The 20th International Umpire Course from the International Taekwon-Do Federation was held at the Holiday Inn La Guardia in Queens, New York over the weekend of January 24th and 25th, 2015. With a participation of 66 members coming from Anguilla, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Uzbekistan and the United States took part in the umpire course which was conducted by the ITF Umpire Committee, Master Suarez and Master Ottesen, and we have the privilege to have with us during the event GM Wim Bos, ITF Director.
The course which followed the new and amended 2015 ITF Umpire rules and regulations began with an overview of the jury members, referees and umpires before going onto the purpose and procedures of the individual pattern point deducting system.  The participants then had an opportunity to umpire and judge a number of pattern matches which raised a number of practical queries and discussions on criteria, scoring and decisions. The course also covered sparring competition and the rights and duties of the center referee, corner umpires, jury president and the ring assistants. The participants once again had an opportunity to umpire sparring matches using the electronic scoring system. The center referees displayed how to check the competitor’s safety equipment and continued to show the full procedure of starting the match with the correct bowing in protocol at the start and finish of each bout. The competitors and sparring matches created and displayed various scenarios to ensure that an explanation of all the warnings and fouls could be explained and discussed. Finally, the last topic of the course was to discuss power breaking and special technique competition. It was with great enthusiasm to see all participants eagerly engaged with the content of the course.

On behalf of the National Taekwon-Do Association – ITF (NTA-ITF), the International Taekwon-Do Federation, the ITF Umpire Committee and GM Bos, we want to thank everyone who travelled and participated in the umpire course and a special thank you to Master Kurt Ottesen for his continuous commitment in the development of ITF Umpires in the United States.

This umpire course was an ideal opportunity for everyone in the USA to either refresh their umpire skills or learn umpiring skills for the first time. We look forward to seeing our International Umpires in the USA putting their skills at the forthcoming ITF World Championship in Italy at the end of May 2015.


Master Ruben Suarez
On behalf of the National Taekwon-Do Association – ITF (NTA-ITF) and Master Ruben Suarez, we want to thank you for a wonderful year. The year 2014 was a very active and exciting year filled with many challenges and growth opportunities. We are very happy to work with our members during every event we planned this year, and we will continue working with our members in the years ahead. We will start the year 2015 with one of the many benefits this organization has to offer to our members and we will be hosting an International Umpires Course with the ITF Umpires Committee and GM Bos in New York.
We are very grateful for your support and for the new experiences gained this year. It is our commitment to continue meeting our objectives as planned for 2015. To our members, instructors, competitors, coaches, and umpires, we look forward for your continued support in every event we have programmed for next year.

Now, taking advantage of the power of sharing, we want to share with you the link to some of the activities during 2014. Remember to stay connected with us on or visit our website

Sharing events and links from 2014

January 2014
2014 First Instructors Class – Queens, NY
Sparring Seminar with Julio Carlos – Brooklyn, NY

February 2014
Florida Black Belts Seminar and Testing – Gainesville, FL

March 2014
Lititz Annual Tournament – Lititz, PA
Master Suarez Seminar and Testing in Anguila
OSC ITF Open Tournament  Orlando, FL
International Instructors Course – Bogota, Colombia

April 2014
Ultimate Taekwon-Do Challenge  Tenafly, NJ
Unity Championship  Manchester, CT
Lowes Country Invitational Tournament  Goosecreek, SC

May 2014
Master Suarez Seminar in Puerto Rico – Cidra, PR
Business and Technical Seminar – Lititz, PA
Masters Seminar – Ottawa, Canada
Red Tiger Taekwon-Do Tournament – Philadelphia, PA

June 2014
Patterns Summer Camp – Jacksonville, FL
Street Submission Seminar – Queens, NY
2014 Legacy Cup - Queens, NY

July 2014
International Instructors Course – San Francisco, CA

August 2014
2014 ITF World Cup Jamaica – Montego Bay, Jamaica
September 2014
2014 ITF New York Taekwon-Do Tournament – Queens, NY
2014 ITF Umpire Seminar – Queens, NY 

