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ITFSA MAASA & SAAKMA Representative and ITF Women’s Committee Representative Sabum-nim Audrey Gorman, 4th Dan, based in Johannesburg, South Africa

“The ITFSA is an organisation that feels like home, a family. We all support and help each other through anything and everything”

Sabum-nim Audrey Gorman, 4th Dan, ITFSA MAASA & SAAKMA Representative and ITF Women’s Committee Representative
Sabum-nim Audrey Gorman with her Mother and ITFSA National Team manager Bosabum-nim Faye Gorman 3rd Dan and Brother and ITFSA BBA Director Sabum-nim Wesley Gorman 4th Dan
Sabum-nim Audrey executing a hook kick (golcha chagi)
Sabum-nim Audrey executing a knife hand strike


Sabum-nim Audrey Gorman was only 12 years old when she started Taekwon-Do. She was a dancer, who danced from Monday to Thursday in 6 different disciplines. Her brother Sabum-nim Wesley Gorman wanted to start a new sport and the day he went to try out his first Taekwon-Do class, she went with to watch and landed up joining the class. ” A month later, my brother and I officially started Taekwon-Do under Sabum-nim Michelle Rahl, I gave up dancing and never looked back.” said Sabum-nim Audrey.

“I really enjoy the fitness and sparring training, however when it comes to competition, Patterns is what I enjoy the most. I also enjoy that you train your body and mind to react differently, depending on what situation you are in; the training helps you in every aspect of your life.”

The journey to obtaining her 4th Dan was not an easy one, “there is a lot of hard training, learning and good times in this journey. Sometimes I would wonder how I would get through some of the obstacles but I quickly learnt you only get through them when you are ready. ” Says Sabum-nim Audrey. ” My brother Sbm-nim Wesley Gorman and I were training privately with Senior Master Kim Jong Su, every week for 7 years (from Blue Belt till 4th Dan). The knowledge learnt from SM Kim Jong Su, is something we will never forget and it is incredible to look back now and realise how much we’ve learnt.  You are always learning, no matter what your rank is. Obtaining my 4th Dan, is a journey I will always cherish and my goals / visions are to continue the path I’m on for the foreseeable future.”

“The ITF Women’s committee is set up for the benefit of all ITF Women worldwide. One of its functions is to promote the sport among women and to ensure women’s voices are heard within the Martial Arts community.”



ITFSA Logo - Final Hi res
The International Taekwon-Do Federation South Africa is the Official National Governing Body for ITF Taekwon-Do in South Africa.

Founded, 22 March 2013 when the previous ITF NGB in South Africa terminated its membership with the International Taekwon-Do Federation, Vienna, Austria. (President, Prof, Ri Yong Son.)

The vision and mission of the ITFSA is to maintain and improve technical standards and the growth of original ITF Taekwon-Do while upholding the legacy of late, General Choi Hong Hi, Founder of Taekwon-Do.

We aim to do so by creating a democratic, accountable and transparent organisation where every Instructor who owns a registered Dojang will have voting rights on both provincial and national levels.
For more information go to the ITFSA official website

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“My role is to assist the ITFSA with any legal issues that may arise. ” says Sabum-nim André Basson 

