On Sunday 2nd March, the Irish Taekwon-Do Association welcomed Master Per Andresen VIII Degree from Norway to the City North Hotel in Dublin to conduct a business development & technical seminar. The event was organised by the ITA business development committee and Master Andresen was assisted by Mr Gunnar Alexander Rugsveen 3rd Dan, while Mr Paco Ferrando from Spain, President of FEST and member of the ITF Marketing & Development Committee and Ms Tiziana Mimmocchi Bos, member of FITAE Italy and wife of Grandmaster Bos, also travelled to Dublin for the seminar.
Master Andresen is the chief instructor of Trondheim Taekwon-Do club, a club with almost 1,500 members based in Norway, he is also the President of National Taekwon-Do Norway (NTN), the National Association of Norway and one of the largest and most progressive groups in the ITF with over 10,000 practicing members.
The day began with a three-hour business seminar attended by over 30 instructors from around the country, Master Andresen explained his instruction philosophy and the importance of encouraging happy & enthusiastic students before explaining the Norwegian requirements for grading. The Master also explained the structure of the NTN and its clubs, providing plenty of ideas for the ITA instructors in attendance
After a lunch break, Master Andresen, assisted by Mr Rugsveen, conducted a technical seminar, this was attended by a wide range of grades from colour belt to Master level and began with patterns from Chon Ji up to Ul-Ji. This was followed up by a number of dynamic kicking drills from the Norwegian grading syllabus, these drills were progressive, starting with easier drills for lower grades and progressing in difficulty for higher grades.
At the end of the seminar, ITA President, Master Wheatley presented Master Andresen with a special gift of a hand-crafted pen, made from 5,000 year old Irish Bog Oak, as well as a personalised ITA portfolio and a gold ITA Masters tie, Mr Rugsveen was also presented with an ITA Blackbelt tie. All the ITA instructors in attendance received the newly designed ITA tablecloth free of charge.
In a very generous gesture, Master Andresen donated his entire fee for the seminar to the ITF Africa Development Fund. Overall it was a very interesting & informative day that provided plenty of new ideas and insights for all instructors and students in attendance from both a business and technical point of view. Thank you must be paid to Master Andresen & Mr Rugsveen for making the trip to Ireland, we look forward to welcoming them back again in the future.
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On February 8, 2014 was held the Cup of Spain 2014 in the city of Carballo (La Coruña).
With three areas of competition were settled and equipped with electronic controls, displays and computers to support the work of the umpire team during the competition.
This event was attended by 140 participants, who represented delegations from all over the Spain. This group was formed from competitors, referees and officers.
During the competition, the audience enjoyed the different types of competition ITF Taekwon-Do, both individual and team forms. Traditional Sparring and special and power techniques.
Competitors were divided by age and grade herein Junior and Senior categories.
New Black belts will form part of the Spanish team for the Federation of Taekwon-Do ITF during their participation in the European Championships.
We thank to Master Pastor Carracedo, and who all who are part of the Galician Association for their good work and great kindness, which together with the city of Carballo and got such Fest Cup a success.
We also thank the Teachers who attended the event and we always like to have the presence of Master J. Ramón Viudes, Master Juan Ferrando and Master Alberto Gonzalez.
In addition we also want to make special mention of two new members presents at the first Cup of Spain, The Canary Club directed by Ricardo Rodriguez and Traditional Taekwon-do Association Line directed by Christian Oriolani of Taekwon-do ITF.
Finally we thank our sponsors for their great support and assistance in the Cup of Spain 2014, TOPTEN and FUJIMAE....Read more
On 23 February 2014 in the Municipality Sports Hall “Eng. Yanko Yankov”, Elin Pelin city, Bulgaria, was held the VI Taekwon-Do Open Championship for “Levski” Cup. Organizers of the event was Taekwon-Do Club “Levski”, Sports Club “Levski”, Sports Association of Ministry of Interior, Central Police Taekwon-Do Club, Bulgarian Association of Taekwon-Do and the Municipality of Elin Pelin.
The competition was held under the patronage of the Mayor of Elin Pelin Municipality Mrs. Galia Georgieva. Official guests of the event were Mr. Ivan Mladenov – Secretary General of Sports Association of Ministry of Interior, Mr. Lusien Velchev – First Deputy Chairman of Sports Club “Levski”, Mrs. Vanina Milanova – Chief of Marketing Department of Sports Club “Levski”, Mrs. Angelina Dimitrova – Deputy Mayor of Elin Pelin Municipality. In the Championship participated 234 competitors from 24 clubs in the individual disciplines: Pattern, Sparring, Special Tecnique and Power Test, and was divided in the groups of children (6-7, 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13 years) and juniors (14-17 years).
The Tournament supported the initiative “Young Friends of Police” and was part of the celebrations of the 100 years anniversary of Sports Club “Levski” – the largest sports organization developing all kind of sports since 1914.
Badge of honor “100 years Levski” was given by Mr. Lusien Velchev to the following persons:
Final overall standings:
For the first time “Levski” was online live broadcasted in the website of Ministry of Interior and only during the competition there were more than 10 000 logs.
Below you may find short video from the Competition.
Head of Organizing Committee of
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On Sunday 23rd February the Irish Taekwon-Do Association hosted a free umpire workshop for all members aged 14 & older. The workshop was run in conjunction with the national team training camp which was taking place over the weekend in the Marino Institute of Education. Master Pat Barry, VII Degree, ITA Umpire Chairperson delivered the course which covered all aspects of the ITF tournament rules & protocols including the patterns competition scoring system, centre refereeing and corner judging, the role of the jury president as well as use of the electronic scoring system for sparring.
The course also included the role of the ring assistants, including equipment checks as well as information on the ITA tournament scheduling system. The course was well attended with over 50 students from colour belt up to 7th Dan Master level from all parts of the country in attendance. This included many beginners to umpiring as well as experienced national & international referees. It was a great advantage to run the workshop alongside the National team camp, as it allowed for some top level patterns & sparring competition, giving the new umpires a very realistic experience.
The workshop was very practical, with most of the time spent on the mats, looking at real-life sparring & patterns matches. Master Barry and the experienced umpires were able to offer examples from their own experience of competition & umpiring which was very helpful to the less experienced umpires in attendance. This course was well-timed with a large international contingent expected for the upcoming Dublin Open, the ITA was ensuring our umpires are fully updated & trained to allow for an excellent tournament in April. Another umpire course will be run in the near-future in another region of the country and all members are encouraged to attend.
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