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Arnolds 2019 a huge success

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.

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

Events included both ITF and WT sparring, ITF Patterns, WT Poomse, Self Defense Demos and Team Demos.

We also featured for the first time, the inclusion of a Special Needs category.

The ‘Arnolds has now become an annual ‘must attend’ for many Taekwondo schools’ events calendars, with many already asking about the 2020 event.

The highlight, of course, was when the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger himself, came to say hello to all the competitors and watch some spectacular martial arts action.

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Get Qualified – Why Martial Arts Instructors need First Aid training

Get Qualified

Why Martial Arts Instructors need to be First Aid qualified

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As a martial arts instructor it is vital that you do a recognized first aid course, and get qualified, so that you are prepared for any eventuality when working with students.

Whether you’re in the dojang or training in the park, you never know what can happen at any given moment. Accidents can and will occur. While you may take every precaution, you never know when a small accident can turn into a major injury or even a life threatening incident. It pays to be prepared for all emergencies.

The very nature of what we do, as martial arts instructors, involves a higher than normal risk of injuries, regardless of how good your warm up is, such as:

  • soft tissue injuries due to ballistic nature of movements
  • joint injuries through over extension, or awkward jumping, landing and spinning
  • breaks, fractures as a result of a fall or other impact, such as board breaking
  • concussions or other bleeding due to inadvertant contact during sparring
  • exercise induced breathing difficulties
  • temperature regulation when training in hot conditions
  • sudden cardiac arrest due to intense physical exertion, which ironically, is the major cause of cardiac arrest

These are just the most common occurences, that every school will encounter over time, no matter how well you are prepared.

  1. Being a Black Belt Instructor Is Not Enough

A black belt in itself, is not a qualification, but often it is all that is required to run your own school. Not only does it not guarantee you can teach the skills effectively, even more critically, it does not measure your ability to respond in the event of an injury. If an accident occurs, of course you can call an ambulance. However, no ambulance can ever arrive instantaneously on scene. In fact, response times, on average, are between 7 and 13 minutes, which is a long time depending on the emergency. Every second can be vital in a medical emergency and, as an instructor, you should be the highest trained and qualified person there.

The treatment and first aid you can give in those vital seconds and minutes can make all the difference. As a result, it is recommended that martial arts instructors not only have first aid training but that they also have CPR training included in their first aid course.

  1. Not Everyone Can Apply First Aid

Not everyone at the scene of an accident or medical emergency can apply first aid.  Here are some interesting statistics:

  • 383,000 out of hospital sudden cardiac arrests happen a year
  • 88% of cardiac arrests happen at home
  • Many patients appear health with no known risk factors or heart disease
  • Effective bystander CPR can triple a victim’s chance of survival
  • Only 32% of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander
  • A quarter of all emergency room visits can be avoided with first aid and a CPR certification

Having the appropriate first aid and CPR training as a martial arts instructor is invaluable to you and your students that you get qualified. By being prepared you can not only help your stduents get skilled and healthier, but also help should any complications arise.

  1. You Might Be Liable For Injury

Liability is a pretty horrible word for most martial arts instructors and organizations. However, if you aren’t keeping your first aid skills up to date then you might be putting yourself at increased risk. If you own your own dojang, run tournaments, personal training sessions, run camps, etc., then you legally need to have the right insurance and you need to be first aid certified. Alternatively, you must have a first aid qualified member of staff who is and is always onsite during training sessions. If an injury occurs, no matter who was at fault, you will be automatically liable if you’re not going about things legally.

Finally, not having completed a first aid course, and keeping your qualifications current, puts you and your clients at unnecessary risk every time you conduct training and puts your reputation at risk. So why risk it when first aid courses are so easy to attend, or arrange for your school ?

  1. First Aid Kits

It is a fantastic idea to have your own personal first aid kit with you on hand. Most dojangs should have their own first aid kits but you can’t always rely on them to be appropriately stocked. So supplement them with your own kit. Quality first aid supplies aren’t that expensive and they allow you to quickly treat basic injuries that commonly occur among out of shape clients.

