World Taekwondo Federation (WTF)

Inaugurated on 28th May 1973, the World Taekwondo Federation is now one of the most significant and popular taekwondo organisations in the world. It is the governing association of the World Federation Style (WFS) of taekwondo, which it also developed.

The WTF is notable for being the governing association for taekwondo in the Olympic Games, which currently only WTF students can enter.

History

From the 25th to the 27th of May 1973, the Korea Taekwondo Federation and Kukkiwon held the first World Taekwondo Championships, with 17 participating nations. On the day following the competition’s end, the World Taekwondo Federation was inaugurated.

Administration

Activity within the association centres on one institution, 국기원 (gukgiwon), which is located in 강남구 (gangnamgu) in 서울 (seoul) in South Korea. The institute serves to provide education to taekwondo instructors worldwide, and issues all degree level qualifications to the federations practitioners. The centre has also had a performance group since September of 1974.

Korean Date

The date today is,

4349 년 12 월 25 일 (4349, Month 12 Day 25) (20 February 2017 CE)

This is the date according to the traditional lunisolar calendar of Korea. (Note that this is not an authoritative calculation; I’m still working on the details.) The years count back to the legendary founding of Korea by 단군 왕검 (Dan-gun Wanggeom).