On September 21-22, 2012 Queens Taekwon-do and Master Ruben Suarez welcomed Mr. Kurt Ottesen (VI Dan) from Canada and member of the ITF Umpire Committee to direct a referee seminar at Queens Taekwon-do Center in Jackson Heights, New York.
The seminar was held in two sessions. On Friday night the focus was on the more theoretical aspects of umpiring, with special attention placed on the responsibilities and integrity of being an ITF referee. The participants returned Saturday morning for a practical seminar in which the focus was placed on the judging of patterns, an introduction to the upcoming changes in pattern scoring, and use of the electronic scoring system which is in use at the ITF World Championships, and gradually making its way around to many ITF competitions around the world.
In attendance at the seminar were 55 participants from various schools, both local and out-of-state. The comments of the many participants offered great praise for Mr. Ottesen, whose teaching techniques offered clear, detailed explanations for all questions, and demonstrated an extraordinary level of knowledge, put forth with the ideal combination of professionalism and wit.
Master Ruben Suarez would like to offer a tremendous thank you to Mr. Ottesen, who has repeatedly offered outstanding collaboration with Queens Taekwon-do Center, and continues to share his extensive knowledge with the great family of ITF Taekwon-do.
Jaroslaw Suska Seminar - Netherlands
Would it be possible to get the most famous and well known male World Champion Jaroslaw Suska, VI Degree in ITF Taekwon-Do to the Netherlands and train with him? KISPORT has a reputation of inviting great trainers to the Netherlands to enjoy, share and improve skills in Taekwon-Do.
The seminar contained all the items of Taekwon-Do, 24 patterns, step sparring, sparring, kicking exercises, Taekwon-Do varia.
Sabum Suska and Boosabum Dziala were amazing and I like to thank them for the instruction, company and friendship. It is great to see such good and very humble instructors! The I.T.F. is blessed and has a great future ahead and having such good instructors/competitiors in the world in I.T.F. Taekwon-Do. I also like to thank Grand Master Marano, Masters Loboda and Jedut from Poland for supporting this event and training with this great next generation of instructors. Taekwon!
Harry van Schaik, “Active and Involved”
KISPORT Martial Academy,
TOMAZ BARADA SPARRING SEMINAR IN CHILE
On September 8-9, 2012, Mr.Eduardo Oviedo, 5th Dan and President of the Taekwon-do National Organization (ONT), invited Mr.Tomaz Barada, 6th Dan, three times world championship and coach of the Slovenian National TKD Team , to conduct a seminar based on the strategy and sparing techniques.
During two day (9hours of training), Mr. Barada left great lessons to 80 Taekwon-do students, according his experience and motivated way of teaching.
We feel eternal gratitude to all the time that Mr. Barada spent with us, for his professionalism, humanity and willingness to teach us.
I invite you to watch this video about the seminar, I hope you enjoy it
Eduardo Oviedo 5º Dan
President of ONT
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ITF Belgium's Got Talent!
10th September 2012
Andreea and Alex in action, at the national newspaper Le Soir , September 10th 2012, and Le Journal des Enfants, 31 August 2012.
Andreea Musca (Multi European Champion and World Cup medallist) and Alexander Walter (World medallist) participated at the first emission of the well known TV program Belgium's Got Talent, which was forecasted for the first time in Belgium by the national channel RTL-TVI (for Wallonia, the French speaking part of Belgium). We saw our athletes in action the evening of the 10th September!
Some months ago ITF Brussels (the school lead by Sabum Virginia Dionisi and Bo Sabum Gonzalo Escribano) was invited by the producers of the TV program to participate. The instructors selected Andreea and Alex to show Belgium their talents!
Out of 1.500 participants, the production selected only 400 candidates for the castings that were held in June, and only 170 candidates were chosen to perform in front of the jury during July.
You can see Alex and Andreea in a promotional video of the TV program that was showed during the whole summer:
The TV program
Some images of the backstage showing our athletes and Sabum Virginia Dionisi and Bo Sabum Gonzalo Escribano giving advices to them before performing opened the TV program! Then several participants passed showing their skills.
When the turn arrived, Andreea and Alex performed a choreography with music, showing different synchronized movements, pre arranged sparring in fast motion, all combined with some funny things. Andreea and Alex received a lot of compliments from the public and from other participants. People present in the show really appreciated their performance, and supported them with a lot of claps, “likes” showing the thumbs, and “Yes” “Yes” “Yes”! at the moment of the final jury decision. The atmosphere was great and at the end they finished with two “Yes” and one “No”. They are still in career and will try to do it even better in the next round to convince the jury members and going to the semi finals.
Alex and Andreea like Belgium's Got Talent!
You can see an interview of Alex and Andreea after their performance in the following link:
And some images of the backstage here:
Andreea and Alex will also participate at the Dutch version of Belgium's Got Talent, which will be forecasted by the national channel VTM. In this program, several members of the Belgian Federation cheered for Andreea and Alex, including Master Frank Vanberghen (VIII Degree)!.
The participation of Andreea and Alex in the first emission of this famous and popular TV program was a fantastic window for Taekwon-Do ITF in Belgium, and will help to develop the martial art in different regions of the country.
We wish Andreea and Alex the best of luck for the next emission!
Yours in Taekwon-Do,
Sabum Virginia Dionisi and Bo Sabum Gonzalo Escribano
The weekend of August 3rd-5th Jones Dojang in Odessa, Texas held a USA training camp for the team’s training for the World Cup Championships to be held in Brighton, England in October. Mr. Russell Jones VI Dan brought in Master Marcello Cancelliere VII Dan from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mr. Steven Cross V Dan from Midlothian, Texas, and Mr. Titus Durojaiye IV Dan from Jacksonville, Florida to help the teams train in patterns and sparring and other techniques that we will be needing to compete at the World Cup Level. The camp was attended by 20 students from blue belts up to III Dan Black belts. We got off to a great start by working on some awesome footwork to use during sparring matches with Mr. Titus. Then Master Cancelliere showed us some great techniques for warming up and then we jumped right in to some very good pattern work. We also worked on specialty breaks and jumping techniques and power breaking with Mr. Cross and Mr. Titus.
Overall, the intense workout brought to the team by Master Cancelliere and Mr. Titus Durojaiye, including the sparring partners brought by Mr. Cross really opened the door to the next level of training for the entire team. Not only has the team gained a new understanding of how and what to train for, we have gained knowledge, being able to predict the weaknesses of our opponents in competition, but also always being aware of ours as well and striving each day to make ourselves just as strong as General Choi would have wanted. By attending the 2012 USA training Camp hosted by the Jones Dojang for the 2012 ITF Brighton World Cup, those who will be competing overseas in Brighton, England have been trained in more modern techniques and we have seen the light! Those on the USA team whom were fortunate enough to attend the camp will be entering the ring in Brighton with an arsenal of smarter, faster, and just plain better techniques, not only for sparring but patterns also. Once the first bracket is called with an American in it, this weekend full of blood, sweat, tears and soreness will not have gone to waste. For that, the entire team thanks the Jones Dojang and all who instructed and participated, in the 2012 USA Training Camp. It was a privilege and honor to train with Master Cancelliere, Mr. Jones, Mr. Cross, and Mr. Durojaiye. We Thank You for your time and knowledge that you shared with us!
Sincerely,Team FEO Jones Dojang...Read more