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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.”