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About ITF Taekwon-Do
Overview of ITF Taekwon-Do, Our Philosophy
Overview of ITF Taekwon-Do, Our Philosophy

About ITF Taekwon-Do

ITF is the International Taekwon-Do Federation, founded on March 22, 1966 in Seoul (south) Korea, by General Choi Hong Hi, who developed Taekwon-Do, to promote the teaching of this martial art.

At that time, nine countries were involved: Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, West Germany, USA, Turkey, Italy, and Egypt. Taekwon-Do is now taught in almost every country in the world, and General Choi is recognized as the Father of Taekwon-Do.

The International Taekwon-Do Federation is legally registered in Spain and has its headquarters in Benidorm.

Mission

The mission of the ITF is to represent, promote, and work for the development of the practice of Taekwon-Do in all countries by:

coordinating and certifying Taekwon-Do activities such as competitions and seminars

setting and enforcing high quality standards for technical and teaching

identifying and collaborating with affiliated organizations, such as Continental Federations, National Associations, and Allied National Associations,

providing assistance to local Taekwon-Do organizations

Certification for Black Belt holders, international instructors and umpires

Fundamental Values

Practitioners of Taekwon-Do (TKD) recognize that they are forever students of our Founder, General Choi Hong Hi. The ITF and its affiliated organizations will strengthen and promote the legacy of General Choi as described in his Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do, notably the twenty-four patterns and the philosophy.

The ITF belongs to all its members; it must work for its members and with its members to provide the services they need and want.

The ITF and its affiliated organizations are always open to suggestions from members and encourage innovative ideas.

The ITF and its affiliated organizations are and must remain free of all political influence.

All qualifications and promotions within the ITF and its affiliated organizations will be attributed according to merit and in conformity with well-established criteria.

The respect of hierarchy authority is an important principle in all martial arts. All members of ITF will respect those who are their seniors in the organization, particularly their teacher. On the other hand, the seniors will treat their students and other juniors with respect and fairness.

Vision

In his speech to the 14th Congress Meeting in Warsaw (Poland) in June 2003, newly-elected ITF President, Master Trân Trieu Quân outlined the vision the new ITF team has for the organization. The following is an excerpt from that speech:

ITF Taekwon-Do is a sport, a martial art, a way of life, and a tool for social development. How can we work together for progress on all four facets?

 

Taekwon-Do is a Sport

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To develop ITF Taekwon-Do as a sport and encourage greater participation in competitions, major changes will be made to tournament rules, to the competition calendar, and to the qualification process. Training for umpires will be upgraded, and we will investigate the use of a computerized scoring system. Competitors will be happier and motivated to continue when our competitions are safer and scoring is more precise and reliable. Competitions held in well-known locations around the globe will focus attention on the ITF and will result in greater visibility.

 

Taekwon-Do is a Martial Art

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To improve ITF Taekwon-Do as a martial art, there will be increased emphasis on the traditional core values and protocol. The teaching of self-defence our “raison d´etre” will be improved. We will use seminars, documentation, videos, and other means of communication to spread knowledge of ITF Taekwon-Do, reaching out to new markets and to new participants, particularly women.

 

Taekwon-Do is a Way of Life

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To demonstrate the value of ITF Taekwon-Do as a way of life, we must teach all facets of ITF Taekwon-Do, including the Do. I can tell you that General Choi’s true last wish and words of guidance for us for the future are found in the introduction to his last book Moral Culture. The General had come to realize that most of the emphasis had been placed on the teaching of the technical aspects of ITF Taekwon-Do. He felt it would be up to the next generation to give equal importance to the teaching of the Do.

We have already started working on a Code of Ethics based on the Do. In future, we will use all the resources available to us to teach the whole ITF Taekwon-Do: the technical and the Do. By studying the Do, our students will grow in understanding of the “why”, not only the “how”.

