My name is George Gabrielides. I’m an International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) Certified Instructor, Examiner and Master Instructor at Jung Tong International Taekwon-Do. This is the condensed story of my TaeKwon-Do life.
In 1983 I joined the RHEE ITF TKD school at Wentworthville. My Instructor Larry Fuller and Master Rhee guided me until 2001, when I decided it was time to associate myself with the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF).
The name “Jun Tong” meaning “Traditional” was selected by the senior Black Belts at the time. In 2002, Jun Tong TKD become a member of the Australian International Taekwon-Do Federation (AITF) in 2003, we decided to also become members of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) organisation.
OUR MEMBERS competed in a couple of local tournaments with great success. Continuing to learn about the ITF principles of ‘sine wave’ and ‘theory of power’, Jun Tong progressed into attending the national championships. Our small relatively small school had even greater success when sisters Grace and Isobel Spur won their individual divisions in sparring and patterns.
They joined the Australian team at the Junior ITF World Championships at Rimini, Italy in 2004 and scored medals in their team events. I had the pleasure of managing the Australian contenders and was part of the coaching team.
In 2006, Jun Tong expanded in West Pennant Hills and North Ryde.
Grace, Isobel and Fouad Faddoul represented our club in the Australian team at the 2007 Junior and Senior ITF World Championships in Quebec City, Canada. Once again, I had the pleasure of managing the Australian contenders and was part of the coaching team.
In 2009, at the Junior and Senior ITF World Championships in Buenos Ares, Argentina, Samantha Faddoul and Ashley Thornton represented Jun Tong School in the Australian team.
In 2011, we enjoyed further success at the Junior and Senior ITF World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, when Michael McPherson reached the semi-final in the Male Hyper Weight Sparring Division, as did Ashley Thornton in the 1st Dan Pattern Division, while Samantha Faddoul achieved a “Bronze Medal” in the Junior Female Lightweight Division. To put our club’s achievement into perspective, Samantha is the first female in 10 years to win a medal for Australia! I was incredibly proud to be part of the coaching team.
In 2013, Samantha Faddoul and Gillian Thornton represented Jun Tong in the Australian team for the Junior and Senior ITF World Championships in Benidorm, Spain. Once more, I had the privilege of being part of the Australian coaching team.
Gillian and Ashley Thornton attended the 2015 Junior and Senior ITF World Championships in Jesolo, Italy.
Jun Tong TKD has achieved ambitious goals by achieving fantastic results in local, regional, state, national and international championships.
Our Championships success aside, we are proud of our members personal life achievements. Our teaching methods “Listen with your Eyes” “Respect your Teachers” “Anyone who is speaking to you is a teacher” including our ITF TKD Tenets/Oath are assisting our members to improve in their studies. All our young Black Belt members are currently attending university, while the older ones return to study and achieve a higher-education diploma or have started their own businesses. Such is the impact of Jun Tong TKD teaching on the lives of our members.
At Jun Tong ITF TKD, “Positive Progress” is a big part of our life lessons.