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The biggest in participation Taekwondo festival aiming to bring together Taekwondo practitioners from all over the world and revitalize the martial arts, was launched on Saturday 28 May, on Jeju Island, South Korea. The famous all over World Taekwondo Hanmadang festival was initiated with a spectacular opening ceremony in Halla Gymnasium in Jeju island and will last until Tuesday 31st July.

Even though the event has a solid presence in other continents, there was a general request of initiating the European edition of Hanmadang Festival, as there is a great number of active taekwondo practitioners in self-defense technique, breaking and especially poomsae, that have and are still being recognized worldwide in various competitions, aspiring to participate in such a paramount event. This is why World Taekwondo Europe was present during the opening of the 2018 Jeju World Taekwondo Hanmadang; to sum up all the information, technical aspects and know-how needed to have the event adapted to a European mega Taekwondo Hanmadang festival.

After the MoU signed between Kukkiwon and World Taekwondo Europe on 17 March 2018, the two sides decided to initiate the event in one of the most active continents of taekwondo, Europe, and everything shows that more details will be announced soon for the host city, and the exact dates and venue of the event.

The Hanmadang Festival, which is founded and promoted by Kukkiwon, usually attracts more than 5000 high taekwondo technique practitioners from more than 60 countries. The festival is a taekwondo show for young and older audiences, while it exhibits the essentials of taekwondo as a martial art and technicality. It is a holistic demonstration of the taekwondo tradition worldwide, its cultural background and a promotion of taekwondo lifestyle and its lifetime values.

Hanmadang Festival represents the perfect event to host and present the genuine taekwondo spirit, highlight the skills and its techniques, and it is certain that all European participants will excel for one more time in rankings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Taekwondo Europe and the European Taekwondo Family expresses its condolences to the people of Greece with regard to the deadly fires in the Athens region.
We join the people of Greece in mourning the victims of this deadly catastrophe and we stand united with Greece during this tragic time, and recognise the efforts of the rescue workers in saving lives and curbing the spread of the fires.

 

 

On Tuesday 24 July, Professor and Grand Master Miroslav Brezan and WTE Youth and Collegiate Committee Chairman, visited the World Taekwondo Europe Offices and met with the President Sakis Pragalos and Secretary General Michael Fysentzidis.

During their meeting, they discussed the progress of the taekwondo events that Professor Miroslav Brezan has founded over the years, such as the famous Croatia Karlovac Open, which is realized every year and counts more than 50 years of history and the World Hallelujah Cup, which is realized every 2 years.

Worth to mention that they also pinpointed the one of its kind in Europe taekwondo event, the Karlovac – Alessandria (Italy) PEACE TOURNAMENT, under the supervision of Grand Master Antonio Paoletti, which acts as a meeting hub of 4 different religious groups – the Catholics, represented by Karlovac; Orthodox, represented by Belgrade; Muslims, represented by Sarajevo and Jewish, represented by Jerusalem. The tournament was founded to support fraternity and unity among different people, cultures and religions of Europe and is usually realized during the second half October.

Professor Miroslav Brezan is founder of the Taekwondo Club Karlovac, located in Croatia. It was established in 1968 and it represents one of the oldest and most historical Taekwondo Clubs in Europe. Also, Professor Brezan himself is one of the Taekwondo pioneers in Karlovac and Croatia, serving the Taekwondo vision for 50 years.

What is more, due to his noteworthy efforts towards the growth of the sport, Professor Brezan has received several privileged awards for his contribution in general. Among many, he has been awarded by the World Taekwondo, World Taekwondo Europe, the Croatian Olympic Committee and the Croatian Taekwondo Federation. He has also received a Life Award by the Karlovac Sport Association and the County of Karlovac Sport Association.

 

 

 

World Taekwondo Europe has the pleasure to invite you to participate in the Balkan Taewkondo Championships that will be held on 14-16 September, 2018 in Bucharest, Romania.