The ultimate purpose of life is the search for happiness. Many people suffer because they do not have the proper value system that leads to a balanced life and happiness. We have a solid philosophy and the tools to apply it in our lives. Now we must put in place a structure to teach the mental and spiritual aspects of ITF Taekwon-Do to our students so that they will be able to achieve a balanced life and happiness.

I have been teaching ITF Taekwon-Do as a way of life for many years and I believe we can help people to find a balance between family life, school or work, and ITF Taekwon-Do. Teaching this approach will open many doors to us.

 

Taekwon-Do can be a Tool for Social Development

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To use ITF Taekwon-Do as a tool for social development, we must practice Taekwon-Do not just for ourselves, but also to improve life in our communities. ITF Taekwon-Do can be a powerful tool to help solve social problems such as drug abuse and juvenile delinquency, providing structure, discipline, and self-confidence that carry over into all aspects of life.

We hear a lot about efforts to reduce poverty in the world. By educating people with ITF Taekwon-Do values and practices, and by showing them that there is hope of improving their quality of life, we will be making an important contribution.

The ITF can develop programs such as intensive instructor training for the unemployed and ITF Taekwon-Do courses offered at affordable prices. Starting with small-scale projects, our success will attract the attention and support of international development agencies and governments around the world. In Canada we have had excellent results with this type of program, and we will assist you to implant pilot projects in your countries.

There is a lot of work to be done in this area, but there is also an enormous potential for improvement.

By striving to develop all four facets of Taekwon-do to the maximum, we can realize our full potential as individuals and as an organization.

Working together, we can do great things!

Objectives

Promote and develop Taekwon-Do as a means of building a better society on a foundation of peace, freedom, and justice

Regulate the teaching of Taekwon-Do as well as the development of new methods and practices

Improve the quality of Taekwon-Do instruction by applying high standards of ethics, conduct, education, and achievement

Establish and maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and conduct for all members of the ITF

Coordinate ITF Taekwon-Do activities around the world

Resolve disagreements and conflicts between members

Operate the ITF in countries around the globe without discrimination on any basis; this includes race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and political beliefs.

President
Presidents Messages, Past Presidents
Presidents Messages, Past Presidents

President

Grandmaster Paul Weiler

Elected as ITF President at the ITF Congress in Inzell, Germany, on April 28th 2019.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

President
Grand Master Paul Weiler
Germany
Senior Vice-President
Master Clint Norman
Canada
Secretary General
Master Tadeusz Loboda
Poland
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Treasurer
 Mr. Leonardo Oros
Israel
 Leo.OrosDuek@taekwondoitf.org
Vice-president
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Master Lazaros Tsilfidis
Russia
Vice-President
Grand Master Michael Daher
Australia

The Executive Committee is composed of the President, the Senior Vice-President, two (2) vice Presidents, Secretary General, Treasurer.

Board Members

Board Member
Ms. Mimmi Oskarsson
Sweden
Board Member
Master Annick Van Driessche
Belgium
Board Member
Master Mark Banicevich
New Zealand
Board Member
Master Philip Lear
England
Board Member
Master Tomaz Barada
Slovenia

 

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Continental Representatives

Oceania
Grand Master Michael Daher
Australia
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Europe
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Master Tadeusz Łoboda
Poland
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North America
Master Clint Norman
Canada
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Africa
Grand Master Paul Weiler
Germany
p.weiler@itf-d.de
South America
Grand Master Javier Dacak
Paraguay
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Committees

Committees

The Standing Committees of the ITF appointed by the Board of Directors for the period 2019-2023.

Technical & Instruction Committee

Chair

Grand Master Héctor Marano

Argentina

Members

Grand Master Ung Kim Lan

Germany

 

Grand Master Pierre Laquerre

Canada

Master Paul McPhail

New Zealand

 Master Jerzy Jedut

Poland

 

Mission:

To achieve consistency and high quality in teaching and umpiring

Chair: Grand Master Héctor Marano, Argentina.

Email: gmhmarano@tkd-itf.org

Members:

Grand Master Ung Kim Lan, Germany.

Grand Master Pierre Laquerre, Canada.

