WTO/AT Announcement: Notice to Postpone - Gajok Games:
Dear Taekwondo Community
Recent border closures in certain states and the continued uncertainty about interstate travel following additional outbreaks of the covid 19, leaves us with no alternative but to postpone the Gajok Games until further notice.
The partnership between Oceania Taekwondo and Australian Taekwondo is to work in partnership to deliver a competition to members which was enjoyable and above all safe. On advice from QLD health, we took all steps possible to ensure we conduct the event using all protocols and covid safe measures to protect athletes, coaches, officials and other participants.
Despite this, we acknowledge the concern of clubs, athletes and parents about their ability to travel interstate and the possibility of sudden border closures from time to time. For this reason, and light of current border closures, we have decided to postpone the event until further notice. The safety and interests of our participants and all concerned with the event is paramount.
We are confident of announcing new dates for the event in the near future and we look forward to seeing everyone very soon.
In the meantime, we extend to everyone our best wishes and trust that you all stay safe.
The 2020 year has been the most challenging year of our lives in many ways, but for the Taekwondo community, the covid-19 pandemic has brought particular challenges and many hardships for club operators and their students. For our MNA’s, the pandemic resulted in no activities being scheduled and for athletes, the Covid pandemic has meant no competitions and the cancellation of the 2020 Olympic Games and great uncertainty as to whether the games will actually take place in 2021.
Fortunately, the Oceania Olympic qualification event was able to be completed in February 2020 on the Gold Coast, Australia but the pandemic outbreak resulted in many athletes not entering the event because of fear of travel and some who entered, were not permitted to travel by their own governments and NOC’s.
To engage with our Taekwondo Community and our MNA’s, Oceania hosted its first ever online Poomsae competition and this was an extremely successful event with over 500 entries from more than 50 countries participating across 46 divisions. The event also included Para Poomsae with over 30 contestants from 13 countries.
On the education front, we witnessed the introduction of the WT education programs particularly the coaching accreditation offering three different levels of coaching accreditation. A number of other education initiatives were also introduced in 2020 such as referee courses for those aspiring to become international referees as well as courses for technical delegates who are usually appointed to oversee the running of WT sanctioned or promoted events. In Oceania we also say three of our officials become accredited WT course presenters. Congratulations to Rene Leveaux, Denzil Ray and Colby Au, who all completed the WT presenters’ course and are now accredited to present WT education programs.
I am pleased to say, that we now have a significant number of accredited level 1 and 2 coaches who completed the online courses as well as many who successfully completed the Technical Directors’ courses.
Whilst we had hoped that the pandemic will have been under control by the end of 2020, this did not occur and a second wave of the pandemic struck many Oceania countries particularly Australia. In Melbourne, Australia, strict curfews were introduced and a state of emergency was announced resulting in a further lockdown of the entire community for several months.
Unfortunately, 2020 brought further sadness to the worldwide Taekwondo community with the passing Gen Ahmed Fouly, Vice President of World Taekwondo, longstanding President of World Taekwondo Africa and WT council member. Gen Fouly was a great man and a great leader who oversaw enormous development if African taekwondo resulting a in numerous Olympic medals in Rio in 2016. He will be sadly missed by all of us. The 2020 year also saw many changes in the leadership roles of some continental unions.
We can all pray that 2021 will be a much brighter year filled with good health and much happiness and hopefully, we will have taken control of the Pandemic which has destroyed so many lives and caused enormous economic damage and suffering.
I am confident that in 2021,we will overcome the challenges of 2020 and we will be able to return to some normality with many Taekwondo programs and events being scheduled and offered to our MNA’s and their athletes.
In 2021, Oceania intends to host a number of important G ranked events which include Presidents cup G2, Tahiti Open G2, Oceania championships seniors G4, Oceania Junior championships G2 s well as Oceania Poomsae championships G2.
I look forward to meeting our Oceania family members face to face in 2021 and I wish everyone a safe, healthy and prosperous 2021 year.
Announcement from WTO and Australian Taekwondo Joint Venture:
Australian Taekwondo and World Taekwondo Oceania are thrilled to announce the hosting of the inaugural 2021 Australian & Oceania Taekwondo Gajok Games to be held in Gold Coast, Queensland Australia on 27 – 28th March 2021.
This event is brought about as a result of a partnership between Australian Taekwondo and World Taekwondo Oceania to bring to the Oceania Taekwondo Family a quality and fun for all event for all participants alike. The event will include Kyorugi, Poomsae and Para Taekwondo as well as a new mixed gender teams event.
The exciting and innovative tournament will give Taekwondo participants the chance to showcase their skills as we bring our sport back into the public eye.
Australian Taekwondo CEO Heather Garriock was pleased to announce the tournament, sighting it as the perfect chance for the Australian and Oceania taekwondo community to get together to move the sport forward.
