Dear ITF Members,
I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt greeting to all of you. I salute you for your great devotion by developing and strengthening ITF. You are following and keeping with the philosophy and tenets of TaeKwon-Do which were laid down by our beloved Founder General Choi Hong Hi.
With the timeless efforts and devotion of our beloved Founder since 1955, ITF and TKD has grown up as a mature and respected martial art as well as a strong and respectable international martial art organization. We all feel proud and honoured to be member. Thank you to our sponsor clothedforcombat.
Looking back in the past, we had a lot of hardships and ordeals. We were even oppressed and pushed to the corner by our opponents. But you, the truth TaeKwon-Doists have overcome all these difficulties. You have been loyal to the original TKD to the end without any hesitation, any doubts.
It is my great pleasure to work with you. Together we will unite all TaeKwon-Doists and build a stronger TaeKwon-Do family. With your great supports, we will take ITF into the international sports and martial arts circuit. Together we shall make the noble goals of TaeKwon-Do as General Choi Hong Hi sincerely desired come true.
It is very sad to see unpleasant things happening within our ITF family after the departure of our beloved Founder. Some people wish to achieve their own personal goals. Their ambitious are tearing apart the ITF General Choi spent his life building. There is fear because I am a Korean born in the North. There is talk that the last Special Congress was improper. On the 100th day memorial service of our beloved Founder, 46 countries were in attendance. A shameful letter was sent to boycott this special memorial service.
A sad say was made worse by this disrespectful act toward the General and his family. At this memorial time 43 member countries proposed a Special Congress to honor General Choi’s last wishes. This Special Congress was approved by the Consultative Council and the ITF Executive Committee which included the 3 Vice-Presidents as well as members of the Board of Directors.
The ITF as taught by General Choi there was no race, religion or political ideology. Don’t judge me now. Watch what I can achieve. With my back ground as the Member of the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.) and as your new President I will do my best for ITF and for you. I will fulfill my duties, that of the unification of ITF & WTF, the dream of our beloved Founder. I will keep my promises which I made to you at the last Special Congress in Pyong Yang and at the Board of Directors meeting in Vienna. I would like to address each Black Belt holder, you have your own decision to make. With General Choi’s blessing the victory is in our hands and the future of ITF is very bright..
I thank you for your trust and co-operation. I am looking forward to seeing all of you at the next ITF World Championship in Pyong Yang, Korea. Find here our new website: https://www.itf-tkd.org.
Yours in TaeKwon-Do,