I T F CONSTITUTION
Adopted at the 14th Congress, Thessaloniki in Greece
June 12th, 2003
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Fundamental Principles of Taekwon-Do
Article 1. Taekwon-Do is a Korean national martial art which was founded in April 11,
1955 by General Choi Hong Hi, who systematized it into perfection. Therefore, the
cradle of Taekwon-Do is Korea, in which he was born and founded it. Taekwon-Do
is guided in its activities by the principle that it exists and develops on the basis of
the spirit, theory and techniques of martial art systematized by its founder Choi
Hong Hi, and that it puts his last words into reality.
Article 2. Taekwon-Do promotes through its activities in cultivating the harmonious mental and physical development under its motto defined by Gen. Choi Hong Hi.
Article 3. Taekwon-Do upgrades the life value of Taekwon-Do practitioners and set the world example of mutual respect and concession through integrated mental and cultural training, moral and ethic education.
Article 4. Only the activities governed by the fundamental principles, requirement, rules
and regulations of this Constitution represent those of orthodox Taekwon-Do which
has existed and developed since its very foundation.
Article 5. Taekwon-Do has the ultimate aim to make a positive contribution to building
a more peaceful and better world through physical and mental training against all
sorts of political, religious, racial and ideological discrimination, under its
indispensable ideals of friendship, solidarity and mutual understanding based on
Article 6. Taekwon-Do activities belong to human rights. Everyone has the right to
Taekwon-Do activities whenever he or she deems it necessary.
Article 7. Taekwon-Do activities represented by Taekwon-Do emblem are eternal and
universal, and covers the whole world.
Article 8. Taekwon-Do activities include those of any organization, institution,
enterprise or individual that agrees to be governed by this Constitution.
Article 9. This Constitution is the legalization of fundamental principles, rules and
regulations of the organization that adopts it, and governs the operation, management
and overall activities of Taekwon-Do organizations throughout the world.
Name, Domicile, Emblem and Flag, Official Languages, Financial Sources and Legal Status
Article 10. Name
The English name of the organization is the “International Taekwon-Do
Federation” (hereinafter referred to as ITF) inaugurated by Gen. Choi Hong Hi,
founder of Taekwon-Do, on March 22, 1966.
Article 11. Domicile
The legal domicile of the ITF Headquarters is Vienna, capital city of the Republic of Austria. The ITF operates in the whole of Austria and over the world with regard to Taekwon-Do. The foundation of branches of this organization is not allowed.
Article 12. Emblem
The Name of the organization “International Taekwon-Do Federation” is
inscribed around the globe to imply that ITF is a world-wide organization and Taekwon-Do is world wide exercised martial art. In the centre of the globe is engraved in bold relief a fist, on both sides of which are written the letters “Tae-kwon“ –one on the left, the other on the right—to emphasize that Taekwon-Do is the best of all martial arts. The blue background symbolizes righteous and pure spirit to be nurtured by Taekwon-Do practitioners.
Article 13. Flag
The ITF Flag is 1.66 metres long and 1 metre wide. Its three sides excluding the pole
side are tasseled. In its centre is drawn the ITF Emblem, above which is written
“International Taekwon-Do Federation” in Korean language, and beneath which is
written the same name but in ancient Korean characters. Its background color is
scarlet with more blackish tint.
The figure 66 in its length represents 1966, the year in which ITF is inaugurated.
The tassel symbolizes Courtesy and Integrity out of Taekwon-Do motto, and its background color—Perseverance, Self-control and Indomitable spirit. The ITF title in ancient Korean characters implies the time-honored history of Korean martial arts that dates back to ancient Korea of Tangun.
Article 14. Motto
The ITF Motto includes Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-control and Indomitable spirit.
Article 15. Hymn
The ITF Hymn is the “Song of Taekwon-Do”, which is written by the first ITF President Gen. Choi Hong Hi, founder of Taekwon-Do, and composed by Mr. Kim Yun Yong.
Article 16. Ownership
The Ownership of ITF Emblem, Flag, Badge, Motto and Hymn belongs exclusively
Article 17. Official Languages
The Official Languages of ITF are Korean and English; with respect to the Constitution also German. Nevertheless, all ITF members may speak in their respective native languages and enjoy the interpretation service in Korean, English, German, French, Spanish and Russian at ITF Congress and other events.
All official ITF documents, including the ITF Constitution, by-laws and regulations for tournament, minutes, information and circulation letters, shall be only in Korean and English, and in case of dispute, the priority shall be given to an English original. The Korean language shall be used as to Taekwon-Do technical terminology.
Article 18. Financial Sources and fiscal year
1. The objectives(Chapter 3) of ITF shall be obtained by the idealistic and material means listed in the following:
-The idealistic means shall be served by lectures and meetings, Taekwon-Do Courses for all age groups of either sexes, tournaments and championships on National and International level, exchange of experience between members, publication and encouragement of magazines.
-The required material means shall be raised by membership fees of affiliated and supporting members, by plaque fees and certificate(Degree) fees, by money contributions in form of personal or any other, by performances in kind, through profits from events(for example. championships and TV rights) as well as through donations. ITF may allocate part of the revenue from TV rights to the national associations and continental federations.
2. The fiscal year shall correspondent with calendar year.
Article 19. Legal Status
1. ITF is a non-governmental and non-profit international organization which shall exist for an unlimited period as a legal entity recognized by the competent authorities of the Republic of Austria.
2. ITF headquarters is mandated to guide Taekwon-Do throughout the world in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.
