XI Junior & VI Veteran World Championships - Tajikistan
2nd African Championship Invite & Documents
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2nd African Championships
Further details to follow shortly
1st ITF Women's Conference
Dear Committee members and friends,
Attached are the official invitation, registration form and Thailand visa exemption list for the first ITF Women's Conference. We will finalise the agenda by 31st December having given everyone a chance to submit items and intention to give a national or regional report.
The package is extremely reasonable, having just been negotiated by the ITF Thailand President, Mr Graeme Moulden, who will provide a letter of invitation for all visa applications on request. The hotel will also provide transfers from and to the airport and extra meals depending on time of arrival, at a reduced cost. Obviously, if we can arrive in groups it would save on airport transfer fees.
## I hope you will distribute the information to your contacts and clubs - please do this as soon as possible as time is short before the end of the year celebrations. ##
This is very exciting and Phuket is a wonderful venue for our first Conference. Let us make every effort to make it an overwhelming success. Although I have had to initially stipulate 2 delegates from countries, I am positive that if you have several more it is not going to be a problem! You do need to get in early as it is high tourist season in Phuket.
Any queries, please contact me. Also, please be in regular contact - as I will be - so that we can keep a strong unity.
I am negotiating a Conference pack - is the backpack fine with you? Thai cosmetic bags ok? Also, a document wallet and pen - I sent links to these. They are also included in the total Conference package.
SM Linda Low
Chair ITF Women's Committee
1st ITF Women's Conference Invitation
1st ITF Women's Conference Registration Form
Thailand Visa Exemption
Letter of Condolence
The TFA is saddened to hear of the passing of one of its friends.
Sabum-nim Lorna Wright passed away yesterday after a long illness. We fondly remember her as a wonderful competitor and martial artist, gracious in victory and defeat, always tenacious, always giving her best. She was an inspiration to all and will be sorely missed.
The TFA would like to extend its deepest condolences to her family and loved ones, her friends as well as to the ITF England and the English Team. You are in our hearts and thoughts during this difficult time.
Letter of Condolence
Letter of Condolence for SGM. Benny Rivera, ITF Vice-President
Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela
1918 - 2013
A true Champion for freedom and justice
Rest in peace Madiba
Junior Taekwon-Do World Championship in Dushanbe, Tajikistan
To: All the NGBs of ITF
Subject: The ages of competitors in the coming Junior Taekwon-Do World Championship in Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Dear all the NGB Presidents,
Dear SGMs, SMs and Masters,
Dear Instructors and coaches,
Dear friends and colleagues,
First of all, on behalf of ITF HQ, I would like to convey the warm greetings to all of you.
As you know well, the 11th Junior & 6th Veteran World Championships will be held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in August, 2014.
The preparation for the J & V TWC is going well by the active and restless works of Tajikistan – ITF and the ITF would like to be sure about the great success of the Events.
Considering the fact that some NGBs rose the questions concerning with the age of the competitors in the coming ITF Junior Taekwon-Do World Championship to be held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, ITF HQ felt it is necessary to remind you on the decision of the 22nd ITF Congress, held in Estonia, 2012, on the rules & regulation on the age for the Junior Competitors as follows;
ITF Tournament Rules - Article 12.
Competitors participating in all ITF Junior Taekwon-Do Championship must be 14-17 years old.
It means the participants must not reach 18 years of age on 1st Jan. of the year of Championship and must not be younger than 14 years of age on 31st Dec. of the year of Championship, and must be 1st, 2nd, or 3rd degree ITF black belt certificate holders.
I hope this information would be of assistance to you in your preparation for the coming Junior World Championship.
See you in Dushanbe.
Yours in Taekwon-Do,
ITF & WTF Merger Update
ITF & WTF Presidents Prof. Chang Ung & Dr. Choue Chung Won in Buenos Aires recently where
TKD was approved for 2020 by the full IOC Membership.
Pictured here with some of leaders of TKD in Argentina, which had TKD introduced there in 1967
September 25, 2013 - Seoul Korea
Dr. Choue Chung-Won the newly re-elected President of the WTF spoke at a press conference in the Capital City of Seoul announcing that discussions with the Dr. Chang Ung and the ITF are close to being finalized. It was hoped that the agreement, which may result in a working relationship allowing each other’s competitors to participate in both group’s events will be finalized next year (2014). It is uncertain at this point at what the complete details are. The two leaders are scheduled to meet again in Russia next month during the World Combat Games that will be held October 18th to the 26th, 2013.
According to Yonhap News Dr. Choue went on record saying "Though our versions of Taekwondo may be different as a martial art, I think there is plenty of room for compromise when we look at Taekwondo as an Olympic sport." Their article stated “The WTF has viewed Chang's ITF as its counterpart since Chang is an IOC member”.
