Dear Grand Masters, Masters and Instructors, With the 2024 National Championships just around the corner, the ITFS T&U Committee wish to advise that the following changes to age brackets will come in to force at …
Dear Grand Masters, Masters and Instructors, ITF Scotland Board of Directors welcome applications for the up coming available board positions for the next 4 year term 2024 – 2028: Secretary GeneralBoard Member (PVG)Board Member Those …
ITF SCOTLAND MASTERS SEMINAR & BLACK-TIE DINNER 2023 SEMINAR On Saturday 7th October 2023, the Dunblane Centre, Dunblane was the setting for the first ITF Scotland Master’s Seminar which was the first part in a …
ITF Scotland is delighted to announce a brand-new event to the calendar for 2023 with the introduction of a Masters Seminar and Black-Tie Dinner which is being held on Saturday 7th October in Dunblane. Following …
ITF Scotland wish to announce the recent resignation of Mr. Mark Boydell V Degree, from his current role as Head Pattern & Pre-Arranged Sparring Coach of the National Team.
Mr. Boydell has been an integral part of the coaching team in Scotland for the past 12 years, having coached numerous individual competitors and teams over his multiple terms as coach of the national team. During his tenure Mr. Boydell has been at the forefront of Team Pattern competition steering teams to multiple European & World Championships success in both Team Pattern and Pre-Arranged Sparring events. Not forgetting coaching many of his individual competitors to medal success too.
ITF Scotland and it’s board of directors would like to thank Mr. Boydell once again for his endeavours as part of the coaching team, and wish him all the best for the future.
ITF Scotland held their first national championships in two years, over the weekend of 21st & 22nd May 2022.
The national event was the first since the end of the pandemic and attracted some 507 athletes from 28 clubs across Scotland and 6 clubs travelling from England to compete at the event in Motherwell.
In advance of the championships ITFS Umpire Committee held two refresher training events for our umpires, the first of their kind. The first was a dedicated Centre Referee training hosted in Aberdeen, with the attendees being put through training by International Umpire’s Master Alexander Dunbar VIII Degree, and Mrs. Jacqui Wallace IV Degree. This event allowed four hours of dedicated match time experience for a small team of 20 Centre Referee’s some of whom had many years of previous experience, as well as a new generation of aspiring Centre Referees.
The second course was held online via Zoom the week prior to the championships, with Grand Master Gordon Wallace IX Degree, head of ITFS Tournament Committee. With 71 attendees covering the rules of the championships as well as the rules of ITF competition, that would be in place for the championships.
Both courses received positive feedback and will be a main stay in advance of future championships.
In preparations for the championships Sportdata was used to facilitate the entries, as well as live at the event, with for the first time in four years, that we had all 6 pattern & sparring rings running electronic scoring systems, as well as laptop recording results over 3 special technique and power rings. This new fully electronic system was managed over the weekend by ITF Scotland’s team of IT specialists; Mr. Craig Rennie I Degree, Mr. Chris Forbes I Degree, and Mr. Keith Graham, who were on hand to keep the system running flawlessly throughout.
Saturday saw the 13 years and under competitors take to mats across 3 disciplines: Pattern, Sparring & Special Technique. This was the first year that coaches were only permitted to be coloured belts, to facilitate a growing competition, and requirement for more experienced umpires. The event finished on the first day around 4pm.
On Sunday it was the turn of competitors aged 14 & over, as well as those with Additional Support Needs. It was encouraging to see the growth in the ASN categories with no less than 7 clubs entering competitors into the divisions.
For the second event in a row, the T & U Committee added an open weight sparring category for black belts aged 14-17 and 18 years plus. These were again received very well, with several highly competitive bouts being played out to have an overall sparring champion.
This year was also the first year there was a split in the Overall medal tables with the addition of an Overall Association, adding to the already Overall Club Title from previous years.
