National Team Selection for European Championship 2024 : Patterns and Pre-arranged free sparring

Dear GM, Masters, trainers and athletes

I am pleased to inform you about the selection for patterns and  pre-arranged free sparring of the ITF Belgian National Team for the  upcoming European Championship in Poland -Lublin next year (17-21  april).

After  careful evaluation and selection, the following athletes have been  chosen to represent our country at this prestigious tournament:

  • Sabum Hans Rombaut – senior male  pattern 4th to 6th degree and team pre-arranged sparring
  • Sabum Wim Vermeir – senior male pattern 4th-6th degree
  • Sabum Andreea Musca – senior female pattern 4th-6th degree and pre-arranged sparring
  • Boo-Sabum Alice Vrinat – senior female pattern 3rd degree
  • Boo-Sabum Rune Schuddinck- senior male pattern 1st degree
  • Boo-Sabum Helin Capa – junior female 1st degree
  • Boo-Sabum Lara Capa -junior female 1st degree

We  have full confidence in their ability to represent our country with honor and distinction in Poland. In preparation for the championship, multiple training sessions for the National Team members will be conducted.

We  look forward to a successful and inspiring representation of the ITF Belgian National Team at the European Championship. If you have any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact the coaching team.

Congratulations  to those who have been selected. Please bear in mind that the  selection marks the commencement of an arduous journey ahead. The same  unwavering determination and commitment demonstrated during the selection process are expected in the months leading up to the European Championship.

For the one’s that missed this selection ,remember, every setback is a setup for a comeback. Keep pushing, stay dedicated, and let each day be an opportunity for improvement. Your time will come if you keep working hard.

Best regards,

Sabum Andreea

ITF Belgium coaching team

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European Championships 2023

Day 2 of the competition, April 27th

On this second day of the competition Belgium had only one competitor performing: Esther Meulemeester was up into power breaking in the afternoon. In this female senior power breaking competition 19 competitors participated. Esther was the 6th on the list. Her goal was to do better than last year, and she managed…. she broke all boards in both sonkal taerigi and yopcha chirugi, gaining 15 points. At that moment Poland had 21 points, Romania 16, while 3 other women shared the third place with Esther. She was in the running for a tie break for bronze until the last country… Hungary broke all boards and had to run a tie break with Poland for gold and silver, Romania won bronze, while Esther and the 3 other competitors with 15 points share the 4th place.

Anyhow, she can be very proud on this achievement, setting new goals for next championships, making progression in this discipline step by step.

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European Championships 2023

April 26th 2023

On this first competition day 4 belgian competitors had to perform.

Andreea Musca started in the category tul female 4-6 degree in a pre-round against Italy. Although Andreea performed very well, the Italian competitor was just a bit better. She became Europen Champion later that day. Wim Vermeir competed in the category tul male 4-6 degree. He was up against Scotland and although everyone was convinced he won that bout, the umpires decided otherwise. Also Wim’s adversaire won bronze in that category.

The same happened with Tomas Chacon Torrealba in tul male 2 degree, his Italian adversaire won the bout although he performed very well. Rune Schuddinck was the last belgian competitor on this Wednesday morning. He won the first bout in tul male 1 degree against Moldova, but had to admit his Norvegian adversaire in the second bout, a former European champion, was better.

In the afternoon Andreea and Tomas performed in pre-arranged free sparring. They were up against Sweden. At first the referees decided on a draw, after the second performance Belgium lost the bout….. although like in the morning all were convinced it was a win.

Not a succesful or happy day for Belgium, but more is to come in the next days.

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European Championships 2023

The belgian team & delegation arrived safely in Cluj-Napoica, Romania on Monday April 24th for the 2023 European Championships. The registration, weigh-in and accreditation went smoothly, everyone is ready to start the competition.

The opening ceremony is planned for Tuesday evening April 25th, on the program for Wednesday April 26th: tul & pre-arranged free sparring. Female power breaking is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, sparring and male power breaking on Friday. On the agenda for Friday evening: the yearly AETF Congress Meeting. On Saturday the belgian team is competing in team sparring.

The delegation will be back in Belgium on Sunday morning.

If you want to keep update on how the team is doing, stay tunes through this website or through the Facebook page & Instagram account.

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