When the tournament started there were 750 competitors from 18 different countries! Even bigger then last year edition!                             Organizers Mr. Henny van Zon and Master Willy van de Mortel were proud of this.

This Open Dutch in the same location as last year in Best, close to Eindhoven with a beautiful sports hall “Naestebest”.

The head referee Master Coos van den Heuvel together with Ron Dijkhuizen were leading the 77 referee’s over the 11 area’s!

Further a warm welcome to our special guests, GM Wim Bos from Italy, GM Lang Un Kim from Germany, Master Sandy Dunbar and Master Gordon Wallace both from Scotland.

After the opening speech GM Wim Bos gave the 8thDegree certificate, on behalf of the ITF, to Master Willy van de Mortel from his grading at the IIC in Belgium October 2013.

Competitors attended from Belgium, Scotland, Italy, Germany, Norway, Ireland, Slovenia, Portugal, Finland, England, Poland, Spain, Wales, Bosnia & Herzegovina, France, Canada, Uzbekistan and Netherlands. There were competitors from National, European and World level present at this competition.

This year we had the chance to use on two squares a new wireless electronic system. President from ITF Finland Mr. Thierry Meyour came over with his system to use it at this tournament. And so to have the chance to develop it, and to found out the reactions of umpires for example.

Good matches in Tuls with great competition between competitors from Italy, Poland, Norway, Scotland, Ireland, France and the Netherlands. In sparring Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Norway, Poland, Ireland and the Netherlands fought for the titles.

In 4thto 6thDegree Male pattern the final was between Lylian Doulay from France and Mikhail Vorontsov from Italy with Lylian as the winner. From Ireland Hong Looi became 3rd.


In the junior male divisions were winners as Alen Preloznik from Slovenia Colm Carrol from Ireland. George Hadrys from England and best junior of the tournament Timothy Bos from Italy.

He won pattern as sparring like last year!

In the female divisions we got winners from different countries Norway, Scotland, Ireland and the Netherlands.


In the female sparring we saw national team members from their country’s winning the divisions; like Andrea Musca from Belgium, Sarah Lehane from Ireland, Andrea Sinner from Germany, Ursa Terdin from Slovenia and Nina Meppelder from the Netherlands.


In -63 kg male was the final between two Italians Nicolas Giovannoni and Gabriele Tiberi, 3rdplace was for Andreas Moser from Norway.

The division -70 kg was a very strong one with a very high standard; winner in the final was Nejc Gazvoda from Slovenia. He beat in the final from Poland Maciek Zuk. In the -78 kg was it from Ireland Hong Looi who won from Gilles Brown from Scotland.

Tim Kool -85 kg from the Netherlands stays in the final against Richard Forde from Ireland and took the 1st place. The +85 kg final to goes Badr Tlili from Germany, he won the final from Marcel Hildering from the Netherlands.

The winners in the A class sparring and Tul got all a T-shirt from the competition.


Also the new country’s who came to this Open Dutch as Bosnia & Herzegovina, Wales, and France and Uzbekistan won all some prices at this competition.

Strong countries were Italy, Ireland, Poland, Norway and Netherlands.                With Italy who won again the overall trophy in the A-category.

For all photos and videos visit the webpage:

By Jurgen Spierings.

By Duncan Epping.


Open Dutch in figures


Some interesting facts about this competition





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Overall winner:

Van Buell Sports - Netherlands in B-class

FITAE – Italy in A-class


Special thanks to all volunteers, first aid group, sports bar, sports hall and everybody who help us during this fantastic weekend.

Thanks to everybody special to our visitors from abroad and we hope to see you all at the “Open Dutch Championships 2015” at the 18th of January 2015.

Mr. Henny van Zon & Master Willy van de Mortel

Organizers Open Dutch Championships

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Date: 13/Feb/2014, 12:45
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The ITA social app for iOS devices is now live on the iTunes store.

You can download it for FREE by searching for Irish Taekwon-Do Association in the App Store. The Android and Kindle versions of the app will be available within the coming weeks.

More info here: 

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Stephen Ryan
Secretary General
Irish Taekwon-Do Association

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Date: 12/Feb/2014, 14:52
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Great satisfaction for the Italian Umpire Committee at the end of the three national courses conducted and planned to train Italian Referees with the ITF international regulations. The Italian Umpire Committee, directed by Mr. Stefano Minotti, Mr. Luca Maragoni and Mr. Andrea Cendron, explained and taught which improvements have been made by the International Taekwon-Do Federation in order to get the best and fastest possible results in competitions.

The courses were held in Rome, San Gavino Monreale (Sardinia), and in Arezzo (Tuscany), between December 2013 and January 2014, and were attended by 118 umpires amongst them Masters and Instructors. The Committee observed concentration, interest and skills among all the participants.

