Master Davidson (centre – next to the clock that has struck high-noon) with Regional Directors (from the left): Mr Craig Hannah – Wellington, Ms Michelle Cagney – Auckland North, Mrs Julie Mooney – South Island, Mrs Natasha Iotua – Counties Manukau, and Mr Paul Blenco – Central Districts, CEO Mr Mike Thompson, and CEO Operations Mr Shaun Tolley, at the April, 2018 AGM.
This is my final message as President of the International Taekwon-Do Foundation of New Zealand Inc. I am standing down, as of the 29th April 2018 AGM, after serving 14 years in this position.
I became President in 2003 following the retirement of one of NZ’s pioneering Instructors, Mr Norman Ng, who I practiced and trained with from late 1974. As President I worked with and chaired the Executive Committee meetings in the following years and in 2009 became involved with the development of ITFNZ that was to be governed by a Board of Directors, and through its subsequent re-branding to International Taekwon-Do (iTKD).
It has been an amazing journey and experience for me working with very dedicated ITF Taekwon-Do practitioners, instructors, seniors, students, and supporters, who all have the greatest desire to teach and learn the Korean Martial Art, that was developed and named by General Choi Hong Hi in April 1955.
During my time as President, I have really appreciated the comradery, the work and support from all within ITFNZ, as we build our reputation within NZ and the International scene. As a Martial Art and a recognised sport, I believe ITFNZ is in a very healthy and strong position to continue to grow and maintain its high standard of respect, self-discipline, techniques, personal health, fitness, and social interaction within our society.
A massive highlight for me during my time as President was when ITFNZ was crowned World Champions at the 2011 ITF World Championships held in Wellington. Since then we have maintained a position within the top 3 countries in the World.
Representing New Zealand at ITF level through my involvement at Congress meetings, ITF Ethics and Discipline issues and being an umpire at ITF World Champs is something I have gained from and have enjoyed immensely. It has been an honour to serve and support all our New Zealand International Taekwon-Do Schools/clubs and their Instructors in this way.
At the recent AGM, Master Gray Patterson was elected as the incoming President. I sincerely wish him a successful tenure. I am certain he will receive the same support that you have shown me.
Master Evan Davidson, 8th Dan