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The ETU Coaches Seminar on 6 September 2016, in Bucharest, Romania, was successfully completed on the occasion of the 7th ETU European Cadet Championships, at the Rin Grand Hotel – the official hotel of teams registering for the Championship. The seminar started around 10am and was completed just around 6pm.


The event was conducted by the Chairman of the Referee Committee Chakir Chelbat. The participants were instructed and qualified throughout various issues, such as new WTF updates, psychology of coaching, athlete motivation, training techniques and more.


All coaches by the end of the seminar, received the ETU Coach license, valid for two years and the respective participation certificate. The ETU license is mandatory for all coaches who want to coach during G-ranked events throughout the world.



Thursday 08/09/2016


The first Competition Day of the 7th ETU European Taekwondo Cadet Championships 2016, has been successfully completed in “Sala Polivalenta” sports hall in Bucharest, Romania. In total 77 competitors participated in the overall four (4) categories of the first competition day, which were Male -33 with 23 competitors, Male -37 with 24 competitors, Female -29 with 12 competitors and Female -33 with 12 competitors.


Opening Ceremony

Around 5pm the opening ceremony of the championships was realized in the venue area. The 40 flags of the countries participating in the Championships entered the venue, along with the IR's. Present at the event were ETU President Sakis Pragalos, ETU Secretary General Michael Fysentzidis, the President of the Romanian Taekwondo Federation, Apostol Constantin and other ETU delegates and members of the ETU council.

The ceremony launched with a speech by the ETU President Sakis Pragalos and followed by Mr. Apostol Constantin’s speech, who was also been awarded the 7th Dan by the first, after successfully passing the respective examination procedure.

The athletes’ and referee’s oath was followed by a series of happenings, such as local dancing by Romanian children in traditional dressings.






 “[…] The European Cadet Championships are very important for us. Such events will give birth to our next Champions and Olympic medalists, since they supply our young athletes with experiences in major taekwondo championships and help them adapt in the sport procedures, the sport environment, and overpass the stress of a competition.

The European Cadet Taekwondo Championships are in fact the ETU event that opens a new Olympic cycle. Let it launch in the best way possible and promise us a series of successful, high quality and elevated Taekwondo events. […]” stated Mr. Sakis Pragalos.


The event continued with the rest of the matches and the winners of the medal standing were the following:




2. BALABAN, Server (TUR)


3. KISSKALT, Natnadal (DER)



2. NOCERINO, Alessandro (ITA)

3. IUSHKIN, Ilia (RUS)

3. SHISHKO, Dmitrii (RUS)



1. USTA, Nureda Kiymet (TUR)

2. BUNTUSCH, Evelyn (GER)

3. HOGG, Neve (GBR)

3. POPA, Stefania Monica (ROU)



 1.  GOGEBAKAN, Huru Gokce (TUR)


  3. AVERSA, Giada (ITA)

  3. DICK, Jessica (GER)







Saturday, 10 September 2016


Under a formal ceremony and in a commemoratory atmosphere, the European Taekwondo Union celebrated the 40 years of its history. On the occasion of the ETU 7th European Taekwondo Cadet Championships 2016, the special night was also hosted in Bucharest, Romania.

The ETU Executive Board, the ETU Council members and the Member National Association officials honored the event with their presence.

Many top European taekwondo athletes were also present, ETU partners, distinctive journalists and media to cover the special night.


The presentation of the Anniversary Gala was conducted by John Cullen, who opened the night with the wishes by the WTF President Dr. Choue and continued the welcome speech of the ETU Secretary General Michail Fysentzidis, who stated: “I am proud that Taekwondo possesses such a big number of athletes in so many European countries, many of them being among the strongest of the sport in international scale. I am proud that there are currently 17 European Open Championships of elevated athletic and competition level, setting this number the highest across the world. The European athletes are accountable as competitors in world and Olympic level and this is a result of the effort of each national federation.”


