The Irish Taekwon-Do Association hosted an International Umpires Course in Limerick on the weekend of the 30th of June & 1st of July 2012. The event was the largest Umpires course ever run by the ITF with over 180 participants from 18 countries in attendance. With participants travelling from Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, USA and Vietnam, this was an historic IUC as it was the first time that the updated ITF rules, which will be introduced from January 2013, where presented.
The ITF delegates; Grandmaster Bos and the ITF Tournament and Umpire Committee members arrived on the Wednesday prior to the IUC for meetings to discuss the new ITF tournament rules. They had several days of meetings ahead so the local organising committee decided to make their experience as enjoyable as possible by mixing in some touristic and cultural experiences. One of the trips was to the famous Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs situated in north County Clare and soaring 702 feet above the Atlantic Ocean form some of the most spectacular landscape in Europe. On route to the cliffs the ITF delegates were treated to lunch in Vaughans restaurant in the seaside town of Lahinch. This meal was hosted by local Government officials from Shannon Development and Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau. The trip to the trips was enjoyed by all and the weather was perfect. On Friday evening there was a fantasic banquet in the 15th Century Bunratty Castle. This medieval banquet was a wonderful experience and was thoroughly enjoyed by all, one of the highlights of the night was when Mr Stefano Minotti was thrown in the dungeon and had to sing to be released, he did not disappoint as he brought the whole banquet to a standstill with his wonderful operatic voice.
The Umpire course began on Saturday afternoon in the large Jean Monet theatre on the University of Limerick campus. Master Kenneth Wheatley, President of the Irish Taekwon-Do Association opened the event by welcoming the attendees from around the world as well as welcoming and introducing Grandmaster Bos 9th Dan member of the ITF Technical Committee and Director of the ITF, the Tournament Committee; Master Coos van den Heuval, Master Giovanni Ceccenato, Master Harry Vones& Umpire committee; Master Alberto Katz, Master Sandy Dunbar and Mr. Kurt Ottesenand the other masters in attendance, Master Paul Weiler (Senior Vice President of the ITF), Master Tadeusz Loboda (AETF President), Master Adelbert Wagner (Germany), Master Frank Vanberghen (Belgium), Master James Tjin-A-Ton (Netherlands), Master Gordon Wallace (Scotland), Master Thomas Denis (England), Master Patrick O’Rourke (Ireland) and Master Neil Franks (Ireland).
The opening address was delivered by Mr Brendan Dowling, the President of the Irish Martial Arts Commission, the National governing body for martial arts in Ireland. Mr Dowling spoke of the importance of working in a spirit of cooperation within martial arts as well as the positive role that IMAC has played in the development of martial arts in Ireland. Mr Dowling also praised the ITA for their work in promoting Taekwon-Do and their contribution to IMAC over the past number of years and how the ITA as a government recognised body now has access to police vetting, child protection trainign an world-wode recognised coach education for all its instuctors.
Grandmaster Bos then opened the umpires’ course by welcoming the attendees to the IUC and congratulating the ITA on planning such a well organised event on the impressive University of Limerick campus. Master Alberto Katz from Argentina and Mr Kurt Ottesen of Canada then proceeded to deliver a presentation on the rules of ITF Taekwon-Do competition. They explained the importance of courtesy in Taekwon-Do competition as well as competitor safety, before moving on to the more technical point of organising and running a ring council.
One of the highlights of the first day was the introduction of the new team sparring procedures. The ITF delegates explained that one of the reasons for the change was to ensure each competitor who travels to a major championship would get the chance to compete, and that the team competition would not finish after one team had won three bouts.
A barbeque was planned for that evening at the Scholars Bar on the UL campus; a large number of the IUC participants as well as the ITF delegates came to enjoy an evening of good food and traditional Irish music. It proved to be a very enjoyable night that gave everyone a chance to catch up with old friends from around the world as well as make some new ones.
