January 27, 2015
Dear Grand Masters, Masters and Instructors:
Re: NEW Taekwondo Tournament Sanctioning Policy
In late 2014, Taekwondo Manitoba was approached by the Province of Manitoba and asked to create a tournament sanctioning policy, so that taekwondo tournaments could continue to be held in the province.
This was in response to the Government of Canada's new federal law (Bill S-209) on combative sport which received royal assent on June 19, 2013. Bill S-209 is an amendment to Section 83(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada and is an act that removes the Criminal Code prohibition on professional mixed martial arts in Canada.
At the December 2014 board meeting, the Directors of Taekwondo Manitoba finalized and approved a taekwondo Tournament Sanctioning Policy. A copy of this policy can be found online here:
In essence, this policy was created to:
- ensure taekwondo tournaments can continue to be held in the province of Manitoba;
- ensure safety guidelines and competition;
- ensure fair, safe and equitable play;
- enhance participation and credibility;
- provide a mechanism for event data collection.
Effective January 1, 2015, all taekwondo tournaments in Manitoba must apply for a sanction through Taekwondo Manitoba.
This policy will help to ensure all taekwondo tournaments in the province are operating as safely and fairly as possible, with the benefits being felt by all taekwondo athletes, coaches and officials at all levels.
To help ensure all former officials/referees are given the chance to renew or gain certification prior to their club tournament, an extra referee seminar is being held this year on Saturday, March 28th 10am-2pm at the River Osborne Community Club. Registration information will appear on our website, closer to the date.
It is our hope that you will carefully read through the policy and contact us with questions you may have. We look forward to working with you to promote, foster and develop taekwondo in Manitoba.
Master Jae Park, President
Taekwondo Manitoba will be hosting a Referee Seminar on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Additional details are as follows:
Location: River Osborne Community Centre
Address: 101 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm (10am-1pm theory, 1-2pm practice in the gym)
Instructor: Master Robert Quon, Referee Chairman for the Province of Manitoba
Cost: $40 (for all certification levels or refreshers)
Dress Code: Dobuk
All payments and registration forms must be received no later than Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the following address:
1364 McPhillips St. Suite #121
Attention: Referee Committee
Please bring a snack and drink with you, along with an electronic or hard copy of the most recent WTF Rules. Read through the rules in advance of the seminar as there are a number of recent changes. Also, participants should bring their Taekwondo Manitoba sport passport to the seminar so that it may be signed by the Referee Chairman.
Parking is available on site (20 spaces) and also on the neighbouring streets.