The Irish Taekwon-Do Association hosted the 2013 Irish Cup in the University of Limerick Arena on the 16th & 17th of November. Saturday the 16th was for cadets (14 – 17) and seniors, while those under-14 years of age competed on the Sunday. The full UL arena was used on both days with four rings in operation on the Saturday and eight rings on Sunday including a ring for special technique & power breaking. This was the first ITA tournament to include special technique for colour belts juniors & seniors. This was a large tournament with 532 competitors over the two days from all over Ireland as well as a team from Albania....Read more
The Clare Taekwon-Do School's, Midwest Region of the Irish Taekwon-Do Association recently presented a cheque for €3,900 to the Children's Cancer Research Unit of Our Lady's Hospital Crumlin. The money was raised by the children in the Taekwon-Do clubs of the Midwest region after they completed their annual charity walk. This is the 20th year that these schools have been running this fundraiser. Pictured in the photo are: Kevin Kinsella V Dan, Mike Clune II Dan, Brian Coughlan V Dan, Annie Kinsella V Dan, representatives of Our Lady's Hospital, Laura Ryan V Dan, Stephen Ryan V Dan and Tim Forde VI Dan....Read more
UKRAINA - ITF SEMINAR CONDUCTED BY GM WIM BOS
On November 9TH, 2013, In Kiev , Ukraine, was held the 4th National Taekwon-do Seminar. For the first time, came with a two days visit ITF Director of the International Taekwon-do Federation Grand Master Wim Bos, 9 degree (Italy). The program of the visit supposed to study the work of the All-Ukrainian Taekwon-Do Union as the official representative of the International Taekwon-Do Federation in Ukraine, assessment of skills coaches AUTU and holding the technical seminar.
In the seminar took part athletes from Volyn, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhya, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kyiv City, Kirovograd, Crimea, Lviv, Sevastopol, Kharkiv, Rivne and Chernivtsi AUTU centers. Also attended seminar sportsmen from Russia, Georgia, Moldova and Italy. Totally in sporting event took part 108 athletes from 5 European countries. The seminar brought together sportsmen of all age categories: children, juniors and adults.
Grand Master Wim Bos held the seminar by his own method. Seminar’s program consisted of three parts: basic techniques, sparring techniques and theoretical part (philosophy Taekwon-Do). The assistant was his student, head coach of the national team of Italy Leandro Iagher, 6th degree.
GM Wim Bos and his son Timothy Bos
In confirmation practicality of Taekwon-Do philosophy as a way of life in harmony of body and soul, Grand Master Wim Bos by example demonstrated his physical preparation. All present were convinced, despite his respectable age, the Grand Master is in excellent physical form and good spirits. This GM Wim Bos requested from all Ukrainian coaches.
Gm Wim Bos and Oleg Solovey - Application of a pattern technique
For Ukraine, this seminar was significant for another reason, as in the gym also trained four current 2013 world champions, Katya Solovey and Ivan Grischuk (Ukraine), Timothy Bos (Italy) and Ekaterina Kozlachkova (Russia). For the first time our athletes had the opportunity of live communication and learning in a team with Taekwon-Do world-class stars - said the head coach of the national team of Ukraine Oleg Solovey.
GM Wim Bos - Oleg and Katya Solovey
At the Closing Ceremony Grand Master Wim Bos noted the positive atmosphere that was at a seminar, athletes’ craving for new knowledge and desire to grow. Grand Master thanked the AUTU for discipline and a high level of organization of the event. After seminar all participants received certificates with Grand Master Wim Bos’ autography.
I am satisfied with the organization of the All-Ukrainian Taekwon-DoUnion, with the level of the skills of Ukrainian trainers and students - said the director of ITF Grand Master Wim Bos. - Most importantly, I saw a great desire of Ukrainian athletes to develop, the desire of leadership AUTU to create proper conditions not only for achieving sporting results and overall the developmentpersonality. Ukraine has potential - added Grand Master Wim Bos.
Relaxing time with Gm Wim Bos - Oleg Solovey - Leandro Iagher and Timothy Bos
At the end of official part of the visit our guests were invited to a guided tour of the historical and cultural places of the capital of Ukraine.
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On September 29, 2013, Queens Taekwon-Do Center hosted the XVIII ITF New York Taekwon-Do Tournament, sponsored by the National Taekwon-Do Association – ITF, Inc. (NTA-ITF) at Queens College in Flushing, New York. In attendance, 381 competitors from 34 ITF Taekwon-Do schools, visiting from a number of States across the U.S., as well as Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Canada.
The opening ceremony commenced with a salute to our national anthem, followed by the introduction of the individual schools and their instructors/masters and presentation of the Masters who were present in the event: Master Roberto Del Cid, Master Carlos Ramirez, Master Vince Affatigato, Master William Martinez and Master Ramon Mateo, and especial mention to Master Kurt Ottesen, who is a member of the ITF Umpire Committee. Master Ottesen conducted a 2 day umpire seminar with the participation of 42 black belts prior to the event. Following opening ceremony, everyone took their positions to proceed with the activities of the day.
For the first time in the USA, we set the central ring following the new official ring dimensions and equipped with the new ITF electronic scoring system to officiate black belts patterns and sparring competition. With the assistance of Master Ottesen, we were able to conduct a great competition in the center ring for the enjoyment of all participants and over 600 present spectators. The electronic system displayed real time results of the competition on TV screens for patterns and sparring matches.
Particular recognition should be given to all referees, judges, and assistants, whose work has continued to excel over the years, helping to make for a better tournament each year.
The tournament ended at 7:30pm, and for the 18th year, it was another exciting event for the NTA-ITF and the ITF New York Taekwon-Do Tournament. Master Ruben Suarez would like to extend his gratitude to all participants and supporters who helped to carry out this continued success.
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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