United ITF Events are back in Australia
After a tough 12 months across the Globe, not just in the Taekwon-Do community, but across all sectors, we are pleased to announce United ITF Events are back in person.
With Australia doing such a great job in containing and controlling the spread of COVID-19, it has allowed us the luxury of returning to face to face ITF events, when much of the World is still heavily restricted or locked down.
After months of zooming or glooming, we are finally back in action.
We have scheduled ITF seminars, ITF tournaments, gradings and social events where we can all get together once again, and celebrate Taekwon-Do.
We look forward to seeing you all in person, in dobok on the dojang floor and competition mats.
Upcoming ITF Events in Australia include:
All ages and all ranks are welcome to attend our seminars and masterclasses, contact the seminar instructor or event host for registration details.
Saturday 15th May, 2021
Master Michael Muleta – ITF Masterclass – Mildura, Victoria
Saturday 12th June, 2021
Master Michael Muleta – ITF Masterclass – Rockhampton, Queensland (Register)
Saturday 11th July, 2021
Master Michael Muleta – ITF Masterclass – Canberra, ACT
Tournaments are open to all ages and ranks, and we welcome and encourage all members to take part. There are categories to suit everyone from sparring, patterns, breaking and special techniques, along with some additional events.
Saturday 2nd October, 2021
United ITF National Championships – Melbourne, Victoria
National Selection Trials for 2022 ITF World Championships*
(* INO#23 members only)
Saturday 2nd October, 2021
United ITF Australia – 20th Anniversary Celebration – Melbourne, Victoria
To book a seminar for your school or region, please contact us
The 2016 ITF National Championships was held in Caroline Springs, Victoria on Saturday 19th March.
An historic event, it celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the formation of the International Taekwon-Do Federation.
The 2016 ITF National Championships featured competitors from all Australian states as well as New Zealand, participating in events such as Sparring (combat), Patterns (Pre-choreographed routines), Special Techniques (Spectacular aerobatic board breaking) and Power Breaking (measuring the strongest breaks)
In addition to many juniors and beginners, the event included a high percentage of entrants who are current and recent World Champions and as expected, the matches were of a very high standard, conducted in a great spirit.
Thank you to all who came along and supported the event, particularly those who helped out as volunteers and officials on the day.
Michael Muleta, Organizer & Host
2016 ITF Australian Championships
Best Overall School
1. USMA (61) 2. ITF Ballina (55) 3. Jung Hwa (42)
Best Overall Senior Male
1. Darren Williams (12) 2. Kerry McEvoy / Jon Zaffina (6)
Best Overall Senior Female
1. Riki Wood / Carysse Shean (8) 3. Kylie Higgins (6)
Best Overall Junior Male
1. Ethan Bagatan (9) 2. Nathan Awad / Jesse Hogbin / Kobe Fursman (8)
Best Overall Junior Female
1. Eliana Brown (9) 2. Jesseca Sutton (7)
Full Results for all categories & Photo Gallery (Click Here)
Taekwondo ITF Nepal successfully organized the 2nd Everest Open International Goodwill Taekwondo Championship on Saturday on 19th September held at the Mirabal resort in Dhulikhel, Kavre – Nepal.
On Sunday 20th a special 4 hour Masterclass was conducted by Master Michael Muleta, 8th Degree, President and Technical Director of United ITF Australia (INO#23).
President of Taekwondo ITF Nepal Mr. Laxman Basnet and Adviser Mr. Ang Temba Sherpa (Model Of Rolex watch) formed a welcome party at Nepal airport to greet Master Muleta on arrival
On the first day Mr Basnet treated Master Muleta to a tour of Kathmandu city, including sites such as Bauddha Stupa (Buddist Stupa) which suffered severe damage by April’s earthquakes, and now undergoing a rebuilding program. They also went to Pasupatinath, One of biggest and most important Temples for all Hindus. Master Muleta received special blessings from monks at the Temple and witness outdoor cremation ceremonies. Dinner on the first night was a sample of Nepalese Local Food, which Master Muleta enjoyed a lot.
The following day, Master Muleta visited the Monkey Temple (soyembhunath), Basantapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar square , in Bhaktapur.
After sightseeing, Master Muleta and Mr Basnet travelled an hour onto the seminar and championships venue in Dhulikel. On the way, Master Muleta and ITF Nepal adviser, Ang Temba, were invited to Mr Basnet’s house in a typical country village and had enjoyed some typical Nepalese local food again.
Later on the Friday 4 more attendees from Australia and New Zealand arrived – Phill Zdybel, Joshua Zdybel, Blair Martin and Mark Elliot.
All total 150 participants and officials took part from Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Nepal and India.
Most of the Nepalese participants came from Kathmandu and arrived on Friday evening at the venue.
The 2nd Everest International Championships commenced at 9am on the Saturday, with Guest of Honour, Master Muleta lighting the Traditional candle at the opening ceremony to declare the event officially open.
The championship included Individual patterns and individual sparring with a demonstration in team patterns. Uniquely this championship was held under the open sky, with breathtaking views of the Himalayas for all participants. Logistics were in place in the event of inclement weather, however we were blessed with a glorious day.
All officals, umpires and judges work very hard all day and Master Muleta did us the honour of acting as Centre Referee for all the Black Belt finals. We were impressed and thankful for his kindness and assistance in conducting this event.
At the end of the Championships, there was a medals and certification ceremony with special guest Lion’s Club President, Rudhra Hari Geawali. Medals and certificates were presented, and as a special bonus, 1000 nepali rupees were given to every gold medallist distributed by the Chief Guest, Master Muleta, M. Blair Martin and other guest presenters.
During the closing ceremony, Master Muleta donated Australian raised funds to Taekwondo ITF Nepal. Including donating all his teaching fees back to ITF Nepal, and covering all his own travel costs, in all the Australian effort raised over $2000 worth of support. (over 150,000 rupees)
Phillip Zdybel also from Australia was very active in raising funds through his local community, donating over $500.
ITF Nepal President Laxman Basnet presented 341,000 Nepali Rupee to Mr. Gayaji Khadka, assistant Instructor and Treasurer of ITF Nepal.
10,000 Rupees was presented to Nepal Journalist Federation, Kavre to support the family of Suman Bomjan who was member of Nepal sports Journalist Forum, who died during the Earthquake.
ITF Nepal also wishes to acknowledge the donation of $5,500 Hongkong dollars by Hong Kong original Taekwondo Council, 1,52,947 NPR ($2300NZD around by Morgan Stacey, Project Manager of Naylor Love Construction of New Zealand.
The remainder was collected by Mr Basnet from friends and Club members from New Zealand.
Mr. Basnet honoured Master Michael Muleta (United ITF Australia) and Mr Blair Martin (United ITF New Zealand) with a Certificate and plaque of Appreciation.
It was fantastic event and all participants and officials were so excited and happy. In the ceremony Master Muleta and Mr. Blair said in their speech they were very happy to be in Nepal and they will support in future events too.
Also they said they are very surprised with Nepali participants sparring and the spirit shown, as participants with minimal protective equipment, much vigour yet no injuries.
More photos can be found at : https://www.uniteditf.com/?p=976
Written by ITF Nepal.
Congratulations Aussie Team
Congratulations to our Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do black belt members on making the Australian Team to represent Australia at the 2016 ITF World Championships in England :
Also well done to ex-Thoroughbreds on making the team
Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do has an extensive and proud history of National Team representatives, and boasts several World Champions and medalists.
Our earliest representation dates back to 1995, where Master Michael Muleta was National Team Coach at the ITF World Championships in Warsaw, Poland.
We have had members participating in 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 ITF World Championships.