Attention all number 1 and 2 ranked members of the New Zealand Senior and Junior National Teams:
A very rare and
exciting training opportunity has arisen. Taekwondo New Zealand
has been invited to train with the Korean National A team and the
Australian A Team for 9 Days in Australia as they prepare for the
upcoming Asian Games. This will be held in Melbourne starting
from October 27th through till the 4th of November. It is
up to the individual to organise flight and accommodation to and from
this event by themselves. If you are interested in training
please contact Master Oh the TNZ National Team Head Coach to obtain
Contact Details; - Master Oh Phone 0275368861 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW ZEALAND OLYMPIC COMMITTEE RECOGNISES TAEKWONDO NEW ZEALAND
At the New
Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) Board Meeting held on the 18th October
2006, the NZOC recognised Taekwondo New Zealand (TNZ) as a full member
and as the national governing body for Olympic Taekwondo in New
Zealand. TNZ was also officially recognised by the World Taekwondo
Federation at it's Executive Council meeting in July earlier this year.
3rd Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships - Brisbane ( 14-15th October )
New Zealand won six medals at the Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships held in Brisbane on the 14th and 15th October!
from 12 countries including Australia, New Zealand, England and Canada
provided two full days of sparring and forms action at the Boondall
Entertainment Centre. The standard of competition was extremely high
and was a big step up for our New Zealand athletes after the high
standards set at the Oceania Championships. Both England and Canada
sent their 1st and 2nd ranked players, many of whom currently hold Pan
American and European titles, and have placed at the World
The New Zealand female team members excelled
in particular, with Hayley Schofield winning gold and three silver
medals going to Andrea Kilday, Farah Robinson and Kathy Bell
respectively in the sparring events, and a bronze to Steve Rickard in
the mens. All of their opponents were top ranked international players
and the New Zealanders had to battle their way through some tough
matches to reach the finals. This was also New Zealand's second outing
in the International Poomsae competition with a silver medal win in the
creative forms division and a 4th place in the traditional forms
against competitors who had won medals at the recent World Poomsae
Championships. This was an important result for New Zealand and big
step forward as Taekwondo New Zealand (TNZ) gears up to introduce a
more compehensive WTF Poomsae Competition circuit in New Zealand and
develop this fast growing sport in Taekwondo alongside sparring.
Overall the New Zealand team members performed
well against the worlds best and there were some very close matches.
TNZ is very pleased with the performance of it's team and the strong
foundation that all athletes have laid down for next year. It was of
great benefit to the sport here in New Zealand for the New Zealand team
to compete at this important event and gain valuable experience from.
The Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships was recognised by the World
Taekwondo Federation and Commonwealth Games Federation. A full report
with photos will be published on the TNZ Website shortly.
New Zealands medal winning results are as follows: -
Female Fin Weight
1st - Kelsey Wiebe - Australia
2nd - Andrea Kilday - New Zealand
3rd - Anne Tran - Australia
3rd - Monique Robinchaud - Australia
Female Middle Weight
1st - Courtney Condie - Canada
2nd - Farah Robinson - New Zealand
3rd - Dawn Ang - Singapore
3rd - Eve Ember - Australia
Female Heavy Weight
1st - Marcela Szczotka - Canada
2nd - Kathy Bell - New Zealand
3rd - Natacha Stekovic - Australia
3rd - Linda Lawrence - Australia
Female Junior Blackbelt Heavy Weight
1st - Hayley Schofield - New Zealand
2nd - Eleni Zafiropoulos - Australia
3rd - Catherine Carling - Australia
Mens Open WelterWeight.
1st - Adam Wright - Australia
2nd - Radomir Samardzic - Canada
3rd - Stephen Rickard - New Zealand
3rd - Peter Vissely - Australia
Female Individual Creative Forms
1st - Carmela Hartnett - Australia
2nd - Leanne Stoutley - New Zealand
3rd - Stella Edmundson - Australia
Overall Team Forms Results
1st - Australia
3rd - New Zealand
CANADA AND ENGLAND ENTER TOP CLASS COMPETITORS
Canada with thirty seven sparring entries and England, with a
provisional list of sixteen sparring entries, have entered very
competitive teams according to Commonwealth Taekwondo Union President
Mr Ross Hartnett. Among the Canadian entries are Dominique Bosshart, a
two time Olympian and Olympic Bronze medal winner at the 2000 Olympics.
