Saturday August 1st, 17.00-19.00h, for the second time this year ITF-Belgium hosted a National Instructors Course via Zoom, open to all instructors and assistant-instructors I°degree and above affiliated to ITF-Belgium. On the program this time: Ge-Baek & Choong-gun. With the practise of and explanation of fundamental movements related to the patterns, questions of the participants and doing the tuls on and without count.
The instructors participated in their garden (the weather was nice), living room or kitchen. At the end of the seminar, there was some time to reflect on the situation during Covid-19 and to check if everyone is fine.
We all hope the next NIC, which is scheduled for September 13th, and is planned to be in the dojang, face-to-face, will not be a digital course.
On Friday evening July 31st a Zoom session with the ITF Technical Committee was organised, open to GrandMasters only. Grandmasters from around the world took part in this 2h session with GM Marano, GM Lan, Master McPhail and Master Jedut. The seminar was opended by ITF President GM Paul Weiler.
Amongst the 30 participants was also GM Frank Vanberghen.
The ITF Tournament & Umpire Committee hosted a webinar, a digital IUC (International Umpire Course) for Europe through Zoom on July 11th. Together with referees from all over Europe, also the belgian TUC was well represented as Eddy Van Damme (chairman of the TUC ITF-Belgium) as well as members of the TUC Benito Martinez, Sophie Ardenoy and Orchana De Corte participated.
In December 2019 the date for the 2020 Kids Day and Day of Taekwon-Do was set, in February the program was agreed on. And then corona came and all events had to be cancelled…..
One evening Master Virginia Dionisi called me with the proposal to have an alternative for the seminar, and so the idea of having Zoom sessions was born, with some adaptations to the regular classes: the seminar would be shorter (45 minutes for the Kids Day, 2h for the Day of Taekwon-Do), the Day of Taekwon-Do would be split up in a session for the Dutch speaking part and one for the French speaking part of the country, as otherwise we would loose time in translating, and to be able to have more connections and of course the program would be adapted to smaller environments. The program consisted of warming-up, fundamental movements with the focus on kicks, sparring drills, theory: the secret training of Taekwon-Do and stretching.
It was a succes: 139 persons were subscribed, members ITF-Belgium (with even one member, Tomaz, logging in from France where he’s living for the time of the quarantine), members ITF Luxembourg and a special guest from Argentina, Agustina Correa, V° degree.
It was great to notice your motivation, and the sweaty faces.
Many thanks to the instructors: GrandMaster Frank Vanberghen, Master Virginia Dionisi, Master Annick Van Driessche, Patrick Crevecoeur, Benito Martinez, Erik Van Hoeck, Esther Meulemeester, Nico Tunyck and Omar El Ferkhani.