Saturday 28 December took place the first seminar organized by the club Bushido Bastogne. The city of Bastogne hosted a 3 hours sparring seminar with 36 participants who met for a learning moment with guest SabumNim Yves Pollefeyt. Without needing much introduction, SabumNim Yves Pollefeyt, well known to all participants, began by demonstrating that mental work in combat is the basis and that along with speed and strength provide the good results. Many kicks, many punches, many techniques with a training intensity that characterizes him made him believe that ‘Be Your Own Hero is to keep in mind. At the end of the seminar the opinion was unanimous, an excellent sparring seminar with an excellent reception by Bushido Bastogne.
On November 16 and 17 2019 Sabum Hans Rombaut and I participated to the 146th IIC held in Espoo, Finland, which gathered 144 practitionners from 12 different countries. The organising club, Espoo Taekwon-Do club, also celebrated their 30th anniversary that weekend. The technical committee members, Grand Masters Hector Marano 9th degree, Kim Ung Lan 9th degree and for the first time ever Master Jerzy Jedut 8th degree, conducted the courses. They consisted in patterns from Chon-Ji to Ge Baek, footwork and sparring drills, and step sparring the first day. The second day began with self-defense and patterns of II Dan. The 2nd degrees then joined the 1st degrees with theory questions, fundamental movements and sparring drills while senior degrees went on until Tong Il. Thank you to Sabum Teppo Häyrynen and Sabum Veera Häyrynen who organized a really successful IIC and gave us a very warm welcome.
A historical event in Seoul with IIC, IKC, IAC and IDC April 10th-12th, a gala dinner on April 11th in the Chosun hotel and the possibility to have a sightseeing tour around all of the for ITF important places.
The second Day of Taekwon-Do 2019 was held in Jambes, September 22nd. The seminar was open to all members ITF-Belgium, regardless of age and degree. Over 100 members participated.
Some of the best instructors of Belgium, assisted by the national team members, were conducting classes in tul & fundamental movements, sparring, hosinsul, power breaking and special techniques. Participants were divided in groups according to age/grade, with a separate program for the kids (3-7).
As every year, since the last 3 years, I went to the ITF Fight Evolution Summer Camp organized by Oleg and Katya Solovey. It took place in Yablunytsya in the Carpathians from July 22nd to July 29th. The camp is growing every year. This time, there was 122 participants from 18 countries. Among those, there were 3 Masters (Master Stephen Cooley from Ireland, Master Thierry Meyour from Finland and Master Alexandru Muresan from Romania) and more than 10 World Champions. Many participants were also part of their national teams. The level was very high. We were divided in 3 groups : coloured belts, black belt female and black belt male. There were 3 training sessions per day :
1. morning run in the mountains or crossfit (every other day)
2. sparring drills with pads
3. sparring (competition sparring, point fighting etc.).
In the middle of the week, we had a day off where most of the people went to Bukovel to rest. And in the last evening, we had the ‘Sayonara party’ to celebrate the end of the camp.
Once more, I enjoyed the experience. Not only for the training but also for the great atmosphere in this camp and the opportunity to meet Taekwon-Do friends again. And it was a very good preparation for the European Championships.