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Happy vacation!

Today we start the two-week summer break. We will continue training on 29.7. to the summer schedule.
Happy vacation!
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Success from the business series Austrian Open

On June 29-30, 2024, the annual Austrian Open poomsek competitions took place, which have traditionally been one of the biggest poomsek competitions in Europe, and this year the competitions attracted more than 400 participants from many different countries. This year, the Austrian Open also served as the second of the three selection competitions for the World Championships held in Hong Kong in November.

On Saturday, the individual series of all age groups took place, where Aino and Sofia from TU competed in the Female U17 series, Christian Male in the U30 series and Marita in the Female U60 series.

The Junior Female series was huge with 57 participants, so it was divided into two groups, both halves of which made it to the next round to the semi-finals. Aino competed for the first time after the competition break and made it to the semis, while Sofia, despite her good performances, missed the first round. In the semi-finals, the qualifying was rough, as only 8 of the remaining 28 contestants advanced to the finals. Aino made solid and confident performances, but unfortunately came in 10th place and narrowly missed out on the finals.

The U30 and U40 series were played with an elimination system, where the competitors measure each other one against one and the winner always advances to the next round, facing a new opponent. Christian took a clear victory over his opponent in the first round, but in the second round the Norwegian, who finally took the bronze, was better and Christian's final ranking was 9th-16th.

There were two rounds in the Female U60 series, where Marita made her way from the semi-finals to the final round with confidence. Even in the final, Marita made successful performances and the final result was 6th place, right on the heels of World Championship bronze medalist Niina Virtala.

On Sunday, it was the turn of pair and group series, as well as freestyle. Sofia competed in the Pair U17 series with her credit partner Lassi Kaasinen from Herttoniemi and progressed from the semi-finals to the final in the usual style. However, the level was really tough, and the couple who were five short of the European Championship bronze finished 6th in the end.

Marita, on the other hand, competed in the Team Female O30 series with Jenny Nyman and Kati Kuosmanen. This lineup is relatively new, but despite that and thanks to hard training, the performances were successful and the result was 3rd place with Austria taking the silver and Germany the gold.

In the freestyle series, TU was represented by Christian Male in the O17 series. Christian's choreography underwent a small change at the last minute, which did not hinder the process and the performance went brilliantly. The silver medal was close, but Germany's stalwart Steven Behn snagged it, giving Christian a respectable bronze medal to take home.

The third and last selection competition will take place in Zaprešić, Croatia on October 12. to which at least part of TU's competition team is heading.

Results of TU11 athletes:

Aino Kortelainen, junior girls, 10.
Sofia Sarala, junior girls, was eliminated in the first round
Christian Kamphuis, MU30, 9.-16.
Christian Kamphuis, MO-17 freestyle, 3rd.
Marita Jaakkola, FU60, 6.
Sofia Sarala&Lassi Kaasinen (Herttoniemi), junior pairs, 6.
Marita Jaakkola, Jenny Nyman, Kati Kuosmanen, Team F060, 3.


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9 new DAN values for TU

The summer Dan exam started on Saturday, June 8 at 9:00 a.m. A little before the start of the test, the examinees warmed up and mentally prepared themselves for the day ahead. The excitement and excitement of the exam was palpable. The belt test started after proper warm-ups with the basic technique section. The hand techniques flew at a fast pace in the air, accompanied by loud claps. Hand technique combinations were continued into the basic kicks and jumping kicks of taekwondo.

Kicks and hand techniques were soon performed with the pair, where the test subjects' ability to perform controlled and precise actions was evaluated. The first part of the test continued with a fast-paced kicking and punching part, making sure that each contestant gave it their all and let the fighter's spirit take care of passing the Spirit down to the test keepers.

The first part ended with a movement series part, where each poomsae was carefully reviewed. Sabukokelaat finally got to perform at the Chonkwong business series. The last section before the break was the crushing section, which tested the power generation skills of the contestants and their technical know-how in crushing. The pieces of the board flew wildly in the air and the hard kicks accompanied the crushing as the experimenters did their best.

After a short refueling stop, we continued to the theory part of taekwondo, where the test takers discussed the history of the sport of taekwondo and other theory questions. Next, the experiment continued to the more applicable part of the sport, when the experimenters presented their skills in 1- and 3-step matches.

