I began my Taekwondo career in 1977, after attending a Taekwondo demonstration by Master Jeong Tae Kim, who had just migrated to Australia from Korea, after winning the First World Heavy Weight Championship. (Gold Medalist in 1973). I was so impressed by the dynamics of the demonstration, that I immediately wanted to commence lessons. Master Kim's ability inspired me to train 110%. I began classes at Gladesville, the suburb where I grew up, went to school and also ran my own business. After having trained for 18 months, I attained the level of Black Belt, having previous martial arts experience, (reaching the level of Black Belt in Karate). Soon after attaining my First Dan, Master Kim invited me to teach at some of his classes and also encouraged me to open my own school.
I began teaching in the Hills District at Kellyville, where I began my career as an Instructor. As a competitor, I participated in State and National Competitions. I ended my career as a competitor in 1984 at the Australian National Championships in Perth.
On the political scene, I had several positions with the Australian Taekwondo Association, being Treasurer for three years and Secretary General for many years, until the amalgamation in 1996. The main factions being, the Australian Taekwondo Association and the Australian Taekwondo Union. I was elected as Vice President of the NSW Division of Taekwondo Australia Inc, as we know it today. During the amalgamation in 1996, the National Referee Board was formulated where I played a major role. I was elected Chairman of the National Referee Board, a position which I held for six years. As Chairman of the National Referee Board, I was appointed to the Olympic Athlete Program, (Australian Sports Commission), as a Technical Advisor to our athletes and coaches. I attained my Class 4 Refereeing Accreditation from there I proceeded to First Class National Referee. In 1993 I attained my International Referee status as a P Class Referee in Madison Square Garden, New York. I have had many memorable experiences as an International Referee, my major experience being representing Australia at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Hills District Taekwondo has been operating for twenty five years and over that period of time I have seen many changes and developments in Taekwondo practices. On the competition arena, Hills District Taekwondo has produced many State and National Champions.
I cannot compare Taekwondo with anything else in this world! I owe so much to this art, for everything that I have experienced and achieved. I have had many opportunities to enrich my life and the same opportunities are available to each and every one of you today. It is no coincidence that most Black Belts run businesses and/or hold key positions and are good at their school work.
Hills District Taekwondo Training programs are an excellent vehicle for leadership and it is designed that students grow into teachers.
As Instructors of Hills District Martial Arts it is our distinct pleasure to inform you that our Master Instructor Master Sam Loiacono was inducted into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame on 18th October 2013 in Las Vegas, USA.
This is a very high honor shared by the world's greatest contributors to Taekwondo as a Martial Art and Sport. We could not be more proud of all of Master Sam's many achievements. Without Master Sam none of us would be where we are today and we hope you will join us in wishing him congratulations and a fantastic trip to receive the recognition he deserves.