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The draws starts on page 141 in the 2019 WC ResultBook.

2019 WC ResultBook

The results for each country can find on the 2019 WC Results per Country

2019 WC Results per Country

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Dear ITF Family,

The 15th Junior and 21st Senior World Championships are already complete, and the feedback about the organization was extremely positive. Some said, “The best ever”.

Another outstanding event was the elections for the Board of Directors. For the first time in ITF history there were multiple candidates for each position. Members had the opportunity to choose based on democratic principles.The result was also outstanding because two women were elected for the first time in ITF history.

This has already progresses one of my goals: to modernize the ITF. Further goals will follow, including:

  • to preserve the legacy of General Choi, by ensuring that Taekwon-Do retains its original concept and technique;
  • global development across all continents;
  • new projects (e.g. inclusion);
  • new committees and working groups (e.g. Risk and Audit Committee);
  • international recognition (e.g. Nomad Games); and
  • visibility (e.g. a Taekwon-Do App).

I would like to thank the members for their confidence in us. It is a big challenge and responsibility for us to lead the ITF. We will do our best, and we need your engagement, experience and advice.  Further thanks goes to: –       the members of the previous Board for their work and passion to stabilize and enlarge the ITF; –       the members of the Standing Committees and Working Groups for their service to our members, and for many new ideas; –       the Umpires for their work at ITF events – no umpires = no competition; –       the coaches and instructors who work every day in their dojang to spread the Taekwon-Do of General Choi; and-       the team that worked for the election campaign. THE ITF IS ALL OF US – the Board of Directors, the Standing Committees and Working Groups and the Association Members.So for the good of the ITF and the legacy of General Choi, let us work together as a TEAM. It is in our hands – what we achieve depends on us! Thank you!

GM Paul Weiler

ITF President

Important note:

Due to the new elections and the associated obligations (e.g. registration of the new Board of Directors) there may be slight delays in answering emails or delivering documents. We ask for your understanding!

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International Taekwon-Do Federation by Communications Committee - 2M ago

Dear National Association (NA) members.

We would like to remind you that the deadline to submit applications as a candidate for the next elections is fast approaching. The deadline is the 13th of April (23:59 Madrid time).
A very important point I would like to reiterate and I want you all to remember, is that all candidates go forward as INDIVIDUAL candidates for election for each position and you, the members, will vote one by one, for each candidate, choosing who you feel is the best person for each position. I would like to clarify that these elections are completely democratic and not one team or party against another; all candidates are part of the ITF and those individuals that you elect will form the leadership team and new board of directors of the ITF.

It is of paramount importance that each NA takes the time to analyse the skills, competencies and attributes of each individual and makes a decision to vote based on their abilities to lead the ITF forward. Whoever you choose will have the privilege and responsibility to govern the world body for our martial art, the ITF.

Remember any candidate representing their NA and meeting the criteria already sent to each NA has the right to put their name forward for this open and democratic election.

You can view the list of all candidates and their CVs on the ITF website at this link;

https://www.taekwondoitf.org/about-us/elections-2019/

I trust that all of you will make the decision to choose the right person in each case for the right position to lead us forward into the next era and to bring the ITF to the highest level possible.

My best regards as always,

Gran Master Pablo Trajtenberg

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International Taekwon-Do Federation by Communications Committee - 2M ago

 

GM Willem Jacob Bos

Candidature for the position of President

of the INTERNATIONAL TAEKWON-DO FEDERATION

Mandate: 2019-2023

4th Message Grand Master Willem Jacob Bos
Candidate for President
Message for the GrandMaster in the ITF

My wish is to take care about democracy and having persons around me with knowledge, ability and a great will to make the ITF the very best martial art federation creating an enormous visibilty in the worldwide.

Grandmasters, Masters, Instructors and practioners help me to make this wish come true.

To keep the legency of General Choi Hong Hi, I address to you Grand Masters to TOGETHER WE MOVE FORWARD based on tenents and principles.

