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Michael Muleta Karate Seminar

Karate Seminar success with Master Muleta

Karate Seminar success with Master Muleta

Master Michael Muleta Karate seminar


Master Michael Muleta recently ran a Seminar for the Kenryukan Karate Jutsu Dojo in Brisbane.

The seminar was organized and hosted by highly respected Australian martial artist, Shihan Nigel McReaddie.

Michael Muleta is an 8th Degree Black Belt (ITF) a master instructor, international coach and A-class referee.

The participants, made up of senior instructors from Shihan’s and Sensei’s, along with seasoned international competitors,  enjoyed a ‘wheelbarrow’ full of technical tips and tricks on utilising both hand and foot technique for competition (contact) oriented sparring.

In a comprehensive high paced session, Master Muleta was able to provide value to the very experienced participants,  adding to their existing knowledge and skills in sparring; feints, counters, reading your opponent, setting up, distancing, posture, balance, stability, timing, stretching, and so on.

Drawing upon his experience as a Senior Physical Education teacher, and CEO of Global Fitness Institute, Master Muleta also spent some of the time discussing physical preparation for training and sparring.

It was very much a mutually respectful ‘learning environment’ at the Kenryukan, with like-minded martial artists across multiple styles, sharing knowledge and commonality.

We would like to thank Shihan McReaddie and the crew at the Kenryukan for the unique opportunity, and the honour of being invited to share some training experiences together.

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Master Michael Muleta is available to all schools and martial arts for seminars across a wide range of topics from technical training, competition training, self defense, umpiring, event organization, fitness, strength and conditioning, first aid, nutrition, sports psychology, and school promotions and management, and business.

CONTACT MASTER MULETA to discus your seminar needs.

Michael Muleta ITF Taekwondo

Nepal ITF Masterclass Huge Success

Nepal ITF Masterclass Huge Success

Nepal ITF Masterclass Michael Muleta

On the 24th-25th February, 2024 Taekwondo ITF Nepal organized an ITF sanctioned Masterclass and hosted the 4th Everest Open International Taekwondo Championship, held at Dhanwontari futsal stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal .

The ITF Masterclass conducted by Master Michael Muleta ( 8th Degree) president of United Taekwondo ITF Australia (INO23), and Under Secretary of the ITF body. He was assisted by Master Laxman Basnet, (7th Degree) President of Taekwondo ITF Nepal .

The Masterclass focused on sparring combinations and strategies, ITF patterns , kicking drill and self defense techniques.

192 participants took part in the Masterclass from India , China , Netherlands, Australia and from many schools across Nepal

The 4th Everest open international open Taekwondo championship was then held on 25th with 211 players and officials from same countries.

There were 44 categories across sparring and tuls.

In the medal ceremony Chief Guests were Former Nepal Government Minister Biraj Bahadur Bista special visiting guest Master Michael Muleta from Australia.

Additional special guests included Arie Hogandooran member of ITF Royal Dutch from Netherlands, and a regular visitor to Nepal, Mr. Radhakrishnan Puthanpura, President of ITF Council of India , Mr. Chen Liu from China ITF.

Along with Master Laxman Basnet, all guests distributed medals and certificates to all winners and place getters.

Master Muleta said in the closing ceremony speech, that on this, his third seminar and championships visit to Nepal, that he was pleased that on each occasion the quality and quantity of students, instructors and officials skills have continued to grow and improve.

This, he said, was a testament to the hard work and dedication of Master Laxman Basnet In closing, Master Basnet gave special thanks to all supporters who help make this event so successful.

Everest Open International Championships

Everest Open International Championships

Everest Open International Championships

Dear all Taekwondo Members, Taekwon-Do ITF Nepal is proudly invites you and your students to take part in the ITF-Sanctioned “Taekwon-Do Technical Seminar by Master Michael Muleta” & “4th Everest Open International Taekwondo Championship” (24th- 25thFeb,2024).

Both events are for all members of the Taekwon-Do family, regardless of affiliation, age, rank or Nationality.

For more information, or to register Contact:

Master Laxman Basnet

All ages, all ranks are welcome to attend.