After the varied step matches, the test continued towards the self-defense section. Breakaways, two-on-one defense, take-overs and defense against various attacks came next for each test team. Sabukokelaa were arguing with each other and defending themselves against a fighter attacking with a wooden stick.

From self-defense, we moved on to testing the technical know-how of the contestants. The contestants showed their best in the technical exercises and part of the taekwondo match. It smoothly moved on to the end of the exam and sparring, i.e. a taekwondo match with rules. The tryouts received different players and tried to show their best match skills and the so-called sparring with an opponent. As the final climax in the test, we got to compete against two opponents according to the match rules.
This is how the exam came to an end after seven hours at around 4 pm.

Laura's comments about the exam from my new sabumnim

Before the exam, butterflies in my stomach, I was waiting for what the coming day would bring. When it was time to start the exam, the focus was strictly on what we were asked to show and what we wanted to evaluate. The basic technique section challenged taekwondo with versatile technique combinations and jumping kicks.

They were able to test their physical limits for real in sections that require hard aerobic fitness, e.g. in prolonged kick tricks and punch combinations. The crushes were great to watch, and the experimenters got to alternate between hand and kick technique.

In the more suitable parts of the afternoon, a quick reaction to various attacks and fighting situations was required. Self-defense and the intensity of the match made sure that every contestant had to dig out the spirit of a fighter.
In many of the applied parts, the examinees were given a very free hand to show their best skills, and the examiners did not limit or guide too much how to act in the situation. This allowed everyone to show their best ability to apply in self-defense and combat situations and defend themselves against the attacker(s).

In the sparring part at the end of the test, the legs were pressed and the limits of one's own physics and endurance were put to the test. It was amazing to notice that with a good spirit, hard work and of course an unyielding attitude, despite the fatigue, it was possible to find more energy and survive the dan-koe with honor until the end.

After the final feedback, the atmosphere was happy, relieved and satisfied. Smiles appeared on the faces of the test takers when we heard that everyone had passed the test and received a new belt value at the end of the 7 hours of rigorous testing and hard crunching.

The examiners' thoughts about the day

In the morning at eight o'clock I started from home and headed to the gym in the morning sun. Although there have already been several dan exams during my career, today there was something special in the air. The expectation was that today would be a really tough test, when the hall is full of long-time taekwondo professionals. And I'm happy to say that the experiments were really great. Better than you could hope for. Here, those who tried the best possible model of what doing can currently look like received their first Dan.

On behalf of the organizers of the exam, once again, very good luck to all the candidates. You can be really proud and satisfied with your own achievements. From here it is very good to continue towards the next belt values.

- Peter

The experiment was supervised by Hannu Vikströn, Timo Jannson and Petteri Kauppinen

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"Champions" in Andorra

A short travelogue of Sampo, Teemu and Petter's trip to Andorra to meet Master Mun Dong Kun (Kukkiwon 9th Dan).

The "champions" set off on Thursday, and on the way to Andorra they stopped first in Munich and then in Barcelona, where Spain's own product Seat Ateca became the passing game. We got there around eleven in the evening. The drive went comfortably, as the roads were quite empty at that time. On the other hand, we didn't see much of the scenery, when we were traveling in the dark. The champion was still greeted from the evening and it was agreed that we will start training on Friday at 11:00. Hotel Yomo Mola Park provided the refreshments. The hotel was really good and the breakfasts were better. The "masters" sincerely recommend.

Andorra is a pretty epic place for trampers, even in rainier weatherAndorra is a pretty epic place for trampers, even in rainier weather.

The morning workout was a really good idea. We managed to get out of the jams of traveling on our own. In addition, we did movement sets with the master. In the evening, we continued with the master and the master's students, who became familiar with Zu-zu, Marius and Erika. The master's son Carlos also joined the training. At the end of the evening's training, we thanked ourselves when we had done the morning jumps carefully. In the training, we did - in the words of the master - "little pal-chagi". Loosely translated as "a few basic kicks", i.e. kick and punch series until exhaustion. Finally, shared meals with the master, Carlos and Marius, and at the end of the evening it was agreed that we would continue again at 11:00 the next day.

Sweat drips from Petter onto the carpetSweat dripped from Petter onto the carpet.

