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ACCREDITED MALAYSIAN WORLD GRANDMASTER 9TH DAN, SR. MASTER 8TH DAN & MASTER 7TH DAN PROMOTED BY LEGITIMATE INTERNATIONAL / WORLD BODY ORGANISATION OF ITF, GTF,CHAN-HON STYLE TAEKWON-DO SYSTEM IN MALAYSIA

Posted by Master Gary Tong on January 22, 2018 at 6:45 AM

ACCREDITED MALAYSIAN WORLD GRANDMASTER 9TH DAN, SR. MASTER 8TH DAN & MASTER 7TH DAN PROMOTED BY LEGITIMATE INTERNATIONAL / WORLD BODY ORGANISATION OF ITF, GTF,CHAN-HON STYLE TAEKWON-DO SYSTEM IN MALAYSIA (WCTF, ITF's, GTF, WTA, GTFI, ICTF, CHITF etc) as follow:

IX Dan


1. Grand Master Low Koon Lin

-9th Dan World Chun Kuhn Taekwon-Do Federation-WCTF

-9th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Vienna


2. Grand Master Sabree Salleh

-9th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation-GTF

-9th Dan Royal Taekwon-Do Federation-RTF

-9th Dan Taekwon-Do International

-9th Dan Advanced Taekwon-Do International -ATI ITF

 

3. The Late Grand Master Ally Teoh Cheng Hoe

-9th Dan International Ch'ang-Hon Taekwon-Do Federation-ICTF

-9th Dan Chan-Hun International Taekwon-Do Federation-CHITF

-9th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Vienna

 

4. Grand Master Yeow Cheng Watt

-9th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI

-9th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Spain


5. Grand Master Tan Chek Si

-9th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Vienna


6. Grand Master Rickie Low Ah Kuan

-9th Dan World Chun Kuhn Taekwon-Do Federation-WCTF

-9th Dan Chan Hun International Taekwon-Do Federation-CHITF

 

7. Grand Master Nelson Bernard Kirby

-9th Dan World Chun Kuhn Taekwon-Do Federation-WCTF


8. Grand Master Sam Looi Yew Khuen

-9th Dan World Chun Kuhn Taekwon-Do Federation-WCTF


9. Grand Master Dr. William Choo Keang Hai

 -9th Dan World Chun Kuhn Taekwon-Do Federation-WCTF

-9th Dan World ITF Taekwon-Do Council -WITC

 

10. The Late Grandmaster Ngiaw Wee Sun

-9th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation-GTF


11. Grand Master Ng Hooi Lai

-9th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation-GTF


12. Grand Master Keith Tan Siong Ou

-9th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI


13. Grand Master Amir Md Noor

-9th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI

-9th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF Canada


14. Grand Master Lim Heng Hin

-9th Dan International Ch'ang-Hon Taekwon-Do Federation-ICTF

 

15. Grand Master Chee Moon Piow

-9th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF Spain

 

16. Grand Master Michael Ch'ng Kim Chye

-9th Dan Home of International Taekwon-Do

-9th Dan International Ch'ang-Hon Taekwon-Do Federation-ICTF

-9th Dan World ITF Taekwon-Do Council-WITC


17. Grand Master Steve Ng Hong Aik

-9th Dan Advanced Taekwon-Do International-ATI ITF


18. Grand Master Peter Timik Anak Juin

-9th Dan World ITF Taekwon-Do Council-WITC


VIII Dan


1. The late Sr. Master Chew Teck Seong

-8th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Canada

-posthumous 9th Dan ITF-HQ Korea


2. The late Sr. Master Chan Kum Lau

-8th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Vienna

 

3. The late Sr. Master Tay Chin Hiong

-8th Dan World Chun Kuhn Taekwon-Do Federation-WCTF

 

4. Sr.Master Mohd Azwan Khoo

-8th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Vienna


5. Sr. Master Kelvin Tan Kea Hoe

-8th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI

 

6. Sr. Master Choong Teck Hoong

-8th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI


7. Sr Master V. Sivalingam

-8th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI

-8th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Spain

 

8. Sr Master Tommy Jee

-8th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI

 

9.Sr. Master Dang Kok Wai

-8th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation-GTF


10. Sr.Master Tan Eng Kiat

-8th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Vienna

 

