The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has started three distinct bidding processes for its events in 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2024 accordingly, as the Federation continues to apply a more systematic and collaborative technique for staging its events.
The registration, application, evaluation and selection stages for the bidding process for games in 2017 and 2018 will hold between January and March 2017 with the selection of hosting cities to take place at the WTF Extraordinary Council Conference in Bangkok, Thailand on 7 March 2017.
The Host cities for the events between 2018 and 2019 would be made known in Muju, Korea on 22 June 2017, before the WTF’s flagship event, the World Taekwondo Championships.
The procedure for choosing host cities for the 2019-2024 events shall be prolonged with interested prospective hosts invited to be present at an invitational workshop titled “the Partnership Workshop” in Muju in June 2017. The real bidding process will then formally commences with the bid registration in July 2017 and goes all through to the selection of the host cities at the WTF Council Conference in the first half of 2018. Read more »
People often seek their purpose in life and that takes them on unique adventures.
For instance, Johnny L Birch Jr. feels that Taekwondo had come to his rescue at a time when he would have either landed in jail or would have been dead. He then made it his mission to help people gain a similar passion in the sport that he had loved for so long. Among his students he is currently concentrating on a student who has an intellectual disability. Birch Jr. is getting his student to enroll at the 2016 Pan Am Taekwondo championship that would be held in Mexico. His student would be competing along with others who are of Olympic standards. They would be representing US in the Olympics to be held this summer at the Rio.
Birch Jr. comes from Florida originally. He was sent off from the army after he suffered an injury. Since then he has taken up teaching the martial arts in Deland. Initially, he started to teach at the Yellow Breeches Educational Center. Read more »
South Korean Olympic Taekwondo fighters laughed and had loads of fun as they prepared for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games a few months back.
The light hearted and fun loving nature of the Taekwondo fighters was seen even when only 100 days were left for the Rio Olympics to begin. There was a media day organized by the Olympic Committee of Korea in Seoul at the National training center. The coaches along with the players were present to take part in the press conference and the athletes engaged themselves in the open training sessions.
Well, it is quite surprising to see smiles and laughter during training sessions, especially when there is tough competition, but the fighters are all prepared and Kim Tae-Hun will be competing in the 58kg divisions of men with Jun Gwang-Chae as his coach. The national team head coach Park Jong-man said that he knows the kind of pressure dealt by his team during competitions. There is no denying that South Korea is the place where Taekwondo originated and it has won 10 gold medals and overall 14 medals at the Olympics and has performed better than other nations. Read more »
The head instructors and national instructors are going to collaborate this year for the general assembly at Ninoy Aquino Stadium. The programme for the year 2015 will be discussed where the General Assembly for Instructors will take place between Philippines and Smart Communications. Almost 500 heads from all over the world is going to attend as stated by the Chief Executive Officer of PTA and Sung Chon Hong, the Grand Master.
Reports based on the performance of 2014 are going to be discussed and the competitions for the year 2015 are going to be discussed. Among the competitions- Philippine Taekwondo League, South East Asian Games, World Cadet, World Championship and Asian Junior Championship. Read more »
Taekwondo is form of Korean martial arts and combines combat and self-defense techniques with sport and exercise. It was developed as a variety of Korean masters during the 1940s as combination of Okinawan karate, Chinese martial arts, and the ancient Korean traditions taekkyeon and gwonbeop.
In 1946 after the conclusion of the Japanese occupation new martial arts schools called kwans were formed in Seoul. The martial arts practiced in kwans was heavily influenced by shotokan karate and Chinese martial arts. South Korea President Syngman Rhee advised the martial arts styles of the kwans to be merged after witnessing a martial arts demonstration by the military in 1952. As a result the leaders of kwans started discussing the possibility of developing a unified Korean martial arts form. In 1957 Choi Hong Hi prescribed the name Taekwondo for the unified form of Korean martial arts.
In 1959 Korean Taekwondo Association (KTA) was established to facilitate the unification of Korean martial arts. After seven years of negotiation under the sponsorship of KTA, the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) was built to be the governing body of the first unified style of this art.
The political and military tensions of the 1960s and 1970s complicated the adoption of ITF-style of the sport as a unified style. The South Korean government tried to avoid North Korean influence while ITF looked for support for the martial art from all quarters, including North Korea. This led to the withdrawal of KTA’s support from ITF but ITF continued to work as an independent association and headquartered at Toronto, Canada.
In 1973, after the withdrawal of KTA support of the ITF, the South Korean government’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism established the Kukkiwon as the new national academy for the art. Kukkiwon-style taekwondo is less combat-oriented and more sport-oriented than either traditional or ITF-style.
Taekwondo, apart from judo, is the only Asian martial arts included in the Olympics from 2000.