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Vinicius Santana Pinto, ITKF Strategic Planning Consultant

ITKF Strategic Planning December 5, 2019 By ISABELA LEMOS I Photos BUDOPRESS Curitiba - PR


Monday and Tuesday meetings addressed issues such as business management based on ITKF's vision, mission and values


Canadian Richard Jorgensen defends the ideas presented by his work group

In the first three days of the International Traditional Karate Federation (ITKF) events taking place this week in Curitiba, the Board of Directors Meeting brought together leaders from several countries to discuss ITKF business management and goals, also set plans of action for the other federations in the world. Authorities from different countries met at the gymnasium of the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR).


The first stage of the meeting addressed the future of the institution and the importance of looking ahead

Vinicius Santana, or Vina, ITKF's strategic planning consultant, who coordinated the meeting, explained that the purpose of the meetings was to create a future vision of the institution aligned with the principles of karate and the spirit of budo. For this, all strategic planning has been structured so that it can hear different opinions, directing federations at the global level, giving plurality to the debate.


The first stage of the meeting addressed the future of the institution and the importance of looking ahead. The discussion was based on design thinking, but brainstorming with the structure of the swatch, which is to analyze the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in a given case. Then, ideas were presented, which will be compiled and presented at the general meeting of the entity. Was also discussed, the possibility of establishing a global vision connected to the 17 UN objectives, analyzing which ones make the most sense for ITKF as an institution.

Groups of leaders, teachers and athletes from different ethnic backgrounds and origins have generated concepts that will now be evaluated

Vina emphasized that during the meetings, there was still the unfolding of four themes: socio-education, management, politics and competitions.


“In the socio-educational aspect, we discussed the teaching and the transmission of knowledge for several generations, the aspect of scientific research, social inclusion and the training of managers and leaders of federations of each country”, explained Santana. Another point addressed was the issue of management, asking how to promote actions that allow managers of federations to acquire knowledge in the area of people management, crisis, costs and taxes. Thereby, national entities would become economically self-sufficient. “As for politics, the issue has been approached to integrate different people and cultures into an open dialogue that adds a glimpse to the expansion of ITKF”, he added.

In the three meetings there was an unfolding on socio-education, management, politics and competitions

At last, Santana brought up issues such as management, marketing plan, communication and competitions. The meeting ended with the following provocation: “How is it possible to build the future while maintaining the principles and teachings of the masters of traditional karate and budo, that is, maintaining the origins but connecting with modernity in technology, with young people? and different profiles that are emerging from new generations?” The issue will be discussed at upcoming ITKF meetings.


“The discussion of strategic planning is vital to understand what the people who make up the institution think about it and its organization, what they expect, and how they see what it will be in a few years.”

Important proposals came up at the Board of Directors Meeting

At the last meeting, groups of six to seven people - at least three of different nationalities - were asked to present a goal and action for each topic discussed. Santana said that in this way, the leaders themselves feel part of the construction of strategic planning. It is important that all the actions that will later be linked to the mission, vision and values have been built from the ITKF leaders and members, which generates credibility and trust and thus a better future for the institution can be projected. At the end, information from the three meetings will be compiled and reported to the ITKF president and directors to decide which path to follow.

Leaders, teachers and athletes played a leading role in the meetings

For Gilberto Gaertner, president of ITKF, the discussion of strategic planning is vital to understanding what the people who make up the institution think about it and its organization, what they expect and how they will see it in a few years. The president said these meetings were designed to project ITKF's future, redefining what it is and where it is going.

Part of the karatekas who attended the Board of Directors Meeting 2019

“I think we started with a management review process to look to the future. For this, we need to see what we have already done and the future scenarios, in order to develop the organization in line with the current world and projections of future scenarios. Each of the ruled areas was thoroughly discussed and the last step was consolidation. Actions have been proposed for each area, so we have concrete ideas of what to do from these discussions. We had a sampling of several different cultures and we will work on this material to formulate a unique ITKF proposal based on this affiliate thinking”, said the president.




