Also, in attendance of this seminar were a few current and former ITF World Champions/World Cup Champions. We had Maxime Bujold, Kayla Maduk, David Lim who are current medallists/champions. Both Maxime and Kayla are preparing for the World Championships in Italy in a few weeks!
Master Suarez’s pattern workshop was fantastic. He brought new methods of training the muscles of the body into getting acceleration, increasing the level of power as well as improving the shaping the stances. Many people were already sore and found it hard to move after day 1 but were loving every minute of it and would not miss day 2.
Day 2 was the Sparring day. Master Suarez has a unique insight into free sparring which is more movement based that technique based. While most fighters focus on which technique they want to perfect, Master Suarez has us moving in various directions. Movement drills involved skipping, shifting, stepping, sliding and switching. The method of which Master Suarez teaches is breaking the exercises down, making them incredibly natural for everyone to do.
After a few hours of drills it was time to do some free sparring. Many of the people did not have any energy left in the tank at the end of the day but there were some very resilient people who were determined to get some additional sparring where Master Suarez was gracious to coach the athletes.
In wrapping up from such an amazing weekend, we would like to say thank you to Master Downey for attending and sharing with us and a big thank you to Master Suarez for your continued dedication to ITF and the promotion of Taekwon-Do around the North and South America.
By Steven LeGrow (host of the event)