About the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF)


International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF)

General Choi Hong Hi formed the initials of the International Taekwon-Do Federation in 1966 to spread Taekwon-Do worldwide under a recognised official standard. The symbol of the I.T.F. is a tree symbolising the development of the student training. The I.T.F. school plaque takes the shape of the turtle, symbolising a long life with the colours of the plaque representing the Taekwon-Do belt colours.
 
Taekwon-Do is an art of self-defence founded by a Korean General named Choi Hong Hi - 9th Degree - on the 11th April 1955. After exhaustive research, developing and experimenting General Choi proclaimed Taekwon-Do to the world as a completely valid and unique martial art having a basic Korean origin.



Literally translated:
TAE - stands for jumping or flying, to kick or smash with the foot
KWON - denotes fist, to punch or destroy with the hand
DO - means the way of art

Taekwon-Do "is the way of the foot and hand"



Thus collectively Taekwon-Do indicates the mental training and the techniques of unarmed combat for self-defense as well as health, involving the skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks and dodges with bare hands and feet to the rapid destruction of the moving opponents or opponents.

Taekwon-Do may be practiced individually or in groups without use of weights and special equipment. Since the body sets its own limits, injuries or strains are rare. The entire muscle system of the body, from the fingers to the toes, is brought into play.
The training does not produce large knotty muscles; it tends to exchange flabby fat tissue for lean tissue. Taekwon-Do's high repetition, low resistance movements develop a longer, leaner and more flexible musculature. The emphasis in twisting the trunk in executing the kicking movements and in counterbalancing the hand movements builds a firm, well-muscled abdomen.

The typical training regimen, involving extensive movements of the entire body, raises the pulse rate and oxygen characteristics of the heart and lungs over an extended period.
Taekwon-Do uses scientific principles of body movement rather than body strength to generate its awesome speed and power. It therefore an ideal martial art for both men and women.
Taekwon-Do is not just physical training; it involves mental and spiritual training as well. Taekwon-Do has moral culture, which builds character and teaches students to become ethical.



What is a 'Tenet'?
A tenet is a belief or a principle by which we should aim to achieve and live by. The tenets of Taekwon-Do should serve as a guide for all serious students of the art.
 
Courtesy (Ye Ui)
Integrity (Yom Chi)
Perseverance (In Nae)
Self control (Guk Gi)
Indomitable Spirit (Beakjul Boolgool)