Category Archives: International Championships

ITF Battle of Utrecht

The Netherlands, Sunday October 1st


  • Esther Meulemeester: silver tul senior female II°degree
  • Roeland Heirbaut: bronze tul senior male I°degree
  • Anneleen Heirbaut: silver sparring junior female -65kg


  • Kenny Thienpondt: gold sparring, silver tul
  • Benjamin Tavernier: bronze tul, bronze sparring
  • Emmy Baetselier: silver tul, silver sparring
  • Jens Baetselier: silver sparring
  • Lorien Moreels: silver tul
  • Jaron Janssen: gold sparring

Report of the 2017 European Cup

Report by Sabum Virginia Dionisi:

Gold in Team Sparring at the European Cup 2017!

9th -11th June 2017

Thibaut De Preter (ITF Etterbeek), Nicolas Taylor (Samjok-O) and Omar El Ferkhani (ITF Brussels) did it! They defeated the team sparring coloured belts from Finland winning three times.

Each team had three competitors. We put the first competitor on the ring: it was Omar. He fought against a competitor of the -70 category. Omar moved very well and countered attacked effectively. He scored almost every time he attacked. He won the match 4-0. Our second competitor was Thibaut. He fought against the competitor that defeated him in individual sparring. This time the combat was different. He corrected the mistakes of the first fight and changed the strategy. He won the combat 4-0! Our third competitor was Nicolas. But the Finnish competitor was injured and preferred not to compete. So, it was 4-0 again for Belgium.

Thibaut, Nicolas and Omar also got a bronze medal in individual sparring in the categories coloured belts -78, -85 and -63 respectevely.

Alice Vrinat and Pablo Pascuzzo also competed in individual sparring. Alice did a good fight in a mixed weight category (+62) where there were another six Polish competitors. It was her first time with lighter competitors. She did well but could not win this time. Pablo competed against Russia (-63). He did a great fight, but the umpires did not see the so many clear points he did and he lost…

In patterns, Alice defeated Poland in the first round and lost with Poland in the second round against the lady that won the category. Nico lost against Finland in a very close match. Thibaut defeated Poland and then lost against Poland with the one that won the category. Finally, Omar did a good tul but lost against Poland.

Bo Sabum Benito Martínez worked as umpire in the Children and Cadets competition on Friday and at the European Cup on Saturday and Sunday. Sabum Pablo Pascuzzo and myself were coaches, while Leonor Garcia helped us taking pictures and making videos.

We felt a lot of mixed emotions at the European Cup held in Lublin (Poland), which had 379 competitors from 22 countries, 66 clubs from Europe and 6 competition areas. It was a good international experience for our team, and the athletes came back home very motivated!

Yours in Taekwon-Do,

Sabum Virginia Dionisi (ITF Brussels)


European Cup 2017

Lublin, Poland June 9th-11th 2017

Members ITF-Belgium present on the European Cup:

  • Coach: Virginia Dionisi
  • Umpire: Benito Martinez
  • Competitors: Pablo Pascuzzo, Alice Vrinat, Omar El Ferkhani, Nicolas Taylor, Thibaut De Preter
  • Supporter: Leonor Garcia


  • Gold teamsparring coloured belts: Omar, Nicolas, Thibaut
  • Bronze sparring coloured belts -63kg: Omar El Ferkhani
  • Bronze sparring coloured belts -85kg: Nicolas Taylor
  • Bronze sparring coloured belts -78kg: Thibaut De Preter

A full report will be updated soon.


Open INTA Irish Championships

For the 18th time already this championships were organized in Dublin,  with this time over 600 competitors from Ireland,  Scotland, Norway,  Belgium,  USA and Germany.  All coloured belts up to 15 competed on Saturday February 4th, on the 5th all juniors, seniors and black belts competed. ITF-Belgium had umpires, coaches and competitors at the championship from ITF-Brussels and Ge-Baek.


  • Hans Van Lierde: gold power breaking and silver sparring
  • Roeland Heirbaut: gold sparring and bronze tul
  • Anneleen Heirbaut: gold sparring and silver tul
  • Mike O’Keefe: bronze tul and bronze sparring
  • Alice Vrinat: gold tul and gold sparring
  • Omar El Ferkhani: gold sparring and silver tul