These leaders have taken a posture that can positively affect all of Taekwondo going forward. Neither of these gentlemen was at the helm during the days when the WTF was formed and then rivaled the ITF in the race to the Olympics, which the WTF eventually succeeded at. However as the international sports community saw with the controversy over Wrestling being recommended for elimination by the IOC Executive Board only to be reinstated just weeks ago by the full IOC Membership, no sport, not even the oldest Olympic one is safe in today’s environment of competition for Olympic status! Having the ITF and WTF work together can help insure it beats back the efforts to supplant it by the waiting list candidate sports as well as the myriad of non-Olympic sports of the Sport Accord all vying for inclusion!
It is ironic that this press announcement was made in Seoul, as it was the seat of the ITF Headquarters when General Choi Hong Hi formed it there on March 22, 1966. It marked the first time in history that any international organization was ever headquartered in Korea. However Gen. Choi, like many Koreans ran afoul of the military dictatorships and fled to a life of exile in Canada. The ITF relocated there in 1972 and then finally to Vienna Austria in 1985, during the height of the “Cold War”. This was done to enhance the spread of Taekwondo to the communist and socialists nations, as part of Gen. Choi’s dream to bring Taekwondo to the world, regardless of political ideology, nationality, race, religion or creed! He would be proud of the work these Gentlemen are doing today. In 1973 the WTF was formed at the 1st Taekwondo World Championships that were held in the brand new Kukkiwon in Seoul Korea.
Prof. Chang maintains a good relationship with Dr. Choue. He backed his re-election as well as the successful candidacy of Mr. Bach of Germany. Voice of America recently reported him saying that he is now working to support the candidacy of Dr. Choue as a Member of the IOC. Once their agreement is signed, they will then work with the new IOC President Mr. Thomas Bach as the next step. "The IOC has taken a keen interest in exchanges between the WTF and the ITF," Choue said. "Thomas Bach, the new IOC president, believes that having any conflict within Taekwondo is inappropriate because the sport has a singular root."
TaeKwonDo Times and Grandmaster Jung Woo Jin have long supported a merging of Taekwondo into one! We are excited by these new developments and eagerly await more news. We of course will report further news as it breaks! TaeKwonDo Times understands that certainly rivalries naturally occurred as groups jockeyed for control and leadership. However today’s leaders are not vested in that battle, as they were not part of it. Nor are many of the circumstances that fueled the tension still relevant today. Taekwondo should be as one and this exciting, breaking news is a great step forward!
The ITFSA was informed that the litigation between the ITF (Under Prof Dr Chang Ung) and the ITF (Under President GM Trajtenberg) was resolved in December 2012.
According to documentation in the ITFSA’s possession, the Superior Court Vienna, Austria (Case number 15 R 41/11a) ruled in favour of the ITF (Prof Dr Chang Ung). It ruled that:
- The appointment of Prof Dr Chang Ung on the 16th of November 2002 in Vienna was in accordance with the expressed intention of the ITF Board members;
- The decision of the ITF Board members that Prof Dr Chang Ung should be appointed as the President of the ITF, was recorded, without ambiguity in a resolution dated 16th of November 2002;
- The contents of the Minutes of the Board meeting dated 16 November 2002 was not objected to by any party and this confirmed the appointment of Prof Dr Chang Ung;
- On 12 June 2003 the General Assembly of the ITF in Thessaloniki unanimously approved the appointment of Prof Dr Chang Ung;
- All 120 members of the defendant Association were correctly invited to the General Assembly, according to the members list of Thomas McCallum;
- In the invitation to the General Assembly in Thessaloniki the approval of the Board Decision taken on the 16th of November 2002 was explicitly listed as an agenda point;
- There is no reason that appointment of the Prof Dr Chang Ung should be rescinded or nullified; and
- The defendant was ordered to pay the cost of the litigation to the ITF (Under Prof Dr Chang Ung).
The judgment, ancillary documentation and a full translation will be posted on the ITFSA website within the near future.
It is the express intention of the ITFSA to co-exist in harmony with other organisations in the spirit of the tenets of Taekwon-Do and it is committed to using Taekwon-Do to build a more peaceful world.
Junior & Veteran world championship to be held in Tajikistan, August 2014
The ITF championship in Dushanbe it has been planned for the period 17-24 August 2014:
- 17-19 August – arrival of countries delegates and accreditation and technical and referee seminar;
- 20 August – meeting of coaches and draw, referees’ meeting, ITF Congress meeting and the Opening Ceremony;
- 21-24 August – championship itself
- 25 August – departure
Besides, on January 2014 all respected NGBs will receive the official invitation letters and all relevant detailed information for the ITF World championship in Tajikistan.
