Three INTA instructors (Nigel Stobie, Dave Elson and Keith Matthews) traveled to Manchester for the 120th IIC delivered by the ITF Technical Committee.
The course was presented by Grand Masters Hector Marano and Kim Ung Lan and Master Pierre Laguerre. Present also was Grand Master Orello Ellis from England.
208 Blackbelts, including 15 Masters lined out in the Armitage Sports Centre, in Fallowfield! After the opening ceremony and presentations Master Laguerre got us warmed up with various cardio exercise and dynamic stretching. We worked the entire body starting with the legs, mid sections and upper body. The squats (including piston squats) took their toll and there were plenty of grunts and groans!
Over the course of the weekend we covered all the patterns in detail, movement by movement. Instructors were able to ask various questions of the Grand Masters and similarly we were challenged many times by the Grand Masters on technical aspects of the patterns. GM Lan took the group through Step Sparring (3, 2, 1 step) self defence (release from grabs and holds). He also focussed on counter techniques to Yopcha Jirugi and Dollyo Chagi when free sparring.
Overall it was a great weekend of Teakwon-do, and great to meet up and train with many other Irish instructors and Masters. Looking forward to the IIC that the INTA are hosting in 2018 in Co. Meath!
The Annick Van Driessche ladies only seminar was hosted by Elite Taekwond-Do academy in the Castlelands Community Centre on the 24th and 25th of June 2017. Annick Van Driessche is a 6th degree black belt and president of ITF Belgium.
On the first day of the seminar Ms. Van Driessche started off with some warm ups through games and several exercises. She then went on to do numerous sparring drills. She also did first point sparring, and sparring circumstances, always making it very clear why we would use certain techniques when sparring. Ms. Van Driessche also made clear the importance of our personal fitness and balance and showed us
This coming Saturday the 1st of June we will be hosting a judo seminar with Mr. Paul Cummins 6th Degree.
Hosted in Greenhills community centre, this seminar will dive deep into ranges of combat unfamiliar to most Taekwon-Do students. This seminar is an amazing opportunity to round out your martial skillset, and get hands on expereience in the techinical details of grappling, throwing and controlling an opponent.