What is the International Taekwon-Do Federation?

The International Taekwon-Do Federation (often just called the ITF) is an organisation* originally set up in 1966 by Choi Hong-hi, the founder of Changheon-yu Taekwondo, to promote and coordinate Taekwondo worldwide.

* At present, however, there are three separate organisations that use the name ‘International Taekwon-Do Federation’. The original International Taekwon-Do Federation split after Choi died in 2002. Each claims to be the genuine ITF:

International Taekwon-Do Federation (United Kingdom), headed by Choi Jung-hwa

International Taekwon-Do Federation (Vienna, Austria), headed by Ri Yong-son

International Taekwon-Do Federation (Benidorm, Spain), headed by Pablo Trajtenberg

There are a number of other organisations that have split from the ITF, but which don’t use the name ‘International Taekwon-Do Federation’. Notably, these are:

Global Taekwondo Federation (Ontario, Canada)

Unified International Taekwon-Do Federation (Connecticut, United States)

There are also a number of other international organisations that promote Choi’s style of Taekwondo – Changheon-yu – notably among which are:

Taekwon-Do International

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