Dear Grandmasters of the ITF,

I trust you are all well. I want you to know I have been giving thought and consideration as to how we can give all Grandmasters a special place in our ITF community. I would like very much to create the opportunity for our most senior and respected members to remain involved in and play an active part in our ITF.

For example, I would like to create a Grandmasters Advisory Council, in order for the ITF board to have a connection to our seniors and to seek their advice & experience on relevant matters.

This council could also create an opportunity for all Grandmasters to communicate on a more regular basis, discuss our wonderful martial art, network and share ideas and experiences, meet, socialise and put on the dobok and enjoy some training together.

It is also my wish that we may use this council of Grandmasters to help us when appropriate in teaching seminars and courses, or if we have a question or doubt that we have a group of seniors to collaborate with; each of you has a wealth of knowledge and we should be tapping into this more often.

It is also important that all Grandmasters are invited to our world events as VIP guests and it is my hope that in the future ITF can subsidise your accommodation costs so that you can all be present at our World Championships and World Cup events.

As the ITF continues to grow, modernise and move with the times, it is only right that young and qualified persons will begin take on more official roles at board and committee level, this is something we should embrace and will serve to strengthen our community, however, I am also mindful of the need to keep our connection to our roots, our founder, our values and traditions as a martial art and with this in mind it is vital to keep a role and important status for our Grandmasters.

I hope that you agree with me on this important matter, please feel free to contact me with your feedback and ideas and I look forward to discussing this in more detail with you in person soon also.
If I have the honour of being elected as President of the ITF at the Congress on April 28th in Inzell, Germany this will be one of the first tasks I look forward to implementing, with your support and collaboration.

TOGETHER WE MOVE FORWARD!

Yours sincerely,

Grandmaster Willem Jacob Bos
Candidate for ITF President

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 3rd Message

A Continental & Regional Development & Action Plan for the ITF

Dear members,

As well as implementing the first strategic planning document for the ITF, which will clearly outline the goals and targets to develop & grow ITF and bring us to the next level, together with your collaboration, another key goal of mine for this next period is to create and implement a Continental & Regional Development and Action Plan for the ITF.

This Plan will outline how we will go about developing, growing, increasing the technical, structural and administrative levels in each continent & region and to continue to drive our ITF forward and in the right direction.

This document will be an action plan created by the board but with the collaboration of the ITF members including those from the regions and continents to be developed and helped. Together, we will identify the specific needs of each continent and region and put together a plan with short, medium and long-term goals, clear timelines and steps outlining how these goals will be achieved.

It will involve investment as well as creating leadership and development teams to work with and in each continent & region. We will listen carefully to those within those regions and use their feedback to guide the plan.

As an already established example, the ITF over the last number of years has invested 100,000 Euro to help with the development of Africa and member countries located there; this investment, together with the donations of our members and under the guidance of Grandmaster Weiler, has enabled the ITF to become established in a number of new countries, conduct seminars and courses, establish a development team and help that continent and region to grow.

In the next period through the creation of our development & action plan, we will set budgets and targets for other regions also and create development and leadership teams to help ITF members in those regions. Each of you will have an opportunity to be part of this process, as we will set out a clear and transparent selection process for those who wish to be involved and part of these teams. We will also count on your input and collaboration in the creation of the action plan.

Each continent and region has common but also unique needs, depending on the location, economic status, religion and culture, whether ITF already exists there or not, the level and expertise of existing clubs, instructors and associations.

Therefore, the development and action plan will give the specific supports needed depending on where, what and who we are helping & developing.

For example for already well established continents and regions, we will create closer links to the continental boards and national association members in order to ensure we are working to common goals which are mutually beneficial and ensure strong regions continue to grow and flourish, be it through support in getting more countries recognised by their government, attracting new members and supporting well functioning continental and national boards to do even better.

We will put in place different plans for regions and countries that need support at different levels e.g. Africa, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Asia; be it with seminars and courses or help with administration and structure, depending on the needs identified in our action plan.

It is also an aim of mine to develop a plan and course of action to establish and re-establish ITF in countries and regions where we do not currently have any members, by attracting past members to return or starting afresh at grass roots level in countries where we never have had a presence, in order to bring the ITF to all parts of the world and make our wonderful martial art accessible to everyone.

