International Umpire Course


Saturday, October 27, 2018

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The Annual black belt retreat is being held in Gallatin, TN and is hosted by Master Konrad Spillmann, VIII Dan.  This event is open to all black belts!  The cost of the event with early registration on or before October 4th is $150.  On October 5th and later the registration is $200. The cost of registration includes the seminars, a t-shirt, light lunch Saturday, and dinner on Saturday evening.

Please see the attached packet for details.  On line registration is now open.  Please click on the link at the top where it says "to register Click here." Mail in registration is available in the packet for those who prefer that method.  All mail in registrations should be sent to the Phoenix Group, 9524 Eby St., Overland Park, KS 66212.  Make checks payable to Phoenix Group. Mail in registrations must be post marked by October 4 to be eligible for t shirt and early registration discount.  If you have any questions contact Master Spillmann at or Master Crochet at

Saturday, March 25, 2017

On March 24,25, and 26, 2017 Grand Master Nestor Galarraga and Master Jose Maidana both from Argentina presented an Umpire Course in Houston, Texas.  The event was hosted by the Phoenix Group (INO 78) and Junbi-Now a not for profit organization that has worked to support team USA competitors at several World Championships.  Master William Howard, VII Dan, was the local host.  The seminar was well attended with a total of 8 Masters present during the seminar including the 2 presenters.  Participants came from Alaska, California, Canada, Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Texas, and more.  The lecture facilities were nice and included 4 full size display screens which allowed participants easy viewing of the power point presentation.  Then participants simply walked across the hall for the physical activities.  


The first day of the seminar consisted of 6.5 hours of lecture followed by dinner and a chance to attend the Houston Rodeo.  The second day consisted of another 5 hours of lecture and several hours of physical practice.  We had over 70 people join us at dinner that night!  The final day culminated in a one day tournament where seminar participants could practice and hone their umpiring skills.  It was followed by a bunch of very happy and very tired people heading home. 


Grand Master Galarraga and Master Maidana did not leave until the next evening so we were able to take them to Kema for lunch on the water, a stroll on the board walk and a ride on a roller coaster!  It was a fun time.


The Phoenix Group is very grateful for the opportunity to host this event and wants to thank Grand Master Galarraga, and Master Maidana for their time and expertise.  The Phoenix Group would also like to thank all the Masters and Participants that took advantage of this opportunity and made it a great success!