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.
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
Click Here to Register Online! - May, 2014 will see Grand Master Hwang visiting Australia again. This time, Grand Master Hwang will be conducting an International Seminar in Canberra on May 23rd, 24th and 25th, 2014. This 2 and a half day Seminar will qualify for both International Instructor's Course and Referee's Course for the purposes of International Certification where appropriate. For those who are eligible, Grand Master Hwang will be conducting Dan Gradings for All Domestic and International Ranks at the end of the Seminar (Sunday Afternoon), If you believe you are eligible, please contact your Instructor first or Sabum Scott Bower otherwise for further information and applications. Grading history, thesis and applications will need to be in 6 weeks prior (by close of business on the 11th of April) to be eligible for Testing.
Grand Master Hwang, promoted to 9th Degree in 1997 by General Choi Hong Hi himself, has been a loyal and dedicated student of General Choi since meeting him in 1967. He has learned Taekwon-Do from the founder non-stop since then until The General's passing in 2002. Grand Master Hwang spent the last decade of the General's life literally by his side as his servant, his confidant and most importantly, as his loyal student. Given the continuous Taekwon-Do Career with the General in excess of 35 years, Grand Master Hwang is without a doubt a valued asset to the pool of knowledge and experience that completes the legacy of Taekwon-Do today. His knowledge of Modern Taekwon-Do as the General envisioned it is arguably unparalleled.
Incorporated as a legal entity in 2004, the Unified International Taekwon-Do Federation strives to teach Taekwon-Do as the Founder taught it. The Unified ITF provides a central resource and community around the General's Legacy providing educational Seminars, Workshops and Certification against these resources. The Unified ITF also provides International Competition and Open World Championships to showcase the Authentic Taekwon-Do and to foster goodwill among compatriots in the Art.
In a step away from Convention, Unified ITF Australia provides benefits to it's membership aside conducting Workshops, and hosting Unified ITF Seminars and Competition at subsidised rates. Unified ITF Australia supports the members that support it through the provision of Business development and guidance, Professional Development and Professional Sports Sciences consultation.
Unified ITF Australia are a collection of supportive, focused and friendly practitioners who are, more importantly, non-exclusionary to any and all practitioners with a genuine desire to learn Taekwon-Do as the Founder himself taught it, regardless of your political alignment. For potential members, Unified ITF Australia allows for a wide range of conditions that can be individually tailored to your situation. You can take advantage of a complete turn-key solution, integrating you and where appropriate, your members as part of an existing National Club or conversely, allow your Individual Club and Personal Identity to develop unimpeded while providing an Internationally recognised and certified platform for support and development in Taekwon-Do through the Unified International Taekwon-Do Federation.
It's been an eventful few months on the International scene. With the World Championships well behind us, we've settled back into routine soundly and got on with things. I'm currently working on a schedule for 2014 which contains a minimum of Four Gup Gradings and Two Dan Testings throughout. This will be squared away over the next month or so to ensure a running start for 2014. I'll also be putting forward plans to host our first Seminar with Grand Master Hwang or nominated Senior in his stead, providing we can get the support for it here.
Having kept in touch with the Unified ITF since the Worlds, a series of circumstances beyond my control have occurred and I've been offered the opportunity to represent their interests in the Australian region in lieu of a possible permanent Representative Entity being stood up. This is obviously a huge role and responsibility to take on, given I know Grand Master Hwang and his family on a personal level, I'll endeavour to represent in the best capacity I can in the interim. Currently, Unified ITF in Australia is a small and close-knit family. Although I remain reserved about the circumstances that led to this point, we're happy to have found our collective home and I'm looking forward to the rewards and challenges this role will inevitably provide.
I naturally had concerns taking up such a monumental role and I had ample time to consider it. Through my experience with the UITF these last few years and more recently over the last couple of months, I'm happy to say the UITF are a forward thinking organisation with process and procedures that protect the interests and principles of the Art over wholesale membership and as a fledgeling International Community I'm proud to be given an opportunity to be engaged, providing input in it's direction and policy, a change from simply being a passive member of my club forwarding my beliefs and opinions to my Senior. The UITF have also provided a number of supporting offers, as quoted by the Secretary General of the Unified ITF, Ms Jade Hwang on behalf of Grand Master Hwang;
With five Dojangs across three schools in Sydney and Canberra, we have a modest start and all things considered, Unified ITF in Australia is doing well. Our own aligned Club, Tong-Il Taekwon-Do, has built up to around 40 Training Members and with the new Northside Dojang set to open next year, our own future is off to a resounding start as well. From time to time, a new era dawns with a major change in life-circumstances. As quoted from a Master lending his advice to me recently; "Just continue to be you, your integrity will shine through and things will just fall into place.". I like to believe this is one of those very events and I really do look forward to seeing where our future takes us now. If you too are an Individual, Club or Organisation wanting to be part of an Internationally resourced and recognised group of practitioners teaching and learning True Taekwon-Do, I encourage you to Contact Us or Find out more...
Yours in Taekwon-Do!
Sabum Scott Bower
6th Degree International Instructor and Examiner
Tong-Il Taekwon-Do Australia
Unified International Taekwon-Do Federation - Interim Australian Representative
...one step at a time.
As you can see, a new site and new logos and shortly a number of other differences will gradually roll through as I work on settling everything into a comfortable fit together. I'm pragmatic about recent events, I've accomplished what I set out to achieve at the World Championships just passed and I did this in the company of Great Friends, I'll cherish these experiences and intend to relive them in two years' time come Italy World Championships if not sooner! In the mean time though, there's plenty to keep us occupied, we have several Seminars we could attend including 9th Degree Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha Good Will Seminar this month (20th through 22nd) and an upcoming Seminar with 8th Degrees Senior Master Don Dalton from Ireland and Senior Master Moore from Worldwide Taekwon-Do Australia in beautiful New Zealand come March 22nd through 24th next year.
We also have some Competitions available to us, Elite Taekwon-Do in Sydney will be hosting their AMAG Tournament on November 17th, 2013 - see Elite Taekwon-Do Website for more information. There's also the potential to travel to South Korea around August next year for the Unification Games (KoreanKick Festival) to be held on the Jeju Islands, all this to occur before the World Championships head around again in Italy, 2015.
Yours in Taekwon-Do,
Sabum Scott Bower