The members and practitioners of ITF Philippines in behalf of the ITF Philippine National Governing Body held a fun filled and educational weekend of ITF Taekwon-do. The educational parts happened last May 24 and 25, 2013. We organized an Umpiring and Refereeing Seminar on Friday and Technical Seminar on Saturday.


These events were possible because we had the presence of Sabum Nim Mariusz Steckiewicz  the ITF Asian Consultant. “ A lot of things were cleared in the technical aspect” according to 3rd Degree Black Belt Nestor Madelar , Vice-President of ITF Philippines. The short talk of Sabum Nim Mariusz with regards to handling of Seminar with the different leaders of ITF in the Philippines made the tournament eld on Sunday more professional. “ We had better flow of the tournament because of the refereeing and judging Seminar held on Saturday. It was a great help and it will change our system of holding tournaments in the country.” according to IVth Degree Black Belt Jun Sta. Ana.


The whole ITF Philippines appreciates and greatly thank  Sir Mariusz in showing us how to run a tournament effectively and for sharing again his ITF Taekwon-Do knowledge. This weekend of Taekwon-do events was attended by practitioners from different parts of Philippines as far as south of the Philippines and the mountainous area north of Manila. Present also for the first time in the National Championships is Mr. Danny Dublin who is the son of ITF Philippine’s founder Mr. Lemuel Dublin. Mr. Danny Dublin heads Antipolo ITF. ITF Davao Head Alphard Salatandre says” It is good that the NGB ITF Philippines lets its members experience this specially seminar from a person from ITF overseas”. Everyone including the friends and relatives of the practitioners were exhausted but wish for another weekend like this next summer.

            ITF Philippines would  like to thank also the ITF heads specially Grand Master Pablo Trajtenberg for letting Sabum Nim Mariusz Steckeiwicz  to come over in the Philippines to facilitate the seminars. These continuous activities will surely help develop ITF techniques and understanding of its system in the Philippines. 

Report by:

Jun Sta. Ana

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Date: 30/May/2013, 10:24
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The 7th term of Afghanistan ITF Taekwon-Do Senior and Junior National championship in Gemnasiam of herat province


The 7th term of Afghanistan ITF Taekwon-Do Senior and Junior National championship was held at Kabul city municipality Jamnasiyam  on 19-20 june 2013, with a participation of 160 atletes from the Herat province of Afghanistan. This championship was held for Sparring and Pattern. The supporter of this championship was the NOC of Afghanistan and ITF Afghanistan Taekwon-Do and also the municipality. The event was broadcasted in all media of Afghanistan.

Best regards

Shoaib Rahmani President ITF Afghanistan

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Date: 24/Jun/2013, 07:50
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Invited by GM Wim Bos and FITAE-ITF on June 10-14, 2013 Tomaz Barada from Slovenia well known in the ITF and in the WAKO Kickboxing world visted Italy in order to conduct his famous sparring seminars.



On Monday June 10th GM Bos and Tomaz Barada met in Mirano a lovely city near Venice in order to start the first seminar with a participation of over 150 students which included Masters, Instructors and coloured and black belt students.

It was a great happening and all the participants were so happy to train with Tomaz who showed his enormous experience and fysical skills.

The evening we shared a wonderful dinner offered by our regional committee.



The night we stayed in Mirano and the following day on Tuesday June 11th we travelled to Milano in order to conduct the second seminar with a participation of 70 students.

The evening another dinner was offered by Maestro Orlando Saccomanno 6th degree organizer of the event.

Cecina, Toscana


The night we stayed in Milano and traveled then to Cecina in the region Toscana and went directly to the beach in other to relax. Lunch was offerd by the local organziers Grazia Nenciati 6th degree and her husband Graziano Bucci 5th degree.

At the 3rd seminar  65 participants took part and of course another wonderful dinner was offered by the members present at dinner.



The night we stayed in Cecina and early in the morning we left for Rome for a quick lunch at GM Bos house and then off to Naples for the 4th seminar with a participation of 65 students.


The dinner was held at a martial arts gala were Tomaz Barada and GM Bos received some awards for their hard work.



The last and 5th seminar was held in Rome with a participation of 75 students including on the floor kicking and punching GM Bos and his Instructors like the National trainers Leandro Iagher, Fabio Iovane and International Umpire Stefano Minotti.

Tomaz left straight away after the seminar by car to Maribor facing 1100 kmin order to be back to conduct a seminar in Maribor.

Some details:

traveling : from Maribor to Venice, Milano, Cecina,Naples, Rome and back to Maribor 3000 km by car.

Training: 20 hours of teaching

Participants : appoxr. 400 including Masters, Instructors and coloured and black belts

Comments: Only positive and too many to mention. Just happiness  

Tomaz Barada: Being one week together with one of the most prominent competitors in the World I just can say that it was a wonderful experience and very emotional.

Tomaz Barada not only a superb instructor but also a wonderful and humble person!

Thanks to all our FITAE members that made the seminars with Tomaz Barada so exciting Maestra Adrianna Riccio, Maestri Leandro Iagher, Stefano Minotti, Orlando Saccomanno, Gianluca Amato, Master Cammarota and Grazia Nenciati and of course all those who assisted.







