Arnold Sports Festival

Message from the Arnold Sports Festival Australia team:

It is with the deepest regret that 2020 Arnold Sports Festival Australia will be postponed.

It goes without saying that this is absolutely heartbreaking for everyone involved. In the last few days we have been trying to find a way to continue even in a limited capacity but our primary concern has been; and is, the health and welfare of the athletes competing, exhibitors, staff, our personnel, event partners and of course the tens of thousands of people attending.

Further information regarding refunds for ticket holders and details of the rescheduled date will be announced shortly.

The full official statement can be read on our website.

Thank you all for the endless patience, love and support during this difficult time.

The ASFA Team


The 2020 Arnold Sports Festival Australia features the first ever

Arnold Classic World Taekwondo Championships

Postponed – New Date announced soon


The event is OPEN TO ALL TAEKWONDO PRACTITIONERS regardless of age, rank, nationality, style, gender or organization.

Tiny Tots, Pee Wees, Juniors, Teenagers, Adults, Veterans & Ambassador age categories

Traditional style (ITF), Olympic Style (WT/WTF) or Freestyle/Independents welcome

We have Events to cater for all styles

Come along for a chance to see the Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger

100% politics FREE

Arnold Classic Taekwondo World Championships events:

Sparring (WT style) – Individual & Team (3 ppl)

Sparring (ITF style) – Individual & Team (3 ppl)

WT Poomse – Individual, Pairs (2 ppl), Team (3-5 ppl)

ITF Patterns – Individual, Pairs, Team (3-5 ppl)

ITF Traditional Sparring / Choreographed (2 ppl)

Self Defense Event (2-3 ppl)

Creative Forms

Weapons Forms

Special Needs events:

Individual Forms / Poomse / Patterns (SN)

Self Defense Event (2-3 ppl) (SN)

Creative Forms (SN)

Weapons Forms (SN)

Visit the following links below for all the info you need – regular updates will be posted

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Message from the Organizer

Taekwondo For All – No BS, No Politics

In 2020 we’re taking it to the next level
When taking over the running of the Taekwondo program on behalf of the Arnold Classic / Sports Festival in 2017, my objective was simple, to create the most inclusive environment where all Taekwondo could come together and showcase our great martial art, in all its variations, to the public. All ranks, all ages, all styles – no politics.

Michael Muleta and ArnoldIn 2019 we enjoyed record numbers across all styles, many travelling far and wide.

In 2020, we embark on our most ambitious mission yet – the first ever Arnold Classic Taekwondo World Championships.

Now we have also added the Arnold Kids Classic Taekwondo championships for under 14 novices, so they don’t miss out on being a part of this exciting weekend of events.

This will be the only World Championships, not only open to all Taekwondo practitioners, but also with events that cater for the various styles of Taekwondo.

Of course, we can’t reach our goals without your support, so come along and be part of something very unique and special in Melbourne, Australia from 20th – 22nd March, 2020

Michael Muleta, Tournament Director

Arnold Classic Taekwondo World Championships 

CEO, Global Fitness Institute

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2019 Event Report

The 2019 Arnold Classic Taekwondo Championships, or affectionately known as the Arnolds, was a huge success. The event was held as part of the Arnolds Sports Festival Australia in Melbourne on March 16th.

With over 200 participants, we were not only the largest martial arts event of the festival, but also the largest sport.

Congratulations to event organizer, Master Michael Muleta, on once again co-ordinating a large and diverse group of people, from across multiple organizations, to work co-operatively to pull off a great event.

Participants came from far and wide, with ITF, WT and independent schools travelling from across Australia and New Zealand to take part.

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A report from Last Year’s event

Taekwondo was a huge success the Arnold Sports Festival Australia from March 16th – 18th, 2018.

Over 180 participants from across Australia and New Zealand took part in the seminars and championships over the 3 days.

Among those who attended included former Olympians, past and current World Champions, Taekwondo Hall of Famers and many Masters. A high quality collection of people under the one roof, along with all he future budding stars and first timers.


Friday kicked off with Sparring seminars in ITF and WTF styles of Taekwondo, followed by Taekwondo for Self Defense, then an ITF Patterns session.

Masters Rua Kaiou, Noel Keating, Neil Cliff and Phill Zdybel conducted the sessions which were enjoyed by all who took part.

Day 1

Day 1 of the Taekwondo championships on Saturday featured ITF Sparring and Patterns for both individuals and teams.

Participants came from:

  • New Zealand,
  • Perth,
  • Broome,
  • Ballina,
  • Hobart,
  • Sydney,
  • Adelaide,
  • Mildura,
  • Gippsland,
  • Mount Gambier and
  • Geelong,
  • metropolitan Melbourne.

The day ran like clockwork with some high quality performances and top level officiating. It all made for some very exciting contests and fair results.

Day 2

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Day 2 was exciting with the Sunday including a visit from Arnold Schwarzenegger and his official entourage. They enjoyed a demonstration of all the martial arts on show including Taekwondo. Arnold was very impressed, he gave an inspiring speech to all participants at the end of the demo.

The competition component kicked off after Arnold’s visit and featured WTF Sparring, Poomsae and Teams Poomsae, along with Self Defense.

There were some very good performances from the large contingent of predominantly children who took part.

Thank you to all competitors who took part and those who came along and helped out as seminar instructors, officials and volunteers.

Special thanks to Master Noel Keating and Master Neil cliff for assisting with the running of the Saturday Championships. Thanks also to Master Murat Eryurek who assisted with the co-ordination of the Sunday events. Thank you also for the hard work of Kathryn Marmara-Stewart for her assistance over the 3 days.

Thank you also to event Sponsor Global Fitness Institute in donating medals, logistics and admin support.-

– Master Michael Muleta, Arnold Sports Festival Taekwondo Organizer

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