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The Kukkiwon representatives’ visit in Taekwondo Europe offices last week was completed, giving its place to the final details of the event that will kick off in the end of October.

During the visit, World Taekwondo Europe, as organizer of the event, has been a receiver of the know-how by the Hanmadang organizing experts of Kukkiwon, in order to deliver a successful event that will be able to gather up the taekwondo family and qualify the event posterity for the years to come.

During the several meetings that were conducted, many technical issues were solved as well as the operational approach to all the processes that need to be followed to achieve a quality result without major discrepancies from the promoter’s profile; yet, aligned to a European approach of both the events, and the procedures used until now for event participation.


Kukkiwon representatives and World Taekwondo Europe staff


The 1st European Taekwondo Hanmadang 2018

World Taekwondo Europe is proud to welcome the ‘1st European Taekwondo Hanmadang’ that will be realized 27-29 October 2018 in Athens, Greece at the premises of the ‘Peace and Friendship’ stadium (S.E.F).

The registration for the event will begin on 26 October, while on the same day, a referee refresher course and a representatives’ meeting will take place.

The festival will begin by welcoming its participants and spectators with a stunning opening ceremony, and a special performance thrown by the KUKKIWON Demonstration Team.

The competition will finish on 29th October with the medal awarding and the closing ceremony.


The official poster of 1st European Taekwondo Hanmadang 2018


The Events

The competition categories that will be part of the 1st European Taekwondo Hanmadang 2018 for individual participants will be the following:

- Fist Breaking

- Knife-Hand Breaking

- High-Jump Kick Breaking

- Side-Back Kick Breaking

- All-round Breaking

- Authorized Poomsae,

while for group participations the competitors can participate in the following:

- Kyorugi

- Authorized Poomsae


Hanmadang Festival in Korea


About the stadium

The venue that will host the 1st European Taekwondo Hanmadang 2018 is the “Peace and Friendship” stadium (widely known as S.E.F), located in Piraeus on the Faliro coastal zone (10km to Athens city center and 32 km to the airport).

It is a basketball arena, and home to the Olympiacos Basketball Team, while it has a capacity of 11,390 seats for basketball games and 10,520 for other athletic events.

S.E.F was built in 1985, renovated for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and it is owned and operated by the Greek State.

It is built on the seafront and besides basketball, its multi-purpose main arena is also able to host athletics, gymnastics, handball, ice skating etc., while also music concerts, conventions and exhibitions.


It has been the host arena for several international events in various sports. Among the major competitions are included:

Basketball - 1985 Clubs European Championship Final, 1987 EuroBasket, 1989 Clubs European CupWinners' Cup Final, 1993 Clubs European Championship Final-Four, 1998 World Championship.

Volleyball - 1992 & 1993 Clubs European Championship Final-Four, 1994 World Championship, 1995 European Championship, 1996 & 2005 Clubs European CupWinners' Cup Final-Four
Athletics - 1985 European Indoor Championship
Wrestling - 1986 European Championship, 1988 World Cup, 1999 World Championship
Gymnastics - 1990 European Artistic Championship, 1991 World Rhythmics Championship
Weightlifting - 1999 World Championship.

Also, The Peace and Friendship Stadium was one of the venues of the 2004 Olympic Games, hosting all the preliminaries and finals of the volleyball tournament.


'Peace and Friendship' stadium - outdoors


'Peace and Friendship' stadium - indoors


'Peace and Friendship' stadium during Athens 2004 Olympic Games


Participating in the European Taekwondo Hanmadang 2018

The eligibility of participants is conditioned upon the following:

   1) Nationality or holding a permanent resident of the participation nation

   2) Kukkiwon Poom·Dan holder / Color Belt

       Holder of Poom·Dan certificate or master’s certificate from Kukkiwon


The eligibility of participants’ age is as follows:

One can participate in two events as an individual and one event as a team.

One who participates in one event as a team member, can participate in event(s) as an individual.



    All individual participants and teams can register via the online registration that will be available shortly, by following the registration procedure.


The official outline of the event will be published promptly, providing all necessary info for the details of the competition rules and accommodation issues.


On 13 and 14 September, the President’s Office (President Sakis Pragalos, Secretary-General Michael Fysentzidis, Treasurer Antonio Barbarino and Executive dep. Secretary-General Kenneth Schunken) of Taekwondo Europe met in Dusseldorf (Germany) to discuss the ongoing operations of Taekwondo Europe. With the several European Championships taking place in the mext few weeks, the officials discussed the preparations for these events.
Both Poland and Spain will host Coach Seminars and Spain will also host a 2-day Referee Seminar for all European International Referees.

The Secretary-General discussed the outcome of his meeting with the Referee Chairman. Upon proposal of the Referee chairman, the Secretary-General will decide on which International Referees will be invited.
All European International Referees who have followed the WT Refresher Course can be invited for European Championships.

The deadline for Members to apply for a G-ranked event is strictly 28 September 2018. Those Members that do not apply in time may be rejected as G-ranked event.