On behalf of ITF Scotland and its Tournament & Umpire Committees, we’d like to thank those Black Belts who gave up their time over the weekend to Umpire, and ensure the event ran as smoothly as it did.
Overall results from the event can be found below.
Congratulations to Braveheart Martial Arts Overall Club Champions 2022, and winners of the Mr. Paddy Timoney Memorial Plaque this year.
1st Place Braveheart Martial Arts 22 Gold, 17 Silver and 9 Bronze
2nd Place MWBA 20 Gold, 18 Silver and 21 Bronze
3rd Place MH Taekwon-Do 13 Gold, 14 Silver and 21 Bronze
1st Place GMAC Martial Arts 44 Gold, 40 Silver and 53 Bronze
2nd Place Northern Taekwon-Do Academies 30 Gold, 31 Silver and 30 Bronze
3rd Place TKD Scotland 24 Gold, 25 Silver and 40 Bronze
OVERALL ASN <13 yrs CHAMPION
Thomas Reape GMAC Livingston 1 Gold and 1 Silver
OVERALL ASN >14 yrs CHAMPION
Claire Hislop Glasgow East 2 Gold
OVERALL <7 yrs MALE CHAMPION
Nikodem Borciuch GMAC Livingston 2 Gold and 1 Silver
Further to the Online Zoom Umpire Refresher Course being held prior to the ITF Scotland National Championships.
ITFS are pleased to offer an additional course for those umpires who wish to specialise in Sparring Centre Referee at the championships.
This Centre Referee Training Course will take place in Aberdeen on Saturday 7th May, as detailed below:
This will be a practical session. The main purpose is to find a new generation of ITF sparring centre referees for Scotland, whilst providing refresher training for our current centre referees. This will give all attendees a great opportunity to review current ITF rules and best operating practices.
This will be a small group course with numbers limited to 20 attendees.
All applications should be directed through your instructor.
Candidates must be a degree holder.
All attendees will be expected to centre at the 2022 ITFS Championships, where they will be given match time experience.
The cost will be £30 payable in advance. This fee will be refundable with attendance at the ITFS Championship.
Under the guidance from AETF Tournament & Umpire Chairman Master Alexander Dunbar VIII, this practical course will be expedited by current International Centre Referee Mrs. Jacqui Wallace IV. Both our presenters have a wide range of experience in controlling the skills and energies of the highest level of competitors in Individual and Team Sparring categories at ITF European, World Cup and World Championships.
Should you wish to book your space on the CR Training Course please contact your Instructor in the first instance before completing your booking.
PLACES ARE LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS. PLEASE NOTE PARTICIPANTS OF THIS COURSE ARE REQUIRED TO CENTRE REFEREE AT THE ITFS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2022
A complimentary Online Umpire Refresher Course is being held online on Sunday 15th May 2022, prior to the ITF Scotland National Championships the following weekend.
This course is for all those who are umpiring are the ITFS Champs, open to 2nd Kup and above.
The Zoom course is being hosted by ITF Scotland’s Master Gordon Wallace VIII & Master Alexander Dunbar VIII, both of whom are highly experienced international umpires and members of the ITF Umpire Committee & Chair of the AETF Tournament Committee respectively.
Statement regarding the effects of Russian invasion of Ukraine on International ITF Taekwon-Do activities
The Board of Directors of ITF Scotland stands with Ukraine. We wholeheartedly condemn the actions of the Russian military in their aggressive invasion of Ukraine, an independent and sovereign country.
ITF Scotland appeals to the International Taekwon-Do Federation as well as All Europe Taekwon-Do Federation to acknowledge the situation, to take clear and defined action and measures as recommended by the IOC (IOC Statement 28/02/2022) to suspend the Russian Federation from all sporting events in the immediate and near future.
We’d like to take the opportunity as 2021 draws to a close to wish all ITF Scotland’s members & families as well as the wider Taekwon-Do community a very Merry Christmas and Happy & Prosperous New Year 2022.
We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.