On Sunday 26th January I was invited to give a seminar at
the school Red Force, lead by Bo Sabum Costel Grigoras. The content focused on
(i) fundamental movements/patterns (preparation, breathing, sine wave,
generation of power, main muscles used) and (ii) basic concepts of sparring
(including exercises to improve kicks and footwork, dynamics of the fight,
setting up a strategy).
The course was intended to last 2 hours, but the group was
so motivated that we stayed one additional hour. At the end of the seminar
there was time for questions, a picture session and handing the certificates of
It was a very nice Sunday, even if I was jet-lagged because
I arrived from Argentina on Saturday :).
Thanks Bo Sabum Costel for your confidence! Yours in Taekwon-Do, Master Virginia Dionisi
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).