Meet Sabum-nim André Basson, 5th Dan, ITFSA Legal and Compliance Director, ITFSA Treasurer, Tong-Il Chief Instructor, based in Pretoria, South Africa. ''Taekwon-Do and Martial Arts in general are not just about learning to fight an opponent, it is also about an internal struggle to become the best person you can be.'' says Sbm André. ''The ITFSA under the leadership of Sabum-nim Jaren Phillips is an organization which truly executes its functions in accordance with the tenets of Taekwon-Do. My experience with the ITFSA has always been positive and it is clear that it is passionate about putting the interests of students of Taekwon-Do in South Africa first." Sabum-nim André Basson in the middle with ITF Vice President & TFA President Sabum-nim Judge Annali Basson & ITFSA President & TFA President Sabum-nim Jaren Phillips. Sabum-nim André is currently the Legal Director of the ITFSA. ''My role is to assist the ITFSA with any legal issues that may arise." A photo of students at Tong-il Dojang in Pretoria. Sbm André started Taekwon-Do at the age of 13. ''I used to love the video game "Tekken" and my favourite character was Hwarang. When I saw a flyer for Taekwon-Do I started training immediately."
Sbm André leads by example. "Apart from the health benefits and balance it brings to my life, I realized that when I am dedicated to improving myself through training, it positively affects all the other areas of my life. Hence Taekwon-Do has become a way of life for me." says Sabum-nim André."Teaching students can be challenging but is rewarding when you see them improve." says Sbm André. "I enjoy teaching people Taekwon-Do because it improves their lives in ways it has also improved my life. I feel it is part of my duty to spread the art of Taekwon-Do."Sabum-nim André and his brother Bosabum-nim Dion training together! Sabum-nim André has broken many boards and has represented South Africa at international championships for many years.
For more information please visit www. ITFSA .com

The ITFSA celebrates International Woman’s day!

Today we celebrate and are extra grateful for the women who make a difference, we value their contribution in making the world a better place. Therefore we salute a few of our very own amazing and inspiring ITFSA super women, who have seen and helped many lives change, through this beautiful Martial Arts, we call Taekwon-Do. We would like to show our gratitude to all the women in the world!


Juche Taekwon-Do Chief Instructor Sabum-nim Bronwen Bradley, 4th Dan, said:

"Taekwon-Do is more than a martial art, it really is a way of life, especially when you have done it for almost 13 years. Our tenets of courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control and indomitable spirit, are traits I try to follow and implement in my every day life. The inspirational individuals I have met, and continue to meet through Taekwon-Do are invaluable, and the friendships incomparable. Taekwon-Do is in my blood and part of who I am."


















Bosabum-nim Cara Hislop 2nd Dan's favorite quote: 
"The fears we don't face become our limits"

Bosabum-nim Michelle Rosa 1st Dan's favorite quote:
"Pain is the best instructor,  but no one wants to go to class" – General Choi Hong Hi


















Chief instructor at Bulpae Taekwon-Do Academy, Sabum-nim Michelle Rahl 5th Dan's favorite quote:
"Defeat is a state of mind, no one is ever defeated, until defeat has been excepted as a reality" by Bruce Lee












Representative for the ITF Women's committee, Sabum-nim Audrey Gorman, 4th Dan's favorite quote: "You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it" by Maya Angelou


ITFSA Secretary General, ITFSA Umpire Director & ITFSA treasurer, Elements Chief Instructor Sabum-nim Julia Wright, 4th Dan,

" The women who I admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because things worked out, they got that way because things went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it in a thousand different ways in thousand different days, but they handled it. Those are my superheroes"


Bosabum-nim Leanne Prodehl, 1st Dan

"We stand on the shoulders of those who went before, so it's our responsibility to give a hand up to those who come after"


TFA & ITFSA Communications and Events Director, Bosabum-nim Faye Gorman's message to all women:

"Nothing is more impressive than a woman who is secure in the unique way God made her. Embrace your imperfections."


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Sabum-nim Tony Ribeiro: “We can all make a difference!” 

Meet Sabum-nim Tony Ribeiro, 5th Dan, Sr. Vice President, Technical Director & Co-Founder of the Mozambican Taekwon-Do Federation, TFA Umpire Director, ITFSA Tournament Director and Chief Instructor at Legacy Taekwon-Do in Ballito, SA. 

