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80th INTERNATIONAL INSTRUCTORS COURSE IN QUEENS, NY-USA

From March 22-24, 2013, the National Taekwon-Do Association-ITF and Master Ruben Suarez (VIII Dan) hosted the 80thInternational Instructor Course in Queens, NY, USA.  In attendance were 132 participants—including 10 masters, 55 instructors and 67 1st– 3rdDan students—from several states across the US, as well as Canada, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Paraguay, Spain and Italy.

  

Friday morning everyone gathered at the Fitzgerald Auxiliary Gymnasium of Queens College in Flushing, New York, where they were introduced to the Technical Committee of the ITF:  Grand Masters Hector Marano, Wim Bos and Ung Kim Lan.  After a rigorous warm-up, a demanding afternoon was spent absorbing vast information that covered fundamental movements, patterns, step-sparring, free sparring, as well as numerous other aspects of Taekwon-Do. 

      

In the evening, the majority of those in attendance donned their best and joined in at the IIC Banquette, which was held at the beautiful, waterfront World’s Fair Marina in Flushing, Queens—the site of the 1964 World’s Fair.  Amidst an elegant atmosphere of dining and friendship, Master Suarez paid special tribute to the 47thAnniversary of the ITF, presenting plaques of appreciation to the Grand Masters, and offering thanks for the tremendous support and friendship he received in the planning and organization of the IIC.

 

The following morning, the group reconvened at Queens College for Day 2 of the IIC that covered, in further detail, the many different elements of Taekwon-Do, including a discussion of the technical application of the black belt patterns, and an exciting practical session in self-defense and free sparring led by GM Ung Kim Lan.  Saturday evening closed with the distribution of certificates and group photos, and marked the conclusion of the seminar for 1st– 3rd degree participants. 

On Sunday morning, all participants IV degree and up gathered for the final morning of the seminar where GM Trajtenberg spoke about having a better understanding of the student-instructor relationship, the responsibilities of the instructor in the teaching and adherence to proper ITF protocol, and understanding the individual character of each student in order to enhance their development both inside the Do-jang and in their personal affairs.

At the end of the seminar testing took place for VII and VIII degree Master promotions, as well as V and VI degree.

The reviews of the IIC were exceptional, as participants reported a weekend filled with valuable information, invaluable friendship, and the joys of sharing the true spirit of Taekwon-Do!

Report by:

Master Ruben Suarez

Organizer 

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5th ITF Qualifying Umpires Course


 

It was held on March 23 & 24th, in the Montecarlo & Casablanca Halls of the Amerian Hotel Casino Gala, Resistencia city, Chaco, (province in the north of Argentina, next to Paraguay and Brazil),  the 5th Qualifying ITF Umpire Course,  with the participation of 79 Umpires from three South America countries: Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil.

Organized by Master Abelardo Benzaquen, Chairman of Argentina Federation Umpires Committee, exceptionally led by Master Alberto Katz, Chairman of ITF Umpires Committee, and with active collaboration of the ITF Vice President, Grand Master Javier Dacak, who delighted all the participants with his contribution and enriching experience in ITF competitions (twice World Champion, in first & second ITF World Championships); and also shared his experience as an International Umpire in the firsts international competitions (70s & 80s) .

The development of the course was a success, with the presence of 10 Masters from all geographical latitudes of Argentina (Ushuaia, Buenos Aires, Misiones, Córdoba, Chaco). The course covered all the changes, parameters and method of scoring of the  different modalities of ITF competition in order to improve ITF events.   All the participants had the chance for intensive training with the new software and electronics controllers for patterns and sparring tournaments.

Grand Master Dacak and Master Katz informed about the situation of Suppliers Sponsors that have approved materials and the way of using the new brand in the events. 

Máster Abelardo Benzaquén

AR-7-51

Organizer QIUC ARGENTINA 2013

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Report of the development of ITF in Africa since 2008

by Master Paul Weiler (ITF Senior Vice-President / March 2013)

 

Dear ITF members! 

