WTF World Championship 2015 (Chelyabinsk) – Results

Vaughn Scott picked up a solid win against Egypt at the World Championships in Russia winning 15 – 11 in a thrilling fight that had us all on the edge of our seats. With Egypt ahead 3 – 2 at the end of the first round, Vaughn took the lead 11 – 4 in the second round with Egypt chasing hard in the third, including lodging a protest which went their way, closing the gap to 15 – 11, but Vaughn kept his cool and finished strong 15 – 11. Vaughn then went on to face Australia with the Aussie winning 8 – 3.

Dafydd Sanders drew the Italian London Olympian medallist up first and for the most part had a close fight with a 3 – 3 score at the end of the first round and Italy edging out to 5 -3 in the second round. The Italian scored with head shots in the 3rd giving him a 12 – 5 final score at the end, but still a great effort from Dafydd.

A big ‘well done’ to Vaughn and Dafydd for their efforts at the World Championships and a huge thanks to Coach Master John Webster who guided them both through the event and helped them to put up some really good performances. Also a big thanks to Master Mike Hannah for getting the team to and from Russia safely and for looking after them during the event. And a big thanks as well to Doctor Bren Dorman, whose input and presence with the team was, as always, much valued and appreciated. It was also great to see two of our top International Referee’s officiating in Russia, Masters Stan Wagner and Angela Caldwell. To all the team and officials, thanks and well done. We look forward to you all sharing your experiences with us on your return.

Next up is the Pacific Games and we will be announcing the New Zealand Team and Officials shortly, subject to finalising details and processes with the New Zealand Olympic Committee.


ITF World Championship 2015 (Italy)- New Zealand Team Medal Summary

New Zealand Team Medal Summary 2015

Best Junior Female team

Best Overall Country

Dane Canton Senior 3rd Dan Patterns
Daniel McMillan Senior 1st Dan Patterns
Wesley Filiki Senior Power
Kara Timmer Senior Power
Frances Lloyd Junior Specialty
Sean Neary Senior Specialty
Hunter Edwards Junior 1st Dan Patterns
Roisin Giles Senior 1st Dan Patterns
Junior Male Team Junior Male Team Power
Rose Biddiscombe Junior Sparring
Senior Female Team Senior Team Specialty
Junior Female Team Junior Team Patterns
Junior Female Team Junior Team Sparring
Mark Trotter,
Carl van Roon
Senior Pre-Arranged
Melissa Timperley Senior 3rd Dan Patterns
Vinu Vijayakumaran Junior Specialty
Angel McCreedy-Pilcher 1st Dan Junior Patterns
Kyla Walton Junior Power
Aidan Campbell,
Jared Wood
Junior Pre-Arranged
Junior Female Team Junior Team Specialty
Senior Female Team Senior Team Patterns
Frances Lloyd Junior Sparring
Phillipa Henry Senior 2nd Dan Patterns
Courtney Weir Senior Power
Damon Williams Junior Sparring
Aidan Campbell Junior Specialty
Maddison Black Junior Specialty
Rose Biddiscombe Junior Specialty
Michael Davis Senior Sparring
Courtney Church Junior 1st Dan Patterns
Frances Lloyd Junior Power
Georgia Moore Junior Sparring
Junior Male Team Junior Team Specialty
Junior Male Team Junior Team Sparring
Junior Female Team Junior Team Power

Congratulations to all the New Zealand ITF Representatives on this amazing result!

WTF Taekwondo World Championship 2015


2015 World Championships are open!

On May 12, Traktor Arena saw the Grand opening Ceremony of the 2015 World Taekwondo Championships. This great event lasted more than two hours and was witnessed by more than eight thousand Chelyabinsk residents and city guests. The same number of people watched the opening Ceremony full rehearsal.

Yesterday, the Governor of the Chelyabinsk region, Boris Dubrovskiy, officiallyOPENED the 2015 World Taekwondo Championships. This was a large-scaled Ceremony. The best South Ural groups performed a bright and colorful show for the eight thousand member audience, ending with a storm of applause. One thousand and five hundred participants took part in the opening Ceremony.

During the Opening Ceremony the spectator lived through several stories with the theme “the main thing is not to have any war.” The entire show opening the world championships is a story about battles that took place in different ends of the world at different times, but the main conclusion of this story is that battles cause respect only if they take place on sports courts.


“Our story is not about combat. Not about rivalry. It’s about the power of the mind, the power of kindness and friendship. And, of course, about reconciliation. About a wise decision to try one’s strength only on dojang! Or tatami. Or the ring… On football pitch and on the court, running track and cycling track,” a voice behind the scenes sounded.

“If you are strong, prove it on the ring” – such a peaceful request sounded in Traktor Ice Arena. “Only sports battles are worthy of respect!”

