Master Michael Muleta, 8th Degree
Michael Muleta is an 8th Degree Master Instructor and Administrative member of the International Taekwon-Do Federation.
He 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, with an extensive Taekwon-Do and education background, his seminars are some of the most highly regarded internationally.
Michael’s involvement in martial arts is extensive and diverse, where he has gained respect across other styles and organizations. Michael is currently the Director of Martial Arts for the Arnold Sports Festival Australia and also has been the Martial Arts Convenor for the Australian Masters Games since 2013.
A multiple national champion (7 x – including Best Overall in 1997) and World Championship competitor himself, as well as coaching several ITF World Champions (including the 2010 best overall senior female – Korea). Master Michael Muleta is a 3 x Martial Arts Hall of Fame nominee, and was an Australian Sports Medal Recipient in 2000.
Before shifting his focus to leading the National Organization, and raising a family, under Michael’s tutelage led his school Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do to unprecedented, and never bettered results, in a golden decade, 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).
Michael Muleta was selected in the National Team for the 1994 World Championships (Malaysia) but took up an assistant coaching position with the New Zealand national team instead, he the went on to be appointed coach of 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) prior to focusing on an International Umpiring career.
In 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.
Master Michael Muleta was inducted into the Australasian ITF Hall of Fame in 2018 for outstanding contribution to ITF over 30+ years.
He has Umpired at World Championships in Italy (2001), Argentina (2002) England (2007), and as a Tournament Committee member, he hosted and organized the World Championships in 2006 (Australia), and as a senior member of the ITF Tournament Committee assisted in the running of the ITF World Championships in 2007 (England), 2010 (Korea), 2012 (Canada) and 2014 (Italy).
Master Michael Muleta has conducted multiple training seminars across Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, USA, Italy, Sri Lanka (military), Nepal and South Africa.
In addition to serving as ITF Technical Director in Australia for close to a decade, overseeing Australia’s most successful international period, he has also been Technical Director for Sri Lanka, Nepal and New Zealand.
In 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.
Michael 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.
Michael has trained under many Taekwon-Do Grandmasters, Masters and International Instructors both in Australia and abroad, including Grandmaster Rhee Ki Ha (9th Degree), Grandmaster Charles .E. Sereff (9th Degree), Grandmaster Paul Cutler (9th Degree), Grandmaster Nestor Galarraga (9th Degree) and Master Robert Wheatley (8th Degree).
Additionally 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 several seminars with Dan Inosanto (Jeet Kune Do), Professor Wally Jay (Ju-Jitsu), George Dillman (Pressure Points), Dr. Julian Lim (Hapkido) and 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. He was even lucky enough to meet and train briefly with Jackie Chan.
Michael has appeared on the front of Australasian Taekwon-Do magazine twice and 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.
Starting ITF training in 1986, as a student, Michael Muleta trained with many schools, often simultaneously, including Lai Taekwon-Do, Il Shim International Taekwon-Do, Melton Taekwondo (WTF), Golden Kicks Taekwon-Do (WTF) and on many occasions with ITFNZ (New Zealand). He attended the ITF World Camp in 1991, as the only Australian in attendance, he led a Plyometrics seminar with around 80 participants.
Master Muleta has conducted seminars in many countries, but also for most Australian ITF schools including – Australian Institute of Taekwon-Do Adelaide, Jung Hwa Taekwon-Do Brisbane, Australian Formfighting Geelong, Choong Moo Taekwon-Do Canberra, Heron Taekwon-Do Canberra, Bai Rui Taekwon-Do Brisbane, 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, Dougs Dojangs Taekwon-Do Rockhampton, Toowoomba Hawks Taekwon-Do, Western Australian Institute of Taekwon-Do Perth, USMA Melbourne, Vouvaris Taekwon-D0 Melbourne, Ataru Taekwon-Do Mildura, Outback Taekwon-Do Broken Hill, Lee’s International Taekwon-Do Broken Hill. Elite Taekwon-Do Sydney, ITF Taekwon-Do Dubbo, SMART Taekwon-Do Gladstone, Rockhampton Grammar School Taekwon-Do ….as well as up to 30 Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do schools across Australia, during an intense travel schedule for seminars and testings spanning more than 25 years.
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