Objectives and Membership
Article 20. The objectives of ITF are:
1. To stimulate, through its activities, spiritual, moral, physical and cultural education and facilitate social welfare and stability in all countries and regions, thereby contributing to the building of a better world—peaceful, harmonious and sound;
2. To serve humanity by contributing through Taekwon-Do training to developing a person into a whole being who aspires to live in harmony with others in a peaceful and sound world;
3. To encourage each of the participants in Taekwon-Do activities to exalt his or her value of life through Taekwon-Do and enjoy it as part and parcel of his or her life;
4. To encourage all Taeklwon-Doists and Taekwon-Do organizations affiliated to ITF to promote mutual contact and understanding irrespective of the differences in nationality, bribe, race, religious belief, ideology, educational status and property and strengthen friendship, solidarity and cooperation based on mutual respect without permitting any form of discrimination, thereby facilitating their activities and firmly defending their interests;
5. To take positive measures for the merge with other Taekwon-Do organizations guided by the ideals and techniques different from those of orthodox Taekwon-Do in order to achieve world-wide unification of Taekwon-Do, to promote relations of friendship and mutual benefit with the existing international martial games organizations as well as with the International Olympic Committee, the General Association of International Sports Federations, continental Olympic organizations and other sports organizations, and to tighten friendly ties with economic and cultural organizations, UN organizations, governmental organizations and all other organizations which desire to do so;
6. To enhance the position and value of Taekwon-Do by developing its tournament regulations, techniques and theory, and to nurture the traditional martial art spirit of Taekwon-Do and the principle of conscientious fair play among Taekwon-Do practitioners and steadily improve their practical skill all over the world through extensive scientific and academic activities, systematic training of “International Instructors”, “International Umpires” through periodic organization of training courses by ITF high-Dan (Degree) holders;
7. To ensure the success of all ITF events, including the Congresses of ITF and the Continental Federations, meetings, training courses and demonstrations stipulated in the ITF Constitution, by laws and tournament regulations, by deciding their venues and dates and controlling their organization, preparation and procedures;
8. To organize and promote publication and propaganda on ITF activities, to honour the Taekwon-Doists and individual figures who have made a special contribution to Taekwon-Do, and to pay “Taekwon-Do pension” to the veterans who have long devoted their all to Taekwon-Do;
9. To maintain and consolidate the legal status of ITF under the jurisdiction of the Republic of Austria, to acquire the recognition of its status as a non-governmental international organization, and to ensure legal protection of all spiritual, cultural and material properties (including both movable and immovable properties), including badges, plagues, certificates of different kinds, books, documents, designs, TV rights, CDs, diskettes, and others belonging to intellectual property rights.
Article 21. Membership
1.1 Any natural person or any organization of natural persons that officially practices the Taekwon-Do spirit, techniques, methodology, theory and training ways developed by the first ITF President Choi Hong Hi, founder of Taekwon-Do, and accepts the ITF Constitution, by-laws and tournament regulations, can be a member of ITF.
1.2 Any member of ITF shall not accept any order, assignment or contractual obligation from any government, organization or any other legal entity that may restrict freedom in Taekwon-Do activities.
1.3 Any member of ITF shall not be liable for any debt incurred by ITF.
2. Procedures for Admission
2.1 A natural person or an organization of natural persons that desires to be a member of ITF shall submit a written application in the form standardized by ITF.
The organization shall attach to the application of its Constitution, the license issued by the competent legal institution in its country or region, the agreement with its lawyer, and the financial guarantee of its bank.
2.2 When a duly-made application has been received, the ITF Executive Committee shall examine it and decide whether to grant it membership or not. The date of decision by the ITF Executive Committee to admit an applicant shall be the date of its admission. The decision of the ITF Executive Committee shall be subject to confirmation of a coming Congress.
2.3 An applicant shall participate in the ITF activities and have a voting right as a member of ITF immediately after the positive decision of the ITF Executive Committee.
2.4 Unless otherwise decided by the ITF Executive Committee or Congress, only one national or regional organization shall be recognized as a member of ITF from each country or region.
3. Termination of Membership
3.1 A membership may be terminated in case of the loss of legal status, namely, death, withdrawal or expellant. In case of withdrawal, an individual person or an organization that wants to withdraw from ITF shall submit an application for withdrawal in written form. The withdrawal shall become effective after 90 days from the receipt of the application by the ITF Headquarters. An application for withdrawal by an organization other than an individual person shall be recognized only when it is signed by more than three fourths of its Executive Committee members.
3.2 In case where a member of ITF refuses to implement obligation bound by the Constitution, especially does not fulfill its financial obligation under this Constitution or brings damage to the interest of ITF, or impairs the dignity of ITF, the ITF Executive Committee may adopt a decision on expelling this member. This expelling becomes effective with the decision of the ITF Executive Committee, in this case the expellee shall be suspended from all constitutional rights and activities immediately. The ITF Executive Committee shall put the expelling sanction on the agenda of the next Congress. The Congress, coming up next has to approve the expelling sanction of the member, or to refuse the expelling sanction. In the latter case, the member regains all its constitutional rights with immediate effect.
4. Obligations and Rights
A member of ITF shall be obliged:
4.1 To do its utmost for unity and consolidation of ITF, and for development of Taekwon-Do;
4.2 To try its best to meet the requirements of the ITF Constitution, by-laws and tournament regulations;
4.3 To participate in regular Congress, extraordinary Congress and other meetings convened by ITF, training courses, seminars, symposiums, world or continental championships and other tournaments sponsored by ITF or its affiliates, as well as in the activities of subcommittees or special committees to which it is elected,
4.4 To implement the decisions of ITF Congress and Executive Committee,
4.5 To ensure that all its members wear Doboks, marks and badges designed by ITF, and that all its Dojangs (Clubs) bear the plaques and flags of ITF;
4.6 To acquire legal recognition of its existence in its country or region, appoint its official lawyer and facilitate the realization of ITF programs in its own country or region.
A member of ITF has the right:
4.7 To apply to ITF for examination to get a “black belt”.
4.8 To protect the ITF emblem, flag, motto and song within its jurisdiction, and in case of violation, inform ITF immediately of it and to take legal measures against it.
4.9 A member of ITF is duty-bound to carry out all its financial obligations, including membership fee and registration fee, the amount of which has been decided by the ITF Executive Committee.
4.10 To participate in regular and extraordinary Congress meetings, to vote in these Congress meetings and to get elected and appointed as members of ITF organs.