The key moment of the ceremony was a joint performance by two demo teams: of the WTF (World Taekwondo Federation) and ITF (International Taekwondo Federation).

Chelyabinsk region is a land where Europe borders Asia, therefore South Ural residents like no others know how to keep balance and harmony. It’s at the championships in Chelyabinsk that for the first time in the entire history of holding world championships, ITF and WTF demo teams met. The athletes prepared a spectacular and dynamic program that was much to spectators’ liking. We should also mention the fact that WTF demo team included three Russian representatives: Chelyabinsk’s Ivan Kvashnin, Viktor Aksenov, as well as Anna Mamontova (Kamchatka).


The official part of the event featured greetings from the Deputy Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation Mr. Pavel Novikov, the Governor of Chelyabinsk Region Mr. Boris Dubrovskiy, the WTF President Dr. Chungwon Choue and the Russian Taekwondo Union President Mr. Anatoliy Terekhov.

“2015 World Championships is the most important event in Russian taekwondo history. And I am happy to welcome taekwondoLOVERS in Russia at the main competition of the year. I have no doubt that the World Championships in Chelyabinsk will make history as one of the best by all parameters and become an excellent incentive to practice taekwondo for a new generation of Russians,” Russian Taekwondo Union President Anatoliy Terekhov greeted the audience.

A solemn atmosphere surrounded the march of 141 flag-bearers for the participating countries. Athletes’ march was preceded by the WTF flag carried in by six people including current Russian national team members participating in this tournament Anastasia Baryshnikova and Alexey Denisenko.

The IOC President Thomas Bach made a video greeting for the participants and guests of the championships.

“Russia welcomes World Taekwondo Championships on South Ural land. It’s a high honor and acclaim for us. We’ve been waiting for this exciting moment for a long time. We’ve been preparing for the prestigious world tournament. Chelyabinsk is becoming a capital of world sports and martial art. It’s welcoming the best athletes from 141 countries. I wish everyone to have bright combats. Let fair play, self-control and strength of spirit triumph. Welcome to Russia! Welcome to South Ural!” said Boris Dubrovskiy, after which he declared the 2015 WCOPEN.

ITF Taekwondo World Championship 2015


ITF World Championship is being held at Jesolo, Italy on May 27-31, 2015.
New Zealand ITF Team have been sending teams of competitors to compete in the World Championship since 1994. Since then, they have been very successful and it is likely to be no exception this year in Italy.

We wish them the best in representing our country overseas and hope for they come back with many medals.


kickCHELYABINSK, Russia (May 14, 2015)  –  Korea won its first gold medal of the 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Championships, while powerhouse Iran seized its second on the third day of competition, and the second set of finals.

Korea’s Min-ah Ha won the female – 49 kg division, leaving China’s Jingyu Wu with silver and Russia’s Svetlana Igumenova and Serbia’s Tijana Bogdanovic with bronzes.

In the men’s -74 kg division, Iran’s Masoud Hajizavareh emerged victorious, Nikita Rafalovich of Uzbekistan took silver and Russia’s Albert Gaun and Mali’s Ismael Coulibaly shared bronzes.

The crowd was in an exuberant mood as the finals got underway: Pop music pounded between the rounds, and Mexican waves rolled around the near-capacity Traktor Arena.

The final of the female -49kg delivered an astounding upset as the world-ranked 96 took a double Olympic gold medalist to the golden-point round – and beat her in it.

Korea’s Ha, 96th ranked by the WTF, faced 17th ranked Wu. While Ha had won the 2012 WTF World Junior Taekwondo Championships in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, Wu is a double Olympic gold medalist from London 2012 and Beijing 2008. Wu was returning to taekwondo after a layoff, but her earlier fights in Chelyabinsk proved that her form remains razor-sharp.

Ha looked composed, Wu determined as they entered the battleground. Both share similar attributes: excellent timing, distancing, flexibility and tactics. Ha drew first blood almost immediately with a body kick; Wu returned fire, evening the score to 1-1. In Round 2, Wu’s lightning right leg gave her a two-point lead as the Korean’s pace slowed – then Wu backpedalled around the edge of the mat as Ha got her second wind. In Round 3, with 18 seconds left on the clock, Ha’s coach appealed a head kick – unsuccessfully. The tension mounted. Ha pulled back a point to 2-3, then – in the last second! – evened the fight to 3-3. In golden point, Wu looked more aggressive, but it was Ha who caught the Chinese player in the midsection – becoming, against all odds, world champion.

“I did the best I could do to take on the Olympic champion,” Ha said after the match.

