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World Taekwondo Championships opens with historic collaboration between rival organisations

A “new beginning” has been hailed here today as the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) World Championships officially opened with a historic demonstration by athletes from the WTF and the rival ITF.

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China in dominant form at World Taekwondo Federation US Open Championships

China proved the dominant force on the final day of action at the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) US Open Championships as they wrapped up three of the eight gold medals on offer in Orlando.

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2014 Judo World Championships in Traktor Arena

The 2014 Judo World Championships will be held in the Traktor Arena – the biggest sports facility of the Chelyabinsk region.

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Iran wins World Military Taekwondo Championship

Iranian women team claimed the title of the 22nd World Military Taekwondo Championship, Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday.

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The 22nd World Military Taekwondo Championship

Iran – The 22nd World Military Taekwondo Championship opened in Tehran in women section on Saturday with the participation of 25 different countries.

World Armies Taekwondo Games Headquarters public relations office ‎reported that five new teams announced participation on the games. ‎The 22nd World Arms Taekwondo Competitions (CISM) will be held mid-August ‎by Iran’s Ministry of Defence and Iran’s National Taekwondo Federation. ‎

The office also said that army athletes from Russia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Guinea, Algeria, India, Kuwait, Colombia, Tunisia, Iraq, China, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Belorussia, South Korea, ‎Jordan, ‎Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, and Armenia ‎had already announced participation in the games.‎

Iranian menˈs taekwondo team has been crowned as the champion of the 21st World Military Taekwondo Championship in Vietnam and they expect to keep their champion position this year again.

Sport has always had a significant role for the Armed Forces of Iran and its history goes back to several centuries ago. The oldest sports practiced among Iranian Armed Forces were athletic strength games and polo.

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Nanjing Youth Olympic Games 2014 gathers thousands of athletes

Nanjing Youth Olympic Games 2014: Thousands of young Athletes gather in Nanjing (China) in this week from 16 to 28 August 2014 for the Youth Olympic Games

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British Taekwondo Poomsae at 2014 Austrian A Class

It’s been a very busy past few months for British Taekwondo Poomsae.

Amidst various visits and seminars, the team has been engaging in their regular and intense training for competition.

This past weekend, the 14th & 15th June, saw the Poomsae Squad put their hard practice to work again at the huge 2014 Austrian A Class. Here, over thirty British Squad Players from the cadet to the plus sixty-five category entered the biggest class of the year, and in a city famous for it’s beauty and culture: Vienna.

It was the 2nd A Class of the year for British Taekwondo Poomsae, and world selection places as well as Commonwealth Team places were at stake. The squad faced competition in a field of world-class opponents, from twenty-eight countries across the globe. Some divisions were in excess of forty players. Over the two days, the scope of all the countries’ improvement since the last A Class competition was clear. Teams were much sharper, and performances even more refined.

We are always proud to report that our GB Team rose to the challenge, and British Taekwondo Poomsae rose to it with immediacy. Two Gold, one Silver and two Bronze medals were claimed on the first day of competition.

“The most rewarding and encouraging aspects of the whole weekend were the performances, and the improvement of all our players. The desire to achieve was inspiring.” Comments BT Poomsae Chairman Derek Sumner.

“So many were clipped into an agonising 5th place – on such incredibly close scoring. Poomsae is a nail biting and difficult discipline, the difference in a medal could be a slip of the foot, a wrong head movement or a strike or block half an inch away from the target.”

Safe to say the excellent team performances and another medal haul on day two have given the selectors a real headache. Some players who appeared out of the running put themselves back in, and players new to the international scene gave some outstanding performances.

But with no time to ponder, the Squad is straight back in action this weekend. They’re headed for the Northern Ireland International Championships in Lisburn, preceding an all-day Poomsae seminar the following day in Belfast.

Chairman Derek Sumner also wishes to thank the players and travelling families for their support of these crucial events. Adding that team support and impeccable behaviour is one reason why the British Taekwondo Poomsae Squad holds so much respect worldwide.

A special congratulations to the team for their excellent performances from ourselves at British Taekwondo, and once again we commend all of those who attend, train and support them.

Source: British Taekwondo

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The heated battles at the Thai Fight World Battle

Tomorrow (28/6), the Thai Fight World Battle will official open at the Venetian Macao Resort, China – One of the largest amusement park in the world.

Following a string of highly successful boxing and mixed martial arts events over the past year at The Venetian® Macao, the iconic integrated resort is now bringing to Macao another combat sport event not to be missed. The Thai Fight World Battle event will feature 16 Muay Thai fighters, headlined byYodsanklai FairtexSudsakorn Sor Klinmee, Iquezang Kor Rungthanakeat and Saiyok Pumpanmuang Windysport, battling in an Asia vs. Europe competition at the Cotai Arena Saturday, June 28, 2014.