The final day of the IUC began on Sunday morning at 9am in the University Arena; the ITA volunteers had worked tirelessly to set up 5 competition areas, including areas for special technique and power testing. The impressive arena looked almost ready to host a major championships and all those in attendancewereextremely impressed.The agenda for Day 2 began with Master Katz presenting the new system for umpiring patterns. This represents of the major changes to the rules with each competitor beginning with 10 points at the beginning of the match and accruing ½ point & full point deductions for any errors that occur throughout the performance, the competitor with the highest remaining score after the performance will be the winner. The participants were given an opportunity to get some practical experience judging patterns under the new rules, with volunteers acting as competitors.
After a short break, the umpire committee moved on to the updated rules for pre-arranged sparring. Master Katz explained that only 1 successful blow should be performed at the end of the routine and all other techniques should be defended against or dodged in line with the Taekwon-Do principle of ‘One Blow, One victory’
Mr Kurt Ottesen was up next and presented the rules for sparring. After presenting the rules and procedures for running a sparring ring council, the ITF Delegates askedsome of the current competitors in attendance todemonstrate the level of contact which is acceptable in competition as well as what would be deemed heavy contact. Again the participants had an opportunity to get some practical experience as part of a jury council for a sparring match under the guiding eye ofMaster Sandy Dunbar, Master Vones and MrOttesen, while Master Katz displayed video clips of various interactions that could occur within a sparring match and asked the participants to decide what action should be taken in each situation. This proved a very useful method for helping the umpires to sharpen their skills and make the correct decision.
The final section of the day was comprised of the umpiring procedure for special technique and power testing. Mr Ottesen led this section and explained how these events where as important to ITF competition as sparring and patterns and that in the future we can expect to see these events taking place on the centre ring of a major championships.
The IUC closing address was given by Grandmaster Bos. GM Bos thanked the Irish Taekwon-Do Association for their warm hospitality and once again congratulated the association on running an excellent event. Grandmaster Bos said he looked forward to returningto Ireland for a future event to be held at the superb facilities of the University of Limerick campus. Master Wheatley then closed the event by thanking GM Bos and the tournament and umpire committee for a very enjoyable and informative course as well as thanking all those in attendance for making the journey to Limerick. All 180 participants then took position for a group photo and with that the IUC had come to an end.
The Irish Taekwon-Do Association would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Grandmaster Bos and the ITF Tournament and Umpire Committees for an excellent course and would like to thank all our guests from abroad for their company over the weekend and we hope to see you in Ireland again for the International Instructors Course to be held in Kerry in January 2013. Gratitude must also be expressed to the event sponsors Top Pro Sports, Acist Skillnet and Clare Spring water. Finally a big thank you must be given to the organising committee, the local committee and the volunteers who put in a huge amount of work in the months prior to the event as well as over the weekend to make the International Umpires Course such a success.
Report by Mr. Carl Smullen IV Dan, ITA PRO....Read more
Don't miss the opportunity to participate at the next and 3rd INTERNATIONAL ITF KIDS DEVELOPMENT COURSE to be held on July 28-29, 2012 in Benidorm one of the best tourist places in Europe.
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This is to inform you that on June 27th-30th, 2012 the Tournament & Umpire committee members invited by ITF Director GM Wim Bos are meeting in Limerick, Ireland in order to discus the 2013 ITF Tournament rules and to prepare the ITF Umpire course (IUC) organized by ITA (Irish Taekwon-Do Association) to be held on Saturday June 30st - July 1st, 2012 with a participation of 180 ITF members.
A new record of participation at the IUC after the IIC in Argentina held in Buenos Aires on June 9th-10th,2012 with a participation of 660 black belt degree members.
The picture represent the Tournament & Umpire Comittee Members from left to right. Mr. Kurt Ottesen, Canada, Master Harry Vones, Germany, Master Coos van de Heuvel, Netherlands, GM Wim Bos,Italy, Master Giovanni Cecconato, Italy, Master Alberto Katz, Argentina and Master Alexander Dunbar, Scotland.
