Day 1 of the 2017 European Championships: medals for Belgium

On the first day of the 2017 EC ITF-BELGIUM won 2 medals.  In pre-arranged sparring Andreea Musca & Leen Walraeve won the bronze medal by beating Bulgaria in the first bout, losing from Norway in the second round by 2-3. Andreea also won a bronze medal in tul 4-6 degree, her first EC in this category as she only just graded last February.

Good performances also by Leen in tul 1st degree and by Roeland Heirbaut in junior tul 1st degree,  winning over Italy in his first bout and losing afterwards from Norway, the 2017 European Champion. Roeland is up against Slovenia in sparring tomorrow.


2017 European Championships

Only one week before the Belgian team will leave for Sofia, Bulgaria where the 2017 ITF Taekwon-Do European Championships will take place (April 18-24).

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  • Officials: Master Frank Vanberghen, Annick Van Driessche
  • Umpires: Annick Van Driessche, Eddy Van Damme
  • Coaches: Bob Wigman, Andreea Musca
  • Competitors: Andreea Musca (tul IV°-VI°degree, pre-arranged sparring), Leen Walraeve (tul I°degree, pre-arranged sparring), Roeland Heirbaut (tul junior I°degree, sparring junior -68kg)

Seminar with GrandMaster Paul Weiler

ITF-Belgium had the honour to welcome GrandMaster Paul Weiler, IX°degree (Germany), Senior Vice-President of the ITF, to conduct a seminar in Lokeren April 1st-2nd. The seminar was open to red and black belts only. Nearly 60 participants subscribed, coming from Belgium, GD Luxembourg, Czech Republic and The Netherlands. It was also an honour that Master Vladimir Machota, VII°degree and 3 of his students from the Czech Republic were present. Master Machota is a real exemple for all Taekwon-Do practitioners.

On Saturday the seminar was covering warming-up & stretching, common mistakes and how to do it correctly, with exercises to stabilize the muscles and some theory, followed by common mistakes in the sine wave, step sparring, hosinsul and patterns from Chon-ji up to Juche. GrandMaster Weiler was the whole time available to answer the many questions, conducting the seminar with a lot of knowledge and dedication, always humble and respectful.

On Sunday the seminar was only open to participants III°degree and above, coverning patterns Sam-il to Tong-il.

The feedback and comments of the participants was very positive.