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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

Success for Taekwondo at Arnold Sports Festival

Success for Taekwondo at Arnold Sports Festival

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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.

Seminars

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

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

FULL RESULTS 

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Pres Choi NZ Special Needs Tour

Pres Choi NZ Special Needs Tour

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After a whirlwind tour of Australia that took in Melbourne and Sydney, President Choi and ITF Staff entourage flew across to New Zealand to help promote the ITF Special Needs program in Hawkes Bay.

The flight from Australia arrived at Wellington airport close to midnight and the touring party of Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa (ITF President), Grandmaster Kim Jong Chan (ITF Pioneer), Grandmaster Trevor Nicholls (ITF Secretary General), Master Michael Muleta (Australian INO President) and Chris Jung (ITF Public Relations) cleared their way through customs and headed to the hotel for a nap.

In the morning the ITF Officials were greeted by NZITF Special Needs Instructor Ben Evans and Andy Meyer (Rotary Club). At this point GM Nicholls departed back for the UK and the group carried on with the NZ leg of the Australasian Tour.

The morning commenced with a visit to Wellington’s Parliament House for a meet and greet with Federal Minister, the Hon. Lawrence Yule for Tukituki. Both the Korean and Australian Flag flew alongside the New Zealand flag at the steps of parliament.

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We carried on for a 4 hour drive up the East coast of New Zealand’s North Island headed for the seaside region of Hawkes Bay, with a few scenic stops along the way.

Upon arriving in Napier, the ITF Team settled in for the night to rest up for a very busy day 2 planned schedule, starting with a Special Needs promotional talk at the Hawkes Bay Rotary club breakfast.

After a warm welcome by the Rotary Club MC, Ben Evans gave an introduction of the ITF visiting party. President Choi Spoke first of the origins of Taekwon-Do and the importance of Do. This was followed by Grandmaster JC Kim giving the attendees an historical appreciation for Taekwon-Do. Master Muleta then spoke about the importance of the Special Needs initiatives, and the future direction of the movement on a global scale, and formally recognized the efforts of NZITF in this area.

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The speeches were well received and guests were able to mingle after breakfast and chat about Taekwon-Do and the significant and important contribution and support given by Hawkes Bay Rotary club.

After breakfast the ITF party headed out to the Hohepa community farm, where special needs students develop life skills and confidence building activities from farming, agriculture, arts and crafts. cheese making among other things. Many of the special needs population at Hohepa are also involved in the Taekwon-Do program.

In the afternoon, President Choi Officially opened the Special Needs dojang donated by the Napier council and supported with funding from Hastings District Masonic Trust, with welcoming speeches, songs, Taekwon-do demonstrations and the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon.

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From there the team headed off to Irongate school, the venue for that evenings Seminar. The students welcomed the ITF representatives with a very impressive and passionate Haka, the traditional Maori warrior chant.

The evening seminar was a huge success attracting over 100 participants integrating Special needs students with mainstream students. It also attracted local television and newspaper coverage.

President Choi was assisted by Master Muleta, as they ran students through a series of fundamentals, drills and tuls for over 2 hours. The session was high energy and lots of enthusiastic students added to the atmosphere.

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The following day involved more meeting with local politicians and some well earned r&r for those who had been on the road for over 3 weeks of the Asia Pacific Tour.

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We thank the ITF President, Grandmasters, Masters and ITF Staff for their support and also acknowledge the fine work being done in the area of special needs by Ben Evans of NZITF.

View the full photo gallery here

ITF Hall of Fame

Australasian ITF Hall Of Fame Banquet

Only 10 seats remain !!!!

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Big news regarding the 2018 ITF Hall Of Fame Australasia ceremony and dinner being held in Melbourne.

The ITF Hall Of Fame Australasia is proud to announce that the Special Guest of Honour at the 2nd annual ceremony will be none other than the Son of General Choi Hong Hi, the Founder of Taekwon-Do, Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa. 

Hot off the press : Also in attendance will be Taekwon-Do Pioneer Grandmaster JC Kim, who was instrumental in establishing the ITF with General Choi.

The 2nd ITF Hall of Fame Australasia ceremony will be held on Saturday 27th January 2018 in Melbourne, Australia in conjunction with the  Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa seminar.

Also in attendance as a special guest will be Grandmaster Trevor Nicholls, from the United Kingdom.

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Banquet Booking Now Open

deadline 12th January, no exceptions.

The ITF Hall of Fame Australasia was created to celebrate the great achievements and contributions of ITF members throughout the Pacific and Asian regions.

