ITF stands for the International Taekwon-Do Federation which was
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 which is now taught in almost every country in the
ITF Taekwon-Do is a sport, a martial art, a way of life, and a tool for
As a sport, ITF Taekwon-Do encourages greater participation in competitions. All are managed by fully trained umpires and will soon have a safer and more reliable competing environment using computerised scoring systems which will be introduced to all major competing events. Competitions are held in popular locations around the globe. As a student of Taekwon-Do ITF you have the opportunity to participate in local competitions, and national, international, world championships that take place all year.
Teaching ITF Taekwon-Do as a martial art increases emphasis on the traditional core values and protocol with a focus on self-defence. We hold seminars, provide documentation, online videos, social media and other means of communication to spread knowledge of ITF Taekwon-Do, reaching out to new markets and to new participants, men and women, adults and children.
To demonstrate the value of ITF Taekwon-Do as a way of life, we strive to teach all facets of ITF Taekwon-Do, including the Do (The Way). The founder emphasised that for a long time across many martial arts there has been close attention to the technical aspects of a martial art but not so much on ‘the way’ that comes with this discipline and that it would be up to the next generation to give equal importance to the teaching of the Do. ITF wishes for their students to grow in understanding of the “why”, not only the “how”.
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.