Congratulations to Master Trevor Nicholls, Mr. Mark Skyrme and other members of the organizing committee for a superbly planned and executed Taekwon-Do World Championship 1- 5 August in Birmingham, England.
Having organized in 1998 a European championship in Germany, I can appreciate the amount of planning and workload involved in putting together such a big and important event.
The self-developed online application process on the “live” championship website and the sparring scoring system based on iPods certainly set new standards. Both systems can make the work of organizers for future championships much easier.
Out-sourced photo coverage of contestants with fast turn-around times plus martial arts supply sale stands by the National Indoor Arena (NIA) entrances were nice touches. The venue selection near an international airport, in the roomy NIA, and in that part of Birmingham with nice hotels and plentiful tourists site added to a memorable visit for the many foreign competitors and spectators.
The breaking and special techniques machines were innovative and well constructed originals. Many potential future championship organizers were seen examining and photographing those machines.
The light and sound effects used on the finals day gave the exciting impression of a professional boxing event held in Las Vegas. The atmosphere was electrifying. Surely our deserving champions are thankful for really being treated like champions.
With 32 countries represented by nearly 700 competitors, our International Taekwon-Do Federation rightly can be proud of a superbly planned and executed world championship.
For Taekwon-Do Central and myself, a hardy thank you for the absolutely superb performance!
Robert Borja V