Friday afternoon, everyone gathered at the Grand Ballroom of the La Guardia Plaza Hotel in Queens, New York, for an intensive program introduced by the Technical Committee of the ITF: Grand Master Hector Marano, Grand Master Ung Kim Lan and Master Pierre Laquerre. After a rigorous and interesting warm-up with Master Laquerre, followed by Patterns with Grand Master Marano from Chon-Ji to Hwa-Rang, and great sparring drills by Grand Master Lan, the first afternoon of the IIC was very demanding, with vast information that covered from fundamental movements to numerous other aspects of Taekwon-Do.
The following morning, the group reconvened at the Ballroom of La Guardia Plaza Hotel for the Second Day of the IIC. Many different elements of Taekwon-Do were covered in further detail, including a discussion of the technical application of the black belt patterns, and an exciting practical session in self-defense and free-sparring led by GM Ung Kim Lan. GM Marano led all participants in patterns from Choong-Moo through to Gae-Baek. Participants then separated so that 2nd Dans and above could go through Eui-Am to Juche with GM Lan, while Master Laquerre took the 1st Dans through a very active review. After Lunch, 3rd Dans and above performed 3rd Dan Patterns with Master Laquerre, whilst Grand Master Lan conducted additional review.
At the close of the day, all participants gathered together again for combination sparring techniques with Grand Master Lan.
Saturday evening, a total of 254 banquet guests joined together for the IIC Banquet, which was held at the Grand Ballroom of La Guardia Plaza Hotel in Queens. Amidst an elegant atmosphere of dining and friendship, there was a special and pleasant surprise for Master Suarez. Many friends and instructors from around the world sent him messages of appreciation honoring his 60th birthday, presenting him with a special video. There was also a special Salsa show and a Salsa band performance during the banquet.
On Sunday morning, all participants 4th Dan and up gathered very early for the final morning of the seminar, and began training with 4th Dan patterns. Following, the rest of the IIC participants joined on the main floor for taking group pictures. The afternoon concluded with everyone back together training in Step-Sparring with some interesting combinations. During the weekend, the ITF Technical committee tested Mr. Clement Officer from Jamaica, promoting him to the rank of VI Dan, and Mrs. Heather Breiting from Colorado was promoted to Master VII Dan.
The reviews of the IIC were exceptional, as participants reported a weekend filled with valuable information, invaluable friendship, and the joys of sharing the true spirit of Taekwon-Do!