The yearly NIC for instructors and assistant-instructors had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, but as alternative on May 21st ITF-Belgium hosted a Zoom version of the seminar. The concept was a little different: the seminar was a bit shorter (2 hours instead of 3), and zoomed in on details. In the first part the topic was Hwarang tul, with some of the techniques explained and practised into detail before practising the tul in general and handling questions concerning the pattern. In the second part there was time for other questions concerning technical Taekwon-Do issues.
As the NIC is always a moment to be together amongst instructors, the group also took some time to listen to the concerns and the general feeling during these strange times.
The feedback was very positive, and the suggestion was done to hold more of these Zoom sessions for instructors, and to get into detail of only one or two patterns, even when the virus has left. So for sure we’ll take a look at this possibility.
It was absolutely nice to see the motivation and enthusiasm of the participating instructors, training hard in their garden, garage, living room or kitchen!
During this Covid-19 pandemic a lot of instructors are searching their way through online classes, with Facetime, Skype, Zoom or other means. Also Master Virginia (ITF Brussels) stays busy. She wrote this report:
Saturday 18 April, 2020 – virtual Masterclass
In times of the pandemic that we need to train at home, people are finding different ways to get closer. I was invited to conduct a virtual Masterclass via Zoom by the school Centro de Entrenamiento from Misiones (Argentina), lead by Sabum Agustina Correa and Sabum Mauricio Rodriguez (both V° degree). Between the participants there were children and adults from 10° kup till VII° degree, mainly from different locations in Misiones and some participants from Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic and the USA. It was nice to see on the screen complete families taking part! The class was conducted in Spanish language.
It was a great experience and we could feel the good vibes online of the more than 80 Taekwon-Do practitioners that participated. The class consisted of warming up/conditioning, fundamental movements/kicks in patterns, sparring drills and stretching. After the class participants received a certificate of attendance.
Many thanks to the organizers for the invitation! It was very emotional, challenging and fun!
The U&T Committee ITF-Belgium has several tasks. One of them is to form new umpires and to keep the existing referees updated. To do this the committee is organising several umpire courses a year. On Sunday September 29th 2019 in Oostakker the chairman and members of the U&T Committee conducted a beginners course in the morning, followed by an advanced course in the afternoon. On both sessions a lot of members ITF-Belgium were present.
The course consisted of both a theoretical and an practical part. At the end of the seminar the participants all received a certificate.
After 16 times we can consider it to be a tradition: the ITF-Belgium NIC, open to black belt instructors only.
On the program this Sunday: 3 tul sessions conducted by GrandMaster Frank Vanberghen & Eddy Van Damme: Kwang-gae up to Juche, Sam-il up to Yon-gae (while the I° and II° degrees continued with Chon-ji to Choong-moo) & So-san up to Tong-il and a session of step sparring (sambo, ibo, ilbo matsogi) conducted by Master Annick Van Driessche.
As always with enough time for questions and discussions, participation certificats and snacks/drinks provided by the federation.
The weekend of May 11-12th the second International Do Course took place in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). The course was conducted by Master Trân, Master Martinez and Professor Gauthier. During the weekend 29 particpants attended the IDC from different countries: the Netherlands, Germany, England, Argentina, Costa Rica, Guatemala and of course Belgium (Nico Tunyck from Chon-ji and Esther Meulemeester from Ge-Baek). It was also an honour that Grandmaster Weiler, Grandmaster Lan and Grandmaster Tjin-a-Ton participated to this course. During the 2 days we got more information about the understanding and how to teach the tenets of Taekwon-Do. The first day Master Trân started the course with the right words that after this course we are more than ever ambassadors of the DO. We already knew that Taekwon-Do isn’t just about kicking and punching. During the first day we trained the different disciplines of Taekwon-Do and we tried to look which of the Tenets were involved during each exercise. After each exercise there was time to discuss our experiences. The second day was for instructors and we received tools how to teach Taekwon-Do. We got information about the Socratic approach, the psychology of human behaviour, motivation and goal-setting, perceived self-efficacy and how to integrate the Do in Taekwon-Do. But maybe more important we did not only got the information. We also discussed moral dillemma’s in smaller groups, did some role playing, practiced the different tools,…
The instructors conducted the course in a very inspirational manner and everyone had the opportunity to learn and to ask questions. This way we were teached how to teach the different tenets. I’m really looking forward to participate at the next IDC!