October 2014
ITF Invitational Patterns Tournament – Jacksonville, FL
X Big Apple Tournament  Manhattan, NY
Battle of the Bells – Philapelphia, PA
NTA-ITF Florinda Training – Gainesville, FL

November 2014
International Instructors Course – Treviso, Italy
YMCA Taekwon-Do Demonstration – Albany, NY
ITF Black Burne Challenge  Ottawa, CA

December 2014
2014 USA Team Nationals Selection – Houston, TX
Master Suarez visits ITF HQ for ITF Umpire Committee Meeting

On behalf of the National Taekwon-Do Association – ITF (NTA-ITF) and Master Ruben Suarez, we would like to express our most sincere congratulations for an amazing organization of the 2014 ITF Nationals Qualifiers in the USA for the 2015 ITF World Championship in Jesolo, Italy. Under the direction of Master Fabian Nunez and Mr. Travis Young, this event was produced in a very friendly and competitive environment. We want to congratulate all of the coaches, umpires and supporters for delivering a great event and as a key ingredient for running this event very professionally.
We want to also congratulate each of the competitors that participated, and especially the competitors from the NTA-ITF who participated in this event and made the team. The final selection of the team was made by majority decision by all four Allied Associations in the USA (ATFI, ITF-USA, OTFA, NTA-ITF).
Below is a summary of competitors by NTA-ITF schools that made in to the 2015 ITF World Championship:

Queens Taekwon-Do Center – 12 Competitors
Advantage Taekwon-Do – 2 Competitors
Academy of Martial Arts – 2 Competitors
Bronx Taekwon-Do Center – 1 Competitor
Titus Taekwon-Do Center – 1 Competitor
Total NTA-ITF - 18 Competitors
Also, the NTA-ITF representation included our International Umpires:

Master Ruben Suarez, VIII Dan
Master Carlos Ramirez, VIII Dan
Mr. Gustavo Naranjo, VI Dan
Mr. Roger Benites, V Dan
Mr. Luis Mejia, V Dan
Mr. Rupert Shrouder, V Dan
The NTA-ITF wants to acknowledge the valuable effort from our coaches, especially from Professor William Perlaza, VI Dan for his dedicated commitment in the development of high level and international competitors. His effort has sparkle by bringing gold medal to the USA at World Championship and World Cups in several occasions. It is an honor and an asset of the NTA-ITF by having him. Also, we want to congratulate our coaches Mrs. Martha Hernandez, Mr. Emanual Carlos and Mr. Chris Caspers for their valuable contributions with all the competitors.
Over the weekend of November 14th to 16th, 2014, a delegation from the National Taekwon-Do Association - ITF (NTA-ITF) participated in the 98th International Instructors Course for IV Dan and above in Treviso, Italy. This delegation was composed by Master Ruben Suarez - VIII Dan, Master Carlos Ramirez - VIII Dan, Master Oscar Perez - VII Dan and Mr. Nelson Martinez - V Dan.

A new master in the NTA-ITF - Master Oscar Perez, VII Dan

We want to congratulate our new Master in the NTA-ITF, Master Oscar Perez, who was tested for VII Dan last Friday. Thank you for your commitment to the NTA-ITF, for your indomitable spirit in helping us spread the true ITF Taekwon-Do in the USA.

On the day of October 11, 2014, the NTA-ITF's own Titus Taekwon-Do Institute hosted an ITF Patterns Tournament in Jacksonville, FL. Participants came from Academy of Martial Arts (South Carolina, Mr. Allan Dela Cruz), Ocala Taekwon-Do (Mr. Javier Montero), Jacksonville YMCA (Mr. Nicholas Billups),  and of course Titus Taekwon-Do Institute (Mr. Oscar Perez and Mr. Titus Durojaiye).
The tournament was also graced with the support and presence of the ATFI's President, Master Nunez. Mr. Edward Davila also came from Tampa to show his support and share his experience with his international referee skills.