The presidium discussed the issue of the entry fee for G1 events. Some members requested some clarity on the issue. The Council discussed this issue during their Council meeting on 4 August.
The G-ranking of International Open events is delegated by World Taekwondo to each Continental Union. Upon request of the Organizing Committees of several Open International events, Taekwondo Europe was asked to look into the issue of competition between the several G1 events in Europe. Next to that, OCs are facing an increase in expenses and costs.
The Council discussed these issues and decided that one standard entry fee of 100 euro would be applicable.
With a standard fee, there is no financial competition between the events. Also the increase of the entry fee will give the OCs a bit more financial space.

The OCs will as per 2019 be audited. Taekwondo Europe is currently drafting a set of criteria which an OC has to fulfil in order to provide better service to the athletes and provide more quality at their event.
For example, G-ranked events cannot last longer than 22:00 hrs. Only WTE recognized Instant Video Replay can be used. International Referees cannot work longer than 12 hours and other specific criteria will be audited.

Currently Turkey, Bulgaria and Great Britain have shown interest in hosting future European Championships.
Also for these applications, the deadline is set at 28 September 2018.

Taekwondo Europe is developing a new policy for Poomsae competition in Europe.
A first start is already made in Spain with organizing European Freestyle, Kids and Clubs championships.
For 2019 and the following years more specific competitions will be implemented.

Also the following Vice-presidents have been appointed as chairman if the WTE working committees:

Mr. Angelo Cito: chairman Technical and Development Committee
Mr. Buitenhuis: chairman Financial and Economic Committee
Mr. Castellanos: chairman Athletes and Coaches Committee
Mr. Binev: chairman TV and New Media Committee
Mr. Madar: chairman Legislative Committee.

Grab the opportunity to volunteer at the 1st European Taekwondo Hanmadang which will be realized at the Peace and Friendships stadium, located at the south district of Athens, Greece!

It is a great chance to witness a spectacular taekwondo exhibition festival, while at the same time provide your services to national teams, taekwondo practitioners, VIPs and spectators, and obtain an amazing experience on an international sport event organization.

On the occasion of the inaugural event, those who will be in Athens during the period of the festival or are generally interested in participating in the organization of the event can complete and submit the volunteering form and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The volunteering positions cover a wide range of positions and responsibilities, where you may choose the one of your interest.
Before selecting your committee preferences, please dowload the volunteering form attached, and read the descriptions of volunteering procedure carefully, complete and submit the form.

The minimum age for volunteers is 18 years old, unless otherwise specified.

Download the application form HERE




On 16 August, Mr. Gary Hall (Performance Director) and Matt Archibald (Chief Executive Director) of GB Taekwondo, the performance branch within the UK, visited the offices of Taekwondo Europe. They discussed the structure of GB Taekwondo and the landscape of organizations in the UK they are doing business with. They explained to President Pragalos and Secretary-General Fysentzidis the funding principles of the performance program, their cooperation with the different stakeholders in the UK and their past and present activities. 
Mr. Archibald elaborated on the development program in Nepal they executed and the events they are preparing at the moment. The October 2018 Grand Prix is taking place in Manchester and also the 2019 World Championships are hosted in Manchester as well. Also in the future, GB Taekwondo is interested in hosting a European high class event. 
After the MoU signed between KUKKIWON and World Taekwondo Europe on 17 March 2018, the two sides decided to launch the European version of Hanmadang Festival.
On 30 August, Professor KIM and Mr. KWON, delegates of KUKKIWON visited the offices of World Taekwondo Europe Office. The main scope of their visit is the organization and launch of the 1st European Kukkiwon Taekwondo Hanmadang 2018, that will be realized in Athens, Greece on 27-29 October 2018.
The two delegates met with World Taekwondo Europe and the Organizing Committee of the 1st European Kukkiwon Taekwondo Hanmadang 2018, to discuss all technical details and operational issues of assembling successfully such a multidimensional taekwondo event.
After the meeting, the delegation was escorted to the hosting area for the venue inspection, while its visit in Athens will last until Monday 3 September. During their stay, all different issues regarding the event will be exploited. Meanwhile, they will visit all hosting areas, while they will also attend city tours in Athens.
Mr. KWON with Professor KIM (Kukkiwon delegates)
The 1st European Kukkiwon Taekwondo Hanmadang 2018 will host and present the genuine taekwondo spirit, highlight its skills and techniques, attracting people from within and outside Europe. Spectators will have the chance to watch a taekwondo show of unparallel excellence, within a holistic demonstration of the taekwondo tradition worldwide.
Information on the venue, participation, registration procedures and all the different  included in the festival are available in the official outline of the event that will be published in short.
Meanwhile, take a taste of the stunning Opening Ceremony of the 2018 World Taekwondo Hanmadang that was realized recently in Jeju island, Republic of South Korea.
Stay tuned; more taekwondo is coming!




On 4 August, Daedo International and longtime WTE Gold Sponsor and partner, celebrated its 35th Anniversary.

Guests from all over the world were invited for the celebrations and Daedo International hosted an excellent evening and World Taekwondo Europe honored the event. 