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Date: 17/Jun/2013, 09:13
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The organising Committee was very happy to receive the prize-winner of the best tourism organisation during the Gala of The Quebec Tourism in Mauricie for the big Success for the Pan-American Taekwon-do Championship 2012 in Trois-Rivières Quebec Canada.
Master Pierre Laquerre want to send all thanks for the participants, volunteers, officials and all supporters by their presence they contributed to the success of the Pan-American Taekwon-do Championship.
On the picture by the left: Members of Committees Jacinthe Turcotte, Michel Montour, Jean-Sébastien Parr, Association Regional President, Cédrick Dubeau, Maxime Lavoie, Master Pierre Laquerre Chairman of the Organising Committee, Louis Noël, Samuel Charlebois, Sophie Vanasse, Anthony Paquin, Annie-Kim Bourbeau, Maxine Noël, Céline Brouillette, In front: Maxime Depont and Stéphanie Paquin

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Date: 15/Jun/2013, 12:16
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Holland Cup 2013 


On June 1st and 2nd it was finally time for the 2013 edition of the Holland Cup organized by Sportschool Tim Kool. Just like every year, we as organisation have tried to improve the tournament again, and make and the best and most innovative event possible. To that end, this year we made the Holland Cup a 2-day event, added an afterparty and added the category pre-arranged free sparring to the program. Furthermore, all A-class competitors (blue belt and up) got the chance to perform two patterns and spar bouts of two rounds. 

Even though the tournament started June 1st at 09.30 hours, we already started preparing and planning approximately six months ago. Booking the hall, setting up the programme, discussions with our head umpire Sabum Patrick den Hoed, promoting the tournament and buying and preparing all materials. Also, our ambassador Gerard van der Wijngaart was very busy acquiring sponsors, an activity for which we are still very grateful.



With 530 competitors from 52 clubs, coming from 12 different countries, the tournament started on Saturday morning. De start and opening of the tournament was the entrance of all umpires. With loud music in the background they walked onto the areas while all competitors were lined up and cheering. A very nice opening, and after the bows the tournament started on 7 areas. 

Saturday was the day where all A-class categories took place. Unique for Dutch tournaments, due to making it a two day event we had the time and ability to have competitors in pattern do two patterns, and have competitors in sparring compete in two round bouts. This gave the tournament an international appearance and made it an ideal preparation for European and World Championships. 

On the main stage we started with pre-arranged free sparring. Teams from all countries had subscribed into this category, making it a spectacular show on our podium area. At the same time, all pattern categories started on the different areas. Around noon the first areas went for their lunch break, and the centre area finished with the category team pattern. This was also spectacular, dominated by the German and Norwegian teams. 

The afternoon was completely focused on sparring. Since there were only A-class competitors on this day, nice matches could be seen on all areas. Youth, juniors, seniors and even veterans all showed top-class Taekwon-Do. This could be heard from the stands, since loud cheering sounded all the time. At 16.30 hours, all individual categories were finished, and all competitors started preparing for team sparring. 

Even though there were both senior female and male teams, the female teams had the upper hand in our tournament. Teams from Norway, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands made this an international spectacle. All teams were strong, but the teams from Sabum ChielRombout from the Netherlands won both gold and silver. In senior male sparring the gold was won by Norway. The Saturday ended with the awarding of the overall trophy for the best gym. Last year this was won by Master Dennis, but this year the trophy went to Sportscentre Tapilatu. 

Sunday was the day that the B-class competition took place. Many youth, but also juniors and seniors were present this day. The hall still had the international appearance from the day before, and it was nice to see that this was a big motivation for the beginning Taekwon-Do championships competitors. Because the A-class competitors had all competed the day before, this finally was the chance for the white, yellow and green belts to be at the centre of all the attention. This was probably the first time ever they competed on a podium area. 

The Sunday started with a similar opening as Saturday, only everything started an hour later. With approximately 180 competitors competition took place on four areas, the organisation was sure that they could run an efficient tournament that would finish in time. This was certainly the case, since our experienced staff members and umpires kept good pace, and all pattern categories were finished at 11.30 hours. Even before the break, some areas already started with the sparring categories. 

The afternoon programme also ran very efficient, and between 14.00 and 14.30 the first areas were closed. The keyword of the day was efficiency and calmness. The hall was big and all competitors were accompanied by the staff members, making the atmosphere relaxed and calm. 

At 15.00 hours we started clearing the hall and the tournament was completely finished. To sum up:

-       The Holland Cup is a unique 2-day tournament in the Netherlands

-       Pattern, sparring, teampattern, teamsparring and pre-arranged free sparring

-       530 competitors from 12 countries.

-       First Dutch tournament with afterparty

-       Biggest and best decorated hall in the Netherlands

-       Efficient organizing committee, making for a smooth and well-run tournament. 

Via this rout we (Tim Kool, Corine Kool and Rory de Vries) want to extend our gratitude to a couple of people. First, Sabum Patrick den Hoed for being our main umpire and Gerard van der Wijngaart for being the Holland Cup ambassador. Most importantly, we want to thank all the staff members who made this tournament possible together with our sponsors. Finally, our sincere gratitude goes to all competitors, coaches and umpires, and we look forward to the 5thedition of the Holland Cup in 2014.



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Date: 06/Jun/2013, 21:46
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