“The Gajok Games will be a wonderful way for the sport to reinvigorate itself post COVID19,” said Garriock. “It also presents a great opportunity for Australian Taekwondo and World Taekwondo Oceania to come together to build our sport.
“The fun we will have at the event will help grow our sport even more. We have 50,000 participants in our sport and we want to showcase Taekwondo to the wider community to show them what a wonderful sport we have.”
World Taekwondo Oceania Secretary General Stuart Lee encouraged the taekwondo community to embrace the event as a chance to rebuild after a challenging year.
“The 2020 year has been difficult and challenging for everyone especially club owners and taekwondo students,” said Lee. “hopefully the covid year is nearly over and now is a great time to announce the jointly managed 2021 Australian & Oceania Taekwondo Gajok Games, Gajok meaning ‘family’ in Korean is very suitable moving forward in 2021.”
“The event which is being organised and promoted by both Australian Taekwondo and World Taekwondo Oceania, will be a time to celebrate what is hopefully a healthy and prosperous 2021 for the entire taekwondo community. The Kyorugi, Poomsae and Para events will be open to many divisions from kids coloured belts to open black belts and with the introduction of the Mixed Team event should prove extremely exciting for all. This will be a worldwide open event but because of travel restrictions to Australia, it is expected that the majority of athletes will be from Australia and New Zealand. Consequently, it will not be a world ranked event for senior black belt competitors. Nonetheless, because it is the first major Taekwondo event of the 2021 calendar, it will be the first opportunity for competitors to compete in a Covid free environment for a very long time.
“It is a time for all clubs and families to get together to celebrate the new year on the sunny Gold Coast, QLD and as this event will be hosted around easter the opportunity is there for families to have their first holiday for a very long time.” said Lee.
More details of the event will be announced soon.
Heather Garriock Stuart Lee
Chief Executive Officer Secretary General
Australian Taekwondo World Taekwondo Oceania
+61 419 922 545 +61 412 022 941
The following Course are still open for registration:
We would like to kindly remind you that registrations are open for three more World Para Taekwondo Coach Certification Course Level 1.
• 7th World Para Taekwondo ONLINE International Coach Certification Course [Level I] - (English/Persian) - Course Dates : 15th December - 17th December 2020 - Registration Deadline: 12 Dec 2020, 11:59:PM (GMT+04:30 Asia/Tehran)
• 8th World Para Taekwondo ONLINE International Coach Certification Course [Level I] - (English/Arabic) - Course Dates : 27th December - 29th December 2020 - Registration Deadline: 24 Dec 2020, 11:59:PM (GMT+03:00 Asia/Riyadh)
• 9th World Para Taekwondo ONLINE International Coach Certification Course [Level I] - Course Dates : 22nd January - 24th January 2021 - Registration Deadline: 19 Jan 2021, 11:59:PM (GMT+01:00 Europe/Berlin)
In accordance with Article 6.1 of the WT Administration Regulations of Para Taekwondo Coaches (May 7, 2020). Level I is granted to an application who has successfully passed the Level I International Para Taekwondo Coach Certification Corse test. The holder of Level I International Para Taekwondo Coach Certificate is eligible for coaching at national level competitions and/or WT-recognized International Para Taekwondo G1 competitions.
Tonga Taekwondo’s first ever female to qualify for the Olympics earlier this year, Malia Paseka, wowed guests with her martial arts skills as she demonstrated self-defence moves, taking down two attackers at the same time. Some Taekwondo practitioners decimated stacked bricks with one hit, and others performed jump kicks and other moves.
To date, only two Tongan athletes, Malia Paseka and Pita Taufatofua have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in Taekwondo. Malia told Matangi Tonga that she was continuing to train and hoped the Olympics will go ahead in Tokyo next year. Tongan athlete Pita Taufatofua is delivering live workouts from home, streamed on the Olympic Channel.
31 January 2021:2021 World Para Taekwondo Education Courses:
Oceania Teakwondo mourns the passing of Ahmed Fouly: Oceania Taekwondo is saddened to hear of the passing of our friend and collegue Gen Ahmed Fouly, President of Africa Taekwondo and Vice President of World Taekwondo.
Ahmed was the long standing President of African Taekwondo and under his leadership, many Olympic medals were achieved particularly during the Rio games in 2016. He was a passionate advocate for Taekwondo and many of us have benefited greatly by his wisdom, guidance and experience.
John Kotsifas, president of Oceania Taekwondo stated, “Ahmed Fouly was a fellow Continental Union President, WT Vice President and Councillor. More importantly, he was a close friend and advisor on many things taekwondo including life. He was a much loved and respected leader who will be truly missed. He was a great leader in the African continent and was highly respected and loved by all members of the World Taekwondo family.He was a true friend of Oceania Taekwondo.”
Oceania Taekwondo extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to the Ahmed’s wife and family at this difficult time.