On the 13-14.09.2014, ITF Finland along with Espoo Taekwon-Do Club have hosted a sanctioned ITF Kids course conducted by Master Donato Nardizzi VIII Degree, Chairman of the Kids development program.
The course was attended by 31 participants from Finland and 1 participant from Austria....Read more
The 5th International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) World Cup of Taekwon-Do was hosted by Jamaica at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from August 26-30, 2014. Jamaica saw in excess of 2000 visitors to its shores for this beautiful event. The Championship had participants from 33 countries, 58 clubs, & 678 athletes, competing in exciting matches in individual and team events in Sparring, Patterns, Pre-Arranged Sparring, Technical Breaking, and Power Breaking....Read more
During the 6th and 7th of September last, the International Instructor Course for Kids was held in Montevideo, organized by Sabun Nim Gabriel Colina V Dan, President of CITI Allied Association from Uruguay....Read more
On the weekend of 26th-28th September, the 96th International Instructor Course (IIC) took place in Vienna, Austria. The course was attended by 163 participants, including 9 Masters from Argentina, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Scotland, Switzerland, Austria and conducted by the International Technical Committee, Grand Master Marano, Grand Master Bos and Grand Master Ung.
After arrival and registration of all participants on Thursday and Friday, the IIC was officially opened Friday morning by honoured guest and member of the ITF board, Grand Master MacCallum, who expressed his pleasure to be in Austria again, the country in which he had spent over 20 years of his life.
The program on the first day was very versatile. After a warmup and stretching session, fundamental movements were practiced and explained in detail by Grand Master Bos. Following that, Grand Master Ung taught self defense and sparring, backing up the theoretical explanations with many practical drills and exercises. The day’s training ended with 2nd Degrees and above going through patterns Eui-Am, Choong-Jang and Juche with Grand Master Bos while the 1st degrees were taught coloured belt patterns and fundamental movements by Grand Master Marano.
The banquet took place on Friday evening and was attended by86participants. The hosts organised 2 busses to transport all attendees (with an audio guide that explained sights on route), while the Grand Masters and their invited guests journeyed by limousine. All were taken to the “Luftburg”, a restaurant famous for its roasted ham hock (also known as pork knuckle or Schweinshaxe) which was tried by many that evening. After the dinner, a slideshow entertained the guests with photos of the previous IIC in Austria, held in 2007. It was followed by a short video that showed the process that went into making the gifts for the Grand Masters; they each received a large and expertly shaped wooden fist, cut from one single tree trunk with a chainsaw. To end the evening, a relaxed stroll through the nearby Prater, Vienna’s amusement park, lead to the Riesenrad, a giant ferris wheel constructed in 1897, which is still in full operation today. Everyone was invited to take the 15 minute ride and enjoy the view of Vienna from up high, before being taken back to the hotel by bus.
The second day started, after a warmup, with a focus on patterns Chon-Ji through Ge-Baek for 1st to 3rd Degrees and Yong-Gae, Ul-Ji and Moon-Moo for 4th Degrees and above. Various sparring exercises were also taught by Grand Master Ung, with a constant emphasis on the Do as an important aspect of fighting which should not be neglected, as it has a strong influence on the outcome of a fight. In the afternoon, Master Nardizzi conducted an introductory course for the ITF Kids Program, explaining its philosophies and giving insight into children’s minds and behavioural patterns. The attendance was high and much fun was had by all, as Master Nardizzi demonstrated the methods and games of the ITF Kids Program with the help of very enthusiastic “children”, in the form of senior black belts. Despite the light atmosphere, all those attending were nonetheless made aware of the importance of providing children with adequate classes that suit their needs and develop not only motor skills, but also pass on the moral culture of Taekwon-Do, which is an integral part of the ITF.
At the same time, promotional tests were conducted by Master Weiler, Senior Vice-President of the ITF, and Master Harmat, President and Founder of the Hungarian Taekwon-Do Federation. All those presented for grading demonstrated outstanding skill and passed successfully.
3rd – 4th Degree
Mr. Marius Ionicescu - Romania
4th – 5thDegree
Mr. Mihai Hondru - Romania
5th – 6th Degree
Mr. Michael Holler - Finnland
Mr. Ion Postu – Moldova
The last day of the IIC began with a short warmup and stretching session, followed by the teaching of 3rd Degree patterns to 3rd Degrees and above. Meanwhile, 1st and 2nd Degrees received instruction from Master Santaniello. The last training session covered 5th and 6th Degree patterns whilst 4th Degrees and below were taken through a wide variety of exercises (including self defense and sparring) designed to encourage them, amongst other things, to look for exercise and training possibilities outside of their usual gym routines, as it is the only way one can really surpass an average skill level.