Article 22. The Organizational Structure of ITF includes Congress, Executive
Committee, Consultative Council and President.
Article 23. Congress
Congress is the supreme body of ITF.
2.1 The Congress regularly meets every two years. An extraordinary Congress may be called at the initiative of the President, or upon written requests from at least one third of national or regional member organizations of ITF.
2.2 The venue and date of a regular Congress shall be decided by the Congress. As a rule, the regular Congress shall meet before the opening of a world Taekwon-Do championships in the host country. The venue and date of an extraordinary Congress shall be decided by the Executive Committee.
2.3 The convocation of Congress, along with its agenda, shall be notified by the
President per Letter, Tele-fax or E-mail at least 60 days in advance for a regular meeting and at least 28 days in advance for an extraordinary Congress. Any member can at least three day before the Congress meeting demand, that a subject is added to the agenda.
2.4 Financial and all other matters concerning the organization of Congress shall be
pursuant to the “Instructions on Meetings” in the by-laws.
3. Mandate and Rules of Procedure
3.1 The regular Congress discusses and decides on all matters concerning the overall
work of ITF, including its Constitution, by-laws and Tournament Regulations. All
decisions adopted by the Congress is final and shall not be subject to any change
unless otherwise decided by the following regular or extraordinary Congresses.
The extraordinary Congress is on equal terms with the regular Congress.
3.2 All members of ITF have right to attend the Congress. A member national or a
regional organization may send upto 3 delegates to the Congress, but with one vote.
A national organization that sends more than one delegate shall designate one of
them to exercise the voting right.
3.3 A member nation or a regional organization that is unable to attend the Congress
for an unavoidable reason may delegate its right to another national or regional
delegate. The transfer of right shall be certified in written form, and submitted to
the Chairman or Chairwoman of the Congress and notified in advance to the ITF headquarters.
Any national organization may exercise in proxy with the rights of no more than one other national organizations.
3.4 The quorum of the Congress shall be formed when more than one third of the member countries or regions attend it; members, who do not attend but are represented by given proxy do not account with respect to this presence-quorum.
3.5 The Congress shall only decide subject part of the initial or amended agenda. Members attending the Congress meeting shall vote “Yes” or “No”; due to formal defects invalid votes are counted as “No”. A withhold of votes is not allowed. Any decision by the Congress on amendment to the ITF Constitution shall be effective, subject to approval by more than two thirds of all the votes.
The decision on dissolution of ITF shall be effective, subject to approval by more
than three fourths of all the votes.
Other matters shall be decided by simple majority vote.
Matters other than election of executive committee members shall be decided by open vote.
Nevertheless, in case where a delegate with a voting right motions secret voting for
a certain matter and it is supported by simple majority vote, that matter shall be
decided by secret vote.
Other matters may also be decided by secret vote if the Chairman or Chairwoman of the Congress deems it necessary to do so. Abstention and blank or damaged ballots shall be excluded from counting.
3.6 Election of ITF Executive Committee members with exception of Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General and Treasurer at the regular Congress or by-election at the extraordinary Congress shall be voted in secret. In case where a single candidate stands for a certain post of executive committee, the chairman may announce him or her to be elected without voting. In case where more than one candidates stand for a certain post of executive committee, voting shall continue until one of them wins simple majority votes, in such a way as a candidate with the smallest number of votes is dropped out after each voting. In case where two candidates are left at the end of the voting, yet both of them has failed to win simple majority votes, both of them shall be dropped out and new candidates shall be nominated for voting.
3.7 The Congress shall be chaired by the President. In the absence of the President or when the President authorizes in his or her presence, the senior vice-President, one of the vice-Presidents or the Secretary General may take over the chairmanships or chairwomanship. The Chairman or Chairwoman has no voting right, but may cast the final decisive vote in case of draw.
In case of need, the President may enact rules for all voting procedures.
3.8 An issue, which has not been included in the agenda, may be discussed at the
Congress, if one third of the voters demand it and the President approves it.
3.9 The Congress discusses and decides in principle on the following issues:
a) revision and supplement to the Constitution, by-laws, or Tournament Regulations;
b) election of the Executive Committee members, including President, senior vice-President, vice-Presidents and Chairman or Chairwoman of the Consultative Council;
c) nomination and approval of the ITF Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General, Treasurer, the Presidents of continental federations, chairpersons of committees, chairpersons of special committees, and auditors;
d) hearing and approval of the reports from the Executive Committee, President, Senior vice-President, vice-Presidents, Secretary General, Treasurer, Chairman or Chairwoman of the Consultative Council, presidents of continental federations, chairpersons of committees, chairpersons of special committees, and auditors;
e) approval of the minutes of the Congress and the Executive Committee;
f) discussion and decision on the proposals made by the Executive Committee;
g) examination of and decision on the suggestions made by the members;
h) appointment of the accountant if such an appointment is obligatory under the Laws of the Republic of Austria;
i) appointment of the lawyer of the Federation;
j) decision on the venue and time of the Federation functions such as world championships;
k) report on the preparations of the Federations functions such as world championships and its endorsement;
l) report reviewing the Federation functions such as last world championships and its endorsement;
m) examination of the application of a new membership;
n) commendations and penalties;
o) receiving and approval of the statement of accounts and balance sheet;
p) decision of the amount of annual subscription and registrations fees applied to the members of the Federation;
q) discussion and resolution of other items on agenda.
3.10 The Congress examines the decisions made by the Executive Committee
concerning the penalty measures such as warning, serious warning, suspension of rights and expel to be applied to any individual or any member organization that has violated the ITF Constitution, by-laws and regulations, or inflicted financial and material loss to the Federation consciously and disgraced the honour and dignity of the Federation according to the seriousness degree of such mistakes.
Details of penalty measures shall be in accordance with the by-laws to this rule.
3.11 Any problem that arises in the proceedings of the Congress the answer of which
is not mentioned in the Constitution shall be decided by the chairman or chairwoman.
Article 24. Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is the highest managerial organ of ITF and is in charge of routine business. The Executive Committee is in charge of all duties which have not been delegated to one of the other organs of the federation according to the statutes.
