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11th International Harmony Course in Italy

Report by Sabum Virginia Dionisi:

The 11th ITF Harmony Course was held on 13th and 14th of October in Buccinasco (Milan area), Italy. The Harmony course is the specific program that ITF designed together with a team of professionals to teach Taekwon-Do to seniors. The Course was organized by FITAE (the Italian Federation), GM Bos and Master Saccomanno, and was conducted by Sabum Gastón Casero.

Participants from Italy, Norway, Switzerland, France and Belgium were present. There was a special guest from Scotland, 79 years old that practices Taekwon-Do in Spain and who came specially for the course. On Sunday there were also senior helpers that came to take part in an Harmony class. The course was well structured and theoretical sessions were alternated with practical ones. Participants also had the opportunity to discuss, share knowledge and ideas.

On Saturday evening there was a very nice banquet where we celebrated the course and the 25th years of the school of Master Saccomanno. It was emotional and fun as well.

I really recommend this course. In addition of the practical and technical part, it offers room to generate debate and to understand Taekwon-Do in a different way.

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National Umpire Course at Oostakker

Today on Sunday 23rd of September another National Umpire Course was conducted by sabum Eddy Van Damme VI° degree and sabum Benito Martinez IV°  degree, hosted at sportshall “De Wolfput” in Oostakker from 10 am until 4 pm, thanks to Chon-Ji!  There were nearly 70 people who subscribed for this course, which is a record up till now! All rules were explained from individual pattern, team pattern, sparring, team sparring and pre-arranged sparring.  As there were many detailed and specialised questions asked by the ITF members, there was no time left to go into specific details about special techniques and power breaking.  It was a long day with all the theory and a lot of practice and a lot of people!  Many thanks to the ITF-B umpire committee and a special thanks for boosabum Sophie Ardenoy for the catering and the cookies! The majority of the course was conducted in Dutch due to the vast majority of Dutch speakers. Boosabum Juan Martinez translated where necessary to other languages 😉 . Please do not forget to send back your feedback forms to sabum Eddy!  Many thanks for showing up! 

Link to the hand signals and scoring procedure:

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15th National Instructors Course

All instructors and assistant-instructors ITF-Belgium from I° degree on are invited to take part in the 15th NIC, Sunday May 27th 2018 in Destelbergen (Fit-Out Gym).

Previous NIC’s were organized for a whole day, this time classes will only be conducted from 10.00 to 13.00h, with only one topic : tuls. There will of course be the time for questions.

All participants will receive a participation certificate.

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Harmony Course in Spain

GrandMaster’s Course and Harmony Course, Benalmadena (Spain) 2018 – Report by Benito Martinez

The weekend of February 2nd-4th, the Spanish Federation of Taekwon-Do ITF leaded by Sabum Paco Ferrando and the local club leaded by Sabum Maximilano Montiel hosted the 6th Harmony Course and a special event: the GrandMasters Class conducted by GM Pablo Trajtenberg and GM Wim Bos, resp. President and Director of ITF. Sabum Gaston Casero from Argentina was in charge of the Harmony course.

Friday 2nd in the afternoon, the participants from different regions of Spain, some other European countries and two representatives from New Zealand met at the gym of the local high school to attend the GrandMaster’s Class. The classes started by conditioning, mobility and stretching exercises by GM Bos. In the second part, GM Trajtenberg talked to us about he conceives to be a black belt, starting from the question: can he or she defend him or herself? Making the difference between sport competition and the use of Taekwon-do as a self-defense system.

In that sense his main recommendation was to be open-minded and creative in the use of Taekwon-Do techniques. In practice he asked the participants to practice one step sparring being more and more creative and using different possibilities, angles, attacking tools. The session ended by more exercises leaded by GM Bos and questions of participants.

The second day, Saturday 3rd was the longest day. In the morning Sabum Gaston Casero gave a theoretical explanation of the method, which is designated to teach persons who start with Taekwon-Do practice aged +50 year. Given the fact of the longer life of people  today and aged people want to have a healthy and active life, Harmony presents itself as a way aged people could have to improve physical and mental health through the practice of Taekwon-Do.

An important notion is that we can’t ask anyone what everyone is able to do according to their physical and mental conditions, so the classes and even the gradings must be adapted to it. We started to move as being ourselves students of the course, learning the special movements, the rhythm and adapted games for the conditioning, warming up and even Taekwon-Do movements in a soft ‘Tai-chi kind’ way, in order to progress in an adapted power skill.

In the afternoon we had a very nice surprise: a group of elder people from the town came to practice with us as new Taekwon-Do students. It was a very emotive, kind and high human values encounter; we could see tears in some of the participants eyes. We practiced together, basic movements to punches and defense backward and forward in a very funny ambience and the integration of the group was very naturally made. A very special moment was the performance of Dan-gun Tul by Brian Milligan, aged 78 and student at the local dojang.

Sunday morning, Sabum Casero explained the issues concerned to the functioning of human body and how is the evolution with age. We had a lot of fun practicing coordination games and exercising. The seminar received the visit of the city mayor and the local television channel. At the very end diplomas were delivered to participants.

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