Master Michael Muleta, 8th Degree

Michael Muleta kickMichael Muleta is an 8th Degree Black Belt Master Instructor, as well as A Class International Umpire. Master Muleta currently holds the official post of under Secretary General of the International Taekwon-Do Federation.


Global Fitness Institute ArnoldBy profession, he is the Founding CEO of Global Fitness Institute, a leading Educational facility in Australia, specializing in Health, Fitness, Sports and Business Education. Prior to forming this company, he was a Senior Physical Education Teacher from 1990 – 2007.


As well as overseeing the running of the company, Michael still conducts the bulk of the teaching himself, preferring to share his experience and knowledge directly Michael Muleta Fitness Educationwith students.

With ownership of several other companies, various business interests and roles in several organizations, Michael has long had one of the more hectic schedules and highest work ethics of his contemporaries and peers.


michael muleta United ITF TaekwondoHe is the Founding President of United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia Inc, with 30 years of ITF experience at the highest level as a competitor, coach, umpire and administrator.

Michael has with an extensive Taekwon-Do and education background. His informative seminars are some of the most highly regarded domestically and internationally.


ITF Hall Of Fame Michael MuletaMichael’s involvement in martial arts is extensive and diverse, where he has gained respect across other styles and organizations. In 2018, he was inducted into the Australasian ITF Hall Of Fame for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Taekwon-Do.



International Event Organizer

Arnold Schwarzenegger Michael Muleta Michael is currently the Director of Taekwondo for the Arnold Sports Festival Australia, since 2017, and also has been the Martial Arts Convener for several Australian Masters Games since 2013.

Michael was largely responsible for the growth of the National ITF tournament scene, running successful State and National events from 1992, and then spending several years from late 1994 as National Tournament Director. During this period, Michael completely transformed both the National Tournament scene and the entire approach to National Team selection. 

Michael Muleta National ChampionThis approach was the basis of United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia’s incredible ITF World Championship successes from 1992 to 2018, under Michael’s Presidency.

Michael has run over 10 ITF Nationals Championships, more than 20 ITF State Championships, ITF Oceana Championships, and ITF Australasian Championships on several occasions. This culminated in the hosting and organizing of the 2006 ITF World Championships.

National Champion Competitor

muleta 11A multiple national champion (7 x – including Best Overall in 1997) and World Championship competitor himself, at the 1997 ITF World Championships in St Petersburg, Russia.


Master Michael Muleta is a 3 x Martial Arts Hall of Fame nominee, and was an Australian Sports Medal Recipient in 2000.

muleta 7Before shifting his focus to leading the National Organization, running his multiple companies and raising a family, Michael’s led his school Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do to unprecedented results.


Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do won the “Best Overall Club” trophy for Best Team at ITF Oceanic Championships (1999), Master Choi Cup (2003, 2005), ITF Australasian Championships (1995, 1996, 2001, 2004), ITF Australian Championships (1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005,2006), ITF Victorian Championships (1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005,2006,2007, 2008, 2009).

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He personally trained the Best Overall Female winner at the 2010 ITF World Championships, held in Korea. Joanne Barwood, of Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do Melton, who won 2 Gold and 2 Silver medals in that event. 



World Championships Coach

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Michael Muleta was selected in the National Team for the 1994 World Championships (Malaysia) but due to petty politics, withdrew from the team, despite winning his category at selection trials. He took up an coaching consultant position with the New Zealand national team instead at the same Championships, acting as an assistant to the head coach.


ITF National Coach Michael MuletaMichael went on to coach the Australian National Team at the 1995 (Poland) and 1996 (Czech Republic) ITF World Championships, before returning to compete at the 1997 World Championships (Russia). 


World Championships Umpire

muleta 12In 2002, Michael was appointed a member of the ITF Umpire Committee. At the 2007 ITF World Championships Michael was awarded the ‘Most Outstanding ITF Umpire’ medal.


He has Umpired at ITF World Championships in Italy (2001), Argentina (2002) England (2007), and was ITF Umpiring Michael Muletaan ITF Tournament Committee member from 2002-2014. In this role, he assisted in the running of the ITF World Championships in 2007 (England), 2010 (Korea), 2012 (Canada) and 2014 (Italy).

Michael hosted and organized the ITF World Championships in 2006 (Geelong, Australia)

ITF Master Instructor

muleta 10Master Michael Muleta has conducted multiple training seminars across the World including New Zealand, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, USA, Italy, Sri Lanka (military), Nepal, South Africa and Puerto Rico.


In addition to serving as ITF Technical Director in Master Muleta Nepal ITFAustralia for close to a decade, overseeing Australia’s most successful international period. Michael has also been  Technical Director for Sri Lanka, Nepal and New Zealand.

In Sri Lanka, Michael conducted unarmed combat training seminars for the Sri Lankan Army Taekwondo Team.

muleta 16In 2010, Michael had the honour of being chosen as one of 4 of the World’s leading ITF Masters to conduct the first ITF Seminars in Korea.