Dominique is also a World Championships Silver Medallist and a Pan
American Gold medal winner.
Fellow 2004 Olympian, Pan American Games and 2006 Korean Open gold Medal winner Ivett Gonda is also entered in the event.
Not to be out done, England has entered among their team two time
Olympian Sarah Stevenson who is also a World and European Champion.
Team mates include fellow Olympian Craig Brown and Davoud Etminani, who
are both two time bronze medal winners at the European Championships.
2006 Junior World Championship Bronze medal winners Aaron Cooke
(England), Courtney Condie (Canada) and Sean Vrtacic (Canada) are also
entrants in the Championships.
Nine countries so far have sent player lists, with Trinidad andTobago,
India and Papua New Guinea indicating their lists will be received by
the 26th September. The lists include so far 117 overseas entrants in
Wales is also through assistance from the British Taekwondo Control Board attempting to put together a team for the event.
Taekwondo Australia Secretary General Mr Russell Macarthur said that he
expected the Australian team have approximately 100 entrants in
sparring. To this end Taekwondo Australia had contributed significant
funds to make this possible and to give opportunities to a broad base
of athletes from many clubs.
Mr Macarthur also stated that while he would have dearly liked to have
seen more Commonwealth Countries involved, he was ecstatic with the
growth since the last Commonwealth Championships in 1998. He said it
was pleasing that both participation in countries and competitors had
doubled since the last Championships.
He also applauded the work of fellow CTU executive members, President
Mr Ross Hartnett (Australia), Secretary General Dr William Darlington
(Scotland) and Chairman Mr Adrian Tranter (England) for their
assistance in securing the World Taekwondo Federation sanction for the
event, making this the 1st officially recognised Commonwealth
Mr Macarthur said that the this event and its official recognition is
an integral and significant step in our long term goal of one day
seeing Taekwondo as a participant in the Commonwealth Games.
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Last Update: September 19, 2006
WTF 1st World Poomsae Championships
Poomsae (forms) specialist Liam Fernyhough, of Christchurch, competed for New
Zealand at the WTF 1st World Poomsae
Championships in Seoul
on Tuesday. One of forty competitors in
his division, Liam was eliminated after the first round.
TNZ Secretary General Matt Ransom said “Liam went to
the championships to observe as well as take part, as this was the first event of
its type. Poomsae is a growing sport that
attracts athletes who aren’t interested in kyorugi (sparring) competition but
put as much time and intensity into their training as our fighters, and want
the opportunity to compete. Having an athlete
at these first championships will help ensure New Zealand is well placed to send competitive
teams to future international events.”
TNZ will now look at including poomsae competition at
its tournaments and introduce a seeding system as a basis for the selection of New Zealand
Visit the WTF 1st World Poomsae Championships site
NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL TAEKWONDO TEAM SCOOPS UNPRECEDENTED MEDAL TALLY AT OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The New Zealand
National Taekwondo team exceeded all expectations by winning 13 gold
medals out of a total of 18 contested divisions at the 2006 WTF-Oceania
Championships held in Auckland on Saturday 26th August. The wins also
boost New Zealand's chances of sending a full compliment of four
Taekwondo fighters to the 2008 Beijing Olympics for the first time. In
addition, New Zealand also scooped 6 Silver and 3 bronze medals
winning the overall best fighting team award against Australia's 3
Gold, 7 Silver, and 4 bronze.
Taekwondo New Zealand (TNZ) is thrilled with it's
athletes, management, team coach and trainers who all worked hard
together to come up with this great result for New Zealand. "The proof
is in the result", according to TNZ Secretary General Matt Ransom, "We
were quietly confident that our selection policy, seeding system and
training build-up was on track. But this certainly exceeded all
expectations. The overall performance of this tight-knit team was very
pleasing. The team conducted themselves with great patriotic pride and
gave their all for New Zealand no matter what the results were. We are
now focusing on capitalizing on this at the upcoming Commonwealth
Championships when we will face many of the worlds best in Brisbane".
