The Battle of Utrecht 2013
The Battle of Utrecht 2013 was held on 29 September in Utrecht Netherlands, just before the upcoming World Championship in Benidorm ( 24-27 oct.)
This year there were clubs from the Netherlands, England, Belgium and France ( 328 competitors). All the European and World champions of all the ITF organizations of the Netherlands took part in this tournament; they competed in sparring, pattern and pre-arranged held for youth, juniors and seniors. There is a special team of security members responsible to control the spectators and competitors.
The Battle of Utrecht is one of the biggest and very competitive tournament in the Netherlands, every year we have other countries. For example :Sabum Doulay Lylian 4th degree from France who won the 1st place pattern.
Masters Thomas Denis and Wijnand Tapilatu and International Umpire Sabum Annick from Belgium were also present.
Just like the last year, instead of square numbers on every competition area we had different color tablecloths so all the kids could find there field very easy, go to the red-blue-yellow-purple… field. Also this year there was a big screen for the competitors, coaches and of course the spectators. So it was very clear which category was competing on what square on that moment.
In the pause there was a lottery for the audience .The lucky persons received very nice prizes; Taekwon-Do bags, a pad for training, Taekwon-Do book, several posters with pattern 1-9, safety equipment . Sponsored by the Top Ten distributor and Academie Gelderland.
The Taekwon-Do club Van Breul who just joined ITF Netherlands won the Overall Cup.
The organizer of the championship Master James Tjin-A-Ton and his wife Liesbeth Willems and the volunteers from his club Taekwon-Do IN NAE DO KWAN were very happy.
Next Battle of Utrecht Sunday 4 October 2014
Master James Tjin-A-Ton
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7th summer camp in Bulgaria report
From August 29 to September 8 in Kranevo beach complex was held the traditional 7-th summer camp Taekwon-Do camp organized by Bulgarian Association of Taekwon-Do. In this year edition participated 150 taekwondists from 7 cities, and once again we had preset our friends from Serbia with delegation leader Vladan Nikodijevic.
Morning trainings started with running along the beach or yoga sessions. The breakfast was followed by interesting and funnygames which took place on the beach. The main Taekwon-Do practice was from 16:00 to 19:00 hours where the participants was divided in 4 training groups according their degree.
As we have tradition from past summer camps, after dinner, the days ended with gathering of all participants where was presented summary of the day in the format of News bulletin presented by 4 competing teams with many funny pics, videos and comments.
Waiting to see you too in our next 8th summer camp 2014!
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MASTER MARCELO VATRANO AND SABUMNIM TOMAZ BARADA IN CHILE 2013
On september 7-8, 2013, ONT from Chile held a sparring and pattern seminar with Master Vatrano an Mr. Tomaz Barada in the Olimpic training center of Chile.
Over 80 Participants from Argentina, Peru and Chile attended the seminar, the training was mainly focused for the team that participates at the next World Champs to be held in Benidorm.
The organizers ish to thank Master Vatrano and Tomaz Barada for the support to the Chilean team....Read more
Visit IRAN ITF
Thursdays 5th of September was a wonderful summer day in the beautiful historical Persian city of Shiraz.
Omid Hassanipour from National Taekwon-Do Norway had the pleasure to visit Mr.Habib Khoshniyat and his organization IRAN Pars ITF.
Pars ITF is a part of IRAN ITF by President Hamid Mohtashami.
The visit lasted for 2 days.
The first day contained several hours of Taekwon-Do training with thorough review of ITF forms.
ITF Taekwon-Do in IRAN is in a progressive growing phase and the organization has several highly qualified potential talents.
The second day we were visiting the Old Persian civilization.
Persepolis is the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550–330 BC).
We also visited the tomb of empire Cyrus the Great (ca.600 - 529 BC), the first world empire in Persia.
Thanks a lot to Mr.Khoshniyat and his organization for the friendliness and warm hospitality.
Omid Hassanipour, 5.Dan
National Taekwon-Do Norway