2.1 The Executive Committee is composed of 17 members including the
President, senior vice president, 5 vice presidents, Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General, Treasurer, Chairman or Chairwoman of Consultative Council and 6 simple members.
2.2 Members of the Executive Committee with exception of Secretary General,
Deputy Secretary General and Treasurer shall be elected in secret ballot by the Congress. Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General and Treasurer shall be nominated by the President and then approved in open ballot by the Congress.
3. Convening of the Executive Committee
3.1 Regular session of the Executive Committee is convened twice a year by the
President. But Executive Committee can be convened any time when the President regards it necessary and more than half of the members require it or if more two of its members ask the President to convene a meeting of the Executive Committee and more than half of the members require it; In times of absence or incapacity of the President for more than three month, the Senior Vice President, if he or she is absent or not able to act, the eldest acting vice president has the authority to convene a meeting of the Executive Committee.
3.2 The venue and the date of the Executive Committee meeting must be decided by
the President and informed to the members by fax or E-mail 28 days before the regular session and 14 days before the irregular session.
3.3 In the year of the world championships, in principle, the Executive Committee
should be convened prior to the opening of the regular Congress, carried on every day during the championships and closed at the end of the championships.
4.1 Mandate of the members is 4 years (except the President). It means that the mandates of the Executive Committee members (except the President) begin at the end of the special or regular Congresses that elected them and as for 4 years. And in case regular Congress is not convened for some reason on the 4th year since the last one, their mandates are prolonged until the next Congress is convened.
4.2 Members of the Executive Committee can be reelected after the expiration of
their first term, but only for two more terms. And those who has been elected for the three consecutive terms can not immediately run for the forth term. They can do so only after 2 years which is half of a term.
4.3 In case of a vacancy in the Executive Committee, a new simple member is elected to replace him or her and he or she holds office until the mandate of the member he or she is replacing expires.
5. Power and procedures of the Executive Committee
5.1 President of the Federation shall chair the Executive Committee.
5.2 Quorum of the Executive Committee is two thirds, i.e. 12 members.
5.3 All the agenda of the Executive Committee meeting shall be adopted by the approval of more than half of the members present in the meeting.
5.4 The Executive Committee shall bear main responsibility for the operation of the
5.5 The Executive Committee shall recommend the president candidature. If the candidate is present in the Executive Committee meeting as a member, he or she should leave the meeting room upon the discussion of the president candidature.
5.6 The Executive Committee shall approve the establishment of any internal organizations such as an ad-hoc committee and a standing group and enacts the internal regulations of corresponding organizations.
5.7 The Executive Committee shall examine the application of a new member and submit the decision to the Congress.
5.8 The Executive Committee is responsible for the financial management of the ITF. Therefore, the Executive Committee shall approve the annual budget of the organization, drafted by the President and the Treasurer. Further the Executive Committee shall prepare and approve the annual fiscal report, the annual accounts of receipts and expenses and schedule of assets not later than 5 month of the end of the fiscal year and immediately after approval forward these documents to the auditors. After submission of the report of the auditors, the Executive Committee shall inform all members in detail about the financial management of ITF and the report of the auditors.
5.9 The Executive Committee shall prepare the agenda of the Congress, discuss and finalize on it.
5.10 The Executive Committee shall present the Congress with the report on the
amendments to the Constitution, by-laws and the tournament regulations of the Federation.
5.11 The Executive Committee shall take charge of the implementation of the resolutions adopted at the Congress.
5.12 The Executive Committee shall initiate or examine the proposal concerning the venue and the time of important functions of the Federation such as the championships and further it to the Congress for discussion.
5.13 The Executive Committee shall give guidance to and supervise the preparation of
championships and other important functions of the Federation, ratify such documents as invitations, technical regulations of competitions, etc. and provide the organizing committee with necessary assistance.
5.14 During the championships, the Executive Committee shall supervise its overall
proceedings, convene a meeting every day to discuss the problems that may arise and guide the organizing committee work.
5.15 The Executive Committee shall examine on the proposals of conferring official commendations, diplomas and «Taekwon-Do pensions» on merited persons suggested by the Commendation Committee and decide on it.
5.16 The Executive Committee shall examine the penalty proposals made by the
Disciplinary Committee ranging from warning, serious warning, suspension of
Rights and expel for the violation of the Constitution, by-laws and regulations, on the basis of which it should take penalty measures and present such resolution to the next Congress for examination.
5.17 The Executive Committee may, as may be necessary, authorize part of its power
and function to a certain official or a member of the Federation.
5.18 The Executive Committee shall draft and enact all the legal documents for the proper operation and organizational system of the Federation (such as Constitution, by-laws, Regulations, Rules, Standards, Manuals, Instructions and Guides) in the form that it regards to be the most appropriate.
For the afore mentioned purpose, the Executive Committee may constitute sub committee and its members as for law making organ within the E.C. The law making sub committee may invite outsiders in the committee to fulfill its mandate with the permission of the President.
5.19 The Executive Committee shall carry out the tasks assigned by the Congress.
5.20 The Executive Committee shall keep and maintain all the records and
documentations of the Federation.
Article 25 Consultative Council
1. Consultative Council is a consultative organ to the President.
2. The Consultative Council is composed of 9 members including the chairman or chairwoman. Those members other than the chairman or chairwoman should not be members of the Executive Committee.
3. The chairman or chairwoman of the Consultative Council shall be selected in the Congress through election. Members of the Consultative Council shall be designated by the President in consultation with the Executive Committee. But the members designated should be approved by the Congress.
4. The Consultative Council can be convened any time by the chairman or chairwoman on his or her own or upon request of the President.
5. Any decision made by the Consultative Council shall constitute recommendations
or suggestions related to the Federation work and shall not bear any legal effect.
6. There is no restriction on the agenda of the Consultative Council meeting as long as they concern the overall work of the Federation.
7. Recommendations and suggestions made by the Consultative Council and the
minutes shall be documented and be subjected to the ITF Headquarters.