Full results here
TAEKWONDO NEW ZEALAND
ANNOUNCEMENT 29TH MAY 2006
YOUTH OLYMPIC FESTIVAL
New Zealand (TNZ) is pleased to announce that it has been
invited by the New Zealand Olympic Committee via the Australian Olympic
Committee to send a National Junior Representative Team to compete in
Taekwondo event at the 2006 Australian Youth Olympic Festival. TNZ has
confirmed it's participation to the NZOC and Oceania Taekwondo Union
send a team that will compete against other invited countries from
Britain, Chinese Taipei, Australia and China. This is a major junior
development opportunity for New Zealand Taekwondo which TNZ will fully
to ensure the future of the sport in New Zealand
and the further growth
of our athletes.
Secretary General, Mr Matt Ransom is delighted with this recent
opportunity, "in addition to our participation in the upcoming Junior
World Championships in July and the Oceania Championships in August,
Athletes now have three major international events to participate in
space of 7 months, with this latest event being added to their
don't recall our young athletes ever having so much opportunity in such
space of time. This is further tesitmony that TNZ is on the right path
we are putting the best interest of the athletes first and foremost".
will confirm the selection process for the Australian Youth Olympic
Festival - Taekwondo Event in due course.
NZ JUNIOR REPRESENTATIVE TEAM
PULLS OFF BIG WINS AT THE JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
2006 WTF Junior World Championships were a resounding success for the
NZ Junior Representative Team in building a new platform for our junior
athletes to move up from towards the future of the sport here in New
Zealand. Our team of 11 male and female athletes, with very little
international experience, put in a number of big performances for the
Silver Fern with two big wins over Chinese-Taipei and Latvia.
Considering that almost all of the team were competing at the highest
level for the very first time, this was a good result.
Lyteshar Drewery won her first fight against Chinese-Taipei before
losing against Thailand, while Vaughn Scott from Auckland beat Latvia
in his first fight 9-2, before putting up a big performance against
Chinese-Taipei and going down 8-4. The remainder of the team
had good performances over the five day event and have plenty of hard
experience to build on with the upcoming 2006 WTF Oceania Championships
in Auckland on the 26th August.
pleased with the Junior Team's performance. Secretary General
Matt Ransom said, 'this team had a tall order with the World
Championships being their first hit-out as a team. But we can
capitalize on this when they assemble again for the Oceania Champs, and
this experience will galvanize them into a tighter unit with more
skill, which Taekwondo in New Zealand will greatly benefit from".
worked well as a unit while in Vietnam and overcame the heat and a
couple of minor bouts of the dreaded stomach-bug to perform well in the
ring as well as a team when training and traveling together.
its preparation for taking the team to Vietnam TNZ identified that
health issues would be a major risk and ensured that the management
team included a Team Doctor, to assess and deal with health and injury
problems, and act as an advocate for the athletes if they needed to use
local health services. Our thanks to Dr Alistair Blomley for
volunteering to take time out from his busy practice in Christchurch
and go with the team, and also for attending the final team training in
Auckland and briefing the athletes and supporters on what to prepare
for in Vietnam. Team Manager Master Mike Hannah brought
formidable logistical skills to arranging the trip, and making sure it
like to thank
all the management team who showed their dedication to the sport by
taking time out from busy schedules to act as volunteer organisers,
managers, chaperones and advocates, caring for this group of young
athletes and making sure that the trip was both a learning experience
and an enjoyable time. A robust selection policy and process
the management team made sure that TNZ could be confident that it had a
group of professional and experienced people in positions of
responsibility. Parents and guardians rounded out the adult
contingent accompanying the team to and from Vietnam and all mixed well
and enjoyed various group activities and bonding during
Team member Kayla Maangi-Matiu, from the Bay of Plenty, also celebrated
her 15th birthday while in Vietnam. The team all chipped in and brought
Kayla a birthday cake and present and celebrated this special day with
with very little or no international experience have stepped up to the
big time and given their all for the sport and for their country. The
experience they have gained has helped them to grow as individuals and
athletes, and TNZ is very proud of them all.
