Pioneers

The ITF wishes to acknowledge those who contributed to the development of Taekwon-Do and the ITF in the past, though some may no longer be with us, nevertheless we acknowledge their involvement in Taekwon-Do. They are sometimes referred to as Pioneers, the early instructors or first to bring Taekwon-Do to certain regions of the world, or to assist Gen. Choi in the development and promotion of the art of Taekwon-Do. This section of the website will take time to compile in a careful and accurate way and we ask for your help. If you have pictures, information or historical documents relating to the Pioneers of Taekwon-Do, please email communications@tkd-itf.org

1958 tkd book 2.5  TKD name written in Chinese Calligraphy by the ROK President Rhee, as it proves Gen. Choi obtained presidential authority for the new nameTAEKWON-DO: The Korean Martial Art of Self Defense first developed in the Republic of (south) Korea’s Army by Gen. Choi Hong Hi and soldiers under his Command. Gen. Choi conceived the name Taekwon-Do and was able to get the 1st President of Korea Seung-Man Rhee to approve the name. As a result the date April 11, 1955 has come to be associated as the birthday of Taekwon-Do. The purpose of the training was to instill confidence in military combat situations and to develop esprit de corps. As the soldiers and Gen. Choi retired from the military they continued to disseminate Taekwon-Do abroad. With the inception of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) on March 22, 1966 in Seoul the responsibility for the development and spread of this “Original Taekwon-Do” now fell to the ITF under the Presidency of Gen. Choi. As Taekwon-Do moved to the civilian population, self defense continued as a focus of the training, along with being a sport, a way of life and a tool for social development in hopes of “building a more peaceful world.”
Translated literally; “Tae” stands for jumping or flying, to kick or smash with the foot. “Kwon” denotes the fist-chiefly to punch or destroy with the hand or fist. “Do” means an art or way-the right way built and paved by the saints and sages in the past.

 

The Oh Do Kwan

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The Oh Do Kwan: Was the Military Gym that was co-founded by Gen. Choi and Col. Nam. After a very successful legendary demonstration in front of the 1st Korean President Dr. RHEE Seung-Man, in which the President directed Gen. Choi to teach the Martial Arts to all the Troops, the Oh Do Kwan became the facility to carry out that mandate. The name translates to gym of my way or my gym. Hence each individual soldier could feel at home in their gym, regardless of the Kwan they may have trained at on the civilian side. The Oh Do Kwan became the training centre that would produce the many instructors needed to spread Taekwon-Do throughout the Korean Military. Gen. Choi was the Director, Capt. Nam the Chief Instructor and Sgt. Han Cha Kyo the Assistant Instructor.

The First 3 Masters of Taekwon-Do

General Choi Hong-Hi, Army serial number: 10044

General Choi Hong-Hi, Army serial number: 10044

 

Col. Nam Tae-Hi, army serial number 210053

Col. Nam Tae-Hi, Army serial number: 210053

 

 

Sgt. 1st class, Han Cha-Kyo, Army serial number 9430128

Sgt. 1st class, Han Cha-Kyo, Army serial number: 9430128

 

 Early Military Taekwon-Do Instructors

Colonel Baek Joon-Ki (Army Serial #210430)

Colonel Baek Joon-Ki (Army Serial #210430)

 

Kang Suh-Chong

Kang Suh-Chong

 

Master-Sergeant Kim Bok-Man (Army Serial #0245228)

Master-Sergeant Kim Bok-Man (Army Serial #0245228)

 

Corporal Kim Jong-Chan

Corporal Kim Jong-Chan

 

Lieutenant-Colonel Kim Soo-Ryun

Lieutenant-Colonel Kim Soo-Ryun

 

Lieutenant-Colonel Kim Suk-Kyu

Lieutenant-Colonel Kim Suk-Kyu

 

 

Colonel Ko Jae-Chun (Army Serial #206717)

Colonel Ko Jae-Chun (Army Serial #206717)

 

Lieutenant-Colonel Lee Sang-Koo

 

(2 Star) Major-General Woo Jong-Lim (Army Serial #209252)

(2 Star) Major-General Woo Jong-Lim (Army Serial #209252)

Sgt. Uhm

Sergeant Uhm Woon-Gyu

GM Hyun

Grandmaster Hyun Jong-Myun

Reasons for ITF

ITF Foundation Dates

Founding members of ITF (1966)

 ITF Honorary Founding Memebrs

 ITF Founding Memebrs 1 ITF Founding Members 2

 ITF Founding Members1972

 

Republic of Korea

Republic of Korea

(W.) Germany

(W.) Germany

Italy

Italy

Malaysia

Malaysia

Singapore

Singapore

 

Turkey

Turkey

United Arab Republic (of Egypt)

United Arab Republic (of Egypt)

USA

USA

Republic of Vietnam

Republic of Vietnam

 

ITF Activation 2

ITF Activation

 

ITF Instructors Dispatched Abroad by 1969

ITF Instructors Dispatched Abroad by 1969

 

ITF Early Organisational Chart

ITF Early Organisational Chart

 

