2nd July 2010 saw ITF England & ETA President Master Orello Ellis and Master Thomas Denis travelled to Kingston, Jamaica to officiate in 2 competitions. The 1st competition was to involve 6 teams consisting of: Argentina, Canada, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand and Poland. The 2nd competition was the U.S Open.

On Saturday 3rd July all the teams and officials were welcomed by the President of the Jamaican TaeKwon-Do Association Mr Arthur Barrows at a gala evening where a 3 course meal was supplied and details of the competition the following day was given out.

 

Officials at gala evening: Master Ung Kim Lan, Mariusz Steckiewicz, Master Orello Ellis, Kurt Otteson and Master Thomas Denis

Sunday July 4th saw the competition start off with the team Sparing. First match saw Poland defeat Japan to advance to face Jamaica in the Semi Final while in the other half of the draw Canada would beat NZ to force a match against Argentina. In the first of the semis Jamaica beat Poland and they faced Argentina, the winners in the other match. In a one sided final, Jamaica defeated Argentina.

After the team event, it was time for the individual matches. All the fighters from the 5 weight categories had the chance to be crowned overall champion of their own division. This was to prove easy for Poland as their fighters won 5 of the 6 divisions.

Early Monday morning, saw Master Ellis and I travel along with the other officials and competitors to Negril for a beach stay. This tranquil village offered great water sports and great seafood. On Tuesday most of the group met up with a local who took them out on his glass bottomed boat to a nearby reef where a spot of snorkelling took place.

 

Just disembarking after snorkelling at Negril

After an early morning flight on Thursday to Fort Lauderdale, a long coach ride awaited everyone before arriving at Coronado Springs, Disney, Florida. At the U.S Open we had to help officiate in light continuous sparing matches, which were an experience for all of us and also the ITF had one bout featured during the evening final matches.

Master Ellis and I would like to thank the Jamaican Taekwon-Do Association and their sponsors for inviting and looking after us and also making the whole experience unforgettable. A great time was had. Master Ellis has had the pleasure of having been invited on several occasions already, whereas, this was my second invite and as great as last year was, this time was even better.