8. Deputy Secretary General may attend at the Consultative Council meeting as a rapporteur.
Article 26 President
1. President shall be elected in the Congress by secret ballot.
2. In the absence of the President, senior vice president or any vice president authorized by the president shall act on his or her behalf if not stated otherwise in this Constitution.
3. The President’s term of office is 6 years. The President can be reelected only for one more term after the expiration of the first term. If the President may lose his or her functioning ability or resign while in the office, the newly elected President shall take office until the mandate of the President he or she is replacing expires. In this case, the new President can run for another term.
4. The President shall take care of all the affairs in the Federation and formally represent the Federation and the Executive Committee. The President shall bear the responsibility of any written Documents, as in particular, contracts, agreements etc, request for validity, signing of both the President and either the signing of the senior vice president or any vice president and, in financial matters the signing of the President and the Treasurer to be required. The President shall ensure that the signing of a further member of the Executive Committee non involved in the contract, agreement or business etc for validity should be carried on any agreement, contract or business etc., between the ITF and members of the Executive Committee or the members of any other Committee of the ITF. In case of imminent danger, the President is entitled to take all required measures – also within the sphere of action of the Congress and the Executive Committee; all of these actions, taken by the President need the subsequent approval of the Congress.
5. The President, if necessary, may establish standing committees or provisional tasks are fulfilled, those committees and groups are liquidated. Such committees and groups can not convene any meeting without prior consent of the President.
6. The President is a permanent member of all the committees and groups within the Federation according to his or her mandate. In case he or she takes part in any meeting of such committees and groups, the President has the highest authority there.
7. The President, when he or she regards it to be necessary, may increase or decrease the number of full-time officials at the headquarters of the Federation and employ staffs.
Article 27 Senior vice president and vice presidents
1. Senior vice president
1.1 He or she shall assist the President with his or her work.
1.2 In the absence of the President, he or she shall act on his or her behalf if not stated in otherwise in this Constitution expressly.
1.3 If the President may lose his or her functioning ability or resign before the
expiration of his or her term, senior vice president shall take his or her office until the presidential election in the first coming regular congress or special congress. In this case, he or she is not the President by any means but only his or her representative.
1.4 He or she shall carry out the duties authorized by the President.
1.5 He or she can represent, upon the authorization by the President, the
Federation in relation with other organizations, groups and agencies.
2. Vice presidents
2.1 They shall assist the President with his or her work.
2.2 In case the senior vice president may lose functioning ability, the eldest
Vice President shall act on his or her behalf.
2.3 He or she shall carry out duties assigned by the President.
2.4 Upon authorization by the President, vice presidents can attend meetings
and congresses with other organizations, groups or agencies.
2.5 Vice presidents shall be elected on the principle of selection according to
continents. It means that one vice president shall be selected from each continent, disregarding the selection of senior vice president.
Article 28 Secretary General
1. He or she shall take care of regular operation of Headquarters of the Federation.
2. He or she shall prepare the work plan of the Headquarters, implement it upon the approval by the President and review its implementation.
3. He or she shall prepare all the documents for the Congress and the Executive Committee meeting such as agenda, report and draft resolution.
4. He or she shall prepare the reports and records of the Congress, Executive Committee and Consultative Council meetings and present them to the following Congress for examination.
5. He or she shall keep constant contact with the members of the Executive Committee, chairmen or chairwomen of various committees, presidents of national associations and heads of groups.
6. He or she shall prepare the circular letter informing the national associations and other relevant persons and organizations of urgent information in the Federation.
7. He or she shall constantly acquaint himself or herself with the operation of various organizations according to their mandate through their chairmen or chairwomen, particularly with the preparations for the important functions of the Federation such as championships, thus promoting the implementation of main objectives of the Federation activities.
8. He or she shall give directions and guidance to the deputy secretary general.
9. He or she shall control and manage the issuance of various diplomas such as recognition plaques and Dan (Degree) certificates.
10. He or she shall keep and take care of various stamps including the official stamp of the Federation.
11. He or she shall keep record of all the documents of the Federation except those concerning the finance.
12. He or she shall represent the Federation in relation with other agencies, organizations and groups on the level of the secretary general.
13. In the absence of the Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General shall represent him or her. If the Secretary General could not reside at the place of ITF Headquarters due to the unavoidable reasons, Deputy Secretary General should reside at the place of ITF Headquarters and operate the office work on behalf of the Secretary General.
14. He himself or she herself, or through his or her deputy, shall supervise the work of the staffs employed by the Headquarters and give guidance to them.
Article 29 Treasurer
1. He or she shall draft the budget of the Federation and implement it after approval by the Executive Committee. He or she shall draft the annual fiscal report, the annual accounts of receipt and expenses and annual schedule of assets and submit these drafts of the aforesaid documents to the Executive Committee for approval.
2. He or she shall maintain the balance sheet of the Federation.
3. He or she shall receive all the money coming into the Federation such as the subscriptions according to the Constitution, by-laws and regulations, certificates fees, patent fees, donations, advertisement fees, etc., deposits them on the account of the Federation and draw out the money according to the regulations.
4. He or she shall submit annual financial report to the President within 30 days after the end of every fiscal year.
5. When he or she should draw out money more than 500 EURO according to the legal requirements of the Republic of Austria, the ITF Constitution, by-laws and regulations, the document submitted to the bank must carry the signatures of the President and Treasurer (or the persons acting on their behalf in case of absence or incapacity). In case of money less than 500 EURO, only the signature of the Treasurer will do to draw out such money from the bank. In this case, the Treasurer must report it to the President within 7 days after the draw-out and finish all the procedures within 14 days.
6. He or she shall keep record of all the financial documents of the ITF and manage them.
7. He or she is responsible for the legal protection of all the spiritual, cultural and material wealth and properties (movable and immovable properties included) such as stamps, recognition plaques, various diplomas, certificates, books, documentations, designs, TV broadcasting rights, CDs, diskettes and other intellectual properties.
