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Are you a parent with a special needs son/daughter? How can Taekwon-Do benefit the Special Needs in Hawkes Bay?

Ben Evans, teachers and parents, have witnessed a huge change and great improvement in the special needs students who have taken part and continue to be part of Taekwon-Do here with Hawkes Bay ITF. Ben Evans, the pioneer, he has a great understanding on how they work. He has a high understanding on the different ability levels and has worked with all types of students who are in Hawkes Bay. Taekwon-Do develops the mental and physical ability of the special needs. There have been reports made that before students started, their muscle tone, flexibility, fitness and energy levels were poor, but when they began learning Taekwon-Do with Ben Evans, reports were made that students made excellent improvements and increased a great deal which parents and caregivers were so pleased to see. There have been comments made which students could not ride a bike or a skateboard, but after Taekwon-Do training, they can now do these activities.


Special Needs Taekwon-Do was first officially established here in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand by Ben Evans, where the ITF first heard of the early developments in 2008.

In 2010, a first ever showing of the Special Needs Taekwon-Do Integrated Championships was aired on TVNZ ‘Close Up’ which profiled the work of Ben Evans and the championships.

Coming to the end of 2010 he featured on TVHB a local television channel in Hawkes Bay which featured an interview with him and promoting the work with Special Needs Taekwon-Do.

In 2011, he took one student with special needs, Johann Landkroon, to the 17th ITF Taekwon-Do World Championships in Korea for a demonstration to help influence the whole world to set up Special Needs Taekwon-Do.

Between 2011 and 2013, Ben Evans started to think of other ways how Special Needs Taekwon-Do could spread, so coming to the end of 2012, he started writing an Instructors Manual/Book on How to teach Special Needs Taekwon-Do along with setting up.

At the 18th ITF World Championships 2013, Sofia, Bulgaria, he received the ITF Outstanding Instructor Award at 23 years of age, for his contribution to Special Needs Taekwon-Do.

April 2013, Ben Evans and the special needs students of Hawkes Bay gave a successful demonstration to the New Zealand Prime Minister Hon John Key. It was a great day and event which gave great encouragements to the special needs students.

April 12th 2015, Ben Evans meets with ITF President GM Choi Jung Hwa, Son of the Founder of Taekwon-Do discussing the future of Special Needs Taekwon-Do!

8th December 2015, Special Needs Taekwon-Do New Zealand Team is aired on Maori TV (preparations for the world champs 2016)- Click Here to watch report

Ben Evans and New Zealand Prime Minister Hon. John Key

(2013) right (2015)

Further talk and meeting with the Prime Minister where Ben Evans gave him and update of progress since they first met and thanked him for the message he wrote to be read out at the 2014 championships.

Benjamin brought his team of special needs students to the ITF World Championships (July 2016) to both demonstrate and compete in the first division. It was a great success. Many more opportunities await the Special Needs students of the Special Needs Taekwon-Do Federation of New Zealand Charitable Trust!