Archive for December, 2012

Happy New Year

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

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Happy New Year from the Team at Koryo Taekwondo Centre

Lets all have a Wonderful, Safe and Exciting 2013

Our 1st Event for 2013 is the US Open

Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Merry Christmas from the Koryo Taekwondo Centres Instructors and Members.
We had a great 2012 and now we are l
ooking forward to a Great New Year with our first high being the 2013 US Open.

Koryo 2012 Break Up

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012



What a night we had as great number of our Koryo students come along to our last training and fun night for 2012. It was great to see so many parents come along and support the children whilst they played games and received Christmas Presents.
The Instructor team which consisted of Joyce, Ivana, Natasha, Luisa, Goldielox and Rebecca made it a real fun night. (Hope I did not miss anybody)
Our Koryo Instructors would like thank you for your Christmas Gifts and wish everybody a Very Safe and Merry Christmas and a Wonderful and Successful 2013.

Koryo Grading

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012





























Koryo’s last Grading for 2012 was held at Craigieburn and proved to be a great success as we gained a number of new Yellow, Blue and Red Belts and another 3rd Dan Black Belt.
Luisa Da Silva (Squeezer) gain her promotion to 3rd Dan after completing a very vigorous grading which included 20 different Poomsae forms, 2 on one Sparring and a Fitness test. Squeezer completed her grading with a score of 82.5%. (Well done)
As always we have to thank Joyce for her time and efforts during the day, Ivana for helping Joyce and of course all the parents for bring their childern along to the grading.

2012 Sports Awards

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

On Tuesday 11th December Koryo Taekwondo members Thomas Flordeliz and Crystoval CS Komala received the 2012 Sporting Champion Awards for their achievements during 2012. The awards were presented to them by Humes local Member Maria Vamvakinou.

Last Koryo Grading for 2012

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012


DATE: 16TH December 2012 

VENUE: Craigieburn High School, Hothlyn Street Craigieburn 


STARTING TIME: 9.30am for all Belts           

REQUIREMENTS: Full Uniform and Belt

Grading Book (White Belts will not have their Grading Books as yet)

Completed 2012 Grading Application Form signed by your Instructor


 White Belt      $25.00 which includes Belt

Yellow Belt 8th & 9th Gup      $30.00

Yellow Belt 7th Gup      $35.00 which includes Belt

Blue Belt 5th & 6th Gup      $35.00

Blue Belt 4th Gup      $40.00 which includes Belt

Red Belts 3rd  $ 2nd Gup      $45.00

1st Gup to Cho Dan Bo      $50.00

1st Dan $250.00 which includes Kukkiwon Certificate and Embroided Belt

2nd Dan $250.00 which includes Kukkiwon  Certificate

3rd Dan $280.00 which includes Kukkiwon Certificate

4th Dan $350.00 which includes Kukkiwon Certificate

5th Dan $450.00 which includes Kukkiwon Certificate

For Additional Information please ring one of the following Instructors
Joyce Stivala – 0397151300  *  Sammy Rachelle – 58311378
Carl Ure – 57922572 * Lee Thomas – 0407109996 *  Francisco Diaz – 0418302636
 Kate Brockwell – 0400952519 *  Matt Fenech – 0405409464

Russell Wood – 93086019 /  Mobile: 0405659684

Students must have their 2012 Taekwondo Australia Insurance Card to Grade. 

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2012 Shepparton Grading

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

On Sunday the 9th of December 2012 we conducted our last Grading in Shepparton for 2012.
The grading turned out to be quite special for Head Instructor Sammy Rachele as he gained two new 3rd Dan Instructors.
Both Wayne Van Den Tol and Brendon Leeder gained their 3th Dan Black Belts after completing a very demanding grading which included all the Taeguek, Palgwae and Black Belt forms up to Taebaek.
Once again the Rachele family organised a very professional run grading which is a pleasure to be part of.


7th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships ends in “Gangnam Style”

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Korea, Iran, and USA top medal winners of Championships, Vietnam top Freestyle

The fourth and final day of the 7th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Tunja, Colombia finished in front of yet another packed to the brim crowd. Athletes and fans, young and the young at heart gathered at the San Antonio Coliseum to celebrate the outstanding Championships.