Two years ago I wrote that Africa is "The sleeping Taekwon-Do giant of ITF". Meanwhile the giant awakes (see structure below): 

Period

Place

Event

Participants

Remarks

2008

 June 26th  to July 1st

Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

1stSeminar

Master Paul Weiler

160

Red and Blackbelts

3 WTF participants from Kenya   with the result of the

establishment of   ITF Kenya

2009

January 1stto 5th

Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

2ndSeminar

Master Paul Weiler

160

Red and Blackbelts

Meeting with the

Ethiopian President

 

2009

July 24thto 26th

Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

3rdSeminar = 1stIIC

GM Marano, GM Bos, Master Weiler

215

Red and Blackbelts

Participants from Kenya

2010

July 16thto 19th

Kenya

Nairobi

1stSeminar

Master Paul Weiler

45

Coloured and Blackbelts

Meeting withNairobi  Sports Commissioner

2010

July 23rdto 26th

Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

4thSeminar

Master Paul Weiler

145

Red and Blackbelts

 

2010

November 27thto 29th

Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

5thSeminar

Masters Caiazzo and Cecconato

195

Red and Blackbelts

FITAE paid the expenses of the Masters

2011

August 9thto 12th

Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

6thSeminar

GM Kim-Lan Ung

and Master Paul   Weiler

1st Umpire Seminar

Master Paul Weiler

515

Coloured and   Blackbelts

Mats and safety equipment from Top Ten for Africa and dobok donation   fromGermany

2011

August

13th  and 14th

Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

1st African   Taekwon-Do Cup

ITF

427 competitors   from 36 clubs

2 days attendance of the Sports Commissioner

2012

April 5thto 7th

Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

7thSeminar

Master Paul Weiler

105 Blackbelts

Meeting with the Board of the new established EITF =

Umbrella for ITF

2012

April 9thand 10th

Kenya

Nairobi

2nd  Seminar

Master Paul Weiler

60

Coulored and   Blackbelts

1 participant from South Sudan

Meeting with the Sports Commissioner

2012

July 6thto12thand July 19thto 24th 

Uganda

Kampala

1st Seminar

Mr. Niklas Enander

one WTF club

Instructor Enander fromSweden

2012

July 13thto 18th

Kenya

Nairobi

3rd Seminar

Mr. Niklas Enander

ITFKenya

Instructor Enander fromSweden

2012

October 2nd

Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

Recognition of EITA   by the Federal Government!!!

 

2012

November 21stto 23rd 

Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

8thSeminar = 2ndIIC

GM’s Marano and   Ung, Master Weiler

2nd Umpire Course

Master Paul Weiler

165 Redbelts

220 Blackbelts

participants from Kenya,   Mozambique, Uganda and Sweden

November

24thto 25th

Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

1st African   Taekwon-Do Cup

ITF

275 competitors with more than 400 starts

German electronical system has been successfully used   for the 1sttime

 

Period

Place

Event

Participants

Remarks

2013

March 29thto 31st

Mozambique

Maputo

1stSeminar

Master Paul Weiler

???

 

participants from Zimbabwe and Zambia

2013

April 2ndand 3rd

Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

9thSeminar

3rdUmpire Seminar Master Paul Weiler

???

 

Preparation for the World Championship in Spain 2013

2013

April 5thto 16th

Kenya

Nairobi

4thSeminar

Mr. Wogayehu Behailu

???

 

1st time   Ethiopian instructor goes to Kenya  

2013

July 20thand 21st

Uganda

Kampala

2ndSeminar

Mr. Niklas Enander

???

 

Instructor Enander fromSweden

2013

July 26thto 28th

Kenya

Nairobi

5thSeminar

Mr. Niklas Enander

???

 

Instructor Enander fromSweden

2013

???

South Africa

1stSeminar

Master Paul Weiler

 

 

 

Notes: 

Under the leadership of GM Tran Trieu Quan it was decided in 2007 to go to Africa to develop our ITF on this Continent. Ethiopia was the first country with almost 5.000 members which applied for membership in the same year. Kenya followed in 2008 and South Africa in 2011. 

