Category Archives: International Championships

Open Dutch Championships

The Netherlands, Sunday January 28th 2018

  • Hans Rombaut: gold senior tul IV°-VI°degree
  • Matteo Preys: silver sparring youth male blue-black belts -140cm
  • Tabitha Van Lierde: bronze junior tul female blue-red belts
  • Omar El Ferkhani: bronze senior tul male blue-red belts and bronze sparring senior blue-black belts -78kg
  • Nicolas Taylor: gold senior male sparring blue-black belts -85kg
  • Franck Wilfried Nissa-Efouba: gold sparring senior male white-green belts -63kg
  • Arthur Delhaye: bronze sparring junior male blue-black belts -68kg
  • Nicolaï Gurbonov: silver sparring youth male yellow-green belts -150cm
  • Rune Schuddinck: bronze sparring junior male white-green belts -56kg
  • Miel De Schuyter: silver sparring senior male yellow-green belts -78kg


Belgian competitor selected for the Dutch ITF Gala

Belgium national teammember Margaux Pollefeyt (I°degree) has been selected for the ITF Gala II in Pijnacker, The Netherlands on December 2nd. The Gala is organized by Sportschool Tim Kool. Margaux will represent Belgium in the open junior female class for sparring. She will compete against 5 other female juniors. Amongst them 2 World Champions.

The level will be quite high. We’re sure Margaux will do us proud. Good luck!


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)