11. Sr. Master Gary Tong Chee Yong

-8th Dan World Chun Kuhn Taekwon-Do Federation-WCTF

-8th Dan World Taekwon-Do Alliance-WTA

-8th Dan World ITF Taekwon-Do Council-WITC

 

12. Sr. Master Jonny Chai Min Fah

-8th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Vienna


13. Sr. Master Ang Kee Wah

-8th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI

-8th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF Canada

 

14. Sr. Master Ong Siong Wee

-8th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Vienna

 

15. Sr. Master Chong Soon Kean

-8th Dan Chan Hun International Taekwon-Do Federation -CHITF

 

16. Sr. Master Tan Ghee Lip

-8th Dan Chan Hun International Taekwon-Do Federation-CHITF


17. Sr. Master Azalina Othman said

-8th Dan Chan Hun International Taekwon-Do Federation -CHITF

 

18. Sr. Master Andy Ng Fook Heng

-8th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation-GTF

 

19. Sr. Master Alex Lee Min Pong

-8th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation-GTF

 

20. Sr. Master Lee Hok Heng

-8th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation-GTF

 

21. The Late Sr. Master Billy Soon Thian Lai

-8th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation-GTF

 

22. Sr. Master A.V.S. Bathi Allimuthu

-8th Dan Chan Hun International Taekwon-Do Federation-CHITF


23. Sr. Master Najmi Bin Abdullah

-8th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Spain

 

24. Sr. Master Johan Mohammad Bin Abdul Rahim

-8th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Spain


25. Sr. Master Johnson Kong Yong chai

-8th Dan International Ch'ang-Hon Taekwon-Do Federation-ICTF

 

26. Sr. Master Chew Kim Ling

-8th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI


27. Sr. Master Tan Seow May

-8th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI


28. Sr. Master Steward Cheong Kwee Seng

-8th Dan Chan Hun International Taekwon-Do Federation-CHITF


29. Sr. Master Daniel Ong Siew Teik

-8th Dan International Ch'ang-Hon Taekwon-Do Federation-ICTF

 

VII Dan

 

1. Master Mansur Manni

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation- ITF Spain


2. Master Ng Kok Leong

-7th Dan International Ch'ang-Hon Taekwon-Do Federation-ICTF

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International (GTFI)

 

3. Master Bobby Teo Tam Hock

-7th Dan International Ch'ang-Hon Taekwon-Do Federation-ICTF


4. Master A. Ravichanthiran

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Vienna

 

5. Master Tan Jing Choon

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Vienna

 

6. Master Cheah Gaik Wooi

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Vienna

 

7. Master Ng Kem Ho

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Vienna

 

8.Master Tony Kang Eng Hoe

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Vienna

 

9. Master Kheirul Mohamed

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International- GTFI

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF Canada


10. Master Ridzuan Abu Hassan

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Spain

 

11. Master Roland Choong Tae Kwon

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF Vienna


12. Master Nandakumar

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Spain

 

13. Master Balachandran

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Spain

 

14. Master Kalahrajan

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Spain


15. Master Ng Boon Tuck

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI


16. Master Azhari Muhamad

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI


17. Master Tan Bee Ling

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Spain


18. Master Lim Yoke Lin

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation-GTF


19. Master Hanafi Hanifah

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI

 

20. Master Mohd Rosli Idrus

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF Canada

 

21. Master Lee Sock Cheng

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF Vienna


22. Master Sharifuddin Mamat

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI

 

23. Master Mustahna Mahat

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI


24. Master Lim Kheng Bee

-7th Dan Chan Hun International Taekwon-Do Federation-CHITF


25 Master Don Looi Mun Khuen

-7th Dan World Chun Kuhn Taekwon-Do Federation-WCTF


26. Master Dennis Koo Boon Hau

-7th Dan Chan Hun International Taekwon-Do Federation-CHITF


27. Master S.Jayaselan

-7th Dan Allied International Taekwon-Do Council-AITC

-7th Dan Chan Hun International Taekwon-Do Federation-CHITF

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation Headquarters Korea- ITF HQ Korea

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Spain

-7th Dan World ITF Taekwon-Do Council-WITC


28 Master Rostarmizi Raus

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF Canada

 

29. Master Eizam Izeimi Arbak

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF Vienna


30. Master Dr Khor Choo Pang

-7th Dan World Taekwon-Do Alliance-WTA

-7th Dan World ITF Taekwon-Do Council-WITC

 

