Taekwondo championship to be hosted

Beginning in 2013, the Korean Ambassador’s Cup has gained tremendous interest among Taekwondo coaches and athletes in PNG. The primary purpose of the Cup is to enhance ties between Korea and PNG.

Taekwondo seminar to promote sport in Highlands

The seminar will be conducted by Stones Taekwondo for taekwondo fighters and interested participants in the region.

This seminar will involve training on the latest sparring techniques and the scoring system used in the Pacific Games and the recent Rio Olympic Games.

Stones Taekwondo owner and promoter master Jamuga Stone said the interest is building as participants look forward to the training.

Stone encourages all Highlands clubs and their provincial Teams to do early registration and medical checks by September 17.

Taekwondo athletes to be mentored by Olympian

Kassman plans to do mentoring for young female taekwondo athletes following her participation at the Rio Olympic Games.

She participated in the +67kg category fight where she was defeated by British number 3 ranked and 2015 Taekwondo World Champion Bianca Walkden 14-1.

The 32 year old returns home to get back to work but will still be training.

She will be working closely with female athletes to develop their game and encourage them to set their sights for Japan Olympics in 2020. 

Tonga's shirtless flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua gets towelled in taekwando

Pita Taufatofua, ranked 157th in the world, had an unfortunate pairing in the first round with the division's No 2 seed, Sajjad Mardani of Iran.

Mardani demolished Taufatofua 16-1 amid fans chanting "Tonga!" in the arena. Taufatofua described his opponent's attacking leg as "a nightmare" and said his slow start in the fight cost him.

He said he wasn't expecting the enormous reaction to his appearance in the opening ceremony and hinted that he might have something special - but quick - planned for the closing celebrations.

Taekwondo is for all ages

Taekwondo instructor Jamuga Stone believes that with this community initiative, it will encourage youths to participate in meaningful activities and change the mindset to be positive people.

Stone says martial arts can be used as a powerful tool to cultivate strong character and instil discipline within the younger and the older people alike.


Australia women dominate taekwondo

 The first gold went to Caroline Marton in the 53kg, Keshena Waterford got the second gold in the 49kg and the third gold went to Carmen Marton in the 62kg category.

The fourth gold was won by Nicole Men in the 73kg category.

 Australia silver medallists were Tassy Stevens in the 73kg heavyweight category behind gold medal winner Moehau Faaite of Tahiti.

Catherine Risbey got silver for Australia in the 57kg behind Mataheitini Raihauti of Tahiti who grabbed gold.


Our taekwondo women rake in lots of medals

These include one gold, two silver and five bronze medals.

Noelyne Hetana grabbed gold in the 67kg category while the two silver medals were won by Samantha Kassman in the 73kg and Rahab Loi in the 49kg.

Kassman was defeated by gold medallist Nicole Men of Australia while bronze was shared between Venice Megan of Fiji and Tokataake Mwenweata of Kiribati.

Loi was defeated by gold medallist Keshena Waterford of Australia and bronze was shared between Lindsey Gavin of New Caledonia and Taraina Tuihaa of Tahiti.


Noelyne Hetana grabs first gold in taekwondo for PNG

Hetana defeated silver medallist Zhanna Sattsaeva of New Zealand in the 67kg category, winning the two rounds.

In the first round, Hetana took out the New Zealander 11-1 and maintained form to win the second round by a huge margin 20-7 despite suffering a knee injury.

 Hetana said it was a proud moment for her to win gold on home soil.

“It means a lot to me because I have sacrificed a lot to achieve this result.

"I aimed to get gold and it’s a great moment to fulfil this,” she said.

Emily Kwoaetolo from Solomon Islands received the bronze. 

Bronze galore for PNG karate exponents

Crystal Mari levelled with Lango Vamule Vassy Mata of Vanuatu to win bronze in the female individual kata. Fiji’s Naomi Bakani won silver and Angelique Mondoloni of New Caledonia took the gold.

In the male individual kata, Cosmas Saliawali drew with Noa Lucas of Tahiti to take out bronze while New Caledonia’s Minh Dack grabbed gold and Fiji’s Anthony Yam won silver.

The PNG male team consisting of Saliawali, Lonard Gariadi and Nigel Bana finished third to take out bronze.  New Caledonia demonstrated clever kicks and techniques to grab gold over Fiji who took the  silver.

Home support my best motive: Athlete

Willie with seven members of his team arrived this afternoon after spending three months of intensive training in Adelaide, South Australia.

The Central Province lad described the training as "tough but I tried my best to help improve my fighting skills."

It was Willie's first overseas travel and it was all tears of joy when he arrived home as pictured with his mum, Rema.

 The 21 year old feels nervous as he debuts on home soil but promises to do his best.