About 1,900 km from Mexico City, 287 km from the border with the United States of America and 107 km from the coast in the Gulf of California, the city of Hermosillo, head of the municipality of the same name and capital of the State of Sonora, was the headquarters of the Triple Course of Taekwon-Do ITF.
Organized by the ITF Mexico National Taekwon-Do Federation, on November 11, 12 and 13, attendees received instruction in technical aspects and an introduction and practical application of the Kids and Adapted programs.
It is worth mentioning as members of the Organizing Committee Sabum Nim Carlos Antonio Olmos Otero, president of the AN, Sabum Nim Edgard Zahid Alcala Encinas, Communication and Logistics, and Sabum Nim Javier Alejandro Alvizo, as Administrative Manager.
It is valid to remember that the Mexican Federation is made up entirely of students and instructors who made their transfer from the WT relatively recently.
For this reason, on Friday the 11th in the morning, and after the official presentations of the speakers and the official opening of the event, GM Héctor Marano (Argentina) began with an unusual dynamic, a round of questions by of the attendees.
The Korean history related to the creation of Taekwon-Do and the ITF, as well as the main differences with the WT style, were the topics addressed.
After that, the course continued with the foundation of basic technical aspects such as basic positions, fundamental movements and details to take into account during the execution of the patterns.
The dynamics alternated theoretical explanation, the application of techniques and the practice of patterns.
At the end of each new teaching, attendees were able to ask questions to clear up specific doubts.
Halfway through the morning, Master Leonardo Oros Duek (Israel) shared knowledge of Hosin Sool where the techniques of disengagement, immobilization and breaking in real life situations abounded.
In the afternoon, it was the turn of the Kids Course.
In charge of Master Fabián Izquierdo (Brazil), the instructors and assistants were able to learn about the historical context that gave rise to the creation of the Child Development Program and at the same time learn about the basic and scientific foundations of the contents, carried out activities and participated in different games.
Work was done on the game concept and its application to Taekwon-Do classes. Likewise, the importance of continuous training of children’s educators was highlighted, for which the sources consulted were exposed.
All the concepts were transmitted through the use of audiovisual material, images and videos of examples.
To close the first day, Master Leonardo Oros Duek gave an introduction to the Adapted Taekwon-Do program and chose the approach to work with students who are diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder.
He provided examples of actions and activities, as well as oriented the instructors on the correct way of communicating with students with this condition within the classes.
He also shared statistical information about the percentage of people with ADHD in the world to refer to the need to be prepared.
Saturday the 12th began with the continuation of the technical part, this time with the forms of I and II dan and with a review of all the aspects trained the day before.
The older categories, as well as those who would take the exam, received a differentiated class to help them in the last stage of preparation.
Special attention was paid to 1, 2 and 3-step sparring techniques, as well as wrestling and self defense.
Topics related to the protocol complemented the teaching.
In the afternoon, the second part of the Kids course took place, in which recreational activities and games prevailed.
The main objective was to transmit the need to plan the classes and the different activities for children, as well as to differentiate the free hour with the game hour for pedagogical purposes.
For their part, in the second module corresponding to Adapted Taekwon-Do, attendees addressed the strategies for conducting classes dedicated to treating people with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
On a solid theoretical basis, activities and experiences were shared and recommendations for instructors with students diagnosed with this condition were presented.
On the morning of Sunday 13, before the last module of the Triple Course, the exam took place for which Javier Alejandro Alvizo Vera received the category of VI dan, Angel Gabriel Osuna Amavizca and Edgard Zahid Alcala Encinas that of V dan, and Humberto Espinosa of the Monteros Sánchez, that of IV dan.
Once the exam was finished, the last part of the Kids and Adapted courses continued, in which a series of games and activities were shared as a summary of the previous days.
For its part, the conclusion of the IIC was given with a round of questions and answers about various topics such as history, technique, evaluation and strategies for the growth of Taekwon-Do in Mexico.
After the usual photo session, the great surprise and detail of this Triple Course was given by some “Mariachis” who delighted with typical music.