The 49th ITF International Instructors Course, IIC, took place at the Torwar Sports facility, Warsaw Poland. Three board members of the Irish Taekwon-Do Association travelled to Poland to attend the IIC, they were Master Kenneth Wheatley (President), Mr Adrian O’Mahoney (Vice President) and Mr Mark Buckley. Mr Buckley also planned to take his sixth degree test whilst there. The IIC was conducted by the ITF Technical Committee whose members are; Grand Master Trajtenberg, 9th degree and Senior Vice President of the ITF, Grand Master Marano, 9th degree and Chairman of the Technical Committee and Master Bos, 8th degree and Secretary General of the ITF.
The course was officially opened by Grand Master Trajtenberg with the usual formalities. During his opening address Grand Master Trajtenberg spoke about the ITFs concerns for our President and friend, Grand Master Tran, who was at that time, still not accounted for after the tragic events which took place in Haiti. The Taekwon-Do students and masters who were assembled, were asked to keep up hope and to be positive for the safety of Grand Master Tran.
The first module of the IIC was conducted by Grand Master Trajtenberg who focused very strongly on the etiquette and protocol expected within the ITF. Having asked everyone to sit down Grand Master Trajtenberg requested Master Wheatley to assist with the explanations regarding how we bow, approach and retract, greet, toast and in general how we should conduct ourselves as students of the ITF. Master Wheatley later commented that it was a great honour for him to be perceived as having a level of etiquette and protocol worthy of inclusion at an IIC.
Despite the outside temperature being in the region of minus 18 to 20 degrees centigrade, Master Bos with his usual prowess, soon warmed up the participants with his dynamic and fun exercises and routines. Within minutes of commencing the module a great spirit of comradeship developed across the entire facility. The participants, regardless of rank, nationality or age, were working hard and smiling as they did so. The calibre of students and Masters attending was exceptional, with Master Hutton, from Scotland, Master Ellis & Nick Symonds, from England, as well as the home grown talent from Poland, Jaroslaw Suska and Joanna Lipa.
The Technical Committee were in top form and each of them covered in detail there section, from Self Defence to Applications of pattern movements to sparring movements, as well as stretching and conditioning. We were also looking forward to the International Testing as Mr Buckley had been training very hard for this. So on Sunday after the course finished the Testing began, and after a very physically demanding test and then Theory, the announcement was made that of the eight testing for 4th to 6th Degree, one member from Russia was unsuccessful. Mr Buckley was delighted with his new promotion to 6th Degree and was heartily congratulated by Masters Wheatley & Hutton as well as Mr O’Mahoney, who presented him with a new 6th Degree belt.
The IIC was very informative and a lot of clarifications were made on pattern movements and how we should be performing them.
Report by Mr. O'Mahoney VI Dan
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