ITF Taekwon-do Australia Technical & Umpire committees will be running a series of seminars across Australia in 2017 with the NSW tour confirmed for 11 – 12 February 2017.


The Technical Committee Chairman Master Daher & member Master El-Sheikh will be conducting the technical seminar at IL-Shim International Dojang  located at St Monica’s  Parish Hall 10 Daking Street, North Parramatta.

Time:  Saturday 9:00am – 3:00pm (11 February 2017)


The Umpire Committee Chairman Mr Trevor McIntyre will be conducting the Umpire seminar at ITF-KMA Dojang located at Corner of Yates ave & Fullford Rd Dundas Valley.

Time : Sunday 9:00am -1:00pm (12 February 2017)


Red Tip & below   $50

Red Belt & higher  $100

Deposit the registration fee into account:


BSB 082-330        Account No. 61 959 0622
All deposits need to use NSWFeb17-surname

Personal Details
Club Information


I understand that this event is a martial arts event and as a condition of acceptance of my entry in the event hosted by “ITF Taekwon-Do Australia”, for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators hereby waive all and any claims, right or cause of action which I or they may otherwise have, for or arising out of loss of life or injury, damage or loss of any description whatsoever, which I might suffer or sustain in the course of, or consequent upon my entry and participation in the said tournament.

I Understand that I acknowledge this disclaimer by submitting this application







Historical Photo

An Amazing historical photo of Taekwon-do.

Grand Master Young Ku Yun performing patterns for General Choi Hong Hi and three other gentlemen on the rooftop of a building in Seoul.

Grand Master Yun was teaching Korean Karate in the Korean Military.
Grand Master Young Ku Yun met General Choi by an American soldier showing him a book on Taekwon-do authored by General Choi. Grand Master Yun went to his superior to enquire of the General who at the time was a Korean Ambassador stationed between Korea and Malaysia he was given his contact details and met in his home in Seoul.

The General briefed Grand Master Yun and asked him to demonstrate his skill where he was very impressed. Grand Master Yun would continue meeting the General when he was in Korea and was trained personally in his home by the General many times.
Grand Master Young Ku Yun spearheaded the introduction if Taekwon-do to many countries and would eventually find his way to Australia and Establish ITF Taekwon-do.

I was graded by Grand Master Young Ku Yun from White Belt to Black Belt at age 14 in 1987. Grand Master Young Ku Yun taught my instructor Master Daher, Master McPhail, Master Davidson plus many more highly skilled Masters and instructors from the Oceania and Asia Pacific regions.
I am honoured to follow this branch of our Taekwon-do tree with such strong roots in ITF Taekwon-do.

Grand Master Young Ku Yun Commenced training in 1953 at the age of 12 years old.

Master Daher Commenced Training in 1972 as a young teenager newly arrived into Australia unable to speak a word of english.

Master El-Sheikh Commenced training in 1983 at the age of 9 years old.

The next generation continues the Journey of Taekwon-do.



Master El-Sheikh



On behalf of ITF Taekwon-do Australia & the Executive Board I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

As we finish off a successful 2016 with a National Championships that exceeded expectations I look forward to an even bigger and more successful 2017 as we gear up towards the 2018 ITF World Cup Gold Coast Australia which is destined to be an unforgettable event in a city that attracts over 12,000,000 visitors every year.

Australia awaits you.

Peace, love and respect to all.


Master Daher




More Pictures from Technical Seminar – Perth

More pictures from yesterday’s Technical Seminar in Perth.  Best of luck to Mr Peter Crosbie, who will be grading for 6th Degree on Sunday.


Historic Technical Seminar

Historic Technical Seminar to be undertaken in Perth today.  Mr Peter Crosbie, 5th Degree from Cu Chulainn is hosting Master Michael Daher, 8th Degree and Master Peter Barbour, 7th Degree.  This seminar is historic in that it’s the first time a seminar has been conducted by the President of the National Association in conjunction with the President of the Allied Association.  True collaboration to develop ITF Taekwon-Do in Australia.

National Team Last Call

To all NA & AA Masters,  Instructors and members a final reminder to ensure you have registered and paid the National Squad deposit by close of business Friday 2 December to be considered for selection on to the official National Team of Australia for 2017 ITF World Championships Dublin Ireland.  



Master El-Sheikh

National Coach


Notice to all NA & AA members vying for selection to represent Australia at the ITF World Championships 2017 Dublin Ireland.

Announcement of the National Team has been delayed due to members not following the procedure set out by the NA in 2015.

All competitors interested must complete the online application and payment of the $200 deposit.  To date only 12 members have completed this requirement and qualify for consideration to be selected onto the National Team. Could all members have this completed if you have not done so already by Friday 2 December.

Link to National Squad online registration

Could everyone also email me directly at sheikh.moustapha@gmail.com stating ;




Senior or Junior


Weight ( current weight and competition weight category for sparring)

Average Weekly training program

Past 12 months competitions


This information was requested from all squad members vying for selection in the NA selection policy dated October 2015.