The conclusion of the action-packed four day event came with a huge celebration of athletes as members from every nation took to the floor with the WTF Demonstration team, local Tunja taekwondo youth, and volunteers and all danced to the global sensation, “Gangnam Style”. The fiesta ended the final day saw Pairs Under 29, Male and Female Team over 29, and Freestyle Team competitions.

In the Pairs Under 29, China sneaked past Vietnam to claim the gold. Vietnam’s silver was closely followed behind by Ecuador’s and Chinese-Taipei’s bronzes.

It was the Germans that prevailed in the Female over 29 Team competition. Colombia stepped up for the silver as Chinese-Taipei and Russia stood strong with bronze.
Host nation added a second medal of the day with a bronze medal in the Male over 29 Team category, sharing the hardware with Chinese-Taipei. Iran was the team scored golden for today’s Men’s Team competition and Egypt won silver.

Vietnamese squad nailed their routine to become the best Freestyle Team on the world. The Philippines were on par to win their silver medal. China and USA held out strong performances to take home the bronze.

Korea finished the competition with a total of 12 medals and finished as the top nation, but Iran was not far behind with an impressive 10 medals to place second. The USA had a tremendous showing during the tournament with a total of 6 medals, and also received an additional reward for the most improved team.

Other honorary awards were given to host nation Colombia for outstanding organization and attraction of spectators. Indonesia was honored for being the next host nation for the WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships.

MVP awards went to Jeong Cheol Kim of Spain and Su Ji Kang of Korea. Mikaela Calamba of the Philippines and Karen Suache Arias of Colombia were recognized for Best Performances. The top honors for coaching went to Jae Jin Kang from Korea and Le Minh Khuong from Vietnam.

Trophies for Best Referees went to Daniel Khorassandjin (Lebanon), Johanna Bliem (Austria), Jun Cheol Yun (USA), Wolfgang Bruckel (Germany), and Tem Igor Buenconsejo (Philippines).

Norway, Malaysia, and Brazil were awarded for Best Fighting Spirit, and Ukraine, Serbia, and Uruguay stood out for their Active Participation.

The Championships as a whole found nearly half of the participating countries winning a medal. The 16 medals up for grabs on the last day alone were distributed among 11 nations.

The WTF President, Dr. Chungwon Choue, heralded the success of the 7th edition of the Championships saying:

“Without the athletes, coaches, and officials, these Championships couldn’t be. The tremendous hard work and dedication to the sport of taekwondo has made them role models to the youth of their nations to look up to. And, the wonderful spectators, organizers and volunteers of the city of Tunja, were the heroes and heroines of these Championships. They really created the best atmosphere for our very exceptional athletes to compete to be the ‘World’s Best.’

Speaking on the growing popularity of the sport of taekwondo around the world, Dr. Choue said:

“Taekwondo has always been, and will continue to be a sport for all. Any athlete is welcome to participate, regardless of their background or affiliation of any sport or organization, as long as they are willing to follow our rules. We have a lot of athletes competing that have a background in other martial arts like Karate, Judo, Wushu, and Jujitsu. The Taekwondo Family is open to any and all who want to join.”

As the WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Tunja were declared closed, the WTF flag was handed over from the Colombian Taekwondo Federation to a delegation from Indonesia. Next year’s 8th edition of the Championships will be hosted by Bali, Indonesia.

Day 3 at the 2012 World Poomsae Championships

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Iran, Germany, and Korea big winners of day three in Tunja
4 athletes become multi-medal winners of the Championships

In a packed San Antonio Coliseum in Tunja, Colombia, standing room only didn’t even begin to describe the number in attendance. Fans fed energy in waves to the athletes competing on day three of the 7th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships.

Male and Female Individual under 39, Male and Female Under 39 Teams, and Freestyle Pairs put on a resoundingly dynamic show for the spectators. Iran, Germany, and Korea became the big winners each grabbing a variety of medals. Iran finished the day with 1 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze. Germany fans and athletes went nuts as they took 1 gold and 2 bronze, and Korea confidently their run of the day with 1 gold and 1 silver.

Germany stole the show with a stunning performance in the Male under 29 Team finals putting them on top of their rivals for a gold medal that sent their fans and teammates in to wild cheers of jubilation. China’s power and precision landed them in silver medal position. Iran’s and the Philippines’ worked their way their beautiful routines to claim bronze medals each.

