Success for Taekwondo at Arnold Sports Festival
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:
- New Zealand,
- Mount Gambier and
- 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 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