In Brussels we celebrated the Women’s Day doing what we love: Taekwon-Do! I was invited to conduct a seminar in patterns and three step sparring at the school Red Force, leaded by Bo Sabum Costel Grigoras. We started the seminar with a light warming up, followed by training in fundamental movements, exercises to improve side kick, balance and to develop core muscles. Afterwards we continued with some patterns (depending on the grades of the students) and technical explanations on purpose and applications of specific movements. To finalize, we analyzed together three steps sparring and the different possibilities of its execution.
At the end of the session, I gave a short testimonial together with two of my students (Andreea Musca and Leen Walraeve) that are members of the national team. We explained when we started to practice Taekwon-Do and we showed the more important medals we have obtained at World and European competitions.
To close the event, I
talked about the importance of the different roles we may have in the club and
during our martial art life. And, Mr. Grigoras had a hidden special
surprise for all ladies: he gave a red rose to everyone!
The weekend of March 7th-8th GrandMaster Frank Vanberghen and Master Annick Van Driessche will be present at the 21st edition of the Open INTA Championships in Dublin. Both were invited as VIP’s, but on Saturday Master Annick will be working as an umpire.
Master Annick Van Driessche was invited by the instructors of Hodori in St-Lievens-Houtem, Stefan Hendrickx, Davy Van Asselt, Kevin Vlaeminck and Arnaud Verschelde, to conduct a seminar about the basics in ITF Taekwon-Do sparring. The seminar took place on Friday February 22nd, 19.30-21.30h, and was open to all members of Hodori. Participants were very motivated.
They worked especially on the way competitors move around in the ring during sparring, combined with velocity, and on the use of yop chagi in both offensive and defensive way.
During the Belgian Championships on February 16th the last details on the selection of the national team 2020 were decided. Also a small change in the invitation made sure the selection for the EC in Bratislava, April 2020, was corrected.
The competitors that will represent Belgium during the European Championships;
Andreea Musca: female senior tul IV°-VI° degree, sparring -50kg, pre-arranged free sparring, team tul, team power breaking
Erik Van Hoeck: male senior sparring -78kg, team sparring
Esther Meulemeester: female senior tul III° degree, sparring -75kg, power breaking, team tul, team power breaking
Hans Van Lierde: male senior power breaking, team power breaking
Laura Mouret: female senior tul II° degree, sparring -68kg, team tul, team power breaking
Margaux Pollefeyt: female senior tul II° degree, power breaking
Orchana De Corte: team tul
Leen Walraeve: female senior tul I° degree, pre-arranged free sparring, team tul, team power breaking
Corentin Besonhé: male senior sparring -78kg, team sparring
Omar El Ferkhani: male senior sparring -63kg, team sparring, team power breaking
Nicolas Taylor: male senior sparring -85kg, team sparring, team power breaking
Juan Martinez: male senior tul I° degree, power breaking, team power breaking
Yang Yang: male senior tul I° degree, sparring -85kg, team sparring, team power breaking
Arthur Delhaye: male junior tul I° degree, sparring -68kg
Tabitha Van Lierde: female junior tul I° degree, power breaking
Jens Baetselier: male junior tul I° degree, sparring -50kg
Matteo Preys: male junior sparring -50kg
Coaches: Master Virginia Dionisi, Yves Pollefeyt, Andreea Musca, Erik Van Hoeck, Hans Van Lierde, Orchana De Corte, Nicolas Taylor.
Referees: Eddy Van Damme, Benito Martinez
Officials: GrandMaster Frank Vanberghen, Master Annick Van Driessche.
March 8th is the yearly International Women’s Day. The first edition was already in 1908, but still today it’s a sign of solidarity between women worldwide and very needed in the fight for equal rights and to raise awareness of the daily struggle.
Also the ITF is working hard for equal rights. Since April 2019 the ITF Board of Directors has 2 women amongst their members, while the different standing committees have several female members. ITF also recently established a Women Committee. The Women Committee would like to draw the attention on March 8th, e.g. through social media and the ITF website.