New Year's Message from PATU President
January 05, 2015
Dear PATU Family and Friends,
On behalf of the Pan American Taekwondo Union Executive Committee and council, I would like to
extend our sincere wishes to you and your Federation for the year of the Blue Ram/Sheep!
Traditionally, the year of Blue Ram/Sheep represents peace and positive energy throughout the year
in Far East Asia. I wish all members of World Taekwondo Family a peaceful New Year, filled with
positive energy and success in all your endeavors.
2015 is planning out to be yet another exciting year busy with events scheduled throughout the year.
The following list of events are scheduled to take place in this year.
1. WTF G Ranking Events:
U.S. Open (Jan.), Canada Open (Feb.), Mexico Open (March), Paraguay Open (May), Bolivia Open
(June), Chile Open (TBD), Argentina Open (Aug.), Colombia Open (Sept.), and Pan Am Open (Sept.)
2. PATU Events:
Qualification Tournament for Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games: Aguascalientes, Mexico, March 11~12
Pan Am Cadet and Junior Poomsae and Gyoroogi Championships, and Pan Am Para-TKD
Championships: Boyaca, Colombia, September (Dates to be decided)
South American Championships: Lima, Peru (Dates to be decided)
Caribbean Championships: To be decided
1st Pan Am University Club Championships: Mexico (Dates and Place to be decided)
1st Pan Am Club Championships: To be decided
3. PATU Educational Seminars and Courses:
PATU Intercontinental Coach Certification Courses: Prior to various PATU and WTF G Events
WTF/PATU Olympic Referee Training: Aguascalientes, Mexico, March 8~10
PATU Poomsae and Gyoroogi Referee Certification Courses: Prior to various PATU and WTF G Events
PATU/Kukkiwon Instructor Certification Course and Special Dan Test: Feb., Dominican Republic
PATU Poomsae and Gyoroogi Technical Seminars: Various MNAs
4. PASO/ODEPA Event:
Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games: Mississauga Sports Center, Toronto, Canada, July 19~22, 2015
PATU will also have our bi-annual General Assembly prior to the Pan Am Cadet and Junior
Championships to be held in Colombia. PATU Statutes Revision Committee will submit their proposal
prior to the General Assembly for your review and take any recommendations for the final version
to be adopted at the General Assembly.
On the business end, PATU has signed a new agreement with DAEDO PSS Company in Spain for a period of two years. Accordingly, all PATU official events in 2015~2016 period will be managed by DAEDO PSS. Consequently, DAEDO PSS is selected and approved by the OC of 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games as the official scoring system for the Taekwondo Games. The use of electronic head protectors in Pan Am Games will be decided and announced very shortly. KP&P PSS will remain as a WTF approved PSS with PATU. However, the use of KP&P PSS can be decided independently by each organizing committees of all WTF G Ranking events in the Pan Am region.
PATU Intercontinental Coach Certification Courses will be scheduled prior to various events throughout the year to standardize coach education for our region. PATU will have a mutual agreement with other Continental Unions to honor and accept all WTF CU Coach Certifications in all of WTG G Ranking events to assist all MNAs and Coaches to reduce extremely high cost of participating in all WTF G ranking events. Beginning this year, all coaches of our region are required to be certified with PATU Intercontinental coach certification to avoid high cost of non-certified coach fees at all WTF G Ranking events. I am very pleased to reach such agreement with other continental unions of the WTF to demonstrate our united efforts for Global improvement of our sport.
As the WTF appointed Technical Delegate for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, I am pleased to announce that the official Technical Manual the 2015 Pan Am Games is completed in past December.
The Official Technical Manual will be distributed by the OC of Toronto via your pertinent National Olympic Committee in early this year. Our approved athlete quota remains as 109, and these athletes will be selected through the qualification tournament to be held in Aguascalientes, Mexico in March. PATU will select 17 international referees and 6 Video Review Juries for the Toronto Pan Am Games scheduled in July for 4 days of competition in 2 competition areas. Please submit your referee recommendations for the Pan Am Games and all events scheduled for this year at your earliest convenience.
Together with WTF event schedule, 2015 PATU event schedule is very extensive and busy for all members of the PATU family. Please remember that PATU EXCO and Council will always be available to assist and support you to be successful in the New Year. In closing, please find attached tournament information for the qualification tournament for Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games to be held in Aguascalientes, Mexico for you to plan ahead. All detailed information for other events will be posted on the PATU website, prior to each event. Always refer to WTF Event Schedule for the latest changes and updates.
Thank you always for your continued support for the PATU leadership and I look forward to working with you towards a successful 2015!
Master Ji Ho Choi
Pan American Taekwondo Union
Executive Concil Member, WTF
Executive Board Member, ACODEPA