31 Master Ow Wee Leong

-7th Dan World Chun Kuhn Taekwon-Do Federation-WCTF

 

32. Master Edward Ng Hung Keang

-7th Dan International Ch'ang-Hon Taekwon-Do Federation-ICTF

 

33. Master Lu Chai Hock

-7th Dan International Ch'ang-Hon Taekwon-Do Federation-ICTF

 

34. Master Mohd Khaldun Redza

-7th Dan Malaysian International Taekwon-Do Federation-MITF

-7th Dan Chan-Hun International Taekwon-Do Federation-CHITF


35. Master Diana Wan

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Spain


36. Master Chow Chan Kong

-7th Dan Malaysian International Taekwon-Do Federation-MITF


37. Master Abdul Razak Bin Hussain

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Spain

 

38. Master Daniel Coi Eng Chye

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International- GTFI

 

39. Master Benny Teh Ooi Kiat

-7th Dan International Original Taekwon-Do Federation-IOTF

 

40. Master Kenneth Khoo

-7th Dan Chan Hun International Taekwon-Do Federation-CHITF

 

41. Master Tan Tai Hong

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF Canada

 

42. Master Chia Hon Kee

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI

 

43. Master Chin Lee Kee

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation-GTF

 

44. Master Muhammad Shahnaz Azmi

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Spain


45. Master Ng Teck Fay

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Spain


46. Master Richard Toh Khek Tong

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Spain

 

47. Master Yeow Chee Chern

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF- Spain

 

48. Master Yong Kin Chong

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Spain

 

49. Master Shakir Hussein Khalid

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF-Spain

 

50. Master Alamzah Bustami

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF Canada


51. Master Chin Lai Khak

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF Canada


52. Master Hudson Tan Li Wul

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF Canada


53. Master Khoo Bu Leong

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International- GTFI


54. Master Phang Sim Faat

-7th Dan Advanced Taekwon-Do International-ATI ITF


55. Master M.Nagenthiren

-7th Dan Advanced Taekwon-Do International-ATI ITF


56. Master Lee Yu Jin

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF Vienna


57. Master Francis Ting

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation-ITF Vienna


58. Master Adam Mohd Ariff

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation- ITF Canada


59. Master G.Apalasamy

-7th Dan International Taekwon-Do Federation Union-ITF Union


60. Master Steven William

-7th Dan Malaysian Global Taekwon-Do Federation- MGTF


61. Master Jessyn Wong Siew Geok

-7th Dan Malaysian Global Taekwon-Do Federation- MGTF

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI


62. Master Justin Chong

-7th Dan Malaysian Global Taekwon-Do Federation- MGTF

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI


63. Master Ahmadul Nizam Bin Mohammad 

-7th Dan World ITF Taekwon-Do Council-WITC


64. Master Chew Ah Hock

-7th Dan Malaysian Global Taekwon-Do Federation-MGTF

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI


65. Master Daniel Tan

-7th Dan Malaysian Global Taekwon-Do Federation-MGTF

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI


66. Master Christopher Wee

-7th Dan Malaysian Global Taekwon-Do Federation-MGTF

-7th Dan Global Taekwon-Do Federation International-GTFI


 


Why Learn Taekwon-Do?

Posted by Master Gary Tong on October 11, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Why Learn Tae Kwon Do

 

 

 

Why Learn Tae Kwon Do?

 

For Self-defense: One never knows when he or she may be attacked. Since we normally do not carry side arms, a most effective way to defend ourselves and our loved ones is "empty hand fighting" and Tae Kwon Do reveals the ancient secrets. Knowledge of these secrets can be life savings in times of danger.

 

For Health: Tae Kwon Do is far more than just defensive methods. It is a superb means of mental and physical development. Tae Kwon Do practitioners are noted for their excellent health gained from the discipline and patience required by the art.

 

For Self Confidence and Poise: Tae Kwon Do first and foremost requires that all students be polite and respectful and never use their knowledge for frivolous purposes or wanton harm. Yet a true student is able to dispel fear.