Coach, Master Oh, will be conducting training sessions for Oceania Team
members in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch next month, which are
open to any other black belts to attend. Following on from
team training sessions for the junior team prior to their departure,
TNZ is working towards ensuring athletes gain the necessary skills and
experience to make the leap from national to international competition
as we look towards the future.
WTF grants full membership and recognition to Taekwondo New Zealand
At the World Taekwondo Federation's Ex-Co meeting held just prior to
the General Assembly in Ho Chin Minh City Vietnam this week, the WTF
confirmed Taekwondo New Zealand (TNZ) is now the fully recognised
member national association for New Zealand and the previous 'interim
membership-status' has been replaced with full membership to the WTF
Junior Representative Team arrive safely in Vietnam!!!
The TNZ Junior representative team competing at the 2006 WTF Junior
World Championships has arrived safe and well in Ho Chi Minh City.
After a 12 hour flight and stopover in Bangkok, the team
at Saigon airport on Sunday morning and then moved on to their
The team, along with management and parents, have aclimatised quickly
and have already had two light training sessions and are in good
spirits. The accommodation is very good and training facilities are
excellent. There is another 48 hours to go before the first competitor
steps out onto the mats.
In the meantime the team is squeezing in some cultural sightseeing and
all athletes, parents and managament have bonded well.
The TNZ Executive
Board is pleased to
announce the appointment of the New Zealand Representative Team
Management for the 2nd Annual WTF Oceania Taekwondo
New Zealand Head of Team: - Grandmaster Han Hyoun Lee (Bay of
New Zealand National Team Head Coach: - Master Jin Kuen Oh (Auckland)
New Zealand Team Manager: - Michael Hannah (Taranaki)
Senior Male Team Trainer: - Mark Hall (Auckland)
Junior Male Team Trainer: - Jason Kim (Auckland)
Senior Female Team Trainer: - Diana Kasad (Auckland)
Junior Female Team Trainer: - Vanessa Beel (Otago)
Business Community Supports TNZ Junior Representative Team
The final countdown to the 2006 WTF World Junior Championships has
began with the NZ Junior Representative Team departing for Ho Chi Minh
City, Vietnam this coming weekend.
The last two months has seen a great deal of training and preparation
go towards this event, including two NZ Team training seminar weekends
held in Auckland which was funded by the New Zealand Olympic Committee.
TNZ President Grandmaster Kim and Senior Vice-President Grandmaster Han
Lee have been actively lobbying the local Korean Business Community for
support, resulting in the Junior Athletes each receiving a personalised
NZ Team Do-bok and the new WTF approved Hand-Glove
Each of the Grandmasters has also personally contributed to the NZ Team
with the provision of Team Bags. TNZ has contributed official
Team Tracksuit and NZ Team Polo-shirts for team members and
Thanks to these contributions from the Korean Grandmasters and business
community our NZ team members and officials are able to look the part
and receive these items at no cost to themselves.
TNZ extends it's thanks to the continued generosity of Grandmaster Tae
Kyung Kim and Grandmaster Han Hyoun Lee and to the businesses who
contributed, for their support of our young athletes.
2ND WTF OCEANIA
NEW ZEALAND JUNIOR AND SENIOR
Taekwondo New Zealand is pleased
to announce the selection and confirmation of the New Zealand National
Representative Team to compete at the 2nd WTF Oceania Taekwondo
Championships. A 30-member strong squad of Junior and Senior players
will represent New Zealand at the Oceania Championships which are being
held in Auckland, New Zealand on the 26th August. This is the first
time a World Taekwondo Federation sanctioned international event will
be held in New Zealand and is testimony to the hard work and dedication
to the athletes of the national governing body 'Taekwondo New Zealand'
and that it is on track to meet it's goals and strategic plan to
develop the Olympic sport of Taekwondo here in New Zealand and ensure
that athletes of all grades are given the best opportunity to gain top
international experience. Over 200 athletes from 14 Oceania Regional
countries will compete including New Zealand, with 10 junior and 10
senior male and female divisions being contested. As the hosting nation
New Zealand has been able to field a full-strength squad with many
athletes already heading for the WTF Junior World Championships at the
end of July and who will on their return be able to capatilise on that
experience to strengthen the NZ Team's chances of Oceania Gold. The senior team is also a mixture
of experience and new talent and the recent selection trials held in
Dunedin was hotly contested with the senior players selected coming
from a wide range of players accross New Zealand.
