A clear blue sky. A magnificient winter sun reflecting its rays in Oslo Fjord. Thus was the background for the towering building of the Norwegian Ballet and Opera House. A venue combining the harsh, snowclad mountains of Norway with modern art and architecture.


It was the perfect environment for introducing the RADIX project of combining techniques from our traditional patterns with comprehensive self-defence techniques.


Housing international artists of ballet and opera the Opera House was the perfect setting for this seminar also bringing international practitioners together. Participants from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands and England joined the seminar lead by International Instructors Roberts Boer VI degree from Netherlands and Roy Rolstad IV degree from Norway.


The first part of the seminar introduced a thorough historical background of the instructors and their experience with self-defence and applied Taekwon-Do techniques. Also the historical background of Taekwon-Do was outlined with respectful references to the legacy of not only founder Choi Hong Hi, but also of the martial arts influencing the early developement of our unique art of self-defence.

But theory alone stands weak, so of course participants were to practice new ideas and applications for self-defence. After powerful and aware repetition of patterns Chon Ji and Dan Gun with primary application discussions individual techniques where pinned out and applied in realistic self-defence situations. Thus all participants suddenly found themselves being able to adapt and improvise multitudious applications of low blocks and rising blocks.


An important part of self-defence and the RADIX approach is awareness, readiness and concentration. The intuitive and awareness approach was brilliantly demonstrated by Mr. Torfinn Katla Opedal from Norway. Being utterly blind he attended the seminar with the assistants of his father. Unprepared he was suddenly ask, if he would kindly perform pattern Hwa Rang. Without hesitation he rose and found the centre of the gym without assistance and performed a concentrated and accurate pattern. If not being told none of us would have thought him to be blind. It was an impressive and awe inspiring moment.


The second day of the seminar consisted of awareness training and teachings on stress levels, heart rates and the effect on motoric skills.
After an intense practice of awareness during performance of  pattern Chon Ji, individual techniques from higher degree patterns were chosen and applied in various self-defence scenarios. All scenarios were practiced with intensity however within a 1-10 scale of speed and power, thus making it possible for all to improve and learn both simple and complicated graps and releasing motions. Emphasis was put on proper stance such as walking stance, L-stance and sitting stance. Also all techniques implied skills towards sine wave, breath control, reflexive training, personal readiness and how to judge safety environments.

An outstanding example of breath control was shown by Mr. Huw Raynolds, originally from England, who is a stage performer and member of the choir at the Opera. On request he sang the most beautiful song, resonating into the gym a sense of selflessness and proper breathing. When he ended several participants admitted to having the goose bumps.


The RADIX project is not regarded as a separate system, but merely a project to make practitioners and instructors capable of applying traditional pattern techniques in actual self-defence. It is inspiring and positively thought provoking as it helps us as instructors to think out of the box and act creatively and intuitively.


A weekend and a seminar with happy, dedicated and investigating practitioners in our wonderful Taekwon-Do family.


On behalf of the Danish delegation I recommend and thank Mr. Robert Boer and Mr. Roy Rolstad for this project and seminar




Thomas Brandt


ITF Denmark

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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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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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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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Date: 10/Feb/2014, 23:28
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