Iran’s Hajizavareh, the world-ranked number eight, took on world third-ranked Rafalovich in the men’s final. The Iranian had won gold at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, and third place at the 2014 WTF World Taekwondo Grand Prix in Manchester, U.K.; the Uzbek had taken silver in Incheon and gold at the 2014 Australian Open.

From the start, neither man gave an inch, dueling in center court. Hajizavareh caught the Uzbek by surprise with a high kick, winning three points, following up with a punch, for a 4-0 lead. Trusting to his reflexes and distancing, Hajizavareh dropped down into low, open stances, taunting his opponent. Rafalovich was game, but the Iranian’s accuracy proved superior: another out-of-the-blue ax kick rattled the Uzbek. Round two ended 2-8. In the final round, Rafalovich finally found his distance, clawing back the score to 4-8, before the match degenerated into a scrappy affair of clinching – during which the Iranian stole another point with a rabbit kick. As the seconds counted down, the Uzbek went all out, but Hajizavareh kept his cool and took the title 9-7.

At the medal ceremony, Hajizavareh leapt onto the winner’s podium, flashing a wide grin. “I found it a difficult match and the last seconds were stressful,” he admitted. “But because I had studied my opponent, I could manage it.”

After today’s preliminaries, the finals of two of the most competitive categories take place tomorrow.

The United States’ Paige McPherson, Chinese Taipei’s Chia Chia Chuang, Colombia’s Katherine Dumar and Turkey’s Nur Tatar will be fighting for gold in the female -67kg category.

Meanwhile, Spain’s Jose Antonio Rosillo Atencia, Korea’s Dong-yun Shin, tournament favorite Alexey Denisenko of Russia and Turkish taekwondo legend Servet Tazegul.



Taektaekwondowondo is “the art of kicking and punching.” Tae means “to kick”, Kwon means “to punch” and Do means “art”. However, this is only a superficial translation. ‘Do’ in Korean implies a philosophical viewpoint or way of approaching life – a means by which enlightenment is achieved. This is the ultimate aim of Tae Kwon Do. Through vigorous physical training students of the art seek to improve themselves physically, mentally and spiritually.

Tae Kwon Do as an art is practiced in more than 180 countries. It is generally regarded as the most popular of the martial arts. A testament to its growing prominence as both a system of self-defence and a sports attraction was its inclusion in the Olympic Games as an Olympic sport.

The Philosophy of the Belt System

World Taekwondo Federation has standardised the progression of belts and now recognizes five colours below black belt: white, yellow, green, blue and red.

Beginner students wear a white belt. The lack of colour symbolizes purity and innocence as reflected by their lack of knowledge of Taekwondo.

The next belt is yellow, symbolizing the rising sun, which is the source of all life.

The next belt is green, the colour of growing things well rooted and reaching upward toward the sky. At this level students are beginning to develop power.

Next is blue, the colour of the sky, open and boundless, toward which growing things are reaching.

The last colour before black is red, the colour of blood, and the vital essence of life.

Students at this level are deepening their power and control. Finally, there is black belt. Black represents all of the colours combined. At this highest stage the mastery of techniques is reflected by calmness, dignity and sincerity.


poomsaeMore than any other exercise or drill, the practice of forms is the most important element in the development of proper Tae Kwon Do technique. Required for advancement at level from beginner through master, forms serve a multidimensional role, aiding in breath control and rhythm, all of which are essential skills to the Tae Kwon Do student.

Students are taught one form at each successive belt level, beginning with the white belt level (which indicates a novice student). When a student has mastered the specific form for his/her belt level and has demonstrated an increased proficiency with the basic techniques, he/she is ready to advance to the next level.

Competition Sparring

Every student enjoys the challenge and excitement of sparring. It is the best way for students to test their practical fighting ability. Historically, however, the problem with sparring has been to balance a realistic fighting situation against safety. If student were allowed to punch and kick at each other without restraint, serious injuries would result. To prevent this, different martial art systems have developed various restrictions on sparring.

Tae Kwon Do takes a moderate position with respect to sparring rules. While contact sparring is a regular part of training and competition, there are certain restrictions. By requiring competitors to wear protective padding and restricting attacks to the front of the body and the head, students are protected from serious injury.

Before students are allowed to begin sparring, certain fundamental techniques must be mastered. These techniques allow students to make a smooth transition from the more rigid movements of simple drills to the fluid motions of a competitive fighter. In any sparring situation it is essential that the student be able to move quickly and effectively around the ring. When a student learns to do this properly he/she is able to manipulate the opponent into revealing momentary openings that may be exploited, and to respond effectively to any movements or changes in stance by the opponent. On the other hand, if a student does not learn to move correctly, chances are good that he’ll/she’ll be an ineffective competitor in the ring.

The best techniques in the world will not help the student if they cannot get close enough to his opponent to use them, or if they cannot move out of the way of an attack launched by the opponent.