Archive for November, 2010

New Zealand Open

Monday, November 29th, 2010
The Koryo Taekwondo Centre is putting together a Team to go to the 2011 New Zealand Open in March next year.

Interested competitors can contact Russell Wood on for additional information. 

Why the New Zealand Open

The costs to go to Asia, Europe and the U.S.A are some what more expensive then going to New Zealand.

We have approximately 3 months to prepare for the competition.

The competition is not restricted to Black Belts.

Both Junior and Senior Yellow, Blue and Red Belts can compete.

Events included Sparring W.T.F rules, Standard W.T.F Poomsae for Individuals and Pairs plus Creative Poomsae with or with out Music.

Competitors can gain International experience in a safe region of the world.

Special training sessions will be run by the Koryo Taekwondo Centre which is open to all interested

Taekwondo competitors. (Profits from the training sessions will be shared by the team) 



Shepparton November Grading

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

The Shepparton Grading was a great success as we not only gain a number of new Yellow, Blue and Red Belts we also gained 2 new 2nd Pooms and 2 new 2nd Dan members.
Claudia Rachele and Stacey Moutafis were promoted to 2nd Poom and Brendon Leeder and Wayne Van Den Tol were promoted to 2nd Dan. All 4 of these students passed with flying colours which can be contribute to their hard work and Sammy Racheles encouragement and decication to his students.

Koryo Class Changes

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
Thursday nights
No classes on the 25th November and the 2nd December. (School Concert)
Saturday mornings 9.30am to 10.30am
No class at the Craigieburn Primary School on the 27th November. (State Elections)
However, the class has been transferred to the Craigieburn College.

Pan Pacific Master Games

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Phillip Andis and Russell Wood attended the Pan Pacific Masters Games at the Gold Coast on the 13th and 14th of November. These games were very well organised and managed by Kate Eggar and even when the lights went out and we had to shift halls Kate kepted things running like nothing had happened. 
Phillip won 2 Gold and 2 Silver with Russell winning 2 Gold and 3 Silver.
Lets hope Koryo can organise a big team for the next Pan Pacific Games.


A U S T R A L I A N .O L Y M P I C .C O M M I T T E E

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

The World Taekwondo Federation (‘WTF’) has issued its Qualification System for the London Olympic Games. The Qualification System is approved by the International Olympic Committee (‘IOC’).
Under the Qualification System (attached), quota places are allocated to the respective National Olympic Committees (‘NOCs’). Only NOCs may enter athletes in the WTF World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament (July 2011) or the Continental Taekwondo Qualification Tournaments (September 2011 – January 2012).
The AOC Olympic Team Selection By-law requires the Australian Olympic Team’s Nomination and Selection Criteria for the Olympic Games be submitted to the AOC by the relevant National Federation and approved by the AOC prior to it being made available to athletes.
At this time, the sport of Taekwondo does not have a National Federation recognised by the AOC. In October last year, the AOC resolved that Taekwondo Australia (‘TA’) should be recognised subject to TA’s membership of the WTF.
The WTF did not accept TA as a member but instead accepted Sports Taekwondo Australia (‘STA’) as the member of the WTF for sport of Taekwondo in Australia.
The WTF has recently been attempting to resolve the issue in discussions with TA and STA but it remains unresolved to date.
As a result, there is no current pathway for qualification or nomination of Taekwondo athletes by a National Federation to the AOC for selection and entry to the London Olympic Games.
It is important that athletes do not have any false expectations from statements that may have been made by either STA or TA leading them to believe that they may follow a path for nomination to the London Olympic Games which is not available to them.
The AOC regards the current situation as completely unsatisfactory but is hopeful that further discussions it may have with the IOC will find a way for Australian Taekwondo athletes to qualify for and compete at the 2012 Olympic Games. Regrettably, at this point in time the way forward is not clear and is unlikely to be so for some time.

Craig Phillips
Secretary General
Australian Olympic Committee
1 October 2010


Sunday, November 14th, 2010

The Koryo Taekwondo Centre will be conducting a Poomsae Seminar in Melbourne on Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th of January 2011.

This Seminar is open to all Taekwondo Players throughout Australia and will cover the following,

  • Poomsae Taeguk 1 to Taeguk 8
  • Poomsae Palgae 1 to Palgwae 8
  • All Current W.T.F Black Belt Forms
  • Poomsae Judging overview.

The Seminar will be conducted by Koryo Taekwondo Master Instructor Russell Wood.

  • World Taekwondo Federation Rank: 7th Dan
  • Chung Do Kwan Rank: 6th Dan
  • Kukkiwon Certificate Number: 05003575
  • Taekwondo Australia Membership Number: 1998110024
  • Taekwondo Australia Poomsae Judge Presenter
  • Kukkiwon Diploma for Taekwondo (2010)
  • W.T.F Citation (2006)

Received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 from Queen Elizabeth for outstanding contribution to Taekwondo in Australia.
International Poomsae Gold Medalist New Zealand 2008, Belgium 2009 & Korea 2010

Seminar fee $50.00 (Covers both days) or $25.00 for one day.
Interested applicants should contact The Koryo Taekwondo Centre for additional information.
Phone 0393086019            Mobile 0405 659 684

Craigieburn Grading

Monday, November 1st, 2010

I’m please to advise that Sachin Pathmaperuma was promoted to 2nd Poom. Sachin did a very professional job as he completed his grading with flying colors as he not only met the 2nd Poom Syllabus but also completed part of the Red Belt requirements as well.