On Wednesday we helped the organisation putting on the tatamis in the sports hall and preparing everything. On Thursday we gave a seminar together with GM Bos, Master Wallace and Master Vones, Sabum Johan De Silva and Sabum Aniil. After the seminar we had the registration and weight in.
On Friday the competition started with over 300 competitors; we had participants from India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Nepal, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Madagascar. It was the first time with the electronic system so a lot of people needed to be educated and informed about it. After everything was ready the competition started. Sabum Wim Vermandere was center referee and I was the Jury President. Also for us it was a great experience and we were happy to be able to represent Belgium to help. ITF Taekwon-Do in India is growing in a good way and they are planning to come also to the next World Cup so will be great to see them again.
With 250 competitors from Belgium, Ireland, The Netherlands, GD Luxembourg and England, 50 umpires, 40 volunteers. Competition in tul, sparring and special techniques for coloured and black belts, kids, youth, juniors and seniors in an organization of Taekwon-Do School Chon-ji, Nico Van Linter and Nico Tunyck in cooperation with the ITF-Belgium U&T Comittee.
The championship was honoured with the presence of 2 GrandMasters, GM Brendan O’Toole (Ireland) and GM Frank Vanberghen (Belgium) and Master Val Douglas (Ireland), Master Nigel Stobie (Ireland) and Master Annick Van Driessche (Belgium).
The organization was very good, with eye for detail, the level of the competition was high, the atmosphere amicable.
All results can be found on the Sportsdata website: click here.
On March 21 was held the MightyFist Kazahkstan Open in the city of Almaty with more than 300 competitors from 7 countries (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Belorussia, Ukraine, UK and Belgium). It was a strong competition with the use of an electronical system for umpiring. In the morning of the competition, I acted as jury president and in the afternoon as corner referee till one hour before the expected start of my category (sparring – 85 kg, black belt) at 7.00 pm. I took the silver, winning against Kazakhstan but losing in final against Belorussia. In the evening, a banquet was organized with the officials and foreigners.
During the following days, we could visit the city of Almaty. I also had the opportunity to train in 2 different clubs (Berkut and Baris). In top, in Berkut Club, I also gave a Taekwon-Do lesson for kids. I was happy to participate there as it has been an opportunity to see friends again, discover a new place and practise Taekwon-Do. I need to thank the organization for all the support such as welcoming me at the airport despite the early arrival (5.00 am), picked us from the the hotel to go the competition and spend several days with us to show us the city.