Before the IIC was officially closed and all certificates were handed out to participants, Master Weiler spoke about the appeal for donations for Kemal Kasim (an article on this is also posted on the ITF website), a young 3rd Degree from Ethiopia who, with the help of the ITF worldwide, is hoping to replace his missing leg with a prosthetic one. Master Weiler had been collecting donations throughout the IIC and declared with joy and deepest gratitude that he had collected over 800 Euros. It must be mentioned in this context that Mightyfist Taekwon-Do, one of the IIC’s sponsors, made doboks available as prizes for a raffle and donated all ticket money to Master Weiler for this inspirational humanitarian cause. Master Weiler thanked everyone sincerely for their help.
The IIC was closed, as it was opened, with a speech by Grand Master MacCallum, who invited all participants to recognise and acknowledge the great debt we all owe to the ITF Technical Committee for their supreme knowledge, dedication and perseverance to ever increase, standardise and spread the incredibly high level of ITF Taekwon-Do in the world. The Technical Committee, after a warm round of applause, in turn thanked all participants and especially the organisers for the wonderful time they had spent in Austria.
The Austrian national Taekwon-Do association would like to thank everyone who attended this IIC and hopes they have taken fond memories of Vienna back home with them.
Written by Struan MacCallum - Austria...Read more
Last week for the first time, ITF participated in the TAFISA Martial Arts Games held in Vancouver, (Richmond) British Columbia, Canada....Read more
This is to inform you that the ITF Tournament and Umpire Committee Chairmen and Committee members shall meet with ITF Director GM Wim Bos on December 2014 at the ITF HQ in Benidorm, Spain in order to discuss and prepare the upcoming World Championships to be held in Jesolo, Italy on May 27-31, 2015.
The 5th ITF Taekwon-Do World Cup - to be held on August 26th-30th2014 in Montego Bay, Jamaica is ready to start.
WEIGH IN SCHEDULE
The WEIGH-IN for competitors of the World Cup 2014, will start at 8.00 a m. on Tuesday, 26th August 2014 in Montego Bay Convention Centre” - Rose Hall, Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica WI according to the country schedule attached.
IMPORTANT information about the weigh-in procedure!!!
1. Every competitor (regardless of the categories she/he is competing in) must be present with a World Cup Official ID Card and a Black Belt Certificate (black belts holders only) at the weigh-in procedure wearing dobok trousers and a T-shirt. Every competitor (especially color belts) should also have his/her own personal identification card (national identity card or passport).
2. For the sparring categories a 500 gram weight allowance (not a tolerance) shall be applied. Competitors, who will not succeed at the first weigh-in attempt, must come to the weigh-in for the second attempt within one hour. If the competitor doesn’t make the weight then he/she shall be removed from the sparring category and shall not be allowed to enter any other weight category.
3. Please make sure that your team arrives at the weigh-in at least 10 minutes before the scheduled time attached.
4. If any competitor will not be present at the weigh-in, the computer system will notify that and will treat such a competitor as an absent person at the World Cup.
The World Cup 2014 will be held at the “Montego Bay Convention Centre” - Rose Hall, Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica WI. The competition will start on Wednesday 27th, August 2014 at 9.00 AM.
The schedule of the tournament divided into four competition days is available here.
Please note, that some sparring categories with 1 competitor were combined and the competitors were moved to the higher category as written in the rules.
All the draws will be published on Saturday 23rd August 2014 on the official online registration website of the World Cup 2014 and can be checked in the section ‘reports’ under the following link: http://wcup2014.pztkd.lublin.pl/index.php
All documents will be also available on the official online registration website under the link: http://wcup2014.pztkd.lublin.pl/index.php
To find them visit the link above and click on OTHER REPORTS and next on PDF REPORTS
Online Registration Team
The latest edition of the ITF online Magazine, Taekwon-Do Generation, is now available online at this link: http://issuu.com/tkd-itf
This latest edition is packed with loads of great articles, including interviews with some of ITF's top competitors, coaches, Masters and Grandmasters, as well as an historical article on pioneer Colonel Nam Tae Hi, interesting articles on the structures of the National Associations and National Teams in Ireland, Canada and New Zealand, a look back at the World Championships in 2013, a preview of what's to come in the World Championships 2015 and short stories form around the world in the "My Dojang" section of the magazine. We hope you enjoy!!...Read more