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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.  

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. 

 

What went wrong with talks between WTF and ITF? January 23, 2013

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 Several years ago ITF started talks with WTF for “Coordination Committee for Taekwon-Do Integration”(CCTI). Both Presidents of ITF and WTF agreed in Daegu, South Korea on 20 th Aug. 2003 to start the talks between ITF and WTF for merger of 2 Bodies into one.

Both Presidents of ITF and WTF signed on the historical Mutual Agreement for the  establishment of “Coordination Committee for Taekwon-Do Integration” (CCTI) in Doha,

Qatar on 2ndDec. 2006 followed by:

1st Talk for CCTI in Beijing, China on 31stMar. 2007

2nd Talk for CCTI in Beijing, China on 18th -19th Jun. 2007

3rd Talk for CCTI in Beijing, China on 22nd -23rdOct. 2007

4thTalk for CCTI in Beijing, China on 1st 2ndMar. 2008

5thTalk for CCTI in Beijing, China on 10th -11th Sep. 2008

But what went wrong after that? Who’s to blame? Are the negotiations that are going on at the moment another official attempt to make impossible possible?

Well it is hard to say anything without knwing details. But it is easy to notice that the intensification of talks is allways related to a discussion on WTF Olympic status. Does that mean that IOC is putting some preassure on WTF in order to find a way to make impossible possible? Again, hard to say anything.

And how comes that only one ITF fraction is allways involved (Korean fraction)? Isn’t it very hard to believe that North Korean ITF fraction will be the one to accept any kind of collaboration with WTF? Don’t you have a feeling that every progress was sudenly stopped? Does anybody knows why? Who decided to stop the progress of possible unification-merger?

To may questions without answers! Well, it’s time to change this. But first everybody must “clean their own house”. Otherwise we will still be in a status quo position and this can only be harmfull to ITF …

1st International Team Taekwon-do Tournament January 11, 2013

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Just few das ago a 1st International Team Taekwon-do Tournament was announced and it is to be held in Croatia. Knowing that in the past Croatia hosted and developed some important ITF Taekwon-do events like Pro Taekwon-do we can expect a highly attractive and innovative tournament to be hled as announced in May 2013.

As you can find out on Team Taekwon-do faceebook page everything is going on towards creating an exclusively sport aspect of ITF Taekwon-do that is a main difference between Team Taekwon-do ond any of ITF’s. Furthermore it is a great possibility for all ITF fractions to compromise ont this as a common sport as Team Taekwon-do, a fact that can be found in their documentation, has an intention to recognize all ITF organizations and to develope only team-sport aspect of ITF Taekwon-do. It looks like a step forward towards new sport has been made and. This is a opportunity not to be missed and I strongly beleive that we will hear more on this in the near future.  

Which one is real and/or original ITF Taekwon-do organization? December 9, 2012

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With many ITF organization that are active at the moment one can have problems to determine who is original or who is real. Having in mind last word of Gen. Choi (if those are authentically transferred to the World) ITF organization with HQ in Austria leaded by prof dr Chang Ung is the original one. But since gen Choi passed away many important moments have changed the history of this organization. Some important people, pioneers of Taekwon-do, left this organization which brought the ITF Vienna in the situation where they lost their authenticity. Last important person who left this ITF is definitely GM Rhee Ki Ha. Loosing FGMR Rhee is definitely  worst thing that could happen to ITF HQ Vienna and since that moment the authentic ITF Taekwon-do moved to another place.

Prof dr Chang Ung doesn’t have anything to do with Taekwon-do and his role is only political. But even in this role he went very far away from Gen Choi’s idea of One Taekwon-do. Looks like that this person is responsable for unsuccessful negotiation with WTF and other ITF fractions. Of course he represents DPR’s political system and that is where all is being decided and it is easy to understand those decision having in mind the politics of DPR.

But it is still hard to understand why other countries representatives are keeping this situation going on even if it is not favourable both for their members and for ITF as a movement. Therefore it is easy to divide  the responsibility for bad things in this ITF organization between leadership and members.

From the other side ITF leaded by GM Tran at the beginning and Mr Trajtenberg actually is growing up as a modern organization but still attached to the certification business. They are developing a sport side of ITF Taekwon-do too but are still stitched to the tradition of ITF as a martial art school.

Third fraction leaded by GM Choi Jung Hwa according to the last information approached to FGMR Rhee Ki Ha and this was definitely the best decision they ever made. That is how they empowered themselves but ITF TAO TRADITIONAL was empowered too. Several instructors directly connected to Gen Choi are representing ITF TAO TRADITIONAL at this time and that is why my conclusion will be that this is the only organization that can be considered as authentic, original and real ITF Taekwon-do organization. Last move towards ITF HQ Korea will ensure a strong leading position for this ITF organization in the near future.

Please remember November 27, 2012

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General Choi’s Final Words (as told and recorded directly to GM Hwang, Kwang-Sung K-9-1)

originaly published on http://www.kidokwan.org

ALSO NOTE, THERE IS A MISCONCEPTION THAT THIS WILL WAS TOLD TO “NORTH KOREANS” AND THEN LATER TOLD TO THE PEOPLE PRESENT, THIS IS NOT TRUE! GENERAL CHOI SPOKE THIS WILL TO GM HWANG, KWANGSUNG K-9-1 AND IT WAS HE WHO MADE SURE THAT IT WAS WRITTEN DOWN AS GENERAL CHOI SPOKE IT TO HIM. ALL PRESENT COULD UNDERSTAND GENERAL CHOI CLEARLY (KOREAN) AND HE WAS NOT UNDER ANY SEDATION OR OTHER DRUGS AT THIS TIME!

