Arnold Sports Festival Australia

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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. In 2019, we are pleased to announce that we have the most comprehensive program ever. – Michael Muleta, Organizer

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It’s on again !!

The Arnold Classic Taekwondo Open Championships is being held on Saturday  16th, March 2019 in Melbourne.

These championships form part of the Arnold Sports Festival Australia.

After the success of last year’s event, with record Taekwondo numbers, we welcome you all back again to join in all the fun and excitement. Here’s your chance to showcase your Taekwondo skills to the many thousands of spectators who come to the Arnold Sports Festival each year.

Once again we welcome all Taekwondo schools and exponents, regardless of school, style or organization. All ages and all belts are welcome, we will do our best to accommodate everybody who wishes to participate.

For the first time at the Arnold Classic Taekwondo Championships, we will also be incorporating a Special Needs category, to allow a more inclusive celebration.

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Message from the organizer

I look forward to welcoming all Taekwondo participants from across Australia and neighbouring regions to participate in this very unique and exciting event.

In one of Australia’s only truly open and non-political Taekwondo events, we anticipate a great diversity in attendees in age, style, rank and allegiance. 

Yours in Taekwondo for all, Michael Muleta

Organizer Arnold Sports Festival Taekwondo Championships


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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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