The belgian national championships 2017 were held in Jambes Sunday March 19th, in an organization of the club Bushido, under guidance of Patrick Crevecoeur and the ITF-Belgium Umpire & Tournament Committee (Eddy Van Damme, Benito Martinez, Julien Goulard & Kevin Vlaeminck).
196 competitors were subscribed, coming from 13 affiliated schools ITF-Belgium and ITF Luxembourg, competing in tul, teamtul, pre-arranged sparring, sparring, power breaking and special techniques. There were categories for coloured as well as black belts, youth, junior and senior. There was also a category ‘kids sparring’ for children 3 to 7 years old, without contact. The children were judged on their performance. This category was a real success: 30 kids competed on this Belgian Championship. All of them received a gold medal, as all of them are winners.
32 umpires made sure the day went on in a smooth way and all competitors were judged fairly. The numerous coaches and supporters present were happy with it.
Just before lunch break the team members (Andreea Musca, Leen Walraeve, Roeland Heirbaut), selected for the European Championships of next month, were presented. Andreea and Leen gave a demonstration of the pre-arranged sparring they will perform on this EC. The audience loved it.
Also the local television was present, the same evening a very nice report was broadcasted.
Next Belgian Championships, February 2018, will take place in Sint-Lievens-Houtem.
“Photo courtesy of Nadejda Kresnichka-Nikolchova”