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MY DREAM IS ONE TAEKWON-DO (Park Jong Soo) March 22, 2013

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An interview with GM Park Jong Soo by Mr Don Warrener can be foun on GM’s official web site. Follow this lnk to read entire text http://www.jongpark.com/article.html

 

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Why Grandmaster Jong Soo Park resigned from ITF Vienna? March 18, 2013

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A resignation letter sent by GM Park Jong Soo to the ITF (HQ Vienna) president Chang Ung is very significant for all of as who want to see “One Taekwon-do” in the future:
 
Dear Mr Chung Ung,
 
This is to inform you of my decision to resign with immediate effect from my positions as ITF Vice President , and Executive Board member.
The reason is that I want to stay a neutral ITF Grandmaster, with all the divided ITF groups; I freely  can communicate with all the groups for contributing in unifying ITF Taekwondo. Furthermore, which  lead to One Taekwon‐Do in the world (ITF and WTF).
As a Pioneer, and one of the original ITF Taekwon‐Do grandmasters, my vision is to unify ITF, in order  to achieve a One Taekwon‐Do in the world as per General Choi’s last wishes which is: Unconditionally  ITF and WTF should unify”, it will contribute to the world’s Taekwondo families among each other for  Brotherhood, Peace and Harmony.
I hope that this letter explained well the reasons for my resignation.
 
Sincerely yours
Grandmaster Jong Soo Park

Why do Taekwon-do pioneers and legends remain silent? March 15, 2013

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Nowadays Taekwon-do has several million practitioners in sport and martial art. It is the first and most used product of the Korean nation. Many came to know Korea through Taekwon-do and became close with the country and its people. Korean people can really be proud of their „most successful“ exporting product.

How did it all begin?

It is written in the history of TKD that Gen Choi Hong Hi, with the assistance of Captain Nam Tae Hi, has sent into the world his best 12 students to spread Taekwon-do.

Alphabetically and by Wikipedia they are:

–          Choi Chang Keun

–          Choi Kwang Jo

–          Han Cha Kyo

–          Kim Jong Chan

–          Kim KwangIll

–          Kong Young Il

–          Park Jong Soo

–          Park Jung Tae

–          Park Sun Jae

–          Rhee Cong Chul

–          Rhee Chong Hyup

–          Rhee Ki Ha

Nowadays, when the world of Taekwon-do was shaken after realizing they must connect, unite and with usage of synergic effect of the power of all Taekwon-do groups and federations, even more powerfully start developing Taekwon-do of the 21st century, there is a need to hear voices of those who have started it all.

Gen Choi is gone but he left his legacy and, among other, his literal command: UNITE!

 

It is necessary to hear the voices of Gen Choi’s authentic students in the unification process.

Some have died, some are retired, and some are active but they refuse to talk about unification of Taekwon-do and practical steps which must be made in that direction. Some work independently and some in WTF.

With the exception of GM Park Sun Jae, WTF Vice president, they do not run world Taekwon-do organizations anymore.  However, as legendary „first 12“ and as Grand Masters they are obliged to give their opinions so today’s leaders of federations can hear them. They have large moral strength, especially if they would come forward together and give their joint view.

I believe WTF/Kukiwon would listen to them carefully because they are South Koreans who where the first who started spreading Taekwon-do.

ITF would also listen carefully because they are „theirs“, they are authentic students of Gen Choi, they are the living history of ITF Taekwon-do.

We invite the legends to meet, discuss the situation and take public stand on the need and ways to unite entire Taekwon-Do.

 We are sure that Gen Choi would expect them to do so.  

ITF/WTF – merge what – martial art or sport? March 14, 2013

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ITF/WTF – merge what – martial art or sport?

During the merging process a question will be asked -what is being merged – sport or martial art.

Taekwon-Do is certainly multifaceted. It is originally a martial art, later it has developed as a sport and it is recreation for some, self-defense for others, lifestyle or a part of cultural legacy of the Korean people.

At the very beginning TKD Masters where universal and they have covered all aspects of TKD with their teachings.

Specialization of TKD happened with development. It especially goes for those who see TKD as a combat sport. It is very hard to achieve top results in sport if you are not only and exclusively an athlete.

However, martial art appears as a very good educational tool for children because it is easier to technically teach them wide variety of techniques through mystics of martial art. At the same time you implant them positive moral values, which they will use both in life and sport.

Therefore, interaction martial art – sport has proven to be good with younger aged.

However, the bad part is mixing martial art principles with sport competitions. For example, to forbid higher dan black belts to compete with holders of lower dans etc.

When applied literally, the hierarchical structure of martial art is directly opposite to sport principles. For that reason is necessary to create clean sport structure, next to the need to preserve classic martial art structure.

