In the President Message for Christmas 2013, Grandmaster Trajtenberg takes the opprtunity to reflect on a very successful 2013 for ITF, look forward to some very exciting projects for 2014 and the continued growth and development of our organisation and wish all of the ITF community and their families a very happy and peaceful Christmas....Read more
The ITF Board of Directors would like to wish all our members and their families a very happy Christmas period and a prosperous New Year ahead....Read more
Dear Members and Visitors,
I would like to formally inform you that at World Championships 2013 – ITF Anti-Doping Unit subjected 10 athletes to doping control. The tests were by random selection and included 4 gold medallists, 8 males 2 females were tested.
Athletes tested from :
Italy – Poland – Argentina – Russia - USA – France – Ukraine
The confirmed result are as follows:
All athletes tested had – No Prohibited Substances detected.
There are no disciplinary or legal issues for ITF Ethics and Discipline committee to consider at this time.
I would like to thank you formally for your support. Special sincere thanks to Grand Master Bos, without who’s support this significant step forward in ITF’s International standing would not have been possible.
ITF Doping control Unit was formally commended by PWC (our appointed testing organisation from Germany) for the empathic and professional way the tests were conducted.
The process was in full compliance with international WADA standards. The attitude and interactions with the athletes selected for testing, coaches, tournament organises and ITF officials were especially mentioned and are a credit to all of us affiliated with ITF.
Yours in Taekwon-Do,
Dr. Richard Aboud
ITF Medical Director & Chairman of Anti-Doping...Read more
An ITF delegation led by its President GM Pablo Trajtenberg accompanied by Master Ruben Marchini 8th Degree and 6th Degree Fernando Castro visited the island of Cuba from November 19th to 23rd.
During that time they visited the city of Camaguei where they attended to different gyms in order to observe how the activity is developed in the country. They were received with an exhibition by practitioners from different provinces who showed an excellent level.
This request to the ITF came from Instructor Eugenio Villafranca, who is an old practitioner of the ITF style in Cuba (he was separated from Instructor Reina who was aligned with GM Choi) for that reason he organized during 3 days a 12 hours seminar conducted by the ITF delegation, which was attended by approximately 30 Black Belts.
On the technical level we can say that although it needs some adjustment it is in the hands of passionate practitioners with a very good physical condition and that they gradually will have an excellent development, also they organized a banquet with traditional gifts as part of an excellent protocol. During the visit we had the opportunity to publicise the ITF including one interview for television.
We can say that a new country has been added to the ITF that even with a lack of financial resources that other countries have, it has a human potential and of quality worthy of notice....Read more
88th International Instructors Course - Oostende-Belgium November 22nd-24th, 2013
ITF-Belgium hosted the 88th International Instructors Course with the ITF Technical Committee, GM Hector Marano, GM Willem Jacob Bos and GM Kim Ung Lan.
It was the 3rd time an IIC was held in Belgium, the first time in Oostende, the biggest town at the belgian coast.
Registration started on Thursday November 21st. This was necessary, since there were 236 participants coming from 21 different countries. Amongst them 2 GrandMasters, GM Rolf Becking from Germany & GM Orello Ellis (UK), and 19 Masters.
On Friday and Saturday the course was organised in the "Royal Stables", a building with a history. It was built by a norvegian architect on demand of King Leopold II. Later it was the first basketbal arena used by the club of Oostende, playing in the First League.
Because of the big amount of participants the Technical Committee decided to have two "separate" IIC's, one for I° to III° degree, one for IV°degree and up. This was nice since this way all participants had the opportunity to see their whole program.
Friday evening 143 persons participated at the banquet.
On Saturday afternoon, after the classes of that day, there was the closing ceremony. Master Frank Vanberghen presented the GrandMasters paintings he had made especially for them. Also Master Christa Wintzer, 8th degree, was honoured. At the age of 70 she decided this was her last IIC.
Saturday evening at the top floor, the 9th floor, of hotel Ravelingen the organizers invited all GrandMasters and Masters for a nice dinner.
Sunday morning the venue was in Ravelingen, where most of the participants were staying. It was reserved for the Kids Development Program, conducted by Master Donato Nardizzi.
Meanwhile in the meeting rooms on the 4th floor there were a lot of gradings going on.
It was really an honour for the organizing committee to welcome all the participants to Oostende.
All pictures scan be found www.iicbelgium.be
Mrs Annick Van Driessche
President ITF Belgium...Read more
This past weekend, the NTA-ITF hosted, for the first time in the USA, the official ITF Kids Develpment Course in Queens, New York. With the participation of 32 black belt instructors from Canada, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and USA, Master Donato Nardizzi shared his deep knowledge on the subject of childrens education and the ITF Kids Programme.
The feedback form all participants was very positive and all of them look forward to implementing the official ITF Kids programme in their respective schools....Read more
On the 9th and 10th of November, the ITF held the first International Kids Course for Central America, in the halls of the Barceló Hotel, in Managua city, Nicaragua.
The course was organised by Master Robert Webster, President of the Union of Taekwon-Do Nicaragua, and was attended by 31 participants from Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador. The course was conducted by Mr Fabián Izquierdo, member of Children´s Development Committee.
There were twelve hours of intensive theoretical and practical work, characterized by the excellent predisposition of those present to learn, discuss and participate in each of the proposed activities.
Congratulations to the organizers for this event....Read more
The ITF Social Media Connection with our members is contiuning to grow as the ITF Communications and Marketing Committee of Stephen Ryan (Chairman), Paco Ferrando and Fabian Izquierdo continue to develop our online presence. This started with the ITF Facebook page but has now grown to include Twitter, Youtube, Picasa and Google+. Help us to communicate with our members around the World by connecting and sharing....Read more
During the ITF World Championships, chairman of the communications committee, Stephen Ryan had the opportunity to interview the ITF President, Grandmaster Pablo Trajtenberg. During the interview our President spoke about his impression of the championships, the high level of the competitors, the growth of the ITF in a coordinated way, the presence of the pioneer GM Park and the future vision of the ITF....Read more