and a lot of the techniques competitors currently use will have to be discarded, and new systems adopted.
A big thanks to you both sirs, a great course and also a big thanks for the way you patiently answered all questions and explained decisions.
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ITF Children’s Development Committee meeting
On 15th & 16th January 2013 the ITF Children’s Development Committee met in Amsterdam to discuss the future of the Kid’s Development Program. The three Committee members were Master Donato Nardizzi (England), Fabian Izquierdo (Argentina) and the latest member to join the Committee, Philip Lear (England). Master Willy Van Der Mortel (Netherlands) was also expected to attend but was unable to because of the poor road conditions due to the snow.
On the first day, the Committee met with three members of the ITF Board: The President GM Trajtenberg, GM Bos and Master Ferrando. They discussed the importance of the ITF Kid’s Development Program as a means to provide a broad based foundation for young children rather than rushing them through the grades. Today, more children are starting Taekwon-Do at an early age and we are seeing too many young children achieving Black Belt status too quickly by following the adult syllabus. Promotion to Black belt indicates a certain degree of maturity but the children may not have the same level wisdom and broad range of life experiences as an adult. It was agreed that the ITF has a responsibility to encourage instructors to utilise the Kid’s Development Program which provides the necessary broad range of knowledge and experience for their young students at a pace that is suitable for their age group.
It was proposed that elements of the Children’s Development course should be included in all the IIC’s after summer 2013. The proposal is to have a three hour seminar in every IIC about teaching strategies for young students. This would not only benefit instructors who teach young children but also those that teach older students with learning difficulties. Many teaching strategies will be taught which enable the instructor to simplify the various Taekwon-Do skills by breaking them down into simpler parts. It is important that senior instructors and masters understand the teaching methods of the Kid’s Development Program regardless of whether they teach it directly or not. They may indeed have students who will become instructors of the Kids Development Program.
With three Children’s Development courses taking place in 2012, ways of facilitating more courses in 2013 were discussed. The ITF will make it easier for National Associations to host a Children’s Development Course in their country and, if necessary, to translate the Study Book in their own language.
It was agreed to have a dedicated website for the Kids Program which will have its own domain name and have a link from the official ITF website. This will serve to promote the Kids Development Program as well as providing the students, parents and instructors with additional resources.
Ways of making an easy transition for instructors who are already running other children’s programmes were discussed. This is not too difficult as the ITF Kid’s Development Program was designed with flexibility in mind. The biggest problem was that of changing over doboks to the new approved ITF children’s dobok for students using a non ITF approved dobok. Master Ferrando offered to speak to the sponsors to try to agree a deal for students needing to change their doboks.
On the second meeting of the day, the Committee continued to discuss ways in which the transition can be made from other kid’s programmes to the ITF Kid’s Program. Many children’s programmes have similar topics but they are perhaps arranged in different categories or themes. By adapting the assignment criteria for each grade level or badge award the ITF Kid’s Program can appear to be very similar to what the students were doing before.
On the second day, the Committee started work on the new website, designing the structure and listing the menu items. They even managed to write out some of the static content for various pages. There will be a section for kids that will include interactive games, cartoon strips, stories and activities using the five characters of the Program. The idea is to provide extra resources for the kids to help them learn all the topics and at the same time bring the five characters to life. There will be a section for parents not only to promote the Program but also to help them support their children with the homework tasks and learning the various topics. An instructor’s section with a log in facility for official ITF Kid’s Program Instructors only, will provide them with a wealth of resources including a database of games and activities, additional homework assignments and advice on teaching strategies and requirements.
The meeting ended with plenty of work done but still plenty of work left to do by each member of the Committee. They will continue to work on the website and planning the forthcoming courses. Look out for the more information about the Kid’s Development Program coming soon on the ITF website.
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
Dear Members and Visitors
The 78th IIC took place in Tralee, Co. Kerry Ireland on the weekend of the 25th - 27th of January 2013 hosted by the Irish Taekwon-Do Association. The IIC was a great success with 130 black belts from 15 countries; Ireland, Switzerland, Netherlands, England, Norway, Scotland, Finland, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Luxembourg, France, Russia, and Belgium. There was over half of the course from 4th Dan and above including 10 Masters; eight 7th Dan and two 8th Dan. The course was conducted by the ITF technical committee; Grandmaster Marano, Grandmaster Bos and Grandmaster Lan.
The course was run under a new format which meant extra hours of training and contact for all participants and the feedback from all participants on the course was very positive about the content. The Grandmasters arrived on Thursday and were greeted in the town council chambers by local government officials and the mayor. The Grandmasters were presented with a beautiful certificate to mark their visit.
