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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.

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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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