Master Neil Franks VII Degree
• Since 2000 have been to more than 14 international and world championships, taking
anything from 8 to 25 participants to these tournaments with a high medal count
• Attended and completed 5 IICs under General Choi, in 1991 North Korea, 1992 Moscow,
1994 South Africa, 1997 Prague and 1999 Trinity College Dublin.
• Attended the IIC under Grand Master Choi Jung Hwa in Dublin in 2013.
• Completed 8 IICs with GTF from 2004 to 2011.
• Completed at least one IIC every year since in Ireland
• My clubs participate in a number of tournaments every year. This is to ensure that our
standard compares with the best (our medal count is always more than 80%)
• For many years have I organised tournaments Presently our annual Crystal classic
tournaments is part of the INTA calendar
• 1985 - Awarded best Student in Taekwondo South Africa
• 1987 - Black Belt 1st Degree under the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF)
• 1989 - 2nd Degree Taekwondo Black Belt, under the ITF,
• 1991 - 3rd Degree Taekwondo Black Belt under the ITF Cert No SA -3-3
• 1991 - Selected as Springbok to represent South Africa at the World Taekwon-Do
Championships in Pyong Yang, North Korea
• 1993 - Selected at Protea to represent South Africa at the World Taekwon-Do
Championships in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
• 1995 - Won the Australasian Championships for Sparring and Patterns in Melbourne
• 1995 - Graded to 4th Degree Taekwondo Belt in Italy Cert. No SA-4-
• 1999 - Graded to 5th Degree Taekwondo with ITF in Dublin Ireland
Cert No SA - 5 - 1
• 2004 - Founded the Global Taekwondo Federation of South Africa
and opened the Headquarters in Rivonia, Johannesburg
• 2005 - Graded To 6th Degree with GTF Cert No SA-6-1
• 2005 - Brought Master Xuan Ha, 8th Degree Master and Technical
Director of GTF to South Africa for a Technical International
Seminar in Johannesburg
• 2006 - Six of my Black Belt students became World Champions at
the GTF Taekwon-Do World Championships in Italy
• 2009 - Eight of my Black Belt students became World Champions at
the GTF Taekwon-Do World Championships in Malaysia
• 2010 - Selected as one of three Instructors across the World to
head up the Technical committee of the Global Taekwondo
Federation by Technical Chairman Master Ha, 8th Degree Black Belt
• 2011 - Graded to Master 7th Degree under GTF 2011 Cert No SA-7-1/IRE-7-10
Umpiring & Couching Experience
• Qualified international ITF Referee
• Global Taekwon-Do International Referee, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011.
• Selected to coach Irish Team for Patterns in World Championships 2014.
• Selected to referee for ITF at World Championships.
• Refereed at most tournaments attended