Dear ITF community:
We know that children today have become one of the most important sources of our teaching and that; moreover, those who are training in the future will certainly send their own children to practice Taekwon-Do ITF.
That is why we strive for excellence in the teaching of children.
I have the honour to present the latest work done by the Committee for Child Development, which is the new web site and which is in the first stages of it’s development. It can be accessed through the official website of the ITF or directly at www.tkd-kids.org...Read more
Dear members, from now on the ITF HQ office will issue a new certificate for Instructor Plaque Certificate annual renewals. This will replace the sticker system that was in place up to now....Read more
We are excited to announce the launch of the Official Website for the ITF Kids Development Programme. This colourful and interactive website will be a fantastic tool for teaching and learning as it is not just for Instructors but has dedicated sections for Kids, Parent and for Instructors. To visit the Kids Program website please follow this link: www.tkd-kids.org more content will be added very soon....Read more
As you may be aware the ITF Board of Directors recently established a new Marketing & Development committee for the ITF. This committee has been very active since our appointment in setting up new modes of communicating with our members, for example a number of social media pages such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Picasa and YouTube. We are happy to say that these pages and channels have started to receive a strong following, especially the Facebook page which now has almost 5,500 members. However we need your support to help them to become even stronger and to establish a connection with all our members worldwide. Please share these connections with your members....Read more
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