ITF Proposed HQ

ITF Proposed HQ

ITF Foundation Day Demo Members

ITF Foundation Day Demo Members

Key members that led the ITF over the years

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CHOI HONG-HI

Founder & President 1966-2002

NAM TAE-HI

Founding Member, 1st Promotion Committee Chairman, Past Vice President

KIM JONG-CHAN

Founding Member who was perhaps the most important person actually responsible for the logistics in setting up the ITF, 1st Chief Instructor of Instructor Courses, Designed ITF Crest & Plaque, Former Chairman of the Technique & Merger Committees, Past Secretary General, Instructor of the 1st International Umpire Course, Host of the 1st World Championships, Member of the 4th & 6th ITF Demo Teams, 1974 & 1979

KIM BOK-MAN

Founding Member who was perhaps the most important person in establishing bases for ITF Member Nations by teaching TKD throughout Southeast Asia & introducing TKD to Vietnam, Head of the 1st ITF Demo Team 1967-8

HAN CHA-KYO

Founding Member who introduced TKD by demonstrating in Vietnam in 1959 & on the Goodwill around the world in 1965, 1st Chairman of Planning Committee & Former Chairman of the Tournament Committee

PARK JONG-SOO

Founding Member who introduced TKD by demonstrating it on the Goodwill around the world in 1965, Past Secretary General, Member of the 2nd, 3rd & 4th ITF Demo Teams 1968, 1973 & 1974, Former Member of the Consultative Committee

PARK JUNG-TAE

Past Secretary General & Former Chairman of the ITF Instruction Committee, traveled worldwide as the Chief Instructor, Member of the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th ITF Demo Teams, 1974 & 1978-81

RHEE KI-HA

Founding Member, Member of the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th ITF Demo Teams 1968, 73, 78, 79, 80, Host of the 4th World Championships, Past Vice President

KWON JAE-HWA

Founding Member who introduced TKD by demonstrating it on the Goodwill around the world in 1965, Member of the 2nd ITF Demo Team 1968, Former Chairman of the Discipline Committee

CHOI KWANG-JO

Founding Member, Member of the 1st ITF Demo Team 1967-8, Former Chief Instructor, Former Vice-Chair of Umpire Committee

CHOI CHANG-KEUN

Founding Member, Member of the 3rd & 5th, 6th ITF Demo Teams 1973, 78, 79, Former Chairman of Umpire Committee, Designed ITF Tree Logo

HWANG KWANG-SUNG

Former Chairman of Merger Committee, ITF Spokesperson & Special Assistant to Gen. Choi

KIM YOUNG-SOO

Founding Member, Former Chief Instructor

CHO SANG-MIN

Founding Member, Former Chief Instructor

KONG YONG-IL

Founding Member, Member of the 3rd ITF Demo Team 1973, Former Chairman of the Expansion Committee

PARK SUN-JAE

Founding Member, Member of the 2nd & 3rd ITF Demo Teams 1968, 1973

LEE SUK-HI

Past Vice President, Former Assistant Auditor, Member of the 4th & 7th ITF Demo Teams, 1974 & 1980

CHOI JUNG-HWA

Past Secretary General, Member of the 7th ITF Demo Team1980

CHUNG KWANG-DUK

Member of the 6th ITF Demo Team 1979, Former Special Advisor

CHARLES E. SEREFF

Past Vice President & Secretary General, Former Chairman of Collegiate & Promotion Committees, Member of the 7th ITF Demo Team 1980

VAN BINH NYUGEN

Founding Member, Chairman of the Master’s Promotion Committee

LEE YOO-SUN

Founding Member, Member of 2nd ITF Demo Team 1968

KANG SHU-CHONG

Founding Member, Past Vice President, Former Chairman of Title Committee

YUN YOUNG-KU

Member of the 1st ITF Demo Team 1967-8, Former Chief Instructor & Chairman of Merger Committee

THOMAS MacCALLUM

Former long term Under-Secretary General & Secretary General, Treasurer

LEONG WAI MENG

Member of the 5th ITF Demo Team, Former Chairman of the Consultative Committee

KIM KWANG-IL

Founding Member & Member of the 2nd & 4th ITF Demo Teams, 1968 & 1974

YU HONG-SUNG

Former Chairman of the Promotion Committee, Member of the 4th ITF Demo Team 1974

HAN SAM-SOO

Former Chairman of the Umpire Committee, Member of the 4th & 7th ITF Demo Teams 1974 & 1980

TRÂN TRIÊU QUÂN

Former Chairman of the Tournament Committee, Host of the 1990 & 2007 World Championships, Past President who played a vitally important role in navigating the ITF through turbulent times following the passing of General Choi & moving the ITF forward in a professional manner well suited for the 21st Century, before he himself passed away tragically in a massive earthquake in the service of those less fortunate

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Promoted to IX Dan Grandmaster by General Choi

590289491208-1 - Version 21st July, 1997               GM Rhee, Ki-Ha                 GB-9-1

8th December, 1997     GM Charles E. Sereff         A-9-1

8th December, 1997     GM Hwang, Kwang-Sung   K-9-1

1st May, 2001                GM Park, Jong-Soo           C-9-1

1st March, 2002            GM Van Binh Nguyen        A-9-2

1st March, 2002            GM Duc Dang                     A-9-3

  • 21st March, 2002          GM Jung, Woo Jin              A-9-4