First online International Adapted Umpire Course ITF

Report by Sophie Ardenoy

Alice Vrinat (Inclusion Committee) and Sophie Ardenoy (TUIC) followed the ‘Primer Curso oficial de Umpire Adaptado’. This course was given by Grandmaster Abelardo Benzaquen and Sabum Anabel Vicario, chairs of resp. the ITF TUIC and the ITF Inclusion Committee.

Comments from Sophie, as umpire : “In my opinion, this course should be a requirement for all umpires. You get a different perspective on being an umpire and this not only in adaptive compititions, but also in ‘regular’ compititions. Rules can be learnt, but being human also plays a very big role here. The presence of the coach has always been very important, but here now also, in some cases, the presence of a therapist is added.
As an umpire, you obviously continue to score the best performance, but sometimes you have to look at it through a different lens.”

National Instructors Course 2024

The yearly edition of the National Instructors Course ITF-Belgium, for all instructors and assistant-instructors, will take place Sunday June 2nd in Waasmunster (10.00-15.00).

On the program: 2 patterns will be dissected, explained and practised thoroughly over 2 separate sessions by GrandMaster Frank Vanberghen; Kevin Vlaeminck will introduce the instructors in TKD Tribe and there is a session around pedagogics in Taekwon-Do classes, under guidance of Esther Meulemeester. During lunch break there will be time and room for questions and discussions.

Holland Cup

Instructors and students of different clubs ITF-Belgium participated at the Holland Cup in Pijnacker, The Netherlands June 1st.


  • Driss El Hmoud: gold sparring
  • Vladimir Kim: silver sparring
  • Rahim Ghafori: bronze tul
  • Vince Rombaut: bronze sparring
  • Ann-Sophia Verstraete: gold tul, silver sparring
  • Imad El Ammani: gold tul, gold sparring
  • Cosmin Ungureanu: silver tul, silver sparring
  • Mathilde Holten: gold sparring, bronze tul
  • Adelina Ciobanu: gold tul
  • Kelly De Prijcker: silver tul
  • Marine Krischer: bronze tul, bronze sparring
  • Rudi Heirman: bronze sparring
  • Chloe Siebesma: silver sparring
  • Irina Hauser: silver sparring

Day of Taekwon-Do 2024

Sunday May 26th the yearly edition of the Day of Taekwon-Do is organized in De Witte Molen in Sint-Niklaas: 15 workshops conducted by 12 instructors: GrandMaster Frank Vanberghen, Master Annick Van Driessche, Master Eddy Van Damme, Patrick Crevecoeur, Hans Rombaut, Andreea Musca, Wim Vermeir, Benito Martinez, Kevin Vlaeminck, Nicolas Taylor, Jürgen Van Rossem, Miguel Vanhoutte.

Workshops are dealing with the broad range of disciplines in ITF, both physically and theoretically.

Seminar in Ireland

Master Annick Van Driessche was conducting a series of seminars in Beaumont, Dublin, Ireland, as was the case in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

She was invited by the Women Committee and the Board of INTA, which hosted the seminar with great hospitality.

The were good vibes, a very positive energy and good performances.