Bay of Plenty
Seung Hyun Lee
Brock Monaghan Neutze
Bay of Plenty
Representative Team Training Weekend: -
The New Zealand
Junior Team to compete at the upcoming WTF Junior World Championsips
the 20th and 21st May for it's first official training seminar weekend.
Team members from all over New
were funded to travel to Auckland
to commence preparations and to be trained by the New Zealand National
Head Coach, Master Jin Kuen Oh, 6th Dan. The two-day seminar commenced
fitness test and assessment run by the NZ Male Team Trainer Master
who was assisted by the NZ Female Team Trainer, Kathy Bell. The
then put through their basic drills by Master Oh who progressed them
two day seminar towards the advanced skill levels and stages that they
need to be at when the team re-groups in Auckland again next month
ahead of the
World Champs in July.
The team training seminar weekend was well received by all of the team
who, under Master Oh's expert coaching, were able to measure their
condition and identify the key areas that they will each need to work
imrpove for their next team training. Many of their individual coaches
also in attendance to be on hand to assist with the trainers and see
what will be required of their athletes in the build-up to the Junior
Taekwondo New Zealand (TNZ) provided funding assistance for travel as
providing meals and arranging support over the weekend with
billets, and everyone was treated to dinner on the evening of the first
training where all were able to get to know each other better. TNZ
Grandmaster Kim also attended the seminar on both days to meet the team
and their parents and kindly donated sports drinks to each member at
conclusion of the seminar. TNZ would like to thank the individual
parents and supporters who attended the training seminar weekend and
with transport and billets. Also a big thanks to Master Oh for a
run seminar from which our young athletes can only improve, and to the
Jason and Kathy.
See photos of the seminar in the TNZ
confirms new New Zealand International Referees
WTF have this week confirmed the final results of the 49th WTF
International Referee Seminar held in January 2006, in Sydney
under the auspices of the Oceania
Taekwondo Union. Taekwondo New Zealand is pleased to confirm
that 13 New Zealand
members have successfully passed and are now fully fledged and
successful new and New Zealand
based WTF International Referees are: -
Sung Heuy Tark
Youn Sub Lim
Ju Hyun Kim
Jong Kyung Park
is looking forward to New Zealand
to contribute officials to international WTF events and the
TAEKWONDO NEW ZEALAND
- OFFICIAL SELECTION
2006 WTF JUNIOR WORLD
SELECTED REPRESENTATIVES AND OFFICIALS WILL BE:
Female Flyweight 42-45kgs
Female Welterweight 52-55kgs
Bay of Plenty
Junior Female Light-Middleweight 55-59kgs
Junior Female Heavyweight Over 68kgs
Junior Male Team
Male Finweight Under 45kgs
Male Bantamweight 48-51kgs
Male Featherweight 51-55kgs
Male Welterweight 59-63kgs
Male Light/Middleweight 63-68kgs
Male Middleweight 68-73kgs
Male Light Heavyweight 73-78kgs
Male Heavyweight Over 78 kgs
NEW ZEALAND JUNIOR
National Team Head Coach
New Zealand Head of Male
New Zealand Male Team
Head of Female Team
Female Team Trainer
Alistair Blomley Christchurch
Announcement 13th March 2006***
To all Athletes competing in the NEW ZEALAND SELECTION
TRIALS for the 2006 WTF JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS and to their Coaches, please
be advised that the new WTF Competition Rules and Regulations will apply as
Article 16. Decisions
16.3.(2) Win by Point Gap.
When there is a 7-point gap, the match will be stopped
and a winner declared.
16.3.(3) Win by Point Ceiling.
When a competitor scores 12 points, the match shall be
stopped and the competitor declared the winner.
Sudden Death Play-Off
In the event of a tied score at the conclusion of the
3rd Round, a 4th round will be contested and the first
competitor to score will be declared the winner. Or in the event of two
half-point or 1 full-point deduction, the athlete deducted will be
are to ensure their competitors are aware of these new rules and regulations.