Master Paul McPhail, New Zeland.

Master Jerzy Jedut, Poland.

 

Umpire Committee

Chair

Maestro Abelardo Benzaquén

Argentina

Members

Master Kurt Ottesen

Canada

 

Master Rubén Suárez

USA


Master Gordon Wallace

Scotland

 

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Sbn. Petros Mikaelian

Russia

 

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Sbn. Saija Aalto

Finland

 

Mission:

To ensure the quality of the Umpiring at World Tournaments

Chair: Maestro Abelardo Benzaquén, Argentina.

E-mail: itfuc2019@googlegroups.com

Members:

Master Kurt Ottesen, Canada.

Master Rubén Suárez, USA.

Master Gordon Wallace, Scotland.

Sbn. Petros Mikaelian, Russia.

Sbn. Saija Aalto, Finland.

Tournament Committee
Chair

Master Coos van den Heuvel

Netherlands

Members

Master Giovanni Cecconato

Italy

Master Per Christian Garnaes

Norway

 

Mission:

To ensure the quality of the organization at World Tournaments.

Chair: Master Coos van den Heuvel, Netherlands.

E-mail: coos.vandenheuvel@gmail.com

Members:

Master Giovanni Cecconato, Italy.

Master Per Christian Garnaes, Norway.

Disciplinary Committee
Chair

Master Evan Davidson

New Zealand

Members

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Grand Master Rolf Becking

Germany

 

 

 

Master Virginia Dionisi

Belgium

Sbn. Ekaterina Kozlachkova

Russia

 

Mission:

To ensure all activities of ITF and those associated with it are carried out in an ethical manner.

Chair: Master Evan Davidson, New Zealand.

E-mail: evanrossdavidson@gmail.com

Members:

Grand Master Rolf Becking, Germany.

Master Virginia Dionisi, Belgium.

Sbn. Ekaterina Kozlachkova, Russia.

 Grand Masters Promotion Committee
Chair

Honorable Grand Master Tom MacCallum

Scotland

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Grand Master Fred Acard

USA

Grand Master Michael Daher

Australia

 

Grand Master Héctor Marano

Argentina

 

Mission:

To examine and promote qualified candidates for 7th, 8th, and 9th Degree Black Belt

Chair:

Honorable Grand Master Tom MacCallum, Scotland.

E-mail:

Members:

Grand Master Fred Acard, USA.

Grand Master Michael Daher, Australia.

Grand Master Héctor Marano, Argentina.

 

Medical & Anti-Doping Committee
Chair

 

Miss Sabina Mason

Ireland

Members

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Master Ana Ghadir

Germany

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Mrs. Orsolya Erseki Hungary

 

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Mr. Alejandro Picardi Argentina

Sbn. Gustavo Sanz Argentina

 

Mission:

To assist and educate the ITF community, its national members, and its Instructors in standardising medical and anti-doping practices.

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Chair: Miss Sabina Mason, Ireland.

Email: antidoping@tkd-itf.org

Members:

Master Ana Ghadir, Germany.

Mrs. Orsolya Erseki, Hungary.

Mr. Alejandro Picardi, Argentina.

Sbn. Gustavo Sanz, Argentina.

Communications & Development Committee

Chair

Sbn. Gustavo Livon

Guatemala

Members

Sbn. Fabián Izquierdo

Brazil

Mr. Esteban Martucci

Argentina

 

Sbn. Bolun Dai
China

Sbn. Daniel Schmidt

Germany

Mission:

To assists the ITF, its national members, and its Instructors to develop and manage their business.

Chair: Sbn. Gustavo Livon, Guatemala.

Email:

Members:

Sbn. Fabián Izquierdo, Brazil.

Mr. Esteban Martucci, Argentina.

Sbn. Bolun Dai, China.

Sbn. Daniel Schmidt, Germany.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children´s Development Committee
Chair

Grand Master Donato Nardizzi

England

Members

Master Ernesto Santaniello

Italy


Sbn. Fabián Izquierdo

Brazil

 

Mission:

To ensure ITF children´s activities and training programs.