The 2nd official Children’s Development Course took place on 9th/10th June in Croydon, England. 35 participants attended the course conducted by Master Donato Nardizzi, the chairman of the ITF Children’s Development Committee. Each participant was given a copy of the Kids Program Study Book and a CD containing all the files an instructor needs including the 288 page Instructor’s Guide.
The course lasted 12 hours over the two days consisting of two 3 hour sessions on the first day and a 4 hour session followed by a 2 hour session on the second day. Master Nardizzi started the course with a Powerpoint presentation giving an overview of the Kid’s Program. After the presentation, Master Nardizzi demonstrated various warm up games and then invited others to demonstrate some of their own games. The participants discussed the merits of each game and discussed ways of changing the games to improve class management as well as promote the development of skills. The ‘Morphing Principle’ was introduced as a way of removing the negative association of ‘losing’ or ‘failing’ in games by using a basic principle of ‘role changing’. At the end of the first session, Master Nardizzi explained some of the higher principles of the Kids Program which are necessary to develop a mind-set that promotes harmonious living. This prepares the students to learn the Taekwon-Do moral culture.
In the afternoon session, Master Nardizzi continued explaining how to teach the main syllabus. During the course, the participants were invited to contribute to discussions about the various methods of teaching the syllabus. The course was conducted with an open minded approach where all suggestions were given consideration. Master Nardizzi explained that the Taekwon-Do Kids Program belongs to all ITF members and collectively we should endeavour to contribute to it to help it evolve into the best possible Taekwon-Do programme for children.
At the end of the first day there was a banquet at a local Italian restaurant which was enjoyed by all those who attended.
The first session of the second day was a long one that lasted 4 hours, so there were plenty of breaks. Also, the participants were encouraged to get involved with the demonstrations of the games and activities instead of sitting for too long. After lunch, Master Nardizzi explained how to teach the supplementary syllabus which includes learning how to deal with danger, bullying, aggression, and the potential danger of strangers. There were a lot of role playing activities which gave rise to many hilarious situations. Everybody, had a good time as the session was conducted with good humour but was structured enough to be a valuable learning experience.
Every participant receives a certificate of participation issued by the ITF which qualifies them to teach the Taekwon-Do Kids Program.
After the course the participants were given a questionnaire to provide feedback about the course.
Here are some of the comments:
I was very impressed with the course and material. Master Nardizzi explained and taught the programme in sequence and relevance to the topics concerned. His easy going manner and superior knowledge of the subjects enabled the class to relax and respond to questions. The class participation and role play was a fantastic way of learning and quickly encouraged even the most senior of students to participate. …….Enjoyed the course - Very impressed.
Derek Cairns 1st Degree (Scotland).
Master Nardizzi delivered an excellent course, which gave me many ideas about activities to teach young kids in my Taekwon-do classes. His experience, knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject were very impressive. This programme should ensure that the kids in our ITF clubs will have the best possible physical and mental basis for their future martial arts development.
Jonathan Emm 4th Degree (England)
An excellent course that gave insight into the minds of small children and how to connect with them. Teaching the Taekwondo basics will now be a lot more fun for both me and the student.
Katharine Shuler 2nd Degree (England)
I came to this course a young man with a lot of bright ideas, with no idea what to expect but when the course was finished I felt like a wise old man full of knowledge. I was most impressed by the instructor Master Donato Nardizzi his instruction was second to none he is a perfect example of a taekwondo master and a human being an inspiration to us all.
Nigel Charles 1st Degree (Scotland)
As a first degree I felt somewhat intimidated and some reservation when I booked myself onto a course being led by a senior master and attended by senior grades many of which were fourth degree and above, however within a short space of time I was made to feel at ease and that my participation and contribution (when invited) was valued. The course delivery was excellent and pitched at an appropriate level; it was accessible and inclusive to all. I would highly recommend that anyone who is teaching young children or considering teaching young children attend the course, the knowledge, experience and information attained from the course is truly invaluable.