As with the strategic plan for the ITF, this cannot be done alone, we must work together for the growth, development and betterment of the ITF for all.

TOGETHER WE MOVE FORWARD!

Yours sincerely,

Grandmaster Willem Jacob Bos

Candidate for ITF President

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2nd Message

A Strategic Plan for the ITF – A Shared Vision for the Future

Dear ITF members,

I want to inform you that one of my first goals if I have the honour and privilege of being elected as the next ITF President, is to create a Strategic Plan for the development & growth of the ITF.

I firmly believe that the creation of this document will give us a clear focus as an organisation in this upcoming period. It will enable us to see where we are now, lay the foundations and path for where we want to go and put in place the steps as to how we are going to get there. The ITF Strategic plan will outline a clear vision and goals, allow us to clearly articulate our core values as a community, with defined outcomes, accountability and a clear mandate for the ITF board and committees.

Our strategic plan will allow us to collaborate, brainstorm, discuss, reflect and act upon what we identify as our strengths, what current weaknesses we have and how can we deal with them, what opportunities we see ahead for ITF at global, regional and national levels, what threats or impediments we can identify to our ITF and how we can adapt and create a clear plan based on this analysis to deal with them and move the ITF forward in the right direction.

As someone who is privileged to be in a leadership position in this wonderful community, the ITF, I want to give you the members a voice and a platform to have your needs heard and articulated.

With your help and input, this document will ensure we continue to flourish and grow as an organization, in line with our shared vision and goals, reflective of the needs of our members; ensuring the ITF puts it’s focus and efforts to develop as a Martial Art with a set of strong moral values and tradition, a dynamic and exciting Sport, a tool for social integration, inclusion, health & peace and a way of life that we are all proud and passionate to be part of.

I look forward to the collaboration of all grandmasters, masters, instructors, board members, committee members and national associations in the development of this Strategic Plan for ITF.

I am excited and enthused by the prospect of what we can achieve together and having a clear and shared vision of how we will bring the ITF to the next level.

Together we Move Forward

Yours sincerely,

Grandmaster Willem Jacob Bos

Candidate for President

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1st Message

INTRODUCTION
It is my intention to build the future of ITF starting from the success of the past and to put all my passion, loyalty and professional experience, gained in 51 years of Taekwon-Do ITF practice on the tatami and in several administrative positions such as Treasurer, Secretary General and ITF Director, in the forthcoming mandate.

I am sure that, together with the members of the new democratically elected Board, a high standard, effective work can be carried out to achieve common goals for the development and well-being of all ITF Taekwon-Do community.

First of all I would like to acknowledge the achievements reached under the leadership of President GM Pablo Trajtenberg and the board members from March 2011 to April 2019, where I held the position of Director:

Introduction of new programmes and courses: Harmony, Do, Kids, International Conventions, Coaches’ Conference and the constant growth and development of already well established courses such as IICs and IUCs.

Growth of the Federation: more members, more countries (now over 100), more and better services; i.e., more efficient processing and distribution of certificates using the online database. New countries affiliated to ITF through strategic work in Africa, Asia and Central and South America.

Evolution of our championships: increase in the number of participants, live streaming, greater media presence, improvement of the technical level of athletes and umpires, introduction of Sport Data system to handle the competitions.

Informatization: ITF online system and database, more efficient and professional service to our members.

New committees and projects: i.e., the Communications Committee, supporting the board and our members in the marketing and promotion of our Art and activities, has developed a fundamental presence of ITF in the main media.

Updating our constitution, bylaws and structures to develop a more professional, transparent and democratic organization.

Progress in the recognition of our Martial Art through key meetings and presence at Sport Accord conventions.

Return of old members attracted by our professionalism, transparency, democratic structure, our technical level, courses, championships and development opportunities.

My Vision of the Future and Goals:

To continue with modernization and proceed with the times with democracy and transparency while preserving the tradition, values and legacy of ITF Taekwon-Do and following the principles of our Founder General Choi Hong Hi.