Chair: Grand Master Donato Nardizzi, England.

Email:

Members:

Master Ernesto Santaniello, Italy.

Sbn. Fabián Izquierdo, Brazil.

 

Harmony Committee
Chair

Sbn. Gastón CaseroArgentina

Members

Ms. Mayevi Galindo

Guatemala

Mr. David Charlton

England

Mr. Eduardo Quinteros

Argentina

 

Chair: Sbn. Gastón Casero, Argentina.

Email:

Members:

Ms. Mayevi Galindo, Guatemala.

Mr. David Charlton, England.

Mr. Eduardo Quinteros, Argentina.

DO and Ethics Committee
Chair
Sbn. Janel Gauthier

Canada

Members

Master Joliette Trân

Canada

Master Mark Banicevich
New Zealand

Master Andreu Martínez

Spain

 

Mission:

To achieve consistency and high quality in teaching the “Do”(i.e.,moral culture, values and reasoning)

Chair: Sbn. Janel Gauthier, Canada

Email: do@tkd-itf.org

Members:

Master Joliette Trân, Canada.

Master Mark Banicevich, New Zealand.

Master Andreu Martínez, Spain.

IT Committee

Chair

Master Harry Vones

Germany

Members

 

Grand Master Alberto Katz

Argentina

 

 

Mission:

To achieve consistency and high quality in teaching and umpiring

Chair: Master Harry Vones, Germany.

Email:

Members:

Grand Master Alberto Katz, Argentina.

 

Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee

 

Chair

Grand Master Frank Vanberghen

Belgium

Members

Master Ray Nicolaisen

Norway

Master Jason Morris

USA

Mr. Paul Harper

Australia

Ms. Eliana Berardo

Argentina

 

Mission:

To oversee the financial and risk functions of the ITF.

Chair: Grand Master Frank Vanberghen, Belgium.

Email:

Members:

Master Ray Nicolaisen, Norway.

Master Jason Morris, USA.

Mr. Paul Harper, Australia.

Ms. Eliana Berardo, Argentina.

 

Women’s Committee

Chair

Master Valérie Forget

Canada

Members

 

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Master Azucena Zorzón

Argentina

 

Sbn. Elena Kharzheeva

Russia

 

Sbn. Brigitte Morris

USA

Sbn. Joanna Lipa

Poland

Sbn. Patricia Garelik

Argentina

 

Mission:

To achieve consistency and high quality in teaching and umpiring

Chair: Master Valérie Forget, Canada.

Email:

Members:

Master Azucena Zorzón, Argentina.

Sbn. Elena Kharzheeva, Russia.

Sbn. Brigitte Morris, USA.

Sbn. Joanna Lipa, Poland.

Sbn. Patricia Garelik, Argentina.

Inclusion Committee

Chair

Sbn. Leonardo Oros Duek

Israel

Members

Bsbn. Anabel Vicario

Argentina

 

Mr. John Mcllvaney

Scotland

 

Mission:

To achieve consistency and high quality in teaching and umpiring

Chair: Sbn. Leonardo Oros Duek, Israel.

Email:

Members:

Bsbn. Anabel Vicario, Argentina.

Mr. John Mcllvaney, Scotland.

Coachs committee

Chair

 

Sbn. Adrian Byrne, Ireland

Members

 

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Master Mimmi Oskarsson

Sweden

Mr. Brendan Doogan

New Zealand

Sbn. Stephen Ryan

Ireland

Sbn. Andrei Kim

Russia

Sbn. Luciano Iriarte

Argentina

 

Mission:

 

Chair: Sbn. Adrian Byrne, Ireland.

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Members:

Master Mimmi Oskarsson, Sweden.

Mr. Brendan Doogan, New Zealand.

Sbn. Stephen Ryan, Ireland.

Sbn. Andrei Kim, Russia.

Sbn. Luciano Iriarte, Argentina