The architects of WTF have realized that first and they have organized purely sport organization which has, as a memory to its martial art roots, kept only some exterior marks like belts and doboks.

At the same time Kukiwon was developed in South Korea for the needs of martial art to issue black belt certificates etc.

On the other hand, in accordance with tradition, ITF mostly develops martial art and sport with 30% of power. This formula helps development of universal technique but in a sport sense and because it is not focused on sport, fails to create significant world system of competitions which would move forward from continental championship once a year and world championship every other year.

When we speak about merger then we should functionally unite sport while complete merger might not be necessary with martial art.

Sport should be merged because the logic of sports demands that all the best meet and compete in one place. Besides, one TKD organization – WTF is a member of the Olympic movement and all other international sport associations. Therefore, the whole world Taekwon-Do sport should be united within the WTF.

Regarding martial art, nothing significant will happen if they develop as until know – separately. However, they must connect, cooperate and consolidate standards and criteria.

Due to everything said above I suggest that the whole world TKD unites and organizes in accordance with the scheme published above (by SM Nobilo).

ITF future after March 8th 2013 March 10, 2013

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Just went through this interesting communication on Facebook. Hope this text is not copyrighted or can create problems to the author. If so, please advice to remove it from this blog:

ITF FUTURE

ITF future

 

 

Tectonic changes are obviously happening on the world ITF scene and none of the organizations or people are managing them.

 

On the one hand ITF keeps flourishing and on the other hand it keeps atomizing. When our founder Gen Choi died, the only cohesive ITF factor was gone.

 

Martial art orientation of most ITF clubs also contributes to atomization. If one master has enough followers, he does not have any real, material reason not to be his own boss and deal only with martial art activities.

 

Atomizing of ITF into small fractions is not acceptable to those who are more oriented towards sport. They seek for cooperation, bigger organizations, because if ITF organization is not big enough, then these competitions without actual competing have no meaning.

 

This is where we come to the key problem. What ITF Taekwon-Do really is. Mainly sport or mainly martial art. Many, perhaps even majority of ITF organizations will say that we are primarily martial art. Big minority will define as a sport. Distinction is quite precise with ITF under the presidency of Prof Chang: 70% we are martial art and 30% sport.

 

On the other hand there is WTF. They define themselves as 100% sport organization. They mention martial art only as history, roots of Taekwon-Do.

 

Thanks to that 100% sport orientation WTF has developed o respectable sport, IOC member, member of Sport Accord and all other international sport associations. Simply, in a modern world on official, institutional level Taekwon-Do sport represents World Taekwon-Do Federation and there are no indications that will change in the future. And it cannot change, because the base is Sport Accord membership. Rules of Sport Accord can be reduced to ban admitting new organizations which would endanger exclusivity of existing members. In practice it comes down to WTF needs to give its consent for ITF admission. WTF will never give such consent. Other sport organizations also don’t want emancipation of one sport discipline while sport federation of that sport exists. The reason is because that would be a precedent for many disciplines who wish emancipation.

 

In conclusion, ITF will never be recognized by Sport Accord, and consequently not by other international federations. We shouldn’t waste any more time or hope here. It simply is reality of international sport system.

 

The question is whether it would be fair to equalize someone who only practices sport with 30% of its power with one of two biggest sport organizations in the world – WTF which is 100% sport.

 

Entire world Taekwon-Do community and TKD activists should be satisfied and proud that Taekwon-Do is nowadays recognized as a sport, it has Olympic status and that it is, next to football, the biggest organization in the world.

 

We shouldn’t oppose or fight that fact, we should support it.  

 

WTF, on the other hand, with its membership in all international sport associations and with its Olympic experience should naturally gravitate towards universality. WTF has historical mission to gather, organize and represent entire Taekwon-Do sport in the world.

 

It is a well known fact that at least two ITF federations are organizing respectable world competing system and they have been doing so uniquely and regularly since 1974 (1st World championship, Montreal, Canada) and separately and regularly since 2002.

 

These organized competing systems with combat rules, according to many, are even more attractive than WTF rules, represent part of entire sport TKD world and if WTF wants to be a universal sport Taekwon-Do discipline, it has the right and duty to include the entire sport TKD.

 

ITF and WTF combat rules have been developing separately since 1973. Both rules have their high quality and they should be kept.

 

Therefore, if we know WTF is 100% sport organization and ITF 70% martial art organization, then there is no actual competition between the two organizations. These federations in the biggest part do not cover the same activity.

 

The solution of world TKD problem which lasts for 40 years is relatively simple if we only and entirely follow interests of Taekwon-Do.