First Aid kits should be checked and replenished (or replaced) each year. Check the expiration dates on medications and ointments, etc. Keep your kit out of harsh temperatures and environments where possible. Keep a notebook with the medications and ointments, with their expirations listed, so you can replace easily as needed.

The Basic First Aid Kit

A basic first aid kit should include:

  • Adhesive bandages
  • Adhesive tape
  • Antibiotic treatment
  • Antiseptic
  • Breathing barrier
  • Burn dressing
  • Burn treatment
  • Cold pack
  • Eye coverings
  • Eye wash
  • First aid guide
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Medical exam gloves
  • Roller bandage
  • Scissors
  • Sterile pads
  • Trauma pads
  • Triangular bandage
  • Bronchodilator and spacer
  1. But I’ve Already Done a First Aid Course

Having all the right equipment on hand is useless if you don’t have the skills to use it. It is essential for a martial arts instructor to get qualified and learn first aid skills, as is keeping that training refreshed. As we all know, a skill that goes unpractised can become rusty. In fact, the reason CPR training is recommended to be renewed is that there are always advancements in training and in methods of performing both CPR and first aid responses.

Furthermore, first aid training allows a martial arts instructor to spot the small signs that a student is in distress before a small issue turns into a medical emergency.

Organize a First Aid course for your school / association – contact us  to book your group’s session

First Aid Course Options :

Global Fitness Institute is Government authorized to deliver the following First Aid courses Nationally :

HLTAID003 – Provide first aid (a.k.a Level 2 First Aid)

HLTAID006 – Provide advanced first aid (a.k.a Level 3 First Aid)

HLTAID001 – Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

22300VIC – Course in First Aid Management of Anaphylaxis

22282VIC Course in the Management of Asthma Risks and Emergencies in the Workplace

PUAOPE010C  Operate an automated external defibrillator in an emergency

Remember an accident can happen to anyone. So get qualfied and don’t let your skills get rusty because you never know when the next big emergency is just around the corner.

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

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On behalf of all of us at the ITF Centre of Excellence, Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do and United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia, I wish all our members, their families and supporters a Merry Christmas.

We wish you all a warm and happy festive season, to be shared and enjoyed with your loved ones.

Eat, drink and be merry, for there is always training to come back to.

Be sure to spread the cheer among your Taekwon-Do colleagues and friends, so that they know they are being thought of too.

For those travelling near and far during this time, we hope you stay safe and have a great break.

Once again, wishing a very Merry Christmas to you all.

Yours in Taekwon-Do

Michael Muleta

President, United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia Inc.

 

Latest Thoroughbred Black Belt promotions

Latest Thoroughbred Black Belt promotions

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Thoroughbred Taekwon-do conducted it’s annual Black Belt examinations yesterday in Melton, Victoria. we welcome a new thoroughbred Black Belt and some advanced degrees.

It was a very historic day for the club with it most senior internal Black Belt promotion since its formation in 1994.

Balwyn instructor Justin Chin was promoted to 6th Degree Black Belt after a vigorous testing regime. The test included all black belt patterns, various types of sparring, self defense, breaking and theory.

The promotion makes Justin the most senior Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do Black Belt outright, under the school’s founder and director, Master Michael Muleta.

Justin has be a wonderful leader of the school, setting a great example of loyalty and selfless contribution for close to 20 years.

Also promoted was his younger brother, and branch assistant, Corey Chin. Corey was promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt.

It sets up a very unique family combination of 3 Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do Black belts, Justin 6th Degree, Jeremy 5th Degree and now Corey 5th Degree. Master Muleta fondly refers to them as the Chin Dynasty.

Just as significant is that the brothers have spent close to 20 years in the same school. This is certainly a rare quality in today’s organization hopping culture.

Anna Blake was promoted to 2nd Degree Black Belt along with John Vos promoted to 1st Degree.

We welcome John to the Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do Black Belt club.

Congratulations to all promoted Black Belts.

 

 

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Jordan Steele promoted to 5th Degree

Jordan Steele promoted to 5th Degree

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Congratulations to Choong Moo instructor Jordan Steele, who was promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt.