For further information visit the WTF website: - www.wtf.org
TAEKWONDO NEW ZEALAND
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT FRIDAY 10TH MARCH 2006
2ND ANNUAL WTF OCEANIA TAEKWONDO CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Oceania Taekwondo Union (OTU)
has approved Taekwondo New Zealand (TNZ) to host the 2nd Annual WTF
Oceania Taekwondo Championships to be held in Auckland, New Zealand on
Saturday 26th August.
This is a groundbreaking
achievement for TNZ and for the sport here in New Zealand as this will
be the first ever WTF sanctioned international Taekwondo event to be
held in New Zealand. Details on the divisions and weight classes to be
contested will be confirmed by the OTU in April. TNZ will hold a
selection tournament for the New Zealand Team to compete at the Oceania
Championships and the criteria and details for the trials will also be
announced in April. For further details please visit the WTF Website at
Further details and information will be advised when it comes to hand.
2006 WTF Junior World Championships – New Zealand Selection Trials
of Taekwondo New Zealand (TNZ) I would like to extend an invitation to
your athletes to participate in the New Zealand Selection Trial
Tournament being held in New Plymouth on the 1st April 2006,
for the purpose of selecting a New Zealand representative team to
attend the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Junior World Championships
being held in Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam, from 26th – 30th July 2006.
here for the entry pack and
here for the
selection criteria. This will be the primary event for selection
and is open to all athletes from WTF style organisations in New Zealand
who meet the following eligibility criteria;
must hold a Poom or Dan certificate/rank at the time of the selection
trials next March 2006 and be born between 1 January 1989 and 31
must hold a Kukkiwon Poom or Dan certificate at the time of
registration and competition at the Junior World Championships. TNZ
will assist non-holders with the Kukkiwon application process prior to
Athletes must be a New Zealand citizen and hold a New Zealand passport.
who are unable to attend the selection trials may in some circumstances
still be eligible for selection by meeting the criteria and following
the procedure set out in item 2 of “Selection process for WTF
Junior World Championships 2006” in the selection policy.
TNZ will also be calling for nominations for coaching and management positions. See here for the criteria and nomination process.
have any questions regarding this, or require further information
please do not hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to assist.
distribute this information within your organisation. We look
forward to seeing the best of New Zealand’s young athletes
competing for the chance to represent their country.
and its member organisations recently played host to Great-Grandmaster
Park, 10th Dan black belt and one of the developers of the Taeguek and
Palgwae patterns, and Grandmaster Kim, 8th Dan and President of TNZ.
seminars were held - in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, with
over 90 Red belt and above students attending. All TNZ member
organisations were represented with some participants from non-member
organisations. Comments after the seminars from participants
were very positive, with Great-Grandmaster Park alternately explaining,
demonstrating and getting students to perform the techniques, many
black belts with 20 years or more experience discovering the truth in
the old saying that technique is always further perfectible.
members and instructors in Wellington and Christchurch had not
previously met Grandmaster Kim and appreciated the opportunity to meet
with him, discuss Taekwondo and also learn about TNZ’s recent
achievements first hand.
the Christchurch dojang, Grandmasters Park and Kim were greeted with a
Powhiri and Waiata, performed by the Kaikoura club. Brett
Cowan from Kaikoura orated and the Taiaha challenge was performed by
New Brighton club member Carl Bennett.
Grandmasters responded by singing a traditional Korean song, a moving
experience for everyone present.
Headquarters-Kukkiwon has also officially recognised TNZ by the
awarding of the “Kukkiwon Diploma” to TNZ members
Peter Shaw, Yorick Neal, Rajesh Narsey, Matt Ransom and Master Sae Tae
Park (TNZ Technical Director) "for their self-sacrifice to Taekwondo
and for their promotion of Taekwondo Culture”.
personally presented by Grandmaster Park and Grandmaster Kim. Receiving
the “Kukkiwon Diploma” is a rare honour and is a
sign of recognition and endorsement of TNZ and it’s
acknowledges the following individual members for contributing to
covering the cost of the seminar series; Grandmaster Kim, Matt
Ransom, Rajesh Narsey, Vijay Chhika, Peter Shaw, Greg
O’Brien, and the Cardinals club and also the member
organisation the Taekwondo Union of New Zealand for underwriting some
of the costs associated with the seminar series.
