A PROUD HISTORY
WHO ARE WE?
This was a catch cry that reverberated around competition stadiums through the 80’s and 90’s as Melbourne Taekwondo Centre (M.T.C.) athletes competed for pride & glory both locally and internationally, but the club’s beginnings are much more humble.
While the name “Melbourne Taekwondo Centre” wasn’t used until the 70’s, our Chief Instructor and now 9th Dan Grand Master, Jack Rozinszky, first started teaching Martial Arts in late 1962 in his own club in St. Kilda.
Grand Master Rozinszky was the first Australian to train in the elite Korean gymnasium, the Ji Do Kwan School in Korea. While there in 1967, he successfully graded for and became the first Australian to receive a 1st Dan Black Belt in Ji Do Kwan Taekwondo.
Ji Do Kwan (or Wisdom Way School) is the style of Taekwondo that we practice today at M.T.C.
In September 2006, Mr Rozinszky was conferred with his 9th Dan Grand Master certificate in Ji Do Kwan making him the highest-ranking non-Korean Taekwondo exponent in Australia. He is also ranked 8th Dan by the Kukkiwon.
In August 2011, Grand Master Rozinszky was inducted into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame as a Pioneer of Taekwondo in Australia.
Since 1975 Australia has been sending teams to compete world wide, including World Championships, Asian Championships, Olympic Games and other invitational tournaments. M.T.C. has been represented on Australian National teams every year since 1979.
Proudly, M.T.C. is able to boast that our members won numerous National Titles but also many medals at international tournaments, including the World Cup, World Championships and Olympic Games.
At the first World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in 2006, Bronwyn Butterworth won a Silver Medal, becoming Australia's first Poomsae World Championships medalist. Melissa Kenihan also won Silver at the Poomsae World Championships a few years later.
In 2013, M.T.C.'s own Carmen Marton became the first and only Australian to win Gold at the World Taekwondo Championships (sparring).
With a current membership in excess of 2500 students, M.T.C. has its Full Time headquarters in the heart of Glen Waverley with Full Time and Part Time venues in:
Bendigo, Boronia (Knox), Dandenong, Doncaster, Greensborough (Diamond Valley), Heathcote, Kew (Boroondara), Malvern, Moorabbin, Port Phillip, Ringwood, Rowville and Whittlesea.
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