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Great success of the 87th IIC in Warsaw,Poland.

The 87th IIC hosted by the Polish Taekwon-Do Association took place in Warsaw,Poland in the venue of the University of Physical Education on the weekend of the 27th - 29th of September 2013.

The IIC was a great success with 142 black belts from 11 countries; Argentina, Denmark, Germany, Georgia, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, Russia, USA and Poland. Almost half of the course participants were the holders of 4th Degree and above including: 6 Masters, 18 sixth degree, 18 fifth degree, 27 fourth degree holders. The course was conducted by the ITF Technical Committee: Grand Master Hector Marano, Grand Master Willem Jacob Bos and Grand Master Kim Lan Ung. 

The course was run under a new format which meant extra hours of training and contact for all participants. The feedback from all participants about the content of the course was very positive.

Over the 3 days the IIC was mainly divided into 2 groups in two separate sport hall; the first one for 1st - 3rd Degree holders and the other one for 4thDegree and above. This meant the Grandmasters could cover more material with all participants. The Grandmasters covered all aspects of ITF Taekwon-Do including; patterns up to Tong-il in great detail, fundamental movements, free sparring, traditional sparring, step-sparring, self defense, flexibility and warm-up exercises. There was also time for the group for 4th Dan and above to have discussions on topics such as the structure of their schools, grading and syllabus, and also how to teach different aspects of the Taekwon-Do syllabus.

              

The Grandmasters were in excellent form. Grand Master Marano again showed why he is the chairman of the technical committee, his knowledge on the ITF patterns is superb, participants were amazed at his ability to explain all techniques and reference the encyclopedia by page and photograph and his ability to fix errors and explain the applications and details of all movements. Participants were very happy with the sessions on the patterns as the grandmasters did not just explain the technical details of the patterns but the reasons for each movement, the applications and also how to correct common errors and problems in the patterns. Grand Master Lan showed wonderful ability especially in the areas of free sparring and self defence, with excellent progressions to develop technique and ability in these areas. Grand Master Bos was inspirational with the atmosphere he creates in his classes, excellent exercises for flexibility, warm-up exercises and exercises for preparation for specific classes for kicking, patterns and sparring, participants got many new and imaginative ideas for the teaching of their classes from his sessions.

In the rest periods between sessions the Grandmasters were happy to work one on one with participants and clarify any doubts about the patterns.

The participants found all aspects of the course extremely enjoyable and all participants commented on the professional set-up of the IIC by the PTA, the warm welcome and hospitality and the attention to detail.

           

On the Saturday evening the banquet in “Wasabi” restaurant was attended by 42 of the IIC participants.

The IIC was officially closed on Sunday and the ITF Grand Masters were presented with a special gift - a replica of the ITF turtle shell with a written, occasional dedication. 

During the IIC on Sunday a black belt test was held during which the following people were promoted: 

1. Mrs. Mimmi Oskarsson from Sweden Taekwon-Do Association promoted to 6th Dan,

2. Mr. Levan Tsaretashvili from Georgian Taekwon-Do ITF Federation promoted to 4th Dan

3. Mr. Zaza Chanturia from Georgian Taekwon-Do ITF Federation promoted to 4th Dan 

The PTA Board of Directors would like to extend their thanks to the ITF Technical Committee for an excellent IIC and to the participants from the 10 countries for their support.

 

FOR A FULL PHOTO REPORT GO TO:

http://www.itfeurope.org/NL2013-04-03.html

 

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Date: 01/Oct/2013, 08:26
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Report about the ITF Seminars in September 2013 in South Africa, Mozambique and Ethiopia

 

by Master Paul Weiler 

 

South Africa – a starting signal for the ITF!

 

TASA = Taekwon-Do Federation South Africa under the leadership of Sabum Bert Gey van Pittius (5th degree) is working very hard to promote TKD ITF in this country. Recently a large number of clubs has broken away from Ung Chang group and has shown interest during a meeting to become our member. A decision will be taken very soon at the General Assembly of this group.

Sabum van Pittius is also ready to help and support the work of Master Weiler and to teach in Mozambique and/orZambia. The next seminar in South Africa will be scheduled for March 2014.

Master Weiler with Sabum Bert Gey van Pittius at the 1st ITF seminar in Pretoria                    

 

Mozambique – a new ITF member!

During the second visit in Mozambique this year Master Weiler was delighted to realize that

-       Assocacao de Taekwon-Do ITF de Provincia de Maputo is now registered at the government and has all the required papers ready so send to the ITF

-       the Minister of Youth and Sport, Mr. Fernando Sumbana, has a big interest in the development of Taekwon-Do ITF, especially in the Kid’s program. He was very much impressed about the ITF program and the donation material (safety equipment of TOP TEN).