Now we are working in Ethiopia (myself), Kenya (myself and Mr. Niklas Enander 6th degree from Sweden), Uganda (Mr. Enander), Mozambique (myself) and for the first time in history of ITF an Ethiopian instructor (Wogayehu Behailu/5th degree) will visit Kenya in April 2013 to conduct a seminar in Nairobi. Sending instructors from inside the African Continent should be our goal and future strategy. This will keep the costs low and the countries receive more independence and autonomy.

 Mr. Enander 6th degree from Sweden

Zambia and Zimbabwe practitioners will be at the seminar in Mozambique and hopefully another seminar can be conducted in 2013 in South Africa. 

How was this previous success possible ? 

From my point of view there are three reasons: 

  1. The ITF invested money and send also GM’s, Masters and Instructors for the development of Taekwon-Do in Africa and covered the flight tickets.
  2. There were instructors who are willing to develop ITF in Aftrica.
  3. Fundraising initiative of Master Paul Weiler and ITF Germany which was an example and motivation for other countries to support this. In 2009 he started collecting doboks, safety equipment and money      for the development. The following national federations, companies, members and individuals followed the example: 

Germany:       - ITF-NW = Regional Federation of ITFGermany

                        - TOP TEN under the guidance of Mr. Peter Kruckenhauser

                        - Master Wagner and Mrs. Wagner started the initiative to produce wristbands for

National tournaments in Germany and at the 4thWorld Cup held in Brighton, sold these wristbands and donated the income forAfrica!

- Med. Doctor Anton Klein 

ITF-Members:- Continental Federation of Australia & Oceania

- Continental Federation ofEurope

- FITAE = National Association ofItaly

                        - NTN = National Association ofNorway

                        - Master Per Andresen = President of NTNNorway

                        - Master Afred Yu = President of National FederationHong Kong

                        - Mr. Harry van Schaik (Netherlands)

                        - Mr. Niklas Enander (Sweden)

    Master Weiler meetings               

With the money we could effort to buy 300 square meters of mats for the tournament in Ethiopia and covered the transportation costs of 3.200,00 €. The previous donation of Norway and Germany will help to go ahead with the next steps. There will be surprises in the near future!

But the donation in kind were also important (doboks, safety equipments). 

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all our donors!

At the same time I guarantee that everything which was donated for Africa is also used in Africa! 

Yours in Taekwon-Do

Master Paul Weiler

ITF Senior Vice-President

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The ITF have launched a new Facebook page for the ITF Kids Program, you can come and join the page here https://www.facebook.com/pages/ITF-Kids-Program/447026162044831

In just 24 hours of the page opening it has attracted over 300 people with requests for courses in Italy, Netherlands, Poland and Argentina already posted. The ITF Kids program is the revolutionary course that will help instructors guide the children through a very progressive syllabus preparing them for ITF Taekwon-Do but focussing on true life skills like coordination, motor skills, balance etc... everything that is required to make a great Taekwon-Doist.

The course also covers the usual areas that most instructors now teach including Stranger Awareness, Bullying Awareness and Danger Awareness and encourages the children to help at home and work on specific tasks but at a higher level than maybe most instructors are used to.

The course is split into two distinct age ranges 3-5yrs and 5-7yrs and shows a true progression through each level until the child completes the course at Yellow Belt level (8th Kup).


Come and join the page here https://www.facebook.com/pages/ITF-Kids-Program/447026162044831 where you will learn about "The Strongest 5" and their roles within the program, you will also find out about course dates and it is also the place where your NA can contact the Committee directly to request a course in your country.
So far posts on the page have been translated from English into Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Swedish and Polish.
We look forward to seeing you there.


