Irish Taekwon-Do Association (ITA) is affiliated to the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF). ITF was founded on 22nd March 1966 by General Choi Hong Hi, the Founder of Taekwon-Do, to promote the teaching of Taekwon-Do around the world.
At that time, nine countries were involved: Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, West Germany, USA, Turkey, Italy, and Egypt. Taekwon-Do is now taught in almost every country around the world, and General Choi is recognised as the Father and Founder of Taekwon-Do.
The International Taekwon-Do Federation is legally registered in Austria and has its headquarters in Vienna.
The mission of the ITF is to represent, promote, and work for the development of the practice of Taekwon-Do in all countries by:
- Coordinating and certifying Taekwon-Do activities such as competitions and seminars
- Setting and enforcing high quality standards for technical and teaching
- Identifying and collaborating with affiliated organisations, such as Continental Federations, National Associations, and Allied National Associations
- Providing assistance to local Taekwon-Do organisations
- Certification for Black Belt holders, international instructors and umpires
Practitioners of Taekwon-Do recognise that they are forever students of our Founder, General Choi Hong Hi. The ITF and its affiliated organisations will strengthen and promote the legacy of General Choi as described in his Encyclopaedia of Taekwon-Do, notably the twenty-four patterns and the philosophy.
The ITF belongs to all its members; it must work for its members and with its members to provide the services they need and require.
The ITF and its affiliated organisations are always open to suggestions from members and encourage innovative ideas.
The ITF and its affiliated organisations are and must remain free of all political influence.
All qualifications and promotions within the ITF and its affiliated organisations will be attributed according to merit and in conformity with well-established criteria.
The respect of hierarchy authority is an important principle in all martial arts. All members of ITF will respect those who are their seniors in the organisation, particularly their teacher. On the other hand, the seniors will treat their students and other juniors with respect and fairness.