In the morning the teachers, after a review of the new rules, focused on patterns evaluation criteria (individual and team), listing and explaining in detail the table on the points deduction. Afterwards they introduced the changes added to the fight competition (individual and team), highlighting the work of the Central Referee in evaluating the techniques or the actions involving warnings, minus point assignments and disqualifications. They also explained the new procedures and methods of judgment in power, special techniques and traditional sparring competitions.

In the afternoon, all participants were able to experiment with the explained issues acting practically in the rings arranged in the hosting structures of the various courses. The teachers followed the umpires’ procedure of entry and exit from the square, the judgment of the patterns and sparring in a simulated competition. All the participants had the opportunity to practice the gestures of a Jury President, of a central referee and a corner referee assigning points and warnings, according to their degree and experience.

The last course session was dedicated to an evaluation test, in order to have a feed back from the participants and to verify their knowledge and skills. Consequently, the Committee organized a well structured Italian Umpires data base in order to create a professional FITAE-ITF team and be able, in the near future, to organize more specialized courses as for Jury President, Central and Corner Referee.

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On Feb 8-9, 2014 the 28th ITF Taekwon-Do seminar was held in the Olympic building in Kabul City. Around 60 participants took part from several clubs with support of the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee. The purpose of the seminar was to train and to show the updated techniques of ITF Taekwon-Do to our members.

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On December 27th 2013 and on January 29th 2014, took place the yearly regional pattern competitions for the central-south and central-north areas respectively.

The central-south competition in Ashdod was conducted by Sabum-Nim Luis Sajnovetzky, director of the Israel Taekwon-Do Center, while the central-north in Yoqneam was conducted by Sabum-Nim Leonardo Oros-Duek, director of the Israel Academy of Taekwon-Do.

In Yoqneam, many students from the cities Zichron Ya'akov, Yoqneam, Haifa, Kibbutz Ramot Menashe and Karmiel gathered to take part in the competition.

But this competition was no ordinary event. Out of the four rings in the hall, only two were assigned for patterns, rings 2 and 3, using a computerized scoring system, which displays the results in real-time.

Ring 1 held a special competition on which parents and their children participate together executing a frontal punch forward and backwards (Ap Jumok Jirugi). In this category participated 38 parents with their kids, that is to say 38 Taekwon-Do families!

The parents displayed patience but also unity, and showed a will to win together with their kids. Some of the parents by the way, already are regular TKD students.

In ring number 4 took place for the first time in Israel the Special Technique competition with the high flying frontal kick (Twimyo Nopi Chagi), using a device constructed especially for this event! The competition was accompanied with excitement, and wild applause was given to the competitors who created the tension from the first moment on.

In the half time a small exhibition was arranged, including a Pre-Arranged Sparring demonstration by Dorin Shteiman and Benji Greenberg, and a second-degree pattern by Carmel Horowitz and Shaked Cohen, who will be representing Israel in the European Championships in Italy, in April.

The entire competition ran on time, as the medal awarding ceremonies were carried out not long after the ending of each category. All this is thanks to the organizer Sabum-Nim Leonardo Oros-Duek (V Degree) and no less than 23 referees and assistants without which the competition was not made possible. Thanks very much also to Sabum-Nim Mario Cosacow (VI Degree) and Sabum-Nim Sergei Harchenko (V Degree).

Ranked first between the cities was Zichron Ya'akov with 16 winners, then Yoqneam with 10 winners and Haifa with 4 winners.

In Ashdod, three parallel rings were assigned for the event. Students from all over the city of Ashdod, and the nearby cities of Yavne and Rehovot came to compete. First were the 4-7 age categories. The atmosphere was nice but thrilling because for some, it was the first time competing. The youngsters demonstrated an impressive capability for the crowd of families who kept on cheering non-stop all throughout the competition.

Later competed the children aged 8+, from white to red-black belts. One could see the experience that the students have gathered with a few years of practicing and participation in previous competitions. At the end of each age category was held an awarding ceremony, during which the instructors and referees awarded trophies for first place, a silver medal for second and bronze for shared third place. The rest of the kids received a participation medal.

The purpose of the competition was to set further goals for the student in order to help him train, work harder and improve his personal technique regardless of the competitive achievement... and indeed we've succeeded! All participants behaved with respect and courtesy towards their associates as required in a Taekwon-Do ITF tournament.

We want to thank the team of instructors who worked hard with the students, in order to prepare them for this tournament and of course to the referee team who judged in a professional manner during the competition.

In conclusion - we congratulate all the participants!

You mustn't forget that competing in front of so many viewers,

Makes a challenge and learning, like any other lesson

in Taekwon-Do ITF, and this is the true victory!


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Author: S Ryan
Date: 05/Feb/2014, 21:31
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