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...provides many benefits to all and any individual whether child or adult, male or female. TaeKwon-Do brings together both ancient Traditions with Modern Science to help develop within each person the following: Self Confidence, Self Discipline, Self Control, Physical Fitness, Mental Focus, The Five Tenets, and World Class ITF Black Belt Etiquitte. ITF Membership patches and documents are merely the frosting upon the cake of a highly diciplined ITF Black Belt Student.
As the student progresses through the ranks of Taekwon-Do we see the development of a marked increase in a mature professionalism and personal confidence.
Each ITF student will gradually learn the precise movements from their Instructors as well as ITF Technical Masters. As an ITF student advances he or she will acquire focus, strength, flexibility, agility, speed, power and strangely enough genuine humble spirit.
ITF Taekwon-Do is a comprehensive and objective Martial Art which is ultimately based on proven Traditions, Modern Science, Hard physical work, and Personal dedication which found written in the Five Tenets of TaeKwon-Do.
Self Confidence is the ultimate result of a student who has internalized an agreement with him/herself in acceptin the training given by their respective instructor. An agreement that says, I will perform the instructors teachings, and know, when I have passed my instructors Rank Testing that I am confident, that I have obtained the Way of TaeKwon-Do, according to the guidelines promoted by the International TaeKwon-Do Federation.
The art of Taekwon-Do dates back over 2,000 years when the Korean Martial Arts was a way of life. The techniques taught today are still in the traditional spirit and philosophies of the art, which places an emphasis on self-discipline and respect of everyone but especially of those in authority over you.
Building self-confidence to gain better judgment, improve self-control, and grow an overall better self-image gives each student the tools to make the right choices when faced with society's pressures
ITF Students become more well behaved, as well as take on more ownership/responsibilty for their decisions. Their actions become more attentive and courteous with due respect for senior student & instructors. One of the many results of a well disciplined Black Belt Student is the embodiment of Etiquette. Where the Black Belt becomes the very personification of true Etiquette.
The ability to control one own actions "Mind over Matter" if you will, is the primary goal of each student.
To position a leg in order to break four wooden pine boards requires precise SELF CONTROL.
To keep one's cool during a sparring match while your opponent has lost his cool, enables a winning and competitive spirit - this also requires precise SELF CONTROL
To encounter the difficult obstacles in ones life with the least amount of harm is the ability to have SELF CONTROL.
It is True that ones emotions follow - the very development of physical Self Control WAY of the hand and foot. For as the hand and foot learn control, over time so to do the inner passions of each individual.
Elements of physical fitness include Stretching, Relaxation, Focusing techniques, Warm ups, along with Anaerobic and Aerobic workout exercises. Additional elements such as to Throwing, Falling techniques, Speed Drills, Agility training and muscle development also help improve physical fitness.
The consistent perfecting of Patterns, the movements of Self Defense, Breaking, and Free and Step Sparring are the checks and balances of a well Fit TaeKwon-Do Student. Physical Fitness becomes a way of life that makes every TaeKwon-Do Student a good example for others.
THE FIVE TENETS:
TRUE Mental Focus requires a rigorous physical applications combined with the mental theory which will ultimately result in a more focused student who is capable of performing demanding intellectual and physical activities.
This improved capability demonstrates itself in Leadership skills, Greater physical strength and a lifelong Fitness and Health. Finally the proper Mental Focus follows the Five Tenets of Taekwon-Do enhances personal moral behavior and a strong Indomitable Spirit that can enable a Taekwon-Do Black Belt to become adaptive to almost any given human situation.
Students can compete in Local, Regional as well as World tournaments depending on their junior or senior status - with the opportunity to win medals and trophies in individual or team events in all aspects of Taekwon-Do.
Events such as Individuals Patterns, Group Patterns, Sparring, Breaking as well as Creative Sparring and Free Sparring events can and are held at various ITF tournaments.
Other Martial Art Organizations that hold open tournaments sometimes allow ITF students to perform with their skills against all other types of competitors.
For those who are advancing to 1st - 3rd Degree Black Beltplease click on Certificate Application below
ITF Individual Black Belt Degree Certificate Application (1st - 3rd degree)
2012 ITF World Cup London
& BLACK BELT
As a member of Club Sport Taekwon-Do you will receive, Certificates of Rank advancement with each Rank Test Passed, Two Patches Marking your advancement and growth as an ITF Student and eventually your first degree Black Belt.
1. NEW ITF LOGO: When you First receive your uniform, There will be two patches. One will be the New ITF LOGO, and the Second one will be the manufacturer of your Dobok. The Uniform also has on it's backside the Taekwon-do Tree.
2. Certificates of Advancement: As you advance towards 1st Dan (first degree black belt) you will be tested for pass or fail for Rank testing. Upon passing for your advancement you will receive a certificate of Rank.
3. ITF-USA PATCH and ID CARD
Upon Rank Transition from Intermediate Ranking to Advanced Ranking ( Red belt to Senior Red/Black Belt) you will receive the ITF-USA Patch as well as receiving your ITF-USA pin and Registration CardSee example below.
4. 1st DAN (Degree) Black Belt & Certificate
When you receive your 1st Dan (first degree Black Belt) it will have on it and ITF patch, your name and your Taekwon-do School name As well as your First International Taekwon-Do Federation Certificate for 1st Degree Black Belt as well as a new ITF uniform with black trim on the end of the Dobok.
Black Belt Certificate is the International sign that you have accomplished a Giant Task, and have earned a place among the very few who have earned such a credential. It is one thing to have a black belt, it is quite another to have earned it which usually takes about 2 1/2 to 3 years at around your 12/13 birthday.
5. IIC EVALUTATION and TRAINING:
Once a black belt, you will have the opportunity to attend what is called an IIC an International Instructor's Course located within the borders of the United States every year, and internationally every three months. It usually has black belt grading and advancement to the higher ranks for those black belts who do not have an instructor two belts above the belt your are testing for in your local area. The IIC is a means and way to find out if your are teaching ITF Taekwon-Do the proper way
ITF IX DAN IIC MASTERS
6. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
World Tournament occur every other year, somewhere in the world. The Lewis family has attended two ITF World Tournaments: One in Wellington New Zealand, and one in Benidorm Spain. This tournament is the Grand event that any black belt should attend at least once in their life.
USA Wellington New Zealand 2011
USA Benidorn Spain 2013 USA Jesolo Italy 2015
IIC Instructors Course
Nashville Tennessee 2012
Queens New York 2013
San Francisco California 2014
Las Vegas, Nevada 2015
International Instructors and Empire Training Course