Nicola Elsworth 1st Degree (England)
I thoroughly enjoyed the course; the content was engaging and well presented. The exercises and games which have been developed to translate the core values of Taekwon-Do to the future generation are well thought out and most importantly for this age group, great fun! I look forward to passing this knowledge on to the young students who will be having far too much fun to notice they are learning’ a way of life’
The 1st official Children’s Development Course took place In the Hall of the Manuel Belgrano School in Buenos Aires and was conducted by Master Donato Nardizzi, 8th Degree from England and Instructor Fabian Izquierdo, 5th Degree from Santa Fe, Argentina.
During the weekend of the 8th and 9th October 2011, 120 participants, including Gran Masters, Masters and Instructors from Argentina and also from Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia and Peru received instruction on how to put into practice this fantastic "ITF Taekwon-Do Kids Development Program (TKD Program)" for ages from 3 to 7 years. Not an easy task for those who work with children!
At the Course participants were provided with the “Instructor's Guide” which contains more than enough tools to work professionally with the smaller kids, organizing in advance each class thanks to this innovative and systematized TKD Program.
Both Master Nardizzi and Instructor Fabian Izquierdo expressed in great detail (including slides and interactive games with the audience) all the TKD Program, their vision and the philosophy of it, which prepares the younger kids not only in Taekwon-Do but also in various life skills such as concentration, memory, being independent, leadership, how to behave against different dangers, and much more!.
The TKD Program includes 6 stages ending in the 8th Gup, integrating the children afterwards into the mainstream class with the yellow belt.
During the Course many questions were raised, regarding the frequency and the duration of each class and particularly with regards to how to manage such young children and of course how to maintain discipline in the class, this was answered with clear directions that correspond with the philosophy of the TKD Program.
The “Study Book” for the young students was also presented, where a very professional job can be appreciate, beautifully illustrated with drawings by Instructor Fabian Izquierdo.
Also during the Course the new ITF logo was presented with loud approval applauses from all the present.
The Course has reached an end and we are all looking forward for more, we hope to see you in Argentina again soon!
Vth Degree Instructor
The third ITF Children’s Development Course will be in Spain on 27th-29th July 2012....Read more
On June 9th and 10th , 2012 the 74th IIC was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For the first time and because of the high number of participants, two IIC were held simultaneously in three huge halls each of 1200 m2 , One IIC was dedicated to 1st, 2nd and 3rd Degree Black Belts, and the other to 4th to 8th Degree Black Belts, with a total of 30 training hours.
660 participants including 38 Masters and participants from Spain, Italy, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil, Paraguay, Chile and Uruguay made this IIC the largest in number of participants in the history of the ITF, According to the comments particpants fully enjoyed the Course and the camaraderie.
The Technical Committee continuously received displays of affection throughout the whole event which created a pleasant atmosphere at all times.
On Saturday evening a banquet took place and the guests tasted the good Argentinean meat and also enjoyed a demonstration of Tango dancing and music well known from Argentina with a famous couple of dancers hired for the event.
We only have words of gratitude for all the Argentine Masters and their students for the support received, and for all who helped to make this IIC possible and to GM’s Marano, Bos and Lan for their effort and quality of teaching.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
GM Pablo Trajtenberg
GM Héctor Marano
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This 15th of June marks 10 years since the passing away of General Choi Hong Hi. We pause for a heartfelt homage and to thank his wonderful legacy.
I wish to share this reflection with you, for it has been quite a long while since his demise, during which our institution´s work capacity has been put to test, and become able to draw most international TKD practitioners to our ranks.
It is precisely the term line that I want to address: when our founder passed away, three lines became defined, which in order to identify themselves were called thus: Tran Trieu Quan Line, Chang Ung Line and Choi Jung Hwa Line. After the loss of dear GM Tran Trieu Quan, many members invoke my name as a new way to call our line. However, I think it is time we took what rightfully belongs to us and become known as the “Gen. Choi Hong Hi Line”.
