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
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.
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...Read more
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.
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.
Dear Members and Visitors
The ITF welcomes Dr. Richard Aboud from Dublin, Ireland nominated by the Board as Director of the Anti-Doping Unit for the ITF.
Please feel free to contact Dr. Richard About
Medical Director ITF Anti Doping Unit HQ
3rd Floor, The Forge Building, Smithfield, Dublin, Ireland
Tel: 00353 89 49 75686...Read more
ITF Children’s Development Committee meeting
On 15th & 16th January 2013 the ITF Children’s Development Committee met in Amsterdam to discuss the future of the Kid’s Development Program. The three Committee members were Master Donato Nardizzi (England), Fabian Izquierdo (Argentina) and the latest member to join the Committee, Philip Lear (England). Master Willy Van Der Mortel (Netherlands) was also expected to attend but was unable to because of the poor road conditions due to the snow.
On the first day, the Committee met with three members of the ITF Board: The President GM Trajtenberg, GM Bos and Master Ferrando. They discussed the importance of the ITF Kid’s Development Program as a means to provide a broad based foundation for young children rather than rushing them through the grades. Today, more children are starting Taekwon-Do at an early age and we are seeing too many young children achieving Black Belt status too quickly by following the adult syllabus. Promotion to Black belt indicates a certain degree of maturity but the children may not have the same level wisdom and broad range of life experiences as an adult. It was agreed that the ITF has a responsibility to encourage instructors to utilise the Kid’s Development Program which provides the necessary broad range of knowledge and experience for their young students at a pace that is suitable for their age group.
It was proposed that elements of the Children’s Development course should be included in all the IIC’s after summer 2013. The proposal is to have a three hour seminar in every IIC about teaching strategies for young students. This would not only benefit instructors who teach young children but also those that teach older students with learning difficulties. Many teaching strategies will be taught which enable the instructor to simplify the various Taekwon-Do skills by breaking them down into simpler parts. It is important that senior instructors and masters understand the teaching methods of the Kid’s Development Program regardless of whether they teach it directly or not. They may indeed have students who will become instructors of the Kids Development Program.
With three Children’s Development courses taking place in 2012, ways of facilitating more courses in 2013 were discussed. The ITF will make it easier for National Associations to host a Children’s Development Course in their country and, if necessary, to translate the Study Book in their own language.
It was agreed to have a dedicated website for the Kids Program which will have its own domain name and have a link from the official ITF website. This will serve to promote the Kids Development Program as well as providing the students, parents and instructors with additional resources.
Ways of making an easy transition for instructors who are already running other children’s programmes were discussed. This is not too difficult as the ITF Kid’s Development Program was designed with flexibility in mind. The biggest problem was that of changing over doboks to the new approved ITF children’s dobok for students using a non ITF approved dobok. Master Ferrando offered to speak to the sponsors to try to agree a deal for students needing to change their doboks.
On the second meeting of the day, the Committee continued to discuss ways in which the transition can be made from other kid’s programmes to the ITF Kid’s Program. Many children’s programmes have similar topics but they are perhaps arranged in different categories or themes. By adapting the assignment criteria for each grade level or badge award the ITF Kid’s Program can appear to be very similar to what the students were doing before.
On the second day, the Committee started work on the new website, designing the structure and listing the menu items. They even managed to write out some of the static content for various pages. There will be a section for kids that will include interactive games, cartoon strips, stories and activities using the five characters of the Program. The idea is to provide extra resources for the kids to help them learn all the topics and at the same time bring the five characters to life. There will be a section for parents not only to promote the Program but also to help them support their children with the homework tasks and learning the various topics. An instructor’s section with a log in facility for official ITF Kid’s Program Instructors only, will provide them with a wealth of resources including a database of games and activities, additional homework assignments and advice on teaching strategies and requirements.
The meeting ended with plenty of work done but still plenty of work left to do by each member of the Committee. They will continue to work on the website and planning the forthcoming courses. Look out for the more information about the Kid’s Development Program coming soon on the ITF website.
The First Qualifying 2013 World Championship ITF Umpire Course took place on January 26th and 27th, 2013, in Queens, New York, USA. This ITF Umpire Course was organized by Master Ruben Suarez, VIII Dan and President of the National Taekwon-Do Association – ITF, Inc. in the USA, and was conducted by the ITF Umpire Committee Member, Master Kurt Ottesen, VII Dan from Canada.
The ITF Umpire Course was a great success with a participation of 68 black belts, coming from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The purpose of this course was to educate members on the new rules recently implemented by the ITF and to qualify ITF Umpires who are willing to officiate on the paramount event of ITF competition, the 2013 World Championship in Benidorm, Spain.
Master Ottesen covered areas such as the new point deductions system for Patterns, the new electronic system, team sparring new point system and the new rules and regulations for ITF competition. Due to the overall enthusiasm of the participants, the course was extended to cover other areas of interest from the participants.
At the end of the event, Master Suarez was very grateful to Master Ottesen for his commitment and dedication, and all the participants were very supportive and enthusiastic about all the information obtain during this ITF Umpire Course.
MASTER RUBEN SUAREZ