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International Taekwon-Do & Kiwisport

We are proud to announce that International Taekwon-Do have been successful in gaining KiwiSport funding again. Schools throughout Auckland who have not received prior funded courses should contact Mr Brendan Doogan for more information. Black Belts interested in instructing please apply here.

If you are a school that has received our ‘Taekwon-Do in Schools’ programme please complete our quick survey.





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International Taekwon-Do has been included in Sport New Zealand’s government funded sports initiative to promote sport for school-aged children: Kiwisport.

KiwiSport was launched late 2009 by the Honourable John Key. KiwiSport is a national initiative that aims to increase the number of school-aged children participating in organised sport (at least 3 hours per week) – during school, after school and during holidays. KiwiSport is underpinned by the following 3 objectives:

  1. More kids playing sport: increase the number of school-aged children participating in organised sport – during school, after school and by strengthening links with sports clubs.
  2. More opportunities: increase the availability and accessibility of sport opportunities for all school-aged children.
  3. Better skills: support children in developing skills that will enable them to participate effectively in sport at both primary and secondary level.


  • Learn more about becoming a Kiwisport Taekwon-Do Instructor here.

Internationals Taekwon-Do has applied for and received fund from the Regional Partnership Fund administered by Counties Manukau Sport to pilot a programme in that region. An application has been lodged with Sport Auckland and the CEO is planning to eventually apply to most if not all of the 17 Regional Sports Trusts around the country.

International Taekwon-Do aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Provide a positive introduction to both the physical and mental aspects of the sport to school-aged children
  • Introduce children to the cultural and historical aspects of the sport
  • Teach children core values in a way that is fun and understandable
  • Teach children basic skills to “release” from a grab.
  • Using Taekwon-Do as a method to improve children’s basic movement skill development
  • Teach safe and effective stretching techniques to improve flexibility
  • Create a fun experience of the sport while at the same time introducing martial art style discipline and training
  • Improve the children’s self esteem by positive encouragement and achievement.
  • Enhancing a school-club link between the school and the local International Taekwon-Do club.
  • Provide coach development through younger Instructors gaining teaching experience under the guidance of more senior adult instructors.

Core Values & Philosophy

The mandated core values of the New Zealand Education Curriculum fit well with the International Taekwon-Do philosophy. This syllabus introduces children to the International Taekwon-Do Tenets: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control and Indomitable Spirit.

The Tenets are explained to children in a way that is easy for them to understand and relate to:

  • Courtesy: Being polite, using manners and respecting adults, teachers and parents
  • Integrity: Being honest and knowing the difference between right and wrong
  • Perseverance: Trying hard and never giving up
  • Self-control: Thinking before you act, controlling your temper and not mis-using skills you learn at Taekwon-Do
  • Indomitable Spirit: Having the courage to stand up for what you believe in and doing what you know is right

The Taekwon-Do philosophy is based on discouraging fighting and building a more peaceful world. This can be achieved through encouraging a balanced approach to aspects in life and a positive attitude based around the physical, mental and moral aspects of the art. This model is not dis-similar to the Māori health concept of ‘te whare tapa whā' - the four cornerstones (or sides) of Māori health. With its strong foundations and four equal sides, the symbol of the wharenui illustrates the four dimensions of Māori well-being.

Should one of the four dimensions be missing or in some way damaged, a person, or a collective may become 'unbalanced' and subsequently unwell.
For many Māori modern health services lack recognition of taha wairua (the spiritual dimension). In a traditional Māori approach, the inclusion of the wairua, the role of the whānau (family) and the balance of the hinengaro (mind) are as important as the physical manifestations of illness.

For further information or questions contact the Kiwisport Co-ordinator Mr Peter Graham


On behalf of Fairburn School I would like to thank you for the excellent coaching you provided at our school. Not only did our students and teachers learn a lot about Taekwon Do, they also were able to put the values and principles into practice at school. It was great for our students to have an opportunity to learn about commitment and self discipline and to break that board!

Best of luck for the future

Kind regards

Maureen Woodard

For the last two years we have been fortunate enough to have had Taekwon-Do running in our school. The lessons were well structured and flowed from one lesson to the next.

The instructors were knowledgeable, friendly and approachable and responded to the needs of our staff and school. We received lots of positive feedback from staff and children who thoroughly enjoyed learning Taekwon-Do. Our students were highly engaged and benefited from the value based learning of the programme.

There was a high emphasis on the areas of self respect and discipline which the children learnt as they progressed through their lessons.

We would recommend Taekwon-Do to other schools as a part of their P.E. programme. We hope that they receive the funding they need to continue benefiting students and staff.

Tarayn Zeier & Nick Pattison
Sports Co-ordinators - Dawson School

"We have been impressed with the programme you have offered our students and the manner in which you have taught them. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have had the opportunity for our students to be exposed to Taekwon-Do.

Angela Funaki
Principal, Dawson Primary "

"I'm wondering if there is any possibility of another round of International Taekwon-Do later in the year?! I knew that the kids would love it but I’m amazed at the discipline & sound values that they are exhibiting as a result, all credit to the tutors!

I’m not sure if the long term plan is for the team to return every year but regardless, if you can squeeze us in another dose we’d love it!

Many thanks,

Tina Voordouw
Principal, Rongomai School"

(published with permission)

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