The presentation continued by announcing the prize categories. The athletic prizes were awarded by the ETU President Sakis Pragalos for the following athletes:


Gold Olympic Medallists from Sydney 2000 until Rio 2016:

Jade Jones (GBR)- London 2012, Rio 2016

Mouroutsos Michail (GRE) – Sydney 2000

Molfetta Carlo (ITA) – London 2012

Tazegul Servet (TUR) – London 2012

Mandic Milica (SRB) – London 2012

Gonzalez Bonilla Joel (ESP) – London 2012

Isaev Radik (AZE) – Rio 2016


Top female/male athlete in the European Senior Championships (most gold medals)

Coral Bistuer (ESP) 5 MEDALS

Geremia Di Constanzo (ITA) 5 MEDALS & Servet Tazegul (TUR) 5 MEDALS


Top female/male athlete in the European Senior Championships (most medals)

Gwladys Epangue (FRA) 7 MEDALS (3 Gold/3 Silver/1 Bronze)

Magomedov Seifula (RUS) 7 MEDALS (4 Gold/1 Silver/2 Bronze)


Top athletes in Poomsae Championships

Kim Kim Laura (ESP)

Joel Van Der Weide (NED)


Special Awards

Brigida Yagüe Enrique (ESP) (Triple European Champion)


Unique Records

Zaninovic Lucija and Ana (CRO)

For first time in taekwondo history, twin sisters managed to win gold medals in the same sport event. (European Taekwondo Senior Championships BAKU 2014).


Mouroutsos Michail (GRE)

He earned the 1st Gold Olympic Medal in the Olympic history of Taekwondo (Sydney 2000) and he was the only Gold Olympic Medallist in Europe for 12 years, until London 2012.


To those who could not be present at the Anniversary, the award was received by an official of their national federation.


Four awards were also given to the Member National Associations by the ETU Secretary General– to Great Britain for holding the 1st place in Olympic Ranking in Europe, to Turkey for having hosted the most ETU events, to Spain for hosting the 1st European Taekwondo Tournament in history (1976) and for honoring the first ETU presidency from Spain and to Romania for being the Anniversary Gala host country.


Also important ETU personalities were also honored with an award for their contribution, such as WTF Vice President and President of African Taekwondo Union General Ahmed Fouly and the ETU Deputy President Phivos Christou.


The ETU Secretary General Michael Fysentzidis awarded the most active referees:

Sotiriadou Antonia (GRE)

Elizaveta Tarasevich (RUS)

Loizou Panikos (CYP)

Argoubi Mohammed (NED)


Daedo International – proud sponsor of Rio 2016 and gold sponsor of the ETU 40 Years Gala was also awarded for its support in all ETU events and championships.


ETU also awarded the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) for their partnership and Mrs. Effie Zikouli - Chairwoman of ETU TV & Media Committee for the first live TV broadcasting in European Championships in the history of Taekwondo sport (Baku, Azerbaijan 2014).


The prizes continued with AIPS Europe and the award was received by the AIPS Europe President Ioannis Daras and the AIPS Europe Secretary General Charles Camenzuli and on the occasion of the event hosted in Romania, the President of the Romanian Sport Journalists Association Dumitru Graur was also awarded.


The awarding ceremony came to an end after ETU President Sakis Pragalos was awarded by the ETU Honorary President Park Soo Nam along with the Saudi Arabian Taekwondo Federation Technical Chairman and ETU Deputy Secretary General Usman Dildar. The 40 years of ETU event was also honored by WTF Vice President and African Taekwondo Union President General Ahmed Fouly who also awarded the ETU President. Mr Sakis Pragalos also received awards by the representatives of Belarusian Taekwondo Federation and AIPS Europe.


The festal night continued with the anniversary cake, many pictures and cocktails and wishes for 40 years and more, of development and prosperity in the sport of Taekwondo across Europe.

















Sunday 11/09/2016

The 7th ETU European Taekwondo Cadet Championships came to an end by the successful completion of the competition day 4 with the participation of 110 athletes in the following weight categories: Cadets Male -61kg, -65kg, +65kg and Cadets Female -55kg, -59kg, +59kg.


Totally, 400 young athletes were hosted at the “Sala Polivalenta” sports hall in Bucharest, Romania from 40 European countries out of 50 MNA’s, during the four day event.


Additional prizes were awarded during the medal ceremony for the following categories: General Ranking, Team Ranking Male, Team Ranking Female, Best Competitor, Best Referee and Coach Fair Play.


