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12th National Instructors Course

Sunday June 5th the 12th NIC will take place in Lokeren, from 10.00h  to appr. 16.00h. logoITFBelgium

The National Instructors Course, open to all black belt instructors ITF-Belgium, is being organized twice a year. It’s an ideal way to meet each other, train together, discuss about things,….

On the program this time : warming-up & stretching (Annick Van Driessche), tuls (Chon-ji to Choong-moo, Kwang-gae to Choi-yong & Yon-gae to Tong-il in 3 different sessions by Master Frank Vanberghen), hosinsul (Tom Van De Sijpe) and special techniques (Bob Wigman).

At the end of the seminar all participants receive a certificate, while drinks & snacks are provided by the federation.

This time we will be honoured by the presence of friends from Ireland.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and progress. Next NIC will take place in September. Keep updated through the calender on this website.


21st International Kids Course

The weekend of May 21st-22nd Belgium was host of the 21st IKC, conducted by Master Donato Nardizzi (VIII°degree, UK), chairman of the ITF Kids Development Committee.
Master Nardizzi spent a lot of years working at the Kids Development Program, it became a very professional tool for the education of children 3-7 years old.P1020786
The venue was located in Lokeren, in the sports and youth center.
40 participants attended the IKC, from 5 different countries : Italy (2), Denmark (2), The Netherlands (5), GD Luxembourg (2) and Belgium (29 instructors and assistant-instructors). It was an honour to have Master Ernesto Santaniello amongst the participants.
During the 2 days (10 hours) Master Nardizzi introduced the participants in the different topics of the program, with some theory, but the main part of the course the participants could enjoy the practical side of the program. Although adults, the participants really enjoyed it, feeling children again. It was great having the course in the true spirit of Taekwon-Do, learning how to introduce Taekwon-Do to young children, how to educate them and giving them tools for life.
Master Nardizzi conducted the course in a very inspirational manner, and everyone had the opportunity to learn and to ask questions.
This way the instructors were teached how to teach and how to deal with certain situations.
You could really see the participants enjoyed the seminar, and the reactions during and after the course were very positive. Everyone was enthousiastic.

Bronze medal on European Championships

ek2016During the 2016 European Championships in Tampere-Finland Leen Walraeve won the bronze medal in tul senior female I°degree, and this on her first selection for the national team. In the first bout Leen won against the 2015 European Champion, Maja Sigerseth from Norway. Afterwards she won against Ireland (Sarah Lehane) and Finland (Lotta Keränen). In the semifinal she was up against Germany (Sarah Lehne) and lost just nearly with 3 to 2.

Congratulations Leen.


The 2016 European Championships are coming closer

ek2016The start of the ITF Taekwon-Do EC is coming closer. The umpires and officials (Master Frank Vanberghen, Annick Van Driessche and Eddy Van Damme) are leaving on Tuesday April 26th to Tampere, Finland as they have to be present in time at the umpire meeting on April 27th. The coaches (Yves Pollefeyt and Bob Wigman), competitors and supporters will be arriving in Tampere on Wednesday, in time for the registration, weigh-in and coach meeting.

The competition is starting on Tuesday April 28th and will go on for 4 days, except for Friday afternoon as then the yearly AETF Congress Meeting, with elections of the board members, will take place.

Competitors :

  • Andreea Musca : senior female tul III°degree & sparring -50kg
  • Leen Walraeve : senior female tul I°degree & sparring -56kg
  • Roeland Heirbaut : junior male tul I°degree & sparring -68kg & special techniques

All information on the European Championships :


Samjok-O Cup Ottignies for youth and juniors

Sunday April 17th Benito Martinez and the club Samjok-O organised the first Samjok-O Cup Ottignies especially for youth (6-13), juniors (14-17) and with for the first time ever a special category for kids 3-5, in cooperation with the ITF-Belgium Umpire- and Tournament Committee.

There was competition in tul, sparring and special technics for youth and juniors. For the kids there was sparring without contact, their performance was being judged. The youngest participants could also compete in specials, they had to touch a ball.

All clubs present brought a lot of umpires, so the competition went very smoothly, which was nice for the participants and the many coaches and supporters present.

It was a great day for everyone involved, with a lot of fun for all.