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.
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
Congratulations to the Hugely Successful Australian Team to the 2013 Unified World Championships held in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom this month. Mr Sutherland, Mrs Vertessy, Mr Mott, Miss Bromley and of course myself returned from an inspiring performance as part of the most successful Team ever fielded at a World Championship! Ever!
The Team including myself as the National Coach totaled 21 Competitors 6 dedicated support staff and officials and a further 5 supporters whom between us brought back a total of 68 medals including 9 Individual Gold, 3 Individual Silver and 12 Individual Bronze, a further 7 Team Gold, 3 Team Silver and a further 3 Team Bronze meant the haul of medals was Massive! We flew back 6 New World Champions and two of us, myself and Sabum Andrea Smith from Townsville were crowned Male and Female Veteran Champion of Champions and now sport massive Trophies for the Title!
Just quietly, I'm chuffed. As chuffed as both a competitor and a coach could ever be. As a competitor I've found myself floating home a Triple World Champion. As a Coach, I had the honour of shepherding Australia's most Successful Team ever fielded at an ITF World Championship! The most Glorious part of all is the friends and Taekwon-Do Family that came and shared it all with me, they too get their very own take-home experience that I believe we'll hold onto for a very long time to come. For that, I thank you for sharing! :D
Sabum Scott Bower
A Quiet Weekend in Sydney was the last thing we experienced when both the Canberra and Nowra contingent representing Authentic Taekwon-Do travelled to the Australian Martial Arts Games held there on the weekend. ITF Taekwon-Do Competition was held in conjunction with an All-Styles Karate and Multi-Arts Grappling Competition Divisions. It was an eventful weekend and we enjoyed Great Success on the floor. I spent the day officiating with the intent to let some niggling injuries finally lay to rest.
Mr Peter Fulginiti and Mr Paul Daniels from Nowra chaperoned a handful of the Nowra Gup members who fronted an especially impressive showing with some true future champions in need of watching! Congratulations and Thank You to All members for travelling to represent and their subsequent success, many more thanks to the Organiser of this event, Boosabum Carlo Giampietro for his perseverance and indomitable spirit present in spades on the day.
Dan Testing has this year run thick and fast late in the game with a swathe of applicants (..okay, 5 or more) testing at Maroochydore at the Final Selections end of October and now a further Dan Testing will be held locally to accommodate the renewed influx of eligible candidates. Senior Master Moore will now be conducting a Day in the Capital here in Canberra on Saturday, December 1st, 2012.
At this stage, two Third Degree applicant, up to three Second Degree applicants and a possible two First Degree applicant have been announced as testing on that December Saturday afternoon. Senior Master Moore will also be conducting a Master's Class in the morning which needless to say, everyone should take advantage of. With over 37 Years of Taekwon-Do experience, his knowledge and history of Taekwon-Do is at the forefront, Senior Master Moore has trained with many of the most prominent practitioners of Taekwon-Do and in fact hosting many of them to conduct Seminars here in Australia including the late General Choi Hong Hi - the Founder of Taekwon-Do himself. Do yourself and your club proud and don't miss this opportunity when it comes to your doorstep.