commitment made by all were felt to be well worthwhile, we have all
seen first-hand Grandmaster Park’s and Grandmaster
Kim’s efforts in promoting TNZ in Korea; ensuring that TNZ is
duly recognised by the Kukkiwon and WTF; and for sharing their
expertise and time.
was an amazing weekend
and one that TNZ and all it’s member organisations will
greatly benefit from in the long term. Our thanks to everyone who
attended the seminars and/or contributed to their success.
the Christchurch Press
International Referee Seminar
organisations Ace Taekwondo, New Zealand Taekwondo Alliance and the
Taekwondo Union of New Zealand, sent a total of 12 New Zealand referees
to the 49th International Referee Seminar held in Sydney
during January. The seminar was organised by the recently formed
Oceania Taekwondo Union and over 80 participants from Korea, USA,
Taiwan, Hong Kong, Palau, Guam, Afganistan, Nepal, England, Tonga,
Fiji, Kiribati, Titahi, Australia and New Zealand attended.
Held over three
days, it comprehensively covered all aspects of refereeing; the new WTF
international competition rules, scoring, hand signals and
interpretations. Lead by Hong Ki Kim, WTF Director of Refereeing who was assisted by Master Seng Kim from Australia, the seminar consisted of theory, practical work, and testing.
As well as
being an opportunity to increase knowledge, improve skills, and gain an
internationally recognised qualification, it was also a chance to meet
Taekwondo practitioners from other countries away from the atmosphere
of tournament competition.
pool of international referees available will enable New Zealand to
contribute more actively to Taekwondo development in the Oceania
region, as well as help fulfil the goal of continuous improvement in
officials skills at local and national tournaments.
Taekwondo New Zealand Goodwill visit to WTF headquarters and Kukkiwon Headquarters
the holiday season when most of us are enjoying a break, TNZ President
Grandmaster Tae Kyung Kim, and Senior Vice-President Grandmaster Han
Hyoun Lee, have been on a goodwill visit to the WTF and Kukkiwon to
further promote and develop opportunities for WTF Taekwondo in New
Zealand. Positive and constructive meetings have been held with WTF
President Chung Won Choue, and Kukkiwon President Yong Gye Um along
with many other WTF and Kukkiwon officials. TNZ's position as the
interim governing body for WTF Taekwondo in New Zealand was confirmed
and reiterated by the WTF President. Kukkiwon matters regarding the
issuing of the Dan and Poom certificates will also be managed by TNZ.
Further discussions were held regarding the development of education
and competition programmes for New Zealand, including confirmation of
TNZ's organisation of the selections for the Junior World
Championships. Details of the meeting can be found on the official WTF
TAEKWONDO NEW ZEALAND APPOINTMENT OF 'FUNDING MANAGER'
New Zealand (TNZ), which was recently named the interim governing body
for WTF Olympic Taekwondo in New Zealand, has appointed Mr John
Schofield as its Funding Manager to co-ordinate applications and
disbursement of funding. TNZ Secretary General Matt Ransom said that
TNZ was delighted Mr Schofield, who is an Area Manager for business
banking at a major bank, had accepted the voluntary position. "Not only
does John bring excellent business and financial skills to the
position, but he has also had a long involvement with the sport through
his daughter Hayley, a top national and international competitor. John
knows first hand the difficulty of competing at the top level without
financial assistance". John is now reviewing a number of funding
Taekwondo New Zealand Official Public Announcement 27th October 2005
on from a resolution passed by members at the Annual General Meeting of
8 October 2005 TNZ applied to the NZOC to be recognized as the
governing body for WTF style Taekwondo in New Zealand.
NZOC has advised TNZ that it has recommended to the WTF that TNZ become
the officially recognised group by the WTF for Taekwondo in New Zealand.
