Tasmania has its third member of the Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame (AMAHOF) and the World Karate Union Hall of Fame (WKUHOF) following the induction in Cairns of Mr Steven Weston (6th Dan black belt) of Southern ITF Taekwon-Do, Hobart. (18th August 2012)
Mr.Weston joins the ranks of fellow Tasmanians, Mal Lomax (deceased) and Les Elliott in this prestigious body. The AMAHOF only inducts a few members from the Australasian region and its membership is limited by nomination.
Mr.Weston is a founding member and the current Secretary General of the ITF Taekwon-Do Australian National Association and was nominated by the President of the Tasmanian Martial Arts Council (TMAC) M.r Lionel Daley.
Mr. Weston was nominated in recognition of hisconsiderable and ongoing contribution to the development of Martial Arts in not only Tasmania but also Australia and worldwide. He said “it is a terrific honour to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but much of the credit for my own success goes to the many students I have taught and to my own Instructors and colleagues who have inspired me to seek ever higher standards and understanding of this great art”.
As part of his induction Mr. Weston presented a workshop explaining the mechanisms required to generate power in Taekwon-Do techniques.
The induction in Cairns recognised 10 new inductees from around the world including four from New Zealand and one from China. Perhaps the most notable was Mr. Ken (Blue) Curran OAM, who at 87 years of age continues to contribute to martial arts. “Blue” Curran began teaching martial arts in 1945 at the age of 20 to Army personnel in military unarmed combat, after his return from service in WW2 in Borneo and Rabaul. Despite his age, Blue Curran spent an hour teaching unarmed combat to the very experienced participants of a seminar on the weekend demonstrating he still has the capacity to defend himself.
The awards were presented as part of the annual formal dinner held by AMAHOF to induct its new members. Next year the awards are being held in Hobart at Wrest point Casino and are being organised by Shihan Les Elliott.
BACKGROUND BRIEFING PAPER 30th August 2012
Steve Weston is a Sixth degree black belt; International Instructor and Examiner from Southern ITF Taekwon-Do in Hobart. He has been teaching Taekwon-Do for over twenty years. Apart from his professional qualifications as a medical scientist and science teacher is qualified in fitness instruction, coaching and first aid.
He is the current Vice-President and Chair of the Umpire Committee of the Tasmanian Martial Arts Council and the Secretary General of ITF Taekwon-Do (Australia). In 19XX he jointly established and continues to be involved in the delivery of coaching course for Martial Arts instructors in Tasmania.
Mr Weston began his martial arts career in 1983 in Rhee Taekwon-Do (Australia) and achieved the rank of first degree in November 1986. In 1993 he joined the ITF and performed a recognition grading for 1st degree. He subsequently passed gradings for 2nd and 3rd degree; graded for 4thdegree in 1999 and in January 2003 was graded by Grand Master Choi Jung Hwa (9th degree head of the ITF and son of the Founder of Taekwon-Do) for 5thdegree. He tested for 6th degree under the ITF Technical Committee on the 27th July 2008. He is an International Instructor/Examiner and an “A” grade Umpire who has referee’d at four World Championships as the Australian representative of the ITF.
Since Joining the ITF he has attended five International courses with General Choi Hong Hi who founded the ITF style of Taekwon-Do, one with Grandmaster Rhee Ki Ha, four with Grand Master Choi Jung Hwa, and more recently four with the ITF Technical Committee and many national seminars with International Instructors.
Steve has competed in National and International competitions and has consistently won medals. In 1996 he won the gold medal in the black belt patterns division of the Australasian Championships. He has also coached many students that have won significant events in competition including several Australian, Australasian and Oceanic champions. Two of his students competed in the ITF World Championships in 2011. He was the Australian coach for the Australian Team at the World Championship inArgentina in 1999, and Referee and Umpire at the World Championshipsin Italy, Quebec, Mar del plata and Wellington. In 2000 he was awarded the Australian sports in 2000 by the Australian Government for his contribution to sport in Australia.
As the president of ITF Taekwon-Do Tasmania and head of Southern ITF Taekwon-Do he organised and hosted the National ITF Taekwon-Do Championships(2010) and the Oceania Championships (2012) in Hobart.
As senior instructor for Southern ITF Taekwon-Do he has trained over 500 students with over 50 of them achieving the rank of black belt or higher. Classes are held each week night at a dedicated dojang in Hobart.
Despite his competition awards Steve believes that apart from its obvious self-defence aspect, the purpose of Taekwon-Do is to allow students to develop self-confidence and attain their chosen goals. General Choi stated “Though it is a martial art, it’s discipline, techniques, and mental training are the mortar for building a strong sense of justice, humility and resolve. It is this mental conditioning that separates the true practitioner from the sensationalist content with mastering only the fighting aspects of the art”.