Thank you
Yours in Taekwondo
Master Laxman Basnet



Taekwondo ITF Nepal, Kathmandu Nepal
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Kathmandu Weather:
The Average temperature for February L: 5 H: 21
Visa Information for entry to Nepal and Visa Fees
Only 12 countries need visa and rest of country can get on arrival visa at airport, if you need any help for visa please contact organizer.

Everest Open International – Schedule of Events:

February 23th Friday:

Arrival & Registration

February 24th Saturday:

7.00am-8.00am – Breakfast

9:00am– Taekwondo technical workshop
12.00pm -13.00pm Lunch break
13.00pm – 16.00pm Taekwondo technical workshop
16.00pm – Tea Break
17.00pm weight in and draw for open championship
19.00pm Dinner

February 25th Sunday

7.00am-8.00am – Breakfast
8.00am – official and coaches meeting
8.30am –Championship Start
13.00pm -14.00pm – Lunch Break.
14.00pm – 15.30pm championship continue
16.00pm -Medal Ceremony and closing ceremony
19.00pm Dinner/party

February 26th Monday
7.00am – 8.00am Breakfast, site seen and departure

If anyone wants to visit city tour or out of Kathmandu or tracking we will arrange it. It will cost extra. For details pleases contact us

Tammy Todd Vale

Tammy Todd Vale

On behalf of the Executive and members of United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia, and the International Taekwon-Do Federation under Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa, we extend our deepest sympathies to Kye & Dave Todd, on the passing of their beloved Mother & Wife, Tammy.

Those who knew Tammy will recall fondly her passion for Taekwon-Do, her incredible support of her son Kye and the Australian Team on many International and Domestic events, whether as a supporter or photographer.

She worked tirelessly and diligently for the Azure Taekwon-Do club in Mount Gambier and Millicent.

The Todd family have had a close association with the ITF National Organization, United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia, for over 2 decades, with Kye a regular and outstanding National Team Athlete at ITF World Championships, and multiple National & State champion.

Tammy will be sadly missed by all who came in contact with her, and we thank her for her loyalty, support and friendship over many years.

I fondly recall many conversations with Tammy about Taekwon-Do, and life in general. As one would expect, she was super proud of her son’s achievements and more so the character and humility he displayed.

May she rest in eternal peace, free from pain.

Michael Muleta, President, United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia

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Join ITF for 2024

Join ITF for 2024

ITF Taekwon-Do

Join ITF to ensure your school is an official member of the International Taekwon-Do Federation.

This can easily be done via affiliation to your country’s National Organization.

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Join ITF in Australia by affiliating to United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia Inc, Australia’s largest and most successful ITF National Organization since 2002

Celebrating over 20 years of Unity, Stability & Success

Affiliation to United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia gives you:

  • Access to Official ITF Degree certification and membership for instructors and students
  • Affiliation to United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia , the Official National Organization for ITF
  • Discounted rates for state and national events (tournaments, seminars, camps)
  • Opportunity to Officially represent Australia at ITF World Championships / ITF World Cup events.
  • Be part of the ITF led by Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa, the only son of  TKD Founder, General Choi Hong Hi
  • Be a part of a successful, transparent and democratic Organizations, where all schools have a voice.
  • Be part of an Organization that operates as a registered non-profit organization, not a private business.
  • Join the leaders in ITF in Australia since 2002, under the Presidency of Master Michael Muleta.

Make the move today & never look back

United We Stand



Unfortunately in this country, and globally, there are numerous schools and associations who incorporate the ITF acronym into their name, to mislead members into thinking they are linked to the ITF.

Black Belt Degree certification is often designed to look almost identical to the genuine ITF certificate.

Whilst all of these organizations may perform similar techniques to the ITF, and use the name of the ITF, it does not mean they are members of the ITF.

If you are unsure or confused about the ITF status of your Black Belt certification, your school or your organizations, CONTACT US for clarification.


