As published in the Townsville Bulletin, 21st June 2012.

THE path to the world championships is a step closer for up to six North Queensland taekwondo exponents.

More than 50 competitors from around the region along with others from Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra competed over the weekend at Rasmussen State School in stage two of qualifiers for the 2013 titles in Florida in the US. There are three more stages of qualifying - to be held before January - ahead of the International Taekwon-Do Federation World Titles.

Veteran competitor and stage two qualifiers organiser Nigel Paul said the quality had been excellent. "The last one I saw was in November last year and the increase in performance from the same people at the weekend ... I just couldn't believe it," Paul said.

To qualify, competitors must accumulate as many points as possible in their respective divisions and categories, with points awarded from a maximum 30 through to 10 to the first three placegetters.

Hopefuls from the Townsville-based Authentic Taekwon-Do to gain crucial points on the weekend included: Ben Hetherington (silver in power breaking), Alf Giarusso (silver in black belt patterns), Susan Paul (gold in women's special technique), Nichole Doran (gold in coloured belt patterns) and Brendan Mudge (gold in men's black belt sparring).

Nigel Paul and Scott Bower also earned points in the sixth dan pattern selection. "I think we have five, maybe six solid contenders," Paul said.

The next stage of qualifying is being held in Woy Woy in New South Wales on August 26.

Susan Paul took out gold in the women's special technique.

Click Here to see the full tournament results.

The 2012 NSW/ACT State championships will be held on the NSW Central Coast on Sunday August 26th. There will also be an Umpire course run by Master Moore & Sabum Bower on the Saturday and a Australian Squad training Saturday afternoon. Please see below for the weekends timetable. This tournament is also a requirement for selections for the World Championships.

Saturday 830am - 130pm: International Umpire Course

Location: Extreme Martial Arts & Fitness Centre, 24 Alma Ave Woy Woy NSW 2256

The Umpire Course is $130 per person, if you have already done this course already under Worldwide Taekwon-do the re-fresher course is free, if you are wanting to upgrade your certificate eg, Umpire C to Umpire B because you have graded since your last course the fee is $20. If you want your Umpire Certificate presented on the day you have to pre-register no later than 22nd August. You can pay on the day. See Worldwide Taekwon-do website for form

Saturday 3pm - 6pm: Official Australian Squad training for the upcoming World Championships

Location: Extreme Martial Arts & Fitness Centre, 24 Alma Ave Woy Woy NSW 2256

This Squad training is for all those who are thinking of trying out for the Australian team for next years World Championships. It is $20 per person, you pay on the day.

Sunday 8am - 4pm: Worldwide Taekwon-do NSW/ACT State Championships

Location: Peninsula Community Centre, 93 McMaster's Road Woy Woy NSW 2256

Please use the following links to the Tournament Information and Entry Form.

I will be in Canada and Alaska until August 4th, however you can send in your forms and pay by cheque or direct deposit. I will be able to answer emails just give me a few days to responded. Please forward this email to your Instructors and students.

If you have any questions please contact me on 0405 134 631

Thank you for your support

Taekwon
Sabum Gary King 5th Dan
Authentic Taekwon-do Central Coast

Authentic Taekwon-Do Townsville will once again be hosting an Australian Team Selection and Open Taekwon-Do Tournament under ITF Rules.  Competition and Round 2 of the Australian Team Selections will be held on the 16th of June, 2012 at the Rasmussen State School Hall.  Competitor Entry Forms and lodgement details are available here.  Entries can be submitted by mail or by hand and received by Friday 15th June.  Extra Information is available here.

The day started with an International Umpire school in which 21 participants gained either A, B or C class Umpiring licenses, giving them the qualifications to officiate at either International, National or State level events. This puts us in good stead to have a strong, professional and well trained umpire base to take over to the USA for the world championships in 2012.  Well done all !!!

The competition kicked off at 1pm and continued until the last competitor took to the floor at 9pm. There were many great play offs in the patterns, with some surprise winners and a fantastic level of ability on display, from the junior coloured belts right through to the senior blackbelts. This was closely followed up by the many, many rounds of sparring, with some tough fights and hard fought wins. The best highlight was the level of sportsmanship displayed by all competitors in the true spirit of Taekwon-do, I am delighted to say that we will certainly be an example to follow at the Florida event in 2012. The power breaking was hotly contended by the blackbelts, with some massive breaks being demonstrated. And we must thank Sabum Scott Bower for doing a demonstration break at the completion of the event (and yes, that’s why he is a World Champion…). The final event before closing the competition was the Special Technique, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed, some of those kids were amazing, how do they fly like that?!?!

The following morning a grading was conducted by Sabum’s Paul and Bower for the visiting clubs and Instructors, with everyone enjoying the event.

Authentic Taekwon-do Townsville extends a heartfelt thank you to the clubs that travelled to Townsville to participate, and to the local martial arts schools that participated.

 

Sabum Nigel Paul VI Dan.

 

Subcategories