In Saturday's morning training, the champion had a new gear in mind. The master kept the kick goals himself and made sure that the pace was sufficient. When it was over, the whole group was, in one word, "done". Petteri came up with a suggestion at the end of lunch that we start the evening workouts today at six, which suited everyone. Petter's idea was that if we start at six, we can finish at eight. It didn't quite go according to plan. At nine o'clock the master said that we shouldn't stop, that we should eat something.

Teemu has an oxygen deficiencyTeemu had a slight oxygen deficiency.

On Sunday, we continued again at eleven, and through the repetitions, the movement sequences were memorized. The end result is that now we know all the movement sequences of the memory belts, or at least Petteri and Teemu do. On Sunday evening, having learned from the previous day, the training started just from the standstill. First we did the warm-ups and then we went through the movement series and finally the champion said "little pal-chagi", and even now the lack of oxygen was not avoided. On Sunday evening, the atmosphere could again be described with the word "very ready".

Master Mun put steak on the table so that the boys could handle itMaster Mun put steak on the table so that the boys could sled.

A very nice surprise was that a very honest Finnish sauna was found in the master's gym and Carlos turned out to be a very enthusiastic sauna user. What's better than tiring yourself out in training first and then a sauna and a cold shower.

"Champions" on the rafts"Champions" on the rafts

On Monday, I traveled home and arrived in Helsinki shortly before midnight. The trip was very rewarding and the following plans were already started during the trip. More about them soon, so stay tuned. All we have to do is keep ourselves nimble and flexible.

We really trained a little, so that it didn't turn out to be tourism
We really trained a little, so that it didn't turn out to be tourism. Warm-up and stretching to go.

A very happy summer to everyone who read this far!

Petteri, Teemu and Sampo

Fact box:

  • Master Don Kun Mun 9th dan
  • Gimnasio Escaldes 1050m above sea level
  • Taekwondo practice on the trip approx. 13h
  • About 20 hours of travel in total
  • Andorra has 80,275 inhabitants (200th largest country in the world
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Indoor competitions on Friday 31.5. and 14.6.

The next indoor competitions will be held on Friday 31.5. You can join without registration and the gym race is our free amateur race.

People outside the club are also welcome, and we ask for a cash or Mobile Pay donation to our coffee fund.

Indoor competitions belong to the training of all enthusiasts and are an important part of growing towards a black belt and beyond.

Indoor competitions are a mandatory part of training for those training with a competition contract, either as participants or as officials. We hope for a lot of participation!

Belt exams are also held on Friday, so you can also participate in the gym competition in conjunction with the belt exam!


17.00-17.15 Joint warm-up / children
17.15-19.00 Matches and movement series / children
19.00-19.15 Joint warm-up / cadets, youth and adults
19.00-21.00 Matches and business series / cadets, youth and adults

Indoor competitions in spring 2024:

May on Friday 31.5.
June on Friday 14.6.

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Young athletes on the move in Ikaalis

TU11's young team (strengthened by the ever-young Riku) was successful in Ikaalis on 25.5. in the competitions held. Mari Laipnsalo and Bardia Mirzaei, who coached the team, were satisfied with the performances of the youngsters. In addition, the games saw an interesting debut, when Aina Kortelianen started her business series judge career.

Match results


D2 Lynx Male -33

2. Österlund Eero
3. Nissin Anton
5. Wager Elias

D2 Lynx Female -36

1. Copper Venla

League series

C1 Cadets Female -44

4. Endah Vivian

C1 Cadets Female -51

4. Lievonen Aleksandra

C1 Cadets Female -55

1. Endah Milay

B1 Young Female -55

2. Endah Milay

All results of the match: Ikaalin Open 2024 Kyorugi results and graphs.pdf

Elias Wager ready for Kutan Mari Lapinsalok

Business series


Diesel men

2. Riku Kytömäki

All movement series results: Ikaalinen Open 2024 Poomsae all results.pdf

Riku Kytömäki will be awarded

Aino Kortelainen made his debut as a judge and Bardia coached the contestants together with Mari Lapinsalo.

