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Dedicated to the vision inspired by General Choi

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The birthday listed is not mine, but the birth of TKD. April 11th, 1955 is the day that General Choi Hong Hi had Taekwon-do proclaimed to the world as a completely valid and unique martial art having a basic Korean origin.

The purpose of this community is to foster and spread knowledge about taekwon-do, in the manner in which it's Founding Father intended the art to be.

There are many branches of TKD, and negative posts about other styles will not be permitted. Blatent bashing of the ITF or any other TKD organization will result in action being taken. Above all, we are brother and sisters in Taekwon-Do.

I will be posting a lot of information that is what I consider to be general knowledge and will be pulled from the Encylopedia that Gen. Choi wrote himself.

For those looking for information about the ITF, here is a good website to get started on:


Way is right in front of you
~General Choi, Hong Hi

General Information

The Founder of Taekwon-Do:
General Choi Hong Hi

The Date Taekwon-Do was Founded:
April 11th, 1955

The Date the ITF was Founded:
March 22nd, 1966

The Literal Meaning of Taekwon-Do:
Tae = foot technique, kwon = hand technique, Do = art or way of life

General Choi's Birth Date:
November 9th, 1918

Student Oath:
1. I shall observe the tenets of Taekwon-Do: Courtesy, Integrity,
Perseverance, Self Control, Indomitable Spirit.
2. I shall respect my instructors and seniors.
3. I shall never misuse Taekwon-Do.
4. I shall be a champion for freedom and justice.
5. I shall build a more peaceful world.

Order of Belts:
White Belt, Yellow Stripe, Yellow Belt, Green Stripe, Green Belt,
Blue Stripe, Blue Belt, Red Stripe, Red Belt, Black Stripe, Black Belt.

Meaning of Belt Colors:

Signifies Innocence, as that of beginning a student who has no previous
knowledge of Taekwon-Do.
Signifies the Earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the
Taekwon-Do foundation is being laid.
Signifies the plant's Growth as the Taekwon-Do skill begins to develop.
Signifies the Heaven, toward which the plant matures into a towering tree
as training in Taekwon-Do progresses.
Signifies Danger, cautioning the student to exercise control and warning
the opponent to stay away.
Opposite of white, therefore, signifying the maturity and proficiency in
Taekwon-Do. It also indicates the wearer's imperviousness to darkness and fear.

Theory of Power:
Speed, Mass, Balance, Concentration, Reaction Force, Breathing Control.

Number of Patterns:
24 (one for each hour of the day) from Chon-ji to Tong-il, (Four
directional punching and blocking are not official patterns, they are
fundamental movement sequences), each pattern is named after a
figure or event in Korean history.

Disclaimer: This community is independent of the actual ITF organization. While the owner of the community belongs to the ITF, we have no formal agreement with them, and the views expressed here are ours.
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