To Join ITF in other countries, contact ITF administration

Happy 68th Anniversary Taekwondo

Happy 68th Anniversary Taekwondo

Happy 68th AnniversaryOn April 11th, 2023 we celebrate the Happy 68th Anniversary Taekwondo with practitioners from around the World and on social media.

The name Taekwondo is derived from the Korean word “Tae” meaning foot, “Kwon” meaning fist and “Do” meaning way of. So, literally Taekwondo means “the way of the foot and fist”.

Whilst various versions of Taekwondo history would have it dating back centuries, the name Taekwondo, however, has only been used since April 11th, 1955.


It is important to note, this is several years before the formation of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), and even more years before the existence of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF).

This original TaeKwonDo began as military training tool for actively serving forces, which later became a martial art accessible to the public, and today features a large sports component, as can be evidenced by the many tournaments, including the Olympic Games.

While a combination of politics, nationalism and other factors saw Taekwon-Do split into these 2 major streams decades ago, not to mention the abundance of offshoots and variations that exist today, we should embrace that it is a celebration for us all.

We were fortunate in Australia to have had the opportunity to attend many General Choi Hong Hi seminars, Happy 68th Anniversaryparticularly through the 1990’s, when he was a regular visitor to our shores, and then with the next generation of grandmasters and pioneers, as well as his son own Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa.

Today thousands of instructors carry on the legacy of those original pioneers in all varieties of Taekwondo, whether as a sport or martial art, or a combination of both.

Visit the General Choi Hong Hi seminars page to view some of those seminars, as they are archival in nature, sound and picture quality may vary, we hope you will enjoy them.

Subscribe to our YouTube page to see more seminar clips as we launch them, along with lots of other great items.


Taekwon-Do History

More about General Choi Hong Hi




Website sponsored by – Global Fitness Institute

ITF Taekwon-Do

ITF – Happy 57th Birthday

ITF – Happy 57th Birthday

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The International Taekwon-Do Federation, ITF,  is the first international taekwondo organization, founded on March 22, 1966, by General Choi Hong Hi, the Founder of Taekwon-D0, in Seoul, South Korea.

The ITF was founded to promote and encourage the growth of the Korean martial art of Taekwon-Do.

ITF General Choi Hong HiGeneral Choi Hong Hi served as the Inaugural President of the ITF from 1966, until his death in 2002.

The main functions of the ITF include coordinating tournaments, conducting technical seminars, setting the technical standards for the teaching of General Choi’s art, working with affiliated member organizations, to oversee promotions in Degree rank and ITF certifications.

In 1965 General Choi, a retired two-star general, was appointed by the Government of the Republic of Korea to lead a goodwill mission to West Germany, Italy, Turkey, United-Arab Republic, Malaysia, and Singapore.

This trip is significant in that for the first time in Korean history,  Taekwon‑Do was declared as the national martial art of Korea.

ITF PlaqueThe international promotion of Taekwon-Do was the basis not only for establishing National Taekwon‑Do Associations in these countries, but also the formation of the International Taekwon‑Do Federation (ITF).

On the 22nd of March, 1966, the International Taekwon‑Do Federation was formed with associations in Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, West Germany, the United States, Turkey, Italy, Arab Republic of Egypt and Korea.

In the proceeding years, affiliated National Organizations were set up in many more countries around the World.

In 1971, the South Korean president Park Chung Hee began to use Taekwon-Do as anti-communist political propaganda. General Choi, feeling fiercely against this, went into exile in Canada, and the ITF Headquarters was relocated.

General Choi continued to teach Taekwon-Do throughout the world, and in 1974 he organised the first Taekwon-Do World Championship in Montreal.

The administrative headquarters later relocated again, to Vienna, Austria, where it was for the remainder of General Choi’s lifetime.

See General Choi bio

ITF New Zealand Black Belt grading

New Zealand ITF Black Belt Grading

New Zealand ITF Black Belt Grading

New Zealand ITF gradings

A successful weekend of New Zealand ITF Black Belt gradings and training was conducted by Master Michael Muleta, 8th Degree Under Secretary of the International Taekwon-Do Federation and President/Technical Director of United ITF Taekwon-Do.

