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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

ITF Hall Of Fame

ITF Hall Of Fame

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We are pleased to announce the launch of the Australasian ITF Hall Of Fame, with the historic ceremony being held in Melbourne on Saturday 15th April, 2017, in conjunction with the Global ITF open Championships and Global Masters Seminar Series

The ITF Hall Of Fame Australasia will become a featured event on the ITF calendar across the Australasian region.

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

The ITF Hall of Fame welcomes members from all ITF practicing schools, who continue the legacy of the Founder, General Choi Hong Hi, through the adherence and promotion of his teachings.

In it’s inaugural year we will induct several significant contributors, and then a limited number of inductees in subsequent years to make this quite an exclusive and revered title.

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

  • Lifetime Contribution Award
  • International Ambassador Award
  • Popular Choice Award
  • Outstanding Athlete award
  • Indomitable Spirit Award
  • ITF Hall of Fame – Legend

The process of nomination includes:

  • Filling in the nomination form on this site
  • Submitting a detailed CV / training history
  • Verification of Rank
  • Supporting evidence as required
  • Payment of nomination fee
  • Attend the awards ceremony

Once you nominate, or have been nominated, an assembly of peers will be consulted to discus the merit and validity of the nomination.

This assembly is formed after close of nominations, to ensure no conflict of interest, and will not include any nominated parties. Successful nominees will be announced and inducted at the official ceremony.

ITF Hall of Fame ceremony bookings are now open for nominees, families, students, friends and supporters to come along to support and acknowledge the great achievements of those inducted.

Bookings and nominations close on Sunday 2nd April, 2017.

You can book a seat for yourself, or book a table of 8 for your club.

Seats are limited to be sure to book as soon as possible – Bookings and nominations close on Sunday 2nd April, 2017.

Book 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.

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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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Master Muleta Canberra Seminars

Canberra Seminars and Black Belt Grading

Over the weekend of August 13-14th, Master Michael Muleta conducted a series of seminars and degree gradings across Canberra.

The Canberra seminars included Sparring (x2) and Self Defense.

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On the Saturday, Master Muleta ventured out to the Heron Taekwon-Do club, hosted by Sabum Glenn McKinnon.

The day commenced with a sparring seminar which focused on footwork, attacking and counter attacking drills. Students worked hard and enjoyed the session.

After a short break for lunch, a grading was conducted by Master Muleta and Sabum McKinnon. Firstly, all the gup students, followed by 4 students attempting to obtain their 1st Degree Black Belt.

After an exhaustive and comprehensive physical and theory examination, congratulations to Caylin Thompson, Scott Bovey, Peter Lachlan and Jasper Lachlan for passing their black belt testing.canberra seminars

The following day Master Muleta headed across the other side of town to conduct 2 seminars at the Choong Moo Taekwon-Do school in Amaroo, hosted by Sabum Jordan Steele.

The first seminar again covered ITF Sparring, with a high percentage of red and black belts, the session focused again on footwork and drills, but with a greater emphasis on ring craft, strategies and simulated match play.

As there was no grading afterwards, students were pushed to the point of exhaustion and worked very hard in a grueling session.

After a short drink break, seminar 2 then focused on self defense, or more specifically unarmed combat.

Master Muleta covered areas such as awareness and decision making, vital spots and choosing appropriate attacking tools along with covering various self defense scenarios.

Students went through releases, joint locks, take downs and improvisation drills in a solid session.

Thank you to the hosts of both days.

 

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Master Muleta Boxing Seminar Tasmania

Tasmania Boxing Seminar

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Master Michael Muleta gave a kickboxing and boxing seminar in Launceston, Tasmania on Wednesday 10th August.

The group was made up of current Personal Trainers, graduates and students of Global Fitness Institute’s Fitness courses. It was conducted at the Global Fitness Institute Tasmania Campus at Health Revival, Longford.

Students went through a series of conditioning and skill drills, and combinations of kicks, punches and strikes. The emphasis of the sessions was placed on using the drills as part of fitness conditioning training for clients, sports and of course martial arts.

Master Muleta is the President of United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia, in addition to being the Director of the ITF Centre of Excellence and CEO of Global Fitness Institute.

 

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Grandmaster Tompkins Vale

Passing of Grandmaster Tompkins

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Saddened to hear of the passing today of Grandmaster John Tompkins. He was always on hand with a word of encouragement and support, I found him fascinating to talk to and appreciated his ability to look you in the eye and give it to you straight without the sugar coating.

A man of his convictions and not afraid to call it as he saw it. My condolences to his family, members and close friends. The World is poorer for having lost you but grander for having had you my friend. Respect – Master Michael Muleta

From the ITF administration page:

Grand Master John Tompkins had an enormous passion for martial arts and Taekwon-Do in particular. He started as a young boy and stayed active in Taekwon-do throughout his life. He was respected and loved by many all over the world. One of his proudest moments was when President Choi Jung Hwa promoted him to the rank of 9th degree black belt at the 2014 World Championships in Rome, Italy. His passion could be fiery at times but it was his love and commitment to keeping Taekwon-do pure that drove him. He was a man who lived and died by his principles.