In the Female under 29 Team finals, Iran shined golden, improving on their semi-final performance to wear the precious hardware. Vietnam’s performance flashed shimmers of silver through their graceful technique. The Philippines and Germany gave bold performances to grab bronze medals.

Spain’s Laura Kim spared no effort to steal the spotlight of the Female under 39 competition. Leading through prelims and semifinals, she secured her position as the World’s Best by topping an incredible performance by Korea’s Jung Hee Hong who won silver. Sanaz Khorami of Iran achieved her nation’s second bronze medal of the day, while host nation’s Olga Agudelo won bronze and gave Colombia it’s only medal of the day.

Korea found their top finish of the day through Ki Sung Song’s gold medal in the Male under 39 division. Iran boasted a silver medal from Ali Salmani Azarkhavarani who edged out Chinese-Taipei’s Li Chung Wang and Spain’s Alberto Jo Lee who earned bronze medals with powerful performances.

Once again, Freestyle put fans at the edges of their seats as the Pairs demonstrated their creative artistry. Peru proved untouchable during the finals to hold gold at the end. Vietnam dazzled the crowd with incredible synchronization and high flying acrobatic skills to claim silver. The Philippines and Germany proudly wore bronze as they delivered strong performances that drew cheers from the whole coliseum.

So far, four competitors have found themselves on the medal podium multiple times and standing out in these Championships. German’s Roger Kesternich’s took a gold and bronze today in Male under 29 Team and Pairs Freestyle contests, respectively. The Philippines’ Galilee Tinaya also stood for two medals today taking a bronze in Male under 29 Team category and Freestyle Pairs.

Mikeala Calamba of the Philippines and Chau Tuyet Van from Vietnam proved that they are not only incredible individual athletes, but are great team players as well. Both gave medals to their nations in the Female Freestyle and Female under 29 Team divisions. Calamba won gold in freestyle on day 2 with Chau Tuyet Van right behind her with silver. Today, the Vietnamese’s team topped the team from the Philippines as they finished second and third.

Tomorrow is the fourth and final day of this year’s World Poomsae Championships. More high flying skills of perfection will continue with Pairs under 29, Team Male over 29, and Freestyle Team competitions on the schedule. The conclusion of the Championships in Tunja is certain to be spectacular.

2012 World Poomsae Championships

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Korea takes 6 golds, owns 2nd day of World Poomsae Championships

Philippines Calamba becomes world’s best in Women’s Freestyle

Day 2 of the 7th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships lived up to the high standard set by the first day. The stands were packed again all day as fans came to cheer on their favorite nations. While their enthusiasm for their teams filled the San Antonio Coliseum, it was Korea that dominated the second day by taking every gold medal, save the Women’s Freestyle competition.

The Korean flag and national anthem was played 6 times during medal ceremonies as they stood atop of the medal podium in Male and Female under 29, under 49, and under 59 age categories. While all impressed the judges with their near perfect moves and almost as flawless presentation, it was Su-Ji Kang that had the crowd “ooing” and “awing” with her angelic grace and unmatched flexibility. Kang scored the highest marks of the competition so far that put her comfortably in front of her fellow, and also phenomenal, competitors.

Wang-Kon Hwang displayed an impressive final set to claim the Male under 29 gold medal. Cheol Hee Lee and Kyeong Ran Oh sailed through their final routines in Male and Female under 49 categories respectively to put gold around their necks. Their senior teammates Byoung Yong Lim and Yeong Ae Seo matched their results in their respective Male and Female under 59 categories.

But the loudest cheers once again came for the Freestyle Poomsae division as the Women took their turn to kick, twist, and flip their way across the mat.

Mikeala Calamba of the Philippines edged her way into the gold medal slot by delivering and exhilarating performance that displayed her unparalleled flexibility and balance. But her competitors didn’t give up the fight for the first ever Freestyle title. Vietnam’s Chau Tuyet Van was just barely behind Calamba to take the silver. Indonesia’s Defia Rosmaniar and USA’s Ann Bernadette Rodriguez also gave action-packed performances to claim bronze medals.

With Korea’s big win today, they found themselves ahead in the medal standing with 6 gold, a silver, and a bronze. The USA, though in first place after day one, added three medals to say in the top two with 3 gold, 1 silver, and two bronze medals. A total of 18 countries have received medals over the first two days.

Day three will see more excitement will fill the Coliseum as Male and Female under 39 compete and the first team competition will begin with Male and Female under 29.