Big congratulations to Taekwondo Australia for organising, managing and their financial support which allowed the Taekwondo Australian members to compete at the 2013 US Open. Thank you Jols Australia who supported the team by supplying the Adidas Team Wear.
Final US Open medal tally
3 – Gold
2 – Silver
9 – Bronze
…. and many proud Aussie athletes who played their hearts out over the past 5 days and won the respect of the teams for their exemplary conduct and fighting spirit.
Gold: Carla DePasquale, Chelsea Trainor, Sarah Markovski (Female Junior Team)
Gold: Joseph Tamer (Ultra Sparring)
Gold: Amy Bodziony (Ultra Sparring)
Silver: Carla DePasquale (Junior)
Silver: Russell Wood (3rd Masters)
Bronze: Chelsea Trainor (Junior)
Bronze: Linda Schragger (1st Masters)
Bronze: Bronwyn Butterworth (2nd Masters)
Bronze: Robert Pace (2nd Masters)
Bronze: Crystoval CS Komala, Rachel Macintosh (Cadet Pairs)
Bronze: Josh Yeung, Denton Schragger, Daniel Smith (Male Junior Team)
Bronze: Robert Pace, Eric Phan, Dale Bryce (Male 2nd Team)
Bronze: Russell Wood, Sammy Rachelle, Brendon Leeder (Male 2nd Team)
Bronze: Joshua Yeung (Junior Sparring)
Than Phong Taekwondo Australia proudly congratulates Instructor Eric Hiep Phan on his hard work and excellent achievement. Instructor Eric Hiep Phan has won a Bronze Medal in team Poomsae at the US Open 2013. His passion in Taekwondo has brought him to success and should set an example for the juniors to follow. Congratulations!
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 Korean National Demonstration Team from Korea performing at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney.
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.