As many of you know, Five members of Tong-Il Taekwon-Do are off to London along with a 33 Member Strong Aussie Representative Team - while this is a good thing, there's some unavoidable consequences of wholesale removal of Instructors for that time. Although our branches will be open over the school holidays, the Belconnen Branch will not be open on Tuesday 14th and Thursday 16th July. We apologise for the inconvenience.
Otherwise, we expect to have a Tonne of fun and catch up with the International Unified ITF Community in London in just over a week! We'll be sure to leave you all updates on everything you're missing! Mr Paul Bailey, Mr John Sutherland, Mrs Deb Vertessy, Mr Noah Aziz-Parker and myself wholly expect another experience above all experiences and all going well, we'll return again as World-Beaters!
Without further ado...
We're moving into Fundraising to help our competing members cover the costs of travel and competition. If you can support us in any way, we'd love to Hear from you!
Tong-Il Taekwon-Do Australia is a collection of well trained, highly motivated and internationally experienced martial artists dedicated to the physical, mental and spiritual development of its students. Founded on the continued principles of teaching excellence and providing personal attention, you will be given the best opportunities to reach your full potential.
Proudly aligned with the Unified International Taekwon-Do Federation under the auspices of Grand Master Hwang Kwang Sung, Tong-Il Taekwon-Do Australia continues it's strong foundation in the Art in it's purest form. Unified ITF is a modern thinking organisation continuing the teachings of the late founder of Taekwon-Do, General Choi Hong Hi. International Recognition is afforded to all members and Certification for Degree Rank from First Dan through Ninth Dan, Examiner and Umpire classes A, B and C are afforded to our members as appropriate.
Another Year of action in 2015! With our events well underway and a growing membership base, I give you our Calendar for this year. The main event for us as a Club will be the World Championships fundraising, along with attendance by five of our own to the London event. Other notables include the various Tournaments, Seminars and Workshops and of course our Grading dates too.
You'll notice we've reduced our Testing Opportunities to Three this year to allow us all to maintain the standards we set and to give us the flexibility to give due effort to the tasks at hand without spreading ourselves too light. It's a busy year but I look forward to our continued success.
Sabum Scott Bower
6th Degree International Instructor and Examiner
Tong-Il Taekwon-Do Australia
Tong-Il Taekwon-Do is growing, just in time for our Mid Year Intake! July 22nd will see the Club expand with the New Belconnen Branch opening. Congratulations to 3rd Degree Regional Instructors Mr John Sutherland and Mr Steve Wood who will take up this appointment and head the new Dojang. They're already causing quite a ruckus and enquiries have been flowing thick and fast so it appears the Belconnen Branch is already assured it's success. In conjunction with Fusion Martial Arts Academy, we're now able to train at any of 4 locations - Barton, Belconnen, Macquarie and Holder. Look to the website at http://tong-iltkd.com.au/index.php/training for further information. As stated on the site, times for the New Belconnen Club are 6:00pm to 7:00pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, Hope to see you there!
This has been some time coming and my apologies but I wanted to make mention and congratulate Mr Darren Sexton and Kim De Poorter on their promotion to First Degree and of course Mr John Sutherland and Steve Wood for their sucessful testing to 3rd Degree.
With the Belconnen Branch opening, some internal restructuring has come about. Mr Paul Bailey and Darren Sexton are appointed as Instructors for the Barton Dojang to help cover for when I'm unable to make it due to work. Mr John Sutherland and Steve Wood are founders of the new Belconnen Dojang and their primary appointment will be in looking after this Branch. I hope you'll all attend in support whenever you're able as I will in helping the Branch get up and running.
Thanks and Taekwon!
Sabum Scott Bower.
Following the NSW and ACT State Championships last month, the Open Championships is shaping up to be a Bigger Event all-round! Miss Amanda Morrison and the Team at Australian Independent Taekwon-Do Academy on the Central Coast, NSW have upped the ante with a full weekend of events culminating in the Open Invitational Championships held all-day Sunday, August 10th.
Master Dararith Nak, 8th Degree in Taekwon-Do will bring his experience to bear, hosting a comprehensive 2 hour Self-Defence Workshop on Saturday, August 9th at the same venue as the Tournament starting at 11am. Master Nak will then chair an Examination Panel for a Dan Testing (including an International Testing) that will begin at 2pm, continuing through to between 4pm and 5pm that afternoon.
This is an extensive weekend and we will all benefit by partaking in everything we can. I look forward to seeing you all there and involved! If you are yet to register for the Tournament, please do so at http://itfcc.com.au/index.php/news-and-events/2014-open-invitational-championships
With the First Half of 2014 behind us, we barely have the time to reflect on the welcome experiences and achievements so far accumulated.
The GM Hwang Seminar was an outstanding success - with the support of Unified ITF Members and Friends from all over the east coast of Australia, the Event brought together the Unified Taekwon-Do Family and Friends with GM Hwang imparting his knowledge and experience which for many of us will be an experience to treasure all on it's own - whether we're first time beginners or seasoned veterans with multi-decades of instructing behind us, the Seminar provided in spades. Grand Master Hwang enjoyed his time in Australia and was well looked after by the crew here. The weekend was topped off with a Dan Testing comprising 7 applicants whom all passed. Congratulations go to Mr Darren Sexton, 1st Degree - Ms Andrea Dimitripoulos, 1st Degree - Mr Kim De Poorter, 1st Degree - Mr John Sutherland, 3rd Degree - Mr Steve Wood, 3rd Degree - Mr Nick Campbell, 3rd Degree and of course Mr Carlo Giampietro for 4th Degree. Their efforts rewarded with Belts presented on the day.
Many Thanks to all who travelled and attended the weekend Seminar. I sincerely hope you enjoyed it half as much as I did!
Sabum Scott Bower