Taekwondo Australia fielded a team of thirteen athletes to represent Australia at the recent 2012 World Taekwondo Hanmadang competitions which were held in Seoul, Korea in late August. The Australian Team was made up of twelve males and one female from four different states which included Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia. Australia competed in Power Breaking, All Round Breaking, Individual and Creative Poomsae with competitors being restricted to two events.
Our team had plenty of competition from the 42 countries participating in the competition which had a field of around 3,500 competitors. However, our team was able to meet the challenge winning 12 medals which included 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 8 Bronze, and 3 trophies.
The competition turned out to be a very special one for Russell Wood, as not only did he have the honor of being the Manager and Coach for the very successful Taekwondo Australian Team, but he also won two medals in poomsae, received a Citation from the World Taekwondo Federation for his services to taekwondo, and was also promoted to 8th Dan.
The 7th World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships have kicked off on Dec. 6, 2012 for a four-day run in Tunja, Colombia, where a record number of participating athletes perform free-style poomsae for the first time.
Poomsae is a form of taekwondo consisting of various fundamental stances, blocks, punches and kicks logically arranged in a meaningful order in response to attacks from multiple imaginary assailants attacking from different directions.
Free-style poomsae features individual, pair and mixed teams of athletes performing attacking and defending taekwondo techniques, along with a composition of music and choreography of their choice for 60-70 seconds, which is then scored on technical skills and presentation.
The Korean National Demonstration Team from Korea will be performing on Saturday 1 December 2012 at 1:00pm at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney.
The event is free and open to the public. The Korean Cultural Office and Korea Tourism Organisation will co-host this demonstration with the team from Korea who have toured more than 100 countries since its establishment playing a major part in introducing and spreading the sport and Korean culture. This will be their second visit since 1998 a 14 year long gap for an encore showcase of the quintessence of Taekwondo to Australians.
To secure your spot please call (02) 8267 3499.