FITAE-ITF (ITALY) FIGHTING COVID19 LOCKDOWN
The pandemic situation in Italy is nowadays going better, the severe lockdown measures produced significant results and now we are looking to the future with hope. Business, shops and gyms are about to reopen, although with severe safety measures, and people are ready to start a new lifestyle according to the new rules.
The Italian Taekwon-Do ITF Federation, FITAE-ITF, never stopped its activities during the lockdown that in Italy started on March 9th. Many competitions and courses had to be cancelled but the Board of Directors, in agreement with the national committees, decided to organize several online training and formative sessions in order to accompany all members of all ages and qualifications during the troublesome period.
On April 11th, the historical date for Taekwon-Do, we organized the first online event with GM Wim Bos, FITAE Technical Director, teaching to the Italian Instructors. The Zoom session was totally booked out, very touching and full of strong feelings. After one scary month of uncertainty, getting together in dobok and meeting virtually friends and colleagues has been unforgettable.
On April 25th, was held the first online training for National Team members and competitors, conducted by the Italian team Coaches, Master Leandro Iagher, Master Orlando Saccomanno, Master Ciro Cammarota and assistant coach Sabum Mario De Lucia. Great to see so many people sweating and working so hard together, dreaming of the future championships.
On the same date, April 25th, the Children Committee organized a national online session for kids up to 12 years old. Enthusiasm and cooperation with Instructors and parents have been the winning card to achieve great success and gratifying feedback for Master Andrea Canteri, Children Committee supervisor, and Instr. Daniele Vello teaching online.
On May 3rd, we participated in a very interesting session on Mental Coaching, specifically aimed at instructors. Also on this occasion, we achieved success and appreciation from all participants and many requests for additional sessions on this matter.
May 3rd was also the expiry date for the challenge“Tell us with a drawing what Taekwon-Do is for you”,aimed at children up to 12 years of age. The response has been an explosion of art, colours, creativity. All winners of course and all celebrated in a very nice pamphlet edited by the Children Committee and published on 15/05 in our website article: www.fitae-itf.com/il-vostro-taekwon-do-in-un-disegno-15-05-2020/
On May 9th, the 2nd online training for National Team members and competitors with the national coaches motivating and preparing for the forthcoming championships.
On May 16th, the 2nd national training for children, registering a high number of young participants with the important help of their parents. Simple but intense session with games, fun, technique and fitness.
We are now waiting for the results of the 1st FITAE online pattern competition for children, cadets and juniors.The Umpires Committee is busy in examining the videos received from our athletes and we are anxious to watch the winners patterns published on our social media.
During the long lockdown months, almost all Italian Instructors gave online lessons, never giving up, actively next to their students with affection and passion.
Busy time for FITAE members!
Despite the troublesome period, the pending worries for the economy and the consequences of the pandemic in our country and in the world, we, as Federation, are proud and happy to have been working actively with our committees to be constantly close to all our members, keeping them busy with Taekwon-Do activities and holding the group together.
From next week in Italy the gyms will reopen, although with strict safety rules and limitations. It will take long to be back to our routine but we are ready to dream again for a new, successful coming sporting year.
As Italians, we take the chance to thank all friends, from several countries, taking part in our online events and sending love during a very hard time.