Characterized by its Emphasis on Head-Height Kicks, Jumping and Spinning Kicks, and Fast Kicking Techniques.


Taekwondo was developed following it's naming in 1955 when General Choi sought a unified name and developed a unified system to combine earlier systems practiced by Koreans so it could be taught and learned on a wide scale.

The oldest governing body for taekwondo is the Korea Taekwondo Association (KTA), formed in 1959 through a collaborative effort by representatives from the nine original kwans, or martial arts schools, in Korea. The main international organizational bodies for taekwondo today are the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), founded by Choi Hong Hi in 1966, and the partnership of the Kukkiwon and World Taekwondo (WT, formerly WTF), founded in 1972 and 1973 respectively by the Korea Taekwondo Association. Gyeorugi ([kjʌɾuɡi]), a type of full-contact sparring, has been an Olympic event since 2000. The governing body for taekwondo in the Olympics and Paralympics is World Taekwondo.

The International Chang-Hon Taekwon-do Federation (ICTF) is a non-for-profit organization which is dedicated to the practice and teachings of Taekwon-Do as they were originally developed and taught by the founder, General Choi Hung Hi. Students not only learn the techniques and method of Taekwon-Do, but also to follow the traditions and values as they were taught by the founder himself. The ICTF believes it embodies the lineage and qualities of this martial art, as well as the spirit of the movement itself.