ITF Taekwon-do Australia supported by the National Association board set their sights on hosting the 7th ITF Taekwon-do World Cup outside of Europe in Sydney in 2018.

This massive task was not going to be an easy road, but with the help from the ITF community in our region and the 35 other countries saw massive support and reaching over one thousand competitors.


COUNTRY                       ENTRIES

ALGERIA                         4

ARGENTINA                   390

AUSTRALIA                    454

AUSTRIA                         14

BRAZIL                            17

CANADA                         86

CHILE                               34

ETHIOPIA                        4

FINLAND                         14

GERMANY                      12

HUNGARY                      5

INDIA                               4

IRELAND                         2

JAMAICA                        23

JAPAN                              70

LEBANON                       1

MADAGASCAR              9

MALAYSIA                     102

COUNTRY                                                    ENTRIES

NEPAL                                                          16

NETHERLANDS                                          5

NEW ZEALAND                                          538

NORWAY                                                     105

PARAGUAY                                                 19


POLAND                                                       93

ROMANIA                                                    20

RUSSIAN FEDERATION                             43

SLOVAKIA                                                   6

SWEDEN                                                      3

SWITZERLAND                                           6

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO                         14

UKRAINE                                                     3

UNITED KINGDOM                                    23

UNITED STATES                                         83

UZBEKISTAN                                              78

ITF Taekwon-do Australia opening ceremony presented:

A welcome to our country was performed by an Aboriginal gentleman who is from the area which the ceremony was performed. It is also a sign of respect for Elders past and present. It means being welcomed in a friendly manner to an area of land– it can also mean laying down arms and meeting in friendship -it is most often performed by a respected Elder of that community.

A sacred smoking ceremony has many purposes but often it is used as a welcome to a particular area and /or it may cleanse an area or person and shows a sign of respect for people past and present and also the passing over of elders – to rest the spirit. The leaves, bark and fungi from trees are the three sources -smoke for the smoking ceremony depending on the purpose of the ceremony.

Cultural Dance Performances

There is a variety of cultural dance performances which differ from nation to nation and carry a variety of meanings depending on the area- respecting the natural environment and respecting birds and animals as well. There are ceremonial performances which are the core of cultural life. Certain ceremonies contain all aspects of cultural life such as song, dance, and they will often paint their bodies as a mark of respect for the sacredness of the ceremony performed.

The following act showcased the talents of an Australian singer, performing the National anthem and cultural based Australian favourites.

An Australian stock whip-cracker entertained the opening ceremony with a spectacular performance of this lost art.

ITF Taekwon-Do Australia president,  Grand Master Michael Daher newly promoted to 9th degree, has a passion for ITF Taekwon-Do in the Oceania region. GM Daher continued ITF in Australia even after his Master moved away.  This showed his loyalty to ITF Taekwon-Do. It was his lifelong dream to bring this event to Australia.

Grand Master Daher brought the ITF community to Australia for one of the best ITF World Cups the world has ever seen.

Live streaming:

Four days of competition was live streaming on all ring, bringing the community together on the floor as well as a great coverage with good quality streaming was a priority for the organising committee.

Facebook and Webpage. Overview from Tues 9am through to Sat 9pm.

They are very impressive numbers, with certain countries (Such as Argentina) showing very strong interest.

We provided approximately 255Hrs of Live stream content across the four days, with roughly 320,000 people viewing almost 21,000 hours of content.

By way of stability – we estimate not more than 1-2hrs of Live stream content across the seven courts was affected at any one time by issues with broadcasting. (Ranging from reception to hardware interference by patrons) Whilst we would love a clean sheet – the delivery uptime of 99.5% across the four days was an excellent result.