Teach the Teachers - 5 and 6 October 2019

Dear go teachers of Europe,

You are cordially invited to take part in Teach the Teachers, a special event organised by the European Go Cultural Centre in cooperation with the EGF and the IGF. This symposium will take place in the weekend of 5-6 October in Amstelveen, the Netherlands, and is a follow-up of the Teachers' Day that was held in the EGCC in 2017.

Teach the Teachers aims to bring together the bright organising minds of the European go world: do you teach go in your country, or even beyond? Are you involved in the organisation of your national go association and/or do you promote go on a local or broader scale? Or do you want to start doing so? Then this event is for you.

During the course of two days, you will discuss different ways of teaching go with likeminded people. For this special occassion, three professional players from Japan, Korea and China will be flown over: Cho Hye-yeon 9p (Korea), Yang Shuang 2p (China) and Mizuma Toshifumi 7p (Japan).
They will provide workshops and share their professional knowledge on how to teach our sport, with an emphasis on how to promote the game in schools. 

The event is free of charge, with lunch included. Participation is limited to the first 50 applicants. There are several budget accommodation options in the vicinity of the European Go Centre, such as Ibis Hotel Amsterdam-Zuid (Professor J.H. Bavincklaan 1), forest cottages for up to 8 people in Amsterdamse Bos, and several free sleeping places at local go players.

Schedule

Saturday, October 5
10:00–11:30 Lecture: Chinese Weiqi Association
11:30–13:00 Lunch (provided by the event)
13:00–14:30 Lecture: Korea Baduk Association
15:00–16:30 Lecture: Nihon Ki-in
17:00–18:30 Dinner for Participants & Teachers at the venue
19:00–20:30 Discussion among European Go Teachers: sharing of experiences and teaching methods

Sunday, October 6
10:00–11:30 Lecture and Q&A: Nihon Ki-in
11:30–13:00 Lunch (provided by the event)
13:00–14:30 Lecture and Q&A: Chinese Weiqi Association
15:00–16:30 Lecture and Q&A: Korea Baduk Association 

Registration

Would you like to join the event? Please register here, and include your name, country, address (optional for receival of a Certificate of Completion) and information about your involvement in the world of teaching go (optional). Participants who complete the event and wish to receive an official Certificate of Completion by the IGF/Nihon Ki-in should make sure to inform us of their physical address. 
To see the list of registrated teachers, please click here.

Background of Participants

 

Wilhelm Buehler
Wilhelm Buehler
Wilhelm Buehler

Wilhelm Buehler (born 1966) is promoting go in the south west of Germany since 2011. He restarted go teaching activities in Karlsruhe with Chinese and Korean support. His focus is to enable a sustainable growth of the go community in his region. The last book he read was "Go as communication" from Yasuda 9p and his youngest student for Capture-Go is 3 years old. He is missing go workbooks in the German language and has a blog at www.go361.eu
Dave de Vos
Dave de Vos
Dave de Vos

Dave de Vos started teaching school kids on Fridays in 2012. Since then he taught over 300 kids and some of their parents. Nowadays about 40 of the school kids play every week, during the 3 hours that are available to go. In 2018 Dave became involved in youth go on a national level, promoting and assisting organisation of local and national youth tournaments in the Netherlands. Youth go is still small in the Netherlands, but it is growing again after a long decline in earlier years.
Geert Groenen
Geert Groenen
Geert Groenen

Once every two weeks Geert Groenen teaches go at a Chinese school for one hour. In the past Geert taught several beginner courses and was involved in trainings organized by the Dutch Go Association.
 
Roel van Kollem
Roel van Kollem
Roel van Kollem

Roel van Kollem is the chairman of the Amsterdam Go Club. He finds promotion of go one of his most important tasks. The club organizes a lot of lessons for beginners, double digit kyu and high single digit kyu players with the help of Rob van Zeijst. In the beginning Roel explained too much in his enthousiasm to teach as much as possible. Now he realizes it is more important to let beginners enjoy the game and only explain two or three basic principles when it occurs in their matches.
 
Adriana Tomsu
Adriana Tomsu
Adriana Tomsu

Earlier this year, Adriana Tomsu taught go to kids in the Philippines as a volunteer for one month. It was a great experience and because of it she has decided to start teaching children at schools in Czechia. She would like to get some professional advice and this event is a great opportunity for her.
Marco Henkel
Marco Henkel
Marco Henkel

Marco Henkel learned go around 3 years ago and since 2 years he has been teaching local players and presenting the game on fairs. He taught go classes in 3 different schools to over 200 kids for the last 1,5 years and would love to see how other people approach this subject. He is interested to learn other ways of teaching go and specifically how to engage 10-20 kyu players in a more structured manner.
 
