Origin of Taekwon-Do

TAEKWON-DO name was submitted by General Choi Hong Hi on 11 April 1955.

The International Taekwon-Do Federation, ITF was founded on 22nd March 1966, by General Choi Hong Hi, who developed Taekwon-Do, to promote the teaching of this martial art. At that time, nine (9) countries were involved: Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, West Germany, USA, Turkey, Italy, and Egypt.

Gen Choi was appointed as South Korean Ambassador to Malaysia in 1962. He brought with him many Korean Masters namely Nam Tae Hi, Woo Jae Lim, C.K. Choi, J.C, Kim, Yun Young Ku, Lee Byung Moo,  Choi Yik Seong and others.

Taekwon-Do is now taught in almost every country in the world, and General Choi Hong Hi is recognized as the Founder/Father of Taekwon-Do

  • 1969 First Asian Tournament, Hong Kong
  • 1972 ITF Headquarters moved to Toronto (Canada)
  • 1974 First World Championships, Montreal (Canada)
  • 1976 First European Championships, Amsterdam   (Netherlands)
  • 1979 First Pacific Championships, Wellington, (New Zealand)
  • 1985 ITF Headquarters moved to Vienna (Austria)

The birth of many other TKD organizations. - WTF, WTA, GTF, UTF, ITA and many more.

15th June 2002 - The death of General Choi Hong Hi.

After his death, ITF has split into many group worldwide. Many phoney instructors take credit and claimed to be the founding father of Taekwon-Do.