A grading was conducted in Amaroo, Canberra on Sunday 9th December, by Master Michael Muleta 8th Degree.

Well done also to Hasnain Zeb, Ibrahim Amjad, Wil Paterson and Ben Steele, who were all promoted to Ist Degree. Additionally, well done to Uqasha Imran, who was promoted to II Degree.

Congratulations to all the gup students who tested on the day also.

Master Michael Muleta, 8th Degree

Examiner / President, United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia inc.

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Master Muleta Puerto Rico Seminar

Master Muleta Puerto Rico Seminar

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On November 10 – 11, 2018 the Institucion Nacional TKD Puerto Rico held a Master Class with Under Secretary General of ITF Master Michael Muleta, 8th degree.

The weekend began with a 2 hour Black Belt class (inlcuding Red Belts who were testing later that day). In that class, Master Muleta covered some theory of power elements and some other technical aspects. Towards the end of the class, students performed some self-defence manouvers.

A black belt testing followed, where several students were tested and promoted up to 3rd Degree. The test was commanded by Sabum Llauger Castillo and marked by Master Muleta.

In the evening as special dinner was held with Puerto Rico instructors and families. The dinner was to commemorate the 100th Birthday of the Founder of Taekwondo, General Choi Hong Hi.

On day 2, Australasian ITF Hall Of Fame instructor, Master Muleta led 6 hours of ITF training for students of all ranks. The sessions were broken up into 2 x 3 hours. Junior students completed the first session, whilst teens and adults stayed for both.

Master Muleta covered many aspects of TKD during his class and taught us the practical application of ITF techniques. Once again the emphasis was on power, with additional elements covered following on from Day 1.

Patterns were covered across several levels, with Master Muleta pointing out key aspects. Blocking and attacking tools, correct angle & distance, sine wave and stance transitions were all covered in detail.

Students also carried out some sparring exercises, under the watchful eye and instruction of the Former ITF world championships coach, with drills in counter attacking and ringcraft.

We at ITF Puerto Rico are really greatful for Master Muleta’s effort and dedication in teaching us the legacy of our founder.

 

Lindy Crouch Australia’s Golden Girl

Lindy Crouch Australia’s Golden Girl

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Lindy Joy Crouch is Australia’s new Golden Girl of ITF Taekwon-Do. She won 2 Gold medals at the International Taekwon-Do Federation’s Special Needs World Championships in Argentina.

Lindy was Australia’s first down syndrome athlete to compete at the ITF World Championships, in the first fully fledged ITF Special Needs international event.

She won Gold in the Adult individual yellow belt patterns, and also in the Mixed abilities event. Lindy teamed up with Joshua Zdybel to perform self defense against weapon attacks and an unarmed assailant.

It was an incredible performance in front of a massive, and parochial, Argentinian crowd in Buenos Aires’ huge Tecnopolis complex. The event included 5 days of competition, with typical running times from 10am – 6pm.

Lindy was part of a 15 strong Australian squad, which also included 2 Special Needs athletes. The other, Master Lee Hermansson, of Broken Hill, took out a Silver medal in the patterns.

Lindy’s training regime

She trains twice weekly at Geelong Taekwon-Do, under the guidance of 5th Degree instructor Phillip Zdybel. Mr Zdybel also acted as Head Coach of the National team, as well as competing himself.

He describes Lindy as a ‘very spirited young lady who show a lot of determination along the way and put in the extra work attending regular pool sessions’ in addition to regular training. 

Despite her special needs, Lindy trains in the regular class and does all the same drills and conditioning as the black belts. This was evident in her performance in Argentina.

The Geelong school is a member of the Australian National Body, United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia Inc.

President, Master Michael Muleta, said it was a fantastic result for Lindy and the Australian Team. He also noted how the Taekwon-Do special needs section had grown since it’s inception in 2016.

So much so, that the National Organization now has a Special Needs Committee to further develop the program domestically.

We would like to thank the State Government of Victoria and Barwon Sport Academy.

Lindy now has her eyes firmly set on the 2020 ITF World Championships in Russia, where she hopes to return as a high colour belt. 

