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Founder General Choi Hong Hi

Our Founder, General Choi Hong Hi, (2 Star) Major-General (Army Serial #10044)
Ambassador Choi was the “principle founder” of Taekwon-Do as credited by the Encyclopedia Britannica. As a founding member of the south Korean Army he taught martial arts to the soldiers assigned to him from 1946. He named Taekwon-Do and promoted it endlessly as the Korean Martial Art of Self Defense. He was the Vice President of a short-lived Taekwon-Do Association of Korea in 1957. He formed the Korean Taekwon-Do Association (KTA) in 1959 and served as the first President. Also in 1959 he wrote the first book on Taekwon-Do and led the Military Taekwon-Do Demonstration Team to Vietnam and Taiwan, marking the first time ever Taekwon-Do was performed abroad.

General Choi would devise 26 Patterns or Tuls. These were the first Korean forms ever created. In 1962 he personally introduced Taekwon-Do to Malaysia when he was assigned there as the first Korean Ambassador. In 1965 he led a Korean government sponsored Kukki Taekwon-Do Goodwill tour around the world. The tour formed the base in 1966 for creating International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), the world’s first global governing body for Taekwon-Do. This marked the first time ever that Korea was home to any international organization. 

The ITF would grow to have millions of members in well over a hundred countries and he would preside over 17 of their World Championships during his lifetime. General Choi traveled the world tirelessly to teach and promote the original Taekwon-Do. He authored 5 books on the subject, many of which had numerous editions and several reprints. His written works have been translated into at least 8 languages. He also oversaw the development of various sets of electronic recordings of what he created; making it the most documented Martial Art ever.

After a life dedicated to the development of Taekwon-Do, a modern martial art based on traditional values, philosophy, and training, General Choi, Founder of Taekwon-Do and President of the International Taekwon-Do Federation, died on June 15th, 2002, in the country of his birth.

Grand Master Tran Trieu Quan

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Trần Triệu Quân (March 26, 1952 – January 12, 2010) was a Vietnamese-Canadian grandmaster of taekwondo and a professional engineer. He was president of one of the three International Taekwon-Do Federation groups from mid-2003 until his death. Trần held the rank of 9th dan black belt in taekwondo.
Trần was born on March 26, 1952, in Vietnam. He began his study of taekwondo when he was twelve years old.Trần attained black belt status by the age of 17, and was teaching taekwondo under his instructor, Kim Bong Sik. He emigrated to Canada in 1970, studying mechanical engineering at Laval University and establishing the first taekwondo schools in eastern Canada.

In 1964,Trân started Taekwon-Do training, obtaining his Black Belt 1st degree in 1967. At the age of seventeen, as Secretary General of the student committee at Vo Truong Toan secondary school in Saigon, he innovated by starting a Taekwon-Do Centre in the school. At the end of the first year, the club had more than 500 members; they were soon competing successfully in various regional and national competitions, and membership continued to grow.

Moving to Canada for university studies in 1970,Trân started teaching Taekwon-Do through Laval University and the local municipal recreation department. He founded the Sainte-Foy Taekwon Do Club, regional associations, and the Fédération Québeçoise de Taekwon-Do International (ITF).
Apart from his extensive taekwondo activities, Trần operated Norbati Consultants Trần & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in building standards and project management for the construction sector. 
During a business trip to Viet Nam in 1994, Trân was unjustly accused concerning a failed business transaction for which he was acting as intermediary. He was made the scapegoat and, after a summary trial, sentenced to life in prison.

Investigations by Interpol, Canadian authorities, and a determined journalist confirmed his innocence. The case attracted enormous public support in Canada - more than 125,000 people signed a petition for his release – and around the world. The Canadian Government intervened, as did the Human Rights Center of the United Nations and Amnesty International. After almost three years of unjust imprisonment,Trân was released and returned to Canada to public acclaim.

Trần was promoted to 7th dan on July 1, 1990, 8th dan on December 3, 2000, and 9th dan on December 22, 2008.He was appointed President of one of the three ITF organizations on June 13, 2003.
Trần was in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on business (ironically, working on improving building standards to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes), and was staying in the Hôtel Montana when it collapsed in a 7.0 magnitude earthquakeon January 12, 2010. Upon Trần's disappearance, ITF Senior Vice-President and Grand Master Pablo Trajtenberg was named Acting President of the ITF group that Trần had led. Trần's remains were found and his death was confirmed on February 12, 2010.

Trần was married to Nguyễn Thị Mỹ. They had two daughters and a son—Joliette, Cécilia, and Nicolas—all holders of black belts in taekwondo. Apart from his wife and children, Trần left behind a son-in-law, François Beaudin; grandchildren Jasmine and Sandrine; and brothers Trần Triệu Cung and Trần Triệu Lân.

Grand Master Pablo Trajtenberg

Grand Master Pablo Trajtenberg took up his Taekwon-Do practice in 1968, while seeking to learn Karate. He found the class he liked most and as he watched he said to himself: “I shall become a black belt,  no matter what it takes“. One week later  he was given his enrollment card and thought there must be some mistake as it read “Taekwon-Do”, but when he told the secretary he was informed that this was Korean Karate, the best!. From that moment on his practice has been non-stop.
His Teacher was Nam Sung Choi, one of the Taekwon-Do pioneers in  Argentina, who had arrived one year earlier, in 1967. This master left cherished memories and profound gratitude is owed to him for the passion he transmitted class after class.
Then came Grandmaster Trajtenbergs first meeting with General Choi  Hong Hi during his early journeys to Argentina, where he became mesmerized by his personality, thus turning into an ardent Taekwon-Do student. He obtained his black belt degree in 1971, although back in those times certificates took a long time to arrive and it was not polite to point this out to the Master. His enthusiasm then lead him to tuition, a successful endeavor judging from the many students who attend his courses.
In 1973, together with a fellow student, he hosted a luncheon at the Sheraton hotel to honor the General on one of his trips and was given a photograph with the following dedication “To a serious Taekwon-Do student, with my best wishes”.
These were the years of division within Taekwon-Do and Master Nam Sung Choi was compelled to join WTF, which led Trajtenberg to a painful choice that separated him from his Master and it is so that in 1978 he began corresponding with some Argentine black belts and the General supported this move, which consolidated with the arrival of pioneer Master Jon Chang Kim as a delegate to promote Taekwon-Do in Argentina.

