Arnold Classic Taekwondo World Championships
Organizer, Arnold Classic Taekwondo World Championships
CEO, Global Fitness Institute
Mr Phill Zdybel has quite an extensive martial arts background over 30 years and has the unique distinction of holding Black Belts in both ITF and WT (Kukiwon). An International Instructor and examiner, Phill is also an A-class International Umpire.
Phill Zdybel has won Multiple State and National championships in both disciplines. He has also been successful internationally and has been an Australian representative at four ITF World Championships and a Quadruple Medallist at the 2010 duel World Championships.
He was National Team head coach at the 2018 ITF World Championships in Argentina.
Phill Zdybel has represented Australia at numerous International Events and as used Taekwon-do as tool for charity/fund raising work for the betterment of others, such as supporting Earthquake relief efforts in Nepal in 2015. Along with assisting in the Instruction at International Seminars.
Phill is currently a 5th Degree Black Belt in the ITF under Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa.
He worked extensively with Australian Special Needs Representatives in their preparations in Patterns and Mixed Ability’s event for duel gold medal result at the ITF WORLD TAEKWONDO CHAMPIONSHIPS XIV Junior, XVIIII Adult, V Senior & II Special Needs July 31-August 5 Buenos Aires Argentina.
Nationally he first took part in the Australian Master games in 2009 and played a leading role in the inclusion of ITF along side the WT style of TKD to give more athletes a chance to compete and successfully for the first time in Geelong, an event he hosted and organized.
The United ITF Open Victorian Champs, recently held in Caroline Springs, and hosted by Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do, was a huge success.
It featured participants of all ages and levels from across Victoria, South Australia, Canberra and Queensland.
Events included Sparring and Patterns, in both ITF and WT, as well as Team patterns, Self Defense and Creative Breaking.
To promote inclusiveness we also incorporated a junior development event with our friends from several WT schools, who were using it as preparation for the upcoming Arnold Classic Taekwondo World Championships.
Another exciting element of the event was the running of the World’s First Bottle Cap Challenge competition.
Thank you to everyone who came along, particularly those who travelled far and wide, to make the event such a success. We appreciate the very positive feedback on our efforts to keep the tournament format fresh, engaging and innovative.
A big thank you to our referees and judges who worked with the utmost professionalism and efficiency. Last but not least, appreciation for our first aid providers and additional volunteers.
The entire event was streamed live by MySportLive, with the invaluable support of Anytime Fitness Caroline Springs.
For those who missed it, even those who took part, you can watch it all again. View Video below:
It can also be viewed on our homepage
On behalf of United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia Inc Executive Board and Directors, I wish all our members and their families 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.
Be sure to spread the cheer among your Taekwon-Do colleagues and friends, 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.
Once again, wishing a Merry Christmas to you all.
Yours in Taekwon-Do
President, United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia Inc.
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.
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 of the Taekwondo championships on Saturday featured ITF Sparring and Patterns for both individuals and teams.
Participants came from:
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
The process of nomination includes 2 options:
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
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.
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
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.
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