The IIC commenced on Friday and the Grandmasters were lead into the hall by a piper, which added to the atmosphere and occasion of the event. Over the 3 days the the IIC was mainly divided into 2 groups; one group for 1st - 3rd Dan and the other for 4th dan above, in two separate rooms. This meant the Grandmasters could cover more material with all participants. The Grandmasters covered all aspects of ITF Taekwon-Do including; patterns up to Tong-il in great detail, fundamental movements, free sparring, traditional sparring, step-sparring, self defence, flexibility and warm-up exercises. There was also time for the group for 4th Dan and above to have discussions on topics such as the structure of their schools, gradings and syllabus, and also how to teach different aspects of the Taekwon-Do syllabus. The Grandmasters were in excellent form; Grandmaster Bos was inspirational with the atmosphere he creates in his classes, excellent exercises for flexibility, warm-up exercises, exercises for preparation for specific classes for kicking, patterns and sparring, participants got many new and imaginative ideas for the teaching of their classes from his sessions. Grandmaster Lan showed wonderful ability especially in the areas of free sparring and self defence, with excellent progressions to develop technique and ability in these areas. Grandmaster Marano again showed why he is the chairman of the technical committee, his knowledge on the ITF patterns is superb, participants were amazed at his ability to explain all techniques and reference the encyclopaedia by page and photograph and his ability to fix errors and explain the applications and details of all movements. Participants were very happy with the sessions on the patterns as the grandmasters did not just explain the technical details of the patterns but the reasons for each movement, the applications and also how to correct common errors and problems in the patterns. In the rest periods between sessions the Grandmasters were happy to work one on one with participants and clarify and doubts about the patterns. The participants found all aspects of the course extremely enjoyable and all participants commented on the professional set-up of the IIC by the ITA, the warm welcome and hospitality and the attention to detail. On the Friday evening their was a banquet which was attended by almost all of the IIC participants and their was great entertainment by a local folk band during this event. The IIC for 1st - 3rd Dan finished on Saturday and the Sunday was only for 4th Dan and above, where the higher degree patterns were covered in detail. The IIC was officially closed on Sunday and the ITF Grandmasters were presented with a gift of writing pens made from 5,000 year old Irish bog oak and 24 ct. gold. During the IIC on Sunday their was also a grading for people going for 6th, 7th and 8th dan.
The following were promoted during the grading:
1.Mr. Niall Jones from Irish Taekwon-Do Association promoted to 6th Dan
2.Mr. Maxim Kim from Russia promoted to 6th Dan
3.Mr. Odd Arne Larsen from NTN Norway promoted to 7th Dan Master
4.Mr. Hallgeir Betele from NTN Norway promoted to 7th Dan Master
5.Mr. Snorre Edvarsen from NTN Norway promoted to 7th Dan Master
6.Mr. Lazaros Tsilfidis from Russia promoted to 7th Dan Master
7.Master Per Christian Garnaes from NTN Norway promoted to 8th Dan Master
8.Master Carmine Caiazzo from FITAE Italy promoted to 8th Dan Master
Photos of the IIC:
The ITA Board of Directors would like to extend our thanks to the ITF Technical Committee for an excellent IIC, to the organising committee Mr. O'Mahoney VI Dan, Mr. Stephen Ryan V Dan, Ms. Laura Cullen IV Dan, to the local volunteers and helpers and to the participants from the 15 countries for your support.
Dear Members and visitors,
The ITF is proud to announce that over 11000 ITF members participated from the period 2003-2012 at the 77 IIC’s held throughout the world.
2013 might become another successful year with many IIC’s. The International Instructors Committee (IIC) consisting of Chairman GM Hector Marano and members GM Wim Bos and GM Lan Ung Kim are ready to conduct the next IIC’s to be held on January in Ireland, on February in New Zealand, on March in New York USA, on May in Uruguay, on June/July in Paraguay, on July in Jamaica, on September in Russia and Poland and on November in Belgium.
The Committee hopes to find all of you ready for another challenge!
On behalf of the International Instructors Committee
GM Wim Bos
ITF Director and IIC Member
|INTERNATIONAL INSTRUCTORS COURSES 2003-2012|
|40||227||6-9.||September||2008||San Juan||Puerto Rico||69|
|42||229||27-29.||March||2009||Ho Chin Min||Vietnam||113|
|56||243||1-2.||Oct.||2010||Puerta Plata||Domenican Rep||66|
|75||262||7-9.||September||2012||Puerta Plata||Domenican Rep||27|
|total number of participants||10011|