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
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
So as another installment of Olympic Taekwondo comes to a conclusion, it’s time for us to once again reflect on the bigger picture that is Taekwondo.
Every 4 years the same debates roll out regarding the presence of Taekwondo in the Olympics, and many self-proclaimed traditionalists will testify that the Taekwondo on public view to the millions is not the martial art as the Founder intended.
On the flip-side, those who are indeed heavily invested in the Olympic version do not even hear or regard the arguments that resonate from the outside, as they strive to win Gold for their country.
So how can two groups of people have such polarized views on the Olympic version of Taekwondo, and one wonders whether other sports suffer the philosophical same divide.
When Taekwondo was first included in the Seoul Olympics back in 1988 as a demonstration sport, and then went on in 1996 to be a full medal sport, it was regarded as a major coup for the organizations who were involved, and the death knell for those who weren’t.
Just as we have been every four years before, the end of another Olympic campaign leaves us with more questions than answers.
But has it panned out that way all these years later, what has become of the public perception of Taekwondo in 2016, as we get engulfed by the popularity of MMA and UFC ?
Concerns about the standard of competition, the range of techniques used, the attractiveness to a television and live audience and hence the appeal to potential lucrative sponsors leave Taekwondo delicately poised in terms of its future as an Olympic sport.
Have Taekwondo organizations, and their member schools flourished since the inclusion of Taekwondo as an Olympic Sport ? What value was derived from the millions of dollars each nations government pumped int the sport version fo Taekwondo ?
With a large group on anti-Olympic practitioners defending their traditional, or original martial art, why do these same organizations still pin their hopes on one day being included in something they so vehemently oppose ?
Is our main concern about which organization is represented, and hence reaps the rewards of government and corporate backing, or is our primary concern what the sport/art actually looks like in the public domain ?
At this juncture nothing should be taken away from the countless hours of hard work done by the athletes and coaches themselves, as with any other Olympic Sport, they have given their all to represent their country with great pride and they only compete withing the rules that govern the sport.
At the end of each games we reflect the positives and negatives of Taekwondo’s inclusion in the Olympic schedule.
Post Sponsored by Global Fitness Institute
by Michael Muleta, 8th Degree
Article sponsored by – Global Fitness Institute
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.
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