 

What can be achieved through Tae Kwon Do training? The student of Tae Kwon Do develops an unbeatable self-defense through rigid training and professional supervised instruction. In addition Tae Kwon Do builds dynamic tension and makes balanced use of a large number of body muscles. It provides excellent all around exercise and develops coordination and agility. Tae Kwon Do trains students in character, sincerity, effort, etiquette and self-control.

 

Who may learn Tae Kwon Do? Classes are open to men, women and children as Tae Kwon Do is one of the only true family sports. All can learn and participate together. The degree of progress for any student is based on the individual coordination and attentiveness. Physical fitness is essential for a happy, productive life, and invariably, people who are capable of defending themselves are less troublesome and better citizens.

 

Advantages & Benefits of Learning/Practice Taekwondo

• Practical and effective self-defense

• Improved body flexibility and posture

• Improved muscle coordination and balance

• Improved mental and physical stamina

• Improved Figure and weight control

• Improved self-confidence & concentration

• Reduced stress, anxiety and tension

• Elevated consciousness toward a self-will to reduce any bad habits

• A sense of personal accomplishment and aspirations.

• Improved discipline and focus

• Development of inter-personal skills

• Improved Muscle and body toning

• Emphasis on respect for oneself and others especially the elders & senior.

• Strengthening of self-confidence and

discipline to stand against peer pressure • Form long lasting friendships & relationships.

 

ITF Taekwon-Do Rank System

Posted by Master Gary Tong on October 11, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Ranks System

 

 

 

The Ch'ang-Hon Taekwon-Do Style has a unique ranking system. It consists of five solid color belts (kups - also commonly called gups), five intermediate colour belts (indicated by a stripe around both hanging ends of the belt or a stripe around the middle of the entire belt), and nine degrees of Black.

 

10th kup (white)

9th kup (white with yellow stripe)

8th kup (yellow)

7th kup (yellow with green stripe)

6th kup (green)

5th kup (green with blue stripe)

4th kup (blue)

3rd kup (blue with red stripe)

2nd kup (red)

1st kup (red with a black stripe)

The nine degrees (dans) of Black are organized into skill levels:

 

1st-3rd dan (Novice) with the title of Assistant Instructor (Boo-sabum)

4th-6th dan (Expert) with the title of Instructor (Sabum)

7th-8th dan (Master) with the title of Master (Sahyun)

9th dan (Grand Master) with the title of Grand Master (Saseong)

The reason for nine black belt degrees, according to General Choi, is that the number nine is not only the highest of the single-digit numbers, but also is the number of three multiplied by three. In the Orient, three is the most esteemed of all numbers. The Chinese character for 3 is three horizontal lines, one above the other. The bottom line represents earth; the middle line represents mortals; the upper line represents heaven.

 

Each colour has a specific philosophical meaning. They are as follows:

 

White - signifies innocence and ignorance toward Taekwon-Do, as that of the beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwon-Do;

Yellow - signifies the earth, from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the Taekwon-Do foundation is laid;

Green - signifies the plant's growth, as the Taekwon-Do

skill begins to develop; Blue - signifies Heaven, towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Taekwon-Do progress;

Red - signifies danger, cautioning the student to exercise control and warning the opponent to stay away;

Black - Opposite of white, therefore signifying the maturity and proficiency in Taekwon-Do. It also indicates the wearer's imperviousness to darkness and fear.

Up to 6th dan, all ranks require the student to perform a test of all skills and knowledge up to their rank to be promoted. Ranks above 6th dan may be awarded with consent of the promotion committee with no physical test required; due to the nature of and responsibilities of a master no longer being centered on the physical development of students. However, if the recipient desires, a demonstration may be performed. 9th degree (being the highest) can only be awarded when the special committee examines and reaches a unanimous consent. There are minimum times that practitioners must remain at a black belt degree before being promoted to the next grade: 1st degree: minimum 18 months as 1st degree before promotion to 2nd degree; 2nd degree: minimum 2 years; 3rd degree: minimum 3 years; 4th degree: minimum 4 years; and so on.

 

 

ITF Patterns

Posted by Master Gary Tong on October 11, 2014 at 6:10 AM

Ch'ang-Hon Taekwon-Do /ITF Patterns

 

 

 

Patterns or forms ("tuls" in Korean, equivalent to the kata in karate) originally called Hyung, are considered by many to be one of the most important aspects of training in Taekwon-Do. The patterns practised by members of the ITF are originally the patterns of the OH DO KWAN and rather different from those performed by Kukkiwon, especially the Taegeuk Poomsae, and form one of the major differences between the two styles.

