As an alternative to the cancelled or postponed championships this year, the ITF Tournament & Umpire Committee organized an online, digital championship in tul and pre-arranged free sparring, with about 840 participants from all over the world.
Amongst them 18 members ITF-Belgium subscribed. Out of 5 candidates 2 belgian umpires were selected.
It was quite exciting to follow the tournament and for the competitors and coaches it was a great way of competiting, having the time to analyze the patterns, waiting in suspense for the results. All belgian competitors did a great job, had a high level with some of them just missing a medal. But all of them showed the right spirit and a lot of progression was noticeble over the last period.
In tul female 18-35 IV°-VI° degree, Andreea Musca got the bronze medal, while Andreea and Leen Walraeve won the silver medal in female pre-arranged sparring 18-35 I°-VI° degree. Congratulations!
The Day of Taekwon-Do & Kids Day of October 11th 2020 will be able to go on…. the edition of May 2020 had to be organized online, through Zoom, but the autumn-edition will be ‘in live’, in the venue at Jambes. Of course this can only been done with attention to the measures and with precautions: e.g. only participants and instructors will be admitted to the hall, there will be no possibility to have a shower, face masks will be common etc.
However… it will be a great feeling as most of the activitities, with few exceptions in the last weeks, had to be cancelled, postponed or organized online (Zoom and other means) as from mid March on.
Not only is it good news the seminar will be organized, it will also be in a totally new formula…. upon subscription the participants had to choose for 3 different workshops out of 13, spread over 3 sessions, besides 2 general training sessions. Also the kids (3-7) will take part in 3 (shorter) sessions.
The forecast: 101 members ITF-Belgium will be present, amongst them 14 instructors.
Some members of Taekwon-Do Club Gent participated at the eTournament, under guidance of their instructor Koen Hoerée. Two of the coaches of the event, Rune Schuddinck and Altan Rinchinov, made a report:
“The tournament was organized by ITF Germany and it was a way to let people compete online and practicing Taekwon-Do. Taekwon-Do Club Gent was the only Belgian club that participated, with 17 competitors. Now the Open World cup begins, this tournament was only for people that can’t compete in that tournament. It was spread over more than a week, always one day for the competitors and one day for the referees.
Three bronze medals for Inaya Benzazaa and Helin Capa, 2 silver medals for Oriane Moubiayi and Nesrinne Sadek and even one gold medal for our youngest member: Nelson van den Bogaert.
The tournament was more easy now for the little ones because it was all filmed in their own dojang and surrounded by their friends. It also had a different feeling due to the fact that it was all recorded and you were always able to redo your tul a second time if needed.
The general progression was seen from all competitors who we seem back. The level increases when you’re competing against unknown members and judged by people that you don’t know. It learns you can handle stress and going out of your comfort zone.
Because some members of Ghent still have stress, and that’s good to learn. It was a great experience and a good way to keep practicing and enjoying Taekwon-do.