LEARN TKD’s Chief Instructor Paul Adams 5th Dan and student Maddy Ray, 2nd Dan attended the 92nd ITF International Instructors Course in Dublin on the weekend of 23rd to 25th of May. The event hosted by the Irish National Taekwon-Do Association was attended by 143 participants, including 15 Masters traveling from Belgium, England, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Scotland, Sweden and Spain to train under the International Technical Committee of Grand Master Marano, Grand Master Bos and Grand Master Lan-Ung.
It was a time to meet old friends and make new ones too, as the weekend was spent going through the technical aspects of the fundamental movements of Taekwon-Do, and once clearly understood by everyone, plenty of pattern practiced followed. The three Grand Masters of the ITF technical committee also covered various warm up and stretching exercises, step sparring and self-defence. Several participants were also to be tested for Grades between 6th and 8th degree and whilst this took place on the Saturday afternoon, Master Donato Nardizzi, 8th Dan (from England) spent time running through the recently launched “ITF Kids program”, which Instructors are now delivering around the world.
It was an excellent weekend with so much information, that will now of course filter down through the various Taekwon-Do Schools, in their respective countries, via their Instructors, making sure that ITF Taekwon-Do maintains continuity around the world.
LEAR TKD would very much like to thank the organisers for an excellent event, the technical committee for a well delivered course and congratulate all those that were successful with their promotions on the Saturday afternoon, especially Ken Chesterman and Martain Hewlitt, both promoted to 7th Degree Masters.
“The best Competition we have ever been too!” Was how parents and competitors described LEARN TKD’s 3rd under 18’s Inter-club Taekwon-Do Competition. Eight Taekwon-Do schools battling it out in Pattern, Sparring and Special Technique events for the coveted “challenge shield”.
Four of the schools being from LEARN TKD’S own group, Alton, Aldershot, Guildford and Fleet, and four from outside of their association. Alton had already won the first two years (and the choice to host the competition once again) and they were hoping to make it a third successive win.
Chesham however, were the first to hit the score board in the Blue and Red belt patterns, but it wasn’t long before Alton were piling on the points and dominating many of the events during the course of the day.
The Junior white belts competing for the first time, showed tremendous spirit with the youngest competitor being only five years old (pictured top) and competing against a division of seven year olds. LEARN TKD’s new sparring rules for the under 12’s ensured it was a most enjoyable first time for the beginners, and the special “participation certificates” ensured none of the children went home empty handed if they weren’t lucky enough to place in the medals.
Alton A and Alton B teams couldn’t be separated and eventually romped home to a joint first place win with 25 points each followed by Aldershot with 16 points.
LEARN TKD’S Chief Instructor Paul Adams, along with Black Belts from Alton, Aldershot and Guildford Taekwon-Do, travelled to Croydon on the 4th May for a self-defence seminar with world renowned Greek Taekwon-Do Master, Alexandris Vasilis 8th Dan. It was an excellent seminar (organised by “TKD Impact”) which concentrated on the use of elbows and knees as effective natural weapons of self-defence for close quarter combat. The seminar was very well attended by Black Belts from all over the country and enjoyed by all.