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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 

Tournament Results 18 Arnold

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

 

 

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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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

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Grandmaster Tompkins Vale

Passing of Grandmaster Tompkins

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Saddened to hear of the passing today of Grandmaster John Tompkins. He was always on hand with a word of encouragement and support, I found him fascinating to talk to and appreciated his ability to look you in the eye and give it to you straight without the sugar coating.

A man of his convictions and not afraid to call it as he saw it. My condolences to his family, members and close friends. The World is poorer for having lost you but grander for having had you my friend. Respect – Master Michael Muleta

From the ITF administration page:

Grand Master John Tompkins had an enormous passion for martial arts and Taekwon-Do in particular. He started as a young boy and stayed active in Taekwon-do throughout his life. He was respected and loved by many all over the world. One of his proudest moments was when President Choi Jung Hwa promoted him to the rank of 9th degree black belt at the 2014 World Championships in Rome, Italy. His passion could be fiery at times but it was his love and commitment to keeping Taekwon-do pure that drove him. He was a man who lived and died by his principles.

Masters

Masters Honoured at ITF 50th Anniversary

Masters from the Oceanic Region were honoured at the celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of the International Taekwon-Do Federation, held in Melbourne on Saturday 19th March.

Each was presented with a magnificent trophy symbolizing their respective life-long efforts and achievements in promoting and furthering the International Taekwon-Do Federation.

The event was held after a very successful ITF National Championships which was organized and hosted by United ITF President/Technical Director and Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do head instructor, Master Michael Muleta.

The banquet featured guests from across Australia and New Zealand, and consisted of many presentations and speeches from the honoured recipients.

Master Muleta welcomed guests and gave testimonials to each of his fellow recipients and their contributions, followed by a special presentation and speech made by Master Steve Weston to Master Muleta.

Those Masters honoured included:

Master Michael Muleta, 8th Degree

Master Rua Kaiou, 7th Degree

Master Neil Cliff, 7th Degree

Master Noel Keating, 7th Degree

Master Spiridon Cariotis, 7th Degree

Master Steve Weston, 7th Degree

Master Moustapha El Sheik, 7th Degree

We acknowledge all who have contributed to the promotion of the ITF across our region, over the duration of ITF’s 50 years since its formation.

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results championships

2016 ITF National Championships

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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)
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National Team training

After a full day of overseeing the running of the Australian Masters Games Taekwon-Do at the Adelaide Convention Center, Master Michael Muleta conducted National Team training for 2.5 hours for members of the team for the 2016 ITF World Championships who were present.

The training was conducted at the Nino Pilla Martial Arts Academy and consisted of technical refinements and tips for those competing in tuls at the Worlds next year in England.

Many Black Belt participants were present from Adelaide, Millicent, Mildura, Auckland, Gladstone, Melbourne and Geelong.

It was a long but successful and enjoyable day, thank you to all who came along.

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2nd Everest International Champs

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.

Melbourne Technical Seminar

ITF Taekwon-Do Technical Seminar – Melbourne

seminarThoroughbred Taekwon-Do students from the Balwyn club were among several ITF members who attended an ITF Technical Seminar conducted by Master Michael Muleta, 8th Degree President and Technical Director of United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia.

taekwondo 3The seminar was conducted in Port Melbourne, Victoria and covered many technical aspects of Taekwon-Do including tuls, fundamentals, kicking, and teaching methodologies.

The main focus was the application of General Choi’s theories on power development and execution. Patterns diagrams were clarified and a focus on kicking drills and combinations.

taekwondo 4The session was split up into a morning session for all belts, followed by an afternoon session for black belts and instructors.

 

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