I can be contacted directly on either

mobile : 0400 483 853

Email: sheikh.moustaphs@gmail.com

Our first scheduled National Team Camp will be in Sydney 20-22 January 2017 with venue and program to be confirmed.



Master El-Sheikh



On the weekend of 19-20 November we saw over 200 competitors compete for the National titles. With members competiting from 39 different dojangs from across Australia and New Zealand the event was a huge success.

With President Master Daher of ITF Taekwon-do Australia advice and guidance the organizing committee took full control and executed a hugely successful championships by all working together and showing great teamwork on all fronts. I would like to thank the tournaments director Mr Paul Harper, the IT team Mr John Abdallah and Mr Shawn Sutton, logistics team Melanie Khadi and Maria Dagher, our newly appointed umpire director Mr Trevor McIntyre and all his team officials, Miss Christine Young from New Zealand for officiating all weekend along with all our kiwi friends for helping us, all the New Zealand instructors, competitors and families who came and supported with strong competition we look forward to seeing you all again, Mr Michael Nguyen and Mr Charlie Van Beelen for officiating on the special techniques and power breaking rings along with their team of officials, Mr Normie Daghel and team NRG for the great competition and support, Mr Christopher Barnes and his team from Fearless Martial Arts, all the other ITF federations that supported and attended, Ms Gail Jacobson and her team from remote town of Agnes Waters for making the long trek down and competing and officiating all weekend, all the instructors for supporting with their students , all the parents and friends for supporting the competitors, all our junior team of assistants providing coffee, water and food all weekend for the officials with great teamwork and cooperation by all from the top right down to the lower ranks the event was a huge success.

Trevor McIntyre presented a special award to the most outstanding umpire of the event to miss Armani Haddad  who performed like a professional the whole event.

Special thanks to our VIP guests in attendance Master Michael Daher ITF Board Member, Master McPhail ITF Technical Committee Member,  Master Peter Barbour President Allied National Taekwon-do Association of Australia, Mr Nelson Taione ITF and Kickboxing Champion, Mr Steve Sarkis Business Director and Mr Andrew Khadi Business Director.

The National Coach will be reviewing the competitors vying for selection onto the National Team with the National Team selection committee chaired by Master Daher. Could all competitors forward their names, rank, age, and categories they are wanting to compete in to the National Coach by 25 November 2016 for final review and consideration.

Email: sheikh.moustapha@gmail.com

We are now looking forward to an even bigger 2017 events schedule leading to Ireland ITF World Championships 2017 followed by the 2018 ITF World Cup on the Gold Coast Australia.



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6th ITF WORLD CUP 2016

The International Taekwon-do Federation under the leadership of President Trajtenberg and the ITF Executive Board witnessed the biggest ITF Championships in History.

The Hungarian Taekwon-Do Association under President Master Lazlo and his chairman of the organising committee Mr Peter Szasz with his team hosted a magnicent and well organised event enjoyed by nearly 3000 people over 5 days of competition.

ITF World Cup 2016 data and reports.

I am sure our founder the late General Choi Hong Hi founder of Taekwon-do would be looking down on us with pride at his ITF.

Australia had 9 competitors from two clubs participate at these historic championships achieving 2 bronze medals. Matthew Travieso (Sparring Bronze Medal) & Christopher Sarkis (Special Techniques Bronze Medal).

Congratulations to our two medalists and the team who represented Australia with honour at the biggest ITF Championships in history. Many of the Australian Competitors went through a few rounds before being eliminated just short of the medal rounds.

Australian representatives at the 6th World Cup were as follows;


Master Michael Daher (ITF Board Member)

Master Moustapha El-Sheikh (NA Senior Vice President)

Mr Steve Sarkis (VIP)



Ken & Gail Hayden (National Team Managers & Coach)

Melanie Khadi ( Coach & Manager )



Trent Hayden, Oxana Gorskina, Sam Murray, Paul Wehbe, Amani Haddad, Jacob Khadi, Matthew Travieso, Christopher Sarkis & Charlie Dagher.



Andrew Khadi, Adrian Travieso, Christine Haddad, Marie Dagher, Paigan Hayden & Rachel Markham.


Next World Cup 2018 Gold Coast Australia is set to be a huge success going on the feed back and talk received from our ITF family in Budapest Hungary.

Next Candidate countries bidding for 2020 ITF World Cup are Slovenia, Finland & Spain with ITF Congress deciding on the winning host city at the 2017 ITF World Championships in Dublin Ireland.


Master El-Sheikh

NA Senior Vice President




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2017 National Team Camp 1

ITF Taekwon-do Australia National Team Camp 1 is scheduled for January 20-21 2017 in Sydney Australia, venue and details to be confirmed.

All National Squad members selected to represent Australia at the 2017 ITF World Championships are required to attend all camps set by the National Coach.

The following assistant coaches have been selected by the National Coach with more assistants to be appointed in the future.

Assistant Coaches

Michael Nguyen

Trent Hayden

Melanie Khadi

I look forward to 2017 and our national team training campaign.


Master El-Sheikh