On Sunday February 8th, the ITF-B Umpire Committee organized a National Umpire Course (NUC) in Sint-Lievens-Houtem from 10:00 to 16:00 hosted by Hodori.
23 participants were inscribed from x different schools: Ge-Baek, Hodori, Won-Hyo, So-San, Samjok-O, Chon-Ji, ITF Brussels,.. Besides black belts and coloured belts, there was also a parent that took part of it.
The teachers were VIth degree, sabum Eddy Van Damme, chairman of the Umpire Committee and IInd degree, boosabum Sotirios Pagalis.
First on the agenda was a general introduction about an umpire’s responsibilities.
Afterwards the theory to judge tuls was explained and put into practice later on, when the group was separated in two.
After lunch time, most of the afternoon was spent on the different roles in sparring for an umpire: jury president, time keeper, jury member tracking warnings and minus points, center referee and corner referee. Several participants volunteered for giving a sparring demo, so that the others could assume the referee roles they wanted to.
By the end of the afternoon, some more information was given about judging teamtul, pre-arranged free sparring and specials.
Everybody could still ask questions, but was fulfilled by this very interesting and animated course.
The documents from the course can be found at the following link.