Category Archives: Seminars

Conducting ITF Taekwon-Do classes in Iran

Master Annick and Master Frank were asked by GrandMaster Paul Weiler (ITF Senior Vice President and responsable for the development of ITF in Asia and Africa) to accompany him during his trip to Iran for the 2nd ITF Technical Promotional Seminar in Tehran, January 4th and 5th. During his first visit there he noticed that, during the classes, some female practitioners were present to watch, but they could not participate as females can only be teached by a female instructor. So GM Weiler asked Master Frank to help him, together with Mr. Omid Hassanipour (6th degree from Norway, with Persian roots), to conduct the classes for the male participants, while Master Annick would be the first foreign female instructor to be invited to teach ITF Taekwon-Do in an islamic country.

The seminar consisted of theory (theory of power, secret training of Taekwon-Do etc.), fundamental movements, tul, stepsparring, hosinsul, the correct way of performing kicks etc.

The female participants missed a good basic knowledge, but they were very eager to learn, they were very motivated and asked a lot of questions. They really want to learn about ITF Taekwon-Do and they worked hard during the 2-day seminar. They can be very proud of their efforts.

In general the people in Iran are very warm, with a great hospitality and curious to meet foreigners, ask them questions. Many thanks to the Iran Taekwon-Do Union and the President, Mr. Hamid Mokthashami for the warm welcome.


Day of Taekwon-Do 2017

The 2017 Day of Taekwon-Do ITF-Belgium has been organized in Jambes, in the ADEPS-complex, Sunday November 19th.

There were 10 instructors and 120 participants present, from all ages beginning as from 4 years on, white, coloured as well as black belts. The focus today was on fundamental movements & tul, sambo-, ibo, ilbo matsogi & pre-arranged free sparring, hosinsul and sparring. After the warming-up the participants were divided into several groups, according to their age and grade. In the end there was still a general cooling-down.

The instructors for the day : Master Frank Vanberghen (VIII°), Annick Van Driessche (VI°), Virginia Dionisi (VI°), Eddy Van Damme (VI°), Patrick Crevecoeur (V°), Tom Van De Sijpe (IV°), Stefan Hendrickx (IV°), Erik Van Hoeck (II°), Esther Meulemeester (II°) and Terence Bewa (I°).

It was great seeing the dedication and passion of the instructors and the motivation of the participants. All participants went home with a certificate of participation.

The instructors hope to see all of you back on the next Day of Taekwon-Do, in 2018.


Seminar with Marcelo Bordiez

In 2015 Marcelo Bordiez gave a splendid seminar in Belgium. It was so fantastic that, now the occasion was there, ITF Brussels (Virginia Dionisi and Gonzalo Tejerina) took the opportunity to invite him  once again. After the World Championships in Dublin, Marcelo and his daughter were still in Europe and they were eager to come over to Belgium this Sunday October 22nd, in the venue Sportscity in Woluwe. Pablo Pascuzzo accompagnied them.

Marcelo Bordiez (VI°degree and one of the coaches of team Argentina) and his daughter Aldana (member of the argentinian team) gave two sessions. The first one was open to all ages and grades, the second session was for 13+ only. Marcelo gave some very nice exercises, meanly focussing on mobility and moving in sparring.

There were 70 participants from nearly all affiliated schools ITF-Belgium, with also some participants from GD Luxembourg and The Netherlands.


Day of Taekwon-Do 2017

The next ITF-Belgium Day of Taekwon-Do will be held in Jambes (Namur) on Sunday November 19th.

Invitations will be send to all affiliated school today, October 2nd.

Please contact your instructor for all information and to subscribe to a day full of fun. Be ready to learn from the best!