Following the outstanding success of the inaugural 2017 event, the ITF Hall Of Fame Australasia will become a featured annual event on the ITF calendar across the Australasian region.

With many fine Taekwon-Do practitioners, regional pioneers and high performers, the Australasian region has become one of the strong holds of the International Taekwon-Do Federation and now earns and deserves the respect it receives globally due to the efforts of these early pioneers.

The ITF Hall of Fame is not affiliated or aligned to any one ITF group, and as such, we welcome members from all ITF practicing schools and associations, who continue the legacy of the Founder, General Choi Hong Hi, through the adherence and promotion of his teachings.

The 2017 batch of inductees included multiple ITF World Champions, long serving association leaders, and high- profiled and successful Masters from across Australia and New Zealand.

We welcome supporters and nominees for our various categories, which you will see described in the relevant links.

There are a number of categories being awarded to celebrate and acknowledge the many fine contributions to ITF Taekwon-Do in the region.

Categories of recognition in the ITF Hall of Fame Australasia include:

  • Lifetime Contribution Award
  • International Ambassador Award
  • Outstanding Athlete / Coach award
  • Indomitable Spirit Award
  • Posthumous Award – Lifetime contribution
  • ITF Hall of Fame – Legend

The process of nomination includes 2 options:

Self Nomination

Peer Nomination

 

 

TKD Pioneer JC Kim coming to Melbourne

TKD Pioneer JC Kim coming to Melbourne

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We are pleased to announce that ITF Pioneer Grandmaster JC Kim will be coming to Melbourne, as part of the Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa International Seminar from January 27th – 28th, 2018.

To register for the seminar – click here

Grandmaster JC Kim will also be an honoured guest at the Australasian ITF Hall Of Fame Banquet on Saturday 28th January, 2018.

To register for the dinner with Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa, Grandmaster JC Kim and Grandmaster Trevor Nicholls – book here

Grandmaster JC Kim – a brief history

Master Kim has assisted our Founder General Choi Hong Hi since the beginning of Taekwon-Do  and the ITF.

Master Kim played a key role in the creation of ITF.  In 1966 he was in fact a founding member of the ITF.

Master Kim is a pioneer of South East Asia and North America shortly after GM Joon Rhee.

He has helped many South American countries become a TKD  power house and is renembered by us as the person who realized Gen Choi’s wish in the early days:

Grand Master Kim hosted the First ITF World  Championships in 1974 … one of many difficult periods in the ITF history.

 

Grandmaster Nicholls coming downunder

Grandmaster Nicholls downunder

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We are pleased to announce that Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa will be accompanied and assisted by Grandmaster Trevor Nicholls during his seminar visit to Melbourne in January 2018.

The International Instructor course and ITF Masterclass will run on the 27th – 28th January, and are open to all ranks (Masterclass) and from 1st gup upwards (IIC Course).

Master Trevor Nicholls is an 8th Degree ITF Master, well respected the world over. It will be his first visit to Australia since 2009.

He has been training for over 35 years and teaches regularly at club, regional, national and international level. 

He is very active in the development and promotion of  Taekwon-Do through the International Taekwon-Do Federation, under the Presidency of Choi, Jung Hwa, son the Choi, Hong Hi, the Founder of Taekwon-Do. 

Master Nicholls is Secretary General of the British Taekwondo Council, the National Governing Body for Taekwondo recognised by UK Sport.

Seminar registrations are now open – register here

The Son of Taekwon-Do returns

The Son of Taekwon-Do returns

Grandmaster Choi Seminar

We are excited to announce that the Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa, the Son of legendary Founder of Taekwon-Do Choi Hong Hi returns to Australia in January, 2018.

As part of an Asia-Pacific tour, Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa will conduct an International Instructor course, incorporating a Masterclass, in Melbourne on January 27th – 28th, 2018

The IIC course is open to all persons 1st Gup and above, whilst the Masterclass is open to all ranks.

It is the first seminar conducted by Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa since his last visit to Melbourne in 2013, and his 7th seminar visit.

All Taekwon-Do practitioners are welcome to participate.

The seminar is being organized by Master Michael Muleta, on behalf of the International Taekwon-Do Federation

Registrations and more information here

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2018 ITF Australian Team

2018 ITF Australian Team

Congratulations to all of those selected at the recent National Team Selection trials held in Adelaide, to represent the Australian Team at next year’s ITF World Championships in Argentina.