Lucas Neirynck
Lucas Neirynck
Lucas Neirynck

Lucas Neirynck has been Belgian champion for 9 years. Recently, he started a go school in Paris in collaboration with Fan Hui and the Nie Weiping Go Academy (Beijing). Currently, he teaches go in high schools and associations (Lycée Henri-IV, China Cultural Center). During the summer he organized a go traineeship in Paris.
Website: goschool.fr
Rob van Zeijst
Rob van Zeijst
Rob van Zeijst

Rob van Zeijst has been a go teacher for 35 years: he started teaching go while studying as an insei in Japan, taught at the Nihon Kiin in front of 200-300 people, ran his own go club, wrote a series of go books (about 10), taught the game through columns in newspapers and magazines (about 500 in total) and ran workshops for beginners and advanced trainings for 4-6dan players.
Rob likes 'minimal teaching' where you offer just enough information so the student has to think for himself. He tries to be more a guide than a top-down teacher.
Dimitris Regginos
Dimitris Regginos
Dimitris Regginos

During his school teaching years, working as a music teacher in public schools on Cyprus, Dimitris Regginos maintened a school go club. This club introduced the game to many students and produced several go players in the country.









 
 
Nicholas Roussos
Nicholas Roussos
Nicholas Roussos

Nicholas Roussos is a founding member of the Cyprus Go Association and since 2003 led a number of initiatives to teach go to kids. In 2008 he set up a a go club at The English School in Nicosia, where he taught go to students (11-18 years old) for 2 years. Nicholas also taught go within a program of the Cyprus Youth Board, as well as a small group of kids using the Level Up book series (thanks to Daniela Trinks). He occasionally teaches his sons, aged 9 and 7. He is keen to find a method to spread go among Cyprus youth in order to drive sustainable growth of the players’ base.
 
Michiel Tel
Michiel Tel
Michiel Tel

Michiel Tel studied go and especially go education at Myeongji University. While in Korea he volunteered at a go school for elementary and middle school children. His strong suit is go specific didactics. Presently he is the chairman of the Dutch Go Association, as well as a math teacher in high school.
 
Cristi Balan
Cristi Balan
Cristi Balan

In mid October, Cristi Balan is starting an indefinite overland trip through Africa. He will travel with go material so that he can introduce people he meets along the way. Cristi is interested in psychology and believes that go can be a good avenue to discover more about oneself and is keen on introducing others to it. He found out that there are Confucius institutes across Africa (at least one in every country), and hopes that these can be of help in providing playing materials to start local go clubs across the continent.
 
Kalli Balduin
Kalli Balduin
Kalli Balduin

Kalli Balduin has been working as a full time go teacher for more than 20 years. He started teaching go to children in 2000 at some schools in Berlin. After a few years Kalli decided to fully concentrate on teaching and promoting the game. He mainly teaches in elementary schools and youth clubs. Most of his students are 8-12 years old. At the moment Kalli teaches at five elementary schools and two youth clubs, every week about 30 hours. At some schools he had the chance to introduce go in regular morning classes to all of the school's pupils. He usually teaches in the afternoon school program. During the past school year Kalli played with more than 650 children and introduced the game to more than 40 classes. Kalli Balduin also organises many children's tournaments. In the last 15 years he organised more than 150 tournaments in the youth club, including Pair-Go and Team-Go tournaments. He works with his own set of problem books and a rating book that he developed, which the children like a lot. He uses Hikaru No Go in German (video and book form) to motivate the children. Kalli's teaching materials won prizes twice at the Iwamoto Awards of the European Go Cultural Center in Amstelveen.
Jana Hricova
Jana Hricova
Jana Hricova

Jana Hricova started teaching go in elementary schools in 1997. During that time a big project for go promotion was organised by the EGCC. Teaching material was produced and Frank Janssen ran a workshop for Czech go teachers in Prague. Afterwards, many go classes for children were established in Czechia and Jana was one of the teachers. Because there were many children go clubs in towns throughout Czechia, Jana started the Children's Grand Prix during the 1998/1999 school year. The Children's Grand Prix was a cycle of weekend tournaments for children - beginner players up to 15 years old. The project won a prize at the first edition of the Iwamoto Awards, and continued to run for more than 10 years. In 2010, Jana set up a youngster's go club called PromoGo. As the children grew older, the club gained a mixture of kids and young adolescents. Some of Jana's students are now teaching go with her.
During her go teacher's career, Jana taught go to hundreds of kids, of which some became top players, such as Lukas Podpera 7d.
Dominique Cornuejols
Dominique Cornuejols
Dominique Cornuejols

