ITFSA Secretary General, ITFSA Umpire Director, ITFSA Treasurer & Chief Instructor Elements Taekwon-Do, Sabum-nim Julia Wright 

Meet Sabum-nim Julia Wright, 4th Dan, Certified International Instructor, ITFSA Secretary General, ITFSA Umpire Director, ITFSA acting treasurer and Chief Instructor at Elements Taekwon-Do, based in Gauteng, Johannesburg, South Africa. Sabum-nim Julia says she loves the ITFSA. ‘The organisation supports and promotes its members, while also striving for excellence of technique and skills. It is a second family for me. It is very important to focus on the basics and to have a strong technical foundation – the rest will then just follow.’ Sbm Julia received her ITF plague from ITF head quarters Sabum-nim Julia is a founding member of the ITFSA in 2013. ‘I am a Director of the organisation and started out as the Deputy Secretary General. In 2015 I became the Secretary General. As SG I am in charge of liaising with the ITF HQ and processing of International documents and certificates. ‘

In 2016 Sabum-nim Julia took over the role of Umpire Director and in this capacity, she conducts umpire courses, so that students can become a Certified National Umpire. Sbm Julia is also in charge of making sure the umpiring is of a high standard at ITFSA tournaments.’Sbm Julia travels a lot to help Dojangs to grade their students all over South Africa. I Love the ITFSA! Sabum-nim Julia started Taekwon-Do in 1998, at the age of 14 after 9 years of classical ballet training. ‘It is always important to set goals for yourself, these don’t have to be competition or rank/grading goals, but something that you always want to work towards.’ ‘As you become more senior, you can not rely only on others to keep you motivated.’ says Sbm Julia ‘That being said, I have had amazing instructors and friends that have always inspired me and still do to this day.’‘It is also important to not always compare yourselves to others, everybody’s journey is different, therefore just be the best you that you can be.’ 

Sabum-nim Julia Wright 

For more information please visit the ITFSA website 

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ITFSA Vice President, ITFSA Technical Director, ITFSA National Coach, Sabum-nim Mischa Pereira 

Meet Sabum-nim Mischa Pereira, 4th Dan, Certified International Instructor, ITFSA Vice President, ITFSA Technical Director and ITFSA National Coach, currently based in Gauteng, Johannesburg, South Africa.  ‘I really am quite lucky and honoured to have my position in our organization as I get to do what I am most passionate about and that is learn, train and teach. That is my biggest motivation.’ Says Sbm Mischa.‘I think the growth of our organization in a short space of time says it all! The success of ITFSA has got to do with all of us. From a beginner student who wants to learn Taekwon-Do, to our very own ITFSA President Sbm Jaren Phillips, who is still doing and learning about Taekwon-Do.’ says Sabum-nim Mischa. ‘The common denominator is our art and our passion to learning and growing it, ‘ says Sbm Mischa, ‘It is not about other factors like ego, power and even finance, that can often plague any organisation. Our organisation is made of members with the common goal of “Taekwon-Do first” and I love that! Taekwon-Do will still exist without an organization, but an organization won’t exist without Taekwon-Do. That to me, is very special.’Sabum-nim Mischa had the privilege to meet the founder of Taekwon-Do, General Choi Hong Hi. 

Sbm Mischa’s advice to students is first try and understand the method and purpose of every attack and defense. Angles, distance and positioning of both yourself and your target. 

Secondly, to be mindful of what you are doing while training. Whether it be fundamentals, patterns or sparring. To involve the mind and the body in everything one does and to be conscious of any other factors surrounding you. 

Lastly, to focus on training individual properties of Taekwon-Do. Not always working for 100% of the perfect movement but to break things down and focus on specifics, such as speed, balance, precision, relaxation etc. By improving on the “ingredients”, the result will be a better end product. ‘Taekwon-Do, I suppose is my life. I’m not sure I could separate the two. I’ve been doing Taekwon-Do since I was 11 years old, so more than 2/3’s my life. It’s difficult to see it as an isolated sphere of life. I think it has just become a part of me. Sure I get tired, especially with so many competitions and gradings, but I just keep myself balanced, rested and I make sure I eat well. However, it also is a motivating factor, to see improvements and passion in students. To train and learn. To create exercises to push a paticular point in Taekwon-Do. I find that keeps me energized and motivated!’ 

Sabum-nim Mischa Pereira 

For more information please visit the ITFSA website! 

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ITFSA Senior Vice President, Sabum-nim Brannon Phillips 

Meet Sabum-nim Brannon Phillips, 6th Dan Certified International Instructor, ITFSA Senior Vice President, currently based in Los Angeles, California, United States. Sabum-nim Brannon is both passionate and committed to the positive growth of the ITFSA and its members.From left to right; ITFSA Vice President, Technical Director and National Coach Sbm Mischa Pereira, with ITFSA President Sbm Jaren Phillips and Sr. Vice President Sbm Brannon Philips during a black belt grading.  “ITF Taekwon-Do has been a wonderful adventure travelled thus far, my gratitude for the friendships gained, the moments shared and the knowledge discovered, is an imparting smile of contentment for the lessons ahead”, says Sbm Brannon. It was in 2000 after his first international instructors Course with the late founder of Taekwon-Do, General Choi Hong Hi, that his mission statement evolved to a willingness to help and serve those in need and the enquiring mind of ITF Taekwon-Do.  Sbm Brannon conveys, “The profound emphasis on moral culture is the very essence of what defines and embodies the fortitude of the art. The combination of both mind and body conditioning, is a daily practice for all serious students.”

Sabum-nim Brannon Phillips 

For more information visit the ITFSA website

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ITFSA President and TFA Senior Vice President, Sabum-nim Jaren Phillips

Meet Sabum-nim Jaren Phillips, ITFSA President and TFA Senior Vice President, 6th Dan, currently based in Cape Town, South Africa.

IMG_6443Sabum-nim Jaren, executing a flying side piercing kick on top of Lions Head, Cape Town, South Africa.

When it comes to the ITFSA, Sabum-nim Jaren always says, that he is only as good as his team. ‘It’s an honor and privilege to be part of such a wonderful organization, with members, instructors and students/ practitioners that are equally passionate as I am about our beloved art, we call ITF Taekwon-Do’

IMG_6432‘One must train consistently with a focused mind, but not forget to enjoy this powerful journey, Taekwon-Do is the greatest teacher of all!’

Sabum-nim Jaren Phillips

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