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eNews December 2016 Issue


Inside this issue:

A Christmas Message from the Chair and CEO

Dear Australian Taekwondo Community

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a Safe Holiday Period

We would like to take some time to give you an update on how far we’ve come towards uniting the Taekwondo community in 2017.  Thanks must go to you all for your support, good will and energy in helping to drive us towards our goal of 'Taekwondo for all' - we really feel we are getting there.

One of the highlights is our new branding signifying who we are and what we are about. 

We are excited about the imminent roll out of our ‘Small Steps Foundation’ Accreditation courses for Kyorugi and Poomsae Referees, and Kyorugi Coaches.  These courses are registered with the Australian Sports Commission's National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) and National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS).

One of the things that we know has been confusing to many of you has been the Kukkiwon¹s establishment of a branch in Australia through a privately held company, which now is registered as a not-for–profit organisation.  As many of you know, Chairman John Walker lives in Seoul, Korea and has been able to spend a lot of time with senior executives in the Korean Government's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Kukkiwon and the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) to ensure that Australian Taekwondo is appropriately positioned for future support.  

We are pleased to announce that the Kukkiwon President advised John last week that Kukkiwon Australia’s Memorandum of Understanding will be terminated at the end of this year.  Meanwhile, it is be business as usual for us.  We will continue to issue Kukkiwon Dan Certificates as we have been doing.  From 1 January 2017, only Kukkiwon Dan Certificates issued by the MNAs (Australian Taekwondo in our case) will be recognised by the WTF.  The Oceania Taekwondo Union General Assembly in Fiji last month ratified this WTF resolution.  We will also be working with the Kukkiwon to bring Grand Masters to Australia for our education and accreditation programs from 2017 onwards.

We offer sincere congratulations to our Olympians and all of our other athletes and coaches who represented Australian Taekwondo in Peru, Canada, Fiji and Azerbaijan.  We also acknowledge with special congratulations our World Poomsae champions, Barry Jordan and Bronwyn Butterworth, and our World Poomsae Bronze medallist Robert Pace.  Well done!  We will all be learning from our experiences this year and planning to better support our athletes and coaches in the future.  

Special thanks too to the coaches, team staff and support crews who's efforts were above and beyond, and are bringing constructive suggestions and ideas about how we can continue to improve our teams and processes.  

The recruitment of a National Coaching Director will be the next major step to building a super-successful high performance program. This recruitment process is currently underway and we expect to be in a position to announce an appointment early in 2017.

The selection event for the World Taekwondo Championships will be held on 26 February 2017 at the AIS, Canberra.  For the first time we will also be selecting a Development Squad to contest an alternate international event, plus running two camps at the AIS for up to 64 of our selected and placed athletes. We are also planning to run a stream of educational session targeted at referees, coaches and athletes on 25 February 2017 at the AIS to bring officials up to speed with the new rule changes, and for athletes information sessions with AIS professionals outlining the support services that are available to them.

We are pleased to be returning to Bendigo, Victoria from 6 to 8 October 2017 for the Australian Taekwondo National Championships, and we are looking forward to the warm reception from the City of Greater Bendigo Council and working with their great personnel again.

Finally from the Board and staff at Australian Taekwondo we wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and safe and restful Holiday.

Yours sincerely

John Walker AM - Chairman
Joelie Chishlom - CEO

Congratulations Kara


We are pleased to announce that our Para-Taekwondo athlete Kara Fournie has been awarded an incentive payment through the World Taekwondo Federation's (WTF) Booyoung Development Program.

Australian Taekwondo applied for the Booyoung development program allocation for Kara to help promote and expand the K40 sports class and in particular female athletes. 

The Booyoung incentive is to ensure that for Tokyo 2020, Para Taekwondo has close to equal representation of both genders as this is a requirement by the International Para Committee for the sport's inclusion into the Paralympics.

Australian Taekwondo thanks the WTF for their generosity and support for Para-Taekwondo.

WTF Development Fund

We are pleased to report that for the second year running we have been successful in applying for WTF Development funding to assist us in developing our resources by providing a base level of competition equipment to facilitate development of Cadet and Juniors.

The US$10,000 funding will provide additional eTrunk and eHead protectors in sizes to support these divisions.

Australian Taekwondo would like to acknowledge the WTF's support and contribution to the development of Taekwondo in Australia. 

Kyorugi Coaching Recognition Framework

With the redevelopment of the Australian Taekwondo (AT) National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) Education Framework, some coaches who were accredited in the former systems may be able to transition their accreditation to the new framework.

The AT Kyorugi Coaching Committee has determined that a Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) process will be available for eligible coaches to receive the AT NCAS Club Talent Coach accreditation.

The RCC applies if someone has previously successfully completed the requirements for an accreditation and makes an application to be assessed to ascertain that the competence has been maintained.

Please note the following points:

  • RCC applications will be accepted until 28 February 2017.  
  • Australian Taekwondo will waive the administration fee for the processing of an RCC application until June 2017 when this RCC process concludes.

Download the relevant documents below:

  1. Recognition Of Current Competency Process
  2. Coach Education Development Framework
  3. Recognition Of Current Competency Application Form

Kyorugi Referee Recognised Prior Learning

A reminder that the cut-off date for acceptance of Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) applications is fast approaching. 

If you have not yet submitted an application for RPL and wish to have your referee qualifications recognised by Australian Taekwondo, please submit your application along with scanned copies of your referee certificates by 31 January 2017. 

Kyorugi Referee RPL Form

Applications must be submitted to

EoI Referees for World Championships Selections

Australian Taekwondo is seeking Expressions of Interest (EoI) from suitably qualified Kyorugi Referees to officiate at the World Championships Selection Event which will be held at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), ACT on Sunday 26 February 2017.

In addition, referees will also be expected to attend a briefing session on Saturday 25 February 2017 covering the new rule changes which will come into force in January 2017.

Pertinent requirements are:

  1. Referees must be 2017 members of AT at the time of submitting their EoI.
  2. Referees will have completed an RPL as outlined in the article above.
  3. Preference will be given to referees with IR, S, 1st or 2nd Class accreditations.
  4. Be able to arrive at the AIS' Combat Centre by 12:30 pm to officiate at weigh-in which will run from1:00pm to 3:00pm, and to attend the Briefing Session.
  5. While the Selection Event is anticipated to finish at approximately 6:00pm on Sunday 26 February 2017, referees may be required be to officiate until at least 8:00pm if larger than anticipated entries are received. We will be in a position to advise of this post closing of entries on 10 February 2017.  
  6. In terms of reimbursements and lodgings, Australian Taekwondo will pay for 75% of average travel costs, accommodation for 25 and 26 February 2017, and breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Please register your EoI by only using this email (link has a short form for you to complete) by no later than 11 January 2017.

Oceania and Para-Taekwondo Championships Results

Congratulations to all athletes and coaches who last month participated in the 2016 Oceania Championships and Para-Taekwondo Championships.

Australia as the largest paricipating Oceania nation came home with a very impressive medal tally.

The full results can be downloaded from:

Sparring and Para-Taekwondo

Summary Results Table

Event Gold
Sparring 34
Para 4
Poomase 20
Total 58


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