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The Irish United Taekwon-do Federation (ITF Ireland) had the honour of hosting Master Jose Maidana for a series of work shops throughout Ireland at the end of October.

Master Maidana has been the Argentinean national team coach for the last 12 years and is recognized as one of the world's leading instructors. Argentina were crowned over all champions at last years world championships in South Korea.

Master Maidana arrived in Cork on October 29 and conducted a total of five work shops over the next week. The sessions were located in all four corners of the country starting with Dublin, then Galway, Tralee, Kanturk and finally Cork. Each session lasted between two and a half to three hours and a total of 250 students had the opportunity to train with one of the greatest instructors in the ITF. Master Maidana covered a vast amount during the course of the week, concentrating on free sparring but also covering all patterns up to Choong Moo. He paid special attention to footwork for free sparring. Master Maidana, who was assisted by Mr. Don Dalton, VI, showed remarkable speed and co-ordination as he demonstrated different avenues of attack and counter attack. His technique left the Irish practitioners in awe and it was easy to see why Argentina has become such a force in the world of Taekwon-do. It was inspirational to hear Master Maidana talk in such glowing terms about his own instructor, Master Galarraga, who he still trains with every week!

Mr. Dalton paid tribute to Master Maidana afterwards when he said "we are honoured and privileged to have such an amazing Master and instructor coming to our country in order to further the progress of our students and instructors. Master Maidana has been a true inspiration to us all over the last week. I was lucky to have the opportunity to spend a full week with Master Maidana. Of course many of us already knew how technically fantastic he is but this time has also given me the chance to learn from a real Master about the "Do" of Taekwon Do. Master Maidana lives the "Do" 24 hours a day and this is why he has made such a major impact upon the IUTF during this trip. We are delighted that he has become our technical advisor and we look forward to fostering closer links over the coming years. Thank you, Master Maidana, for an unforgettable week."

La Federacin Irlandesa de Taekwon-do (ITF de Irlanda) a tenido el honor de organizar una serie de Work shops alrededor de Irlanda con el Master Jos Maidana a fines de Octubre.

El Master Jos Maidana ha sido en los ltimos 12 aos entrenador de la Seleccin Nacional Argentina y es reconocido como uno de los Instructores principales del mundo. Argentina se ha coronado campeona el ao pasado en el Campeonato Mundial de Corea del Sur.

Master Jos Maidana llego a Cork el 29 de Octubre y condujo un total de 5 work shops en la semana siguiente. Las clases fueron realizadas en las 4 esquinas del pas empezando con Dubln, luego en Galway, Tralee, Kanturk y finalmente Cork. Cada entrenamiento tubo una duracin de 2 horas y media y un total de 250 estudiantes tuvieron la oportunidad de entrenar con uno de lo mejores instructores de la ITF. Master Maidana cubri una vasta cantidad durante el entrenamiento, concentrndose en Combate pero tambin cubri todas las Formas hasta Choong-Moo. El presto atencin especial al trabajo de desplazamientos para combate. Durante el entrenamiento Master Maidana mostr velocidad y coordinacin y demostr diferentes caminos de ataque y contraataques. Su tcnica le dejo a los practicantes Irlandeses el temor de porque Argentina llego a convertirse en una fuerza en el mundo del Taekwon-do, Master Maidana fue asistido durante el entrenamiento por el instructor Don Dalton, VI Dan.

Fue toda un inspiracin escuchar al Master Maidana hablar con entusiasmo acerca de su instructor, el Master Nstor Galarraga, con quien aun entrena cada semana.

El Sr. Dalton agradeci al Master Jos Maidana sobre, el final dijo "Hemos tenido el honor y el privilegio de tener un asombroso Maestro e instructor en nuestro pas para fomentar el progreso de nuestros alumnos e instructores. Master Maidana a sido una verdadera inspiracin para nosotros durante toda la ultima semana, he sido afortunado de tener la oportunidad de pasar una semana completa con el Master Maidana. Por supuesto muchos de nosotros conocamos que fantstico tcnicamente es, pero esta vez me dio la chance de aprender de un Maestro verdadero acerca del "DO" del Taekwon-do. El Master Maidana vive el DO las 24 horas del da y es por eso que hizo un mayor impacto en la IUTF durante este viaje. Estamos encantados que sea nuestro Asesor Tcnico y esperamos promover un vinculo ms cercano en los prximos aos.

Muchas gracias, Master Maidana, por una semana inolvidable.

Don Dalton, VI Dan ITF
Irish United Taekwon-do Federation (ITF Ireland)

Written by: Shane Fitzgibbon - 25th November 2005

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