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Chahrazed's opening loss at the European Championships

The match's adult EC competitions will take place in Belgrade, Serbia, on May 9-12. Among the taekwondo athletes is Chahrazed Boughrara. Chahra fought on Saturday. The opponent in the 1st round was a Russian, to whom Chahra unfortunately lost 2-0.

More information and diagrams:

The match's adult EC competitions will take place in Belgrade, Serbia, on May 9-12. Among the taekwondo athletes is Chahrazed Boughrara. Chahra fought on Saturday. The opponent in the 1st round was a Russian, to whom Chahra unfortunately lost 2-0.

You can watch the games live:
More information and diagrams:

News from the Finnish Taekwondo Association:

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Chahrazed Boughrara will represent Finland at the European Championships

The match's adult EC competitions will take place in Belgrade, Serbia, on May 9-12. Among the taekwondo athletes is Chahrazed Boughrara. Chahra will fight on Saturday.

You can watch the games live:
More information and diagrams:

News from the Finnish Taekwondo Association:

The match's adult EC competitions will take place in Belgrade, Serbia, on May 9-12. Among the taekwondo athletes is Chahrazed Boughrara. Chahra will fight on Saturday.

You can watch the games live:
More information and diagrams:

News from the Finnish Taekwondo Association:

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Best of the year 2023 best chosen

The best taekwondo athletes of the year were announced on Spring Day:

ENTHUSIAST OF THE YEAR (Jaakko Saha title award)

Markku Kauranen


Alex Jurgens


Chahrazed Boughrara


Teemu Takala


Aino Kortelainen & Sofia Sarala


Milay Endah

Rookie of the Year

Anna & Essi Vuokila


Adna Omar, Dilruba Sahan, Ossi Porri


In addition, the year's prize competition medalists were taken into account: Alex Jürgens (EM II), Aino Kortelainen (EM III), Sofia Sarala (EM III) and Ville Lehtinen (EM III). 

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Decisions of the spring meeting

A new board was elected at the spring meeting. Among the current board members, Teemu Heino will continue as chairman and members Sampo Pajulampi, Petteri Kauppinen and Juho Kostiainen, and Kirsimarja Raitasalo, Eddy Quiñones Vera and Tomi Nurmi will also become new board members. 

TU11 spring meeting 2024

Rispellottie 14

4 May 2024 at 10:00 a.m

   1. Opening the meeting

   2. Establishing legality and quorum

Present: Teemu Heino, Juho Kostiainen, Sampo Pajulampi, 

Eddy Quinones Vera, Kirsimarja Raitasalo, Marita Jaakkola, 

Tomi Nurmi, Sara Quinones

   3. Organization of the meeting

Chairman: Teemu Heino

Secretary: Sampo Pajulampi

Minute inspectors, act as vote counters as needed: 

Marita Jaakkola, Tomi Nurmi

   4. Approval of the agenda


   5. Presentation of the financial statements and annual report, 

and confirmation of the financial statements 

and discharge of liability to the board

    - The release of liability is presented


   6. Confirmation of the action plan and budget for the following year

    – The presented action plan and budget are presented for confirmation


   7. The chairman of the board, members of the board and 

deciding on the remuneration of operational inspectors

    - No remuneration has been paid to the board and operational inspectors. 

It is proposed that the fee will continue to be 0 euros.


   8. Election of the chairman of the board

    - The current chairman has announced his willingness to continue, 

and no other candidates have been presented. 

Teemu Heino is nominated as Chairman of the Board


   9. Election of board members and deputy members

    - Of the members of the current board, all but Pauli Raivio have announced their willingness to continue, 

in addition, based on the inquiries, the board nominates Kirsimarja Raitasaloa as new board members, 

and Eddy Quiñones Veraa. Sampo Pajulampea, Petteri Kauppti, 

Juho Kostiai and Kirsimarja Raitasaloa, and Eddy Quiñones Veraa

Approved, in addition, Tomi Nurmi is elected as a member of the board

    10. Selection of operational inspector

    - Pia Kauppti is presented as an operations inspector

Let's choose Marita Jaakkola

    11. Other issues that arise

No other things

    12. Closing the meeting

Teemu Heino closed the meeting at 9:58

Chairman, Teemu Heino

Secretary, Sampo Pajulampi

Minutes inspector Marita Jaakkola

Minutes inspector Tomi Nurmi
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