ITF International Instructors Course 22-23 March 2014
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On March 20th and 21st,
delegates starting arriving for the International Instructors Course to be held
in Mississauga, Canada.
Black belts from Argentina, England, United
States, Wales, Ethiopia, Germany, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Australia
and Canada all arrived and were checked in at the Novotel Hotel and convention
Incidentally this was the place where Gen.
Choi conducted his last seminar in Canada.
President Choi arrived on Friday and was in
great spirit encouraging members to come to his room for conversation and
On Friday night, Grandmaster Han,
Grandmaster Lee, Pres. Choi and other dignitaries were taken to a Korean
restaurant for dinner which was enjoyed by all.
On Saturday March 22 the seminar started at
8:30am with over 140 participants. After
a welcoming speech, Master Rai started to warm up the class before getting into
drill exercises. Emphasis was put on how
to generate power utilizing the sine wave and body mass.
After a few hours, Master Kiros from
Ethiopia conducted more hand and foot drills which everyone enjoyed.
We all then broke for lunch and resumed the
training with Master Galarraga from Argentina going through the famous
Argentinian foot work and the use of hand and foot combinations.
After a short break, Tul training started
and everyone was put through performing various Tuls. Pres. Choi emphasized the correct way of
performing the movements and the importance of performing the movements with
full power. All the masters present
assisted with the black belts correcting technique as it was performed.
The session ended with everyone in
A senior grading was then conducted with a
grading panel consisting of Master Maidana, Master Galarraga, Master Nicholls,
Master Weatley and Master Demers.
Mr. Spiro Cariotis from Australia, Mr.
Chris Reid from Canada and Mr. Horan tested for their 7th degree,
Mr. Kevin McCabe tested for his 6th degree, Mr. Lau tested for his 4th
degree and Mr. To tested for his 1st degree.
After the grading was complete, everyone
was ready for the 48th Birthday Celebration of ITF banquet.
Special guest of honour, Madame Choi
arrived in a black limousine with her daughter Sunny Choi and Jasmine Choi,
daughter of Pres. Choi. They were
greeted with flowers and taken to the banquet where they received a standing
The banquet was full with over 170 guests.
The head table was introduced and the dignitaries proceeded to the dance floor
where a cake cutting ceremony was performed.
A Korean Cultural performance was performed
and the banquet was commenced. Pres. Choi made a beautiful speech welcoming
everyone and expressing the true spirit of Taekwon-Do comes from everyone. The
dinner was served and presentations were made.
Mr. Reid, Mr. Cariotis and Mr. Horan were
announced by the Secretary of ITF, Master Nicholls as promoted to 7th
Degree Master Instructors.
Shortly after a presentation was made by
Master Choi announcing Master Rai as 8th Degree Black Belt.
The dancing started and everyone was ready
On Sunday the following day the seminar
commenced at 9:30am. Master Galarraga amazed everyone with his self defence
techniques and pad work.
Grand Master gave a magnificent speech on
the tenets of Taekwon-Do and the importance of living by them.
The seminar ended and everyone was given
the opportunity to meet Master Choi and the Grandmasters for autographs.
In all, it was an amazing weekend with many
friendships strengthened and new ones made.
A thank you goes out to everyone who came
and supported the event. Special thank you to Madame Choi, mother of Taekwon-Do
who graced us with her presence; Grand Master Choi for all the work he does for
ITF and continuing his fathers legacy.
Special thank you also to Grand Master Han
Sam Soo and Grand Master Lee YooSin who traveled to Toronto and shared their
many Taekwon-Do stories and experiences.
Thank you to all the Master Nicholls,
Master Weatley, Master Galarraga, Master Maidana, Master kiros, Master
Crochett, Master Jue, Master Batch, Master Risko, Master Demers, Master Reid,
Master Horan, Master Cariotis, Master Kim and instructors who assisted
throughout the seminar.
Master Rai will host the 60th
Birthday celebration of Taekwon-Do and IIC course on April 11 2015 in Toronto
Canada. This event will be one not to be
Written by: ITF Administration - 29th March 2014
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