ITF-TAO Welcomes new member in Canada

July 31, 2018

ITF-TAO would like to welcome Mr. Roody Etienne and the students of Etienne’s International Taekwon-Do in Ottawa, Canada as our latest new member. Mr. Etienne is an ITF certified 6th dan black belt.  In 2009, he started his first free Taekwon-Do program to help disadvantaged children and youth at The Heatherington Albion Community Centre in Ottawa. His passion and dream to is help those in need to help create a better and safer society. Please visit www.etiennetkd.ca for more information. Welcome.

6th ITF-TAO Umpire Course in Japan

July 2018

ITF-TAO Japan was the host of the 6th ITF-TAO Umpire. The Course is designed for participants to become familiar with the requirements of fulfilling the duties of a Head Official as well as a Center Referee. This was done through the review of course materials and hands-on practical application exercises allowing the students to perform these duties in a professional manner.  Congratulations on organising a successful event.

New ranks in ITF-TAO

June 3, 2018

FGMR conducted a grading after the seminar in Oakville for 4th-6th Dan during the weekend of the CanAm Championships. The grading was conducted by First Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha and assisted by GM Paul Cutler. To be graded by FGMR to any rank is the highest honour being that he is the most senior Chang-Hun Taekwon-Do Grand Master in the world today and as stated by General Choi Hong Hi, “The greatest ever student of Taekwon-Do”. Congratulations to Mr. Kengo Kitagawa, 4th Dan ITF-TAO Japan, Mr. Sevendara Leang, 5th Dan ITF-TAO USA, Mr. Alejando David Chaviel, 6th Dan ITF-TAO Argentina, Mr. Sean Sutton, 6th Dan ITF-TAO USA, Mr. Fran Ott, 6th Dan ITF-TAO USA and Mr. Rick Winsor, 6th Dan ITF-TAO Canada.

Celebrating FGMR’s 80th Birthday

June 3, 2018

On the Sunday morning after the CanAm Championships, First Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha conducted a technical seminar assisted buy GM Paul Cutler. Participants from Canada, USA, Japan, Nicaragua, Argentina and the UK participated. The seminar was very interesting not only from a technical and physical perspective but also the amount of historical facts and stories that Grand Master shared with the students. The people who unfortunately could not attend this seminar missed a great opportunity and experience that rarely comes around. First Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha was the closest person to General Choi and he is one of his original Students.

CanAm a Huge Success!

June 2, 2018

On Saturday June 2nd the 2018 CanAm Championships were held. The tournament brought competitors and spectators from across Canada and the USA as well as a team from Japan to the beautiful town of Oakville, nearly filling the 1,000-seat venue. Special guest included First Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha from Glasgow, Scotland and GM Paul Cutler from Belfast, Northern Ireland. The cheers from the crowd were most notable whenever there was a final match between the USA and Canada, each country encouraging their country’s competitor.

The tournament started with an opening ceremony that was culminated with some inspirational words from FGMR as we celebrated his 80th birthday with a cake and the singing of Happy Birthday by the entire stadium. The was also a moment of silence in honour of the General Choi Hong Hi who would have been 100 this year. The tournament was highlighted by a fiercely competitive Black Belt division consisting of over 90 participants, many of whom had international experience competing in previous World Championships. St. John’s, Newfoundland was also chosen as the host for the 2019 CanAm Championships.

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Annual Technical Seminar in London

April 21, 2018

On Saturday April 21st, Oakridge Taekwon-Do played host to their 11th Annual Technical Seminar at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. There were 61 Instructors and students from London, Oakville and Ottawa in attendance. Conducted by TAO Technical Director, Mike Morningstar, the seminar began with an intensive warm-up and moved right into basic movements, patterns and kicking drills. The training was 5 hours in length, the first 3 hours for color belts and the last 2 hours for black belts. Due to the intense ice storm that hit Southern Ontario throughout the day the seminar was cut short to allow everyone a safe drive home.

6th Annual Battle of the Brave Competiton

April 21, 2018

The 6th annual Battle of the Brave tournament was held in Newfoundland, Canada. Students, parents, volunteers, spectators, from Round 13 Athletics, Cabot Taekwon-Do and Terra Nova Taekwon-Do came together to make this event possible. The level of competition was unbelievable with competitors ranging from ages 6 to 50+ putting on a Martial Arts display that was exciting to watch. Gold, silver, or bronze is just a small part of what an athlete takes away from a tournament. Overcoming self doubt, building friendships, building confidence,and putting yourself out there are all victories towards growing as a Martial Artist. Congratulations to all!

 

10 years of TAO celebrated in Gifu, Japan

March 11, 2018

On the weekend of March 9-11, ninety-nine participants from eight countries made the journey to Gifu, Japan to attended our 1oth Annual Technical Conference an AGM. During the Technical Conference all 24 patterns were covered. Keeping true to the teachings of the founder of Taekwon-Do, General Choi Hong Hi, the students and instructors were drilled on correct sine wave and the proper application of techniques, training secrets and the theory of power. By the end of the 10 hour training everyone was exhausted but motivated in their efforts to keep Chang Hun Taekwon-Do alive in its purist form. A promotion test was also held for 1st to 3rd dan Dan candidates. Congratulations to all those who were successful in their quest for higher Dan levels. A socialising party was held for all participants on the Sunday evening where friendships were made for many years to come. Thank you to ITF-TAO Japan for hosting this year. We all look forward to the 2019 Technical Conference and AGM being held in Philadelphia, USA

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Himalayan TKD shines

March 10, 2018

Himalayan TKD participated in the “Fire and Ice” TKD Championships this past weekend in Edmonton , Canada. Fifteen students returned home with 10 gold 8 silver and 4 bronze. Congratulations to all who participated.

5th TAO Umpire Course Conducted in the USA

January 28, 2018

ITF-TAO United States was the host of the 5th ITF-TAO Umpire Course conducted by TAO Umpire Director Mr. Rick Winsor. Ott’s Taekwon-Do in Philadelphia was the venue. The Course is designed for participants to become familiar with the requirements of fulfilling the duties of a Head Official as well as a Center Referee. This was done through the review of course materials and hands-on practical application exercises allowing the students to perform these duties in a professional manner. It was a very successful seminar and all participants will be awarded the designation of Umpire “A” or “B” certification.