To continue to devise teams to develop ITF in new regions and countries.

To develop and offer better services and connections to each region and continent by courses, seminars, and to help in achieving government recognition.To organize training courses to structure and develop an association, a regional structure, to apply marketing strategies, effective and innovative training methods and plans to attract new members.

To help our already strong regions to become even bigger and better organized.

To add new committees to help bring our ITF to the next level, with representations of our members, i.e. women, athletes, umpires, special needs and inclusion.More specifically, to build on the work already underway to establish specific programmes for those with special needs and disabilities by creating greater links with already established groups and programmes (e.g. PRIME) and forming our own groups of experts to guide our members.

To implement the work to achieve the goal of recognition of our Federation by Sport Accord/GAISF

To give everyone the opportunity to be involved by ensuring a transparent process of selecting committees, officers, board, etc. Ensuring those with the right skills and competencies to have the chance to work in the right and key places.

To ensure our Seniors, Masters and Grand Masters continue to have a special place in our ITF (i.e., establishing a Grand Masters advisory council with a link to the  board to keep our longest serving members involved in and contributing to the ITF).

To listen to our members regarding their specific needs in each region, to give them a voice and platform to be heard and be involved to implement plans for the growth and development of our ITF.

To continue with the evolution and growth of our Championships, improving the technical level of athletes, umpires, to attract the audience, new sponsors and partners.

To continue the spread of Taekwon-Do ITF throughout the world and make it accessible for all to learn, practice, train in and enjoy, regardless of age, gender,ethnicity, religion or ability by developing a strategic plan through consultation between the board, committees, Grandmasters, Masters and Member Countries.

To increase the visibility of Taekwon-Do ITF throughout all the possible media.

To create greater networking and training opportunities for our Instructors, Masters and Grand Masters, giving them the opportunity to meet, network, train, share ideas and contribute with their experience.

To create links between ITF and other organizations with the aim of expansion,firmly maintaining our tradition and autonomy, and to promote ITF as a tool for health,social development, peace, inclusion and integration.

To develop new projects and courses such as a recognised coaching/instructing qualification and continue to work with the current committees on the goals already achieved as well as setting new targets for the future.

Yours in Taekwon-Do

GM Willem Jacob Bos

 

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A Strategic Plan for the ITF – A Shared Vision for the Future

Dear ITF members,

I want to inform you that one of my first goals if I have the honour and privilege of being elected as the next ITF President, is to create a Strategic Plan for the development & growth of the ITF.

I firmly believe that the creation of this document will give us a clear focus as an organisation in this upcoming period. It will enable us to see where we are now, lay the foundations and path for where we want to go and put in place the steps as to how we are going to get there. The ITF Strategic plan will outline a clear vision and goals, allow us to clearly articulate our core values as a community, with defined outcomes, accountability and a clear mandate for the ITF board and committees.

Our strategic plan will allow us to collaborate, brainstorm, discuss, reflect and act upon what we identify as our strengths, what current weaknesses we have and how can we deal with them, what opportunities we see ahead for ITF at global, regional and national levels, what threats or impediments we can identify to our ITF and how we can adapt and create a clear plan based on this analysis to deal with them and move the ITF forward in the right direction.

As someone who is privileged to be in a leadership position in this wonderful community, the ITF, I want to give you the members a voice and a platform to have your needs heard and articulated.

With your help and input, this document will ensure we continue to flourish and grow as an organization, in line with our shared vision and goals, reflective of the needs of our members; ensuring the ITF puts it’s focus and efforts to develop as a Martial Art with a set of strong moral values and tradition, a dynamic and exciting Sport, a tool for social integration, inclusion, health & peace and a way of life that we are all proud and passionate to be part of.

I look forward to the collaboration of all grandmasters, masters, instructors, board members, committee members and national associations in the development of this Strategic Plan for ITF.

I am excited and enthused by the prospect of what we can achieve together and having a clear and shared vision of how we will bring the ITF to the next level.