  Mst. Weiler presents a part of the safety equipment to the Minister 

-       the Minister and his team have kept their promise from the day before and visited the 1st Inter African Cup at Maria Ana Mogas school on September 14th, 2013.

 

                     

Competitors and spectators at the 1st Inter African Cup 

-       some clubs from Ung Chang group and from GTF joined already the new ITF Federation under the leadership of Joel dos Santos and more will come.

-       Mr. John Ngulube from Zambia, who participated at the technical seminar, is very interested in becoming a member and requested already a seminar for Zambia. 

The next step of the new federation is to be recognized in six provinces. After that the nationwide recognition can be requested and the chances are good especially with the help of the Minister of Youth and Sports. 

At the and of the technical seminar 7 members have been promoted to 1st degree and 6 members to 2nd degree.

Ethiopiathe largest ITF Organization in Africa on the fast lane!

EITA = Ethiopian International Taekwon-Do Association is growing very fast (now more than 5000 members in 50 clubs and another 7 instructors has been promoted to 4th degree).

Meanwhile EITA is much bigger than WTF or any other TKD Federation in Ethiopia and new projects are already under progress. For the end of July 2014 it is scheduled to organize a Kid’s course, an International Umpire Course, a technical seminar and the 3rd African Cup TKD ITF.

At the moment the federation is in the intensive preparation for the participation at the World Champs in Spain. The flights and the hotel are booked and the visas are issued already. For the first time in history Ethiopia ITF will be able to participate at World Champs!

Let us welcome them! 

Master Paul Weiler

ITF Senior Vice-President

 

 

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Date: 26/Spt/2013, 13:35
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The 86th IIC was held in Hotel Lipki in Zvenigorod 30km outside of Moscow with 126 participants Russia, Belorussia, Scotland and Israel. Some participants drove for 10 hours to attend the IIC. The perfect event organization was in hands of host Mr. Uri Gromov 6th degree.

              

GM Marano, GM Bos and GM Lan were warmly welcomed to Russia.
The course covered all the color belt patterns and black belt degree patterns over the 3 days.

Self defense along with pre step sparring were spread over the course of the weekend.

                        

The GM´s were very knowledgeable and answered many questions from some very keen TKD practitioners. Master Lazos 7th degree and ITF Russia President acted as a perfect and always present interpretator.

          

The course started on Friday with small questions and answer session for the senior grades with GM Marano. The course of the weekend was well planned with the 3 GM's taking turns every hour in order to teach different grades and different aspects of our wonderful art.

They were also very humorous in their teaching which made it fun and interesting to learn, especially for the senior’s grades who usually are the teachers.

GM Marano asked Miss Julia Cross 6th times World Champion and present at the IIC to learn more to teach the 1st degree some sparring techniques which was a great honor and very much a surprise. The students enjoyed the lesson very much because of this different teaching and were very  inspired.

Saturday evening a traditional Russian style banquet was organized with some presentations for the GM's and foreign guests.

The Russian organization and hospitality was wonderful along with students aged 13to 63 years old who trained very hard all weekend with enthusiasm and great spirit. 

Russian Taekwon-do Federation

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Interview with Grandmaster Bos ahead of WC in Spain
by Stephen Ryan.
 
 
GM Bos, One of the things you are most known for is your connection to ITF tournaments and being the driving force for many years on leading changes and improvements to the rules and regulations.Can you give us an overview of your own history and connections with the ITF tournaments?.
 
It all goes back to 1992 when I still was acting as a coach for the Italian team participating at the World Championships held in Pyongyang, North Korea  which was not realy well organized. Coming back home I made a decision to stop the coaching and to become useful for the ITF in order to help at world events.
However it was not until 1993 when we had the Junior ITF Championships known as one of the worst organized championship ever held in the ITF. At the second day of that event General Choi called for me (I was present as official for Italy); so I presented myself in front of the General where he told me to take over the organization be in charge of the event. I called for all the coaches and tried to reorganize the event through many difficulties. After this event I got a letter from the ITF HQ signed by General Choi that I would be in charge of the 1994 World Championships held in Malaysia which according to the many comments went extremely well.  
 
What are some of your greatest memories of ITF World Championships in the past?.
 
When we talk about greatest memories which we might call positive then I would say to receive a handshake and compliments from our late founder is more than enough to mention.
When we talk about greatest memories which we might call NOT possitive then I need at least 5 pages to explain, however those moments made me realise that we should impliment major changes as well in the the rules and educational relations between officiating members in the World events.  
 