8. He or she shall register all the properties including the building of Headquarters and its furniture, regularly take inventory and constantly maintain, repair and renovate them.
9. He or she shall seek for the solution to reduce the financial expenditure, economizes the financial resource of the Federation and suggest it to the President.
Article 30. Auditors
1. Two Auditors are appointed by the President and approved by the Congress for a period of 4 years; they are eligible for re-election. The auditors must not be members of the Executive Committee or any other Committee of the ITF.
2. The auditors have to control and audit the practices of the ITF; to audit the budgets, the accounts, the annual account of assets, the annual schedule of assets and all other book keeping documents of the ITF, in particular the auditors have to audit, weather the expenditure of the material means and funds would occur properly and in compliance with the Constitution and the objectives of the ITF. The auditors have to submit a detailed and written report to the Executive Committee not later than 4 month after the receipt of the audited documents from the Executive Committee.
3. At the end of each fiscal year the auditors shall examine the implementation of the ITF Budget and submit this report to every member and the Executive Committee.
Committees of the ITF
Article 31. Various committees of different section, provisional committees and standing
groups do not belong to the Federation machinery.
Article 32. Various committees of the Federation are as follows.
1. Technical Committee
2. Tournament Committee
3. Umpire Committee
4. Promotion Committee
5. Information Committee
6. Disciplinary Committee
7. Junior Committee
8. Women’s Committee
9. Education Committee
10. Commendation Committee
11. Finance and Marketing Committee
Article 33. Each committee shall be composed of 3 to 9 members including the chairman or chairwoman.
Article 34. The chairman or chairwoman of a committee shall be nominated by the President in consultation with the Executive Committee and approved by the Congress. Members shall be appointed by the President on the basis of the recommendation of the chairman or chairwoman of each committee.
Article 35. Power and function of each committee follows the by-laws of this
National Associations of Members of the ITF
Article 36. “Country” mentioned in this Constitution means an independent state
recognized by the international community.
Article 37. The name of the national association must reflect the territorial limitation and
the tradition of the country and be approved by the Federation upon its admission.
Article 38. National association refers to an organization that takes charge of Taekwon-
Do according to the Constitution, by-laws and regulations of the Federation within the corresponding nation, country and region.
Article 39. Legal status of a national association
Every national association should assume the status of a corporation in its own country.
Article 40. Composition and structure of national associations
1. National associations shall be composed of natural persons admitted into the association and the groups of those natural persons.
2. Machinery of national associations is the congress, executive committee and president. National associations can establish new machinery that they regard to be necessary according to their own constitution, by-laws and regulations or abolish unnecessary old ones.
3. If there is a member of the Executive Committee, Consultative Council, various committees of different section and provisional committees of the Federation in the country of the national association, he or she shall automatically become a member of the national association executive committee by his or her authority.
4. In principle, executive committee members of a national association shall be elected in the congress or in the special congress.
Article 41. Emblem and badge of a national association
Emblem and badge of a national association shall be designed by itself and be approved by the Federation.
Article 42. Role of national associations
National associations play the role of promoting, developing and protecting Taekwon-Do activities within their own country or region according to the ITF Constitution, by-laws and regulations.
Article 43. Mission of the national association is :
1. to propagate the fundamental principles and technique of Taekwon-Do
in their respective countries;
2. to ensure the observance of the Constitution, by-laws and regulations of the ITF;
3. have their own constitution with the ITF Constitution as the model;
4. to encourage the development and demonstration of high Taekwon-Do performance;
5. to host the national congress, championships and other functions of all sorts on a
6. to help in the regular training of Taekwon-Do practitioners;
7. regularly to organize the courses for the development of Taekwon-Do technique;
8. to commit themselves to taking action against any form of discrimination and violence;
9. to take strict measures against the use of substances;
10. to have the exclusive powers for the representation of their respective countries or regions at the congresses, world championships, international tournaments, meetings, courses and functions patronized by the ITF as well as the continental tournaments and other international games, meetings, courses and functions sponsored by ITF;
11. to observe the date fixed by the ITF or any organizer and keep to the regulations
to participate in any kinds of activities patronized by ITF;
12. to abstain from taking part in the championships, international tournaments and other functions of any kind that are not permitted by ITF or organized by any Taekwon-Do group or organizations outside ITF;
13. to preserve their autonomy and resist all pressures of any kind, including those
of a political, ideological, racial, religious or economic nature;
14. to take actions to be financially self-reliant and work actively to this end so as to be free from financial restriction in their activities;
15. to maintain cooperative and friendly relations with appropriate governmental,
non-governmental bodies, social organizations and enterprises and do their
utmost to get the active support and backing from them.
Article 44. National associations have the right :
1. to submit amendments to the Constitution, by-laws and regulations of the ITF and formulate proposals concerning the work of ITF and Taekwon-Do;
2. to recommend candidates to the leadership of ITF;
3. to host the ITF congress and other meetings and courses as well as the tournaments of all kinds including the world championships, or give their opinions in this regard;
4. to participate in the activities entrusted by the ITF;
5. to apply for recognition plaques, degree certificates and other documents;
6. to ask for necessary registration;
7. to request assistance of any kinds.
The Continental Federations
Article 45. The continental federations shall be so named as to reflect the territorial limit
and traditions of the respective continents.
Article 46. The continental federations mean to further close the ties between the
national associations in the continents and the ITF as well as to give guidance and assistance to the activities of their member associations in accordance with the Constitution, by-law and regulations of the ITF.
Article 47. Legal status of the continental federations
Each of them has the status of a corporation in the country where its main
office is situated.
Article 48. Composition and structure of the continental federations
A continental federation consists of national associations in the continent. However, if any national association wishes to be affiliated to any continental federation other than its own due to geopolitical or any other reason and the continental federation within whose boundary this national association is situated agrees to it, it may be affiliated to another continental federation according to the decision of the Executive Committee of ITF.