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Officials / Coaches

Master Michael Muleta
Master Noel Keating
Master Neil Cliff
Bronywn Keating
Rob Riordan
Ron Sutton

Competitors

Ethan Bagatan
Jade Sutton
Jesseca Sutton
Kate Schaefer
Kerry McEvoy
Kye Todd
Marc Bagatan
Riki Wood
Yoko Robinson
Sasha Robinson
Lee Hermannson
Jackson Riordan
Jodi Stanton
Kyle Higginbotham
Phill Zbybel
Joshua Zdybel

Lindy Crouch

Supporters

David Todd
Karen Schaefer
Rowena McEvoy
Steve Schaefer
Tammy Todd
Craig Higginbotham
Jan Robertson
Tanya Riordan
Jason Hampton
Darren Williams
Samuel Bagatan
Anthony Quast

Jane Crouch

Be sure to keep up to date with the ITF Tournament Rules.

Official Invitation

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Master Michael Muleta running Arnold Classic Martial Arts

Master Michael Muleta running Arnold Classic Martial Arts

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Master Michael Muleta was recently appointed to oversee the Arnold Classic Australia Martial Arts Festival from March 17th – 19th, 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center.

Under his direction, Master Michael Muleta will co-ordinate over 11 rings of action across 3 days, including ITF Taekwondo, WTF Taekwondo, Kickboxing, Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Kyokushin Karate, Fencing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

There will be something for all martial arts enthusiasts to come along and participate, or as a spectator, in addition to all the other attractions of Australia’s most renowned fitness expo.

Check out all the sports on show as part of the multi-sports festival here.

For those looking to take part in the Taekwondo event, registrations are closing soon.

Register here

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Taekwondo Olympics 2016

Olympic Taekwondo 2016

So as another installment of Olympic Taekwondo comes to a conclusion, it’s time for us to once again reflect on the bigger picture that is Taekwondo.

Every 4 years the same debates roll out regarding the presence of Taekwondo in the Olympics, and many self-proclaimed traditionalists will testify that the Taekwondo on public view to the millions is not the martial art as the Founder intended.

On the flip-side, those who are indeed heavily invested in the Olympic version do not even hear  or regard the arguments that resonate from the outside, as they strive to win Gold for their country.

So how can two groups of people have such polarized views on the Olympic version of Taekwondo, and one wonders whether other sports suffer the philosophical same divide.

When Taekwondo was first included in the Seoul Olympics back in 1988 as a demonstration sport, and then went on in 1996 to be a full medal sport, it was regarded as a major coup for the organizations who were involved, and the death knell for those who weren’t.

Just as we have been every four years before, the end of another Olympic campaign leaves us with more questions than answers.

The future of Taekwondo

But has it panned out that way all these years later,  what has become of the public perception of Taekwondo in 2016, as we get engulfed by the popularity of MMA and UFC ?

Concerns about the standard of competition, the range of techniques used, the attractiveness to a television and live audience and hence the appeal to potential lucrative sponsors leave Taekwondo delicately poised in terms of its future as an Olympic  sport.

Have Taekwondo organizations, and their member schools flourished since the inclusion of Taekwondo as an Olympic Sport ? What value was derived from the millions of dollars each nations government pumped int the sport version fo Taekwondo ?

With a large group on anti-Olympic practitioners defending their traditional, or original martial art, why do these same organizations still pin their hopes on one day being included in something they so vehemently oppose ?

Is our main concern about which organization is represented, and hence reaps the rewards of government and corporate backing, or is our primary concern what the sport/art actually looks like in the public domain ?

At this juncture nothing should be taken away from the countless hours of hard work done by the athletes and coaches themselves, as with any other Olympic Sport, they have given their all to represent their country with great pride and they only compete withing the rules that govern the sport.

At the end of each games we reflect the positives and negatives of Taekwondo’s inclusion in the Olympic schedule.

2016 Rio Olympics Medal Board – Taekwondo

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 21 February 2016: Rio 2016 Olympic Park holds a test event for Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The International Taekwondo Tournament meets 64 athletes from 15 countries. Among the athletes participating in the competition are: Iris Tang Sing, Rafaela Ahmad, Jo??o Miguel Neto, Leonardo de Moraes and Andre Bilia, from Brazil, Rui Bragan??a from Portugal anda Mayu Yama from Japan. In this photo are the Evelyn Gonda from Canada and Chuang Chen Yu from Chinese Taipei (Photo by Luiz Souza/NurPhoto) (Photo by NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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by Michael Muleta, 8th Degree

 

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