He also went on to conduct be the first overseas guest Master instructor to lead the ITF Tul tour in Korea. In all, Michael taught in the Taekwon-Do homeland of Korea on 3 separate visits.

Taekwon-Do student

composition muleta general choiMichael has personally trained with General Choi Hong Hi (dec) on 9 occasions, and Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa (9th Degree) on 15 occasions and is well versed in the genuine and authentic Taekwon-do techniques and teachings.


rhee Ki Ha Michael MuletaMichael has trained with many other Taekwon-Do Grandmasters, Masters and International Instructors both in Australia and abroad. These include Grandmaster Rhee Ki Ha, Grandmaster Charles .E. Sereff, Grandmaster Paul Cutler, Grandmaster Nestor Galarraga and Master Robert Wheatley (8th Degree).


muleta choi jung hwa ITF 2Additionally Michael has acted as a leading assistant in seminars with General Choi Hong Hi, Grandmaster Rhee Ki Ha and Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa across Australia and New Zealand.

Michael has also trained for varying amounts of time in a variety of other martial arts systems including Ju-Jitsu and boxing as well as training in many seminars.dan inosanto michael muleta

These included Dan Inosanto (Jeet Kune Do), Professor Wally Jay (Ju-Jitsu), George Dillman (Pressure Points), Dr. Julian Lim (Hapkido). Michael also spent some time in a China Institute of Mining and Technology, during 1989 training in Wushu and tactical response with a police rookie squad. 


Michael Muleta 1Michael has appeared on the front of Australasian Taekwon-Do magazine twice. He is the only Australian ITF instructor to appear on the front cover and feature interview of the Taekwon-Do Times magazine in the USA in 2011.


He started ITF training in 1986. As a student, Michael Muleta trained with many schools, often simultaneously. Michael Muleta 2These included Lai Taekwon-Do, Il Shim International Taekwon-Do, Melton Taekwondo (WTF), Golden Kicks Taekwon-Do (WTF) and on many occasions with ITFNZ (New Zealand).


Michael Muleta 3He attended the ITF World Camp as an instructor and participant in 1991. As the only Australian in attendance, he conducted Plyometrics seminar with around 80 participants.

Today Michael Muleta still regularly runs Seminar across the country, and travel permitting, around the World. When not on the road or in the air, he conducts private training for Instructors and national team aspirants, at the ITF Centre of Excellence, in Melbourne, Australia.

Schools utilizing Master Muleta’s expertise

Master Muleta has conducted seminars for most Oceana Region ITF schools including:


  • Australian Institute of Taekwon-Do, Adelaide
  • Jung Hwa Taekwon-Do, Brisbane
  • Geelong Taekwon-Do
  • Choong Moo Taekwon-Do, Canberra
  • Heron Taekwon-Do, Canberra
  • Legacy Taekwon-Do, Melbourne
  • Bai Rui Taekwon-Do, Brisbane
  • Ballina Taekwon-Do
  • Tong Il Taekwon-Do, Ballarat
  • Egress Taekwon-Do, Bundaberg
  • Southern ITF Taekwon-Do, Tasmania
  • Fraser Coast Taekwon-Do, Hervey Bay
  • Wide Bay Taekwon-Do, Bundaberg
  • Azure Taekwon-Do, Mount Gambier
  • International Taekwon-Do Defence Force, Melbourne
  • Dougs Dojangs Taekwon-Do, Rockhampton
  • Toowoomba Hawks Taekwon-Do
  • Kwondoworks, Gold Coast
  • Western Australian Institute of Taekwon-Do, Perth
  • United School of Martial Arts, (USMA) Melbourne
  • Vouvaris Taekwon-D0, Melbourne
  • Ataru Taekwon-Do, Mildura
  • Delahey Taekwon-Do, Melbourne
  • Outback Taekwon-Do, Broken Hill
  • Lee’s International Taekwon-Do, Broken Hill
  • Elite Taekwon-Do, Sydney
  • ITF Taekwon-Do, Dubbo
  • SMART Taekwon-Do, Gladstone
  • McNae’s Martial Arts & Fitness, Rockhampton
  • Rockhampton Grammar School Taekwon-Do
  • Browns Dojangs Rockhampton
  • Canberra ITF Taekwon-Do, ACT
  • Titan Martial Arts, Newcastle
  • JB Family Taekwon-Do, Frankston


  • United ITF Combat and Traditional Taekwon-Do, Wellington
  • South Pacific Taekwon-Do , Wellington
  • Hawkes Bay ITF, Hastings
  • Koryo Taekwondo, Napier 

….as well as up to 30 Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do affiliated schools across Australia, during an intense travel schedule for seminars and ITF Gradings spanning more than 25 years.

He is one of the rare instructors who willingly gives his knowledge and experience to any ITF school or student, without the antiquated requirement to affiliate or be ‘under’ him. This can be verified by the many schools and instructors who have benefited from his input, knowledge and advice, regardless of their allegiance.

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