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Affiliated to the International Taekwon-Do Federation

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  • Owner and Director of Queens Taekwon-Do Center. 

  • Member of the ITF International Umpire Committee.

  • Member of ITC Committee for the Development of The Caribbean and Central America.

  • Board of Directors, Unified ITFA.

"Bringing Taekwon-do to everyone around the globe!"



43rd Qualifying International Umpire Course

The 43rd Qualifying International Umpire Course was held on 24th and 25th February 2024, in La Guardia Plaza Hotel, New York, USA.

It consisted of a 2-day period for a total of 12 hours. It was delivered in English and Spanish, the two official languages of the ITF.

There were 87 participants from 10 countries (in alphabetical order): Anguilla, Canada, China, Colombia, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and USA. It is important to highlight the active participation of eight (8) ITF Grand Masters.

The course was conducted by the ITF Umpire Committee, led by the ITF UC     Chair, Grand Master Abelardo Benzaquén (Argentina), and Master Kurt Ottesen, member of the Umpire Committee (Canada) with the special participation of the Organizer of the event, Grand Master Rubén Suárez (USA), also a member of the Umpire Committee.

During the two days of the international course,

the participants had the opportunity to learn about the ITF Rules of Competition in theoretical and practical mode, and all enjoyed the “tournament mode,” where most of the participants could train with the official ITF electronic system.

The ITF Umpire Committee wants to express its gratitude to the Organizing Committee of the 43rd QIUC, leaded by GM Suárez, and also to all the participants and very specially to the ITF Board, leaded by GM Paul Weiler for their support.

Grand Master Abelardo Benzaquén

ITF UC Chairman

El curso de Árbitros Internacional número 43º se llevó a cabo los días 24 y 25 de Febrero del 2024, en el Hotel La Guardia Plaza, Nueva York, Estados Unidos.

Consistió de un fin de semana de 2 días, con un total de 12 horas. Fue dictado en inglés y en español, los dos idiomas oficiales de la ITF.

Hubo 87 participantes de 10 países (en orden alfabético): Anguila, Canadá, China, Colombia, Guatemala, Jamaica, México, Puerto Rico, República Dominicana y Estados Unidos.


Es importante destacar la participación activa de ocho (8) Grandes Maestros ITF.

El curso fue impartido por el Comité de Árbitros de la ITF, encabezado por el Presidente de la ITF UC, Gran Maestro Abelardo Benzaquén (Argentina), y el Maestro Kurt Ottesen, miembro del Comité de Árbitros (Canadá) con la participación especial del Organizador del evento, Gran Maestro Rubén Suárez (EE.UU.), también miembro del Comité de Árbitros.

Durante los dos días del curso internacional,

los participantes tuvieron la oportunidad de conocer las Reglas de Competición de la ITF en modo teórico y práctico, y todos disfrutaron del “modo torneo”, donde la mayoría de los participantes pudieron entrenar con el sistema electrónico oficial de la ITF.

El Comité de Árbitros de la ITF quiere expresar su agradecimiento al Comité Organizador del QIUC número 43, liderado por el GM Suárez, y también a todos los participantes y muy especialmente al Board de la ITF, encabezado por el GM Paul Weiler, por su apoyo.

Grand Master Abelardo Benzaquén

ITF UC Chairman



Congratulations to the ITF America Umpires representing

our federation in the World Cup in Finland this year.  


Gm Ramirez

Máster Naranjo

Máster Mejía 

Máster Bernard

Master Ranieri

Master Perez

Master Benites

Mr. Rupert Shrouder

Mr Poteet.

Advanced Black Belt Test
Colombia, August 2023

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On behalf of the International Taekwon-o Federation and with the authorization of GM Marano, we (GM Gonzalo Camelo - ITF Plaque #105000; GM Carlos Ramirez - ITF Plaque #607741 and myself, GM Ruben Suarez - ITF plaque # 102003) tested Mr. Andrés Rivadeneira for 5th degree. 


Before testing him, we asked him to get authorization from the Japan Federation, which he got. He needed to have his paperwork in order, including the yearly payment for his 2023's plaque, and he needed to comply with the ITF minimum requirements for this level.


We want to manifest that Mr. Rivadeneira did a good test, receiving a 7/10 score 7/10. His technique was good, and even though there is always room for improvement, he will continue working on his technique. 


At the end of the seminar, we announced the results in front of all IIC participants: the president of the ITF GM Wiler, GM Marano, Chairman of the IIC, and GM Un Kim Lang.

167th IIC in Bogota, Colombia
August 21, 2023

Organised by the Colombian Taekwon-Do Association, the 167th ITF IIC was held at the Radisson Metrotel Hotel in Bogota, Colombia, from 18 to 20 August 2023.

It was attended by practitioners from 12 countries (Germany, Anguilla, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, United States, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Trinidad & Tobago) including 5 grand masters, 2 senior masters and 7 masters.

Among the special guests were ITF President, Grand Master Paul Weiler, and Treasurer Master Leo Oros Duek.

A unique IIC not only for the number of countries and 120 participants, but also for the impact of the return of the IIC to the Caribbean region, confirming the aim of the technical committee to bring the technical legacy of General Choi to every corner of the 5 continents.

GMs Héctor Marano and Ung Kim Lan, offered as always, 3 days of knowledge and unrepeatable anecdotes.

The first day they reviewed all forms of colour, with particular emphasis on the basics and methodology of correction from the first steps.

GM Ung also shared general concepts of self-defense and sparring.

On Saturday 19th during the afternoon, Sabum Nim Gaston Casero, chairman of the Harmony Committee, gave a practical presentation of his programme, which is already becoming a success in several countries, thus achieve its main objective: to bring Taekwon-Do to more people in order to improve their quality of life.

During the evening the traditional gala dinner was held which allowed all participants to enjoy the camaraderie of our art.

Sunday 20th started with a special class on physiology and anantomy by ITF President, Grand Master Paul Weiler, which included general advice on warm-up and how to protect muscles and joints.

For the last block, the 4-6 dan forms were reviewed while the rest of the group reviewed their forms with Grand Master Rubén Suárez.

In addition to the quality of the general content, the participants highlighted the care of the organisation in every detail, giving an unforgettable extra brightness.

In other words, a new IIC that amply achieved the expectations of all participants and the ITF.

Colombia is proud to have once again hosted a world-class event.

First ITF Course on Governance Strategy
August 20, 2023