Report by Agustina Correa, VI°degree, Federacion Misionera de Taekwon-Do
Master Virginia Dionisi, AETF Vice-President, was invited by the AIT (Academia Internacional de Taekwon-Do) of Misiones, led by Senior Master Carlos Méndez VIII Degree, to conduct a Master Class and participate in different activities.
On Saturday 5th March, the annual instructors meeting took place in Posadas, where more than 90 black belts from all over the province participated. Master Virginia shared her work experience on the development of Taekwon-Do in Europe, highlighting in this event the large number of women instructors present.
On Sunday 6th March Master Dionisi conducted a Class in support of two local institutions (the children’s home Sagrado Corazón, and the Fatima parish which carries out community work ). The Class was a celebration of Taekwon-Do, with a focus on the inclusion of practitioners in the broad sense of the concept. Children, juniors, adults, seniors, and practitioners with special capabilities from all grades were present. More than 80 participants from all over the province of different ages and categories enjoyed this special day. It was a success, despite the weather conditions that forced the organisers to change the venue at the last minute.
On Thursday 10thMarch the Honourable City Council of Posadas, through its representative Facundo López Sartori, declared of municipal interest the Class and the visit of Master Dionisi, who was honoured and received an award at the end of the institution’s session.
There were some vacant places in committees ITF-Belgium. This was announced on the GA of January, meanwhile some of those positions have been taken.
We are glad to announce that since now, the PR Committee is existing of 2 members, Tabitha Van Lierde and Juan Martinez. There are also some changes in the coaching team, with Nicolas Taylor becoming the head coach.
Vacant positions: coach special techniques and (assistant)-coach tul, teamtul, pre-arranged sparring.
During the European Championships in Spain, November 2021, at the annual Congress Meeting, elections (4 yearly) for the AETF Board and the Revisory Committee were being held. Master Virginia Dionisi was elected as vice-president, GrandMaster Frank Vanberghen was re-elected as chairperson of the Revisory Committee.
The newly elected AETF Board held its board meeting in Poland, January 15th. During this meeting the members of existing and new established AETF committees were elected. GrandMaster Frank Vanberghen was re-elected as chairperson of the AETF Revisory Committee, Master Annick Van Driessche was elected as chairperson of the AETF Women Committee and Benito Martinez was elected as member of the Inclusion Committee.
With this, members of ITF-Belgium are involved in both the Board ITF as AETF and committees of both federations.
The T-shirts ITF-Belgium are still available (in sizes 8, 12, XS and XL – other sizes are already out of stock ), with the ITF logo in the front and the logo ITF-Belgium at the back. The price has not changed for years, it’s still 12€. However, we’re doing a special action from today until July 31st.
You can order one or more T-shirts (contact firstname.lastname@example.org); the amount we collect this way, of T-shirts ordered and transfered before that date, will be tranferred integrally to the bank account of the Red Cross for the victims of the floods of last week.
Send an e-mail, we can agree on how the shirt(s) will come your way, and transfer the amount right away to the number that will be send as reply (in order to be sure, you can send the proof of payment before the deadline).
Although due to the pandemic the ITF Board is not able to meet in person, since April 2020 the Board Members had a Board Meeting through Zoom every month, always on a Sunday morning 7.00 am CET, for 5-6 hours. A lot has been done and decided during these many hours, and also the ITF Bylaws have been revised, many ITF Policies have been updated or written, etc.
On May 2nd also the new ITF Adult Harassment Policy was voted after several months of work and 16 draft versions. Meanwhile a Children Harassment Policy is on its way.
The policy comes with an awareness campaigh against all kinds of harassment, to show that ITF has zero tolerance against harassment.
ITF-Belgium will implement the policy in its own rules, at this moment the Disciplinary Committee and the API’s are working on this.
The policy is published on the ITF website and on the website ITF-Belgium, in the section ‘Documents’: click here.