 

Entire world sport TKD should be organized within internationally recognized sport Taekwon-Do organization and that is WTF.

 

Conclusively, another sport discipline, which we today call ITF sparring, should be added to WTF. Since WTF organizes competitions in free patterns, ITF sportsmen can directly join that discipline.

ITF organizations which perform sport Taekwon-Do become members of WTF NGB.

 

With joined effort from ITF and WTF officials we would try to expand the Olympic program for one more discipline – ITF sparring.

 

Details about usage of ITF doboks in ITF sparring, training of umpires, competition committee members and everything else important for functioning of the new discipline, would be set in an agreement between ITF and WTF.

 

ITF still remains organization which performs martial art 100% (issuance of black belts, seminars, exams etc.). Organizations wishing to keep both their sport and martial art activity will have membership in WTF sport federation and in ITF martial art federation.

 

Question of several ITF’s who perform martial art could be solved with an agreement between all ITFs, WTF and Kukiwon. This agreement would regulate transition of ITF athletes to WTF, but it would also define who is recognized as a world martial art organization.

 

In such system there would be no need for unification of different ITF organizations, but for acknowledgement of those who have legitimacy and quality so their learning and issued belts must be accepted. The criteria remains to be determined but size, worldwide spread and presence of original and recognized Grand Masters are very important. It is understandable that self promoting as a „Grand Master“ should not be recognized. Direct relation from Gen Choi until today must be determined.

 

Which steps should be taken to solve a 40 year old problem?

 

It is quite simply for people with good will.

 

 

Following steps would be necessary:

 

1. WTF founds new combat discipline and votes out current ITF sparring rules as their own.

 

2. WTF and ITF (both), Seoul HQ make agreements on regulation of TKD:

–          ITF will be recognized as a part of entire Taekwon-Do Legacy

–          ITF and other organizations as legitimate heirs of the Korean martial art

–          WTF as the only sport Taekwon-Do organization in the world

–          right to be a member of sport (WTF) and martial art (ITF) organization at the same time

 

All of this is achievable legally, technically and sportily. It all depends on which interest will overcome, general TKD interests or some other.

 

It is up to us, TKD instructors, umpires, fighters and officials to decide.

ITF and WTF merger – let’s try again March 10, 2013

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Another source of interesting information I came up to (a must read):

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/WTF-ITF-merger/507957712555611

The keys for Taekwondo’s permanence in the Olympics February 15, 2013

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There is no a single word about talks between ITF and WTF to influence WTF olympic status!

http://www.wtkmedia.com/the-keys-of-taekwondos-permanence-in-the-olympics/

WTF remains within 25 core Olympic sports February 13, 2013

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Source: olympic.org

The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today agreed on the 25 sports it will propose to the 125th IOC Session for approval as the core sports for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Taekwondo remains an Olypmpic sport!

 

But what about negotiations with ITF? Is this decision og IOC EB something that is going to close the doors for eventual introducing of ITF in WTF family? If WTF will continue with talks to ITF which ITF organization will be choosen as official ITF?

Whatever the answers on those questions are this might be the last chance for ITF to become recognized sport. All fractions must be as one and decide on a cooperation model ASAP. Whoever will be the one to talk to WTF has a great historic chance and responsibility but most of all must have strongholds in every single ITF organization active at the moment. Good luck ITF!

The 25 Olympic sports are: athletics, rowing, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, weightlifting, handball, hockey, judo, aquatics, modern pentathlon, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis, shooting, archery, triathlon, sailing and volleyball.

Read more on this IOCEB deccision on http://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-executive-board-meeting-wraps-up-in-lausanne/190788

(IOC) Executive Board (EB) will meet in Lausanne at the Lausanne Palace Hotel on 12 and 13 February 2013 January 28, 2013

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) will meet in Lausanne at the Lausanne Palace Hotel on 12 and 13 February 2013.

The EB is scheduled to receive reports from various IOC commissions, including the Olympic Programme Commission, and updates on the activities of the IOC administration and preparations for future editions of the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games.

Is there really a place for ITF within WTF? January 27, 2013

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Last atempts to bring closer ITF to WTF are definetely influenced by the decision that IOC must make during this year – will WTF remain between olympic core sports?

In order to show to the world that WTF is modern, borderless and openminded sport organization talks with ITF are intensified. But WTF made such a great progress that might be just good enough to convince IOC not to push out this sport from the Olyimpic games (please check this story from World Taekwondo Media: http://www.wtkmedia.com/taekwondos-olympic-future-london-2012-the-turning-point/

First step towards decision will be made within next few weeks on February 12th in Lousanne. After that meeting it could become clear weather WTF will go forward on their own or will continue to negotiate possible cooperation with ITF.