My History was we were part of a large Non ITF UK group from 1986 to 1992, here there was no sine wave, no knee spring and no kinetic linkage, alot of things were out dated like a low block being over the knee and kicking machanics were not concerntrated on etc. Tuls were done fast and no real meaning.
In 1992 we joined a smaller group the BUTF where we spent 9 years, A group with good substance but again many things were missing again no sine wave, we had no clue about kinetic linkage yet they were hot on knee spring. The machanics of correct kicking and breath control were practiced always, waist twist was also concerntrated on and tuls were slower but correctly executed.
In 2001 we joined the ITF as independents and today we reside as affiliates to the ITA. The journey to ITF ways continues for us and we continue to learn yet I personally have seen differences in ITF but the gaps are much smaller between the ITF's as per say Independents.
So what have we learnt from being part of the ITF? well firstly kinetic linkage, exceleration of tecniques and relaxing whilst in motion increases power, there are many things we have learnt but the one thing I believe we have gained is power, when we moved with the others I could only break two white boards all tecniques and had no confidence yet through ITF tecniques the power has increased 90% of my members and me can break the hard red ukta boards with ease a fate we would have not try years gone by. As to sine wave well we try and we have members that are good at it but in all truth we are still learning it.
yet in ITF there are minor indifference, some masters mainly from the other ITF's will claim this is wrong that is wrong yet when we return home our own masters will say thats not right, I think over time we will have to stop attending other seminars as each of the ITF's will have indifferences as we move forward,
Personally I think ITF C has good substance, and this comes from some one who has been a member of all three ITF's in the past 7 years.
I would like to here others opinions on what benifits they found when they joined the ITF maybe opinions on the ITF situation, I know that ITF C is commited to standardizing ITF tecniques and feel this will take us forward but most like me enter all ITF events and over time our members will loose points at events due to minor changes which may reflect our results.
sorry to ramble on - I look forward to your replys
Sorry about the spelling mistakes. :-)
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