World Championships 2023: medal for Belgium

Tampere, Finland September 7th

Andreea Musca won bronze in the category female pattern 4th-6th degree. In the first bout she won against China, the second bout was won to New Zealand. In the third round she was up against Honey Ospina from Colombia, who won silver after a final against Silvia Farigu from Italy. The second bronze medal was won by Ariella Figueroa, former USA, now Finland. What a podium it is!


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ITF Congress Meeting & Elections

September 5th ITF had its Congress Meeting and General Assembly 2023 during the World Championships in Tampere, Finland.

Four years had passed since the previous elections for the Board, and so there were elections for the new ITF Board. After 4 years as a Board Member Master Annick Van Driessche was re-elected for a next term, but now as VicePresident, so member of the ITF Exective Committee.

GrandMaster Paul Weiler will have another term as President, With GrandMaster Clint Norman as Senior VicePresident and Master Leonardo Oros Duek as Treasurer. Master Tadeusz Loboda is appointed as Secretary-General. Elected as Members-at-Large: Master Philip Lear, Martina Lendarthova, Master Mark Banicevich, Cosmin Oprescu and Master Luis Gato-Gato.

At the Congress 57 countries were represented, with a total of 124 votes. ITF-Belgium was represented by Master Virginia Dionisi, while GrandMaster Frank Vanberghen was both representing the ARCC, as chair, and representing ITF Luxemburg with a proxy.

World Championships 2023 – team announcement

The coaches announced the team that will be competing at the 2023 World Championships in Tampere, Finland in September.

Will be representing Belgium:

  • Andreea Musca: tul female senior 4-6 dan, senior pre-arranged free sparring, female senior sparring -50kg
  • Alice Vrinat: tul female senior 3 dan
  • Tomas Chacon Torrealba: tul male senior 2 dan, senior pre-arranged free sparring, male senior sparring -69kg, male senior team sparring
  • Rune Schuddinck: tul male senior 1 dan, male senior sparring -69kg, male senior team sparring
  • Hans Van Lierde: male senior power breaking
  • Tabitha Van Lierde: female senior power breaking
  • Vladimir Kim: male senior sparring -63kg, male senior team sparring
  • Maximilien Boyens: male senior sparring -81kg, male senior team sparring
  • Driss El Hmoud: male senior sparring -81kg, male senior team sparring
  • Erik Van Hoeck: male senior team sparring

Coaches: Nicolas Taylor, Erik Van Hoeck, Andreea Musca, Hans Van Lierde

Umpire: Benito Martinez

Officials: GrandMaster Frank Vanberghen, Master Annick Van Driessche

The team will be accompanied by Liviu Musca, Iudith Musca, Dirk Mertens and Laurine Chacon

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ITF e-World Championships

The e-World Championships have come to an end. The national team members did well, showed great performances and a high level, They showed to be ready for the upcoming European Championships in Spain, in November. For some it was a first participation at the highest level, and it looks very promising for the future.

Many thanks to the coaches and to the belgian umpire, Master Eddy, for the hard work done.

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1st ITF eWorld Championships

As alternative for the ITF World Championships, postponed with 2 years, the first ITF eWorld Championships in tul, teamtul and pre-arranged free sparring for national teams will be organized September 4th-19th. The national coaches selected a team, which is practising hard at this moment in time:

  • Andreea Musca: tul IV-VI degree, pre-arranged free sparring
  • Esther Meulemeester: tul III degree
  • Amber Dellaert: tul III degree
  • Laura Mouret: tul II degree, pre-arranged free sparring
  • Juan Martinez: tul I degree
  • Maximilien Boyens: tul I degree
  • Tabitha Van Lierde: tul junior II degree, junior pre-arranged free sparring
  • Lisa Ghijsens: tul junior I degree, junior pre-arranged free sparring
  • Rune Schuddinck: tul junior I degree
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