The Balkan Championship is being held as an effort to build relationships among balkan taekwondo athletes clubs and MNAs, as well as an invitation to all taekwondo community to join in as a warm up of a new taekwondo season ahead.
The Championship enjoys the patronage of the World Taekwondo Europe and the organization of the Balkan Taekwondo Union.
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As an inspiration for the generations to come, World Taekwondo President Dr. Choue, along with his Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF) initiative, which has been expanding through the world since 2015, has given a greater meaning in what taekwondo represents, the values it supports, and the human rights it fortifies by enhancing young refugees to be diligent, have faith and believe in their selves. Also, it acts as a hub that embraces the refugee children, trying to give back to them the only thing that makes a kid happy; a smile on its face.

Aligned in these values, THF has been spreading peace through taekwondo and President Choue vows to help resolve global refugee crisis.

 

"Peace is more precious than triumph”; this is not the message from Pope Francis to the world, but from World Taekwondo (WT) President Choue Chung-won to ramp up efforts to tackle the refugee crisis across the world.

World Taekwondo President also chairman of the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF), believes that sport should instill dreams and hopes in refugee children, and taekwondo, Korea's traditional martial art featured in the Olympics, can play a leading role in this purpose.

The five-term president of WT, the International Federation governing the world's most famous combat sport, is trying best to spread this lofty message throughout the world.

"The 21st century is the era of sharing and living together, and sport has great potential to contribute to world peace," Choue said in a recent interview at the WT's headquarters in Seoul.

"It is important to foster taekwondo as a popular and fun sport but taekwondo, as an Olympic sport, must be thought of as something that plays a positive role in making the world a better place," he added.

Under Choue's leadership, WT puts up a banner with this message in a local language where its demonstration team is performing.

 

Peace preacher

His philosophy has been shown well in WT's seamless efforts to become a responsible body to promote peace through a variety of activities.

Choue, who has also served as board member of the Olympic Refuge Foundation since 2017, stressed the importance of providing support for young children and students.

"The young people in refugee towns have no place to go after school. Taekwondo can be a starting point for cherishing their hopes," he said.

In 2016, in cooperation with the Olympics Committee, WT opened the door for people with refugee status to attend the Olympic Games.

"We plan to expand our efforts by giving more opportunities for these young people to participate in the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020," he said.

To this end, the THF, established under the leadership of Choue in 2016 to deliver taekwondo training and education for refugees, has conducted a number of projects in many countries, including Jordan, Nepal, Turkey, Djibouti, Rwanda and France.

On June 3, THF signed a memorandum of understanding with Rome and the Italian Taekwondo Federation (FITA) to support refugees in the local community of the Italian capital through taekwondo. Rome was also named as the THF ambassador city.

FITA, a long-time supporter of the humanitarian activities, collaborated with the THF two years ago in delivering programs in a refugee camp in Rome.

"With its growing number of refugees, the city is aware of the seriousness of the refugee crisis, and is now seeking to find a solution to solve the European refugee problem through taekwondo," Choue said.

"The main purpose is to support the youth in refugee villages and educate them to become good citizens."

In a related move, WT opened its 10th regional training center named "The Giulio Onesti facility" in the Italian capital on June 4.

Built on an area of 25 hectares, Giulio Onesti accommodates both indoor and outdoor facilities, including three training courts, six classrooms and accommodation for up to 200 people.

In April, the THF opened its first dedicated taekwondo training facility, the Azraq Taekwondo Academy, in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan.

Located 90 kilometers away from the Jordan- Syrian border, the Azraq camp, a facility for refugees who escaped from the Syrian civil war, serves many boys and girls by teaching taekwondo skills and providing necessary education for their futures.

Choue's passion for supporting refugees comes from his strong belief that the refugee crisis should be taken as a global crisis.

"There are soaring numbers of refugees worldwide and half of them are women and children. We must all work together to solve this global problem," he said.

Taekwondo has become a medium for the Vatican City to join hands with WT to support women and young people in refugee camps.

"In 2016, the Vatican first showed interest in sport, and WT put on a taekwondo demonstration at an indoor auditorium in the city," Choue said.

In late May, WT performed the first-ever demonstration in the presence of the Pope in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City with thousands in the audience. The performance ended with the unfurling of a banner reading "Peace is more precious than triumph" in Italian.

Pope Francis, who received an honorary 10th dan black belt from Choue in May last year, has expressed keen interest in the THF's efforts to support refugees.

 

Reinventing taekwondo

Dr. Choue said that taekwondo's role in improving inter-Korean relations is a great example of how sport can contribute to peace and stability.