The continental federation has Congress, Executive Committee and President. Its
President should be nominated by the President of ITF and approved by the ITF Congress. The members of the Executive Committee are elected at the Congress of its Congress. The members of the Executive Committee of the ITF are vice-presidents of the respective continental federations. If there are several members of the Executive Committee of ITF in any continent, the EC of the ITF nominate one of them as a vice-president of that continental federation.
3. The continental federation may organize or disorganize any committees or
preliminary committees in keeping with its own constitution.
Article 49. Emblem and badge of the continental federation
The design of the emblem and badge of any continental federation shall be
submitted to the ITF for its approval.
Article 50. Role of the continental federations is to encourage and intensify the practice
of Taekwon-Do in the national associations of the continent in accordance with the Constitution, by-laws and regulations of ITF, to close the links between them and the ITF and to patronize and protect all kinds of Taekwon-Do events in the respective continents.
Article 51. Mission of the continental federations is:
1. to propagate the fundamental principles and aim of the activities of ITF as well
as its technique in the respective continents;
2. to ensure the observance of the ITF Constitution, by-laws and regulations by the national associations in the continents;
3. to have its own constitution with the ITF Constitution as the model and, if necessary, its own by-laws and regulations;
4. to work as the liaison officer in the relations between the national federations in the continents and ITF;
5. to assume the responsibility to organize the congresses of the continental
federations and all other continental championships, courses and functions,
regular or irregular;
6. to commit themselves to taking action against any form of discrimination and
7. to fight against the use of substances;
8. to represent the respective continents in the congress, championships and other
functions patronized by ITF;
9. to ensure that the national associations in their continents do not participate in
any type of Taekwon-Do events that are not permitted by ITF or organized
by any Taekwon-Do groups or organizations outside ITF;
10. to preserve their autonomy and resist all pressures of any kind, including those of
a political, ideological, racial, religious or economic nature;
11. to maintain cooperative and friendly relations with the governmental and non-
governmental bodies, social organizations and enterprises and do their utmost
to get their full support and backing;
12. to help the national associations to be financially self-reliant;
13. to submit to the ITF written reports on their work regularly;
14. to run the secretariat at the main office of the federation.
Article 52. The continental federations have the right:
1. to formulate proposals of continental significance addressed to the ITF;
2. to recommend to the ITF a candidate for vice-president from their respective continents;
3. to carry out the work entrusted by the ITF;
4. to give instructions to the national associations affiliated to the continental federation within the sphere of its activity and ask for their report on their work and necessary information;
5. to represent their continents in the relationship with the Taekwon-Do groups and other governmental and non-governmental bodies, social organizations and enterprises on the continental level;
6. to request the ITF for assistance of all kinds.
Article 53. The world championships which is the gathering of all the Taekwon-Do practitioners across the world is the highest form of manifestation of the activities of ITF and its grand festival, as well as its monopoly. All the games at the world
championships are held either between individual Taekwon-Do practitioners or between Taekwon-do teams, but not between the countries.
Article 54. The world championships consists of the world senior and junior Taekwon-
Do championships, whereas the former is only referred as the world Taekwon-
Do championships. The world championships takes place every two years, and thus the year 2003 will record the 13th World Championships and the year 2004 the 6th World Junior Championships. The World Junior Championships shall be held together with the World Senior Adults (40 years old and above) Championships. The year 2004 will record the 1st World Senior Adults Taekwon-Do Championships.
Article 55. The honor of hosting the world championships or the world junior championships is given by the ITF to the individual national federation.
Article 56. Election of the host city of the world championships and the world junior championships.
.1. The national federation applying to host the world championships shall submit to
the ITF Headquarters a written application in a fixed form within a fixed period.
This written application shall be accompanied by the guarantees of the Government authorities in relation and the correspondent bank.
2. Once the written application is accepted, the Secretary General or the Deputy
Secretary General examines the documents and, if they are satisfactory, he or she lays them before the first Executive Committee meeting, which, in turn, brings them to the congress.
3. The host city of the world championships and the world junior championships is determined at the ITF Congress which is held 4 years before the due championships.
Article 57. Once the host city of the championships is determined, legal contract is signed
between the host national association and the ITF.
Article 58. Organizing Committee of the championships
1. The national association of the host city shall form an Organizing Committee right after the site is fixed.
2. The Organizing Committee shall have the status of a legal person.
3. The Organizing Committee shall include the President, Secretary General of the national association and at least one member representing, and designated by the host city. If the country of the host city has a member of the Executive Committee, Consultative Council, any other committees or preliminary committee of the ITF, he or she shall be automatically a member of the Organizing Committee.
4. The Organizing Committee shall have regular contact with the ITF and receive the latter’s instructions concerning the organization and preparation of the championship.
5. Throughout the period of preparing for the championships, the Organizing Committee shall work in close cooperation with all the national associations.
Article 59. Invitation to the championships and, the organizing and technical rules of the
1.The Organizing Committee shall, with the instructions of the Executive Committee of the ITF, send out the invitations as well as the written organizing and technical rules of the games to all the national associations affiliated to the ITF 6 months before the opening of the championships.
2.The invitations and the written organizing and technical rules of the games shall contain the date and venue of the championships, eligibility for participation, number of the participating members, financial condition, procedure and way of acquiring visa, customs demand, expected climate, particular traditions and religious customs to be kept in mind, gymnasium conditions, method of games and uniform, umpires, awarding and the procedure of awarding ceremony and other protocol.
Article 60. Organization of the championships
1. The Organizing Committee shall organize the championships in a just and fair way to suit the spirit of martial arts.
2. The Organizing Committee shall closely cooperate with the police and other security organs for the safety of the participants in the championships as well as
3. The Organizing Committee shall do its utmost to provide the participants with every convenience within its power as regards the guides and interpreters, bed and board, transportation, etc.
4. By-laws dictates the provisions on the opening and closing ceremonies, organization of games, work of umpires, hoist of flag, awarding ceremony, entertainments, TV rights, advertisement and so on.
Article 61. International courses can be given only by Dan (Degree) holders over 8th Dan
(Degree) nominated and decided by the Executive Committee of the ITF.