Planejamento Estratégico da ITKF 5 de dezembro de 2019 Por ISABELA LEMOS I Fotos BUDOPRESS Curitiba - PR


Reuniões de planejamento pautaram questões como a gestão empresarial baseada na visão, na missão, valores e metas da ITKF

Nos primeiros três dias dos eventos da International Traditional Karate Federation (ITKF) que se realizam esta semana em Curitiba, o Board of Directors Meeting reuniu dirigentes de diversos países com o objetivo de debater a gestão empresarial e metas para a ITKF, além de estabelecer planos de ação para as demais federações do mundo. As autoridades de diversos países encontraram-se no ginásio da Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR).


Vinícius Santana, o Vina, consultor de planejamento estratégico da ITKF, que coordenou a reunião, explicou que o objetivo dos encontros foi construir uma visão futura da instituição alinhada aos princípios do karatê e ao espírito do budô. Para isso, todo o planejamento estratégico foi estruturado de forma que se ouvissem diferentes opiniões, de dirigentes de federações em nível global, dando pluralidade ao debate.

A primeira etapa do encontro abordou o futuro da instituição e a importância de olhar adiante. A discussão baseou-se em design thinking, em que se faz um brainstorm, porém, com a estrutura do swatch, que é analisar as forças, fraquezas, oportunidades e ameaças em determinado caso. Em seguida, foram expostas ideias, as quais serão compiladas e apresentadas na assembleia geral da entidade. Além disso, discutiu-se a possibilidade de estabelecer uma visão global conectada aos 17 objetivos da ONU, analisando quais deles fazem mais sentido para a ITKF como instituição.


Vina enfatizou que durante os encontros, ainda houve o desdobramento de quatro temas: socioeducação, gerenciamento, política e competições.

“No aspecto socioeducacional, discutiu-se o ensino e a transmissão de conhecimento para diversas gerações, o aspecto das pesquisas científicas, a inclusão social e a capacitação de gestores e dirigentes de federações de cada país”, explicou Santana. Outro ponto abordado foi a questão do gerenciamento, questionando como promover ações que permitam aos gestores das federações adquirir conhecimento na área de gestão de pessoas, crise, custos e tributos. Com isso, as entidades nacionais se tornariam autossuficientes economicamente. “Quanto à política, o assunto foi abordado de forma a integrar diferentes pessoas e culturas para um diálogo aberto que agregue um olhar à expansão da ITKF”, acrescentou.


Por último, Santana trouxe à tona questões como a gestão, plano de marketing, comunicação e competições. O encontro terminou com a seguinte provocação: “Como é possível construir o futuro, mantendo os princípios e ensinamentos dos mestres do karatê tradicional e do budô, ou seja, manter as origens, mas se conectar com a modernidade em termos de tecnologia, com jovens e perfis diferentes que estão surgindo das novas gerações?” A questão será discutida nas próximas reuniões promovidas pela ITKF.


“A discussão do planejamento estratégico é vital para entender o que as pessoas que compõem a instituição pensam a respeito dela e de sua organização, o que esperam e como enxergam o que ela será daqui a alguns anos.”



No último encontro, pediu-se que os grupos compostos por seis a sete pessoas – sendo ao menos três de nacionalidades diferentes – apresentassem uma meta e ação para cada tema discutido. Santana afirmou que, dessa forma, os próprios dirigentes sentem-se parte da construção do planejamento estratégico. É importante que todas as ações que depois serão vinculadas à missão, visão e valores tenham sido construídas a partir dos dirigentes e membros da ITKF, o que gera credibilidade e confiança e, desta forma, consegue-se projetar um futuro melhor para a instituição. Ao final, as informações dos três encontros serão compiladas e entregues em forma de relatório ao presidente e diretores da ITKF, para que eles decidam qual caminho será seguido.


