Report Day 1
Thursday October 4th, 2012
The World Cup starts with 1579 competitors from 45 countries. At 9.00 a.m. the official opening ceremony took place with the Vips in attendance including the major of Brighton and ITF officilal Board Members and others quests.
During the official opening cermony Master Orello Ellis from England was promoted to 9th degree with the title of Grand Master.
10 rings all fully prepared with the electronic scoring systems ready to be used during the whole day for individual patterns, sparring and special jumping techniques competition.
84 Umpires officiating!!
The Umpire Committee consisting of: Chairman Master Alberto Katz and Committee Members Masters Kurt Ottesen and Sandy Dunbar prepared the ring councils according to the skills and experience of the Umpires present.
The Ring competition schedule for the 4 days competition was prepared by the Tournament Committee consisting of: Chairman Master Coos van de Heuvel and Comitttee Members Masters Giovanni Cecconato and Harry Vones
please check the world cup website for more information and results
Strictly no changes will be allowed on the ONLINE system, this means if a competitor does not make their weight then they will not be allowed to compete in Individual sparring. It will be IMPOSSIBLE to change weight categories either before or during the weigh in as all the draws are made in advance. If a competitor withdraws due to injury then they will be classed as a "No show" on the draw and the other competitor will win by default. No refunds can be given after the closing date of 17th September if for any reason a competitor withdraws.
Each Club/Association must print off their own version of their draw from the World Cup website as NO PRINTED DRAWS will be given in Brighton.
During September 7th to 9th, 2012 the 75th IIC took place in Puerto Plata, DR
Organizers Mr.NorbertoTaveras and Mr. Fausto Castillo received leaders from Puerto Rico, Anguilla, Jamaica, Colombia, USA, and Canada in the beautiful Barceló Resort Hotel.
It was possible to work in all the patterns as well as in grabbing techniques, face to face techniques, combat and theory.
Also thanks to the presence of the new promoted Master Ottensen, member of the ITF Umpire Committee, who gave some information according the new ITF Tournament rules which will be officially introduced from January 1st, 2013.
The written comments from the participants was excellent and encourage us to continuous helping Taekwon-Do in the Caribbean.
At the end of the IIC, Mr. Ricardo Talero from Colombia was promoted to 6th Degree Black Belt and Mr. Hal Lipscombe and Kurt Ottensen both from Canada were promoted to the title of Master 7th Degree Black Belt.
CONGRATULATIONS to all of them.
We like to thank GM Marano and GM Lan for their passion, knowledge, support and great help to increase the growth of Taekwon-Do in the Caribbean.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH GRAND MASTERS
On behalf of the Organizing Committee
Last Saturday and Sunday, August 25th - 26th 132 participants from Argentina, Venezuela, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Chile attendend a full 2 day training course with the latest Rules for World Championships in effect as from January 1st 2013. It was organized by FETRA and Master Fabian Pini in CEDEM installations. Master Fabian Pini exceeded everyone expectations for his professionalism and kindness.
Saturday morning the course started with GM Trajtenberg and GM Marano opening speeches followed by Master Katz and Mr. Kurt Ottesen seminar on the new Rules. A new PowerPoint presentation was translated into Spanish and updated with all the changes. Ring councils were set (21) so people were grouped in the same manner as they would be in a World Championship. Participants were very interested in how new rules were going to be implemented and many questions were answered to a demanding audience .Procedures forrunning each event were described in detail.
The afternoon started with the Free Sparring chapter addressing to a hands on seminar: Master Katz described details and special considerations about warnings, points and fouls. Hard Contact was also discussed and practiced so participants were able to understand what was referred when light contact, contact, and hard contact was shown.
The first day session closed with 2 workshops running at the same time: The first part conducted by Master Katz where participants were able to practice learned concepts in tournament mode. The electronic system was set and each ring council practiced with free sparring controllers while center referees conducted each match. Everyone saw how scoring and results were displayed on the screen while 2 competitors were sparring in identical format as it is done in WCHs. The experience was great! Everyone had a chance to score and handle the electronic devices. The second part conducted by Mr.Ottesen showing hand signals for center referees and having also a hands on practice! He clarified each hand signal.
The second day started having Master Katz describing new rules for Individual and Team pattern and describing the new guideline with the code of points to discount in patterns scoring.
GMMarano took the lead and went into the qualitative part of patterns confronting points to be discounted according to the code of points in real time. He used videos and also made some participants to perform different patterns. This part of the seminar was very good indeed.
Master Katz explained Power and Special Techniques highlights. Some videos from last WCH were projected and finally Mr. Ottesen ended by showing the exact procedure for these events.
Overall this seminar exceeded participant’s expectations and everyone learned, practiced and had fun!!
Master Alberto Katz
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ITF’s President GM Trajtenberg and Senior Vice President Master Weiler accompanied by Master Benzaquen from Argentina recently visited Seoul,South Korea, which obtained highly productive results.
During their stay they were accompanied and guided by Korea NA representative Mr. Kim Beom Suk, organizer of all meetings and visits.
The ITF believes that in view of the world’s Taekwon-Do situation and as a consequence of our recent initiatives within Sport Accord it managed to awaken the interest of WTF Taekwon-Do. Invited by WTF senior members with great courtesy and deference visits to important places took place, like the Kukkiwon, the Gyongsangnam government, organizer of the Asian games, who invited the ITF to take part in the Asian Games, and theKyonggi University, where a protocol of understanding was signed.
We learned that for the WTF, Taekwon-Do was born in 1972 and aware of that erasure in history, it might seem that the ITF could give back this piece of history and therefore received a excellent welcome.
We also noticed in various talks that WTF Taekwon-Do has its goal in the sport aspect. However many WTF practitioners are searching for a Martial Art which also includes our sparring system and ITF's social way of approach.
The Haidong Gumdo World Tournament was attended, which was the main purpose of our visit, since our presence was due to this invitation. Verbally a joint help was agreed which might later enable the ITF to be present in further demonstrational exhibitions events and seminars inSouth Korea.
After evaluating this important trip the ITF looks forward to gradually harmonize and develop ITF Taekwon-Do in South Korea.
Picures above with various members like Gumdo President Mr. Kim Jeong Ho, WTF GM Chung Won Kap and GM Kim Deok Geun President of Righteous Taekwondo Solidarity.
The ITF congratulates the Argentinean instructors Santiago Pintos and Paola Bordón, who have been teaching the ITF system in Korea for some years.
ITF President GM Trajtenberg
I was invited to asist to a TKD class were the Vietnam TKD Federation (VTF) gave a little demostration and I took the oportunity to make them some technical corrections. Some picures were taken and I was invited to a nice restaurant and the members present were very curious to know about the position of the ITF in relation to VTF. I explained that is necessary to work more profesional and follow the ITF By Laws and to find good leadership to develop ITF in Vietnam. VTF also requested to arrange any kind of seminar in order to make progress for the ITF system in Vietnam.
During my visit to Vietnam I also met with Mr. Mariusz Steckiewicz and was invited to a nice dinner with his sponsor, a gentleman that is helping Mr. Stiekiewicz and making plans to the future.
ITF President GM Pablo Trajtenberg