Kirk asked in SportsMartial Arts · 1 decade ago

itf vs wtf taekwondo?

I'd like to know what the difference is between itf and wtf taekwondo. I know that on is more of a sport and the other a martial art with slightly diferent rules (obviously) but can I get some details of the differences.

If someone has taken both of them (first hand experience) can you tell me which you liked better and why? (which one was more interesting to you, which one was more fun...etc)

Thanks in advance

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    World Taekwondo Federation

    The World Taekwondo Federation (more commonly known as WTF) is the International Federation (IF) member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the competition events of the martial art of Taekwondo.[1] International Federations (IFs) are international non-governmental organisations recognised by the IOC as administering one or more sports at world level.[2] The World Taekwondo Federation was established in South Korea on May 28, 1973, at its inaugural meeting held at the Kukkiwon with participation of 35 representatives from the world. The current president is Chungwon Choue, who was elected for a four-year term in 2005.[3] The WTF, which only governs the function of Taekwondo competitions and related support services, should not be confused with the World Taekwondo Headquarters, also known as Kukkiwon, which is a center of learning and research of Taekwondo located in Yuksam Dong, a different part of Seoul. Kim successfully lobbied to include Taekwondo sparring competition as a demonstration sport in the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympics, and official Full Medal Olympic sport beginning in 2000.

    According to the WTF, "Taekwondo is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts, that teaches more than physical fighting skills. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training our body and mind. Today, it has become a global sport that has gained an international reputation, and stands among the official games in the Olympics."

    International Taekwondo Federation

    The International Taekwon-Do Federation was founded in March 22, 1966 by General Choi Hong Hi (최홍희) in Seoul, Korea.[1] The International Taekwon-Do Federation, or (ITF), exists to promote and encourage the growth of the Korean martial art of taekwondo. Its main functions are to coordinate and approve tournaments and seminars, set standards for teaching (patterns, sparring, destruction), collaborate with affiliated member organizations, and service members in regards to rank and certifications


    Main article: Hyeong

    Patterns, or teul (틀) in Korean (old romanization: "tul"), originally called hyeong (형), form an important aspect of training in Taekwon-Do. They are equivalent to the kata in karate. The majority of the patterns (excepting Yul-Gok, Ul-Ji and Tong-Il) start with a defensive move, which emphasizes taekwon-do's defensive nature. All of the patterns start and end at the same location. This ensures that the practitioners' stances are the correct length, width, and in the proper direction.[citation needed]

    There are 24 patterns in the official ITF syllabus; this is symbolic of the 24 hours in a day. The names of these patterns typically refer either to events in Korean history or to important people in Korean history. Elements of the patterns may also be historical references, such as the number of moves, the diagram, the way the pattern ends, and so on.

    Patterns (teul) in are performed in accordance with "The Encylopedia of Taekwon-Do" in 15 volumes written by General Choi Hong Hi, the latest edition being from 1999. This comprehensive work contains 15 volumes with volumes 8 through 15 dedicated to the 24 patterns and containing descriptions of the pattern movements as well as pictures showing possible applications of some of the movements. There is also the book entitled "The Korean Art of Self Defense" (the 1999 edition, the latest used by ITF under Grandmaster Tran and ITF under Grandmaster Choi, or the 2004 edition, the latest used by ITF under Chang Ung), also known as the Condensed Encyclopedia, written by General Choi Hong Hi. This is a single condensed encyclopedia of approximately 770 pages with a section dedicated to the 24 patterns.

    [edit] Sparring

    ITF competition sparring rounds are 2 minutes and in national and international levels of competition they hold two rounds each 2 minutes with a one minutes rest in between. Certain rules are no strikes below the belt, no hitting to the back of the head, no elbow strikes, no knee strikes, no out of control fighting, no falling down, no going outside of the ring. The ring is a 9 metre by 9 metre (8 x 8 metre optional) ring marked by square mats or tape instead of a traditional style kickboxing rings with ropes. It has no sides allowing the fighter to move out of bounds. Whenever a fighter creates an infraction of the rules the centre referee will issue a warning to the fighter who created the infraction. 3 warnings equals a minus point. If a fighter uses excessive contact, he or she will be given a foul, which is an automatic minus point ; three fouls in a bout results in disqualification. ITF taekwon-do is fought in continuous point sparring. Four judges score the fights in each of the corners in the square ring. After the fight, a judge votes for which ever fighter has the most points and a winner is declared. In the case of a draw the fighters go

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago


    Source(s): Find the Sens of Numbers
  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    International Taekwondo Federation Patterns

  • Evelyn
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    "South Korean General Choi Hong Hi founded Taekwondo [ITF] as endorsed by the South Korean government in 1955 and tried to spread Taekwondo to North Korea." Not quite - Choi was a student of Great Grandmaster Won Kuk Li. G/M Li founded TKD by opening his own school in the 1940s! Kinda predates 1955, doesn't it? But at any rate, other than the Poomse practiced, the actual application of the techniques is very similar. Granted, there are slight variations even in the Kwans of the WTF, but overall, Taekwondo is Taekwondo when it comes to application. Now, if you want to talk about "Olympic" versus "Traditional" Taekwondo, there is a huge difference. There is an even greater disparity between ITF and Olympic TKD, which is why you get ITF practitioners hating on the WTF practitioners. But then again, I'm a Master in Chung Do Kwan (the original taught by Grandmaster Li) and I dislike how the "olympic" style has become the only face of WTF Taekwondo.

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    5 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yeah your man has it pretty much right there above me

    i know wtf is alot of kicks and basically no hands. it looks like they are doing some form of very fast paced dance.

    they block with their legs attack with their legs do everything with them

    ITF mixes it up with punchs. you can block the kick with your arm and get in close to attack

    the points system is different

    as for more fun maybe WTF looks extremely tiring but ITF seems more practical on the street

  • 6 years ago

    olympic taekwondo

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