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It is with deep sadness and sorrow that the World Taekwondo Europe announces the passing of Lithuanian Taekwondo athlete Aurimas KLEMAS after a sudden heart stop.

Aurimas was twenty (20) years old, born in Lithuania on 25 May 1998. He was a very promising athlete as, besides the young of his age, he represented the elite of taekwondo in Lithuania. He was gold medalist of the US OPEN 2017, Las Vegas Open 2017 and Riga Open 2017 also bronze medalist of the Olympic Weight Categories Championships Sofia 2017.

On behalf of the WTE and taekwondo family, we send the deepest condolences to the Lithuanian Taekwondo Federation and to Aurimas’ family, relatives and friends. 

 

 

(Ljubljana, 30 January 2018) – World Taekwondo Europe is pleased to announce the signature of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the WTE and the EUSA (European University Sports Association). On behalf of World Taekwondo Europe, WTE Council Member Dr. Siniša Jasnić  and EUSA President Adam Rocek signed the MoU that intends to record the preliminary mutual understanding between the two parties and serve as a platform for further activities.

 

The sport of Taekwondo stands for one of the most popular sports in schools and universities,and thus it was officially presented on the 1st edition of EUSA Taekwondo Universities Championship 2010. Since then, the continuous growing number of participantsand quality of performance, has raised expectations inhosting the best edition of TaekwondoChampionshipin EUSA during 2018.

 

The main objectives of the present MoU between WTE and EUSA are to strengthen the cooperation and partnership between the two organizations, enhance the collaboration in activities and projects promoting university sport in Europe - with a special focus on Taekwondo competitions for students, promote and contribute to the development of Taekwondo competitions  among students (such as European Universities Games, Championships or other EUSA Taekwondo Competitions), exchange of information using the organizations’ platforms, and explore wider synergy opportunities arising from the mutual cooperation and acknowledgement.

 

Among the actions undertaken between WTE and EUSA to identify areas of cooperation on a mid and longer-term perspective, are the inclusion of EUSA Taekwondo competitions in the WTE competition calendar, the coordination of dates for EUSA Taekwondo competitions, and the publishing of results of the EUSA Taekwondo competitions on WTE website and other official digital and traditional communication channels. Also, the MoU establishes the foundations of referring by encouraging its members to cooperate at national level, promoting the EUSA competitions and the exchanging of relevant Taekwondo rules and competition data.

 

About EUSA:

EUSA is an umbrella sport organization consisting of 45 members, which are the National University Sports Associations and is a FISU (International University Sports Association) member (more information about EUSA: http://www.eusa.eu)

The EUSA Sports Program counts 20 sports, while EUSA events consist of Championships being held in odd years and Games being held in even years. The 3rd edition of European Universities Games, held in Zagreb and Rijeka in 2016, stands for the biggest European sport event in 2016 by numbers, counting more than 5500 athletes and more than 2000 volunteers.

EUSA cooperates with several sports federations (i.e. EPC – European Paralympic Committee, EBL – bridge, EHF – handball, IFSC – sport climbing, ECU – chess, IDO – dance, BEC – badminton, Rugby Europe and few others - http://www.eusa.eu/eusa/partners-sponsors).

 

The World Taekwondo delivered one more outstanding video with the atmosphere of excitement and action of the Wuxi 2017 WT Grand Slam Champions Series Il !

 

Watch here the new WT video with the highlights of Wuxi 2017 WT Grand Slam Champions Series Il !

 

In update news, athletes from all over the world, being holders of an Italian passport, can be registered and participate at the national Italian taekwondo Championships.

The only requirement is that the athletes to be registered must be members of an affiliate WT/WTE National federation.

For further information you can check the details of the championship in FITA calendar (indicating ‘FITA’ in orange tag): http://www.taekwondoitalia.it/calendario.html

Also, if you are interested in requesting your participation, you must fill-in the online form, submit it, and waiting for FITA feedback upon your registration permission.

 

Find the online form here: https://fita.wufoo.eu/forms/p4wcj8n1tkgnm1/

 

 

 

World Taekwondo's newly introduced event Wuxi 2017 World Taekwondo Grand Slam Champions Series is remaining only one series, which will be held on January 27 as a format of Team Competition.

 

On the occasion, the World Taekwondo delivers to the worldwide fans of the sport, the atmosphere and the thrilling action of the competition through the following video with the highlights of the first series of Grand Slam event.  

 

Enjoy the relevant video (Credits: World Taekwondo) :

 

 

 

Time Schedule ( Time-Schedule is a subject of change )
09 March 2018
08.30-09.30 Coaches’ Check-In*
09.30-14.00 Seminar
14.00-15.00 Lunch Break
15.00-17.30 Seminar
17.30-18.00 Closure of Seminar/Certificates & Coach Cards collection

*For your check-in a copy of your registration & payment confirmation, your ID/Passport & your WTF GOL Card are required


Participating coaches are required to wear WTF-recognized doboks.

