As an alternative to the cancelled or postponed championships this year, the ITF Tournament & Umpire Committee organized an online, digital championship in tul and pre-arranged free sparring, with about 840 participants from all over the world.
Amongst them 18 members ITF-Belgium subscribed. Out of 5 candidates 2 belgian umpires were selected.
It was quite exciting to follow the tournament and for the competitors and coaches it was a great way of competiting, having the time to analyze the patterns, waiting in suspense for the results. All belgian competitors did a great job, had a high level with some of them just missing a medal. But all of them showed the right spirit and a lot of progression was noticeble over the last period.
In tul female 18-35 IV°-VI° degree, Andreea Musca got the bronze medal, while Andreea and Leen Walraeve won the silver medal in female pre-arranged sparring 18-35 I°-VI° degree. Congratulations!
Some members of Taekwon-Do Club Gent participated at the eTournament, under guidance of their instructor Koen Hoerée. Two of the coaches of the event, Rune Schuddinck and Altan Rinchinov, made a report:
“The tournament was organized by ITF Germany and it was a way to let people compete online and practicing Taekwon-Do. Taekwon-Do Club Gent was the only Belgian club that participated, with 17 competitors. Now the Open World cup begins, this tournament was only for people that can’t compete in that tournament. It was spread over more than a week, always one day for the competitors and one day for the referees.
Three bronze medals for Inaya Benzazaa and Helin Capa, 2 silver medals for Oriane Moubiayi and Nesrinne Sadek and even one gold medal for our youngest member: Nelson van den Bogaert.
The tournament was more easy now for the little ones because it was all filmed in their own dojang and surrounded by their friends. It also had a different feeling due to the fact that it was all recorded and you were always able to redo your tul a second time if needed.
The general progression was seen from all competitors who we seem back. The level increases when you’re competing against unknown members and judged by people that you don’t know. It learns you can handle stress and going out of your comfort zone.
Because some members of Ghent still have stress, and that’s good to learn. It was a great experience and a good way to keep practicing and enjoying Taekwon-do.
In few days, the ITF World ETournament will start (October 4th-22nd). It will be a nice alternative to all the 2020 championships that had to be postponed or cancelled.
ITF-Belgium will be represented by 18 competitors, in tul & pre-arranged free sparring, some coaches and officials from 6 different affiliated schools: Samjok-O, ITF Brussels, Hwarang, Hodori, Ge-Baek and Taekwon-Do Club Gent. Also 5 members did their application to be umpire on the event, we’re still waiting on feedback on their selection.