Together we Move Forward

Yours sincerely,

Grandmaster Willem Jacob Bos

Candidate for President

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GM Willem Jacob Bos

 Candidature for the position of President of the  INTERNATIONAL TAEKWON-DO FEDERATION

 Mandate: 2019-2023

INTRODUCTION
It is my intention to build the future of ITF starting from the success of the past and to put all my passion, loyalty and professional experience, gained in 51 years of Taekwon-Do ITF practice on the tatami and in several administrative positions such as Treasurer, Secretary General and ITF Director, in the forthcoming mandate.

I am sure that, together with the members of the new democratically elected Board, a high standard, effective work can be carried out to achieve common goals for the development and well-being of all ITF Taekwon-Do community.

First of all I would like to acknowledge the achievements reached under the leadership of President GM Pablo Trajtenberg and the board members from March 2011 to April 2019, where I held the position of Director:

Introduction of new programmes and courses: Harmony, Do, Kids, International Conventions, Coaches’ Conference and the constant growth and development of already well established courses such as IICs and IUCs.

Growth of the Federation: more members, more countries (now over 100), more and better services; i.e., more efficient processing and distribution of certificates using the online database. New countries affiliated to ITF through strategic work in Africa, Asia and Central and South America.

Evolution of our championships: increase in the number of participants, live streaming, greater media presence, improvement of the technical level of athletes and umpires, introduction of Sport Data system to handle the competitions.

Informatization: ITF online system and database, more efficient and professional service to our members.

New committees and projects: i.e., the Communications Committee, supporting the board and our members in the marketing and promotion of our Art and activities, has developed a fundamental presence of ITF in the main media.

Updating our constitution, bylaws and structures to develop a more professional, transparent and democratic organization.

Progress in the recognition of our Martial Art through key meetings and presence at Sport Accord conventions.

Return of old members attracted by our professionalism, transparency, democratic structure, our technical level, courses, championships and development opportunities.

My Vision of the Future and Goals:

To continue with modernization and proceed with the times with democracy and transparency while preserving the tradition, values and legacy of ITF Taekwon-Do and following the principles of our Founder General Choi Hong Hi.

To continue to devise teams to develop ITF in new regions and countries.

To develop and offer better services and connections to each region and continent by courses, seminars, and to help in achieving government recognition.To organize training courses to structure and develop an association, a regional structure, to apply marketing strategies, effective and innovative training methods and plans to attract new members.

To help our already strong regions to become even bigger and better organized.

To add new committees to help bring our ITF to the next level, with representations of our members, i.e. women, athletes, umpires, special needs and inclusion.More specifically, to build on the work already underway to establish specific programmes for those with special needs and disabilities by creating greater links with already established groups and programmes (e.g. PRIME) and forming our own groups of experts to guide our members.

To implement the work to achieve the goal of recognition of our Federation by Sport Accord/GAISF

To give everyone the opportunity to be involved by ensuring a transparent process of selecting committees, officers, board, etc. Ensuring those with the right skills and competencies to have the chance to work in the right and key places.

To ensure our Seniors, Masters and Grand Masters continue to have a special place in our ITF (i.e., establishing a Grand Masters advisory council with a link to the  board to keep our longest serving members involved in and contributing to the ITF).

To listen to our members regarding their specific needs in each region, to give them a voice and platform to be heard and be involved to implement plans for the growth and development of our ITF.

To continue with the evolution and growth of our Championships, improving the technical level of athletes, umpires, to attract the audience, new sponsors and partners.

To continue the spread of Taekwon-Do ITF throughout the world and make it accessible for all to learn, practice, train in and enjoy, regardless of age, gender,ethnicity, religion or ability by developing a strategic plan through consultation between the board, committees, Grandmasters, Masters and Member Countries.

To increase the visibility of Taekwon-Do ITF throughout all the possible media.

To create greater networking and training opportunities for our Instructors, Masters and Grand Masters, giving them the opportunity to meet, network, train, share ideas and contribute with their experience.

To create links between ITF and other organizations with the aim of expansion,firmly maintaining our tradition and autonomy, and to promote ITF as a tool for health,social development, peace, inclusion and integration.

