Hawke’s Bay International Taekwon-
In 2009 he had the opportunity to compete in the Senior World Championships in Russia. This time he defeated the Irish competitor in his sparring division. Although once again he didn’t achieve medal success he still made it into the top 16. The division he was in had a total of 32 competitors. A rather large division for a first time in the senior world championships.
At this stage after the senior world championships Benjamin continued to train hard and build both the HBITF and his project with the special needs Taekwon-
Benjamin successfully helped to raise the money needed for him and his special needs student to go to Korea in 2011. It wouldnt have happened without his parents support who raised a significant amount towards the trip (self funded). The AMP Peoples Choice awarded Johann with $10,000.00 towards the trip which was a big help. The whole team was awarded with medals to mark the significant goals achieved with attending and putting on the demonstration in front of more than 5000 people. Benjamin competed at the world champs in sparring and patterns. The experience was the main thing in this whole trip. Although he didn’t get anywhere it wasn’t about the winning. It was about the self development and determination moving forwards.
Between 2011 and 2013 Benjamin continued to keep growing Taekwon-
Benjamin wrote a first in the world book called “Special Needs Taekwon-
Benjamin continues to build HBITF and the Special Needs Taekwon-
Benjamin has achieved on of his goals for the first in ITF Taekwon-
“It was a great feeling coming back knowing I had finally made progress with my goals for Special Needs Taekwon-
Benjamin teaches close to 24 classes a week 5 days a week. It is a full time job for him. “As long as I continue to make a difference in the Hawke’s Bay communities lives, I will continue to work harder for HBITF and the Special Needs Taekwon-
Benjamin competed for New Zealand at the ITF World Championships in England gaining a Silver Medal for Power Breaking. On top of such a positive result, he trained up a team of special needs who both performed a heart wrenching demonstration who won a further amount of medal placing in the very first division which saw 4 countries attending with special needs competitors. He trained a girl from Irongate School, Rahera Heke, who brought back a Gold medal from the under 11s sparring female open color belt division during the world championships.