Since this was a Patterns Tournament, the events were Individual and Team Patterns. Each school had their team which were split into two division. The winners of the divisions had to compete for the Grand Champion Trophy which was earned by Titus Taekwon-Do Institute's Team A (Phillip Muddiman, Jake Hiett, Abby Redway, Katie Redway, and Bobby Wiesner).
In addition to this tournament, Special Technique Breaking was introduced to the participants at a local level. As the tournament progressed, this became the highlight of the event! People gathered, as the competitors compete to see who can hit the highest high kick!

Mr. Oscar Perez and Mr. Titus Durojaiye are very appreciative for all the ones who came and support this wonderful event.

On behalf of the National Taekwon-Do Association – ITF (NTA-ITF), Queens Taekwon-Do Center (QTC-ITF), and Master Ruben Suarez, we would like to express our most sincere gratitude for the support, not only nationally but also internationally, to accomplish with great success the XIX ITF New York Tournament, held in the gymnasium of Queens College in New York, this past Sunday, September 28, 2014.

This very important annual event for the ITF in the USA, characterized with the highest level of competition, especially for the category of black belts, had participation of 420 competitors coming from 10 countries and from 39 schools.
The opening ceremonies was shared with all masters present, including Master Ramirez (USA), Master Martinez (USA), Master Ku (Canada), Master Han (Uzbekistan), Master Mateo (USA), Master Vitali (USA), Master Byrne (USA), Master Cancelliere (USA), and our special guest over this weekend, Master Kurt Ottesen (Canada), who led with his experience the managing of the electronic scoring system during the black belt competition. This year the school that won the Most Supportive School trophy, by bringing to this event a delegation of 72 competitors, was the Asociacion Nacional de Taekwon-Do de Puerto Rico. All schools that participated received a commemorative trophy from Master Suarez as a token of his appreciation for their support. Immediately after, Master Suarez gave a plaque to all NTA-ITF Team USA medal winners at the ITF World Cup in Jamaica. We closed the opening ceremony with the performance of Niya Mitru singing the National Anthem.
Following the opening, we began the competition. For the second year in a row, we set the central ring following the official ring dimensions and equipped with the ITF electronic scoring system to judge black belt patterns and sparring competition. With the assistance of Master Ottesen, we were able to conduct a great competition in the center ring for the enjoyment of all participants and over 700 spectators present. The electronic system displayed real time results of the competition on TV screens for patterns and sparring matches.
Particular recognition should be given to all referees, judges, and assistants, whose work has continued to excel over the years, helping to make for a better tournament each year. Also, we want to congratulate the team from Puerto Rico that demonstrated growth in their technical level, showing there is more to come from this country in upcoming international competitions. Also, we received the support from the team delegations from Canada, Uzbekistan, Guatemala, Poland, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Peru and Jamaica.

The tournament ended at 9:15pm, and for the 19th year, it was another exciting event for the NTA-ITF and the ITF New York Taekwon-Do Tournament.  Master Ruben Suarez would like to extend his gratitude to all participants and supporters who helped to carry out this continued success. Next year, Master Suarez will be celebrating the 20th annual event of this tournament and there will be many surprises planned for this event.

On the weekend of June 27th-29th a Patterns Camp was hosted by the National Taekwon-Do Association's Mr. Oscar Perez 6th Dan and held at the Titus Taekwon-Do Institute in Jacksonville, Florida.

