TaeKwonDo Organizations

TaeKwonDo is a very diverse art, while there are certain things that are agreed upon by everyone, there are minor details that some practitioners disagree on. These disagreements are what birthed the various Organizations around the world that practice Tae Kwon Do.


It should be noted that for the most part, these organizations all seek to help each other and help each other, they simply have disagreements on things ranging from organizational issues, such as the number of ranks, to technical issues, such as foot positions in a form.

The two largest TaeKwonDo organizations in the world are the International Tae Kwon do federation (ITF) and the World TaeKwonDo Federation (WTF). These two organizations were both created in Korea, the ITF being founded in 1966 by General Choi Hong Hi. The WTF was founded in 1973 and became the organization recognized in the 1980 Olympics.

The ITF currently exists as three organizations, all claiming to be the original, located in Australia, Canada and North Korea. The WTF is based in Seoul, Korea. The WTF is International Federation the International Olympic Committee for Olympic competition in Tae Kwon Do.

Outside of the ITF and WTF, hundreds, if not thousands of organizations exist. Each organization has a different political structure and while this may not directly effect you at lower levels, if you reach higher Dans of black belt then you will start to see the politics of the art, and will begin to understand how different organizations interact.

When choosing a TaeKwonDo school, it can be beneficial to determine the school’s organization association, and research that organization. Schools not part of any particular organization have pros and cons. While you may receive a more intimate and personalized training program, competition and recognition in the world of martial arts will be hard to come by.

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