Final Results and Awards:

Cadets Male A -61

1. Emelkin Maxim (RUS)

2. Baliva Samuele (ITA)

3. Perunicic Vasilije (MNE)

3. Hamami Aylan (FRA)

Cadets Male A -65

1. Bozanic Dusan (SRB)

2. Pryazhnikov Alexander (RUS)

3. Yetimoglu Muaz (TUR)

3. Bozic Pasko (CRO)

Cadets Male A +65

1. Yilmaz Melih (TUR)

2. Ibragimov David (RUS)

3. Radakovic Mihailo (SRB)

3. Chizhik Nikolai (RUS)

Cadets Female A -55

1.Klepac Nika (CRO)

2. Khuzina Liliia (RUS)

3. Kalteki Faidra (GRE)

3. Dosil Gago Ana (ESP)

Cadets Female A -59

1. Arzhevitina Polina (RUS)

1. Baysal Irem (TUR)

3. Sassi Shima (FRA)

3. Kloczynska Anastazja (POL)

Cadets Female A +59

1. Adebaio Kristina (RUS)

2. Sulpice-Timothee Si'ann (FRA)

3. Boric Adna (BIH)

3. Ciftci Berra Nur (TUR)


General Ranking:




Team Ranking Male:




Team Ranking Female:





Best Competitor:

Male: Aleksandar Dzhordzhev (BUL)

Female: Musteata Liana (ROU)

Best Referee:

Male: Tamas Lanyi (HUN)

Female: Maria Mercouri (GEO)

Coach Fair Play:

Male: Muti Marius (ROU)

Female: Nejla Agatekin (TUR)


By decision of Russian Taekwondo Union, this year the entry fee for participation at Russian Open 2016 G-2 will be cancelled for ALL athletes! Registration closes on 17th Sept 11.59 p.m.  Moscow time.
Register your TEAM for FREE only through the WTF Global Membership System (GMS) -https://www.hangastar.com/WTF/login.aspx






Use the following link to register for renewals:







The ETU Secretary General Michael Fysentzidis was unanimously awarded by the Apollonian Awards Committee for his contribution to athletism and the promotion of the Olympic Sport Education. Michael Fysentzidis who also serves as Vice President of the International Olympic Academy (IOA), received the award from the Hellenic Association of Physical Education Alumni, which is one of the five bodies organizing the Apollonia Awards every year. The 15th annual awarding of "Art, Sport, Science and Society Routes" was realized in the hall of the Olympic Taekwondo Stadium in Athens and the event was dedicated to Road Safety.


Worth to mention that last year, the award was given to the famous film director Yannis Smaragdis. Among the awardees of this year ceremony were the Kick Boxing World Champion, Mike Zambidis, also known to the public as Iron Mike, the former Hellenic basketball federal coach, Panagiotis Giannakis, the President of the Cyprus Sports Organization, Dr. Clea Hadjistefanou Papaellina, the composer Takis Mousafir, the singer Tasos Chalkias, the Deputy Mayor of Palaio Faliro Municipality, Alexander Koromila, etc.


Also, among the contributors in the organization of the event were the Greek Olympians Association, the Panhellenic Gyms Association, the National Association of Physical Education Alumni, the Association of Gym Owners in Attica and the Institute of International and Greek Sports Law.


The 15th Galeb Belgrade Trophy – Serbia Open 2016 effectively came to an end on Sunday 30th of October 2016.


The ETU President Sakis Pragalos attended the two-day event that took place at the Sports Hall Pionir in Belgrade, where he had the chance to meet top-level athletes since it is well-know that Taekwondo is the National sport of Serbia. As a result, it is very popular throughout the country and there are many enthusiasts with numerous taekwondo clubs and coaches since Taekwondo is on the top three places on the list of medals by sport in Serbia.


On the occasion of the open tournament, the gold Olympic Medalist London 2012 Milica Mandic gave her presence and showed her support and motivation to  younger athletes of the sport who participated in the event. Consequently, the gold Olympic athlete from Serbia met with the ETU President at the venue.