Thai Fight World Battle Poster

Thai Fight World Battle Poster

The 16 professional Muay Thai fighters hailing from Thailand, Japan, mainland China, Hong Kong and France will divide up to battle in two weight classes at Thai Fight World Battle – the Junior Middleweight Division (154 lb / 70 kg) and the Middleweight Division (160 lb / 72.5 kg) – in a total of eight three-round bouts. Six of the bouts, including those of the four headliners, will see the contestants fight with their hands wrapped in rope, in traditional Muay Thai style; the other two bouts will feature fighters wearing Western-style boxing gloves.

Olaf Gueldner, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Sands China, said: “Thai boxing is such a widely practised sport in the region and around the world, and we’re very excited to be able to bring to Macau a world-class competition of this kind for the enjoyment of locals and tourists alike.

“Thai Fight World Battle is going to expand our ongoing sports entertainment offering and is expected to be another night of adrenaline-pumping, action-packed entertainment here at The Venetian Macao. We look forward to continuing to offer a diverse mix of entertainment events, contributing to the goal of transforming Macao into a world centre of tourism and leisure and one of Asia’s premier entertainment destinations.”

Yodsanklai, 28, was the first champion of The Contender Asia reality TV series and has a fight record of 218 wins, 41 losses and one draw. His multiple titles include the WPMF (World Professional Muay Thai Federation) world super welterweight championship, WBC (World Boxing Council) Muay Thai world super welterweight championship and Lumpinee Stadium welterweight and flyweight championships.

Sudsakorn, 27, won last year’s Thai Fight Kard Chuek and has 222 wins, 35 losses and three draws. Saiyok, 30, won six Thai Fight tournaments between 2012 and 2013 – three of them by knockout – and has 212 wins, 41 losses and one draw, while Iquezang, 24, has 127 wins, 15 losses and five draws.

Six of the eight bouts, including those with the four headliners, feature the contestants fighting with their hands wrapped in rope, in traditional Muay Thai style, while fighters boxing gloves will be used in the other two bouts.

 Thai Fight World Battle The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena, Jun 28, 6pm.Tickets cost between $88 and $2,480. Packages with roundtrip Cotai Water Jet ferry tickets between Hong Kong and Macau are also available.

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Taekwon-Do European Championships 2014 by A.E.T.F

This year’s Taekwon-Do European Championships were organised for the 29th time for seniors and 20th time for junior competitors. The host was the mediterranean country of Italy. The event took place in Riccione on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. The sports hall of Riccione called Playhall was built a few years ago, its fresh atmosphere gave the competition quite a positive spirit.

The Euros – unlike in the previous years – took four days instead of three. The wider time frame gave the umpires and the competitors enough time to rest and refresh between the events. Many countries and teams have already expressed their gratitude for this extra time to relax and for the high level of organization: all the events have started when they were supposed to start.

Euros '14

Euros ’14

The Opening Ceremony took place on Wednesday evening at the event venue. It started unusually late but it was worth staying up. The highlight of the opening was the unexpected sparring match between two living Taekwon-Do legends: Stephen Tapilatu from Netherlands and Tomaž Barada from Slovenia. Both athletes were winnig the World Champions Titles and used to compete agains each other in the past.

There was not only a competition held in Riccione. On Thursday Evening 24th April 2014 in VIP Hotel Ambasciatori took place the AETF Congress. After the presidential and financial reports the main subject was the following years’ European Championships and Cups – the delegates discussed the Championships between 2016 and 2018, and the Cups between 2015 and 2017.

On the event there were 63 categories this year and we have seen so many amazing performances by all the teams. It makes really hard to choose a few events to highlight.

One of the most spectacular events were the senior male individual pattern 4-6 dan where Mr. Jarosław Suska – the multi World and European Champion – has retired from competition. Everyone was curious who could take his place this year – and we have had several exceptional athletes competing for his place on the top of the podium. From 20 competitors at the end the French competitor Mr Lylian Doulay have succeeded to take the gold.

Another great performance was shown at the junior traditional sparring where the Hungarian team won the category with an excellent routine. Traditional sparring is not just about showing a good performance, but you have to show that your program is better than others.

Hungarian team

Hungarian team

They have made to the final for the final match against the Spanish team, but not even they were able to take the gold from them. The Italians have uploaded a video of their perfomance with the adjective “spettacolo” (in English: spectacular) and we can see the video shared by many instructors and masters around the world.