11 June 2002

I am the man who has the most followers in the world.

I am the happiest man who has done everything to do in my life.

It is very fortunate you have come.

Is Mr. Chang Ung here?

Mr. Rhee, Ki-Ha, it is good you have come. I am glad my son and daughters liked you.

You probably might know Mr. Chang Ung as the tallest Korean and I want to hold the highest position in the ITF.

If only I had been as tall as Mr. Chang Ung, I could have had less opponents, however, as my body was so small that meant many opponents. Thus, all alone, I could not fight them all for ever.

But I have never swayed from justice on my being on my side.

I have always worried about my successor to the presidency, however my mind is set at ease for there is Mr. Chang.

Mr. Hwang, KwangSung, your duties are very big and important as spokesman and the Chairman of the Merger Committee. It is my wish to merge Taekwon-Do into one. Do your duty responsibly.

Mr. Park, Jong-Soo had immigrated to Canada in 1967, before that he taught Taekwon-Do in Europe. In 1972 I went to Canada where Mr. Park resided leaving my family behind.

In those days Taekwon-Do was not as widely known, so I use to say that you would have to crave “Taekwon-Do” on my coffin. Now Taekwon-Do has developed on a large scale.

I love Mr. Tom MacCallum, I have always worried if he might die before me, what I could do to help his family, he as given a lot to the ITF. And I have no secrets hidden from him. Thank you for what you have done. I love you.

Mr. Leong Wei Meng is a man of good conscience, has given a lot to the education of Taekwon-Do, since he was financially well, I thought of him as a stockholder for the Chang Hon Foundation.

Mr. Hwang, Jin is doing well following the path of Mr. Chon, Jin-Sik. So I want to appoint him as a member of the Consultative Committee. Please see to it that the Committee is enlarged to 9 positions to appoint him and Mr. Jong, Jae-Hun.

My followers, Taekwon-Do has never existed without the help of D.P.R. Korea, all should know this. The ITF is an international organization and we do not need to argue about ideology. Does the United Nations belong to the negros because their Secretary General is negro? Please do not think this way.

Taekwon-Do must be centered in Korea.

Choi, Jung-Hwa lied to me at the airport, he deceived me again. You need to tell the public through the internet that I do not forgive him as Taekwo-Doin but I do forgive him as his father.

Unless Jung-Hwa apologizes to the Taekwon-Do world, he should never be forgiven. While I still breathe, please send this message via the internet as soon as possible.

TAEKWON-DO EXISTS FOREVER.

1630 hrs to 1710hrs 11 June 2002

In the hospital in Pyongyang, D.P.R. Korea

In attendance:

Mrs. Choi, Joon-Hi – Canada (wife)

GM Hwang, Kwang-Sung K-9-1 – USA (Aide to Gen., Spokesman for ITF & Merger Committee)

GM Rhee, KiHa GB-9-1 – UK (ITF Vice-President)

GM Park, Jong-Soo – Canada C-9-1 (Member of Consultative Committee)

Master Thomas MacCallum – Austria GB-8-3 (Secretary General)

Master Hwang, Jin – Japan J-8-1 (Member of Consultative Committee)

Master Leong Wei Meng – Greenland GR-8-1 (Chairman of Consultative Committee)

Master Phap Lu – Canada C-8-4 (Member of Executive Committee)

Mr. Chang, Ung – D.P.R. Korea (IOC Member)

Mr. Jong, Jae-Hun – D.P.R.Korea (Sec. Gen. of the International Martial Arts Game Committee)

Mr. Hwang, Bong-Yu – D.P.R.Korea (Chairman of Korea Taekwon-Do Committee)

Mr. Rang, Bong-Man – D.P.R.Korea (Sec. Gen. Korean Taekwon-Do Committee)

 

“While the heaven and earth cries in sorrow, we are gathered here today to say our final goodbye to you General Choi Hong Hi, the founder of Taekwon-Do.

In spite of all the hardships and obstacles, you have made Taekwon-Do, the are we treasure as our own lives. For more then half century, you have dedicated your life and spirit to bring Taekwon-Do to its full maturity.

We now practice this wonderful art that you have given us in its true spirit regardless of nationality, religion and ideology.

While making our bodies healthier and stronger, we have learned to live closer to the tenets of Taekwon-Do. We have learned honor, righteousness, fervor, determination, responsibility and cooperation.

As you loved it, we too sir, love Taekwon-Do with our heart. We now take your teachings and will strive to maintain the independence of martial art in its purest form. We will not compromise the principles of Taekwon-Do thereby refusing to side with any ideology, politics, monopolization and abuse.

The one way yo have shown to us is the path we will follow. The way of a true warrior. We pledge to you today to follow the leadership of our new president armed with your Taekwon-Do philosophy, so that your Taekwon-Do will be handed down to the many generations to come in its purest form.

This is our duty as Taekwon-Do practitioners to guarantee the continuation of this wonderful art. You sir now have left us. We ask you to look down upon us and guide us in this endeavor. We will forever remember you and treasure you in our hearts as our great teacher.

Dear sir, you can now finally rest in peace.”

Professor Kim, WonJu