2007 Toronto Open - Rebirth of Taekwondo Championships at Variety Village

    Taekwondo fighters of all abilities to meet at Variety Village on
    November 17 and 18

    TORONTO, Nov. 14 /CNW/ - Variety Village, a fitness and life skills
facility for people of all abilities is the host venue for the 24th Annual
Toronto Open Taekwondo Championships, formerly known as the Ontario Classic
Taekwondo Championships.
    Hosted annually by the Young Choung Taekwondo Academy, this year's
tournament underwent a rebirth and has grown from a National to an
International Competition showcasing world-class fighters. With top athletes
participating from Ontario and Quebec, 50 athletes from the US, and a team
from Cuba, the tournament showcases competing athletes with special needs at
every belt level as well as able-bodied elite black belts.
    "Toronto has never had a big International Taekwondo tournament," says
Grand Master Choung. "Ontario produces half of the Junior and Senior National
Teams and half of those teams train with Young Choung Taekwondo, so it is
appropriate and timely that we now extend our excellence and games to include
the whole world."
    Opening ceremonies led by Grand Master Young Su Choung, an eighth degree
black belt, start at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 17, followed by
competition for special needs and colour belts at 10:00 a.m. On Sunday,
November 18, competition for black belts starts at 10:00 a.m., guaranteeing a
world-class fighting experience.
    Grand Master Young Su Choung is one of the world's most respected martial
artists and has coached some of the best Canadian National and International
Olympic fighters. Grand Master Choung is a pioneer and champion of the
integration of people with special needs into the art and science of
    Variety Village Taekwondo is home to a branch of the Young Choung
Taekwondo Academy as well as its Special Needs Taekwondo program. Along with
Grand Master Choung, Variety Village strives to provide the best in training
and instruction to athletes of all abilities. Over 1,500 people are expected
to attend this two-day tournament. For more information visit

    Variety - The Children's Charity makes a remarkable difference in the
lives of young people of all abilities and their families. Dedicated to
promoting inclusion and integration across Ontario, Variety assists young
people with recognizing their own potential, experiencing what is possible,
and developing the skills to achieve their goals. Variety Village, the
charity's flagship project, is a world-renowned fitness and life skills
facility delivering programs and services that meet the mandate of the

    Young Choung Taekwondo Academy - Established in 1980, in Toronto,
Ontario, the school - Young Choung Taekwondo Academy, has a distinguished
reputation for producing high performance athletes, world class martial
artists, and top leaders in the community.

For further information:

For further information: Chris Murdoch, Variety Village, Tae Kwon Do
Head Coach, Tel: (416) 367-2828 x 255 cell: (416) 697-9352 (tournament day),
email: cmurdoch@varietyvillage.on.ca or Lynda Elmy, Director, Communications,
Variety - The Children's Charity, (416) 367-2828 x 249, cell: (647) 272-7061,
email: lelmy@varietyontario.ca

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