"I believe that taekwondo has played an important role in finding a breakthrough for inter-Korean relations by creating a thawing atmosphere behind the scene," he said.

As a result of WT's efforts, taekwondo participants from South and North Korea, which represent WT and the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF), respectively, performed together at the pre-show of the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in February.

The joint demonstration was an iconic moment for taekwondo as it showed the sport's potential to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula.

Along with his efforts to support refugee children and women, Choue has spared no efforts to reinvent taekwondo as the most exciting and popular combat sport through reformative measures.

First, WT is working to improve its official "dobok" (uniform) by upgrading its design and materials.

"Current uniforms have problems with functionality. Using materials to better absorb sweat and improve air permeability, we will develop new uniforms that can ensure more comfortable movements for participants," he said.

The organization plans to unveil new uniforms within this year and use them at the World Taekwondo Championships in 2019.

Another innovative attempt underway is to add the mixed gender team event to the Olympics.

"We are currently discussing details, including the scoring system and technique, with the aim of introducing the new event at the 2024 Paris Olympics," he said.

 

Source: Korean Times

 

 

 Under the guidance of Mr. Mustapha Moutarazak, Chairman of the WTE Poomsae Committee, coaches were instructed on all Poomsae related competition regulations, coach behaviour and competition management.
Next to our Kyurugi coach seminars, also WTE is developing a new curriculum for the poomsae education for coaches and referees.
Also in October 2018, WTE will start with the education of new Hanmadang International Referees who will be trained at our new Hanmadang Festival event which will take place at the end of October of this year.
These new courses are being implemented in close cooperation with the Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters.

 

 

 

 

By Kim Jae-kyoung

"Peace is more precious than triumph."

This is not the message from Pope Francis to the world but from World Taekwondo (WT) President Choue Chung-won to ramp up efforts to tackle the refugee crisis across the world.

Choue, also chairman of the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF), believes that sport should instill dreams and hopes in refugee children, and taekwondo, Korea's traditional martial art featured in the Olympics, can play a leading role in this purpose.

The five-term president of WT, the International Federation governing the world's most famous combat sport, is trying best to spread this lofty message throughout the world.

 



World Taekwondo (WT) President Choue Chung-won talks with The Korea Times during a recent interview at the WT's headquarters in Seoul. / Korea Times photo by Choi Won-suk

"The 21st century is the era of sharing and living together, and sport has great potential to contribute to world peace," Choue said in a recent interview at the WT's headquarters in Seoul.

"It is important to foster taekwondo as a popular and fun sport but taekwondo, as an Olympic sport, must be thought of as something that plays a positive role in making the world a better place," he added.

Under Choue's leadership, WT puts up a banner with this message in a local language where its demonstration team is performing.

Peace preacher

His philosophy has been shown well in WT's seamless efforts to become a responsible body to promote peace through a variety of activities.

Choue, who has also served as board member of the Olympic Refuge Foundation since 2017, stressed the importance of providing support for young children and students.

"The young people in refugee towns have no place to go after school. Taekwondo can be a starting point for cherishing their hopes," he said.

In 2016, in cooperation with the Olympics Committee, WT opened the door for people with refugee status to attend the Olympic Games.

"We plan to expand our efforts by giving more opportunities for these young people to participate in the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020," he said.

To this end, the THF, established under the leadership of Choue in 2016 to deliver taekwondo training and education for refugees, has conducted a number of projects in many countries, including Jordan, Nepal, Turkey, Djibouti, Rwanda and France.

On June 3, THF signed a memorandum of understanding with Rome and the Italian Taekwondo Federation (FITA) to support refugees in the local community of the Italian capital through taekwondo. Rome was also named as the THF ambassador city.

FITA, a long-time supporter of the humanitarian activities, collaborated with the THF two years ago in delivering programs in a refugee camp in Rome.

"With its growing number of refugees, the city is aware of the seriousness of the refugee crisis, and is now seeking to find a solution to solve the European refugee problem through taekwondo," Choue said.

"The main purpose is to support the youth in refugee villages and educate them to become good citizens."

In a related move, WT opened its 10th regional training center named "The Giulio Onesti facility" in the Italian capital on June 4.

