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To the person responsible for the online  registration of the World Championships 2013 in Spain
 
Dear Sir/Madam,
 
We would like to remind you that only ONE Day is left to the  deadline of the online registration of the World Championship 2013 in Benidorm,  Spain.
Please rememeber  that the online registration will close on Tuesday,  15th October 2013 at 23.59 GMT.
 
After October 15th,  2013 no changes will be allowed and no updates shall be  made.
Therefore we kindly ask you to visit the online system and  check precisely:
 
1. if all competitors arein the  correct categories (please check indvidual an team  categories)
2. if all competitors havean black belt  certificate numberandITF ID number(from the ITF online  data base
3. if all participants havepictures.
Please, remember, that after the deadline the  draws of all categories will be prepared!
Therefore, please remove from the  system competitors who for sure will not attend the World Championships in  Spain.

Should you have any questions please do not  hesitate to contact our office.
Kind regards,
Malgorzata  Rogaczewska
World Championships 2013 - Registration Online  Team
Phone/fax no. +48817431150 Skype: a.e.t.f www.itfeurope.org
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Author: GMB
Date: 14/Oct/2013, 22:50
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Interview with Master Alberto Katz - Chairman of ITF Umpire Committee

Master Katz, can you give us some background on your own involvements in ITF Tournaments over the years please?

I have been involved in ITF Tournaments since 1981 when I was a competitor in the World Championships in Argentina. I was then 23 year old. I competed in patterns and came in 4thplace. I was 3rd degree at that time. I was not able to compete in free sparring because I had a broken rib only a couple of days before the Tournament. Later on in 1992 I was national coach and went to North Korea for the World Championships. We came 2nd in the overall country standings and 3rd in Male team Sparring. In 1988 I started as an Umpire in World Championships in Budapest and returned in 1997 in the World Championships in St Petersburg, 1999 in the World Championships in Argentina, and later on in WCH in Poland and Germany 2005. I was then involved in the World Cup in Benidorm 2006 and in 2007 I was Chairman for the Tournament & Umpire Committee for World Championships in Canada, World Cup in Riva da Garda , World Championships in Argentina 2009, and Chairman of the Umpire Committee for World Championships 2011 in New Zealand, and for World Cup 2012 in England .....Of course the next event will be Oct 24th Umpire Chairman for World Championships in Spain.

In your opinion what have been some of the key improvements in ITF tournaments over the last number of years?

I think we have made quantum leaps in interpretation of the rules and of course standardization. For this last issue we used the German electronic System, which indeed helped not only for this purpose but also to improve operations over all.

In the area of umpiring, since taking over as chairman of the ITF Umpire Committee what have been they key areas that you have been involved in?

Designing a training program for Umpires, creating an on site scenario each time we train them so they can appreciate the feeling of being in a virtual tournament. We also insisted on Procedures and lately in redefining scoring criteria for pattern and prearranged sparring...We look now for defects and we lower points accordingly ...We need, for this, precise observation and a profound skill in detecting these mistakes.... So Umpires need to be real specialists in performing patterns, as the competitor with fewer mistakes will win in the end.... They need not only to see but also to feel precision and power as much as with closed eyes...

Are you happy with the progress of umpire training in ITF at present?

We have improved a lot. We still have to work and train for the years to come in many aspects...A core value and objective must be to reach to all the Umpires of the world. We must reach developed, developing and emerging countries equally...Everyone must have the right to learn. Technology makes this possible today.

Do you think that the status of ITF umpires is changing as a result of the extra IUCs available? Are the referees gaining more respect and importance among ITF members?

I think they are. We have increased not only quantity of courses but also in quality.... and we are indeed using technology to leverage training.

How would you like to see the ITF Tournaments continue to improve, what are the key areas you would like to focus on from an umpiring point of view?

Standardizing is one very important point. In order to do that we need to train Umpires to observe with precision. We need to start with e-learning technology, using videos and other handy information we have to improve Umpire skills.

Can you give us an insight into the schedule of the Umpire committee and the team of umpires at this upcoming World Championships? What will be the daily schedule and responsibilities for example?

Sure. On Wednesday 23rd we will have a full 5 hours meeting to form ring councils and to get acquainted with the stadium...We will practice directly on 2 rings in the arena so that all questions are answered in the light of the real scenario. Each day Umpires will arrive 1 hour before the competition starts to debrief them on the past day and to give them proper coaching on their previous days performance. We are also going to give feedback during the tournament to oversee any problem or questions that may arise during the competition.

In your opinion is it as important that the coaches and competitors are aware of the rules as the umpires? What advise would you like to give to them ahead of these championships so that the event runs as smoothly as possible and that it is as positive an experience as possible for everyone involved?

Rules are rules. Umpires are there to make their best to score under this framework in order to obtain the fairest results. Competitors and coaches see the rules as a constraint for their strategy to win. So they see them in a different way. How to bend them until they almost break.....in their ability to do this will determine, in a great percentage, if they are going to win or not...For example...if a coach does  not know how to read the screen where the results are being displayed during a match in free sparing, it will jeopardize the result of his/her competitor by giving him or her wrong advice at the wrong moment. Coach strategy has changed with technology and they need to adapt themselves.... Otherwise their competitors will lose.

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Date: 14/Oct/2013, 19:45
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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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Author: gmb
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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Author: gmb
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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Author: GMB
Date: 24/Spt/2013, 14:40
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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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Author: JF
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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Author: gmb
Date: 13/Spt/2013, 19:44
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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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Author: gmb
Date: 02/Spt/2013, 16:55
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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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