Milica Mandic is one of the greatest European athletes with outstanding performances of high level taekwondo skills and many distinctions in global Taekwondo. The Serbian athlete won the gold Olympic Medal in London 2012 and four years later in Rio she tried to defend her Olympic title but her way to the podium stopped at the quarterfinals where she faced Bianca Walkden and got defeated after a significant fight. Milica Mandic was unlucky since the big loss though was that Bianca didn’t make it to the final in order to pull her in repechages.


Nevertheless, Milica Mandic is the only gold Olympic Medalist in Taekwondo from Serbia and holds the one out of three gold medals in total of all sports of the country.




The ETU President Sakis Pragalos, on the occasion of his visit to Serbia regarding the 15th Galeb Belgrade Trophy,met with the Mayor of Belgrade Sinisa Mali and the Sporting Director of the Serbian Taekwondo Association Dragan Jovic.


The Mayor of the Serbian capital city expressed his supportiveness and remarkable interest to the ETU President concerning the Taekwondo sport and events.


Hence, Mr. Sinisa Mali introduced his proposal for Belgrade to be the hosting city the ETU European Taekwondo Championships for the 2020.


ETU President Sakis Pragalos stated: “Principally, I would like to congratulate all the executives of the Serbian Taekwondo Association for their extraordinary effort in the sport and for the outstanding G-Open events that have been successfully held within the country during the recent years. Furthermore, it is significant that our ETU Championships are established among major sporting events. Definitely, the  interest of a city in hosting our championships four years prior the event is something that endorses success to the European Taekwondo and reliability to the ETU events.”


The city of Belgrade has long and storied history in architecture with many theatres, museums, monuments and opera houses in a deep and fissured cultural life. The capital of Serbia attracts sunbathers with the beaches and rivers and at the same time is magnetism for sports enthusiasts.


The sports facilities in the city are approximately one-thousand and many of which are capable of serving sporting events in all levels. Belgrade’s background regarding hosting major sporting events includes EuroBasket 2005, the 2005 European Volleyball Championship, the 2006 European Water Polo Championship, the European Youth Olympic Festival 2007 and the 2009 Summer Universiade. Also, Euroleague recently announced that Belgrade will host the 2018 Final Four, validating for one more time its sport event organizing supremacy.


Besides the outstanding sport facilities, the city of Belgrade is the most important media hub in the country since it is the home of the headquarters of the national broadcaster Radio Television Serbia (RTS) and many high-circulation daily newspapers are published in the capital city.




Since Taekwondo makes an effort to provide the highest quality of the sport provision for children and adults alike, professionalism and creating a safe and enjoyable learning environment is of paramount importance. Thus, it more than important to have academic publications that report original empirical and theoretical work regarding Taekwondo sport. 


At the ETU Headquarters was well received one of these publications associated to Taekwondo and Child on a training level. An illustration edition consisted of 217 pages with photo gallery and essential material regarding organising a Taekwondo party by training with balloons, structuring balance static dynamics workouts motivating for children and more. The author of the relevant Book is Andreas Christidis and interested parties may obtain one by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Taekwondo coach Andreas Christidis was born in Xanthi, Greece and had many distinctions at his career as an athlete. The author got inspired through his loyalty to the sport and published the “Taekwondo & Child 230+ Games and Exercises – Development of Fundamental Motor Abilities For all Sports and Martial Arts Sports from the ages of 4 to 12 “.



In the book Andreas Christidis shares his knowledge, his experience and skills from his thirty-five years involvement in sports, so that even more children can get benefit by his written ideas exercises and instructions. Hence, coaches can use the particular book as an instruction guide for athletes during their childhood.


Moreover, numerous exercises are provided in detailed description in order to achieve the greatest results to the athletes’ trainings and performances additionally with the author’s advices that are comprised in the unit Today’s Child-Tomorrow’s Olympic Winner.


The development of Fundamental Motor Abilities by shaping personalities and defining behaviours is the major subject of the book and takes under consideration the importance of the games in the psychokinetic development of the child. This book is definitely useful for coaches, trainers, teachers and also students in Gymnastic Academies.


ETU warmly welcomes activities analogous to the development and promotion of Taekwondo sport and so individuals that may have related publications can send a hard copy to the ETU Headquarters as it will be our favourite to notify it around the European Taekwondo community.



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