Archive for August, 2011

W.T.F iPHONE and iPAD

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

The WTF Taekwondo TV iPhone and iPad application launches to the millions of Taekwondo Fans Worldwide

The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) launched WTF Taekwondo TV’s application for iPhone and iPad on August 26, 2011 in order to bring the dynamic taekwondo world more closely to its taekwondo fans.

This application provides the fastest and easiest way to access to the WTF official Web TV which currently shows more than 8000 matches of 30 top-rated international taekwondo competitions. New videos will continue to be added shortly following each new international taekwondo competition.

The application is well equipped with most of the main features of the WTF Web TV channel (www.wtf-taekwondo.tv) to maximize the user’s WTF TV experience including; catalogued videos, easy navigation, tagging of key moments, rating and commenting. These features enable users to easily locate videos that they want and find key moments (e.g. scoring, warning) immediately without having to go through an entire video.

This is a significant step jointly taken by the WTF and its new media partner Dartfish, specialized in video analysis and new media platform to reach out to the taekwondo audience and provide them fast and easy access to top-rated international taekwondo matches.

Click here and download the new WTF Web TV application!

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2011 Taekwondo Day’ Events Start with 240km March from Muju to Seoul

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Participants starts a 240km march across the nation in commemoration of the 2011 Taekwondo Day, which falls on Sept. 4, at the Taekwondo Park in Muju, Korea on Aug. 27, 2011. About 80 people, mostly taekwondo university students, are participating in the program, which continues until Sept. 3. The participants are scheduled to walk a total of 240km from Muju to Seoul.

The commemorative events of the 2011 Taekwondo Day, which falls on Sept. 4, started with a 240km march across the country by about 80 taekwondo students in a ceremony on Aug. 27, 2011.

A launching ceremony for the “March Across the Nation” was held at the construction site of the Taekwondo Park in Muju, central Korea, with the attendance of ranking taekwondo officials, from the World Taekwondo Federation, the World Taekwondo Peace Corps Foundation, the Taekwondo Promotion Foundation and the Muju County.

About 80 taekwondo students, including about 30 members of the Taekwondo Peace Corps, are participating in the 240km march from Muju to Seoul through Daejeon and Suwon. They are scheduled to arrive in the afternoon of Sept. 3 at the Lake Park in Ilsan, northwest of Seoul.

The march across the nation event is one of various programs to commemorate the 2011 Taekwondo Day, which is organized by the WTF, in cooperation with the Kukkiwon, the Taekwondo Promotion Foundation and the Korea Taekwondo Association.

“Under the slogan “Shouting Peace in Taekwondo,” other commemorative events for the 2011 Taekwondo Day include the “Taekwondo Demonstration Festival” and the “Peace Concert,” both scheduled for Sept. 3 at the Lake Park in Ilsan. On Sept. 4, a ceremony to mark the 2011 Taekwondo Day will take place at the Renaissance Seoul Hotel in Seoul.

The WTF designated Sept. 4 as Taekwondo Day at its General Assembly in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 2006, and has since marked the day. On Sept. 4, 1994, the International Olympic Committee decided at its Session in Paris, France to adopt taekwondo as an official sport of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

In 2007, the Korean government, enacted a law on taekwondo promotion and the establishment of Taekwondo Park. On Sept. 4, 2008, the Korean government and the four taekwondo organizations in Korea – the WTF, the Kukkiwon, the Korea Taekwondo Association and the Taekwondo Promotion Foundation – jointly celebrated the Taekwondo Day.

T.V.I Instructors Meeting

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

TVI has organised a forum with cross-section of Victorian Head Instructors to discuss our future directions.
As a number of other Instructors have also expressed interest in attending, we would like to throw the invitation to ALL Victorian Taekwondo Head Instructors and Instructors.
Venue for this forum is: State Netball and Hockey Centre (SNHS)
Address: Brens Drive Parkville
Date: 28th August 2011
Time: 12 – 4.00 pm
TVI Executive Council

2011 T.A National Championship Draw

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

The 2011 T.A National Championship Draw is now available for viewing.
Refer https://www.taekwondoaustralia.org.au

Road to London 2012 – Meet Our Stars!

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

 A total of 128 athletes will compete for top honors at the taekwondo competition of the 2012 London Olympic Games, and 24 athletes from 15 countries were qualified at the 2011 WTF World Qualification Tournament which was held at Baku, Azerbaijan, on June 30 to July 3, 2011. 

Four spots will be decided on through the tripartite consultation among the IOC, the ANOC and the WTF, which are known as “wild cards,” while the host country of Great Britain will secure four spots automatically. 

All Olympic hopefuls will compete to gain one out of remaining 96 spots at the continental qualification tournaments. 

The WTF Newsletter meets our taekwondo stars through our special editions. 

Safwan KHALIL (Men’s -58kg), Australia  

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The young Australian who dreams of an Olympic medal has taken one step closer toward his dream. 

Safwan KHALIL won the gold medal in Men’s 58kg after brushing off the tough challenge of Iranian opponent, Hadi, MOSTEAN LORON, in the 4th, or so called sudden death, round, with a head-shot on August 21, 2011 at the 2011 Shenzhen Summer Universiade. 