Built on an area of 25 hectares, Giulio Onesti accommodates both indoor and outdoor facilities, including three training courts, six classrooms and accommodation for up to 200 people.

In April, the THF opened its first dedicated taekwondo training facility, the Azraq Taekwondo Academy, in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan.

Located 90 kilometers away from the Jordan- Syrian border, the Azraq camp, a facility for refugees who escaped from the Syrian civil war, serves many boys and girls by teaching taekwondo skills and providing necessary education for their futures.

Choue's passion for supporting refugees comes from his strong belief that the refugee crisis should be taken as a global crisis.

"There are soaring numbers of refugees worldwide and half of them are women and children. We must all work together to solve this global problem," he said.

 

 


World Taekwondo President Choue Chung-won shakes hands with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City on May 30 after the organization's first-ever demonstration in the presence of the Pope. / Courtesy of World Taekwondo

Taekwondo has become a medium for the Vatican City to join hands with WT to support women and young people in refugee camps.

"In 2016, the Vatican first showed interest in sport, and WT put on a taekwondo demonstration at an indoor auditorium in the city," Choue said.

In late May, WT performed the first-ever demonstration in the presence of the Pope in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City with thousands in the audience. The performance ended with the unfurling of a banner reading "Peace is more precious than triumph" in Italian.

Pope Francis, who received an honorary 10th dan black belt from Choue in May last year, has expressed keen interest in the THF's efforts to support refugees.

Reinventing taekwondo

Choue said that taekwondo's role in improving inter-Korean relations is a great example of how sport can contribute to peace and stability.

"I believe that taekwondo has played an important role in finding a breakthrough for inter-Korean relations by creating a thawing atmosphere behind the scene," he said.

As a result of WT's efforts, taekwondo participants from South and North Korea, which represent WT and the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF), respectively, performed together at the pre-show of the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in February.

The joint demonstration was an iconic moment for taekwondo as it showed the sport's potential to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula.


Along with his efforts to support refugee children and women, Choue has spared no efforts to reinvent taekwondo as the most exciting and popular combat sport through reformative measures.

First, WT is working to improve its official "dobok" (uniform) by upgrading its design and materials.

"Current uniforms have problems with functionality. Using materials to better absorb sweat and improve air permeability, we will develop new uniforms that can ensure more comfortable movements for participants," he said.

The organization plans to unveil new uniforms within this year and use them at the World Taekwondo Championships in 2019.

Another innovative attempt underway is to add the mixed gender team event to the Olympics.

"We are currently discussing details, including the scoring system and technique, with the aim of introducing the new event at the 2024 Paris Olympics," he said

 



If your coach license expires at 31/12/2018, please follow the following link to renew you card:

https://www.worldtaekwondoeurope.org/events/etu-calendar/coaches-seminar-by-etu/renewal-of-expiring-coach-license-card-on-31-12-2018-for-twoyears-until-31-12-2020-9

 

The renewal will keep you active for two more years!!!

The fee for renewing the coach license for 2 years (until 31/12/2020) is two hundred euros.

The cards will be  delivered personally to the owners,  by the WTE representatives at G1 tournaments.

 

 

The curtain falls today on Sunday 1st July for the 2018 Mediterranean Games in Tarragona, Spain. The event was launched on 22 June, where overall 26 nations participated with 4,542 athletes in total 28 different sports.

Taekwondo gave a strong presence in the games, offering an Olympic glimpse of some of the names that will be featured in Tokyo 2020.

A sum of 116 taekwondo athletes participated, with 72 of them from the 19 European countries that represented the sport. In detail, 41 out of 52 male athletes came from Europe and 31 out of the total 64 participating women and the participating countries were Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Former Yugoslavic Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Portugal, San Marino, Serbia Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey.

Taekwondo competitions run from 28-30 July, in the eight Olympic categories of the sport and for one more time, European taekwondo athletes mastered the medal standings by achieving the highest in rankings. European taekwondo achieved a total 26 out of the 32 medals of the event, which counts for the 81% in the overall medal giving.

What is more, 14 out of 16 medals in male category, and 12 out of 16 in the female category came from Europe, while the final medal standings ranking in countries were Spain, Turkey, Croatia and Serbia.

