Over the weekend May 9 - 11, 2014 was held the 7th official National seminar of Taekwon-Do at the sport center Na Fialce in Říčany. The seminar was led by Master Frank Vanberghen 8thDan and Annick Van Driessche 6thDan international instructor from Belgium. The seminar was organized by the Czech Taekwon-Do Federation ITF (the CFT) supported by the Central Region, sponsors and partners, and with particularly strong support from the city of Říčany. Clubs from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria attended this seminar. The program was launched on Friday, 05/09/2014 by meeting and dinner with the representatives of the participating states. On Saturday at 9:30 happened a meeting of the mayor and deputy mayor of Říčany with Master Frank Vanberghen and Annick Van Driessche, present also were partners, representatives of Slovakia, Austria and the Czech representative of Taekwon-Do Federation international instructor Vladimir Machota 6thDan. At 10:00 The Mayor of Říčany Mgr.Vladimír Kořen and deputy mayor Mgr.Hana Špačková officially opened the 7thNational seminar. The first part of the seminar was devoted to correction of the basic techniques, the types of movement in Taekwon-Do and correction of patterns from Chon-Ji to Do-San. After a brief pause, the hall was divided into two rings. One part continued under guidance of Master Frank for black belts on the way to fix and correct techniques up to Choong Moo, on the other tatami continued Sabumm Annick Van Driessche with colored belts to fix basic sparring, practicing new training methods and patterns up to Yul-Gok. During the third part Master F. Vanberghen focused on technique consistency of up to Choi-Yong. The second group practiced technique for sparring and other methods of developing strength and explosive speed. After the last break, Master F. Vanberghen corrected techniques up to the pattern Tong-Il.
Saturday's seminar was finished at 16:30 with a common photo of all participants and after that Master Frank Vanberghen and Sabum Annick Van Driessche were awarded an honorary plaque for the support and development of Taekwon-Do. At the same time a gold medal was awarded to international Instructor Kaled Fetoui from Austria for his work for Taekwon-Do and also to Slovak national team head coach Mr. Robert Balaz. On final muster representative of the Austrian Federation Elmar Kickingereder 6thdan invited all black belts to the 96thIIC, which will be held in October this year in Vienna. The seminar was run in the English language and translated by Mr. Ing.Lukáš Zajicek, MBA 2ndDan and Mr. PhD. Jaroslav Bohata, Msc. After that a grading for 3rdand 4thblack belts: Josef Kubat and Michal Machota to 3rdDan and Ing.Michal Novak and David Mondschein on 4thDan was held. During the grading Annick Van Driessche was available on the second ring to all participants with questions and requests and Jacob for individual repairs and issues relating to techniques and competition rules of Taekwon Do. After completion of the grading certificates were handed to all participants and then there was a briefing with representatives of all sections of the Czech clubs and head representative of CFT International instructor Vladimir Machota 6ThDan.
From 19.30 an after party was held at the restaurant Pivovarská, the party was in barbecue style with an indoor and outdoor program. On Sunday representatives of the CFT met with Master F. Vanberghen and Sabum Annick Van Driessche to conclude legislative affairs.
On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the National Seminar I would like to thank the Mayor of Říčany Mgr.Vladimír Kořen and deputy mayor Mgr. Hana Špačková for their support and to all of our sponsors and partners for their cooperation and support in organizing seminars, particularly to Pavilion Hotel Říčany and Mr. Alexandr Souček, Restaurant Pivovarská and Mr. Tomáš Jílek, Mr. Libor Jirásek and lastly to pharmacy Zasmuky Mrs. Mgr.Olga Bohabojova.
International instructor Vladimir Machota 6thDan
Vice president of Czech Taekwon-Do Federation