Dominique Cornuejols founded the Grenoble Go School in 2007. The school was initially only for kids (7 to 18 years old), on Wednesday afternoons (no school that day in France), with about 15 participants every year. Hundreds of kids have been trained that way and some of them have become dan players, like Denis Karadaban (5 dan), Frédéric Schlattner (2 dan) and Aurélien Morel (2 dan). Today, the go school is even bigger than before, with about 30 kids every year. It is run by three teachers: Inseong Hwang, Frédéric Streicher and Dominique, in three level groups. Ages go from 5 to 20 years old and rankings from total beginners to 4 dan. They encourage their youth players - even the beginners - to participate in local tournaments and to participate in the French championships at local, regional and national levels. Ariane Ougier (4 dan), European female champion this year in Trier, was a student of Inseong in the Grenobole Go School for the last two years. From September this year, to answer the large demand, a new slot has been started on Wednesday night, for both adults and youth.
Dominique is also involved in extra-scholar activities in about 30 schools in the Grenoble area, starting with "atari-go" and evolving little by little towards the real game of go: every year the teachers organise a training for the "animators" of these atari-go and go sessions - who usually are not go players - to learn how to keep the interest of the kids for the game of go and to organise interschool competitions. These competitions can gather together two hundreds kids each time. 
 
Kevin Cuello
Kevin Cuello
Kevin Cuello

Kevin Cuello started teaching go in schools in 2015, became entrepreneur in 2016 teaching go strategy in private companies, and opened a go school for beginners (30k to 10k) in Rennes in 2017. Kevin is part of a group that develops youth go projects for the French Go Federation, especially in schools. During the Teach the Teachers event he would like to introduce several projects that he has been working on:
- A go book for children (schools - beginners)
- A go set for children and families (public - beginners)
- A go uniform "KimoGo" for children and adults (go school - all levels)
- Go level badges and ladder for children (schools and go school - 30k to 1d)
 
Tamara Au-Havik
Tamara Au-Havik
Tamara Au-Havik

Hikaru no Go was Tamara's introduction to go in 2006. Shortly after that, in 2007, she gave beginners workshops at anime conventions, which she still does at least once a year. Tamara teaches Biology at the Dalton Den Haag, where she also plays go one or two afternoons a week and any time a student challenges her. Last year four of these students (between 13 and 18) participated in the national youth championship. In addition to this she teaches go to children between 5 and 8 years old on Saturdays at a Chinese school in Delft.
Henk van der Wal
Henk van der Wal
Henk van der Wal

This year, Henk van der Wal taught go in a primary school for the first time. In four lessons of 75 minutes, to two groups of 8 children each (8-11 years old), Henk explained the rules and supervised the playing.
John Tromp
John Tromp
John Tromp

John Tromp taught go to many acquaintances, as well as to groups of kids in Long Island, USA. His website is http://tromp.github.io/
Theo van Ees
Theo van Ees
Theo van Ees

Theo van Ees recently started giving some go lessons in a primary school in Leiden. He translated three problem books for beginners to Dutch (Zwart aan zet by Gunnar Dickfeld).
Ola Sundberg
Ola Sundberg
Ola Sundberg

Ola Sundberg is part owner of the Swedish go store GoButiken. He strives to spread go in various ways, from starting a local club, to teaching the game to youth and pensioners, as well as making plans to support the efforts of other enthusiasts and clubs in both Sweden and abroad.
 
Karolina Nilsson
Karolina Nilsson
Karolina Nilsson

Karolina Nilsson started playing go in 2015. There are few organized teaching activities in the Scandinavian countries, although there are very active go clubs. Karolina hopes to learn techniques that can be integrated with the already established club activities. She would like to share her ideas on a "club versus club" match that was held over the internet against the Gothenburg Go Club. How it was organised, what was done to make sure everyone participated and what all the participants got out of it: fun, bonding and getting to know each other better
 
Dusan Jansky
Dusan Jansky
Dusan Jansky

Dusan Jansky started playing go about 10 years ago in elementary school, played in many tournaments around Europe and won several Master of Republic (in junior classes) tournaments. About three years ago he started teaching go together with his teacher Jana Hricova. Nowadays, Dusan focuses more on teaching than learning and he looks forward to Teach the Teachers, a perfect opportunity to improve his teaching skills and to gain new ideas.
Ronald Verhagen
Ronald Verhagen
Ronald Verhagen

The game of go fascinates Ronald Verhagen. A long time ago he received the title of “Dutch go teacher”. Although he is not active as a teacher on a regular basis, Ronald likes to teach and promote go to others. On many occassions he taught children the basics of the game. He finds it very rewarding to see the kids start playing without any hesitation or knowledge, and when you meet them at a later time find out that they play a good game of go.
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