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
ITF President...Read more
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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
Another big success, more than 120 participants...
The 2012 European Taekwon-Do ITF Championship is right now being held in MARIBOR, Slovenia with more than 490 competitors. At total of 770 persons including Competitors, Caoches and umpires are present at the event. Please have a look at the AETF Website were you might find all the results on line http://euros2012.pztkd.lublin.pl/...Read more
A big success, more than 100 participants......Read more
The World Junior & Senior Championship will be held in Benidorm...Read more
Dear Members at the site under ITF Competition rules you shall find the 2013 ITF World Junior & Senior Competition rules approved by the ITF Board of Directors. The rules shall be in force from January 1st, 2013. The ITF Board likes to thank all those involved in the creation of these rules like GM Hector Marano, GM Wim Bos, GM Ung Kim Lan, Master Katz Chairman of the Umpire Committee, Master Van De Heucel Chairman of the Tournament Committee, Masters Dunbar,Scotland, Cecconato,Italy, Vanberghen,Belgium, Benzaquen,Argentina, McPhail,New Zealand, Sanchez,Brazil, Suarez,USA, Van De Mortel, Netherlands, Vones, Germany.....Read more