The training and testing events were held in Queenstown, New Zealand and hosted by Kman’s Martial Arts, which is operated by multiple ITF World Champion, Kerry (K’man) McEvoy.

Students were put through a vigorous series of exercises and drills, over the course of 2 days, leading up to the final showcase on Saturday 4th March, at Kman’s Martial Arts centre.

The day consisted of lots of sparring, breaking, patterns, step sparring and demonstrations of skill sets. All performed with much spirit and skill to successful complete the testing process.

The testing panel consisted of Master Michael Muleta, Sabum Kerry McEvoy and special guest Sensei Barry Potter.

Congratulations to our newest New Zealand ITF Black Belts :

  • Diego Hernández, 3rd Degree
  • Marcin Kukialka, 1st Degree
  • Josh Bleakley, 1st Degree


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Merry Christmas 2022

Merry Christmas 2022

Merry Christmas

On behalf of all of us from the ITF Centre of Excellence 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 and burn it off.

Be sure to spread the cheer among your Taekwon-Do colleagues and friends, who may be spending the time alone, or grieving recent losses, 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.

The holiday season is a time, not just to catch up with family and friends, but also gives instructors and schools a chance to take a well earned break.

Be sure to take the opportunity to relax, enjoy the weather and come back with your energies and motivations recharged.

Look back with pride at all the great things you achieved in 2022, and think about some goals you wish to set for yourself in 2023.

We have lots of activities and events planned already for 2023, so we are excited about the year to come.

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

Yours in Taekwon-Do

Michael Muleta

President, United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia Inc.

merry christmas michael muleta


Gold medal

Eureka Australia Strikes Gold

Eureka Australia Strikes Gold

Aussie team Eureka

Eureka, its Gold and Bronze for the Green and Gold. Congratulations to all who were part of the small but successful Australian team who competed in the recent ITF World Championships in the Netherlands.

After a year delay due to the infamous lockdowns, the ITF finally got a chance to stage the ITF World Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Without domestic tournaments for more than 2 years, preparation for this year’s National Team was not as organized as normal.

Due to restrictions, financial hardship and travel reluctance, the team was a lot smaller than past Aussie Teams, and also one of the least experienced, with 5 of the 7 participants attending their first ITF World Championships.

Gold medal

But, oh boy, what an outcome we got, with Charlise Grossel of Canberra, stunning us all on Day 1, winning the Female Power Breaking late in the afternoon. It was a truly amazing result for the World Champs debutant.

We had high hopes that we may be able to snag a medal or two in the Men’s sparring, with the very experienced Zdybel’s getting on the mat. It wasn’t to be, and although both acquitted themselves well, unfortunately they did not make it through to the medal rounds.

So Day 2 ended, with everyone still on a high from that awesome Gold medal on the opening day. The general feeling in the camp was that we probably wouldn’t get any more medals.

Day 3 proved us wrong, the Men’s Power Breaking Team stepped up and became Bronzed Aussies with literally a smashing performance, coming in Third Place. To be honest, as great a result as it was, they were really only a whisker away from cleaning up the Gold again.

Bronzed Aussies

So all in all, a fantastic result at a very enjoyable and well organized and run event.

Congratulations to the squad who represented Australia. Phil Zdybel combined his competing in Sparring, Patterns, Power and Teams, with coaching other team members. Joshua Zdybel also competed in the same events. Jordan Steele and Kirby Ellis took part in both Power events, while Grace Ellis competed in Patterns. Then of course there was Australia’s new Golden Girl, Charlise Grossel competing in Patterns and winning gold in the Power ……. Eureka !!!

Katrina Cubit worked very hard Umpiring for 3 days, whilst INO President Master Michael Muleta was part of the 4-person Tournament Committee coordinating the overall event.

So Australia, and more specifically United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia (INO#23) as the National Organization, was well represented and people knew Australia was there….. oi oi oi.





Charlise Grossel – Gold, Junior Female Power

Phil Zdybel, Josh Zdybel, Jordan Steele, Kirby Ellis – Bronze, Adult Male Power

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