To develop new projects and courses such as a recognised coaching/instructing qualification and continue to work with the current committees on the goals already achieved as well as setting new targets for the future.

Yours in Taekwon-Do

GM Willem Jacob Bos

 

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International Taekwon-Do Federation by Communications Committee - 4M ago

Dear Grandmasters, Masters, Instructors and Country Representatives!

With this, my fourth message, I want to speak about our ITF Presidents and to honour and show my respect to them for their hard work and contribution to develop the International Taekwon-Do Federation all over the World. Many facts from below you can read on the ITF website and different publications but I added some.

I do not claim that my information is complete. I just want to say “Thank You”!

Please understand that I cannot go into every detail because this would stick out. Especially when I talk about General Choi – one book would not be enough to honour his life work.

We at least have the chance to keep his legacy alive and teach it to the next generation.

ITF Presidents

General Choi (TKD Founder)

General Choi was the 1st ITF President (1966 to 2002 = 36 years)

By the way 3 + 6 = 9 = the favourite number of General Choi!!

He was Born on November 9th, 1918

He was a founding member of the ROK Army.

He taught Korean Martial Arts under the then popular Tang Su Do label to soldiers under his command since 1946

He 1953 formed the 29th Infantry “Fist” Division on Jeju Island in 1953 using Korean Martial Arts to build character, strength, fighting skills and in still “esprit de corps”.

He obtained the official authorization from the 1st ROK President Dr. Rhee Syngman,

1955 (April 11) after conceiving the Taekwon-Do name

He led the Military Taekwon-Do Demonstration Team to Vietnam & Taiwan on March 1959  

He wrote the 1st book ever on Taekwon-Do on October 1959

He personally introduced Taekwon-Do to Malaysia when assigned there as the 1st Korean Ambassador in 1962

He was elected as the 3rd President of the Korean Tae Soo Do Association in January 1962

He wrote the 1st English language book on Taekwon-Do 1965

He led a ROK Government sponsored Kukki Taekwon-Do Goodwill Tour around the world 1965

He introduced Taekwon-Do to C.I.S.M. as the Chief Delegate for Korea at their meeting in Paris, France 1968

He received the Korean (ROK) Government Sports Award 1968

He moved the ITF Headquarters to Toronto Canada, 1972

He hosted the 1st ITF World Championships in Montreal Canada, which was the 1st ever World Championships outside of Korea in 1974

He completed the 15 Volume Set of Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do 1983

1985 he relocated the ITF Headquarters to Vienna Austria, 1985

He published a Condensed Version Single Volume Book of his previously published Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do 1988

He was named “Man of the Year” by Tae Kwon Do Times Magazine 1989

He received Honorary Doctorate Degree awarded by the State Central Institute of Physical Education of Russia in Physical Education, 1992

He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Canada, his adopted homeland 1999

He formed the International Martial Arts Games Commission in Argentina, 1999

Honorary Doctorate Degree awarded by the D.P.R. Korea State Commission on Academic Degrees & Titles in Sports Science 1999

He wrote Moral Guide Book 2000

He published a 3 Volume Set of Memoirs titled Taekwon-Do and I, 2000

Honorary Doctorate Degree awarded by Moldova State University in Philosophy 2001

He received numerous other awards and honours for his global work on Taekwon-Do & for teaching Taekwon-Do for decades to everyone, regardless of political ideology, national boundaries, race, religion or creed & as a vehicle to reunite his beloved Homeland of Korea

2009 he was honoured posthumously by the Official Tae Kwon Do Hall of Fame 2009

He was honoured by the Canadian Government by having the gymnasium hall at Canada’s Embassy in Seoul Korea named Choi Hong-Hi Gym 2014

Without General Choi Hong-Hi, there would be no Taekwon-Do. All students of Taekwon-Do, be they ITF, WTF or independent should follow the many examples of General Choi.

Master Russell McLellan

Master Russell McLellan (a former Premier and Canadian Member of Parliament) was the 2nd President of the ITF from June 2002 until June 2003. After the passing away of General Choi he became the acting President of the ITF according to the Constitution until the democratic election of Grandmaster Trân Triêu Quân on June 13th 2003 at the ITF Congress in Warsaw, Poland.