The supporting schools that attended this event were Mr. Titus Durojaiye 5th Dan and the Titus Taekwon-Do Institute,  Mr. Allan Dela Cruz 3rd Dan and The Academy of Martial Arts in South Carolina, and Mr. Nicholas Billups 3rd Dan and his students from the YMCA Taekwon-Do Club from Jacksonville, FL.
The camp consisted of learning the history behind each pattern, understanding the diagrams, and working on the fundamental movements. It also allowed students to work on various drills and activities to expand their knowledge. Each camper left this event with a better understanding of "What is a Pattern" and "Why do we perform Patterns".  The main goal was to raise the level of the student and it was evident. Mr. Perez did a phenomenal training camp and students are looking forward to doing another.
On Saturday, May 17th, 2014, the City of the Eternal Spring, Cidra, Puerto Rico, was the meeting point for the 3rd Technical Workshop conducted by Master Ruben Suarez, VIII Dan. This workshop was organized by the Asociación Nacional de Taekwon-Do de Puerto Rico, and had a participation of 100, including 15 international instructors.
The workshop with Master Suarez was described as a total success, since as usual exceeded the expectations from all the participants. We want to congratulate all the participants who joined us in this event.  Then, on Sunday, May 18th, 2014, Master Suarez conducted a special training for black belts Instructors covering technical aspects of black belts patterns. At the end of the training, he presided over a black belt testing for 5th Dan to Mr. Saul Pacheco.
A lot has been said about the loyalty from the student to the Master, but very little has been said about the loyalty from the Master to the student. His knowledge, technical level, and human quality, make him the loyal master, which inspires you, motivates you and teaches you without any reservations.
We want to thank Master Suarez for his commitment in helping with the development of Taekwon-Do in Puerto Rico. We are very honored to have him so close and we want to thank him for the invaluable commitment to Taekwon-Do in Puerto Rico.

L. Gato-Gato, President
Asociación Nacional de Taekwon-Do de Puerto Rico
During the weekend of May 3rd to 4th, the NTA-ITF conducted a two day Business and Technical Seminar at Advantage Taekwon-Do in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

On Saturday, a business seminar was conducted, with participation of 19 school instructors and owners. The first part of the seminar was conducted by Mr. Orlando Millan, IV Dan, from Gainesville, Florida, who presented a seminar for Martial Arts Business Development. Mr. Millan shared many practices for increasing your enrollment and billing, and ways to maximize your resources to meet your goals. For the second part of the seminar, Mr. Edward Davila, IV Dan, from Tampa, Florida, presented a seminar covering business areas for start-ups business, legal structures, managing your workforce, taking advantage of technology, and creating an effective successions plan.  Also, Mr. Davila presented about Social Media topics, including how to create an effective social media strategy, how to build your social community, selecting the social network that best meet your needs, your social media dashboard and social media etiquette.

On Sunday, the NTA-ITF held a Technical Seminar, with participation of 20 black belts and red belts. Master Ruben Suarez, VIII Dan, conducted a 4 hour training covering areas from physical conditioning, fundamental movements, step-sparring, foot techniques, and patterns. It was a great opportunity to meet, share, and train.
The response from the participants to the business and technical seminar was excellent. It was evident that there is a need among instructors about the financial aspects of their business, and the NTA-ITF will continue supporting and promoting this type of event in the USA.

On March 1st of 2014, the Lititz Taekwon-Do Tournament was conducted with the participation of 150 competitors from the East Coast. 
Thank you to the following schools for your support:
Advantage Taekwon-Do
Hwa-Rang Warriors Taekwon-Do
Hwa-Rang Warriors Taekwon-Do
K-MAG International
Legacy Taekwon-Do School
The Legacy Taekwon-Do School
Lopez Martial Arts School
Mike Louie Taekwon-Do Center
Paganini Martial Arts
Queens Taekwon-Do Center
Red Tiger TKD
Team USA Taekwondo Fitness
Unified Taekwon-Do
The tournament showed an awesome display of Team Work from the parents of the school.  It made the tournament run smooth and quick.  Thank you to all the referees  that helped at the tournament, without you, the tournament would not have been possible.  I wanted to acknowledge the most supportive school, Queens Taekwon-Do Center took the trophy with 32 students participating.  Again, a heartfelt thank you to everyone.  Without each and every one of you, this tournament would not be possible.  Thank you for your continued support.