NZOC made particular reference to Taekwondo New Zealand's strategic
plan, which it has described as having an openness and transparency of
process, and an inclusive forward planning which they believe will see
the sport move forward in New Zealand.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, SATURDAY 8TH OCTOBER 2005
the AGM, TNZ Member organisations tabled membership lists to provide
evidence that TNZ had the support of the majority of WTF style
Taekwondo practitioners in New Zealand. Seven WTF-Style
organisations representing a total of 2631 members were confirmed as
members of Taekwondo New Zealand. Nominations and candidates for office
were also confirmed and voted unanimously into the following office
positions by the approved voting members;
President- Grandmaster Tae Kyung Kim
Senior Vice President – Grandmaster Han Hyoun Lee
1st Vice-President – Master Peter Shaw
2nd Vice-President – Mr Bill Freeth
Secretary General – Master Matt Ransom
Treasurer – Master Rajesh Narsey
Executive Member – Mr Anda Wongso
resolution for Taekwondo New Zealand Inc. to apply for national sport
organisation status from the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) was
approved by the members.
Notice of Annual General Meeting
New Zealand is pleased to announce an Annual General Meeting to be held
on 8 October 2005 at Pukekawa Room, 1st Floor, Parnell Community
Centre, 545 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland , commencing at 1pm.
Agenda items are;
Election of Officers
Confirmation of Constitution
New Zealand invites interested WTF style Taekwondo organisations to
send an observer. Please assist us for catering purposes by
e-mailing your attendance to
TAEKWONDO NEW ZEALAND INCORPORATED
ESTABLISHED TO UNIFY WTF TAEKWONDO IN NEW ZEALAND
new national sports body, ‘Taekwondo New Zealand’, has made
major progress in unifying a number of Olympic WTF-style Taekwondo
organisations in New Zealand. This is an exciting and
groundbreaking development as never before has any one organisation
been able to unite so many independent styles and clubs under one
sport has been split by deep divisions for over a decade.
Recently a working group known as the ‘Unification Steering
Committee’ had been approved by the New Zealand Olympic Committee
(NZOC) to manage the unification process. This group was approved
by the NZOC on the basis that its members were representative of the
majority of WTF groups in New Zealand rather than just one
organisation. While there was significant progress made by the
committee, an impasse was reached on a number of issues resulting in
the committee being dissolved and the matter of unification being
passed back to the NZOC.
New Zealand Olympic Committee remains the official interim governing
body for WTF-Style Taekwondo in New Zealand and is approved and
recognised by the World Taekwondo Federation.
members of the original Unification Steering Committee, Grandmaster Tae
Kyung Kim, Rajesh Narsey, and Matt Ransom have since moved on to the
interim management committee of ‘Taekwondo New Zealand’ in
an effort to keep this process moving forward. They see the new
organisation as a body that has a democratic constitution and a sound
strategic plan which best represents the interests of the majority of
practitioners in New Zealand.
New Zealand’ is managed by an interim management committee
proportionally representative of its constituent voting member
organisations. It also has the support of a number of very experienced
and qualified New Zealand based Korean Taekwondo Masters and Coaches
who form the Technical Advisory Committee. They bring a high level of
expertise and special skills to Taekwondo New Zealand and are all
highly commended and respected WTF and Kukkiwon certified Masters.
purpose of ‘Taekwondo New Zealand’ is not to teach
Taekwondo in competition with its member organisations, but to enhance
existing Taekwondo organisations by providing a forum for them to plan
and act in a unified manner for the promotion and development of the
sport and art in New Zealand. ‘Taekwondo New Zealand’
aims to act as the National Sporting Association for Olympic Taekwondo
in New Zealand, to select and manage national teams, and to act as the
coordinating and disbursement agency for government funding. In
addition to this, it will act as the one united voice for all of
it’s existing member organisations on all matters regarding
member organisations represent a large majority of Olympic WTF-Style
practioners with the largest member-organisations being the New Zealand
Taekwondo Alliance, Taekwondo Union of New Zealand and ACE Taekwondo.
New Zealand’ has contacted other groups with invitations to join
and will take an open, friendly and proactive approach towards the
matter of unification. Any person, club or organisation which
supports its objectives is welcome to join.
Olympic WTF-style Taekwondo practitioner or organisation wanting to
make contact with ‘Taekwondo New Zealand’ can do so by
writing to: -
Taekwondo New Zealand, P O Box 10-291, Christchurch
info@taekwondoNZ.org.nz, or visit our website