Check out the event photo gallery 

 

 

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Aussie team 2018

Aussie Pride on show in Argentina

Aussie Pride on show in Argentina

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Well done to all who represented Australia at the recent ITF World Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

It is one of the toughest cauldrons of ITF competition with a packed stadium full of latino pride and agression. On the mats, we were super proud of the way the Aussie team showed their true spirit and had a red hot crack.

Fair to say all competitors performed very well, and most at or close to their best performance at this level of competition.

Five long days of competition tested the concentration and endurance of our athletes, but they all gave a good account of themselves.

The nature of sports is that it’s not always enough to get a medal, but we are proud to say we did come home with some.

Special Congratulations, of course, goes to our medal winners

  • Lindy Crouch (2 x Gold Medals)
  • Jodi Stanton (2 x Silver Medals)
  • Lee Hermansson (1 x Silver Medal)
  • Sasha Robertson (1 x Bronze Medal)
  • Jackson Riordan (1 x Bronze Medal)

Well done to the coaches Phill Zdybel, Bronnie Keating and Rob Riordan. Your hard work and encouragement in preparing the athletes for their bouts was fantastic.

Thank you to all supporters and parents who came along to cheer on our team.

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Well done to Master Neil Cliff and Master Noel Keating, on representing Australia as Umpires.

To round out a very succesful campaign, Master Keating was awarded a Medal of Merit from the ITF for service.

In other big news, Master Michael Muleta was appointed under Secretary General of the International Taekwon-Do Federation at the ITF Congress. (see article)

For all those who did not attend on this occasion, there is always next time.

The next ITF World Championships will be held in Moscow, Russia in 2020.

As per ITF Rules, the INO is charged with co-ordination and management of the national team, from selection trials to team registration, including apparel. From a coaching point of view, we naturally invite coaches from all representative parties.

We will make further announcements regarding squad formation, development camps, coaching and selection trials at the appropriate time.

Affiliations to the INO for 2018 are now open for new and renewing schools.

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Master Muleta new under Secretary General of ITF

Master Muleta appointed new under Secretary General of ITF

Master Muleta under secretary general

Master Michael Muleta was recently appointed the new under Secretary General of the International Taekwon-Do Federation at 2018 ITF Congress in Argentina.

Master Muleta, a foundation member of the President Choi Jung Hwa led organization, has filled several executive roles over the past 16 years including:

  • Co-Ordinator of ITF Administration
  • Director of Scientific Research
  • Tournament Committee Member
  • Director of Expansion (Oceana)
  • Director of Umpiring (Oceana)

Additionally, Master Muleta has held the post as President of United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia Inc, the National Body for ITF in Australia since 2002, having founded the organization in 1999.

At various times he has been Technical Director / Adviser for Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Nepal.

Master Muleta has been involved extensively internationally, having taught seminars in South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, USA, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and across Australia.

He has participated at 13 ITF World Championships since 1994 as a competitor, coach, umpire and official.

He was inducted in the Australasian ITF Hall Of Fame in 2018 by Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa.

Read his full profile here

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Latest Thoroughbred Black Belts

Latest Thoroughbred Black Belts

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Congratulations to the newest group of Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do Black Belts promoted recently at the Balwyn (Vic) branch.

The testing panel comprised examiner Master Michael Muleta and branch instructors Justin Chin and Jeremy Chin.

The batch of new 1st Degree Black Belts included  Ben Gale, Hayden Nguyen, Spencer Yap and Lachlan Nguyen. 

The boys were put through the rigors and standards of the International Taekwon-Do Federation and the National Organization, of which Master Muleta is President, United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia Inc. Each performed admirably across Patterns, Self Defense, Breaking, various forms of Sparring and Theory, earning well deserved promotion.

The next grading set aside for Black Belts will be held on Saturday August 11th, in Melton, Victoria.

Gradings do form an important part of Taekwon-Do training, and play a role in maintaining and elevating standards as well as keeping students motivated to maintain focus, consistency in training and to strive for improvement.

Read the article on the Importance of Gradings

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