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Master Muleta – Tasmanian MMA seminar

Master Muleta – Tasmanian MMA seminar

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

 

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New Zealand Champs and Seminar

New Zealand Champs and Seminar

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The 2016 United ITF New Zealand National Championships were held in Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday 11th June.

The following day saw Master Michael Muleta conduct a Seminar and Degree Testing for United ITF NZ and United ITF Australia Black Belts.

The National Champs saw participants travel from Across New Zealand, including Wellington and the South Island as well as a large contingent from Australian areas including Melbourne, Geelong, Mildura and Millicent.

Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do was represented by Master Michael Muleta, as an offical with Justin Chin and Anna Blake as competitors.

The competition featured a range of competitors from young first-timers through to past and present (and possibly future) International Taekwon-Do Federation World Champs. With some high quality contests the crowd were treated to a very entertaining day indeed.

From our club’s point of view, we had some very good results with Anna Blake taking out the best over all Junior Female award, winning her sparring and patterns convincingly, which will serve as valuable preparation for the upcoming ITF World Championships in England next month.

Justin Chin also continued his strong form, winning a silver medal in senior black belt patterns in a very high standard final against Kye Todd, with both in the national team for next month’s international event.

On the Sunday, Master Michael Muleta conducted a seminar including work on technical content, movement dynamics, kicking drills and some motivational and philosophical content. The session was well received and students preparing for the upcoming degree testing received some valuable last minute pointers.

The degree testing was quite involved and ultimately saw the promotion of Mark Elliot (3rd Degree), Kylee Cusin (3rd Degree) and Conner Melaugh (2nd Degree).

The Championships will be held as a biennial event with New Zealand supporting Master Muleta’s Australian events in the alternate years.

 

 

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Stage 3 – We’re have lift off – June 5th 2016

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We celebrated the first Official activity and opening of the new ITF Centre of Excellence, with special guest, 8x ITF World Champion, Carl van Roon from New Zealand, conducting his “Future World Champions Seminar’.

The event was a success with attendees coming from New Zealand, Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Mildura and across many Melbourne schools. It was only significant as it featured members from several ITF groups training harmoniously and with the common goal of learning and improving their abilities in ITF Taekwon-Do, which is the very ethos upon which the Centre was  conceived and now opened.

Works are progressing well on the new ITF Centre of Excellence in Braybrook, Melbourne. Here’s a few of the latest snaps a few days before opening.

A few more items to come including a boxing ring, boxing area, cross fit cages, rowing machines and more……watch this space for updates.

The ITF Centre of Excellence is a high performance training centre based in Melbourne, Australia overseen by Master Michael Muleta, 8th Degree Black Belt.

It features a fully equipped commercial grade gymnasium for the exclusive use of our students, along with educational and rehabilitation facilities.

The Centre will host many programs across a range of martial arts, health and fitness and specialize in high performance training.

Here’s a few early shots – we’ll keep you posted on the progress.

Stage 2 – Almost ready for kick off

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Works on the new ITF Centre of Excellence in Braybrook, Melbourne have commenced, here’s a few early snaps. At this stage we’re still cleaning up from previous tenant and starting to move equipment in.

Here’s a few early shots – we’ll keep you posted on the progress.

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Official Grand Opening Day is Sunday 5th June, and we will be holding a seminar with 7 x ITF World Champion Carl van Roon to commemorate the occasion.

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Masters

Masters Honoured at ITF 50th Anniversary

Masters from the Oceanic Region were honoured at the celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of the International Taekwon-Do Federation, held in Melbourne on Saturday 19th March.

Each was presented with a magnificent trophy symbolizing their respective life-long efforts and achievements in promoting and furthering the International Taekwon-Do Federation.

The event was held after a very successful ITF National Championships which was organized and hosted by United ITF President/Technical Director and Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do head instructor, Master Michael Muleta.

The banquet featured guests from across Australia and New Zealand, and consisted of many presentations and speeches from the honoured recipients.

Master Muleta welcomed guests and gave testimonials to each of his fellow recipients and their contributions, followed by a special presentation and speech made by Master Steve Weston to Master Muleta.

Those Masters honoured included:

Master Michael Muleta, 8th Degree

Master Rua Kaiou, 7th Degree

Master Neil Cliff, 7th Degree

Master Noel Keating, 7th Degree

Master Spiridon Cariotis, 7th Degree

Master Steve Weston, 7th Degree

Master Moustapha El Sheik, 7th Degree

We acknowledge all who have contributed to the promotion of the ITF across our region, over the duration of ITF’s 50 years since its formation.

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