Sbm Tony received the honorary medal for outstanding instructor, given by the ITF Headquarters in Vienna.
Sabum-nim Tony is not just a 5th degree black belt in ITF Taekwon-Do, he also has an Umpire Class A certificate and an International Instructors Certificate. Sabum-nim Tony is a proud recipient of the medal of honour for Outstanding Instructor given by ITF HQ in 2014.Sabum-nim Tony and his son Bosabum-nim Alex Ribeiro run the Legacy Dojang in Ballito. “The name Legacy came from the name of the 15-volume encyclopedia that Gen Choi wrote,” says Sbm Tony. “It represents the teachings that our founder intended for all mankind, without adding or removing anything, we must always go back to his legacy to make sure we follow his intended teachings.” Classes at Legacy are on a Tuesday and Friday from 10h00 to 11h30am at Prestige Baby Academy in Ballito, South Africa. Sabum-nim Tony said, “I got in touch with Taekwon-Do in 2003 after meeting Sabum-nim Mark and Ricky Dias’s late father in Mozambique, we started speaking and realised that we lived around the corner from each other in South Africa and that they had the Dias Taekwon-Do club, we started training as a family and found that Taekwon-Do fitted us like a glove.” Sabum-nim Tony has the gift of bringing people together, a great eye for talent and has hosted many continental seminars and championships. “It’s a challenge to balance my Taekwon-Do work, training and teaching but I do this out of love for our art,” says Sbm Tony. “My motivation stands with General Choi, that one man with a passion touched the whole world in his lifetime.”“From a small corner of the world General Choi Hong Hi gave mankind a gift forever. He set this example for all of us, so that we may not have anything holding us back.”“Like the ocean needs all its drops of water, we are all part of this great legacy of Taekwon-Do, set out by the late General Choi Hong Hi to navigate the ocean of life as a single sine wave of unity,” said Sabum-nim Tony, who believes that we all can make a difference. “Africa is my home town and I have travelled through the continent, to some neighbouring countries of South Africa and have seen first hand how talented and dedicated this continent is to our beloved art, the world needs to experience this level of passion so that we may always stay grounded and humbled in our TKD journey and striving to always be better, no matter our conditions, this will only be possible if we have more exposure and financial support for our arts.” “My dream is to give those athletes the opportunity to shine on the international stage. General Choi has done his part it’s now up to us to carry on his legacy for mankind.”“To all students, my advice to you is:

Ask questions about every method and it’s purpose and trust that all movements will become your first nature, just like taking a breath. Taekwon-Do is all about natural movements and how we can utilise them in the best possible way.”

“Above all, train hard. Set no limits, life is to be lived and not limited.”

Sabum-nim Tony Ribeiro

For more information please visit the ITFSA  website!

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ITFSA BBA Director, ITFSA Assistant Umpire Director, Sabum-nim Wesley D. Gorman. 

Meet Sabum-nim Wesley Gorman, 4th Dan, ITFSA BBA Director and Assistant Umpire Director. Currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sabum-nim Wesley Gorman on the ITFSA organization; ‘ the ITFSA is a family. We are (a little cliché, but very true), all for one and one for all!’ Sabum-nim Wesley grades students from all over South Africa. ‘The goals you set, regardless of whether it is personal or Taekwon-Do related, our organisation will help you achieve it.’Sbm Wesley trains with his sister Sabum-nim Audrey Gorman, who is a 4th Dan as well. ‘ It has always been great to have my sister by my side during this journey, because we not only push each other, we bounce stuff off each other. We turn everything into a healthy competition and set challenges for each other.’‘Taekwon-Do is not just a sport, it is a lifestyle. It is a sport that teaches respect, discipline and manners.’ Says Sbm Wesley‘It was August 2003. I was 10’ Sabum-nim Wesley remembers, ‘My parents found a flyer and took me to see if it may be something i would be interested in. I went for the 1st class and was hooked.’‘Sparring is my favourite part of Taekwon-Do. You get to implement all the theory you’ve learned.’ Says Sbm Wesley

‘The lessons learnt in Taekwon-Do makes your overal life better’

Sabum-nim Wesley Gorman 

For more information please visit the ITFSA website! 

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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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