ITF Kids Committee

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World ITF Medalists Nicholas Dusard and Sheckema Cunningham who both represent Jamaica and have medaled at the last World Cup and World Championship respectfully were given a surprised visit from the World Anti Doping commission at there homes in Kingston Jamaica. Dusard who is a regular on the ITF world circuit is a local sporting hero in his country being one of the most successful fighters to have ever represented them. He received his surprise visit in January early one morning from a team of WADA officials. 

Dusard described the test as extremely “close and personal” saying that the team never left him alone upon their arrival and was required to witness the passing of the urine required for the test.       

Sheckema Cunningham received her surprise visit in February of this year at her home in Kingston. The World Championship bronze medalist which boast the title of being Jamaica’s most successful female fighter in history so far, both on the national and international circuit was visited in the early morning just before daylight by a team which comprised female technicians who oversaw the process not leaving her alone for a second. However, the young female competitor took it in stride “we are athletes and all sports that are internationally recognized are subject to this scrutiny, as an international competitor I know this comes with the territory”. 

All international athletes to include ITF fighters are required to register their whereabouts with WADA through a system called the ADAMS identification system. 

The process begins with the athlete being alerted by WADA that they are listed and can be tested at anytime. The athlete is then required to be available on a given hour, with no notice required to be available for testing anywhere they are on the planet. 

By all indications it would appear that WADA is monitoring ITF world medalist as none of the other 22 fighters who currently represent Jamaica have been tested other than Dusard and Cunninghamsince the year has began.

World gold medalist Kenneth Edwards is the only other Jamaican fighter tested. However, his testing took place last year.

Report by:

Jason McKay

 

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10th March, 2013 Kathmandu, Nepal

The International Taekwon-Do seminar and Asian Qualifying Umpire Course conducted by the ITF  director Grand Master Willem Jacob Bos (9th Dan ) Italy on 6th -9th March 2013 at Hotel Shahanshah  International Sports Center was a big sucses. Training was also provided for 70 color belt from Nepal and India.

37 black belts from Nepal,18 Black belts from India (some travelled more then 2 days by bus and train) and 3 Black belts from Jamaica participated at the 2 days Taekwon-Do Seminar held on 6-7th March 2013.

32 Black Belst from Nepal ( eight 4th Degree, nine 3rd Degree ,eighteen 2nd Degree and three 1st Degree), 18 Black Belts from India (one 4th Degree, two -2nd Degree and fifteen 1st Degree ) and 3 Black Belt From Jamaica (one 6th Degree and two 4th Degrees ) participated at the Umpire course held on 8th-9th of March 2013.

Its was a nice opportunity for the participants to be technical updated as well to learn the new umpire rules from the different items of tournament.

Mr. Rakesh Kumar Verma President from ITF  from India was also present and took his promotion together with Mr. Giri from Nepal to 5th degree.

The National Sports council Member Secretary Mr. Yuba Raj Lama and CPN UML Sports incharge  Mr. Karna Bahadur Thapa Jointly Inaugurated the Umpire Course and Seminar by the flaming the lamp.

Finally we are getting ready to take the knowledge of real ITF Taekwon-Do which runs the new style with nice management and provide technical benefits to our students and instructors.

Our participants really appreciated the training style of GM Bos and enjoyed the updates of Taekwon-Do ITF as we don't have the possibility to invite GM's and or Masters to our country therefore we thank the ITF for having send GM Bos.

During the trip to Chitwan located 150 km from Kathmandu GM Bos had the possibility to see some action from about 50 students and gave some technical advice.

We are really proud of our ITF leader to provide us with such kind of Seminar!  

Chetan Raj Giri

President of ITF Nepal

General -Secretary of ITF Asia

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REPORT - International Umpire Course

It was held in the Congress Hall of the Gran Hotel Bali, Benidorm, Spain  the International Umpire Course with the participation of 142 referees from 26 countries, coordinated by Gmaster Bos ITF Director and aptly led by Masters Katz and Ottensen and with collaboration of the ITF Umpire Committee and ITF Tournament Committee members Masters Coos Van de Heuvel, Vones, Suarez and Cecconato.