Participating coaches are required to bring all necessary stationery (pens, copy-books etc).
 

Use the following link to register:

https://worldtaekwondoeurope.org/events/etu-calendar/coaches-seminar-by-etu/wte-coaches-semina-eindhoven-holland-2

 

 

Time Schedule ( Time-Schedule is a subject of change )
23 Feb 2018
08.30-09.30 Coaches’ Check-In*
09.30-14.00 Seminar
14.00-15.00 Lunch Break
15.00-17.30 Seminar
17.30-18.00 Closure of Seminar/Certificates & Coach Cards collection

*For your check-in a copy of your registration & payment confirmation, your ID/Passport & your WTF GOL Card are required


Participating coaches are required to wear WTF-recognized doboks.

Participating coaches are required to bring all necessary stationery (pens, copy-books etc).

 

Use the following link toregister:

https://www.worldtaekwondoeurope.org/events/etu-calendar/coaches-seminar-by-etu/wte-coaches-semina-maribor-slovenia

 

 

 

The Topsport Flemish Taekwondo recently announced the appointment of Davoud Etminani as Head Coach.

 

Davoud started his career as a GB Taekwondo high performance athlete with European distinctions and continued in GB Taekwondo as high performance coach with exceptional overalls. Another point worth mentioning is his selection onto Sport England’s prestigious Aspire programme. Shortlisted from over 50 applicants, he was challenged and developed through a series of workshops and mentor sessions for 22 months.

 

Active and vigorous, Davoud during the London 2012 Olympic Games added in his first-rate background the title of IR NOC Team Manager & Sport Attache and he was also the Training Venue Manager.

 

WTE would like to congratulate Davoud Etminani for his dynamic contribution into the sport and wishes him the greatest of success in his new coaching duties.

 

 

 


Time Schedule ( Time-Schedule is a subject of change )
05 Feb 2018
08.00-09.30 Coaches’ Check-In*
09.30-14.00 Seminar
14.00-15.00 Lunch Break
15.00-17.30 Seminar
17.30-18.00 Closure of Seminar/Certificates & Coach Cards collection

*For your check-in a copy of your registration & payment confirmation, your ID/Passport & your WTF GOL Card are required

Registration/Check-In: 08.30- 9.00     

 

Participating coaches are required to wear WTF-recognized doboks.
 

Participating coaches are required to bring all necessary stationery (pens, copy-books etc).

 

use the Following link to register:
 

https://worldtaekwondoeurope.org/events/etu-calendar/coaches-seminar-by-etu/wte-coaches-seminar-instabul-turkey

 

 

The Taekwondo Grandmaster SEO-YOON-NAM visited the World Taekwondo Europe headquarters and met with WTE President Sakis Pragalos. Grandmaster Seo left Munich to visit WTE and recall historic moments of the early stages of taekwondo in Europe. The two figureheads of the sport share a long-lasting friendship which dates to 1976, when President Sakis Pragalos was being examined for black belt. Grandmaster Seo was one of the few examiners of that time along with President Sakis Pragalos' Master Cho-Bok-Nam, with whom also shared a longterm friendship.

Grandmaster Seo was born in 1937 in Goheung (South Korea). He studied law before coming to Munich in 1967 to teach and promote Taekwondo martial arts. He is Grandmaster with 9th Dan and sets in his "Dochang" (training studio) above all on a balanced, health-friendly training for all ages. To this day, thousands of students benefit from his profound knowledge of adapting to the forces of nature and the unity of body and mind.Grandmaster Seo exudes pure joy of life at over 70 years of age. Still flexible as a bamboo in both mind and body, in his recent book “Master Seo and the mystery of the moment – Holistic body and meditation training” he reveals his secret of life: how to stay healthy, happy and ease in simple ways, no matter how young or old you are. Being a natural “health school” of both mental and physical priorities, he teaches how to improve muscle and organ functions as well as the spiritual energy.

 

         

Despite his years, he also embraces the technology through all the up-to-date digital communication channels. Through his youtube channel, the followers of the body-mind-soul triangle can watch his videos and his practicing methods towards successful well-being. 

Grandmaster Seo is one of the milestone personalities in the history of taekwondo, communicating the best the holistic benefits of the sport in its art form and in our everyday life routine. He gives food for thought through life coaching, and reminds us the deep roots of taekwondo values as the Korean folk song that sings of a hiker’s journey difficulties over a mountain pass.

 

Thank you, Grandmaster SEO-YOON-NAM.

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