April 12, 2012 72nd International Instructors Course, Richmond (Vancouver), British Columbia
From Friday April 20th to Sunday April 22, 2012 the 72nd International Instructors’ Course was held in Richmond, (a suburb of Vancouver) British Columbia, Canada.
Hosts were Hal Lipscombe/Pacific Rim Institute of Taekwon-Do and Kurt Ottesen/Freedom Taekwon-Do Schools.
The seminar was conducted by the International Taekwon-Do Federation’s Technical Committee, lead by Grand Master Marano, Chairman of the Technical Committee and Grand Master Bos, member of the ITF Technical Committee, along with their special guest Master Norman President of the Canadian Taekwon-Do Federation, International.
The seminar hosts’ special guest was Master Pierre Laquerre, 8th Dan and Technical Director of the Canadian Taekwon-Do Federation International.
In total there were 123 participants at the course. In keeping with the truly international scope of the ITF participants came from Canada (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia), Anguilla, Argentina, Bahamas, Italy, and Jamaica.
97 of the participants were members of the ITF of B.C.
As always the Grand Masters and Masters were in top form seamlessly guiding the participants through Chon- Ji to Tong IL. They provided detailed analyses of the movements and application of techniques within the patterns as well as reviewing the most common mistakes in Color Belt patterns. Step Sparring, Sparring Techniques, and Sparring received a lot of attention and Grand Master Bos reviewed recent changes in Tournament Rules which was very beneficial.
The participants were inspired by the Grand Masters and Masters´ knowledge and skills. It was a great pleasure for all involved to have the benefit of these fine gentlemen’s expertise.
-Excerpt from Mr.L’s report to the ITF