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70th ITF International Instructor Course

The Trident Group is proud to announce we now have 14 International Instructors following a 3 day event in Watford.  They were lucky enough to be instructed by Grand Masters Hector Marano, Willem Bos and Ung Kim Lan who displayed astounding knowledge and technical ability. Expect to see some of their new training methods in your classes soon!  You can read the full story here…

A group of 14 students, led by Mr Miley, from the Trident Group based in Manchester attended the 70 IIC which took place in Watford.  Those attending comprised: James Miley, Emma Miley, Tim Warmingham, Noel Kivell, Alex Halstead, Simon Hynes, Ken Drinkwater, Phil Mottershead, Jeff Brider, Izzy Brider, Kevin Gilder, Carolyn Smith, Andy Teague and Dave Wise.  They were also joined by contingents led by Mr Emm from Chester. 

The three day event commenced at 5 pm on Friday afternoon and was led by Grand Masters Hector Marano, Willem Bos and Ung Kim Lan.  We were told that the turnout of approximately 240 was the largest IIC to date which included a large contingent of VIII and VII degrees and all of the senior grades from the English part of T-UK. T-UK Scotland will be treated to an IIC later this year.

After Grand Master Tom MacCallum opened the event we were led in a vigorous, but gentle by 69 IIC standards, warm up.  This was followed by detailed work, led by Grand Master Marano, on all the coloured patterns up to Choong-Moo.  The knowledge on display was amazing and much was learned by everybody on Chon-ji which included discussions on the low block, facing of techniques, body movement and balance to name a few points.  The attention to detail was staggering.  In between two sessions on patterns the course was treated to a session by grand Master Lan on sparring techniques.  There were many “wow” moments in this session, which wetted people’s appetite for further sessions.

Saturday morning began with a warm up led by Master Jedut, VII and President of technical training of the Polish Taekwon-do Association, which introduced many new partner warm ups- one involving climbing around your partner without touching the floor; look out for new exercises in Mr Miley’s classes!!  Once the heart rate was beating the Black Belts commenced working through their patterns whilst a large group of black tag and red belts were treated to a session by Grand Master Bos and Master Jedut and once the 1 degrees had finished their patterns they joined this group.  Once pattern Juche had been reached the course had a session on fixed and traditional sparring led by Grand Master Bos.  This session had so much to take in but all will become familiar to those taking classes in the coming weeks.  After this session ended the course broke up into groups, the third degrees and above worked through each of their patterns which culminated with Tong-il on Sunday morning.  All other students had an opportunity to review all the patterns with Grand Master Marano.  Further sessions on sparring and self defence led by Grand Master Lan took place on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday morning started bright and early with senior grades working through patterns with Grand Master Marano and Grand Master Bos whilst 4 degree and below had an amazing sparring session with Grand Master Lan.The course concluded at 12 noon when a physically and mentally tired group collected certificates and photographs prior to travelling back north.All those attending were impressed by the knowledge and ability of the Grand Masters.  Their ability to demonstrate all the techniques and answer all the questions thrown at them was astonishing.   No one left without having gained so much from the experience. 

Thanks are due to the Grand Masters who travelled over to the UK to deliver such an amazing course.  Mention should be made to Grand Master Bos who attended the course only 21 days after having had a triple heart by-pass operation- enough said!!  Finally it would be remiss not to place on record thanks to Master Denis and his team for putting on such a memorable event.  I for one look forward to future IIC’s. 

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