On March 26-27, 2013, after the IIC in NY, Master Ernesto Santaniello (VII Dan) from Italy visited Queens Taekwon-Do Center where he guest-taught both a children's class and black belt class.
Master Santaniello showed great ability for driving the class, providing clear explanations for the children, and offering a lot of information to the black belt class on new exercises to improve sparring techniques.
Also, on Wednesday, March 27, Grand Master Trajtenberg made a special trip to QTC, before heading to the airport for his return home. The students of the advanced children's class had the wonderful opportunity to meet briefly with the ITF President and take photos.
Master Suarez, director of Queens Taekwon-Do Center, would like to extend his sincere thanks to GM Trajtenberg and Master Santaniello for sharing their time with the students of QTC!”
Master Ruben D. Suarez
Queens Taekwon-do Center
ITF Afghanistan celebrated on March 8th, 2013 the women’s day in the house of Ministry of Interior by having the a show from ITF Afghanistan performed by our ITF female team. One of our team members called Maria a 1st degree black belt was awarded by our minister of interior with some gifts and also she was congratulated a Olympic representative.
President ITF Afghanistan
MASTER NORMAN TECHNICAL SEMINAR
On March 8th and 9th, Alana & Diego Cabanas of ARCAN Taekwon-Do invited Master Clint Norman, 8th degree to Ottawa Ontario Canada to host a technical seminar focusing on patterns and sparring techniques. Master Norman teaches out of Regina Saskatchewan, Canada and is currently a Vice President of the ITF and the President of Canada’s NGB the Canadian Taekwon-Do Federation International.
Friday’s session was for color belts only and Master Norman focused on patterns techniques, sparring drills and the correct format for step-sparring. Special guest attendee for Friday night was Master Pierre Laquerre, also 8th degree black belt from Trois Rivieres Quebec, Canada and current Technical Director for the CTFI.
Saturday was a full day training for black belts and this session covered pattern techniques and fundamentals, sparring and conditioning drills and the format for step-sparring. Master Norman also added some games and fitness items allowing attendees to have a full student like experience. The main focus for Saturday was not only the techniques, but to teach them as instructors to your students. Master Norman explained this in detail from his own ample experiences. Although it was a full day of training the time flew by very quickly and the attendees left not only with techniques and tools to utilize for themselves, but also many tips and pointers to use as instructors in their own dojangs.
Special guest attendee for Saturday was Master Ruben Suarez 8th degree black belt from Queens New York, USA, President of the USA NGB National Taekwon-Do Association-ITF and also a member of the ITF Umpire Committee.
We finished the day off with a sushi buffet banquet that evening to cap off a great weekend. In attendance for the seminar and banquet were students and instructors from Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia, Canada and New York, USA. Thank you to Master Norman for delivering a dynamic and fun filled event, thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Alana & Diego Cabanas
In the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of March World Champions Mark Trotter and Carl van Roon were invited by Master Willy van de Mortel to conduct a two day seminar in the south of the Netherlands. Master Van de Mortel knows Mr. Trotter and Mr. Van Roon well from his period in New Zealand where he was involved in the development of free sparring in New Zealand. Both Mr. Trotter and Mr. Van Roon were among the first ones who obtained a World Championships title for their country.
On Friday they were picked up by from the train station in Eindhoven by Master Van de Mortel. For them it was quit cold over here.
On Saturday morning the first session started off with 40 participants of all ages and degrees, among them were members of the Dutch and Belgium national team. We had the honor to have Sabum Yves Pollefeyt (Belgium national team head coach), Sabum Virginia Dionisi (Belgium national team tul coach), and Hans Rombaut (medalist on European and World Championships) present at this seminar.
Then Mr. Mark Trotter proceeded with competition patterns. He gave advice on several aspects such as kicking with actual power rather than just ‘placing the leg’ in the right kicking position just to look beautiful. This included a series of creative exercises to obtain this effect, and also extended into practical advice on how to forge techniques with real Martial arts spirit within patterns.
After lunch Mr. Van Roon continued coaching free sparring and in this session he focused on investigating on how we can deliver lead leg kicking techniques with more efficiency, to prevent telegraphing our intentions.
Mr. Mark Trotter in his second session covered aspects of pre-arranged sparring. The participants had to form duos and come up with a routine of six movements in normal motion. After they done so, Mr. Trotter showed how to create more interest in a performance by changing the rhythm of the movements. The participants also saw bits and pieces of the new pre-arranged sparring routine of the two champions for the next World Championships in October in Spain.
At the end of the first day all participants had the opportunity to take some pictures with these two champions.
On Sunday morning Mr. Carl van Roon and Mr. Mark Trotter started off with a warming-up combined with a sparring session. There were some original and very funny exercises. This created a good atmosphere for the rest of the day. On this Sunday the group was a bit smaller and this resulted in more personal attention for the participants.
After lunch it was time for the special technique session, with the emphasis on using basic principles of biomechanics to maximize each individual's potential to perform jumping kicking techniques. The participants were able to absorb the information provided by Mr. Van Roon and they made significant progress in both the heights they could hit as well as the beauty of their kicking techniques.
After the second day all participants had theopportunity to make some pictures with them. All participants also received a poster with the champions in action.
After the seminar Mr. Trotter and Mr. Van Roon each went their way. Mr. Van Roon had a flight back to New Zealand and Mr. Trotter went to Scotland to visit multiple World Champion Miss Julia Cross. Next weekend he will compete in a tournament in Ireland. Good luck Mark!
I would like to thank them both for their excellent teaching and friendship and I would also like to thank everybody who was present at this event.
Hopefully we will have a chance to train with the “GOLD DIGGERS” again sometime soon!...Read more