Archive for October, 2011

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Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Taekwondo – Sport for all

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

“It is a way of life for me.  It brings
the best out of me, keeps me focused, fit and strong… I love the rewards from
Taekwondo such as self discipline, motivation and the community of friends I
have met through the sport both here in Australia and throughout the world …”
– Steven Currie
(Australia), Champion of 2010 WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships.

Men -58kg Final – 2nd WTF World Para-Taekwondo

Taekwondo is one of the most widely
practiced sports in the world, having millions of practitioners around the
world. The power and practice of taekwondo is bound by no limits: not by age,
gender, race, religion, nationality nor physicality, granting the sport a title
– sport for all.

To promote the universality of the sport
the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has spurred the efforts in two major areas:
promoting para-taekwondo and boosting popularity of the sport among the senior

Para-Taekwondo Championships
pave the way for taekwondo being a truly universal sport 

The WTF organized the World
Para-Taekwondo Championships; the inaugural edition was held in Baku, Azerbaijan
in 2009 and the 2nd edition was hosted in St Petersburg, Russia, in 2010. The
third edition will be held in Aruba, in November 2012.

This year the first European
Para-Taekwondo Championships was held in Moscow, Russia on September 26th. To
encourage more athletes to participate in the tournament, the Russian Taekwondo
Federation, organizer of the European Para Championships, generously financed
most of the expenses including flights and accommodations for more than 60
participants – athletes, coaches and doctors – from 8 countries.

Over the years the number of
participants in the Para-Taekwondo events and the level of competition have been
remarkably improved, proving that taekwondo is a sport that can be enjoyed,
regardless of physical disability.

Steve Curre photo
Steven Currie, Australia

This edition of the WTF Newsletter has
the pleasure to introduce Mr. Steven Currie, a 32 year-old Australian who won
the bronze medal at the 2009 and the gold at the 2010 WTF World Para-Taekwondo

After an awful motorbike accident which
occurred when he was 26 years old, his left arm was completely paralyzed.
Instead of being overwhelmed or frustrated by the accident and the consequences,
he made a list of all the
things that he wanted to experience in his life.  On top of that list was to
earn his black belt as he was due to grade for it next.

(click here to read full story !)

Steve talked about his motivation and
goal as a taekwondo athlete and also how much he enjoys his life. Click here to
see an entire interview with him.

2011 Bev Walker Trophy

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Applications to compete in the 2011 Bev Walker Trophy close on the 1st November so please send your applications off so that you are not disappointed.
Remember this competition is open to all Taekwondo students who can demonstrate the W.T.F Poomsae.
For additional information please refer to the side bar or email us at



2011 National Champions

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

National Champions Joyce Stivala and Russell Wood in the middle of a hip throw.


Independant Poomsae Seminar

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011






On Sunday 23rd October Master Instructors Julius Buria, Robert Schembri and Russell Wood conducted a free Poomsae Seminar at Schembri’s Taekwondo Centre in Bundoora.
Many thanks to Rob and Nerise Schembri for suppling their recently up dated training center at no charge.
The seminar covered all the W.T.F  Taeguek and Black Belt forms plus an overview on the new W.T.F Poomsae Rules.
Some 60 Head Instructors and club Instructors from the following 12 different Victorian clubs took part in this very productive seminar.
Chang’s T.K.D
Schembri’s T.K.D
J.B’s T.K.D
Revolution T.K.D
Maryborough T.K.D
Gisborne T.K.D
Dan’s T.K.D
Pace T.K.D
Allens T.K.D
Prahan T.K.D
Koryo T.K.D


Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

In force as of October 4, 2011

Refer Side Bar for a copy.


WTF Spurs More Efforts to Expand Its Global Athlete

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

The WTF Spurs more efforts to expand
its Global Athlete Licence and Global Membership System by providing
state-of-the-art video features for the members of the two systems.

