New Year's Message from PATU President
January 2, 2014
Dear PATU Family and Friends,
Greetings. On behalf of the Pan American Taekwondo Union (PATU) and the World Taekwondo
Federation (WTF), I would like to send my very best wishes for continued success and prosperity
to you and your Federation in the New Year!
2014 is known as the year of Blue Horse that comes every 60 years. Historically in Korea, the
Blue Horse represents Strength, Perseverance, and Success - the great aspects of Taekwondo
Spirit. I am confident that the strong spirit of the Blue Horse will present our PATU Family and
Friends with an unprecedented success in 2014.
PATU has been positively progressing in all areas of Taekwondo development in the past few
years; especially, in the development of Poomsae competition where we have successfully trained
many World Champions. As part of our ongoing development, PATU has authorized ten (10)
additional WTF G ranked, international open events in 2014. These events will provide greater
opportunity for our athletes to attain valuable WTF Athlete Ranking Points for their early
preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
PATU will open this year’s competition season in February with the North American Tour scheduled two weeks apart, starting with the Canada Open and then the U.S. Open. The close proximity of the dates will maximize your team’s results as well as, reduce your travel expenses.
Later in the year, the South American Tour will be organized with the Open of Las Americas, in
Colombia, the Argentina Open and the Costa Rica Open. It is advised that you begin strategically
planning for these events to maximize your team’s WTF Ranking Points.
In July, PATU and PASO/ODEPA will jointly organize the Pan Am Olympic Festival in Mexico City
for 108 best ranking athletes in the Pan Am Region to train and compete for nine days in an
Olympic competition setting. All expenses for the participating Athletes and Coaches have been
arranged to be paid by PASO/ODEPA. This is another excellent example of PATU’s ongoing efforts
to develop a great working relationship with PASO/ODEPA for our Taekwondo.
Looking even farther ahead, PATU is in final stages of completing the Technical Manual with the
OC of Toronto for the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada, as well as organizing the official
qualification tournament to be held in Mexico, in late 2014 or early 2015. Our approved athlete
quota remains as 109, and these athletes will be selected through the qualification tournament.
Together with WTF competition schedule, and PATU scheduled events, 2014 will undoubtedly be
a very busy year for all PATU family. Please remember that PATU EXCO and Council will always
available to assist and support you to generate the best possible results in the New Year.
As we launch another busy, and anticipate another successful year, I have enclosed a revised
PATU event schedule for you to planning convenience. All detailed information for each event
will be posted on the PATU website, prior to each event. Please review the schedule and inform
PATU with your questions or recommendations.
Again, thank you for your continued support of PATU leadership and I look forward to working
with you towards a victorious 2014.
Master Ji Ho Choi
Pan American Taekwondo Union
Executive Concil Member, WTF
Executive Board Member, ACODEPA