For taekwondo athletes who are already in their “Road to Tokyo”, the 2018 Mediterranean Games represent a very notable rehearsal to weigh both their progress and competitors and adjust accordingly for the upcoming two years and the second part of their Olympic journey if they aspire to scale up in ranking.

 

The overall results of the competition categories are the following:

 

Men's Less than 58 Kg

Spain TORTOSA CABRERA Jesus      Gold

Portugal BRAGANÇA Rui                   Silver

Tunisia NEFFATI Hedi                        Bronze

Serbia GLADOVIC Milos                    Bronze

 

Men's Less than 68 Kg        

Spain PEREZ POLO Javier                 Gold

Greece CHAMALIDIS Konstantinos     Silver

Turkey RECBER Hakan                     Bronze

Italy SPINOSA Davide                       Bronze

 

Men's Less than 80 Kg

Spain MARTINEZ GARCIA Raul         Gold

Egypt EISSA Seif                               Silver

Turkey SARI Yunus                            Bronze

Portugal FERREIRA Júlio                   Bronze

 

Men's More than 80 Kg       

Spain ROS GOMEZ Daniel                 Gold

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia GEORGIEVSKI Dejan   Silver

Turkey ATESLI Emre Kutalmıs           Bronze

France MIANGUE Yoann Alexandre   Bronze

 

Women's Less than 49 Kg  

Turkey YILDIRIM Rukiye                   Gold

Croatia TOMIC Kristina                    Silver

Serbia STANKOVIC Vanja                 Bronze

Morocco EL BOUCHTI Oumaima      Bronze

 

Women's Less than 57 Kg  

Turkey YAMAN Irem                         Gold

Egypt ELSAYED NADA Radwan        Silver

Spain CALVO GOMEZ Marta            Bronze

Croatia GLASNOVIC Nikita              Bronze

 

Women's Less than 67 Kg  

Croatia JELIC Matea                         Gold

France LAURIN Althea                      Silver

Egypt WAHBA Hedaya                      Bronze

Slovenia LEMAJIC Dunja                  Bronze

 

Women's More than 67 Kg 

Serbia BAJIC Ana                             Gold

France BLE Mari Paule                     Silver

Turkey KUS Nafia                             Bronze

Morocco DISLAM Wiam                   Bronze

 

 

 

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NEW FINANCAL POLICY, BUSINESS PLAN AND OPERATIONS REPORT

 

The Council of World Taekwondo Europe will at its meeting on August 2018 review and discuss the Business Plan, Operations report and new Financial policy of World Taekwondo Europe. In the Business Plan, long-term and short-term goals are formulated. The Operations Report covers an overview of the operations of World Taekwondo Europe in 2017. The Financial policy is aimed at more transparency and to ban all cash money transactions.

On the long run, World Taekwondo Europe aims at providing the best climate in Europe for athletes to reach their ultimate goal: winning (gold) medals at the Olympics. For this purpose, WTE aims at hosting high quality events for athletes to meet the best opponents, providing high quality educational courses for athletes and coaches and support for federations in their Olympic journey.

But the strategic goals not only focus on elite athletes and coaches. World Taekwondo Europe will further analyze its client groups and will present a roadmap for 2019-2020 to provide events for different client groups. In October 2018, a first step is made by organizing the first ever Hanmadang – in close cooperation with Kukkiwon - in Athens. Next to traditional Kukkiwon Poomsae the event will host breaking competition as well.

World Taekwondo Europe will also work closely together with its main sponsor Daedo International – who celebrates its 35th anniversary in August of this year! Their new Marvel theme body protectors and products are an excellent example for new and innovative children’s competition.

The operations of World Taekwondo Europe are managed from the office in Athens (Greece) and Rotterdam (Netherlands). The Director-General in the Athens office and deputy Secretary-General in the Rotterdam office have both their own responsibilities with regard to the operations and report directly to the Secretary-General and President. They are in charge of the relevant Committees and have to make sure the organizational operations run smoothly.

To be compliant with the general accepted financial and accounting standards, World Taekwondo Europe will ban all cash money transactions. At events, entry fees have to be paid either by bank transfer or with a bank credit or debit card on site. Payments to officials and workforce will be made in the future by bank transfer or by providing a debit card. The Financial report will be available at the download/documents section of the website.

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