               

The development of the course was a success, with many participants who expressed their comments by saying that it was the best Umpire course they attended. The course covered all the changes, parameters and method of scoring of the  different modalities of ITF competition in order to improve our events

Participants came from Poland, Russia, Ukaine, Finland, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, Portugal, Norway, Slovenia, Lebanon, Romania, Greece, Netherlands, Hungary, Belgium, Bulgaria, USA  and Spain .

         

 Master Ferrando Secretary General of the ITF informed about the situation of Suppliers Sponsors that have approved materials and the way of using the new brand in the events.

The members of the Umpire and Tournament Committees were received at City Hall by the Sport Council where was held a press conference in which Gmaster Bos explained details of the IUC.

The Umpire and Tournament Committee were in Benidorm present to meet and also in order to check the facilities of the Palace sports and hotels for the upcoming World Championships to be held on October 2013 in Benidorm, Spain.

 

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IUC Report 

A big thanks to GM Bos and Master Ottesen for easily the best IUC I have been to. So much explained and so very well conducted. 

The TAG have been very busy this year already implementing plans for a lot of changes, the least of which are the new rules, so having some details explained by two of the main people responsible for the changes was awesome. 

Master Ottesen started the day with theory and discussing various situations, rule changes to warnings and fouls etc, during which we all had a lesson in how to make calls as a referee. After a little practice on this, we all had a detailed lesson on how to enter and leave the ring, both for patterns and for sparring. Why did we spend a lot of time of this seemingly minor detail? 

Well, the main theme of the day was that in order to have a safe tournament, you have to have professional officials that know what they are doing, and feel and look like they know what they are doing. Master O spent a great deal of time on what it means to be an official, and how to conduct yourself as one. And entering and leaving the ring is the start and especially the finish of this. 

So, guess what NZ! That’s right, things are about to change for us. The IUC only reinforces my resolve after Brighton to lift the standard of officiating in NZ through higher detailed courses, the first of which is coming up in July, but more on that secret squirrel event later in the year. 

The afternoon was spent going over the new patterns scoring system, more sparring, per-arranged, special technique and power. We covered it all, finishing at 6.30 after a very long and productive day. There are also major changes to the team sparring score system. 

It was also great to see some of our top competitors there too, furiously writing down notes. You guys will have an advantage after attending the course, good move on your part. 

So many changes which is the reason why the TAG is running a ‘C’ course in each region. As GM Boss pointed out to us, especially with ‘holding/grabbing’ now upgraded to a foul, these new rules will change how coaches teach and officials judge, and a lot of the techniques competitors currently use will have to be discarded, and new systems adopted. 

A big thanks to you both sirs, a great course and also a big thanks for the way you patiently answered all questions and explained decisions.

 
Gwyn Brown V dan, ITFNZ
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It was an honour for New Zealand to one again host an International Instructors Course. This 79th IIC was presented to over 145 students by the ITF Technical Committee consisting of Grand Master's Marano, Bos and Lan.
 
        
 
Masters also in attendance from Australia were Master Daher and Barbour. Master Kurt Ottesen came all the way from Canada to attend and assist with the IUC to be held on the Sunday.
 
 
This event included many insightful stories from the Grand Masters, as they taught theory with practicality and the importance of history and heart. For example, Grand Master Bos spoke of the history of pre-arranged sparring and of tournaments prior to sparring equipment.
 
Throughout the weekend, participants were amazed by Grand Master Marano's ability to to teach the basic techniques and to recall the exact version and page number of techniques from the encyclopedia.
 
 
Throughout the two day event, groups were separated by rank to allow content to be specifically tailored to each level. This provided an opportunity to go into much greater depth in terms of the analysis of movements and technique.
 
 
          
 
This IIC was especially special for New Zealand, with a senior grading held at the end of the final day. The NZ team coach, Mr Steve Pellow tested for 7th degree and for the first time in New Zealand, Master Paul McPhail and Master Evan Davidson for 8th degree. All were successfully promoted. 
 
New Zealand Taekwon-do Federation
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