How have the ITF World level tournaments evolved over the last number of years? What have been some of the key changes?
 
During my career as a Chairman of Tournament I have seen a lot of matters that needed to be adjusted therefore rules were amended regularly as because during events I managed to see mistakes and adjusted those in the rules.  Key changes are to many to mention however the introduction of the electronic system made a huge change for the competition benefit.
 
The ITF has put a lot of work into training the umpires for this World Championships? Are you happy with the progress in this area, are there any other ideas for the future?
 
The ITF tries to make our officiating country umpires to understand that a real study of the rules, practical training and also their physical shape is very important in order to be prepared and to give a right and fair judgement to the competitors performance. 
 
What are your expectations of the upcoming ITF world championships in Benidorm, Spain?
 
The organization is in the hands of ITF Spain who will do a very good job as they acquired a lot of exprience during previous ITF events.
The Tournament and Umpire chairmen and their committee members are ready to give their best in order to give a perfect running of the event according to the rules and regulations and schedule of the event.
 
The ITF is expecting 1000 competitors therefore it will become the biggest ITF World Championship event ever held.
 
Also important is the place where everyone might enjoy also the free time besides the event as Benidorm offers a lot of amusement.
 
What is your vision for the future in terms of ITF World championships? Where would you like to see us in 10-20 years time for example?
 
Its difficiult to give an opinion about the future however I hope that the next generation will do as good a job as the one done at the moment having the right persons at the right places working in harmony and showing respect.
 
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Date: 24/Spt/2013, 10:08
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This is to inform our members that the World Cup 2014 will be held at the Rose Hall Convention Centre in Montego Bay, Jamaica on August 26-30,2014.

 

A presentation and additional information of the World Cup 2014  shall be provided during the ITF Congress at the upcoming World Championships to be held in Benidorm, Spain.

 

 

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Dear Members

The ITF propose to inaugurate a “Hall of Fame” to honour its members. It will take a long time to go over past records to find suitable candidates and so it is proposed that each member country submits suitable candidates so that we may begin with minimum delay. Therefore we ask that the NA submits people who, it is thought, are suitable. We ask that you consider people who have won 3 gold medals or more (and include all medals won) in official ITF World Championships and submit the details of Name; Address; Date of Birth; Date of joining ITF; Degree certificate number; Full details of year, event, category and other details which may assist the candidate to be selected. We expect that as we progress there may be reason to include other competitors, such as other than gold medal winners in World and Continental events. The nominations are not only for competitors but should include outstanding people such as Coaches, Umpires, Organisers, Masters and any others who are considered to be outstanding in any way. This is a project under consideration and any suggestions about what sort of awards and the form they take will be welcome. This is a chance for your distinctive members to be recognised forever and the ITF Board hope that you will participate.

All recommendations should be sent to GM Tom MacCallum at e-mail t.mac@gmx.eu.

We hope to make the first presentations at the World Championships this year in Benidorm, it is up to you.

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The ITF is continuing to expand our social media connection with Taekwon-Do ITF members around the world with the launch of our official Twitter page. We encourage ITF members to follow this page, retweet the news that appears on it and to interact with each other through this new communication channel.

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As and from July 2013, the ITF’s Communications Committee has set up a new contact channel, which will help us connect with the overwhelming majority of the Taekwon-Do community around the World.

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IIC JAMAICA – July 25-27, 2013

 

The International Taekwon-Do Federation’s 85th International Instructors’ Course was held in Ocho Rios, St. Ann Jamaica at the RIU Hotel & Resort from Thursday July 25, to Saturday July 27, 2013. In attendance were 47 participants from six (6) countries (Jamaica, Trinidad, Argentina, USA, Canada and Barbados).

85th IIC Participants with Grand Masters’ Marano & Lan

Grand Master Marano - Performing x-block

 

Gm Lan - performing self defense

 

Master Ottesen - Master Lue- Gm Marano - Gm Lan - Master van de Heuvel

GM Marono - Corretting a side kick           GM Lan - performing bending stance

A Masters’ Black belt testing was held on Friday July 26, 2013. The candidates for promotion were from 2 countries (Jamaica, and The USA). All three candidates were successful. The following people were promoted:

  • Claude Chin (Jamaica) promoted to 7th degree
  • Brian McNamara (USA) promoted to 7th degree
  • Cody Springsguth (USA) promoted to 7th degree.  

The Jamaica Taekwon-Do Association thanks the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), Grand Master Hector Marano and Grand Master Ung Kim Lan for making this experience a reality.

 

 

 

 

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