The young Australian celebrated his hard-won victory by dancing joyously on the court, attracting applause from the spectators who jam-packed the stadium. 

Khalil is feeling more confident by this victory and believes that he has come closer toward his Olympic dream. He is an athlete driven by the spirit of tenacity. He had been defeated at the quarter-final of the WTF World Qualification Tournament for the 2012 London Olympic Games which was held at Baku, Azerbaijan, on June 29 to July 4, 2011. Not overwhelmed by the defeat, Khalil kept training and now has won a gold medal here at Shenzhen, in just a little over one month after Baku. 

Safwan Khalil will participate in the Oceania Continental Qualification Tournament for the 2012 London Olympic Games in Noumea, New Caledonia, on September 11, 2011. 

Q: Congratulations!

A: Thank you! I am so glad. 

Q: You participated in Baku Qualification Tournament but unfortunately didn’t make it. Will you participate in the Continental Qualification Tournament to be held next month in New Caledonia?  

A: Sure, I will. I hope to be qualified there. At Baku, I was beat by a Korean athlete at the quarter-final. But I couldn’t stop there for my Olympic dream. 

Q: Isn’t it difficult to balance your life as student and taekwondo athlete?

A: Yes, it is. But my university in Sydney takes special care of me and allows much leeway to do both, study and taekwondo. 

Q: Can you tell me when you started taekwondo and what motivated to do it?

A: I started taekwondo when I was 13 years old at my parents’ recommendation. Soon I found that I really liked “fighting”. 

Q: Starting at 13 years old.. you started not that early. You must have trained very hard to reach such a high level.

A: Yes, I have been training very hard. For the World Qualification Tournament and Universiade, I have trained morning and evening, 6 days per week. It is hard but I love it! 

As the 2012 London Olympic Games is less than one year away, taekwondo athletes who dream of an Olympic medal go to all lengths to make their dream come true.

WTF Newsletter Special Edition

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

 

This edition provides you with background information and news on the WTF activties and upcoming taekwondo events 
  

Meet Our Stars!

 

One year has passed after the inaugural edition of the 2010 Youth Olympic Games was held in Singapore. The young taekwondo athletes of the 2010 YOG have advanced their taekwondo career onto the senior stage and made remarkable achievements in major international tournaments.

 

Anastasia VALUEVA (Women-46Kg), Russia

 

The young athlete who had won a gold medal in women’s under 44kg division at 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games made a successful debut at the senior international competition. She defeated Rukiye YILDIRIM of Turkey, who ranks 1st in the WTF Ranking as of August 2011, in a sudden death and grabbed the gold medal in women’s under 46kg weight division at the 2011 Shenzhen Summer Universiade on August 20, 2011. 

 

We met our young YOG rising star at Shenzhen. 

     Ana_YOG Rising star 
  

Q: Congratulations!

 

A: Thank you! I am so happy.

 

Q: Today, you won the gold medal and made a successful debut at the senior international competition. Do you find junior competition is different from senior tournament?

A: Frankly speaking, not that much. I didn’t feel that today’s competition was more difficult than junior’s

 

Q: After the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, do you see any change in your life?

A: Yes, very much. I feel I have become stronger physically and mentally. I think I learned a lot from the 2010 YOG experience.

  

 

Q. How do you balance your school and taekwondo?

A: It is difficult to do both, study and taekwondo. I have been practicing taekwondo for nine years. But I make sure that I can train taekwondo at least two hours per day.

 

Q: What is your goal or dream in your taekwondo career?

 

 A: I would like to participate and win a medal in Olympic Games, if possible, at the upcoming 2012 Olympics. But it is not yet clear if I can go there. I also want to compete and win a medal at 2013 Summer Universiade which will be held in Kazan, Russia!

 

 

    

 

 

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National Championships (Urgent News)

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Inclusion Of State Bronze Medalists

Due to overwhelming enquiries we have now extended entries for both Poomsae and Sparring to include third place getters (Bronze Medalists) from state qualifications. This will apply to all belt divisions.

In recognition of this, competitors will be afforded Early Bird pricing if they complete their entries by Saturday 20 August 2011. The system will still charge you the full fee, but we will refund you the difference between the Full Fee and the Early Bird fee.

Once you have completed your entry, please email Events Management with your entry number and details so that your refund can be processed. The email address is events@taekwondoaustralia.com.au.

Entries received after Saturday 20 August 2011 will be subject to the Full Fee.

Related link:
2011 Australia Open and National Championships Online Entry

Shepparton Grading

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Our Koryo Grading last Sunday at Shepparton proved to be a great success due to the great work Sammy Rachele and his team of Instructor put into their students.  
Tiffini Damien who is only 7 year of age won the Best Female Student of the day with George Moutafis take out the Best Male of the Day.We hope to have a photo

World Poomsae Championships

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

If you wish to view Poomsae Competitors in action from World Championships go to the following link
http://www.dartfish.tv/CollectionInfo.aspx?CR=p1c30393

Koryo Poomsae Team

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011