In 1977 Trajtenberg gave up his university studies for good, only one year short from graduating as an electronic engineer, with the goal of devoting himself full-time to the teaching of Taekwon-Do, his overruling passion, and in 1980 he opened the “Centro Argentino de Taekwon-Do”, which would become a classic, together with Héctor Marano, his fellow and friend since White Belt times.

 The first International Taekwon-Do Federation approved association in the United States.  Our mission, as a non-profit and democratically-structured organization, is to foster the teaching and art of traditional Taekwon-Do in the United States, as handed down by our founder 

General Choi, Hong Hi to 
ITF-USA Grand Master Van Binh Nguyen

Grand Master Van Binh
ITF-USA Grand Master Van Binh Nguyen

Grand Master Van Binh has been the President of the ITF-USA since 2004. His accomplishments include: The Chairman of the ITF Masters Promotion Committee, ITF 9th Degree Taekwon-Do pioneer in Vietnam from 1962 and highest ranking Black Belt in the ITF, 7th Dan Vietnam Judo Champion 1956, 5th Dan in Aikido and 1964 Tokyo Olympics Competitor. He was instrumental in the formation of the ITF and was responsible for bringing Taekwon-Do to Vietnam which was one of the founding members of the ITF. Grand Master Van Binh has his Dojang in Houston Texas and teaches on a daily basis.


 a Certified member of ITU-USA which is an American ITF subsideary of the International Taekwon-Do Federation located in Benidorm Spain.  Check ITF Links for more information. For more info click on an item on the following list.

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Grand Master General Choi

      General Choi, Hong Hi

The purpose for Color and Black Belts is to define the ranking of Theoretical and Applied knowledge that is acquired by ITF Beginning Students as well as advanced Martial Artist. Theoretical knowledge includes Patterns, Fundamentals, Pre-Arranged Sparring, The Five Tenets, Basics Knowledge (and Korean Language). Applied knowledge includes , Free Sparring, Self Defense, Board Breaking and Physical Fitness


 BELTS The Meaning of Belts

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Patterns Group Men ITF

Patterns, or tul (틀) in Korean, originally called hyeong (형), form an important aspect of training in Taekwon-Do.  The majority of the patterns (except Yul-Gok, Ul-Ji and Tong-Il) start with a defensive move, which emphasizes taekwon-do's defensive nature. All of the patterns start and end at the same location. This ensures that the practitioners' stances are the correct length, width, and in the proper direction

Patterns 4th DAN World Championship 3013


Fundamentlas is learning what is essential, what is necessary to be flexible, agile, fast, strong, and capable of moving your arms and legs in areas where you have never moved them before. 

Every day you move your hands and feet to wake up, to go to work, and to play. Basic training is the beginning of making a change to the daily cycles of life and enables better health, less sickness, and a way of life that enables you to cease the days.


The Tenets of Taekwon-Do is the 
Basic Fundamental Rule to the under
lining Philisophy of Korean Tae Kwon Do
The Tenets of Taekwon-Do

Korean Language

Understanding the words in Korean which apply to Taekwon-do is very essential to the sport especially in performing as an instructor and judge.

Korean Words

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One on One Instruction.
Three, Two & One-step sparring 
is a system for practicing 
self-defense techniques. 
In this system, students 
work in pairs and take 
turns being the attacker 
and the defender.

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Pre-Arrange Sparring 
is usually done in pairs of 
same gender partners for 
demo displays or Tournament 


Two guys sparring.
Free sparring 
is the closest we come 
to actual combat in class 
and is therefore a very 
important part of this martial 
art. It is performed in pairs, 
or sometimes with two or 
three students against 
one student

Self Defense
Hosinsul (self defense) is one of the four principles of Taekwon-Do. Although Taekwon-Do is a "self defense" sport within itself, it focuses on high and spinning kicks which if performed by individually are not always suitable for real life (street) application. Hosinsul is a mixture of all kinds of techniques, including grappling/locks as well as defending against armed attackers. When Taekwon-Do and Hosinsul are combined together self defense becomes most effective.


The purpose of board breaking is to build self-confidence, increase accuracy,  and power as well as to show the effectiveness of your strikes. There are three types of Breaking that are taught a Club Sport Taekwon-Do 
(2) Power
(3) Specialty
ITF Martial Art schools have a regular training systems to develop the strength in hand and foot for Technical, Power, and Specialty Breaking.  At Club Sport ITF-USA TKD Breaking is an integral part of self defense in all ranks.

Earning 3rd Dan Black Belt.


TKD training is not hazardous to the practitioners’ health. It may even generate a number of physiological and physical benefits, such as improved flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, anaerobic and aerobic capacity, body composition, reaction time, body balance and bone mineral density in different populations  Psychologically, TKD may improve mood, self-concept and self-control without increasing aggressiveness in its practitioners  TKD is thus suggested to be an ideal exercise for improving physical and psychological well-being among people of all ages. This chapter provides an overview of the aforementioned 

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