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ITFTAEKWONDO website wins best Blogs award

ITFTAEKWONDO website wins Best Taekwon-Do Blogs award

ITFTAEKWONDO

Our blog page at itftaekwondo .com has been reviewed and awarded as one of the best taekwondo blogs out there.

 The itftaekwondo.com website was analyzed based on content quality, authenticity factors, uniqueness, data security and a bunch of other aspects throughout the last weeks.

Those blogs that were considered as most reliable and trustworthy were among 20 shortlisted.

We are delighted to have received the recognition and award. We are pleased that people find our articles useful and informative.

For those people who haven’t checked out or blogs, visit our blog page here:

ITFTAEKWONDO BLOG PAGE

Topics include articles on:

  • Respect in Taekwon-Do
  • Ethics in Taekwon-Do
  • The ups and down of sine wave
  • Injuries in Taekwon-D0
  • Close Range Taekwon-Do

 

All our blogs are written by Master Michael Muleta, but we are keen to have input from other interested Taekwon-Do / Martial Arts blog writers.

Master Muleta has an extensive Taekwon-Do CV, having been an International competitor, coach, umpire and administrator. Having taught seminars in almost 20 countries and all over Australasia for close to 30 years, he is highly regarded for his insightful and informative approach.

With a career spanning over 30 years as both a Senior Physical Education teacher and Fitness Industry Education leader, Master Muleta is well versed to write on all matters of Martial Arts.

We also have links to non-Taekwondo related blogs from our partner site, Global Fitness Institute

GLOBAL FITNESS INSTITUTE BLOG PAGE

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.

Website sponsored by – Global Fitness Institute

 

Aussie team 2018

Aussie Pride on show in Argentina

Aussie Pride on show in Argentina

Aussie team 2018

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.

Check out the Photo Gallery

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.

Affiliate to the ITF National Body

 

itf congress 2018

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

7 Simple Reasons for Women’s Self-Defense

7 Simple Reasons for Women’s Self-Defense

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Violence against women is a serious and widespread issue in Australia, as well as throughout the world. And while the long term goal is education to stop violence against women, there are actionable strategies women can employ, right now. Here are 7 very simple reasons you should consider taking a women’s self defense class.

1 – Don’t Become a Statistic

Frankly, the statistics in Australia alone are frightening. At least one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner. One in three women have experienced physical violence. 300,000 women a year experience physical or sexual violence from a stranger. Violence against women contributes to more death, disability and illness to women between 15 and 44 than any other preventable risk factor. Learning self-defense gives you the power to avoid becoming one of these statistics, now.

2 – Prevention and Awareness

As teens and adults we become increasingly fixated on the front and our devices, often being unaware of what’s around us. You work with an experienced instructor to develop strategies that work best for you against a variety of opponents, attacks and situations. Above all, women’s self defense teaches us awareness and prevention.

3 – Take Control for Yourself and Other Women

Women’s self defense is about taking safety into our own hands. Taking a Self defense class is our chance to take action in our own lives, to take control of our own present and future. The fact is, crimes against women happen and will continue to happen. Women’s self defense classes can help prevent us becoming  victims. Knowing how to defend ourselves gives us a better chance of stopping attacks and even lessening attacks against women in the future.

4 – Great Exercise!

Self defense classes, at the end of the day, can also be a great source of exercise, working a range of vital parts of your body. It not only exercises your body physically, it also exercises your mind, reactions and reflexes. It is also an incredible way of exercising your own power and confidence. You do not have to be physically strong to be successful at self-defense. If you can learn to successfully escape or prevent a dangerous situation, then you are exercising good self-defense.

5 – Be Accountable

As women, we are constantly encouraged to be accountable for ourselves. We are told to be accountable for our finances. We are told to account for our stress and encouraged to be accountable for our health, weight and diet, along with our workouts and fitness. It stands to reason that we should be accountable for our self defense. Is it really so hard to add a self defense class to our routine as we would add the latest yoga, pilates or work out fad? However, unlike a fad, this is something that will actually make a monumental, positive change to our lives.

6 – Be Feminine

There is a terrible misconception – unfortunately perpetuated by mass media – that self defense is unfeminine and unattractive. These dangerous articles claim that women who pursue self defense are masculine, “jacked up” and have a distasteful love for violence. However, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, many models, actresses and even pageant winners are devotees of women’s self defense. Women’s self defense is incredibly feminine because it is empowering. Encouraging women to take self defense is a beautiful, inspiring thing. So, ignore the dangerous misconceptions of mainstream media and enjoy learning self defense.

7 – Do Something Now

Of course we need better education to end violence against women and men. Violence of all kinds is unacceptable. Unfortunately, though, education is long term and may not be able to help you today, tomorrow or even next year. That is why women’s self defense education is important. This is something that can happen now. Women’s self defense provides functional strategies, techniques and training methods to stop an attacker intent on hurting you. It gives you the security and confidence, right now, that you can protect yourself should the need arise. Unfortunately, no matter how well intended, ideologies can’t do that. So until education catches up with reality, keep yourselves safe. Invest in women’s self defense today.

Contact GFI to find out more about our women’s self defense classes and courses. You may consider taking up a structured martial arts class such as Taekwondo, Jiujitsu, Karate or combat sports such as kickboxing, boxing or MMA. Likewise, many providers offer personal training or group sessions / courses for you and and friends or work colleagues.

Muleta Tasmanian Seminar 2

Master Muleta – Tasmanian MMA seminar

Master Muleta – Tasmanian MMA seminar

Muleta Tasmanian Seminar 2

Master Michael Muleta VIIIth degree black belt, provided an insightful and educative workshop for the Tasmanian Martial Arts Council today at the dojang of Southern ITF Taekwon-Do in Hobart, Tasmania. Master Muleta is the owner of Global Fitness Institute and the President of United ITF Taekwon-Do and with over 35 years of experience in Martial Arts, Fitness and Education he brings a depth of knowledge second to none. Today’s seminar was attended by over 30 of Tasmania’s most enthusiastic practitioners from Karate, Ju-Jitsu and Taekwon-Do including many senior ranked Instructors.

Muleta Tasmanian Seminar 3

Master Muleta began his workshop by outlining why it is necessary to learn self-defence techniques and when it is appropriate to use them. Unlike many other self-defence instruction courses he didn’t just focus on a sequence of routines or techniques but looked at when and what techniques are necessary for situations and he then proceeded to, not only show how to perform them, but also how to teach them.
His education background really showed in his presentation methods as well as his knowledge of anatomy and how to apply appropriate tools to vital spots. He draws from his knowledge of several martial arts to bring an interesting perspective to his technique. One of the points he makes is that the knowledge gained through training in different arts should be seen as growing student’s skills rather than replacing one set of skills with another.

Muleta Tasmanian Seminar 5

Although very professional in his presentation, his manner encourages interaction and questions from students of all skill and age levels. He quickly endeared himself to all of the senior instructors and had them helping out throughout the workshop. All in all, this, the first TMAC workshop conducted by a non-Tasmanian Instructor, was a very successful event that was enjoyed by everyone who participated.

Muleta Tasmanian Seminar 1

A long-time friend of Master Steve Weston, there is no question Master Muleta made a large group of new friends this weekend and it is anticipated he will have many more trips to Tasmania both as a martial arts instructor and as trainer of some of the country’s leading fitness coaches.

Muleta Tasmanian Seminar 4

 

Written by Master Steve Weston, for the Tasmanian Martial Arts Council

 

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