All ITF Taekwon-Do Cup Netherlands
31st March 2013 in de "Kruisboog" hall in Houten the Netherlands was the place for a new competition in poule system for juniors, seniors and veterans from 13 years and up. In total there were 30 schools of 5 countries, 40 referees and 42 coaches. With the participation of competitors of ITF Argentina, ITF Belgium, ITF Sweden, ITF Switzerland and the ITF Netherlands the international level for good competition was there.
All competitors were competing in a poule system in individual patterns and sparring and guaranteed more bouts for all competitors. During the Team events it was a knock-out system and the teams could contain in patterns of juniors, seniors and veterans M/F from 13 years and up. In the sparring teams could participate with teams of 3 persons and 1 reserve and the winner of two matches won. This system was highly appreciated by the competitors and coaches.
The competition is part of the ITF Netherlands Master Series which contains 5 competitions and the national team members are selected at their performances at these competitions. The next competitions of the series will be the Holland Cup in June in Delft.
The referee team had the umpire committee of the ITF Netherlands lead by Patrick den Hoed and Emiel Kloor. With the help of the referee of ITF Sweden. Mr Ove Johanssen there was a good level of referees. We like to thank all the referees for their hard work and good judging. At this Easter tournament there was also a little competition of counting the Easter eggs in a bowl. The proud winner got this price of the creator of this competition Mr. Jarne van Schaik.
Coach ITF Sweden and AETF Board Member, Mrs. Mimmi Oskarsson
Thank you so much for your warm and welcoming hospitality! We really enjoyed the competition which had a very nice and relaxed atmosphere. Looking forward to see you soon again!
Competitor ITF Argentina, Mr. Lucas Marchal
We want to thank you. The tournament was excellent and the level to. We always want to compete in fights like the all ITF Easter tournament. Again thanks for the possibility. I hope to see you again.
Next year there will be another All ITF Taekwon-Do Cup in the same place and we hope to welcome our guests again in the great sport hall with enough affordable hotels in the near area!
We like to thank all involved and hope to see you next time.
Harry van Schaik "Active and Involved"
Robin Born "Taekwon-do.nl"...Read more
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