We saw a lot of different sparring levels. A few of the categories were decided without doubt: a few competitors have shown of their high level of fighting skills that even the finals were decided with a marked difference. But we have seen many even final matches – like the match for the first place at the juniors -62 kgs individual male sparring. The last match between Timothy Bos, the Italian’s young star and Ryan Shelley, the Irish young warrior was not easily decided: the tides have changed many times during the normal match time, the result after 2 rounds was a tight, but finally Ryan has won the exceptionally heated match.

The third round is about to start

The third round is about to start

We should also mention the breaking categories where a lot of competitors have shown their best form. In senior male team power breaking three teams were able to break all boards prepared for the main round. Finally Poland took the gold here. In senior female team power breaking category where Germany was fighting for the first place with Poland. The Polish team was able to win the shiniest medal. In individuals for junior girls we should mention the young Alicia Romero (Hungary) who was the only one able to break all boards set for the main round. Alicia was the last to break her boards, everyone else at the main round were able to break the sonkal and the dollyo – in total 6 points, but no one was able to break the two boards set for the yopcha jirugi – except Alicia. She broke the sonkal, then the yopcha jirugi. At the end she tried to break the last board – with success, and so as the only junior female competitor breaking all boards she won the category flawlessly.

Polish team winning the power breaking

Polish team winning the power breaking

Of course we cannot cover all the categories as there were so many exceptional ones. There were no official video recordings of the event, however there is a list of videos made by spectators below:

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(If you know more videos on youtube about this event which is not listed here please contact the author at aetfreporter@gmail.com).

There was a medal awarding ceremony after each session which was highly appraciate by all participants.

On the invitation of GM Willem Jacob Bos – the Chairman of the Organizing Committee – in the Euros 2014 took part special guests: Grand Master Pablo Trajtenberg – President of the International Taekwon-Do Federation, Grand Master Hector Marano – Chairman of the ITF Technical Instruction Committee, and President FETRA Argentina – one of the most numourous Taekwon-Do federations in World as well as Master Juan Ferrando – ITF Secretary General. All three assited by Masters from other countries did the honours by the awarding ceremony while giving the medals to the winners.

The presence at the championships of GM Trajtenberg and GM Marano, who togheter with GM William Jacob Bos wrote a book “The Art of Taekwon-Do ITF” was a great opportunity for participants to get the autographs of all three authors.

Medals awaiting for the awarding ceremony

Medals awaiting for the awarding ceremony

Medals awaiting for the awarding ceremony
The final overall standing was decided based on the number of the medals won. For the twenty second time Poland took the throne gaining 22 gold medals, 18 silver and 11 bronze ones.

Place Country Gold Silver Bronze

Place Country Gold Silver Bronze
1. POL Poland 22 18 11
2. NOR Norway 8 4 16
3. IRL Ireland 6 4 5

See overall medal table for countries: 132.Medal Classification for Countries.pdf

The best junior and senior competitors and also the best junior and senior teams were awarded with a cup.

The official results can be found at http://euro2014.pztkd.pl under the Reports (results of the categories) and Other Reports (Overall repors – see Classifications) tab.

Source: ITFEurope

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Jade Jones got silver during European TaeKwonDo Championships

During the European Taekwondo Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, Jade Jones had to settle for a silver medal

In the final match,she was in the -57kg final against Spain’s Eva Calva Gomez.

She continued that to take a 9-6 lead midway through the final round, but Calva Gomez hit back with a head shot and scored five unanswered points in an 11-9 victory.

“I’m gutted with just the silver but at least I’m picking up ranking points,” she said.

“I managed to get ahead a couple of times with good head shots. But I made a mistake at the end and she got me back.

“I had a good day but it was a tough, draining event. The focus now is on the World Grand Prix series and protecting my number one ranking.”

I’m gutted with just the silver but at least I’m picking up ranking points

In the men’s -80kg final there was victory for former Great Britain fighter Aaron Cook, who has been representing the Isle of Man since being overlooked for London 2012.

His final victory was all the sweeter as it came against Britain’s Damon Sansum, via a golden point after Sansum had forced overtime with a last-second punch.

Sansum was disappointed to be beaten in the end, but he beat world champion Tahir Guelec en route to the final and is looking forward to putting his name in the frame for the Olympics in Rio in 2016.

“I thought it was going to be my day,” he said.

“I performed as well as I think I ever have, with 12-point finishes in three of my five fights and beating the world champion on the way. I felt nobody could deal with me in the ring.

“I’m not really that happy with silver but my goal is gold at the Olympics, not at the Euros. I’m on target and I know I can be the best.”

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