The 2016 Belgian Championships were organized in Harelbeke, Sporthal de Dageraad, on Sunday February 21st 2016, by So-San in cooperation with the ITF-Belgium Umpire- and Tournament Committee. About 140 competitors, youth , junior & senior, coloured as well as black belts, competed in tul, teamtul, pre-arranged sparring, sparring, specials and power breaking. The level was high, the atmosphere was good.
About 25 umpires worked hard to make the decisions fair, and together with all the coaches they succeeded in having a tournament with very good vibes.
Saturday February 20th the national coaches announced the selection for the 2016 European Championships, in Tampere-Finland in April.
- Andreea Musca : tul female senior III°degree & sparring female senior -50kg
- Leen Walraeve : tul female senior I°degree & sparring female senior -56kg
- Roeland Heirbaut : tul male junior I°degree & sparring male junior -68kg
Yves Pollefeyt and Bob Wigman will be the belgian coaches.
Annick Van Driessche and Eddy Van Damme were selected by the T&U committee of the AETF as umpires.
Master Frank Vanberghen and Annick Van Driessche will represent ITF-Belgium at the Congress Meeting.
The INTA organized their open championships for the 17th time already, on February 6th and 7th. Place to be: the National Basketball Arena in Dublin. With nearly 600 participants this was one of the biggest editions ever. There was representation from Ireland, Belgium, Scotland, England, Norway and Germany.
- Annick Van Driessche: gold tul IV°-VI°degree & gold sparring female black belts 40+
- Tabitha Van Lierde: gold tul female blue belts 12-15 years
- Lisa Ghijsens: bronze tul blue belts female 12-15 years & bronze sparring female blue belts 11-13 years
There was already a special ITF Taekwon-Do program for children 4-7 years old, the Kids Course. Since now ITF also has a program for senior practitioners (over 50), the ITF Harmony Course.
The course was introduced in Israel, Zichron Ya’akov on Friday January 29th by GrandMaster Pablo Trajtenberg (Argentina), 9th degree, ITF President. The 1st ITF Harmony Course was attended by several Masters, black belts and coloured belts from e.g. Norway, Poland, Belgium, France, Russia, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Italy, Israel. Master Frank Vanberghen & Annick Van Driessche represented ITF-Belgium during the four days in Israel. Besides the course there was time for several talks, meetings and a visit to Jerusalem.