He had bad luck for his short term being the President because ITF was in turmoil and split into three parts. He went through tough times and realized that only teamwork could lead to success and started this process.

Grandmaster Trân Triêu Quân

Grandmaster Trân Triêu Quân (an engineer) was the 3rd ITF President from the time of his democratic election at the ITF congress in Poland, 2003 until his tragic death in Haiti in January 2010. He was re-elected in 2007 at the Congress in Quebec City, Canada.

He was a former President of the Canadian TKD Federation (1985 – 1989) and the Pan American Continental Federation (2001 – 2003)

He hosted the World Champs in Montreal 1990 and Quebec City 2007

He started the martial art of Taekwon-Do when he was twelve years old.

He worked closely with General Choi conducting seminars around the world

Grand Master Trân was very proud of the vision he and his team implemented for the ITF in the years following his election. This vision is that Taekwon-Do must be fully developed in all four facets: Taekwon-Do is a sport and a martial art, but also a way of life and a tool for social development. This motto has a lot of substance and power from my point of view to specify our TKD!

After General Choi Hong Hi’s death, there were conflicting claims by various groups, each claiming to be the legitimate leaders of the ITF. Therefore, the direction team = ITF Board of Directors worked hard to clarify the legal status of the ITF and to bring harmony among the associations and members of the ITF.

Under Grand Master Trân’s leadership, the ITF structure has become a more efficient and democratic operation. The technical aspect and the administration of the ITF now work independently of each other. This formula has been very successful in terms of efficiency and productivity. As a result, membership has increased significantly. There have been positive repercussions on the standardization of ITF Taekwon-Do techniques around the world, especially since the new structure was introduced for the International Instructor Courses.

Since Grand Master Trân’s election as President, the ITF has become more service oriented than ever. It has set as its first priority to increase the number and the quality of the services offered to ITF associations, clubs, and individual members. There is more emphasis on consultation with the members, to be able to create innovative services to suit their needs.

Working with a team of experts, Grand Master Trân developed the Basic Program for Teaching the Do, the ITF philosophy. The ITF is the only International Taekwon-Do Federation to offer such a program.

In December 2008, Grand Master Trân was promoted to 9th degree by Grand Master Van Binh, Chairman of the ITF Masters Promotion Committee, and one of only seven promoted to Grandmaster level by Gen. Choi.

Grand Master Trân Triêu Quân was a leader and a builder. He worked very hard to further the best interests of the ITF and its members. As ITF members we were inspired by his creativity and his dedication and work in harmony to build a better world.

Grandmaster Trân tragically passed away during the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010. We endeavor to carry on his vision and continue to develop and grow the ITF using many of the principles and structures he inspired.

Grandmaster Pablo Trajtenberg

Grandmaster Pablo Trajtenberg became acting President according to the Constitution after GM Trân passed away in January 2010 and is the 4th President of the ITF.

He was elected at the Congress in Wellington (New Zealand) in March 2011 and re-elected in Jesolo (Italy) on May 2015.  

He was President for 9 years and this means that he has the second longest presidency in our ITF.

He supported very much the development of our ITF Taekwon-Do for Kids and the elder generation = Harmony programme.

With respect to all ITF Presidents!          GM Paul Weiler

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Women in Taekwon-Do ITF

Dear Grand Masters, Masters, Instructors and ITF members,

In my last message to you, I formally announced my candidacy for the position of President of the International Taekwon-Do Federation and that one of my goals will be to develop the ITF on all the continents of the world. In this new message, I would like to take the opportunity to speak about another goal that I will strive to achieve as President of the ITF. This goal has to do with the representation and participation of women in the activities and the governance of the ITF, including its board of directors, standing committees, and special projects.

The representation and participation of women in the ITF should be increased!

Today’s most successful organizations are those that bring diverse perspectives and experiences to each new challenge. The representation and participation of women in an organization, particularly in a male-dominated world such as the ITF, are critical. Along with being the right thing to do, women empowerment and inclusion in an organization offer a strategic advantage. According to recent research, growth is more robust and sustainable when women and men alike participate fully in the organization.

