A Philippine Taekwondo Association-organised instructors meeting is due to take place ©PTA

More than 500 national and regional instructors have attended a Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA) National Instructors General Assembly meeting in Manila.

The event, which took place at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, discussed plans for the year in the sport as well as the performances of regional officers.

According to PTA chief executive and Grandmaster Sung Chon Hong, discussions focused upon the accomplishments of the PTA in 2017 as well as upcoming competitions in 2018.

This will including national events as well as international ones such as the World Qualification Tournament for the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games, the World Junior Taekwondo Championships, the Asian Taekwondo Championships, the World Poomsae Taekwondo Championships, the 18th Asian Games and the Philippine Taekwondo League.

A refresher course also took place on the World Taekwondo officiating rules as well as the updated techniques for both poomsae and kyorugi.

Taekwondo is a leading sport in The Philippines ©PTA
Taekwondo is a leading sport in The Philippines ©PTA

The PTA was established in 1976 to promote the Korean martial art in the country.

Kirstie Alora was The Philippines' sole taekwondo representative at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, competing in the women's over-67 kilograms category.

She lost 4-1 to eventual silver medallist María Espinoza of Mexico in the round-of-16 before suffering a 7-5 defeat at the hands of Morocco's Wiam Dislam in the repechage.

Alora qualified for Rio 2016, where she was her nation's flagbearer during the Closing Ceremony, after winning silver at the Asian Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Pasay in The Philippines.