Archive for April, 2010

NIB Health

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Taekwondo Australian is in the process of entering into arrangements with NIB Health Cover to provide discount health insurance available to all members of TA and their families.  Details of the coverage and discounts will be available within 6-8 weeks and will be sent to all Instructors and posted on the TA website.

Volunteers Grants Applied for by State and Local Associations

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

The 2010 Volunteers Grants have now closed and TA is aware that some State Associations and local clubs have applied, as has TA, for this excellent grant opportunity through the Federal Government’s Department of Families.  Applications are all pending at this point and we are hopeful of being successful and for our State and local associations to be able to benefit from this program.

Sports Forum Well Prepared for 1 May

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The National Sports Committee has been hard at work preparing for the Sports Forum to be hosted in Melbourne on Saturday 1 May.  Applications were sought for additional committee members for the NSC as part of an expansion program and the forum will be attended by current and new appointees as well as State representatives and the Athletes Commission representatives.  The forum’s aim is the continued development of the National Sport Development Program which is already in the early roll-out stages and will progress further following the forum and submission to the Board for approval.  TA will be funding the State attendance at the forum.

ABC Radio NSW Targets Taekwondo for Feature

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

ABC Radio in NSW have a regular feature of lower profile sports and TA was pleased to be able to take part in an interview recently as part of this feature.  The program received an excellent report.

North Qld Games Taekwondo Huge Success

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Taekwondo took part this month in the North Qld Games for the 2nd time with the event held in Cairns on 8-12 April.  The isolation of Nth Qld means that they have limited competition opportunity and Taekwondo Queensland contributed a significant investment in ensuring that the competition was conducted successfully, sending a squad of officials to assist.  The small taekwondo competition formed part of the larger event, which is recognised as the largest regional multi-sport event in the country with overall participation over 4,000.  The opening ceremony was launched by Games Ambassador, Olympic cycling Gold Medallist, Sarah Carrigan, and the event was opened by Qld Premier, Anna Bligh.  Sarah met some of the Taekwondo officials and one of the young competitors at the Games gala dinner and attended the Taekwondo event to see some of both of the technical and sparring event and returned in the afternoon to assist with medal presentations.  The event was strongly supported by Townsville instructor Denise Goodwin.  Well done Denise and TQ!

Website Show Sensational Results

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

According to the independent ‘Alexa’ organisation ( who rank websites around the world Taekwondo websites within Australia have achieved sensational results.

TA members ATA-WA have achieved number 1 ranking (contragulations ATA) in the rankings!

TA’s newly redeveloped site is currently ranked number 11 and rising!

Special congratulations to John Gradisar and the development company team for the work on the new site format.

(WTF site is ranked number 3)

Victorian Open Muye Champions

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Application Forms for the above competition are now available from your Head Instructor.
Please note that Entries close on the 14th May.

Shepparton Grading

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Please be advised that the Shepparton Grading scheduled for the 2nd of May has been moved to the 16th May.
We apologies for any inconvenience and hope to see on the 16th May.

Master Ky Tu Dang Seminar at the Koryo Taekwondo Centre

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

The Seminar was conducted on the 12th April at the Koryo Taekwondo Centre in Roxburgh Park.
We had 65 Taekwondo People from 7 different Melbourne clubs and from all reports everybody enjoyed the evening and were amazed by Master Dang flexibility.
In my option it is always a great experience when a number of our Melbourne clubs come together for both a learning and social evening.
Thank you to Schrembi’s T.K.D, Gisborne T.K.D, White Studios, Revolution T.K.D, Banyule Tigers, Melbourne Taekwondo Centre, City West and of course our members from our many Koryo Taekwondo Centres.

Burundi Joins WTF as 191st Member Nation

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Burundi has become the 191st member nation of the world’s taekwondo governing body.

On March 25, the Burundi Taekwondo Federation, headed by Mr. Sindayihebura Dismas, submitted necessary membership documents to the WTF Secretariat. After reviewing them, the WTF granted the African country a provisional membership status.

“We are happy to inform you that your federation’s application has been approved by the WTF and that your country from today will be able to participate in all WTF sanctioned and/or promoted events as a provisional member of the WTF,” the WTF said in a letter dated on March 30 to the president of the Burundi Taekwondo Federation.

Article 4 of the WTF Rules and Regulations stipulates that “Admittance to the WTF shall require the approval of the WTF Council and the General Assembly of the WTF. The national taekwondo associations applying for the membership of the WTF are required to present designated application documents to the WTF together with a letter of recognition from the pertinent National Olympic Committee, or in its absence, its highest national sport authority.”

It continues to say, “In addition, they are also required to hand in a letter pledging to dispatch at least two competitors, ideally one male and one female, but it has no voting right until it becomes a full member of the WTF.”

As a provisional member, Burundi, thus, can send its athletes to the 2nd WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships to be held on May 11, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The WTF will make a final decision on the African country’s full membership at its next Council and General Assembly meetings.

In terms of the number of membership, the WTF ranks among the top 10 of International Sports Federations. The 191 WTF membership breaks down to 49 for the European Taekwondo Union, 43 for the Asian Taekwondo Union, 44 for the African Taekwondo Union, 42 from the Pan American Taekwondo Union, and 13 for the Oceania Taekwondo Union.