The state-of-the-art video features will allow each GAL member to have
his or her own video gallery showing all videos of their matches competed
in all WTF-promoted tournaments in which they have participated on their
own individual GAL profile page. Athletes registered for a GAL need not
take the trouble to visit and search for the videos of their matches.
Furthermore, all the videos are indexed with important moments of each
The integration process for the new feature is already under way, and the
who will participate in the upcoming 2011 WTF Poomsae Championships
to be held at Vladivostok, Russia, on July 29th to 31st, 2011 will be the first
who can enjoy this benefit.
All GAL Members will be able to log into their own personalized page by
entering their unique WTF GAL ID number followed by their password at
The WTF Global Athlete License (GAL) System
was launched in February this year to gather valuable information on WTF’s top
competing athletes with a view to marketing the sport and leading to a more
efficient event management process.
All licenced athletes receive a unique WTF ID number and licence card which
will is used to identify and verify the athlete at all WTF-promoted championships. 

Key taekwondo data are stored and accessible online through the unique
WTF ID number that each athlete has.

Registration for GAL is mandatory for athletes participating in the
WTF-promoted tournaments. Since the licence became mandatory in
May 2011 more than 3000 top-tier athletes from over 150 member
countries have registered for the WTF Global Athlete Licence.
With the European Taekwondo Union (ETU) making the WTF GAL
mandatory for all ETU events from Jan 2012 it is expected there will
be over 10,000 GAL athletes who would have registered by December
2012 when the first licence period will finish. 

The WTF GAL will be expanded to WTF-sanctioned events from
the second period beginning in January 2013 with the possibility to include
other categories such as International Referees, Coaches and others.

WTF Newsletter – September Edition

Saturday, October 1st, 2011


Taekwondo – Sport for Peace &


Taekwondo successfully put its name on the map of international sports, particularly of those on the
Olympic Program, and has become one of the most widely practiced sports in the
world with 70 million practitioners from 200 member countries.

There are many factors  leading to such a remarkable success such as dedicated coaches, masters, and
support of member national association to name a few. However, the WTF’s strong
commitment to development of the sport and contribution to the world peace can
be named as the main ingredient of the recipe of success.



WTF Development Fund 

WTF Dedicated more than 4.5 million USD for the
Development Fund since 2005 to subsidize development activities at the national
and continental level. 

With a strong commitment to
development of taekwondo, the WTF has been implementing an array of diversified
programs, such as Taekwondo Hopefuls Training Program, Supplies of Taekwondo
equipment and uniforms. On top of this, in an effort to subsidize
development activities at the national and continental level, the WTF provides
the Development Fund, formerly named Reform Fund, for its member nations and
continental unions.

The fund is distributed by
sharing the Olympic revenues which the WTF receives from the International
Olympic Committee (IOC) with the WTF member nations and continental unions.

From 2005 to 2008 each
member country received 5,000 USD per year, while each continental union
received, 25,000 USD. For the 2009-2012 quadrennial, the sum for each recipient
entity was adjusted: each member country is to receive 25,000 USD, while each
continental union will be given 75,000 USD. This fund allows WTF members to
identify the areas in need for development and invest in the areas that are
deemed most important.

Taekwondo Peace Corps

Taekwondo Peace Corps has sent 655 members to 134
different countries since 2008.


The Taekwondo Peace Corps
has sent a total of 655 members to 134 different countries and regions since its
foundation. They taught local students taekwondo sparring and
poomsae techniques and taekwondo spirit, along with Korean culture, drawing a
great attention of local media.

Table – Taekwondo Peace Corps At-a-glance.

The WTF launched Taekwondo
Peace Corps in 2008 under the co-sponsorship with GCS International with a goal
of contributing to the promotion of world peace through taekwondo. Such an
initiative was taken in a strong belief that peace should be promoted not only
as pertaining to the absence of war or conflict, but also the promotion of peace
in mind as well and that sport is one of the most effective avenues for such an

GCS International is an
NGO founded in 1975 and having
consultative status with the U.N. Economic and Social Council.