Para Gilberto Gaertner, presidente da ITKF, a discussão do planejamento estratégico é vital para entender o que as pessoas que compõem a instituição pensam a respeito dela e de sua organização, o que esperam e como enxergam o que ela será daqui a alguns anos. O presidente afirmou que estas reuniões visavam a projetar o futuro da ITKF, redefinindo o que ela é e para onde vai.


“Creio que começamos com um processo de revisão da gestão, de forma a olhar para o futuro. Para isso, precisamos enxergar o que já fizemos e os cenários futuros, para assim desenvolvermos a organização em sintonia com o mundo atual e projeções de cenários futuros. Cada uma das áreas pautadas foi discutida exaustivamente e a última etapa foi a consolidação. Foram propostas ações para cada área, então, temos ideias concretas do que fazer a partir destas discussões. Tivemos uma amostragem de várias culturas diferentes e vamos trabalhar em cima desse material para formular uma proposta única da ITKF pautada nesse pensamento gerado pelos filiados", revelou o presidente.







Sensei Eligio Contarelli, 8º dan (Italy)

Judges Standardization Course

December 4, 2019

By ISABELA LEMOS E MATHEUS ZILIO I Photos BUDOPRESS

Curitiba – PR


Course taught by three traditional karate arbitration giants attracted referees from approximately 30 countries

Participants of the first phase of the judges standardization course

Referees from approximately 30 countries attended this Tuesday (December 3), at the gymnasium of Pontificia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUC-PR), the course was taught by teachers Tasuke Watanabe, shihan 9th dan (Brazil), director of Shihankai from the International Traditional Karate Federation (ITKF); Richard Jorgensen, 8th dan (Canada), Chairman of ITKF Technical Committee; and Eligio Contarelli, 8th dan (Italy), member of the ITKF technical committee and arbitration director.

Shihan Tasuke Watanabe, 9º dan (Brazil)

Making a detailed assessment of the work presented by the three renowned ITKF teachers, sensei Kazuo Nagamine (7th dan), highlighted the relationship between competitors and referees. The same readiness observed in competitors - in relation to body dynamics and karate practice, application of blows etc. - must be applied by the referees in the conduct of the match. Therefore, for the performance of the kime, for example, the referee must observe the transition and the correct moments in order to perform his function, which is above all an educator within the arbitration process.

Profiled referees

"In front of two contestants, the referee must maintain this action. With this, he carries a very great responsibility, especially in order to provide security to those involved in the fights," said Nagamine.

Sensei Richard Jorgensen, 8º dan (Canada)

Kazuo Sensei explained that each of the three senseis who conducted the seminar was concerned with the central idea, which was to approach arbitration in order to adequately express the main concept of traditional karate, the concept of budo. To execute this idea one must consider todome-waza, the ultimate blow technique.

Profiled Gilberto Gaertner, Tasuke Watanabe, Richard Jorgensen and Eligio Contarelli at the opening of the course

"All bodily action must seek and express a balance and conjunction between the physical, mental and spiritual aspects. These three elements will enable the application of the technique, which can be identified as todome-waza. Throughout the course, this was the common note and each of them worked on this concept separately”, added Nagamine, who concluded by detailing the work of each of the speakers.

Displaying excellent performance, Tasuke Watanabe was the first speaker on the ITKF judges standardization course.

“During the seminar Tasuke Watanabe was concerned with addressing the concept of todome-waza more globally and the importance of positioning the fighter's spirit as well as the referee's. The sensei Jorgensen, on the other hand, worked on the five fundamental concepts that involve traditional karate in relation to the body dynamics, concentration and cognitive aspect of all these senses, seeking to bring these concepts in the form of movement both in the execution of the competitors' technique and in the referee's position. Sensei Contarelli translated these same actions within the structure of body dynamics, that is, when the body action is configured in the execution of the correct technique, in an appropriate way, so that a technique is understood and perceived as worthy of scoring.”

Sensei Eligio Contarelli emphasized the body dynamics of the referees
Referees and officials from approximately 30 countries attended ITKF arbitration course.
Leaders do the initial rei
Sensei Kazuo Nagamine made the translation of the three lectures