World Taekwondo Europe President Sakis Pragalos and Daedo International CEO Chuen-wook Park.












Daedo International CEO Chuen-wook Park, World Taekwondo President Dr. Chungwon Choue, World Taekwondo Africa President Ahmed Fouly, World Taekwondo Europe President Sakis Pragalos.


World Taekwondo Europe General Director Georgia Gatsis, World Taekwondo Europe President Sakis Pragalos, Daedo International CEO Chuen-wook Park, World Taekwondo President Dr. Chungwon Choue.



Members of the World Taewondo Europe (WTE) Executive Council heard proposals to join the next multi-sport European Championships at their meeting in Barcelona.

Effie Zikouli, chair of the TV and Media Committee, proposed that the Council consider joining the quadrennial multi-sport event which is currently underway in Glasgow and Berlin.

Seven sports have combined their existing European Championships with the aim of gaining more media attention and sponsorship possibilities. World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue paid a visit to greet Council members on what was the 35th anniversary of equipment supplier Daedo International.

Members heard that World Taekwondo had approved WTE's request to host an extra G4 event for seniors as Europe will not have a Games event in 2019 - with taekwondo not on the programme of the European Games in Minsk.The Executive Council also had a lengthy discussion about the financial challenges the Organising Committees (OCs) of both WTE and open events are facing. The hosting fees for WTE events are to be reviewed and the entry fees will be divided by WTE and the OC, based on consultations between WTE and the host.

It was also decided that not only federations, but cities, regions or other interested parties, should have the right to bid for a WTE event.  Members were given a presentation on the evolution of Para-taekwondo in Europe and the Council decided that each open international event should do its utmost to include Para-taekwondo in its event schedule. This will help European athletes be fully prepared to participate at the Paralympics in 2020. A number of events were also awarded. Poland will host the WTE European Under-21 Championships in November of this year. The exact dates are 8-11 November in the capital city of Warsaw.

Spain has been granted hosting for the WTE European Cadets Championships, the second European Master Championships, the first European Kids Championships for Clubs, the first European Poomsae and Freestyle Championships for Clubs and the first European Poomsae Championships for Kids. These events will take place in Marina d'Or from November 29 to December 6.

Both the Executive and Main Council approved the prohibition for officials to be a board member in more than one Member National Association. In addition, some amendments concerning the inclusion of good governance within WTE and its federation were included as well as due process requirements for federations to comply with. All amendments were approved and will be put by e-voting to the members to be ratified.


Source:  Inside The Games




The World Taekwondo Europe Championships 2018 season continues with the 8th version of the World Taekwondo Europe Under 21 Taekwondo Championships which will be realized in Warsaw, Poland.

The event will take place between 8 - 11 November 2018 and this is the first time that the Polish Taekondo Federation undertakes a European Taekwondo Championship, expanding in this way the number of European countries that have explored the challenges, potentials and know-how in taekwondo events of European scale.

The outline of the event and well as all relevant information for accomodation, transportation and more will be published in short.

Stay tuned!


 On behalf of the European Taekwondo Family, World Taekwondo Europe President Sakis Pragalos expresses his deepest condolences as below:





On 4 August, Daedo International, WTE Gold Sponsor and long time partner, celebrated its 35th Anniversary. Guests from all over the world were invited for the celebrations and Daedo International hosted an excellent evening. Two famous opera singer provided the guests with magnificent musical entertainment and Daedo looked back at its 35 years of history via the speech of Mr. Park, CEO of Daedo. Also Daedo made a wonderful photo compilation which brought back numerous memories from the past 35 years But Daedo also looked ahead and made an inspirational and beautiful video.

Next to Dr Choue and Ahmed Fouly, President of WTE, Mr Sakis Pragalos congratulated Mr Park and Daedo with the following speech:


Dear Mr. and Mrs. Park, distinguished guests,

Today we celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Daedo International. In those 35 years, you not only built a brand, but you built a legacy in our beloved sport of Taekwondo.

Since I am President, the European Taekwondo Union and now World Taekwondo Europe, is walking with you in our common path towards the future of our sport. I must say that I am very proud that we have built such a strong relationship in the past decades!

I am delighted to be here for the anniversary of an exceptional partner, and this is an opportunity for me to put into perspective the contribution of Daedo International in taekwondo over the years of its history. Everybody remembers that it was Daedo International that worked on the introduction of the electronic body protector and started an era in which our sport became more transparent and fairer. But not only that: Daedo International proved to be an innovative and trendsetting partner throughout the years.

Daedo International has been an everlasting partner of World Taekwondo Europe and its support proved to be critical in differentiating Taekwondo competitions within Europe and establishing the notion of high-end supply in the sport. Also, your contribution to the National Teams in Europe shows your broad involvement and warm ties to the European Taekwondo Family. For that I am very grateful.

Mr. Park, you have always been a trusted partner for me and our organization. Your support through the years and our partnership is a valuable asset for our

organization. Allow me to congratulate you and your family for the amazing brand you have built in the past 35 years.


Thank you.

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