Owing to the fact that our entity is not monarchic but that it is democratic and therefore time will force us to renew our Presidents (for no more than two periods are allowed), this would force us to successive changes in name to ratify our Line and moreover, because we know that we are heirs to the ITF legacy and our approach would fill our predecessors with pride.
We will simply employ this name whenever we need to refer to ourselves, as well as in the web or in a journalistic interview, we will do it in this way: ¨General Choi Hong Hi Line”; and it will be the best tribute possible to our Founder.
GM Pablo Trajtenberg
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Grand Master Trajtenberg and Masters Ferrando and Loboda visited the Sport Accord Convention in Canada......Read more
The 73rd International Instructors Course (IIC) was held in West Lothian College, Livingston Scotland from the 11-13 May, the first in nearly 10 years. Hosted by Master Sheena Sutherland VIII degree promoting ITF and the newly formed TKDSL governing body.
This 73rd IIC was conducted by the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) Technical committee headed by Grand Master Hector Marano (Argentina), Grand Master Wim Bos (Italy) and Grand Master Ung Lan Kim (Germany)
Attended by 120 students, including 11 Masters from 13 countries, Scotland, England, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Netherlands, Italy and Japan also, was opened by Grand Master Bos on Friday then we began the first part of the IIC.
The course began with Grand Master Marano giving a four hour session covering colour belt patterns, basic movement which included excellent unarmed self defence techniques by Grand Master Lang.
Saturday started at 9 o’clock this time lead by Grand Master Bos covering patterns up to 2nd degree and also some excellent step sparring techniques. The afternoon continued on with patterns up to 3rd degree with a great section on the application of various Taekwondo techniques. The first full day came to an end and followed by the senior grading examinations where Master Val Douglas (Ireland) was promoted 8th Degree, Mr Marko Lieke (Finland) promoted to Master 7th Degree and Mr Tomi Taskila promoted to 4th degree.
In the evening at the official banquet the Grand Masters were introduced to Directors WTF Directors of TKDSL, Master Brown, Mr Jim Tully (Chairman) and Mr John Haggerty (Executive Officer) who have been working closely with Master Sutherland, Master Dunbar and Master Thompson to promote ITF and WTF Tae Kwon-Do equally through a structured governing body nationwide.
The final day of the seminar covered senior patterns for 4th degree and above whilst 3rd degree and below trained in sparring movement and tactics under Grand Master Lan. The instruction given over the three days was clear and precise. Time was taken throughout the IIC to answer any questions at any time
The 73rd IIC closed with a presentation to the Grand Masters thanking them for their hard work and enthusiasm, presented each with a small gift by Miss Julia Cross 5th degree 6 times World Champion.
The IIC by all accounts was a huge success and the best in Scotland to date. This was summed up when Master Santaniello 7th degree (Italy) who asked Grand Master Bos to translate a few words for him to Master Sutherland, in which he said he had been to almost twenty IIC´s all over the world and this was one of his most memorable. From the venue to the organisation and for the effort Master Sutherland put into making sure everyone was well looked after and although he was the only one from Italy, he was never left to feel alone.
Master Sutherland would like to thank firstly Grand Master Marano, Grand Master Bos and Grand Master Lang for working hard to make this event a success. Also to all the black belts and Masters from all over the world who supported the IIC and whom without it would not have been possible. The atmosphere throughout the course was one of enthusiasm from everyone giving a very positive message for our future.
Master Sutherland would also like to thank her wonderful team of helpers who epitomise Scottish hospitality.
We hope everyone had a safe journey home and that the memories you have of your visit to Scotland stay with you.
The ITF Taekwon-Do Kids Development Program (TKD Program) is now being launched. The seminars for this programme will be held in England on 9th/10th June and in Spain on 27th/29th July.
Don´t miss this opportunity to get on board this project which promises to be one of the most important developments in ITF´s future. In the two day course you will learn useful teaching strategies for kids, how to teach this programme and you will receive the instructor´s manual which will have a full description of the course structure and contains a list of activities and games to help you plan your lessons....Read more