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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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. So here are our 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. 1 in 3 women has experience 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

It is alarming how, as we become adults, we are become closed off. Children and animals “check their six” freely and often. But as teens and adults we become increasingly fixated on the front and our devices. You work with an experienced instructor to develop strategies that work best for you against a variety of opponents, attacks and situations. But 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. There are some who argue that taking self-defense classes is admitting defeat. However, it is better seen as a refusal to be held back. Self defense 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. Women’s self defense can prevent us becoming chosen 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 is, at the end of the day, a great source of exercise. And it exercises a range of vital parts of your body. It not only exercises your body physically, it also exercises your mind, reactions and reflexes. But 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. We are encouraged to be accountable for our health and are told to be accountable for our weight and diet. We are accountable for our workouts and fitness. So 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 icons like Cosmo – 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 weapons. 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.

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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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