Since it's inception in 1955, Taekwon-Do has arguably become the World's most Popular Martial Art. Tong-Il Taekwon-Do Australia continues the legacy of General Choi Hong Hi learning and teaching the original and authoritative Taekwon-Do with leading qualified Instructors who have been tutored personally by many of the World's Foremost Grand Masters of this dynamic Art.
We maintain a close relationship and attend ongoing Seminars from many of the World's leading authorities of Taekwon-Do, many of which were part of the foundation along side General Choi Hong Hi and still continue with the Principles entailed in it's origins.
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.
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
Congratulations to the Successful Applicants on their weekend examinations, Authentic Taekwon-Do is now the proud home of two more Third Degrees, Boosabums Dean Hudson and Charlene Harris and Two new Second Degrees, Boosabums John Sutherland and Deborah Vertessy. the Team from Fusion Martial Arts also enjoyed success, welcoming their first Dan Applicant in Chodan Kim Daley who successfully passed her First Degree examination, her Instructor, Boosabum Nick Campbell was also successful in his application for Second Degree. All in all, a Great weekend was had by everyone who attended with Senior Master Jamie Moore imparting his experience in spades. For many (myself included), it was an entirely inspirational and uplifting experience which will bode us well going forward, with an additional number of branches to open next year, we will surely make the most of it.
A Very Big Thankyou to all who supported the event making it the success it was, it isn't often we get these Technical Seminars in our own area under the tutelage of an 8th Degree. I never fail to take something away from every Seminar and this is an Excellent segway to the Grand Master Hwang Kwang Sung Seminar we will have the opportunity to attend in March 2013! We have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to train with many of the original Masters of Taekwon-Do and rare for all ranks from beginners up to have this opportunity to train with and be personally taught by a 9th Degree Grand Master.
Yours in Taekwon-Do,
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 restl however both Ms Charlene Harris and Mr Guy Pedashenko represented the club well in more than just the ITF Competitions. With All competing members medalling, Mr Pedashenko donned some old habits to rule the Sports Ju-Jitsu event winning himself a Gold Medal while Ms Harris took out the All-Styles Free Form Kata (Patterns) Division with another Awesome display of Juche!
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.
So might've done something a little bit awesome this weekend and made the Australian team for Taekwon-Do...!! After 3 qualifying rounds of state and national championships, some awesome competition and a lot of aching muscles, the Aussie team has been picked and I couldn't be more stoked to be a part of it. What an awesome feeling. Big thanks has to go to my coach who has been unreal supportingme, drilling me, drilling me some more, and occasionally laughing at me for weighing as much as one of his legs, my awesome team of Black Belts who are a constant source of support, hard training and friendship, my fierce competitors - from the South Coast, the Townsville ladies (and men, ha ha!) and my own Canberra black belts for keeping me on my toes, and of course Master Moore and Authentic Taekwon-Do for giving me the opportunity to represent such a wonderful organisation. Very humbled to have this experience.
On another note, a MASSIVE congratulations to all of the Canberra Dan applicants - Mr John Harvey, Mr Steve Wood, Ms Melissa Olin, and Mr Guy Pedashenko who were promoted to 2nd Dan on Saturday, and Mr Ben (Brett) Mott who was promoted to 1st Dan. In particular Ms Olin and Mr Pedashenko, I worked closely with you in the months leading up to this and... What can I say? You exceeded all expectations and made me so proud with your commitment and hard work leading up to the grading and your performance on the day. Such an amazing feeling watching you out there, you were just fantastic.
Thank you to the organisers for putting together such an awesome weekend of Taekwon-Do. It was great to meet the Kiwis and thanks to all for such great camaraderie. Authentic/Worldwide Taekwon-Do is definitely where it’s at! Bring on squad training 2013!!!
Boosabum Charlene Harris