We all know that our ITF is (still) dominated by men. We have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. The following example speaks for itself:

When GM Christa Wintzer (9th degree, Germany) started to study TKD in 1966 (this means that she has been involved in TKD for 52 years!), she had to compete in men categories for pattern and sparring because there were no female categories! At the time, she competed as “Chris” Wintzer. When she went to her test for 5th degree in the early eighties, she was not promoted because there was a general belief at the time that women should only be promoted up to 4th degree. Later, she went again for a test for 5th degree. She passed it with flying colors, but she did not receive her 5th degree certificate! She got only a receipt showing that she had paid for the certificate! This story sounds like a Stone Age tale, but back then it was reality. GM Wintzer did not give up and finally she reached her goal – to be promoted. She was a pioneer who paved the way for women in ITF TKD. Above all, she was a role model for many female Instructors and Masters.

Nowadays we have many highly successful female Instructors and Masters in our ITF all over the World.  Those include competitors (e.g., Katya Kozlachkova, Katya Solovey, Patricia Garelik, Julia Cross), trainers (e.g.,  L. Pittman, Joliette Trân, N. Mambetalieva), referees (e.g., Azucena Zorzon,  Annick van Driessche, Joanna Lipa), medical doctors (e.g.,  Dr. Ana Ghadir), and many others.

Last January, Master Annick van Driessche (President of ITF Belgium) came with me to Iran to conduct a technical seminar. Master van Driessche took care of the women at the seminar because it is forbidden for male instructors to teach women. She did it with great enthusiasm and under very special circumstances. For example, due to Iranian law, she had to wear a headscarf – not only at the seminar but also in public. She did it for the development of the ITF in Iran and to server ITF’s best interests. I am thankful to her for accepting to do this and and providing a helping hand!

From my point of view, it is time now for the next steps and those should involve the following:

  1. Electing women to serve on the ITF Board of Directors;
  2. Appointing women to serve on ITF Committees
  3. Aiming to have at least one woman on each Committee

From my point of view, women will be important for the development of the ITF in the future, not only because we want to apply for membership to an international sports federation but also to modernize the ITF and to build a more democratic structure.

Kind regards.

GM Paul Weiler

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International Taekwon-Do Federation by Communications Committee - 6M ago

IUC November 2019 in Germany

From 23rd to 25th of November 29, 2018 – 140 black belts, instructors, coaches and Umpires from 30 nations attended the ITF International Umpire Course in Miesbach south of Germany. Following regularly such a course is mandatory to become qualified for umpiring at international championships.

The course was conducted by Master Alberto Katz, Chairman of the ITF Umpire Committee and Master Kurt Ottesen Member of the ITF Umpire Committee. The very professional presentations were supported by practicing parts. All course contents have been addressed. Under the leadership of the two Masters, the course participants were instructed at international standard in the actual rules and regulations of all competition and tournament disciplines. In small groups the attendees could directly practice what they have been taught in theory. In depth video analysis was performed for center referring, patterns and pre-arranged sparring which allowed the participants to see what has been performed in the last International events. The attendees could analyze variations and deviations in techniques and procedures in great detail. For this reason the sports hall was fully equipped with three competition areas with four electronic scoring systems as usual for international competitions.
Master van den Heuvel Chairman of the ITF Tournament Committee together with its Committee members, Master Giovanni Cecconato and Master Harry Vones supported the course from technical and tournament side. In addition there was the opportunity to give a short introduction about the sportdata system to the interested participants.

The participants found a well prepared sports hall and a comfortable hotel accommodation thanks to the organizers Master Harry Vones, Master Adalbert Wagner and his wife Evi and their assistants. Finally the participants spent consistently positive feedback for the course leadership in combination with the organization and accommodation. This friendly and positive atmosphere shall be transferred to the World Championships 2019 in Inzell – Germany.

#IUC #Germany #Ourpassion #OurFederation#InternationalTaekwondoFederation #wearetaekwondoit#somostaekwondoitf

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