Article 62. The Executive Committee of the ITF makes a timetable for the lecturers of
the international courses and assign them to each region.
Article 63. International courses are organized, under any circumstances, only on the instructions of Headquarters of the ITF.
Article 64. Anyone can apply for the qualification of an “international instructor”
with the 4th Dan (Degree) or higher than that recognized by the ITF.
Article 65. To obtain the qualification of an “international Taekwon-Do instructor”,
one shall follow the by-laws and the instruction of the ITF Headquarters after submitting his or her written application. All these who obtained the title of International Taekwon-Do Instructor are encouraged to go to homeland of Taekwon-Do, visit the tomb of Founder Choi Hong Hi and acquire the idea and technique of Taekwon-Do, advanced by him through his or her visit.
Article 66. All disputes arising in the ITF shall be submitted exclusively to the non-
permanent Court of Arbitration of the ITF, which is just an “Institution of Mediation” under the Austrian non-profit organization Act. 2002.
Article 67. The non-permanent Court of Arbitration of the ITF consists of 5 ordinary members and three substitutes and two members nominated by the parties (representing member) of the dispute. Ordinary members, out of them the Chairman or Chairwoman of the Court, and the substitutes are elected for a period of four years by the Congress. No member of the Court, with exception of Chairman or Chairwoman, must be member of the Executive Committee. In case of absence or incapacity of an ordinary member for more than three month or conflict of interest, the oldest substitute becomes member of the Court with respect to the dispute at hand. The Chairman or Chairwoman of the Court of arbitration is automatically Chairman or Chairwoman of the Disciplinary Committee.
Article 68. To initiate the Court proceeding the plaintiff shall file the suit to the President of the ITF and shall nominate his or her representing member of the Court. Upon request of the President, the defendant shall nominate in writing his or her representing member of Court within 14 days. If one party fails to nominate a representing member in time, the arbitration Court shall go on in its work and ruling without any delay. For the purpose of nomination of representing Court members, it is deemed to be only one claimant party and only one defendant party, regardless of whether multiple parties appear.
Article 69. The President forwards the suit and the nomination of the representing members of Court to the Chairman or Chairwoman of the Court. As soon as possible the Chairman or Chairwoman shall convoke the Court for a Court session, where the parties of the dispute can bring up the legal aspects of the dispute as well as all evidence.
The Court session shall take place in Vienna and the place of arbitration shall be Vinna. The language of arbitration shall be English. The parties are nevertheless entitled to submit documents in another language, if this other language is the original language of the submitted document. The arbitrators may order the submitting party to provide a certified English translation.
The Court shall decide on the dispute as soon as possible and advisable, how ever the Court has to ensure, that either party and all witnesses are examined and all evidences are heard.
After closing of the hearing, the Court shall make up its decision in the presence of all of its members with the simple majority of votes, in the case of equal number of “Yes” and “No” votes, the vote of the Chairman or Chairwoman is decisive. As the losing party shall compensate the prevailing party for the costs of arbitration (including Court fees, and fees of lawyers), the Court shall also determine the amount of the said costs without taking any guidelines for fees or disbursement into consideration. In case a party prevails only partially, the arbitrators are authorized to award a proportionate amount of the costs of arbitration to such party.
Article 70. The decision of the Court of Arbitration shall result from deep knowledge and trust, generosity and impartiality. The Court has to lay down its ruling in writing and submit the judgment to the parties.
Article 71. The decision of the Court of Arbitration is final in the ITF.
TV and other Commercial Rights
Article 72. TV and other commercial rights in the Championships and other functions of all kinds as well as advertising and publication are exclusively owned by the ITF.
Article 73. The rights of the Organizing Committee of the Championships is included in
the TV and other commercial rights of the ITF. Therefore, any negotiation with the
third person in this regard is made with the ITF and the Organizing Committee as
Article 74. The profits resulting from the TV and other commercial rights shall be
distributed to the ITF, organizers of the events and national associations at the ratio
which suits the requirements of the By-laws.
The Periodical and Website
Article 75. The periodical of the ITF is “Human Weapon”. The period of its issue and
circulation are determined by the condition, and on the principle of shortening its
period and increasing its circulation. It is entrusted to the Information Committee.
Article 76. “ITF Information Bulletin” is issued when necessary. It is entrusted to the
Deputy Secretary General.
Article 77. A suitable member of the leadership shall be appointed to manage Website.
General information, news or any other material related to the stand and viewpoint of
ITF and its policy shall be carried only on the approval of the President.
Article 78. The President appoints a competent Austrian lawyer of an authoritative legal
office to handle all the legal proceedings concerned with the activities of ITF in
accordance with the law of the Republic of Austria where the ITF Headquarters is situated.
Dissolution of ITF
Article 79. ITF may be dissolved according to the decision of the Congress with the
three fourth majority of the exercised votes. The Congress shall decide on the liquidation of the organization also. The Congress shall appoint on or two liquidators; if no liquidator is appointed, the President is liquidator automatically. The Congress shall also decide, to whom the property of the ITF shall be distributed. As far as possible and in accordance to the Laws of the Republic of Austria, the property shall be distributed to an organization with similar objectives as ITF, apart from that the property shall distributed to the state welfare institutions.
Article 80. Call of such a congress as to decide the dissolution of ITF shall be announced
at least 90 days before.
Restriction of Activities of ITF Members
Article 81. ITF members are not allowed to be affiliated to any federations hostile to ITF
or similar organizations and groups nor to participate in the events of any kinds
organized by such organizations or groups.
Article 82. In case they should participate, by force of circumstances, in the games or
events hosted by any organizations or groups outside ITF, they should submit detailed opinion to the ITF Executive Committee and follow its decision.
Article 83. Violating Articles 81 and 82 shall definitely cause an automatic disqualification of a member concerned to from the ITF membership.
This Constitution is adopted at the 14th Congress of ITF held on June 12th, 2003 in Thessaloniki, Greece and comes into effect immediately.