 

The majority of the patterns (excepting Ul-Ji and Tong-Il) start with a defensive move, which emphasizes Taekwondo's defensive nature. All of the patterns start and end at the same location*. This ensures that the practitioners' stances are the correct length, width, and in the proper direction.

 

*It should be noted that every school puts their own "twist" on the patterns, doing each of them a little differently than other schools. The basic techniques are also altered based on the preference/philosophy of the instructor.

 

There are 24 patterns (틀) in the official ITF syllabus, developed by General Choi with assistance form associates such as Nam Tae Hi, Kim Bok Man, Han Cha Kyo, CK Choi and Park Jung Tae. General Choi also developed the Confucious based Korean Patriotic philosophy of each pattern. The names of these patterns typically refer to a patriotic instance or person of Korean history, with the exception of the controversial Juche Tul. They are as follows (with Hangul/Hanja names), and with related articles:

 

Chon-Ji (천지/天地) 19 Movements

Dan-Gun (단군/檀君) 21 Movements

Do-San (도산/島山) 24 Movements

Won-Hyo (원효/元曉) 28 Movements

Yul-Gok (율곡/栗谷) 38 Movements

Joong-Gun (중근/重根) 32 Movements

Toi-Gye (퇴계/退溪) 37 Movements

Hwa-rang (화랑/花郎) 29 Movements

Choong-Moo (충무/忠武) 30 Movements

Kwang gae (광개/廣開) 39 Movements

Po-eun (포은/圃隱) 36 Movements

Ge back (계백/階伯) 44 Movements

Eui-am (의암/義菴) 45 Movements

Choong jang (충장/忠壯) 52 Movements

Juche (주체/主體) 45 Movements

Sam il (삼일/三一) 33 Movements

Yoo sin (유신/庾信) 68 Movements

Choi-yong (최영/崔榮) 46 Movements

Yong gae (연개/淵蓋) 49 Movements

Ul ji (을지/乙支) 42 Movements

Moon moo (문무/文武) 61 Movements

So san (서산/西山) 72 Movements

Se jong (세종/世宗) 24 Movements

Tong-il (통일/統一) 56 Movements

Originally there was another pattern called Ko dang(39 Movements), but this has been replaced by Juche in the current official syllabus of the ITF. As Juche is an important element of North Korean ideology, this change is sometimes controversial. In some studios, Juche is taught in addition to Ko-Dang, rather than replacing it, because the instructor feels that both are important.

 

It is also interesting to note that Oh Do Kwan representative HYUN, Jong Myung was one of the eight people from various kwans who created the Palgwe and Dan Poomsae (patterns) for the Korea Taekwondo Association in 1965, and was also on that same committee when the Palgwe Poomsae was replaced with the Taegeuk Poomsae, and some Dan Poomsae was revised in 1971–72, for the Kukkiwon.

 

 

ITF History

Posted by Master Gary Tong on October 11, 2014 at 6:10 AM

ITF History

 

 

 

The International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) was founded in 1966 by General Choi Hong Hi six years before his exile from South Korea in 1972 and seven years before the WTF. His first visit of good will to North Korea was in 1980, when he introduced Taekwon-Do there. It is one the two major international Taekwon-Do organisations, the other being the public Olympic International Federation called World Taekwondo Federation or WTF. The WTF though only operates competitions and has nothing to do with curriculum. For that, the WTF only recognizes the Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters). General Choi was the primary figure in the development of Taekwon-Do during the 20th century and headed meetings with the senior Taekwon-Do masters to unify a large number of the Korean martial arts schools under the name Taekwon-Do. He is also responsible for providing Taekwon-Do with its name which was agreed upon on April 11th, 1955. He is acknowledged by practitioners of ITF Taekwon-Do as the founder and father of Taekwon-Do.

 

The original headquarters of the ITF from its inception in 1966 until it relocated to Canada in 1972 was in Seoul, Korea. It then moved from Canada to its former headquarters in Vienna, Austria in 1985. Shortly before General Choi's death, he flew to North Korea to be able to die in his homeland. During this period, internal debate concerning the rightful successor to General Choi became so serious as to cause a serious fracture of the ITF. There are now three major groups claiming to be the rightful ITF

 


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