Festival Time!

Each year our students participate in community festivals where they demonstrate the martial art of Taekwon-Do as created by General Choi.

The Caulfield festival is at Princes Park, Caulfield on Sunday February 16th from 12 noon until 4 pm.

The Clayton festival is outside our Clayton dojang the following week on Sunday February 23rd from 12 noon until 6 pm. We will be having a fundraising barbecue as well.

All students are welcome to participate in the demonstrations at the festival, and please come to support our sausage sizzle!

USMA 20th Anniversary Gala Night – Sat 24th August


In 2013, USMA celebrates its 20th year, a major milestone for our martial arts enterprise. For two decades now, USMA has taught Taekwondo to communities across Melbourne, promoting self-defence, fitness and fostering team spirit.

Since our inception in 1993 we have forged proud partnerships with the YMCA, honing exceptional talent from our students at Ashburton and Carlton recreation centres. We have collaborated with Victorian schools in Kew, Ormond and Preston, helping young learners to thrive in an inclusive, confidence-building atmosphere. Powerful demonstrations at Melbourne festivals have illustrated the might of our Taekwondo family, while we quietly built USMA’s Dojang – our official headquarters – our home.

For years we have nurtured strong ties with Taekwondo organisations interstate and abroad. Our club prides itself on the achievements of its students. We are proud that many USMA members have competed successfully not only in local tournaments, but also in overseas championships, showcasing our skills – in sparring, patterns, special technique and power breaking – on a world stage.

With more than 5000 registrations and counting, we would like to take a night to reflect on everything that has made the USMA journey so memorable. Friends, current and past students, we welcome you to join us in celebrating this momentous occasion!

Examples of the Self Defence category for the USMA Challenge Tournament

Here are some sample clips to guide competitors preparing for the Self Defence category of the USMA Challenge. Note that this is the first time this event has been run and will be an ongoing feature of USMA tournaments.

Pairs of competitors are to prepare ten sequences: 5 as attacker, 5 as defender. Two sequences for each competitor must involve defence against a weapon such as a knife. The techniques must be taekwondo techniques as described in General Choi’s Encyclopedia of Taekwondo. No sequence should be longer than 15 sec.

Example 1
Defence against a front grab. The attacker grabs with both hands from the front. The defender breaks the grab, attacks the face with an elbow, and pushes the attacker away with a front kick. The sequence is performed realistically and the techniques are effective, but simple.

Example 2
Defence against a front attack. The attacker grabs the defender by the shoulder. The defender presses the arm at the elbow joint to bring the attacker towards him while delivering a jumping punch to the attackers face. The sequence is realistic and uses simple techniques.

Example 3
Defence against a slashing knife attack. The attacker is not sufficiently realistic so the techniques do not look sharp. The defence is to intercept and grab the arm, break the shoulder and release the knife, and to finish the attacker with knee to the solar plexus and elbow to the back. Although the sequence has a good selection of techniques, it is not performed realistically.

Example 4
Defence against a grab from behind. Body drops while delivering a stomp to the attacker’s foot. The release is effected by raising the elbows, and then delivering a back elbow to the sternum. The attacker is then removed to a safer distance with a back kick.