The Ethiopian International Taekwon-Do Association General Assembly conducted its meeting on August 30, 2014 at Beshale Hotel Meeting Hall.
Whereas, four regional representatives were present during the meeting:
These were, representatives of Addis Ababa International Taekwon-Do Association,
Representatives of Oromia Region International Taekwon-Do Association
Representatives of Amhara Region International Taekwon-Do Association
Representatives of Benishangul Gumuz Region International Taekwon-Do Association,
Though the representatives from South Region and Dire Dawa Town Administration were absent due to problems which were beyond their capacity, since four regions were present among the regions to establish a quorum, the meeting was commenced with an opening statement from Sabom Wogayehu Behailu, the president of the Ethiopian International Taekwondo Association. Whereas, a thorough discussion was conducted on the presented written and verbal explanation of the performance of the year 2013/2014, Audit Report and plan for the year 2014/2015; approval was rendered for the matters thereon. Whereby, Mr. Tamirat Feyisa, who is the president of the Ethiopian International Taekwondo Federation and Mrs. Wengel, the head of trainings of the Ethiopian International Taekwondo Federation, who were participating in the meeting as a witness also rendered their comments and recommendation. The meeting was concluded with a luncheon....Read more
Human life does not always run smoothly and is often affected by turbulent phases, major challenges or even tragic moments. A young TKD athlete from Ethiopia, Kemal Kasim, has sustain a blow of fate already with 6 years when he (after the civil war in Ethiopia) lost his right leg above the knee playing on a tank. But he did not crush - he even has gained strength. In 1996 he started with TKD, became a coach and an example for many of us (see also the video of his breaking demonstration on our ITF website). Today he is 24 years old and on 31.07.2014 he has passed his examination to 3rd degree. I had the honor to promote him to his 3rd degree and can say that he has passed the promotion with flying colours.
His life-story and his development are my motivation to start a foundation to allow him a prosthetic leg. Because of his financial situation he cannot afford this and also the technical and medical options are not given in his home country. For this reason I want to invite him to Germany (he can live in my house) for about three or four weeks, where all the requirements are fulfiled. The cost of an artificial leg with necessary precaution and aftercare will be approximately € 10,000.00 (including the flight to Germany). Who is willing to support this project has the opportunity to donate money. The donations should be addressed under the keyword "Kemal Kasim" to the ITF which manages the money.
Bank of the ITF in Spain:
Bank Name: Deutsche Bank
IBAN ES70 0019 0585 36 4010027855
I am thanking you in advance for the humanitarian gesture to support our TKD-brother and allow him a new life. I will continuously inform about the progress of donations and also about the current status of things.
Master Paul Weiler
ITF Senior Vice-President
On the 28th May of current year, 8th Dan ITF from Argentina, Dr Adrian Desiderio held an emotional interview in Rome with Pope Francisco, taking advantage of his trip to Rome, the purpose of which was an invitation by the Italian Association of Surgery, for participation in a conference held in Naples, between the 3rd and 6th of June....Read more
Taekwon-Do has been taught in New Zealand since the early 70s. Despite this longevity, self defence has only been an integral part of our grading/examination system since the early 90s – perhaps one reason for this is that Taekwon-Do is usually described as a “system of Self Defence’, and as such there was no need for a separate component that required examination. ITKD’s current examination system now includes a well developed self defence curriculum, one that has evolved in the intervening 25 years. A new approach to the curriculum, written by Master Paul McPhail and Mr Mark Banicevich with the assistance of several ITKD members experienced in self defence , has recently been published. If anyone wishes to purchase the book go to http://www.itkd.co.nz/merchandise/approved-suppliers.
The latest issue of TKD-Talk (published by ITKD, New Zealand) that also contains 3 articles on the new syllabus and is available for downloading at http://itkd.co.nz/news/tkdtalk
Self defence is not just about blocks, punches and kicks. Whereas this may have been the approach in years past, it is now recognised that self defence, or self protection, also needs a very healthy dose of ‘de-escalation’. The majority of situations where an individual is faced with aggression can be resolved without resorting to some kind of physical response. Instead, students can be taught that an understanding of basic behavioural or psychological factors is at least as important, if not more so, than leaping at your aggressor with a reverse turning kick. This begins with awareness – being aware of your environment such that awkward situations are avoided. However, if confrontation does occur, then having learned to read body language, knowing where to stand or how to move without appearing aggressive, and particularly knowing how to respond with non-aggressive language (shouting probably won’t work), will give our students a real advantage in the self defence stakes.
All of these skills have been incorporated into the new ITKD coloured belt syllabus. Our students will now learn de-escalation and physical self defence. And our Instructors will have the flexibility to use techniques that best suit each student – techniques that have been proven to work in the real world.
A big thanks also must go to Mr Phil Thompson and Protect Self Defence Www.protectselfdefence.co.nz" for sharing their material and expertise in making this self defence syllabus possible....Read more
This is to announce that the IIC for 4th Degree and above which takes place in Treviso Italy from November 16th to 18th 2014 is now fully booked as the maximum number of 150 participants has been reached. All those attending are reminded to complete their registration through their NA/AA with the ITF Online System....Read more