|On November 10 and November 11 ten (10) members of the Canadian Taekwon-Do Federation (CTFI) were certified to conduct and certify class C and class B umpire seminars within Canada. It is the first training program of its kind in Canada. The 15 hour certification course was presented by Mr. Kurt Ottesen CTFI Umpire Director and member of the ITF Umpire committee. Both power point presentation and practical umpire exercises were used by Mr. Ottesen to ensure the course material was covered in a comprehensive format. The course covered the rules and regulations for ITF international competition, the point system for all areas of competition, the most recent updates to competition rules, the umpire official’s duties, the rules and procedures for a jury council, and secrets of the trade. The participants were Master Scott Downey (Newfoundland), Mr. Rod Johnson and Mr. Chris Law (British Columbia), Ms. Brandi Merritt and Mr. Darryl Rasmussen (Alberta), Mr. Ken Sabo and Mr. David Kimpton (Saskatchewan), Mr. Steven LeGrow (Ontario), and Mr. Ken MacKenzie and Mr. Jim Ripley (Nova Scotia).The skills and knowledge presented in this seminar will help to elevate and standardize the quality of our umpires here in Canada. Thank you Mr Ottesen for a terrific job!