I believe this information will somehow satisfy the impatience of NGBs for now.
Please do not hesitate IF any questions arise.
SM Mirsaid Yakhyaev
Recognition for Uganda
Recognition for Uganda
Letter to ITFSA from Prof. Dato Dr. SGM Leong Wai Meng
5 April 2013
Congratulations to the recognition of ITFSA by ITF and its membership to the ITF. All ITF members in the world welcome you into our family. As Chairman of the Umpire Committee of ITF, I look forward to seeing your team competing in the coming ITF World Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria, in July 2013, and I hope ITFSA will be fielding a few umpires to this championship.
Yours in Taekwon-do,
Prof. Dato Dr. SGM Leong Wai Meng
Vice President of ITF
Chairman of Umpire Committee, ITF
Chairman of Consultative Council, ITF
Chairman of Promotion & Commendation Committee, ITF
Letter to President and Sabum Jaren Phillips
To: Sabum Jaren Phillips
INTERNATIONAL TAEKWON-DO FEDERATION SOUTH AFRICA ITFSA
From: SGM Phap Lu
ITF Secretary General
Dear President & Sabum Jaren Phillips,
April 04th 2013 is the historical moment in the history book of ITF South Africa.
On behalf of the International TaeKwon-Do Federation I send to you and all Members of the ITFSA Board of Directors our heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS for receiving the Official LETTER OF RECOGNITION ,for your ITF SA as the Official National Governing Body in South Africa, from our President, Prof. & Dr. Chang Ung.
Under your leadership and together with the collective guidance and wisdom of the ITFSA Directors, I am sure that ITFSA will be prosperous and strong for the original TaeKwon-Do and ITF development in South Africa. The ITF President and ITF Executive Board are 100% behind you for all your future endeavours.
Once again. CONGRATULATIONS!
ITF Secretary General
South Africa has a new NGB
The only recognised NGB for ITF in South Africa with Sabum Jaren Phillips as the newly democratically elected President of the ITFSA
Letter of Recognition
A 1st ever for Prof.Ph.D Chang Ung
On 15th February 2013, Austria Vienna, ITF President Dr. Chang Ung is honoured with the 1st ever Society (UN) Magazine's Lifetime Achievement for his work in spreading peace through the martial arts.
This Lifetime achievement is wonderful news for our ITF members.
World Championships in Tallin, Estonia - 24 August 2012
The only team from Africa participating in the World Championships in Tallin, Estonia, is South Africa.
As of Friday evening, 24th August 2012, they have amassed a total of 5 Gold; 3 Silver & 2 Bronze medals.
|Veteran Gold Class Female 3rd Degree
||Annali Basson = Gold
|Veteran Silver Class Female 3rd Degre
||Ronel Rust = Bronze
|Veteran Silver Class Female 2nd Degree
||Sonya Rebelo = Gold
|Veteran Silver Class Male 2nd Degree
||Bobby Rizzo = Silver
|Veteran Gold Class Female -75kgs
||Annali Basson = Gold
|Veteran Silver Class Female +75kgs
||Ronel Rust = Gold
|Veteran Silver Class Female -68kgs
||Sonya Rebelo = Bronze
Female Veteran Team consisting of Annali Basson, Ronel Rust & Sonya Rebelo have raked in:
Names (from Left to Right)
Ronel Rust, Sonya Rebelo, Senior Master Kim Jong Su, Amoret Vermaak (Assistant Coach), Annali Basson
South African Team
The Person You Are
Being a martial artists is not about which organisation you belong to, the name of your club, how high you can kick (although one always strives to better oneself). It is about the person you are, how you live your life and if you live the tenets, not merely recite them in class. It is about how you conduct yourself in all spheres of life.
As part of trying to make a difference, the SA Veteran Female Team dressed up in orange as part of the Say No to Violence against Women campaign. It may be small, but if it changes one person's life it is worthwhile.Please see the UNiTE campaign at http://saynotoviolence.org/
The initiative is supported by the ITF, the ITF Women's Committee and several other organisations worldwide.
Mr Meles Zenawi - 20 August 2012
On behalf of the TFA, President Annali Basson extends condolences to the Ethiopian people on this sad occasion of the passing of their Prime Minister, Mr Meles Zenawi.
22 - 24 June 2012 : Mozambique held their 1st Championship! Well done to Mozambique Taekwon-Do on a good turnout and event.
TFA Newsflash August 2011 - Click Here
TFA Report - Click Here